The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoPSA) has established a £500,000 scholarship scheme for researchers looking into safety and accident prevention.
The scheme, set up with funds from BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels), will fund two to three scholarships a year for a decade, including for example, PhDs and shorter research projects.
The scholarships aim to enable individuals and teams, both in the UK and overseas, to carry out research into safety and accident prevention that will produce defined, practical and influential outcomes to help save lives and prevent injuries.
Applications are invited for projects in the range of £6,000 to £20,000 which address key safety themes including improving standards of driving and reducing home and leisure accidents.
As well as general safety, other themes include raising the standards of health and safety management at work, reducing injuries in water, and enhancing risk understanding and awareness through education.
BNFL will be closing down once it has completed the sales and transfers of its remaining businesses. RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey said: “The research which will arise from these scholarships will also provide a fitting legacy for BNFL, which has been relentless in its pursuit of occupational safety.”
Applications should be emailed to Roger Bibbings at RoSPA (email@example.com). The closing date for the first round of applications is 17 April 2009.
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