Mathematics and Statistics is one of five disciplines covered by the 2010 Philip Leverhulme Prizes. Full information is available here.
To heads of department: You will be the official nominator of anyone in your department. I’d suggest thinking carefully about whether you have someone who would be a suitable nominee.
To potential nominees: This appears to be a nice prize. The award is £70,000, paid to your employing institution or organisation in two installments. You can typically spend the money on research assistance, teaching replacement, travel and subsistence, consumables (including specialist books, databases and similar materials), technical and clerical support, or computing and software. You can’t use it for capital equipment, to boost your salary, or for institutional overheads. The US equivalent is probably the Sloan Research Fellowships.
However, you must be under age 36 on 17 May 2010 (with some allowance for career change or break; see the Leverhulme site for details).
The closing date is 4pm on Monday 17 May 2010.
The prizes have been going since 2001, and Mathematics and Statistics was an eligible discipline in 2004, 2006 and 2008. In those years, prizes were awarded to (affiliations at the time):