The John Fell OUP Research Fund is open to both academic and service units. All subject areas are encouraged to apply, and interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional projects are especially welcome.
The applicant should normally be a current salaried employee of the collegiate university holding an academic post (Professor or Associate Professor), or a research fellowship awarded competitively and intended to enable the holder to establish an independent research career (eg Royal Society University Research Fellow, Junior Research Fellow).
Retired and emeritus fellows, and DPhil and other students, are ineligible for funding.
For main award applications (more than £10,000), you must hold a post that includes responsibility for developing your own research agenda. If you do not hold an academic post, but the department would support a research application to an external body in your name as principal investigator, then you will normally be eligible to apply. You are advised to consult your departmental administrator and/or head of department (or chair of faculty). Your application will not be considered unless it is supported by your department or faculty via the online application process.
For small award applications (up to £10,000), the same rules apply as for main awards, except that the committee will also consider applications from an early career researcher employed by the collegiate University who aspires to an academic post or fellowship, but does not yet hold such a post, provided that the applicant has the support of their line manager. The line manager should supply a letter of support, including confirmation that holding the John Fell award would be consistent with the applicant’s existing duties (eg meeting the requirements of external funders). The application must also be supported by the department via the online process.
Medical Sciences – non-academic
If you are in Medical Sciences and are not an academic or equivalent, you should consult the divisional office and, subject to their advice, supply a covering letter from your head of department confirming your eligibility to apply to the John Fell Fund. Clinical research fellows who have not yet completed their DPhil may not apply.
The status of Researcher Co-Investigator (RCo-I) allows for named researchers working on JFF projects who are providing significant intellectual input to the development of the research proposal and management of the project to have their contribution recognised.
Researcher Co-Investigators are research staff at the University who would not normally be eligible to apply to JFF in their own right (for example, because they do not hold an eligible post and/or have a contract of employment for the duration of the proposed project prior to application).
Details of the RCo-I’s contribution to the project should be provided as part of the Case for Support. For further guidance on how to include an RCo-I on a JFF application, please see link.