UK-based questionnaire to collect information on the current funding sources for bioimage analysts.

Bioimage analysis is an emergent discipline which develops and supports image analysis applicable within the life sciences. The community's need for bioimage analysis is becoming more urgent as research moves towards becoming more automated and larger scale. Due to the grass roots nature of this discipline the funding sources and job specification are still not well defined. It is becoming clear that to retain the best talent we need to improve and develop the way in which these researchers are funded. The goal of this questionnaire is to establish how  researchers are presently funded with respect to image analysis and to ascertain whether the available funding is appropriate to their needs.

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* 1. What is your email address?  (this is only used to confirm your academic affiliation).

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* 2. If you are not already on the IAFIG-RMS mailing list, would you like to be?

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* 3. What best describes your position? (Please choose the closet role)

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* 4. Which of the following categories best describes your working relationship with image analysis? (click all that apply)

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* 5. Where does your funding come from?

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Core facility funding (0-100%).
Research grants (0-100%).
University Lectureship (0-100%).
My own research grant (e.g. fellowship) (0-100%).
Internal cost recovery (e.g. consulting, training academics) (0-100%).
External cost recovery (e.g. consulting, training companies) (0-100%).
Other funding not mentioned above (0-100%).

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* 6. Which UK Research Councils or Charities fund your research (please check)?

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* 7. How much longer will your current funding last? (If you have multiple funding sources, choose the one that runs out first).

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* 8. Have you found that your funding/university have included adequate resources for you to develop professionally (i.e. have been allowed and encouraged to apply for your own funding, attend conferences, network)?

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* 9. Statement: Due to the sometimes mixed and ad-hoc nature of funding sources it is possible that one’s source of funding has been detrimental to your efforts to support your local community as a whole (i.e. you have not been able to assist people with general problems because of commitments to a particular funding source).

Question. Do you agree with the above statement?

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* 10. Statement: Individual researchers, in terms of their career, are feeling as though they must choose in a binary sense between pursuing independent research or a service/support role.

Question: Would you be interested in funding which financially assisted you to support your local community (i.e. training and assisting in other people’s projects), but also allowed some time to pursue your own independent research interests (similar to a fellowship)?

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