STFC - Specific Requirements

All attachments (including any references provided) should be written in one of the following fonts:

with a minimum of 2 cm margins around each page. You do not need to number attachment pages as this will be done automatically on import to the STFC Back Office. Please ensure that file names do not exceed 140 characters as this will cause problems on import into the STFC Back Office.  The required attachments for each fellowship are listed below.  Please note that anything uploaded as an “Other” attachment or “Proposal Cover Letter” will not be made available to reviewers.

Pathways to Impact

The attachment should be a maximum of 2 sides of A4, minimum sans serif font size 11 and entitled “Pathways to Impact”.

The Pathways to Impact attachment should:

Researchers should be/are encouraged to:

The Proposal must include A Pathways to Impact attachment. If you are unable to provide one, the attachment document Type should be used to fully justify why this is not possible.

The RCUK position and expectations document on the UKRI website outlines considerations that funding recipients would be expected to undertake: https://www.ukri.org/innovation/

Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Applicants should read the competency profile in Annex 1 to the ERF Guidance to determine if they have the skills, knowledge and experience to apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship.

Please check all documents comply with page limits, font size (standard Arial 11 pt is the preferred font) and margin sizes.  STFC will reject a proposal if any of the documents submitted breaches the rules on page limits, font size or margins.  Proposals that are in breach of the rules in this way will not be returned for amendment.  The only exception would be where a breach occurred because of issues in downloading the proposal into the Research Council systems.

Case for Support

Required

Exactly 1

Maximum length of three sides of A4 including diagrams and illustrations

C.V.

Required

Exactly 1

Maximum of two sides of A4 using C.V. template on STFC website.

The format, font and margins of the template should not be altered.  NO sections should be deleted.  Applicants who complete the section on Career Breaks may extend the limit of two sides of A4 to accommodate this additional information.

List of Publications

Required

Exactly 1

Outreach*

Required

Exactly 1

Up to 200 words on Public Engagement

Letter of Support**

Required**

Exactly 1

Maximum length of two sides of A4

Data Management Plan

Required

Exactly 1

Maximum length of two sides of A4. If it is felt not relevant then upload a document stating why to pass validation.

Pathways*** to Impact

Required

Exactly 1

Maximum length of two sides of A4. If it is felt not relevant then upload a document stating why to pass validation

*The Outreach attachment should outline the plans you have for communicating information about your research proposal to the wider public, by means for example, of press releases; work with local media; participation in public events (e.g. lectures); links with MPs (or elected members of devolved administrations); training in public communications or media awareness and work with teachers and schools. Please also mention outreach already undertaken.

**The Letter of Support (personal reference) attachment should be the review supplied by the nominated reviewer named on the form by the applicant. the nominated reviewer must not be from the host institution. It is mandatory at the submitter stage to upload this attachment which will be confidential i.e. not visible to the applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their nominated reviewer knows who to supply their reference to (at their host institution) in order that it can be uploaded and submitted with the proposal.

***Pathways to Impact should describe how the potential impacts of this research will be realised by users and beneficiaries of the research who are outside of your immediate academic research community, for example the public sector, commercial private sector, commercial private sector, third sector (voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, charities, cooperatives and mutual) or the wider public in general.

IPS Fellowship

Case for Support

Required

Exactly 1

Project Partner Letter of support

Required

1 for each Project Partner

Data Management Plan

Required

Exactly 1

Maximum length of two sides of A4. If it is felt not relevant then upload a document stating why to pass validation.

Other

Required

At least 2

For an IPS Fellowship 'Other' includes a Financial Resources Statement and Job Specification.

Leadership Fellow in Public Engagement

Case for Support

Required

Exactly 1

CV

Required

At least 1

Head of Dept

Statement

Required

At least 1

 

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