Criteria for SoBRA Bursaries

The following outline gives details of how SoBRA will assess and prioritise applications for bursaries from its funds. The total fund available for bursaries each year will vary according to the Society’s circumstances but is expected to be about 5% of currently held funds. SoBRA does not undertake to spend all of the allocation each year (funds will be awarded on merit and application) nor to fund entire research or meeting expenses. It is expected that the maximum bursary per application will be in the region of £500.

The bursaries are available to either: 1) help fund research that will improve land contamination risk assessment; or 2) contribute towards registration, travel and accommodation costs for attending a scientific meeting/conference related to land contamination risk assessment. The research can focus on any aspect of the risk assessment process (eg, data collection, exposure assessment, toxicology, etc) and it might have previously been identified by SoBRA members (eg, via a Workshop). The meeting/conference attendance does not have to be SoBRA-organised or UK-based but it should be noted that there is no guarantee to fund total costs. Applications can be made at any time throughout the year.

Bursaries are awarded on the condition that a written deliverable will be submitted to SoBRA after the event/research work has been conducted. This will be in the form of a research report, in a format to be agreed or a short article (~ 500 words) on the event for the SoBRA newsletter.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Research or meeting must have a substantial element relating to land contamination risk assessment and, more specifically, its scientific aspects.
  • Applicant must be a member of SoBRA.
  • Applicants need to be post-graduate students or early-career (first five years) land contamination risk assessors.
  • Research findings must be publishable by SoBRA (jointly, if appropriate).
  • For meeting attendance bursaries, applicants must be presenting a poster or giving an oral presentation. The bursary beneficiary must be the presenting author.
  • Cannot be retrospective.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications to be submitted to the SoBRA Secretary, to include:

  • Brief outline of the research or meeting/conference (with references to publicly available information, as appropriate).
  • A justification for undertaking the research, or for attending the meeting/conference and why the applicant believes it will be beneficial to them and their development, as well as the Society as a whole.
  • In the case of meeting/conference attendance, abstract of the submitted presentation and evidence of its acceptance by the meeting/conference organisers (for non-SoBRA meetings only).
  • Curriculum vitae of applicant.
  • Confirmation of student status or early career scientist by supervisor or line manager.
  • Confirmation of meeting/conference attendance by line management or HR.

PRIORITISATION CRITERIA

  • Originality and scientific merit of work to be presented.
  • Relevance of the subject to SoBRA members’ areas of interest.
  • Membership of SoBRA (all other criteria being equal).

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Criteria for SoBRA Annual Scholarship

In pursuit of meeting our core objectives, SoBRA have established a scholarship scheme to fund (or contribute towards) research that will improve land contamination risk assessment. The total fund available for the annual scholarship each year will vary according to the Society’s circumstances but is expected to be around £3000. Funds will be awarded on merit and application. SoBRA will offer one scholarship per calendar year. It is anticipated that unallocated funds will carry over to the following year’s scholarship fund.

The research must focus on an aspect of the risk assessment process (e.g. data collection, exposure assessment, toxicology, etc.) and it might have previously been identified by SoBRA members (e.g. via recommendations stemming from a SoBRA Workshop). The application window will run from 01 January to 31 March each year, and the successful candidate will be selected by the SoBRA Executive Committee. Should no scholarship be awarded during this window, then the opportunity to apply shall remain open until an application is successful or until 30 November (whichever comes first).

All applicants will be required to submit a research report to SoBRA documenting their findings, in a format and timescale to be agreed with the SoBRA Committee. The award of funding would be made 50% upon award and 50% on submission of the report to the agreed format.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Research must have a substantial element relating to land contamination risk assessment and, more specifically, its scientific aspects and focused on UK issues.
  • Applicant must be a member of SoBRA.
  • Research findings must be publishable by SoBRA (jointly, if appropriate).
  • The scholarship is to support new research, it cannot be retrospective.
  • While it is anticipated that the applicant may be in full time education this is not essential and the award is open to those that are working within industry.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications to be submitted to the SoBRA Secretary at [email protected], to include:

  • A brief outline including the aims of the research and the anticipated timescales for completing the work.
  • A justification for undertaking the research i.e. what need/gap does this research fill; how the research will benefit the brownfield risk assessment community in the UK?
  • Curriculum vitae of applicant.

PRIORITISATION CRITERIA

  • Originality and scientific merit of work to be presented.
  • The need for this particular research has been identified by SoBRA following a workshop.
  • Relevance of the subject to SoBRA areas of interest(s).
  • Anticipated value/impact and applicability of the research in relation to brownfield risk assessment.