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This scheme is for world-class scientists who would benefit from a period of long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK.
Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin OM KBE FRS (1914-1998) was appointed as a Royal Society Research Professor in 1952. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and became President of the Royal Society (copyright Godfrey Argent Studio).
The scheme provides salary costs, a one-off start-up grant and research expenses. Appointments are usually made for 10 years.The Professorships may be awarded in any field across the natural sciences, some awards will be restricted to specific areas as follows:
• The Royal Society Wolfson Research Professorship in Physics or Chemistry at the interface with Biology• The Royal Society GSK Research Professorship in Molecular aspects of Medicine• The Royal Society Noreen Murray Research Professorship in NeurobiologyThese prestigious posts provide long-term support for internationally recognised scientists of outstanding achievement and promise. Previous holders of Royal Society Research Professorships include six Nobel Laureates and five Presidents of the Royal Society.
Applicants can be of any nationality, and applications are particularly welcomed from scientists currently resident outside the UK.
Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes (PDF).
The scheme provides salary costs, a one-off start-up grant and research expenses. Appointments are usually made for 10 years.
After this period, all responsibility for the post, financial and otherwise, will pass to the host organisation alone. A representative of the host organisation will be asked to agree in principle to make this commitment, when an application is submitted to the Society.
All applications will be initially assessed by the Research Professorship panel and a shortlist will then be drawn up.
The shortlisted proposals are reviewed by three independent referees suggested by the panel members. Following independent review, candidates will be invited for interview. Final decisions will be made at a meeting of the selection panel.
This scheme is now closed to applications.
To apply for this scheme:
These world-class scientists currently hold a Royal Society Research Professorship.
Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit AwardFor outstanding scientists who would benefit from a five year salary enhancement to help recruit them to or retain them in the UK.
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research FellowshipFor scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties for a period of up to one year.
Royal Society Research Professorship For world-class scientists who would benefit from long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK.
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