SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
17 March 2016
Volume 17 Issue 2

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SETAC Europe Return To Science Grant

Gertie Arts, SETAC Europe President, and Annegaaike Leopold, SETAC Europe Awards Committee Chair

For the first time, the SETAC Europe Return to Science Grant will be awarded to stimulate scientists who have somehow 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 under certain circumstances to get started again, this grant is seen as a boost and an encouragement.

The grant representing a value of €1,000 could take several forms. Examples of what the grant
could be dedicated to include:

  • A free registration or invitation to speak at a SETAC Europe Meeting
  • Securing research funds by providing small grants (non-staff costs) to 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

The applicants should send a written application letter explaining exactly what their situation is and the type of work break they experienced, which will be kept confidential; their scientific background and how they would like to use the grant. The application package must also include a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. Grant recipients should be based in an area administered by SETAC Europe (i.e., Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa). Please send applications to Valerie Verstappen in the SETAC Europe Office and copy Annegaaike Leopold, Chair of the SETAC Europe Awards Committee. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2016. The grant will be presented during the opening ceremony at the SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting in May in Nantes, France.

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