Dash for cash from pound;8.5m pot

11th February 2000 at 00:00
ACADEMICS from all over the UK are taking part in a Klondyke-like scramble for research funds following the announcement that pound;8.5 million is up for grabs.

The Economic and Social Research Council has received no fewer than 93 funding bids for the second phase of its Teaching and Learning

Programme - Britain's biggest-ever education research project.

Just under half of the bids involve research into school

topics, while nearly 40 per cent focus on higher and further


The remainder relate to

industrial and commercial

training or lifelong learning.

Most of the researchers are seeking funding for four years and ae asking for anything from pound;140,000 to pound;1 million. Two-thirds of the bids have come from partnerships

involving researchers in more than one institution.

The programme's steering committee will draw up a

shortlist early next month. The successful bidders - and there may be up to 15 - are expected to be named in late July.

During the first phase of the programme pound;1.9 million was allocated to four research projects and two "career development associates" - academics who are in the early stages of promising research careers.

Further information about the Phase 1 projects was provided in Research Focus in The TES of December 3, 1999

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