Funding of 6m euros will help child health researchers to work across the globe

 medical research
04 Apr 2013 15:38:32.410

The University of Nottingham has secured €6m in funding from the EU to enable post-doctoral researchers in child health to take part in exchanges and collaborations across the globe.

The University is leading a consortium of 25 organisations – including universities, research institutes and industry in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and Asia – which will promote training and career development for Europe’s most promising young researchers.

The €15m Cascade Fellows project will see €6m awarded to The University of Nottingham.

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The grant is one of the largest of its kind ever awarded to a UK university. It will give over 90 post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and develop international contacts in the field of child health. Researchers will work on projects in a variety of areas including metabolism, endocrinology, endocrine disruptors, intracellular receptor biology and health outcomes.

Professor Michael Symonds, Deputy Head (elect) of the University’s New School of Medicine, said: “This is a dynamic project that will provide world-class training opportunities for the next generation of research fellows at a time when such funding has never been more difficult to obtain”.

Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: “Support for researchers at this stage in their careers is hugely important. This funding will allow a significant number to take part in international research exchanges, giving them invaluable experience. I’m delighted at the news.” 

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More information is available from Sandra Winfield, Cascade Fellows Project Co-ordinator, University of Nottingham, +44 (0)115 846 6047, Tara de Cozar, Internal Communications Manager, The University of Nottingham, via +44 (0)115 846 8560.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia; according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2012, ‘Of all the British universities, Nottingham has embraced internationalism the most.’ It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK by 2012 application numbers, and ‘the world’s greenest university’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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