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Return to Science Grant

SETAC Europe is calling for nominations for the Return to Science Grant.

In 2009, the SETAC Europe Environmental Education Award was granted to Professor Lorraine Maltby (University of Sheffield, UK). The award included a cash prize, which Lorraine kindly donated in order to establish a "Return to Science Grant". With the contributions of two more generous donors, SETAC Europe could establish a Return to Science Grant.  

The SETAC Europe Return to Science Grant is awarded to stimulate scientists who have experienced a temporary professional break. This could be as a result of illness, family commitments or other reasons beyond their control. Recognizing how difficult it can be to re-establish a scientific career after a period of absence, this grant is seen as a boost and an encouragement.

The grant representing a value of € 1000,- could take several forms. Examples of what the grant could be dedicated to, include: 

  • Registration to attend a SETAC Meeting, travel and accommodation;
  • Securing research funds by providing small grants (non-staff costs) to pump-prime research projects;
  • Increasing research activity by contributing to 'teaching buyouts' or technical assistance; creating a network under the umbrella of SETAC;
  • Paying directly for child care;
  • Other options proposed by the candidate up to a maximum amount representing the value of the grant.

Applicants should send a written letter (no longer than 1000 words) to explain the type and duration of professional break they experience(d), their scientific background, how they would like to use the grant and how they envisage the grant benefiting their future scientific career and development. The nature of the professional break will be kept confidential. A CV including a list of publications and a reference from an appropriate referee to support that a professional break took place must be incorporated in the application package.  

Grant recipients should be recent SETAC members and based in a geographical area administered by SETAC Europe (i.e. Europe, Russia, Middle East). Eligible applications will be made within approximately twelve months of a professional break taking place. 

Applications must be directed by 1 March 2019 to Rebecca Bundschuh in the SETAC Europe Office.


Evaluation Process

The Return to Science Grant will be announced at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting after evaluation by the Awards Committee using a multiple review approach and marking criteria. Only applications of a high standard will be awarded a grant. In a situation where the applications do not meet the desired standard, no award will be made and the money will be carried over to fund multiple awards the following year. 

Deliverable and Publicity

It is expected that grant recipients will submit a short plenary report to SETAC Europe that outlines how the money was actually used and how it benefited their scientific career and development. It should be noted that SETAC Europe will use aspects of this report for future publicity purposes in relation to the Return to Science Grant (although recipients will have an opportunity to opt out if desired).