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Outstanding opportunities for junior researchers

Thanks to a significant donation and a legacy, junior researchers in engineering and biomedicine have the opportunity to apply for funding of up to £100,000 for an exceptional project.

Provost Stuart Croft said:

We are very grateful for the philanthropic donations to Warwick which have made these awards possible. Dame Noreen Murray generously made a bequest to Warwick in her will which will fund the biomed prize(s). One of our engineering alumni has made the engineering prizes possible for which of course we are very grateful.”

The two opportunities are detailed below:


1- The Noreen Murray Research Development Award

noreen.jpgThe University has been generously provided with a legacy gift from the estate of Professor Noreen Murray. Working with her husband, Professor Sir Kenneth Murray, Noreen developed a vaccine against hepatitis B, the first genetically-engineered vaccine approved for human use. She was recognized internationally as being one of Britain’s most distinguished and highly respected molecular geneticists having pioneered the development of recombinant DNA technology. This wife and husband team also recognized the commercial value of genetic engineering and were instrumental in the foundation of Biogen, one of the world’s most successful biotechnology companies.

The University wishes to use this legacy to promote the development of junior researchers (those in their first substantive academic post at Assistant Professor level) by providing funding to support research in the following areas:

  • Microbiology, including the application of novel technologies.
  • Biotechnology related to various biomedical applications.
  • The development of new genetic approaches to studying human disease.

Two grants of £50,000 are available, although the panel may decide to award a single grant of £100,000. Please provide a short application (no more than 3 pages), which describes the project and includes an outline of how the funds will be deployed. A copy of your CV along with a supporting statement from your Head of School is also required.

The deadline for application is 5pm on Wednesday 27 November 2013.

Applications should be sent to:

Jade Perkins, PA to PVC Lawrence Young at j dot m dot perkins at warwick dot ac dot uk


2- The University has been generously provided with a £100,000 gift by one of our Engineering alumni who would be pleased to see the gift provide a special opportunity in engineering.

The University has therefore decided to use this gift to promote the development of junior researchers (those in their first substantive academic post at Assistant Professor level) by providing funding to support research in the following priority areas:

  • Energy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Sustainable Cities

Two grants of £50,000 are available, although the panel may decide to award a single grant of £100K. Please provide a short application (no more than 3 pages), which describes the project and includes an outline of how the funds will be deployed. A copy of your CV along with a supporting statement from your Head of School is also required.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 27 November 2013.

Applications should be sent to:

Jade Perkins, PA to PVC Lawrence Young at j dot m dot perkins at warwick dot ac dot uk