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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Fellowships - Standard

The Fellowships scheme provides salary and associated costs for periods of three to nine months, to enable an individual researcher to work on a specified research project or programme. The Fellowship can be used to support a wide range of research activities provided that these lead to significant specified research and other outputs by the end of the Fellowship, including the preparation of publications and other outputs from research conducted prior to the start of the Fellowship. Proposals for full economic costs up to a maximum of £120,000 may be submitted.

Information for applicants to AHRC funding schemes

In 2010 the AHRC, along with the other Research Councils, will be transferring its grants processing activities to the new RCUK Shared Services Centre. In addition, the AHRC office will be moving from Bristol to Swindon in June. While the AHRC will do its utmost to minimise the disruption to applicants and others, normal timescales for assessing grant applications will have to be changed to enable these changes to take place as smoothly as possible and for normal business to resume soon after the new systems are in place.

Field

Arts and Humanities

Closing date
Annually March and 31 May


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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 

David Phillips Fellowship

These prestigious fellowships aim to support early-career scientists who have demonstrated high potential and who wish to establish themselves as independent researchers. Up to 10 fellowships are available each year.  Awards are for a period of 5 years and carry a personal salary and a significant research support grant.

Eligibility

Applicants will normally have no less than 3 years of active postdoctoral experience, and must not exceed 10 years in active postgraduate research studies and postdoctoral research employment.

Field

Life Sciences

Closing Date

Next proposal deadline: 2010 TBC

Up to 2 fellowships are available to support early-career researchers wishing to be based at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) or Rothamsted Research (RRes). The applicant's research programme should fit with the Institute's Strategic Plan and be linked to an Institute Strategic Programme. 

Eligibility

Applicants will normally have no less than 3 years of active postdoctoral experience, and must not exceed 10 years in active postgraduate research studies and postdoctoral research employment.

Field

Life Sciences

Closing Date

Next proposal deadline: 2010 TBC


Breast Cancer Campaign (BCC)

Scientific fellowships

The Breast Cancer Campaign invites applications for its scientific fellowships. These provide postdoctoral scientists with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and expertise in the field of breast cancer research.

Eligibility
Candidates must have at least three years postdoctoral experience, have conducted independent research into breast cancer, and have a significant publication record.

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
December 2010 (see BCC website for next deadline)


British Academy

Sino-British Fellowship Trust

The Academy receives a generous grant from the Sino-British Fellowship Trust (SBFT), established by the late Dr Elizabeth Frankland Moore, to support individual or co-operative research projects. Research may be conducted either in Britain or in China, or in both countries, and must involve person-to-person contacts.

Field
Arts and Humanities; Economics and Social Sciences

Closing date
Annually 15 March


British Heart Foundation (BHF)

Career Re-entry Research Fellowships

To provide an opportunity to re-establish a career in cardiovascular science in an established research institution in the UK after a break of more than two years.

Eligibility
Applicants must be post doctorates who are returning to work after a 2 year (or more) career break; residency requirements apply (see BHF website)

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
No closing date


Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship

To provide a career opportunity for talented individuals hoping to become research leaders in an established research institution in the UK.

Eligibility
Applicants must usually have completed 3-6 years successful postdoctoral work with a series of first or senior author high impact research papers; residency requirements apply (see BHF website)

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
No closing date


British Telecommunications (BT)

Short-term fellowships

The scheme offers researchers the opportunity to carry out a research project that they propose - typically of six weeks' duration - with a focus on innovative ideas that will challenge current thinking. The proposal should be relevant to BT business.

Eligibility
The scheme is open to lecturers, professors and PHD-qualified research students working in fields relevant to a global IT, communications and networking services company.

Field
Science

Closing date
Annually 16 April


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Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

Career Establishment Award

Cancer Research UK invites applications for its career establishment awards for new investigators in the biomedical and basic sciences. The aim is to encourage the best new investigators to develop a career in cancer research and to provide the core support required to enable successful applicants to establish their research groups. The award supplies funds for one junior postdoctoral position and one research assistant as well as running expenses. Awards will be for up to five years and up to eight awards will be made per year. Applications are invited from those with interests in any aspect of the biomedical sciences including biology, chemistry, physics and math as long as the proposal is relevant to cancer research.

Eligibility
New non-clinical investigators who have just taken up their first academic post funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England are eligible to apply. The applicant must be the sole primary investigator and within three years of starting their first post at a higher education institution.

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
Annually 30 July


Career Development Fellowships

This Fellowship supports outstanding non-clinical scientists at the start of their independent careers. Fellows will have shown special promise in their initial studies in a cancer relevant research field, but may not yet have sufficient experience or the track record to obtain a more senior Fellowship. The Fellowship provides the opportunity to set up an independent research group for the first time.

Eligibility
Applicants should have completed between three and six years' of postdoctoral work, and must not have had a prior opportunity to develop a research group (for instance, by having been awarded another fellowship or being appointed to a tenured or tenure-track position in a university or research institute)

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
Annual competition. An invitation for the submission of applications will be advertised in April 2010,

Daphne Jackson Trust

Research fellowships for returning engineers and scientists

The Fellowship scheme aims to enable a return to careers in science or engineering through updated knowledge and renewed professional skills.

Eligibility
Applicants must have taken a break of at least two years from a science/engineering/technology related career, have attained at least a first degree, be resident in the United Kingdom, be fluent in English, and have basic computing skills.

Field
Science; Life Sciences

Closing date
No closing date


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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Postdoctoral fellowships

The Physics, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), Mathematical Sciences and Life Sciences Interface (LSI) Programmes are offering Postdoctoral Fellowships to enable the most talented new researchers to establish an independent research career, shortly or immediately after completing a PhD. Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Life Sciences Interface require the fellow to spend between 6 and 18 months working at one or more leading laboratories outside the UK.

Eligibility
Applicants should have less than four year's postdoctoral experience. Fellowships cannot begin until a PhD has been obtained.

Field
Science; Life Sciences

Closing date
Annually August (see EPSRC website)


Career acceleration fellowships

Career Acceleration Fellowships provide up to five years funding to talented researchers at an early stage of their career. They provide an opportunity to concentrate on research for the period of the award, as well as supporting all the costs of the associated research for the full duration of the fellowship. The expectation is that fellows will have established an independent career of international standing by the end of the award.

Eligibility
Applicants should not hold or have held a permanent UK academic post, or have received, before the start date of the award, the promise of a permanent UK academic post. Applicants should have between 3 and 10 years postdoctoral research and/or relevant industrial experience by the start date of the fellowship. Applications are welcomed from candidates who wish to re-establish themselves after a career break or other period of absence from active research. Applicants must not hold or have held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship or currently hold an RCUK Academic Fellowship.

Field
Science; Life Sciences

Closing date
The next Career Acceleration Fellowship call will be released in July 2010.  


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Leverhulme Trust

Early Career Fellowships

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Eligibility
Applicants may not currently hold, or have already held, a full-time established (i.e., permanent) academic position in a UK university or comparable institution in the UK. Applicants should normally be under age 35 and hold an awarded doctorate or have equivalent research experience at the time of taking up the award. Applications from those aged 35 and over will be considered if they began their academic studies at a later age than is usual or if they have had a career change or break. Applicants may, when registered for a doctorate, apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date, and confirmation of this will be required as part of the application procedure.

Field
All fields

Closing date
March annually (see Leverhulme Trust website for next deadline). An internal competition is held annually at the University (prior to the March closing date) to select the best candidates.

Research fellowships

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

Eligibility
Applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of application and may not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for professional or vocational qualifications. Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience and academic background sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of research.

Field
All fields

Closing date
November annually (see Leverhulme Trust website for next deadline).


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Medical Research Council (MRC)

New Investigator Research Grant

New Investigator Research Grants are aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming principal investigators.  The scheme can provide talented early-career scientists with a route into a permanent academic position. For those who already have a post it provides funding and 'protected time' with which to establish an independent research career. New Research Investigator Grants provide funding for three years. They are not renewable, and cannot usually be extended.

Eligibility
Applicants must be based at a UK institution and hold a PhD, D Phil or an MD. They should either be at the start of their first academic appointment or be in a senior post-doctoral position and have between three and ten years post qualification research experience.

Field
Life Sciences; Health

Closing date
January, May and September annually (see MRC website for relevant Research Board deadline dates). Contract research staff members require permission from the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research before applying.


Methodology Research Fellowship

The MRC methodology research fellowship is a post-doctoral award aimed at providing a period of specialist training in health research methodology. The scheme is aimed at researchers with a grounding in health research, not necessarily in a methodological discipline, who wish to undertake a period of specialist training in the development and investigation of innovative research methods. This award should enable researchers to move from post-doctoral scientist to an independent researcher in their chosen research field. The award also offers the opportunity to enhance the research training through placement in an overseas research centre, a second research centre or in UK industry.

The scheme is open to applicants who wish to pursue methods development research training in any area of health research ranging from basic experimental and observational science, through to clinical trials and applied public health research. Proposals are likely to involve developing and applying innovative methodologies in one or more of the following disciplines: health economics; biostatistics, bioinformatics; modelling, decision sciences, epidemiology; clinical trials; behavioural sciences; health psychology, qualitative methodologies and mixed methods, medical sociology and medical geography.

Eligibility

Science and social science graduates should hold a PhD or DPhil in a relevant discipline. Applicants who hold a relevant research-orientated Masters degree and have carried out appropriate post-graduate work will also be considered. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate progression towards an independent career, for example from publications arising from doctoral and post-doctoral research.

Field

Life Sciences; Health

Deadline

Annually October (see MRC website for relevant Research Board deadline dates).


Population Health Scientist Fellowship

Population health sciences are concerned with the study of social and environmental influences on physical and mental health and well-being, with reference to a range of 'up-stream' influences such as early life experiences, the social and economic conditions in which we live and environmental exposures that can affect wellbeing. A key aim is to understand how and why ill-health varies within and between populations and across the life course, and how to improve the health of the public through clinical or public health interventions including those that may be delivered outside conventional health services.

Eligibility

Science graduate applicants should hold a PhD or DPhil in a relevant discipline or expect to do so by the time they take up the award. Applicants who hold a research-oriented Masters degree and have carried out appropriate postgraduate work for three years or more will also be considered.

Field

Life Sciences; Health

Deadline

Annually October (see MRC website for relevant Research Board deadline dates).


Career Development Award in Biostatistics

The MRC Career Development Award in Biostatistics is a postdoctoral fellowship aiming to support individuals working in, or who wish to move into, health related research. It provides up to four years of support for the development and investigation of innovative statistical methods and their application in clinical research. The award also provides the opportunity to enhance the research training through placement in an overseas research centre, a second UK research centre or in UK Industry.

Eligibility
The scheme is available to individuals with PhDs in statistics, biostatistics or a related discipline and less than 5 years post-doctoral experience or to those who expect to have received such a doctorate by the time they intend to take up the award. Post doctoral applicants have no residential restrictions.

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
Annually October (see MRC website for next deadline)


Special Training Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics (computational biology, neuroinformatics and health informatics)

The MRC Special Training Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics supports specialist multi-disciplinary training aimed at creating a research workforce able to take forward new developments in the fields of bioinformatics, neuro-informatics, health informatics and computational biology. This Fellowship is aimed at individuals from non-biological as well as biological, non-clinical and clinical backgrounds.

Eligibility
Applicants should hold either a PhD or DPhil in a relevant discipline or expect to do so by the time they intend to take up the award. Applications are particularly welcome from those in the physical or mathematical sciences or in information technology who wish to apply their expertise to biomedical problems.

Field
Life Sciences; Science

Closing date
Annually September (see MRC website for next deadline)


Career Development Award

The MRC Career Development Award provides up to five years' support for outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from post-doctoral research trainee to independent investigator. Applicants are expected to take advantage of the full five years' funding available. It includes an option of two years' research training outside the UK, in UK industry, or at another UK research centre, to enable Fellows to acquire new transferable techniques and skills. The scheme also provides a jointly funded postdoctoral award in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Eligibility
Applicants should hold a PhD/DPhil and usually have between three and six years' postdoctoral experience. Candidates who hold a research-oriented MSc degree, and who have undertaken a period of at least four years' appropriate postgraduate research work, may exceptionally be considered.

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
Annually January (see MRC website for next deadline)


MRC/ESRC

MRC/ESRC Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council invite applications for their joint interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowships. The scheme supports postdoctoral fellows whose research is of interest to both councils and which requires the combined approaches of both the medical and social sciences. While proposals are invited from any sub-discipline of the social or medical sciences the following areas have been identified as of particular interest to the two councils: economics of health, and public health, including in the developing world; prevention and management of chronic health problems; health service delivery; new medical technologies, including genomics and stem cells; health inequalities; social neurosciences.

Eligibility
Applications are open to clinical researchers, non-clinical researchers, allied health professionals and social scientists who have recently obtained PhDs or professional doctorates in a social or medical science field or expect to have received such a qualification by the time they intend to take up the award. Individuals who have completed their doctorate more than 24 months prior to the beginning of the award, will not be eligible, unless the interruption of their career was for family, health or other personal reasons. Candidates re-entering academia after a career break must not have, or expect to have, more than two years related postdoctoral experience by the time they commence the award.

Field
Life Sciences; Economics and Social Sciences

Closing date
Annually January (see MRC or ESRC website for next deadline)


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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Postdoctoral fellowships

Postdoctoral research fellowships provide further postdoctoral experience and support to outstanding environmental scientists who wish to become independent investigators. NERC particularly encourages multi-disciplinary applications across the boundaries of environmental science and engineering and social and/or economic research. The council is also particularly keen to attract scientists in areas of applied mathematics, physics or strongly quantitative disciplines wishing to develop a career in environmental science.

Eligibility
Applicants must hold or expect to hold a PhD/DPhil, or be able to demonstrate equivalent and substantial research experience. Applicants must not hold a tenured post in a UK university.

Field
Science; Life Sciences; Economics and Social Sciences

Closing date
Usually beginning of November annually (see NERC website for next deadline)


Parkinsons Disease Society (PDS)

Senior research fellowships

Senior research fellowships provide funding for senior researchers to establish their own research group for the study of Parkinson's disease. They are aimed at UK researchers who have significant experience at a postdoctoral level, and funding will cover a salary as well as start-up and running costs.

Eligibility
Applicants should have significant experience at a post-doctoral or senior registrar level and be looking to ultimately establish their own research group for the study of Parkinson's disease.

Field
Life Sciences; Health

Closing date
3 December annually (see PDS website for next deadline)


Parkinsons training Fellowships

Training fellowships provide funding for professionals who wish to undertake research training relevant to Parkinson's Disease with the aim of achieving a higher research degree, such as PhD, MPhil or MD. Applications for these kinds of fellowships are particularly encouraged.

Eligibility
Applicants should be appropriately qualified health and social care professionals who wish to undertake research training relevant to Parkinson's Disease. Training Fellowship awards can only be supported when based in, or linked to, designated host research units, centres, institutes or departments with an appropriate track record in training and research relevant to Parkinson's.

Field
Life Sciences; Health

Closing date
3 December annually (see PDS website for next deadline)


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Royal Society (RS)

Newton International Fellowships

The Royal Society in partnership with the British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering, are pleased to announce the launch of the Newton International Fellowships. These two year fellowships are open to early stage postdoctoral researchers from outside the UK in any discipline covered by the three partner academies. They provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of £2,000. As part of the scheme, all Newton Fellows who remain in research will be granted a 10 year follow-up funding package worth £6,000 per annum.

Eligibility

Applicants should have completed a PhD and have up to six years' postdoctoral experience, or equivalent experience at a comparable level. Applicants in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted, provided that the PhD will be completed before the start date of the Fellowship. Applicants should be working outside the UK and should not hold UK citizenship at the time of application. Contact between the UK Sponsor and the Applicant prior to the application is essential. This contact should lead to a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research project proposal. The UK Sponsor must be an established researcher of post-doctoral (or equivalent) status and must hold a permanent or fixed term contract in a publicly–funded research organisation. In the case of fixed term contracts, employment must continue for at least the duration of the project.

Field

Science; Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences

Closing date

Annually January (see RS website)


University Research Fellowships

The University Research Fellowships scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

Eligibility
Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience. Applicants are expected to be at an early to mid-stage of their career. As an example, you could have had between one and three post doc positions.

Field
Science; Life Sciences

Closing date
Annually September (see RS website for next deadline)


Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for excellent scientists and engineers for whom career flexibility is essential.

Eligibility
Applicants must demonstrate a current need for flexible support due to personal circumstances at the time of application. This can (but not exclusively) include current parental/caring responsibilities, or clinically diagnosed health issues. Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career. The scheme seeks to target early-career stage scientists. Successful applicants who have not yet submitted their PhD cannot take up an appointment until their PhD has been awarded.

Field
Science; Life Sciences

Closing date
Annually January (see RS website for next deadline)


Industry Fellowship Scheme

The Royal Society invites applications under its industry fellowships scheme, jointly funded with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, Rolls-Royce plc and Astra Zeneca. The scheme aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia. It provides opportunities for an academic scientist to work on a collaborative project with industry, or someone employed in industry to work on a collaborative project with a university department or not-for-profit research organisation. Research may be in any discipline within the natural sciences, including agriculture, mathematics, biotechnology, environmental research, medical and engineering sciences. Projects at any stage from fundamental science to industrial innovation will be supported.

Eligibility
Applicants may be of any nationality. They should hold a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession and hold a permanent academic post in either a UK university, a UK not-for-profit research organisation or in UK industry. Fellowships last for up to two years and provide a salary, as well as research expenses of up to £2,000 per annum.

Field

Science; Life Sciences

Closing date
(see RS website for next deadline)
24 March (Round 2)


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Wellcome Trust

Career development fellowships in basic biomedical science

Career development fellowships in basic biomedical science enable postdoctoral scientists to become independent research scientists. The proposed research should fall within the trust's science remit.

Eligibility
Candidates should be EEA nationals, have a science or veterinary qualification and have between three and six years' research experience from the date of their doctoral degree.

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date

Next preliminary application deadline: Usally March annually
Invited full application deadline: Usually May annually

 (see Wellcome Trust website for deadlines)


Career Re-entry Fellowships in biomedical science

Career Re-entry Fellowships are designed for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a break of at least two years. They give such scientists the opportunity to return to high-quality research, with the potential to undertake refresher or further training. These fellowships are particularly suitable for applicants wishing to return to research after a break for family commitments.

Eligibility
Applicants must have at least two years' postdoctoral research experience and have had a career break of at least two years in duration. Applicants must have an eligible sponsoring laboratory in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and a sponsor who holds an established post and has tenure beyond the duration of the proposed fellowship.

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
Next preliminary application deadline: Usually 8 March annually
Invited full application deadline: Usually May annually


Biomedical ethics research fellowships

These fellowships are for individuals not yet in established academic posts wishing to undertake a period of postdoctoral research. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of biomedical ethics research, fellowships may provide postdoctoral researchers with support to enable them to obtain research training, either in a new discipline or in a new aspect of their own field, e.g. a humanities scholar who wishes to be trained in social science. In such cases, the requested training must form a substantial component of the proposed research and should not normally be available via the standard funding routes, e.g. by learning new skills as a post-doctoral researcher on a project grant. The requested training should also include methodologies and skills that are new to the applicant.

Eligibility
Applicants must be postdoctoral scholars not in tenured or otherwise long-term established posts, but who are based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Strong preference will be given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving a long-term academic career as a specialist in any area related to biomedical ethics. The application must be sponsored by an established (and normally senior) member of the department in which the award is to be held.

Field
Life Sciences; Arts and Humanities; Economics and Social Sciences

Closing date
1 August and 1 December (see Wellcome Trust website for deadlines)


Research fellowships in the history of medicine

This scheme supports individuals at all stages of a career not in established academic posts, wishing to undertake a period of research. Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career as a specialist in the history of medicine.

Eligibility
Applicants must be postdoctoral scholars not in tenured or otherwise long-term established posts (employment on a rolling contract is regarded as tantamount to holding an established post), wishing to carry out an extended period of research on a specific project. The application must be sponsored by an established and normally senior member of the department, unit or institute in the UK, Republic of Ireland or The Netherlands in which the award is to be held. Candidates should normally be nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) with relevant connection to the EEA.

Field
Arts and Humanities

Closing date

1 August and 1 December (see Wellcome Trust website for deadlines)


Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas. Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims.

Eligibility
These awards are open to nationals of the UK/European Economic Area (EAA) or to non-EEA nationals with the relevant connection to the UK or Republic of Ireland. Candidates should have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at submission of full application. Applications will be accepted from candidates in the final year of their PhD. Candidates must have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland that will administer the application for the full duration (four years) of the award.

Field
Life Sciences

Closing date
Deadline for preliminary applications: November 
Deadline for full applications: February 
(see Wellcome Trust website for next deadline)

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