Cohesion Eligibility

Applications for cohesion funding may be entered at any stage of the year and will be considered at subsequent meetings of the Executive Committee.  Click here for details of meetings.

Cohesion funds may be used for any purpose that the Executive Committee deems to be necessary to develop the Vision RRG and achieve the aims of its constitution, within the financial constraints of the budget and in keeping with the rules applied by the R&D Office at the time.

Acceptable purposes for Cohesion Funding include:

  • support of Research Meetings
  • training and education of members to enhance the skill-base and attainment of the Vision RRG’s aims
  • enhancement of the scientific work of the Vision RRG
  • development of collaborative projects and grant applications
  • purchase of services to develop the work of the Vision RRG
  • employment of administrative support to facilitate the efficient running of the Vision RRG
  • facilitation of meetings and interaction between research groupings within the Vision RRG

Such purposes would not normally include the employment of research staff.

Any Full Member or Member-in-Training may apply for a grant from the Cohesion Fund by submitting an application in writing to the Honorary Treasurer on the Cohesion Fund Application Form.  The Honorary Treasurer will bring all applications to the Executive Committee.  Applications for cohesion funding may be entered at any stage of the year and will be considered at subsequent meetings of the Executive Committee.

Each application will be judged on its merit and the added worth it will bring to the Vision RRG, balanced against the amount of funding requested. Ultimately, Vision RRG approval of cohesion funding requests is at the discretion of the Executive Committee whose decision will be final and based on the aims of the RRG, strategic focus and budgetary constraints.

Travel awards

There will be three classes of travel awards

1.    Conference travel - to attend a scientific meeting.

2.    Research collaboration/laboratory visit - to spend a period of time in a collaborator’s laboratory/group*.

3.    Training course – attendance and registration at an organised training course.

The level of all travel awards will be under financial constraint with conference travel and collaborative/laboratory visits normally restricted to a maximum award of:

National 

  • UK/Ireland  £250

International

  • Europe £500
  • Rest of the world £650

* recipients of such funding will be required to submit a formal report on their visit for inclusion in the Annual Report.  They will also be asked, where appropriate to share the information gained from their collaborative visit with other members of the Vision RRG.

The Executive Committee will contact Vision RRG members in January each year requesting an expression of interest in equipment funding depending on the budgetary status of the Cohesion Fund. Equipment bids will be funded only if the request promotes cohesion and relates to joint projects within the Vision RRG.

Members-in-Training

  • Members-in-Training may only apply for conference travel to one national (UK/Ireland) and one international scientific meeting during their programme of study.
  • Members-in-Training may only apply once for support for a research collaboration/laboratory visit during their programme of study.
  • Members-in-Training may only apply for one training course during their programme of study.
  • The supervisor or principal investigator of the Member-in-Training must counter sign the application form. 
  • Members-in-Training must declare any level of additional funding from any source.
  • Members-in-Training applying for conference travel must be the presenting author on a poster or paper.
  • If cohesion funding is provided, Members-in-Training must be prepared to present their research at a Vision RRG meeting and to provide a brief report for the Vision RRG webpages outlining how the funding was used and the benefit derived.
  • Members-in-Training must acknowledge Vision RRG cohesion funding/ DHSSPS RDO support on the conference presentation.

A condition of receiving funding is that MITs will submit a brief report to the secretary of the Vision RRG on how they used the funding and the experience gained.  This report may be posted on the Vision RRG web pages to facilitate dissemination of knowledge gained and to promote the use of cohesion funding by MITs.

Full Members

Full Members can apply for conference travel only if they are a named author on a presentation unless appropriate justification is provided

Must declare any level of additional funding from any source. If cohesion funding is provided the Member must subsequently present their research at a Vision RRG meeting. Vision RRG cohesion funding/ DHSSPS RDO support must be acknowledged on the conference presentation.

Affiliate members will not be eligible to apply for cohesion funding.