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Kan Tong Po visiting fellowships

Royal Society, GB

This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel. This scheme is not intended to support continued research between a UK applicant and co-applicant who was a former colleague or PhD student or to support other existing or recent collaborations between the applicant and co-applicant. Rather, the scheme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between scientists in the UK and overseas.

Eligibility requirements

The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Both the UK applicant and overseas applicant must:

  • have a PhD, or be likely to have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • hold a fixed or permanent contract at an eligible organisation for the duration of the project (ineligible organisations include industrial, private and commercial organisations, university spin-out companies, government bodies and research institutes and research councils)
  • be based in the respective countries at the time of the application

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit. Applicants may request:

  • up to of £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months
  • up to £6000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1000 for research expenses)
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years and cost share projects fixed at 2 years (including a maximum of £2000 for research expenses)

Closing Date: 01/June/2015


Newton mobility grants

Royal Society

The Royal Society offers Newton International Exchanges as mobility grants to provide international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for either a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations. Successful candidates may wish to consider subsequently applying for a Newton International Fellowship or Newton Advanced Fellowship to consolidate partnerships.

The skills and knowledge gained should lead to changes in the well being of communities and increased economic benefits.

This award is currently available to international researchers that want to strengthen the research and innovation capacity by visiting or sending staff and students to the UK. The aims are to:

  • Strengthen research capacity of the partner countries – by facilitating training and skill transfer from the UK to partner countries.
  • Support excellent research – by linking the best researchers in the UK with the best researchers and their groups in partner countries and providing support for initial exploratory research.
  • Establish long term research links – between both partners to ensure sustainable research capacity in partner countries and benefit to the UK research community in the longer term.

This scheme is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as part of the Newton Fund.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. Collaborations should focus on a single project involving overseas-based scientist (“the Applicant”) and UK-based scientist (“the Co-applicant”).

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit and the partner country.  Applicants may request:

  • up to £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months
  • up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1,000 for research expenses)
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years (including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses)

Closing Date: 3/June/2015


National Centre for Research Methods call for methodological research projects

Economic and Social Research Council

We are pleased to invite proposals for projects that will undertake cutting-edge methodological research development, within the context of substantive research problems. Projects must be focused in one or more of the following strategic areas:

  • Digital devices and mobile technologies for data collection
  • Participatory approaches
  • Analysis of online digital and Big Data
  • Bio-social data analysis
  • Policy relevant research synthesis
  • Small area estimation

The call is issued in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) which will co-fund in the Policy Relevant Research Synthesis area.

The aim of the call is to increase the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, to enable new or existing social science research questions to be addressed more effectively. A total of £5 million (100 per cent fEC, ESRC contribution £4 million) is available. The maximum budget for an individual Research Project is £825,000 (100 per cent fEC, ESRC contribution £660,000) over a maximum of 36 months. Projects will need to commence on 1 January 2016.

Closing Date: 16/June/2015


Early-career fellowships for researchers in India

Wellcome Trust

This scheme provides a unique opportunity for the most promising postdoctoral researchers to carry out research in India. Applicants are expected to identify an important biomedical research question and design a project that would help answer this question. The proposal would also suggest how the proposed work would help develop the applicant’s future independent research program. Submitted proposals are expected to be globally competitive. Applicants may wish to set up long term training or collaborative visits (work outside Host Institution) for up to 24 months. These visits may be to other leading laboratories, anywhere in the world.

The fellowship is for five years, full time and provides:

Personal Support for the fellow.
Research expenses (materials and consumables; animals; support to attend scientific meetings; and small items of equipment, e.g. laptop)
Additional allowances (travel and overseas subsistence) for work outside the Host Institution; these are scientifically justified visits of up to 24 months to an external laboratory either in India or abroad.

Support funds for research staff or large equipments are not typically provided. It is expected that applicants will choose appropriate laboratories/ environments where majority of the necessary equipment and facilities are already available. To complete a preliminary application use our online system, IASys. Please ensure that the form is submitted by the published deadline.

Your preliminary application will normally be assessed within one month of the submission deadline. If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application. Your full application will be peer reviewed and considered by the appropriate Selection Committee and, if successful, you will be short-listed for interview. Short-listed candidates will be notified two weeks before the interview date. Applicants are not permitted to apply to multiple Fellowship schemes within the India Alliance in parallel. Only one application to one scheme will be entertained, at a time.

Preliminary application deadline: 15/June/2015


Supply chain integration in construction

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in feasibility studies to explore new ways of increasing collaboration and improving the flow of information throughout the construction supply chain. Our aim is to address problems arising from the fragmented nature of the industry. With so many layers of sub-contractors and suppliers, construction clients too often find themselves divorced from those who deliver projects on-site.

This lack of integration within the supply chain is leading to lost opportunities for innovation. We are therefore seeking proposals that will encourage the creation of more integrated, collaborative supply chains in this sector. These feasibility studies must be business-led. Projects are open to companies of any size working in collaboration. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.

We expect projects to last 6 to 12 months with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £150,000, although we may consider larger projects. This competition opens on 9 March 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 22 April 2015and the deadline for applications is at noon on 29 April 2015. A briefing day for potential applicants will be held in Bristol on 19 March 2015.


Collaborative doctoral awards

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral studentship projects, proposed by a university based academic, to work in collaboration with an organisation outside of higher education.  They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships providing opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment and enhance the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.

The projects also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

The AHRC are keen to see innovative applications that build diverse relationships with the non-HE sectors and would like to encourage further proposals to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups.  Any topic within the AHRC’s subject domain is eligible. Selection of successful applications will not be subject to quota systems and there are no priority areas, however, PhD proposals which address AHRC’s research themes are encouraged. In 2013 AHRC named 12 Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) organisations through which a fixed number of CDAs are also available.

Closing Date: 7th/July/2015




BUDI Open Public Meeting 2015: Dementia-friendly Communities

To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2015), on Wednesday 20 May 2015 from 12 – 3pm, Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) are hosting their fourth Annual Public Open Meeting. This free event will showcase work that is being undertaken locally to make our community dementia-friendly.

There will be an overview of local progress in the following areas:

  • Becoming dementia-friendly in Dorset and Somerset
  • Dementia-friendly GP Surgeries
  • Home fire safety for people affected by dementia.

Alongside updates on the following creative community involvement projects:

  • Intergenerational IT Club
  • BUDI Orchestra
  • Gardening
  • Care Farming

Anyone interested in dementia-friendly communities is welcome to attend, for more information or to register for your free place:

Call us on: +44 (0)1202 962771

Book online at:

How to become an integral part of ESRC’s strategy and peer review

The ESRC are looking to appoint new members to its committees and grant assessment panels.  Find out below how you can get involved.

ESRC committee appointments 2015

ESRC have recently undertaken a review of their current structure of committees to ensure that they are well placed to deliver the commitments outlined in their Strategic Plan 2015.

As a result of these changes they are inviting applications from suitably experienced persons to be members of their renewed and modified Research Committee and their Capability Committee.

The new committees will enable them to deliver:

  • enhanced horizon scanning to identify their focused priorities and opportunities for innovation – within social science and boundaries of other science areas
  • more integrated thinking and advice about priorities, across all areas of activity
  • better use of evidence in decision making
  • improved administrative efficiency.

For further information on the vacancies, please see the vacancy specification. For questions or queries that are not covered in the vacancy specification, please email:

Application forms, with a short curriculum vitae (no longer than two A4 pages) and a supporting statement from a suitable referee, should be submitted to no later than 17.00 on 24 April 2015.

An induction day for new members is planned for 9 July 2015, and applicants are requested to hold this date in their diaries pending the outcome of the recruitment process.

Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) recruitment

ESRC are currently recruiting for GAP members, as well as a chair for Panel A.

Closing date for all applications is 17.00 on 8 May 2015.

Staff Profile Pages to be updated – 16 April 2015

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There will be a planned update to the Staff Profile Pages (SPP) by the IT team on 16 April 2015 around 3pm. This update is expected to fix a few known bugs and to improve overall performance of the site.

Whilst we are not expecting much disruption and interruption caused by the update, please bear in mind that certain functions of the Staff Profile Pages, especially the search function, may not operate normally.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Interdisciplinary Research Week 2015: Inspire, Include, Invent – book your free place now

Join us to celebrate the breadth and excellence of Bournemouth University’s research across its many disciplines during our inaugural interdisciplinary research week, taking place 11th-15th May.

Events are open to all and include turning numbers into narratives: an introduction to digital storytelling with data, transforming conflict after war: memory, heritage and digital media and human navigation: a cognitive neuroscience approach, amongst many others.

To see all the events listed as part of Interdisciplinary Research Week and to book your free place, please see our website:

Save the date now for the Festival of Learning, which this year will run 11th-17th July. With over 150 free events to choose from, there are events for everyone to have some fun, learn something new or enhance their business. Visit the Festival of Learning website to sign-up for updates to be one of the first to hear when bookings open:

Is interdisciplinarity the future?

There is a lot of talk in the sector at present about the benefits of interdisciplinary research. But what exactly does this mean? The best definition I have found is from a report by The National Academies (2004) – “Interdisciplinary research is a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice.” (download the full report for free here).

At the HEFCE REFlections event last month there was a lot of talk about interdisciplinary research. Apparently most of the high-scoring impact case studies and outputs submitted to REF 2014 featured interdisciplinary research, and HEFCE are considering making interdisciplinary research a feature of the next REF assessment in which it could carry additional marks. They have commissioned Elsevier to conduct a review of interdisciplinary research with a view to the data feeding into the review of the REF and informing future exercises (read the sides here).

This seems a surprising turn of events, considering REF 2014 took so much flack in the months and years leading up to submission from academics who feared it would disadvantage interdisciplinary research. Ismael Rafols (University of Sussex), for example, claimed there is a systematic bias against interdisciplinarity in journal rankings, with the top-ranking journals covering a few specialist disciplines (read the full article here). In the run up to the REF submission there was concern that it wasn’t REF that was disadvantaging interdisciplinary research but institutions that were choosing not to submit it due to it being ‘too risky’ (see this article in The Guardian). But later articles started to look at how the REF actually benefited interdisciplinary researchers (for example, see this article in The Guardian).

The word from the HEFCE camp is that interdisciplinary research contributes to more world-leading research, as evidenced by it featuring in the highest scoring case studies and outputs, and that further interdisciplinarity is therefore beneficial and to be encouraged. Interdisciplinary research is one of the government’s research priorities and was listed, for example, as one of the UK research landscape’s strengths in the BIS science and innovation strategy.

Major funding initiatives are now more frequently interdisciplinary in nature, guided by the strategic priorities of major research funders, for example the Research Councils UK cross-council themes and the Horizon 2020 societal challenges.

There are inherent advantages to interdisciplinary research that are well known. Findings indicate that it is often in the spaces between disciplines from where innovative perspectives, collaborations and solutions emerge. Interdisciplinary researchers frequently speak of being more interested, engaged and stimulated by their work.

In support of interdisciplinarity, BU’s inaugural Interdisciplinary Research Week is taking place from 11-15 May. It includes a programme of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and a film, all aimed at showcasing examples of the fantastic interdisciplinary research being undertaken at the University. It is open to staff, students and members of the public so please do come along.

Dementia Hustings, Regent’s Park, London – 13th April 2015

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Dr Michelle Heward represented Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) at the Dementia Hustings event in London on 13th April 2015, hosted by Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and Alzheimer’s Society. In the lead up to the General Election, this event provided members and supporters of the DAA with an opportunity to hear from representatives of the main political parties about their plans for dementia in the next parliament.

Each representative was asked to give an overview of their vision for dementia care over next 5 years, which was followed by a panel discussion lead with questions from the audience. The event was chaired by Broadcaster Tania Bryar and the panel was formed of: Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt, Conservative; Rt. Hon. Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrats; and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Labour.

A number of key issues were debated including: joining up health and social care budgets; implementing a community care model that moves away from existing General Practitioner/Hospital model’s of care developed in the 1940’s; investing in further research to map what effective care looks like and to cultivate disease modifying/cure drugs; developing national and local dementia strategies; and increasing psychological and emotional support for carers.

Despite different approaches, there was consensus amongst all three parties on the importance of dementia and the need for government investment to initiate change.

Digital Business Briefing


Digital Business Briefing

A digest of useful information for digital businesses updated every month. The briefing highlights UK and European funding, support, events and training. Compiled by the KTN in partnership with Innovate UK, Catapults, Tech City, Nesta and Open Data Institute.

April 2015 now available.

Creative Industries Business Briefing – April


Creative Industries Business Briefing

A digest of useful information for creative industries businesses updated every month. The briefing highlights UK and European funding, support, events and training. Compiled by the KTN in partnership with Innovate UK, Catapults, Tech City, Nesta and Horizon2020.

April 2015 now available.

Leverhulme Trust visits BU on 29 April

Are you interested in bidding to Leverhulme Trust for research funding? Or finding out a bit more about what they expect to see in an application? If so, come along to our visit from Jean Cater of the Leverhulme Trust on 29 April, 12-2pm. Bookings will open on the organisational development website shortly, and I will update this post accordingly. In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more about the Leverhulme Trust, see

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Surgery – tomorrow!

This is a reminder that Neil Grice, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Adviser from Innovate UK will be hosting a KTP Surgery for any academics who have any KTP queries or would like some help and guidance.

The Surgery will feature several 20 minute time slots which are to be booked in advance from 09.30-11.30 on Tuesday 14th April.

If you would like to book a 20 minute slot or would like to find out more about KTP, please contact Rachel Clarke Knowledge Exchange Adviser (KTP) on 61347 or email

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

JPI Demographic, NL

Proposal are invited for the More Years Better Lives call. This aims to support innovative and interdisciplinary research into the drivers to, and constraints on, extending working life. Research is expected to cross the traditional boundaries of government departments and occupational sectors and to examine the implications of extending working life for older workers, new labour markets, health, well-being and intergenerational equity. Proposals are invited for research into one or more of four broad topics: modern work factors, longer working life and inequality, health challenges, and caring responsibilities. Maximum award: not specified. Closing date: 02/06/15.

Royal Society, GB

This Research Grant scheme is for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career and provides ‘seed corn’ funding for new projects of timeliness and promise. The objective is to increase 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. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but not clinical medicine. Maximum award: £15000. Closing date: 26/05/15.

The SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme supports collaborative projects between researchers in the UK and in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Ghana and Tanzania in the following areas: water and sanitation, including water engineering and irrigation, waste water management and other related projects; agriculture and crop science, excluding animal or veterinary science but including land, soil management and crop production; renewable energy including solar, wind or hydro-energies, energy capture and storage, and other related projects. Maximum award: £21000 over three years. Closing date: 28/05/15.

Please note that some funding bodies specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your  RKEO Funding Development Officer

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.

SBRI competition open for registration – Long term care revolution

The long-term care revolution national challenge, an SBRI competition run by Innovate UK, is now open for registration. 

The aim of this competition to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and systems that disrupt the current long-term care model, have a clear and viable route to market as well as the potential to be commercialised at scale. 

More information on this funding opportunity.

Applications from consortia that include companies outside the long-term care sector  are encourage to apply bringing  fresh and innovative ideas to the challenges of this competition.

Competition Briefing event, 14 April 2015.

This event is an excellent opportunity  receive first hand information about the competition – its scope, application process, key dates etc. as well as meet and network with peers, potential partners, market leaders & innovators in the industry

More information on the briefing event.

For queries about this competition, please contact

KTP Surgery – Next week!

Do you have a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) query?  Or perhaps need some advice on how to start off a KTP discussion with a business?  Neil Grice, our local KTP Adviser from Innovate UK will be on Talbot Campus from 9.30am – 11.30am on Tuesday 14th April for a series of one-to-ones with academics who would like dedicated KTP support.

To book one of these 20 minute slots, please contact Rachel Clarke, KE Adviser (KTP) on 61347 or email

Click here to find out more about KTP.

Biotechnology YES 2015 is open for applications

 Biotechnology YES, now in its 20th year, is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of ideas among early career researchers. The competition is funded by sponsorship and aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the UK postgraduate and postdoctoral base for the benefit of the UK bioeconomy.

 6 workshops are being held across the UK in the autumn and three of these are to be hosted by industry:

  • Plant, microbial and environment workshop hosted for the fifth year by Syngenta at Jealott’s Hill
  • Biomedical YES workshop again hosted by GSK and the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst
  • Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing workshop hosted for the first time by Unilever at Colworth

The Royal Society of Chemistry is once again sponsoring teams to compete in Chemistry YES to be run in conjunction with the Biotechnology YES workshops.

 Environment YES, now in its 10th year, will once again be run alongside Biotechnology YES.

This competition is open to all bioscience early career researchers not just those funded by BBSRC.

For further information and how to apply please visit:   


Creative Business Development Briefing for April 2015 is out now!


The April edition of our monthly business briefing for the UK’s creative industries is now live! This is a monthly publication that provides a digest of useful information about funding, financing, support and events to assist creative entrepreneurs with their innovation and growth agendas. This month’s edition offers edited highlights of a number of public funding programmes from leading organisations supporting our sector including: Innovate UK, Nesta, British Film Institute, Creative England, Creative Scotland, Horizon 2020 & more.

 Creative Business Development Briefing – April 2015

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