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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 2018 Travelling Fellowships

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Applications are now open for 2018 Travelling Fellowships

 

Are you inspired by projects you know of abroad? Do you have the drive and determination to undertake global research?

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funds UK citizens to investigate ground-breaking practice in other countries and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people in the UK.

Grants cover return and internal travel, daily living and insurance within the countries visited. No qualifications are required.

Categories include:

  • Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Living
  • Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health – Community Based Approaches
  • Migration – Living Well Together
  • New Approaches to Social and Affordable Housing
  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Supporting Vulnerable Children following Bereavement

Apply before 5pm on 19th September 2017.

For more details please see: http://www.wcmt.org.uk/

Newton Fund latest calls

The British Council have announced that the latest calls available under the Newton Fund are now open or forthcoming:

 

6 September 2017 12pm BST NEW! MALAYSIA – UK-Malaysia Urban Innovation Challenge (Innovate UK)
APPLICATIONS ON A ROLLING BASIS TURKEY – Fellowships for UK Researchers (British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society)
Forthcoming FORTHCOMING: CHINA – UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund PhD Placement Programme (British Council)
Forthcoming FORTHCOMING: INDIA – Bio-technological solutions for reducing industrial waste (BBSRC, EPSRC)
Forthcoming FORTHCOMING: CHINA – UK-China Agri-Tech (BBSRC)
Forthcoming FORTHCOMING: INDIA – Ganga Delta – Bay of Bengal Interactions (NERC)
Forthcoming FORTHCOMING: INDONESIA – Wallacea understanding biodiversity and evolutionary responses to environmental change (NERC)
Forthcoming FORTHCOMING: SOUTH EAST ASIA – Increasing resilience to hydrometeorological hazards (NERC)

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If you are interested in applying to any of these calls then please contact your RKEO Funding Development Officer, in the first instance.

Explore career and funding options with the MRC’s Interactive Career Framework

The MRC have developed an Interactive Career Framework which provides information on possible options for careers and funding in health research within academia and industry.

The framework includes information on relevant funding opportunities for eight major health funders, including the MRC, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust, and the National Institute for Health Research.

The Framework also offers potential career development routes depending on your current career stage.

Click here for more information and to access the Interactive Career Framework.

Don’t forget the Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework is a programme of training and development opportunities available to all members of staff regardless of what level they have attained in their academic career.  It provides several pathways of opportunity depending on what interests you.

Insight 2017 – Health Foundation Funding Opportunity

  • Insight 2017 opens for applications on 10 May 2017.
  • £1.6 million is available for research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK.
  • The programme comprises two funding streams for small and large-scale awards.
  • Deadline for applications: Tuesday 25 July 2017.

 

The Health Foundation is exploring what a learning health care system might look like in the UK and wants to better understand the elements that could contribute to making one. They recognise that digitisation and analysis of data and information play an important role in supporting health care systems to continuously learn and improve.

The rich information held in national clinical audits and registries can be used to inform improvements in health care quality. However, national audits and registries are yet to realise their full potential in the UK.

The Health Foundation’s £1.6 million Insight 2017 funding invites researchers to submit ideas for research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK.

The programme comprises two funding streams:

  • Small-scale awards – up to £100,000 to support innovative research that is particularly novel or conducted at a small scale, completed over 18 months. Projects eligible for funding under this stream include standalone research studies, and feasibility or pilot studies.
  • Large-scale awards – between £300,000 and £400,000 for substantive studies across more than one site and/or location of innovative and ambitious research with the potential to support transformational change, completed over three years.

The call aims to fund research that either:

  • broadens the involvement of patients in the design and collection of clinical audit and registry data, specifically the collection and use of patient reported outcomes
  • demonstrates the value of linking clinical audit and registry data to other data, to improve the value of health care
  • explores variation in metrics of clinical quality and outlier identification to determine priorities for improvement.

For more information and how to apply see here.

Research Professional – all you need to know

Research-Professional-logoEvery BU academic has a Research Professional account which delivers weekly emails detailing funding opportunities in their broad subject area. To really make the most of your Research Professional account, you should tailor it further by establishing additional alerts based on your specific area of expertise. The Funding Development Team Officers can assist you with this, if required.

Research Professional have created several guides to help introduce users to ResearchProfessional. These can be downloaded here.

Quick Start Guide: Explains to users their first steps with the website, from creating an account to searching for content and setting up email alerts, all in the space of a single page.

User Guide: More detailed information covering all the key aspects of using ResearchProfessional.

Administrator Guide: A detailed description of the administrator functionality.

In addition to the above, there are a set of 2-3 minute videos online, designed to take a user through all the key features of ResearchProfessional. To access the videos, please use the following link: http://www.youtube.com/researchprofessional

Research Professional are running a series of online training broadcasts aimed at introducing users to the basics of creating and configuring their accounts on ResearchProfessional. They are holding monthly sessions, covering everything you need to get started with ResearchProfessional. The broadcast sessions will run for no more than 60 minutes, with the opportunity to ask questions via text chat. Each session will cover:

  • Self registration and logging in
  • Building searches
  • Setting personalised alerts
  • Saving and bookmarking items
  • Subscribing to news alerts
  • Configuring your personal profile

Each session will run between 10.00am and 11.00am (UK) on the fourth Tuesday of each month. You can register here for your preferred date:

23rd May 2017

27th June 2017

25th July 2017

22nd August 2017

26th September 2017

24th October 2017

These are free and comprehensive training sessions and so this is a good opportunity to get to grips with how Research Professional can work for you.

Latest Funding Opportunities

The following is a snap-shot of funding opportunities that have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

NERC

Evidence synthesis training pilot scheme

NERC invites proposals to deliver training to early career researchers and PhD students at the point of submission relevant to the theme of evidence synthesis to inform policy and business decision-making, developed and delivered in collaboration with the users of NERC research.

Maximum Award: Unspecified
Deadline: 13 June 2017

EPSRC

Cross-disciplinarity & Co-creation in ICT Research

This call seeks to encourage active collaboration between researchers working in different disciplines and/or with users of research. The ICT landscape has rich opportunities for closer working between disciplines and many of the most exciting opportunities emerge at the interface between established areas.

Maximum Award: Unspecified
Deadline: 14 June 2017

Royal Society

International Exchanges Scheme – France cost share programme

This  scheme is for scientists based in the UK (or US for the Kan Tong Po programme) who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.

Maximum Award: £12000
Deadline: 15 June 2017

Wellcome Trust

Innovator Awards

These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

The current focus areas are mental health, neurological disorders and neglected tropical diseases.

Maximum Award: £500000
Deadline: Open

Cultural Heritage

JPICH Digital Heritage call

The Digital Heritage call will support well-defined, transnational, interdisciplinary and collaborative research and development projects that maximise the value and impact of research outcomes by promoting the Exchange with policy makers, businesses and commercial enterprises, the broader Heritage sector, voluntary and community groups and the general public.

Maximum Award: Unspecified
Deadline: 22 June 2017

Wave Energy Scotland

Fourth Innovation funding call for Control Systems

Advanced control systems have the potential to play a vital role in the realisation of cost-effective Wave Energy generation technology. WES wishes to realise this potential through this innovation call for Control Systems, starting with funding for Feasibility Studies and progressing to design, development and demonstration activities.

Maximum Award: £47000
Deadline: 12 June 2017

British Council

Promoting & Responding to Maternal, Neonatal, Child & Adolescent Health

Funder is now inviting early career researchers from the UK, South Africa or Kenya to apply for this workshop.

Maximum Award: Unknown
Deadline: 30 June 2017

NIHR

Public Health Research Programme Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

The primary aim of the programme is the evaluation of practical interventions. The funder will fund both primary research (mainly evaluative, but also some preparatory research) and secondary research (evidence synthesis); precise methods will need to be appropriate to the question being asked and the feasibility of the research.

Maximum Award: Unknown
Deadline: 25 July 2017

If you are interested in submitting to any of the above calls you must contact your  RKEO Funding Development Officer with adequate notice before the deadline.

For more funding opportunities that are most relevant to you, you can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in  RKEO or view the recent blog post here.

If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on Research Professional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.

The importance of justifying yourself! Writing a Justification of Resources Session 4th May 2017 – last chance to book!

Many people see the ‘Justification of Resources’ document as another thing to quickly pull together and tick off the list, after having already completed a 70+ page funding application. As a result, it often doesn’t get the prior consideration needed to write a good one – even though applications are often rejected due to insufficient justification of resources.

As part of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Framework, RKEO are holding a session on ‘Writing a Justification of Resources’. The session will provide an overview of the Justification of Resources document, and will offer tips for writing this section of the application form. Examples of effective Justifications of Resources will be provided.

Date: Thursday 4th May

Time: 10:00-11:30

Venue: Talbot Campus

Book your space via the RKE Development Framework page for this event.

For further information, please contact Lisa Gale-Andrews, RKEO Research Facilitator.

European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) event on Thursday, 27th April 2017

Working with local businesses? Why not alert them to this opportunity?

 
The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the European Union’s main funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across the EU. They form part of the UK Government’s overall growth activity. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to improve economic and social cohesion in the European Union by focusing its investments on areas such as innovation, research, and support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Borough of Poole is hosting a workshop to maximise the quality of the funding applications in Dorset, with the collaboration of the Departement for Communities and Local Governement (DCLG), the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the ESIF Technical Assistance in Dorset.

The event is targeting public and private organisations looking at submitting an application to the current ERDF calls in Dorset, published on GOV.UK. Speakers from the Dorset LEP and from DCLG will cover the ESIF priorities for Dorset, the call criteria and the national ERDF rules. The audience will have the opportunity to meet potential partner organisations and to discuss collaborative applications. One to one surgeries with Technical Assistance will be available in the afternoon (limited places).

The current ERDF for Dorset calls are accessible on the Gov.uk website

Event details – Thursday, 27th April from 10:00 – 15:00 at the Civic Centre, Poole.

Registration is required but the event is free to attend. More information is also available on the Dorset LEP website.

If BU staff are unable to attend but would like to find out more, Emily Cieciura, RKEO’s Research Facilitator: EU & International, will be attending, along with other BU staff.

 

Latest Funding Opportunities

 

The following is a snap-shot of funding opportunities that have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

Institute of Physics

Public Engagement Grant Scheme

This public engagement grant scheme provides up to £2000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland.

Maximum Award: £2000 Deadline: 12 May 2017

Royal Society

Research grants

The scheme provides ‘seed corn’ funding for new projects of timeliness and promise. The objective of the scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research. The scheme also provides support for research in the history of science or to assist with publication of scholarly works in the history of science.

Maximum Award: £15000 Deadline: 6 June 2017

MRC

Call for Research to Improve Adolescent Health

The joint funders invite researchers to apply for funding to address questions of effectiveness and access to health interventions that will result in improved adolescent health in low and middle income countries (LMIC’s). Together the three funders have agreed to commit up to £10 million to this scheme.

Maximum Award: Unknown Deadline: 15 June 2017

Innovate UK

Jiangsu-UK Industrial Challenge Programme

 

The aim of this competition is to stimulate economic growth in China and the UK through projects in one of the following areas:

  • innovation in infrastructure systems that address the challenges faced by infrastructure owners, cities, towns and users
  • transformational or disruptive innovation leading to novel, new products, processes or services drawn from any technology, engineering or industrial area

Maximum Award: £500000 Deadline: 21 June 2017

Shanghai-UK Industrial Challenge Programme

The aim of this competition is to stimulate economic growth in China and the UK through projects in one of the following 2 areas:

  • future cities: addressing the challenges brought on by rapid urbanisation, demographic and social change, resource scarcity and climate change
  • transformational or disruptive innovation leading to novel, new products, processes or services drawn from any technology, engineering or industrial area.

Maximum Award: £500000 Deadline: 21 June 2017

NERC

Innovation Placements

Placements will work within a host organisation, on a specified project or one of their choosing, which is organised independently of NERC. Researchers will explore and demonstrate how partner organisations can make use of scientific knowledge, data, models or other tools to understand and manage their impacts and/or dependencies on the environment.

Maximum Award: £400000 Deadline: 29 June 2017

British Council

Promoting & Responding to Maternal, Neonatal, Child & Adolescent Health

Funder is now inviting early career researchers from the UK, South Africa or Kenya to apply for this workshop.

Maximum Award: Unknown Deadline: 30 June 2017

NIHR

Public Health Research Programme Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

The primary aim of the programme is the evaluation of practical interventions. The funder will fund both primary research (mainly evaluative, but also some preparatory research) and secondary research (evidence synthesis); precise methods will need to be appropriate to the question being asked and the feasibility of the research.

Maximum Award: Unknown Deadline: 25 July 2017

If you are interested in submitting to any of the above calls you must contact your  RKEO Funding Development Officer with adequate notice before the deadline.

For more funding opportunities that are most relevant to you, you can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in  RKEO or view the recent blog post here.

If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on Research Professional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.

Newton Fund latest calls and British Council workshops

The British Council have announced that the latest calls available under the Newton Fund are now open:

  • Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop Grants – the workshops are for early career researchers but the applicants must be leading/established researchers.  Bilateral workshops can be proposed between the UK and Brazil, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants – These are for early career researchers (awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying) to either visit Thailand or for those residing in Thailand to visit the UK.  A visit can be 1-6 months but must take place between 1/2/18 and 31/1/19.
  • Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants – Applications can be submitted for collaborations between the UK and Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines and Thailand.

The submission deadline for all the above calls is 16:00 UK time on 13 June 2017.

If you are interested in applying to any of these calls then please contact your RKEO Funding Development Officer in the first instance.

The British Council also provide information on a number of national and international workshops that you can participate in.  If you are an early career researcher you can apply through the British Council for funding to the international workshops.  Current workshops on offer are:

  • Energy conservation techniques for buildings (Coventry);
  • Widening success in HE (South Africa);
  • Promoting and responding to maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health (South Africa);
  • Offshore wind and wave energy for Turkey (Turkey);
  • Is poverty a by-product or a building block for prosperity – trends in economic development from Brazil and the UK (Brazil);
  • Information and communications technologies in homes and cities for the health and well-being of older people (Bradford)
  • Geological disaster monitoring based on sensor networks (China);
  • Socially inclusive WM&RE in supply chains (Brazil): and
  • Re-naturing cities: Theories, strategies and methodologies (Brazil).

Latest Funding Opportunities

The following is a snap-shot of funding opportunities that have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

Royal Society

International Collaboration Awards

This award is up to three years and offers an exciting opportunity to foster and promote international collaboration between outstanding research groups in the UK and overseas, with a view to supporting work on global challenges and problems facing developing countries.

Maximum Award: £75000 per year
Deadline: 23 May 2017

InnovateUK

Clinicial Decision Support in Emergency Care

The aim of this competition is to develop innovative data analytics that will enable clinicians to make informed, safe and timely decisions.

Maximum Award: Phase 1 – £2000, Phase 2 – £15000
Deadline: 31 May 2017

Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Test Bed

The aim of this competition is to create the world’s most effective connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing ecosystem by creating a number of distinct test capabilities.

Maximum Award: Unknown
Deadline: 12 July 2017

EPSRC

Strategic Equipment Scheme

For the next two rounds of the Strategic Equipment scheme, the Physical Sciences Theme is issuing an open invite for applicants to submit outline proposals aimed at promoting and supporting increased usage of existing items of equipment. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the added value of the funds for increasing usage, and the demand for this.

Maximum Award: £200000 over 2 years Deadline: 6 June 2017

British Council

Newton Institutional Links

This programme is designed to establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for more sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector.

Maximum Award: £50000 – £300000
Deadline: 13 June 2017

NIHR

Health Technology Assessment Programme

The HTA Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. HTA research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard NHS intervention to see which works best.

Maximum Award: Unknown
Deadline: 9 August 2017

Cancer Research UK

Population Research Catalyst Award

The Catalyst Award supports capacity building and collaboration in population health with up to £5 million enabling groups to deliver impact over and above what they could do alone.ulation Research Catalyst Award

Maximum Award: £5 million
Deadline: 30 November 2017

If you are interested in submitting to any of the above calls you must contact your  RKEO Funding Development Officer with adequate notice before the deadline.

For more funding opportunities that are most relevant to you, you can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in  RKEO or view the recent blog post here.

If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on Research Professional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.