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Hanne and Torkel Weis-Fogh Fund

This Fund has been established in memory of the distinguished scientific work of Professor Torkel Weis-Fogh in the fields of zoology and zoophysiology in Denmark and in England.

Its object is to further research in the fields of zoology and zoophysiology, at the Departments of Zoology and Zoophysiology of the Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus in Denmark, and at the Department of Zoology of the University of Cambridge, so as to improve the sum of communicable knowledge in those fields.

The income of the Fund will be used to make grants:

  • to promote experimental research in the fields of zoology and zoophysiology in the University Departments named above
  • to promote exchange of those engaged in research (including students) between those on the one hand in either of the departments of the two Danish Universities, and those on the other hand in the Department of Zoology of Cambridge University
  • to assist research students in any of the above named University departments who wish to conduct research in zoology and zoophysiology

The sum available for distribution is not large, and will not, for example, provide full-time support for a research student. Equal sums of about £1,000 annually are available for distribution in the Danish and Cambridge universities respectively. Grants are typically made for a specific piece of equipment, or to provide travel and living expenses for making visits of a few months. It should also be noted that it is the policy of the Managers not to support expeditions.

Any recipient of a grant from the Fund may be required, as a condition of the grant, to furnish the Treasurer of the University of Cambridge such details of expenditure from the grant as he may require and to submit to the Managers at their request a report on the research undertaken with its assistance.

2014

In 2014 there will be two rounds of applications:

The closing date  for Round 1 is 10 January 2014, and the Managers will consider these applications at their meeting on 24 January.  Round 1 invites applications for small awards to support research, in particular research demonstrating collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge, and Denmark.

The closing date for Round 2 is 14 March 2014, with decisions being made the following week.  This round covers Scheme A and Scheme B.

Scheme A invites applications for up to six visitors from Danish Universities to attend the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology's Seminar Day on 11 April 2014 and to spend a day in the Department, meeting students, postdocs and academic staff.   Travel and accommodation expenses will be met.

Scheme B invites applications for small awards to support research, in particular research demonstrating collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge, and Denmark.

The process of application for a grant is the same for both rounds.  Application papers should be submitted to the , Department of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ, and should include:

  • a short CV
  • an outline travel or research proposal (in particular for Scheme A,  it should include what you hope to gain from visiting the Department in Cambridge)
  • a proposed budget

In addition, applicants are required to nominate two referees who are in a position to comment on the scientific project. Referees should be asked to send their references directly to .  If the applicant is a research student, one referee should be the supervisor.

If you have any questions about either Round or Scheme, please email