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**New** Intention to Bid Forms & Annexures for Quality Approval

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The Faculties have requested, through the Deputy Deans of Research & Professional Practice (DDRPPs), that RKEO provide support targeted to achieve their research strategies. To aid in this, it has been agreed that, as part of the internal approvals process for bids involving external funding, the following shall become mandatory:

  1. An Intention to Bid (ITB) form must be lodged with RKEO; and
  2. At the time of lodgement, the PI must cc. his/her Head of Research with the ITB Form.

To implement the DDRPPs’ decision, RKEO has taken the opportunity to produce a more easy-to-use, streamlined ITB form to be used across all Faculties, with an Annexure for Quality Approval (A-QA) that is customised for each Faculty.

The ITB form and A-QAs will shortly be uploaded onto the Staff Intranet for download and use.

The RKE Bid Timeline and RKE Sample Costs documents on the same Staff Intranet page will also shortly be updated for reference.

RKEO’s Funding Development Team is available to provide pre-award support and their contact details can be found on the Research Blog. Should you have any difficulty in accessing the documents on the Staff Intranet, please request them from us and we will send you a copy.

Due to various staff movements and other exigencies of the workplace, the original team of Funding Development Officers which previously comprised 4.2 FTE to support the 4 Faculties is currently comprised of 2.4 FTE. For optimal support of your application and to aid in workload management, it is of particular importance that a completed ITB form and A-QA be lodged with RKEO at the earliest opportunity, ideally 3 weeks before the submission deadline.

Cross-Research Council Interdisciplinary Funding Opportunity

The Government Spending Review on 25 November 2015 announced “a new £1.5 billion Global Challenges Fund, to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research”. It operates across a number of partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies, UK Space Agency and HEFCE. The RCUK GCRF represents the largest portion of this Fund and is a strategic fund spanning all seven Research Councils.

The Research Councils have each received directly allocated portions of the GCRF and the MRC, AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC and NERC are drawing on their allocations to support this opportunity.

Foundation Awards are expected to vary in scale, as appropriate to the specific needs of each foundation case. The total funding requested is not normally expected to exceed £600k. Possible uses of Foundation Awards include but are not limited to the following, innovative approaches are encouraged:

  • Early phase discovery and translation research
  • Extending scope of existing research to wider global settings
  • Population studies, sample/data collection, data integration
  • New research tools and techniques
  • Development of collaborations, partnerships, teams
  • Creating pathways to impact in LMICs.

Submission Deadline: 22 June 2016

For more information, you can refer to the MRC call details page or the BBSRC call details page.

If you are interested in applying, please contact your Funding Development Officer no later than 3 June.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

NERC

Improving Health with Environmental Data

NERC, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) are investing up to £600,000 in projects to identify and fill knowledge gaps around the potential of environmental data to improve health outcomes in the UK. This call will focus specifically on using environmental data on air pollution and/or environmental hazards alongside health and biomedical data.

Maximum Award: £60,000 Deadline: 18 April 2016 for application to attend brokerage event on 10 May 2016, full proposal by 12 July 2016

AHRC

Leadership Fellows scheme – ECRs

The AHRC’s Leadership Fellows scheme provides time for research leaders, or potential future research leaders, to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond.

Maximum Award: £50,000 – £250,000 Deadline: Open

Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection, EU

Buffer capacities for addressing temporary shortcomings in extraordinary disasters

This programme opens the possibility for financial assistance to make available capacities additional to Participating States’ existing capacities (hereafter “buffer capacities”), which would contribute to addressing temporary shortcomings of response capacities in extraordinary disaster situations.

Maximum Award: total budget – 2,700,000 euros Deadline: 2 June 2016

ERA-Net Sumforest, EU

Sustainable forests for the society of the future

The present call for proposals focuses on basic and applied research that aims to support policy decisions regarding multifunctional forestry. Proposals are expected to be transnational, and innovative forms of cooperation such as interdisciplinarity are encouraged.

Maximum Award: Unspecified Deadline: 17 June 2016

Directorate-General for International Co-operation & Development (EuropeAid), EU

Engaging civil society in pan-African issues

The Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) invites concept notes for its call on engaging civil society in pan-African issues. This aims to improve the contribution of civil society organisations to continental decision- and policy making processes in Africa, in particular in the areas of good governance, democracy, human rights, peace and security and women’s rights.

Maximum Award: 2 – 5 million euros Deadline: 13 May 2016

Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK

Small modular reactors competition, phase 1

The Department of Energy and Climate Change under the nuclear research and development programme invites expressions of interest for its small modular reactors competition – phase one. This call aims to gauge market interest among technology developers, utilities, potential investors and funders in developing, commercialising and financing small modular reactors in the UK.

Maximum Award: total budget – £250 million Deadline: 6 May 2016

European Society of Cardiology

Research prize in acute cardiovascular care

The European Society of Cardiology’s Acute Cardiovascular Care Association invites applications for its research prize in acute cardiovascular care. This recognises unpublished research in the area of acute cardiovascular care applied to the development of novel therapeutic, diagnostic and logistical strategies to improve patient care and long-term outcomes. There are three categories for submission:

  • clinical outcomes;
  • quality of care;
  • translational.

Maximum Award: 3000 euros, prizes, registration to conference Deadline: 13 May 2016

Irish Marine Institute

Marine Socio-economics

The Marine Institute is pleased to invite Project-Based Award applications from academic institutions under the Research Programme Marine Socio-Economics for a project titled “Valuing and understanding the dynamics of Ireland’s Ocean Economy“.

The project aims to strengthen the valuation and understanding of Ireland’s ocean economy, ensuring the timely availability of marine economic statistics, providing an evidence–base for policy and decision-making, economic forecasting and scenario planning.

Maximum Award: 600,000 euros Deadline: 27 April 2016

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.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

ESRC

ESRC-NRF Newton call for collaborative research – Higher education in Africa

The funder invites proposals which address the following themes:

  • Organisation of higher education systems, higher education institutions (HEIs) and alternative providers
  • Equity in higher education access and participation
  • Curriculum, pedagogy and modes and levels of provision
  • Higher education for the public good
  • Higher education and the labour market

Maximum Award: GBP415,000 – 630,000 & R1.67m to 2.5m
Deadline: 3 May 2016

Wellcome Trust

Society Awwards

This scheme aims to:

  • stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science and/or the history of medicine
  • support formal and informal learning
  • reach audiences of all ages and from all walks of life and inform, inspire and involve them
  • encourage high-quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborations
  • investigate and test new methods of engagement, participation and education.

Maximum Award: GBP40,000 – 180,000 Deadline: 16 September 2016

European Defence Agency, EU

Pilot project on defence research

The European Defence Agency invites proposals for its pilot project on defence research. This supports two technological development projects in the area of defence and one research and development project linked to certification for military and civil use.

Maximum Award: 475,000 euros
Deadline: 20 May 2016

Reta Lila Weston Trust

Microbiome & neurodegenerative disease programme

The Reta Lila Weston Trust is delighted to issue a request for proposals for novel research with respect to the microbiome that will accelerate the development of therapeutics, identify preventative strategies for neurodegenerative diseases and neurocognitive decline or understand the resilience against such conditions or decline in elderly individuals as a result of the microbiome.

Maximum Award: GBP200,000
Deadline: 29 April 2016

Society for Endocrinology

Equipment grant

This grant is to support members who are principal investigators wishing to establish a lab. The grant is aimed at those in a first lectureship or those holding a charity fellowship and who are not in receipt of a substantial fellowship.

Applications can be for pieces of equipment, part pieces of larger equipment or basic lab items. Equipment service or maintenance costs can be included if justified appropriately.

Maximum Award: GBP10,000
Deadline: 27 May 2016 & 27 November 2016

The Palaeontological Association

Research grants

Grants should support a single research project, or a ‘proof of concept’ proposal with an aim of supporting future applications to national research funding bodies. Field-based projects are also eligible, but the scientific objectives and outcomes of the research must be made clear.

Maximum Award: GBP10,000
Deadline: 1 March 2017 recurring

ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs, EU

Feasibility studies of regional digital manufacturing innovation hubs

This aims to expand the coverage of I4MS technologies to regions that show limited activity in the field of digital manufacturing. The feasibility studies will present a solid plan for creating a RDMI hub in the regions by a consortium of relevant organisations and should include a plan for financing such a hub.

Consortia of organisations that show expertise, infrastructure and a preliminary network in the domain of digital manufacturing in regions where there is no or limited competence centres planned or present are eligible to apply.

Maximum Award: 50,000 euros
Deadline: 28 April 2016

European Commission H2020

ECSEL Key Applications & Essential technologies

Proposals may address the following topics:

  • key applications, including smart mobility, smart society, smart energy, smart health and smart production;
  • essential capabilities, including semiconductor manufacturing, technology, equipment and materials, design technologies, cyber-physical systems, and smart integration systems.

Maximum Award: total budget of 65m euros available
Deadline: 24 May 2016

Canada Council for the Arts

Cultivate: Creative Development Grants

Cultivate: Creative Development Grants program provides support to individual artists who are Deaf, have disabilities and/or are living with mental illness to pursue research, creation and production projects in dance, inter-arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts and/or writing/literary arts, leading to a new artistic work or body of work intended for public presentation, exhibition, publication or distribution. Research/Creation Grants provide artists the time and resources to explore, develop and/or create a new artistic work or body of work. This may include the research and development of ideas, concepts, themes or techniques. A completed work or public presentation is not required.

Maximum Award: $10,000
Deadline: 15 September 2016

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.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

NERC

UK aquaculture initiative – innovation projects call

NERC and Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council are inviting proposals for innovation projects to the UK Aquaculture Initiative, which builds on the 2014 Sustainable Aquaculture capacity-building call. Approximately £1·2m of funding is available for this call for projects that meet the needs of the UK aquaculture industry and create sustainable, tangible economic or societal benefits.

Maximum Award: £1.2m available
Deadline: 1st stage application by 26 April 2016

International opportunities fund

NERC is inviting proposals for Pump Priming and Pump Priming Plus grants to its International Opportunities Fund (IOF). The IOF scheme provides resources to NERC-supported researchers to allow them to forge long-term partnerships with overseas scientists that add value to current NERC-funded science. IOF grants are pump-priming, to help stimulate novel research collaborations.

Maximum Award: £40,000
Deadline: 19 May 2016

ESRC

ESRC/NRF Newton call – higher education in Africa

The ESRC and National Research Foundation (NRF) invite collaborative projects between the UK and South Africa which can offer additional value to existing programmes of education research. Some themes are:

  • Organisation of higher education systems, higher education institutions (HEIs) and alternative providers
  • Equity in higher education access and participation
  • Curriculum, pedagogy and modes and levels of provision

Maximum Award: £630,000
Deadline: 3 May 2016

BBSRC

Future Leader Fellowship

The Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The FLF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders.

Maximum Award: £300,000
Deadline: 12 May 2016

NIHR

Health technology assessment programme – commissioned call for proposal 15/167

Proposals are sought on the topic of management of knee braces in the management of knee osteoarthritis, with the specific research question: What is the clinical and cost-effectiveness of knee braces in the management of knee ostearthritis.

Maximum Award: Unspecified
Deadline: 19 May 2016

Arthritis Research UK

Career development fellowship

Career development fellowships aim to attract and retain talented postdoctoral basic scientists and allied health professionals in research relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, and provide them with the opportunity to develop an independent research career and progress towards higher-level appointments.

Maximum Award: Salary and research expenses
Deadline: 1 June 2016

EPSRC

Human dimensions of cybersecurity

The funder is inviting proposals which address the challenges identified at the ‘Human Dimensions of Cyber Security’ (HDoCS) workshop in 2014. The challenges are titled:

  1. Design, build and measure
  2. A theory of everyone
  3. Risk, trust and response
  4. Understanding people
  5. Evolution of cybercrime

Maximum Award: up to £5 million available
Deadline: 8 June 2016

eFutures Facility award

This award is intended for researchers who have a current or recent cross-disciplinary project and require additional resources to take their idea towards commercialisation or require further investment to bridge the gap with follow-on funding.

Maximum Award: £20,000
Deadline: Unspecified

Trans-Atlantic Platform Social Sciences & Humanities

T-AP Digging into Data Challenge

This funding opportunity is open to international projects that consist of teams from at least three member countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic. Projects must address any research question in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques, and show how these techniques can lead to new insights.

Maximum Award: Unspecified
Deadline: 29 June 2016

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.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

British Council

Newton Fund: Researcher collaboration workshop – supporting sustainable ecosystems for poverty alleviation in the Amazon

The British Council and FAPEAM will be holding a workshop on the above theme. It is now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Brazil to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Researcher Links programme.

Maximum Award: Not specified Deadline: 20 March 2016

Ministry of Defence

CDE enduring challenge competition

The enduring competition is continually open to all highly innovative research ideas that challenge existing conventions and have a high potential benefit for the defence and security end user.

Maximum Award: £40,000 – £150,000 Deadline: 22 March 2016 and recurring through the year

Medical Research Council

Biomedical catalyst – developmental pathway funding scheme

The DPFS scheme is a key part of our Translational Research Strategy and supports the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health. It funds the pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “repurposing” of existing therapies.

DPFS is an ongoing scheme, with outline deadlines every 4 months.

Maximum Award: Not specified Deadline: 27 July 2016

Wellcome Trust

People awards

People Awards are two related schemes supporting projects that encourage the public to explore biomedical science. The schemes are open to a wide range of people, including: mediators, facilitators and practitioners of science communication; science centre/museum staff; artists; educators. Project activities and outputs may include:

  • workshops, events, debates and discussions
  • exhibitions and museum outreach
  • films, games, websites and cross-platform projects.

Maximum Award: £40,000 Deadline: 20 May 2016, with 3 other deadlines in the year

Humanities & Science Small Grants

This scheme is for small-scale humanities and social science research projects, scoping exercises or meetings in any area of human or animal health, including projects relating to research resources.

Maximum Award: £10,000 Deadline: Open

Nuffield Foundation

Grants for research & innovation

This funder has seven programmes that fund research and innovation in areas of social policy and education. These are all open to applications.

The programmes are: Children and Families, Early Years Education and Childcare, Economic Advantage and Disadvantage, Education, Finances of Ageing, Law in Society, and Open Door.

Maximum Award: £350,000 Deadline: 18 April 2016 and other dates

British Tinnitus Association

Large research project scheme

Applications are actively encouraged in the following areas, although all applications will be considered:

  • Mechanisms of tinnitus/identifying potential therapeutic targets
  • Existing and novel practice/treatment
  • Prevention
  • Population/demographic/epidemiology/economic studies

Maximum Award: £75,000 Deadline: 30 April 2016

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Small research grants

The Research Grant programme provides members of the Society with the opportunity to bid for financial support for carrying out research on any topic that is relevant to fish biology and management.

Maximum Award: £5000 Deadline: 1 May 2016

British Psychological Society

Research Seminar competition

The Competition provides grants to enable institutions to co-operate to hold a series of at least three scientific seminars.

The proposed seminars should have tangible goals and should focus on developing and extending the understanding of a psychological process in any field of scientific psychology.

Maximum Award: £3000 Deadline: 1 July 2016

Sections Initiative Fund

This Research Board fund is for Sections of the British Psychological Society. It provides grants of up to £15,000 to support scientific initiatives that promote or advance psychology.

Examples of initiatives include:

  • innovative or pioneering Conferences, one-off seminars or Workshops
  • research experience – for undergraduates or non-psychologists
  • specific short-term research on a topic falling under one the Society’s thematic priorities

Maximum Award: £15,000 Deadline: 1 September 2016

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.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

Royal Society of Chemistry

Emerging Technologies Competition

Our Emerging Technologies Competition aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative technologies in the following areas:

  • Health & wellbeing
  • Energy & environment
  • Food & water
  • Materials

The competition is free to enter and open to small companies, universities, and research institutions, who can apply using our online application form.

Maximum Award: £20,000 Deadline: 14 March 2016

Outreach Fund

Our Outreach Fund provides financial support to individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences.

Maximum Award: £25,000 Deadline: 29 April 2016

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Large-area Electronics Pathfinder

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics (LAE) is seeking proposals from academic and postdoctoral research staff at UK universities and associated research institutions for short pathfinder projects with the following objectives:

  • To demonstrate novel approaches to tackling critical manufacturing problems
  • To promote technology transfer to and collaboration with industry
  • To pump prime new research collaborations and facilitate larger scale collaborative projects.

Maximum Award: £40,000 Deadline: 31 March 2016

 Manufacturing the Future

The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future challenge theme invites investigator-led proposals which address key research challenges facing manufacturing in the UK today and in the future. First grants as well as standard research proposals are invited. All proposals will be assessed in accordance with standard EPSRC procedure and prioritised within the most appropriate capability theme panel (i.e. Engineering, ICT, Physical Sciences or Mathematics).

Maximum award: Total budget available – £5 million Deadline: Open, next batching date 31 August 2016

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board

Management for Soil Biology & Soil Health – Research Partnerships

AHDB, in collaboration with the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO), is inviting researchers to form a collaborative Research Partnership, which will be responsible for devising and implementing a new programme of research and knowledge exchange projects to address challenges identified for the UK agricultural and horticultural industries on the call theme “Management for Soil Biology and Soil Health”.

Maximum Award: £200,000 Deadline: 28 April 2016

Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council

Flexible Interchange Programme

Our FLexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills, developing bioscience research/researchers and addressing our strategic priorities.

Maximum Award: £120,000 Deadline: 17 August 2016

British Ecological Society

Research Grants

These grants support scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. Small projects can be awarded up to £5,000 and early career ecologists can apply for funding up to £20,000.

Maximum Award: As above Deadline: 21 March 2016

British Society of Soil Science

Field Equipment Grant

This grant is designed to enable institutions to buy field equipment to aid in the instruction and understanding of soil science.

Maximum Award: £1000 Deadline: 1 April 2016

Burdett Trust for Nursing

Men’s Health & Emergent Longer-term Conditions

The Trustees are interested in supporting nurse-led projects that will help to define proactive strategies and interventions that promote better self-care and reverse the negative impact that undetected and untreated men’s longer-term health challenges may impart.

Maximum Award: Various Deadline: 2 April 2016

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.

Pre-award Application Timeline & Sample Costs

As part of the pre-award review conducted in early – mid 2015, one of the approved actions was for the RKEO pre-award team to provide the following:

1. Pre-award Application Timeline: to inform you of what happens in the pre-award process and the timeframes required for steps to be followed for internal approvals and costing preparation. The internal legal and finances approvals processes need to be followed to comply with BU’s Financial Regulations. The Quality Approval process aims to bring your funding proposal to the best quality possible in the competitive bidding arena. As these processes involve various parties within BU, this Timeline assists you to understand the timeframes involved for each step so that we can provide you with optimal support.

2. Sample Costs: this provides the base rates of some common costing items and is to assist you to fill in the ‘Costing Information Request’ section of the Intention to Bid (ITB) form. When the ITB form is received by RKEO, your Funding Development Officer will use the base rates you provided to prepare a more accurate costing.

These documents are titled “RKE Application Timeline” and “RKE Sample Costs” – they can be found on the Staff Intranet under the section “Research”.

If you have any queries or have any issues with accessing these documents, please contact your Funding Development Team.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

AHRC

Connected Communities Festival

The 2016 Festival will support high quality participatory arts research and research co-production activities across the UK on the theme of community futures and utopias and will provide an opportunity to explore creative ways to build upon, and widen and deepen community engagement with, research being undertaken by the Connected Communities Programme and with wider AHRC/RCUK–funded research.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now invited to contribute to the Festival which will run from February 2016 through to June 2016, culminating in a major weekend-long Utopia Fair at Somerset House on 24th-26th June.

Max Award: Standard – £5,000, Augmented – £15,000
Deadline: 16 December 2015

Follow-on Funding for Impact & Engagement

Funds will be awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of or following an AHRC-funded project.

Max Award: £100,000
Deadline: No deadline

Research Grants – Early Careers

The Research Grants Schemes are intended to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research.

Max Award: £50,000 – £250,000 over max of 5 years
Deadline: No deadline

Research Grants – Standard Route

The Research Grants Schemes are intended to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research. This scheme is not intended to support individual scholarship.

Max Award: £50,000 – £1,000,000 over max of 60 months
Deadline: No deadline

Research Networking

The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events.

Max Award: £30,000 over max 2 years
Deadline: No deadline

Science & Technology Facilities Council

UK-China Newton agri-tech joint call

The UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) along with the National Natural Science Foundation of China is launching a call for proposals that will advance scientific research in space applications such as remote sensing, information acquisition, data processing, modelling and simulation, to target challenges faced by the Chinese agricultural sector.

Max Award: £1,000,000 for 3 years
Deadline: 17 December 2015

Medical Research Council

UK-Korea Partnering Awards

The overarching aim of the UK-Korea Partnering Awards scheme is to provide resources to biomedical and health researchers in the UK and Korea that will allow them to forge long-term collaborations. It is hoped that the partnerships established through these awards will lead to the development of long-term collaborative research programmes that will be competitive for national funding.

Max Award: £20,000
Deadline: 15 January 2016

University of Oxford International Growth Centre

Call for Proposals

The ICG is pleased to open the six-monthly IGC call for proposals, across its four research themes: State Effectiveness; Firm Capabilities; Energy; and Cities. The IGC commissions research through the Research Programme and the Country Programme. The Research Programme focuses on cutting-edge, policy-relevant academic research shaping effective economic growth policies in the global south. The Country Programme focuses on high-quality economic growth research addressing the policy needs of IGC’s partner countries.

Max Award: Unspecified with total budget of £3,300,000
Deadline: 17 January 2016

Wellcome Trust

Collaborative Awards in Humanities & Social Science

Collaborative Awards provide flexible support to excellent research groups with outstanding track records. Proposals must address important, complex health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that need a collaborative team effort. Funding can be used to coordinate and integrate activities, build networks, and carry out large-scale potentially interdisciplinary research.

Max Award: £2,000,000
Deadline: 22 January 2016 for preliminary application, 30 March 2016 for full submission

Natural Environment Research Council

Bilateral Research Workshops

As well as acting to further UK researchers’ involvement in EU research programmes, NERC works proactively with partners in China, India, Japan and the US in targeted joint funding initiatives. In line with RCUK strategy to promote collaboration between the best UK and overseas researchers, these four countries are prioritised either because they are historically strong in engineering and the physical and mathematical sciences, or else they are rapidly growing their capabilities in our research areas.

Max Award: Costs of hosting conferences, travelling to conferences/meetings, networking/collaboration
Deadline: No deadline

European Commission

CEF Telecom calls for proposals 2015

The 2015 CEF Telecom calls will award up to €45.6 million in the form of grants managed by INEA. A specific call for Europeana of €10 million in 2015 is managed by the European Commission. The grants under CEF Telecom will help European public administrations and businesses to hook up to the core platforms of the digital services that are the object of the calls.

Max Award: Various
Deadline: Various dates in early 2016

Solar Facilities for the European Research Area

Access to Facilities

The ‘SFERA’ Partners: CIEMAT, CNRS, PSI, UAL-CIESOL and ENEA will provide access to their state-of-the-art high-flux solar research facilities, unique in Europe and in the world. Access to these facilities will contribute to creation of the European Research Area by:

  • Opening installations to European and ICPC scientists, improving co operation.
  • Improving scientific critical mass in domains where knowledge is now widely dispersed.
  • Generating strong Europe-wide R&D project consortia, increasing the competitiveness of each member alone.

Max Award: Access to laboratories, facilities, equipment
Deadline: 31 January 2016

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.

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.

Royal Academy of Engineering – Visit to the Funder

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On 2 November 2015, I attended a ‘Study Tour’ at the Royal Academy of Engineering, organised by ARMA (Association of Research Managers & Administrators).

During the Study Tour, I was welcomed into the funder’s stronghold, met the Programme Managers and spoke with the Head of Research & University Programmes. All mysteries regarding their Programmes/grants, call rules and peer review processes were slowly revealed.

The Programmes that were detailed on the day were:

  1. Ingenious – Public Engagement Awards Scheme;
  2. Research & University Programmes:
  • Research Chairs / Senior Research Fellowships – the funder’s flagship programme;
  • Newton Research Collaboration Programme – travel/network grant;
  • Research Fellowships
  • Distinguishing Visiting Fellowships – funding for overseas Fellow to visit UK institution;
  • Industrial Secondments;
  • Visiting Professors;
  • Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards;
  1. The Enterprise Hub – connecting HEIs, investors, Hub members and the corporate sector:
  • Launchpad Competition;
  • RAEng-ERA Foundation Award;
  • Enterprise Fellowships;
  • Pathways to Growth;
  • Growth Phase Silver Medal & MacRobert Award.

The day’s presentations are attached here.

Besides for the highlights on the above Programmes, there are also key points about peer review/evaluation processes for different Programmes, common mistakes by applicants and the funder’s online grants application system.

An important message was that because the funder is a ‘small’ organisation compared with the Research Councils and other major charities, awareness of its funding activities is relatively low. The funder noted that across the range of its Programmes, it received comparatively low numbers of applications and hence, success rates for applicants could be quite high. For those Programmes where it received a larger proportion of applications, the funder observed that they received applications from the same HEIs every year and it was keen to receive applications from a broader cross-section of the HE sector.

In short, that encouragement together with the fact that the funder holds a broad and loose definition of ‘engineering’ means that all relevant academics in BU should seriously consider applying!

Their website is found at: http://www.raeng.org.uk/.

If you are interested in submitting to any of the calls by this funder, you must contact your  RKEO Funding Development Officer with adequate notice before the deadline. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any problems accessing the funder’s presentation slides, please email me at browna@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Latest Funding Opportunities

Money Bear Funding

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

Innovate UK

Analytical technologies for pharmaceuticals

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative R&D projects to address the UK’s need for improved analytical technologies that support the development of current and next generation biopharmaceutical products.

The aim of this competition is to advance the industry by addressing sector-specific challenges relating to analytical technologies for testing and characterising biopharmaceutical products and monitoring processes, as well as the supporting informatics tools.

Max Award: £500,000 to £1.5 million Deadline: 14 October for registration, 21 October 2015 for EOI

Brazil-UK collaborative industrial research & development competition

Innovate UK and SENAI (the National Service for Industrial Training) of Brazil are to invest up to £3.4 million in collaborative industrial R&D projects that propose new commercial solutions to critical challenges impacting the socio-economic growth and development of Brazil in relation to its energy, water, and waste management.

Max Award: Total funding up to £3.4 million Deadline: 7 December 2015

RCUK – CONACYT

Research Partnerships – UK & Mexico

This initiative will provide funding for transformative and high-quality collaborative research projects which address the following topics:

  • Nutrition and Health
  • Inclusive, accountable and secure society
  • Instrumentation Development for Applications in Big Science

The objective is to deliver significant research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between researchers from Mexico and the UK that will allow the pursuit of shared research interests.

Max Award: Unspecified for up to 5 years Deadline: 23 October 2015 for Intentions to Submit, 24 November 2015 for full submission

BBSRC

BBSRC & State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation – Joint Call in advanced biofuels

This call aims to advance the excellent scientific relationships developed between UK and Brazilian scientists and encourage new partnerships to develop integrated biorefinery approaches for the manufacture of advanced biofuels, producing industrially relevant scientific outputs which can be taken up by a global industry.

Max Award: Unspecified for up to 5 years Deadline: 26 October 2015 for Intention to Submit and 19 November 2015 for full submission

Resilience of the UK food systems in a global context

The programme will integrate biological, environmental and social sciences to support interdisciplinary projects addressing one or more of the following key themes:

  • Optimising the productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems and landscapes
  • Optimising resilience of food supply chains both locally and globally
  • Influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience at the individual and household level.

Max Award: Unspecified for up to 5 years, total of £14million Deadline: 27 October 2015

Standard follow-on funding

The Follow-on funding programme is designed to support the translation of fundamental research funded by us into practical application, including commercialisation. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic benefits of their research.

This programme is a proof-of-concept model where further work on an idea will take it through to the stage at which the route to application is clear, which may include a spin-out or licensing opportunity.

Max Award: £250,000 for 12 – 18 months Deadline: 11 November 2015

International workshops scheme

This call makes around 8 awards each year for a workshop to be held overseas or in the UK. The aims are:

  • To stimulate joint working in topics important to BBSRC’s strategy
  • To match numbers of scientists from the UK with other countries to identify areas of commonality and explore the potential for international collaboration
  • To receive applications involving collaborations with any other country, although the US, Canada, Brazil, EU member states, Japan, China, India Australia and New Zealand are particularly encouraged.

Max Award: £10,000 Deadline: 12 November 2015

NERC

NERC & State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation – Sustainable gas futures

This call is supported by the UK through the Newton Fund which forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The AO/CFP is only open to joint UK-Brazil applications. NERC will provide up to £1m of funding (80% FEC) to eligible UK-based researchers and São Paulo partner organizations will match this with equivalent research effort to eligible researchers associated with research institutions in the State of São Paulo.

Max Award: Up to £80,000 Deadline: 10 November 2015

Advanced training short courses initiative

This call invites proposals offering training in a variety of forms that fall both within the NERC science remit as well as addressing one or more of the Priority Training Areas contained within the ATSC Announcement of Opportunity document. Training must prioritise NERC-funded PhD students or develop the skills of environmental sciences early career researchers (working within academic and/or non-academic settings) for future careers in research and other contexts.

Max Award: £20,000 – £50,000 Deadline: 12 November 2015

Soil security research fellowship awards

The overarching aim of the Soil Security programme is to advance understanding of the ability of soils to adapt to perturbations. It will do this by building an integrated and predictive understanding of the multiple functions of soil. This will improve forecasts of the soil system’s response to changes in climate, vegetation or land management at scales of analysis that match the scale of decision making.Max

Max Award: Up to £2 million Deadline: 3 December 2015

Wellcome Trust

Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

This scheme provides support for outstanding postdoctoral scientists based in academic institutions in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Max Award: Covers basic salary, research expenses and specified other costs for up to 5 years Deadline: 8 December for preliminary application, 26 February 2016 for full submission

Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science

These Fellowships provide support for clinical academics with exceptional ability and outstanding promise to further develop their research potential.

Max Award: Covers basic salary, research expenses and specified other costs for up to 5 years Deadline: 8 December for preliminary application, 26 February 2016 for full submission

EUREKA, EU

Eureka Innovation Award

Each project nomination must target one specific category:

  • Competitiveness: for projects where more than one partner has substantially improved their position vis à vis their direct competitors with the help of a EUREKA project.
  • Added value: for projects, where more than one partner has yielded substantial growth in productivity, turnover and increase in the number of employees from the exploitation of the results of a EUREKA project.
  • Innovators of tomorrow: for projects which have successfully implemented a promising new and disruptive technology or concept with a clear economic, societal and environmental impact compared to existing solutions.

Max Award: First prize in each category: 6000 euros and pan-European promotion package of 10,000 euros Deadline: 15 October 2015

Directorate-General for Climate Action, EU

The objective of the study is to undertake a fact-finding exercise to examine whether there is any conclusive evidence of carbon leakage occurring in phase III of the EU ETS as a result of pricing carbon. This is important in the current context: work is ongoing in preparation for the revision of the Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards post-2020 provisions. A Commission proposal for the revision has been presented in July 2015 and one of the main elements of the future system will be establishing measures to address the risk of carbon leakage.

Max Award: 250,000 – 300,000 euros Deadline: 26 October 2015

ERANID & ERA-Net, EU

Understanding Drug Use Pathways

A first Joint call was launched on 15 September 2015 and aims at funding multidisciplinary transnational research in “Understanding drug use pathways”. The content of this call reflects the findings of a large programme of work to identify common research priorities for illicit drugs in Europe that resulted in a Strategic Research Agenda. The call encourages research that will provide a better understanding of the processes underlying the dynamics of drug use pathways and transitions between types of drug use.

Max Award: Total funding 4 million euros Deadline: 24 November 2015

European Agency for Safety & Health at Work, EU

Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez Innovation & Practice Award in Occupational Health Psychology

The European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, in collaboration with European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, invites applications for their Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez innovation and practice award in occupational health psychology. This aims to award contributions to the field of occupational health psychology.

Max Award: Not specified Deadline: 1 February 2016

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US

Explore new ways to measure delivery & use of digital financial services data

Develop an innovative analytics or data capture solution to improve the delivery and use of digital financial services in developing countries. The focus of this call is on solutions that are relevant to commercial strategies and likely to make large improvements in performance outcomes for commercial deployments.

Max Award: USD100,000 for Phase I projects, up to USD1 million for Phase II projects Deadline: 11 November 2015

Please note that some funders 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.

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.

Latest Funding Opportunities

The following selection of BU-relevant funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Stodmarsh Site – Water Quality Study

Incidences of fish kill and algal blooms have given rise to concerns with regards to water control and water quality in the main NNR Reserve Lake at Stodmarsh NNR. This project will also provide recommendations for improvements in water control and water quality, which should work towards improving the ecological condition of the site.

Max Award: £20,000 over 6 months Deadline: 2 September 2015 for EOI

Aqualate Mere Site – Water Quality Project

The aim of this contract is to understand if catchment sources of nutrients and sediment are still significant and therefore if further reductions are needed to achieve the SSSI water quality objectives.

Max Award: Unspecified Deadline: 2 September 2015 for EOI

Food Standards Agency

Invitation for Expressions of Interest in Strategic Evidence Programme Research Projects: Exploring the potential of integrating next generation sequencing and other ‘big data’.

Max Award: Unspecified Deadline: 14 September 2015 for tenders

EPSRC

Trust, Identity, Privacy & Security in the Digital Economy

The Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme and the cyber security strand of the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security are investing up to £10 million to support user-driven and interdisciplinary research that solves real problems in establishing trust, identity, privacy and security in the digital economy.

Max Award: Total of £10 million to fund up to 10 projects Deadline: 14 September 2015 for “Intent to Bid” and 13 October 2015 for full submission

Industry Fellowship

This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation. The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs.

Max Award: Fellow’s basic salary & up to £2000 research expenses per year Deadline: 24 September 2015

Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2015

The RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DET) is running a competition designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having. Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

Max Award: £10,000 Deadline: 1 December 2015

Innovate UK

Digital Forensics

The challenge from the Home Office’s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT), is to improve the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of recovering and automatically analysing data from the seized digital devices of suspects under investigation. Up to £300k will be spent on Phase 1 proof-of-concept projects, each with a nominal maximum value of £40k.

Max Award: Up to £300,000 Deadline: 7 October 2015

Advancing the commercial applications of graphene

The aim of this competition is to stimulate the exploitation of this high-performance material, as well as related carbon-based 2D materials that have emerged from the research base. These studies should evaluate the feasibility and potential of the use of graphene in a specific application, with relevant data to support its performance against current market specifications.

Max Award: Up to £2.5 million Deadline: 28 October 2015 for registration & 4 November 2015 for full submission

Optimising food composition: fat, sugar, salt & fibre

This competition will support collaborative R&D projects aimed either at reducing levels of salt, sugar or fat in food, or at increasing dietary fibre, or any combination of these. The competition is designed to encourage innovation right across the food chain.

Max Award: Up to £10 million Deadline: 18 November 2015

 

Leverhulme Trust

Senior Research Fellowship for Engineering Academics

The RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships allows academics to concentrate on full-time research and be relieved of teaching and administrative responsibilities. The purpose of the Fellowships is to cover the salary costs of a replacement academic who will take over the awardee’s teaching and administration duties for up to one year.

Max Award: Contributes to salary costs of replacement teaching & £2,500 support fund Deadline: 26 October 2015

Wellcome Trust

Investigator Awards in Humanities & Social Science

Investigator Awards are aimed at exceptional researchers with bold and intellectually rigorous ideas. They provide flexible support at a level and length to enable humanities and social science research to explore any aspect of human and animal health. Applicants should be able to articulate a compelling vision for their research and demonstrate the track record and originality to achieve it.

Max Award: £100,000 – £200,000 per year for up to 5 years Deadline: 22 January 2016 for preliminary applications & 30 March 2016 for full submissions

European Food Safety Authority, EU

Data Collection for the Estimation of Ecological Data

Data collection for the estimation of ecological data (specific focal species, time spent in the treated areas collecting food, composition of diet), residue level and residue decline of pesticides on food items to be used in risk assessment for birds and mammals.

Award max: 300,000 euros for 15 months Deadline: 11 September 2015 for tenders

Database of non-QPS production strains of industrially produced food & feed additives

The aim of this procurement procedure is to conclude a direct contract for the preparation of a database from a review on the taxonomical identification and potential toxigenic capacities of microorganisms used for the industrial production of feed additives and food enzymes.

Max Award: 200,000 euros Deadline: 15 October 2015

Directorate-General for the Environment, EU

The objective of the service contract is to support technically DG Environment by providing information, reports and analysis on: — the role of agri-environment and context indicators in the development of the choices of Member States, — the illustration of trends in the state of the environment which are expected as a result of the elements notified under good agricultural and environmental conditions and the greening components, — the uptake of agri-environment measures by different farmers and farming communities, including the identification of barriers to environmentally sufficient uptake of agri-environment measures, — the potential to use more widely innovative funding mechanisms such as results-based payments for areas beyond biodiversity protection, and collective rural development funding.

Max Award: 330,000 – 360,000 euros Deadline: 25 September 2015

Director-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services & Capital Markets Union, EU

Study on Access to Comprehensive Financial Guidance for Consumers

The objective of this study is twofold: first, identify and investigate examples of good practices of financial guidance and describe their functioning, including who gives guidance, financing and business models; second, identify potential incentives which could encourage consumers to take up financial guidance.

Max Award: 75,000 euros Deadline: 25 September 2015

Study on the role of digitisation and innovation in creating a true singe market for retail financial services & insurance

Contract for a study to investigate the areas in which innovation and digitalisation could help build a more integrated and competitive European market for retail financial services, for instance by removing some of the obstacles faced by providers and consumers. This will include a review of the current state of digitalisation and innovation in the retail financial services and insurance markets and a projection of the likely future direction of this trend.

Max Award: 250,000 euros Deadline: 29 September 2015

Framework contract for assistance services in the field of compliance assessment

The subject of this call for tenders is to select economic operators for the provision of services in connection with the assessment of the compliance of the national measures of EU Member States with legislation of the European Union in selected legal fields, in particular in the areas of banking and finance. It falls within the responsibility of the Commission to make sure that Member States’ legislation is compliant with Union law. The services required under this contract will assist the Commission in assessing the compliance of national measures with the relevant Union law.

Max Award: 5,000,000 euros Deadline: 30 September 2015

Please note that some funders 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.

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.EU funding guide

Latest Funding Opportunities

Money Bear Funding

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

EPSRC

Healthcare impact partnerships

Funding supports projects that progress previous EPSRC-funded research in the crosscutting capability areas of disruptive sensing and analysis, and medical device design and innovation, towards impact within a healthcare application. Proposals must address at least one of the following healthcare technologies grand challenges:

  • developing future therapies;
  • frontiers of physical intervention;
  • optimising treatment;
  • transforming community health and care.

Award amount max: Total budget – £5 million, unspecified for each project Closing date: Intent to submit – 27/8/2015, Full submission deadline – 24/9/2015

Academy of Medical Sciences

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers offer funding of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables. The grants allow research-active Clinical Lecturers to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding.

Award amount max: £30,000 over 1-2 years for consumables Closing date: 1/9/2015

Royal Society

University Research Fellowships

The scheme provides 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. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and any researcher addressing a direct biomedical research question.

Award amount max: Up to £39,389.64 in salary, up to £13,000 for research expenses, estates & indirects for first year and specified amounts thereafter for 5 years. Closing date: 3/9/2015

NERC

Joint US–UK workshop on improving understanding of potential environmental impacts associated with unconventional hydrocarbons

NERC and the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the Environment Sustainability & Energy Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (ESED), are inviting applications from UK scientists to attend a jointly organised workshop on Improving Understanding of Potential Environmental Impacts Associated with Unconventional Hydrocarbons in Washington DC on 5-6 November 2015.

The deployment of hydraulic fracturing technology to exploit shale oil and gas reservoirs in the USA and now potentially in the UK has raised a number of environmental concerns.

Award amount max: All reasonable travel & accommodation expenses Closing date: 9/9/2015

Highlight Topics

NERC invites proposals for the second round of highlight topics, a route for funding strategic research. Highlight topics focus strategic research on defined subject areas, and will be delivered through independent projects.

The highlight topics in this call are:

  • Evolutionary biotic response to environmental change: limits to adaptation.
  • Coastal morphology: coastal sediment budgets and their role in coastal recovery.
  • Quantifying climate risk for adaptation and resilience planning.
  • Closing the global methane budget.
  • Reducing uncertainty in the integrity of potential carbon capture and storage sites.

Award amount max: Total call budget – £16 million, maximum per highlight topic – £4 million Closing date: Notification of intent to submit – 21/9/2015, Full submission deadline – 8/9/2015

Innovate UK

Internet of Things cities demonstrator

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to invest up to £10 million* in a single collaborative R&D project to demonstrate the capability of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a city region. The aim of this demonstrator is to show how the large-scale deployment of IoT – where everyday objects are connected to a network in order to share their data – can benefit citizens by offering environmental improvements, economic opportunities, and more efficient and effective delivery of services such as transport, healthcare and energy.

Award amount max: £10 million Closing date: Registration of interest – 23/9/2015, Full submission deadline – 30/9/2015

Stratified medicine: connecting the UK infrastructure

This SBRI competition aims to accelerate and/or increase the development and adoption of innovative diagnostic tools in order to offer better targeted treatment to patients within the UK healthcare system.

Award maximum: Up to £10 million Closing date: Registration – 28/10/2015, Full submission – 4/11/2015

BBSRC

Flexible interchange programme

Our FLexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills, developing bioscience research/researchers and addressing our strategic priorities.

Award amount max: Up to £150,000 Closing date: 15/10/2015

Modular training partnerships

Modular Training Partnerships (MTPs) fund the development of industrially-relevant short training courses at Masters level. Training should be developed in close collaboration with industry, and evidence of industrial demand is a key requirement for funding.

Award amount max: Unspecified Closing date: 15/10/2015

Wellcome Trust

Seed Awards provide responsive, flexible funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they would be able to be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust, or another source.

Their exploratory nature gives scope for the use of bold or innovative methodologies, and a broad range of possible activities; from pilot and scoping studies, to preliminary data gathering and proof-of-principle studies, to planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. They are not intended to fund discrete projects with no follow-on plans. We encourage applications which propose to carry out interdisciplinary research across our Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Innovations funding.

Award amount max: Up to £100,000 for up to 2 years Closing date: 22/10/2015

Medical Research Council

Skills Development Fellowships

Quantitative expertise: support training for very early career researchers in, or individuals changing disciplines to, areas covering mathematics, statistics, computation and informatics applicable to any biomedical or health-related data sources.

Expertise at the social science interface: with a focus on areas of health economics and/or mixed methods research.

Award amount max: Unspecified Closing date: 16 June 2016

Please note that some funders 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.

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.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Training & Skills Hubs

Quantum technologies are those that enable the creation, control and manipulation of sensitive and fragile quantum effects within single systems. Training and Skills Hubs will act as nodes within the national network of Quantum Technology Hubs, whose aim is to harness and exploit the research and training strengths that exist across the UK academic landscape, facilitate partnering with industry, and tackle the key technological challenges that need to be overcome to realise the promise of quantum technologies.

Award amount max: £15 million to support 3 – 5 Hubs for 5 years
Closing date: 2/06/2015

Royal Society

International Scientific Seminars

This scheme is for Royal Society Research Fellows who want to organise a small two-day scientific seminar at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall.

Award amount max: £5000 for travel plus costs for up to 20 delegates
Closing date: 4/06/2015

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Quantum Technologies Strategic Capital Investment Call

Funding is available for individual or consortia of institutions that demonstrate how their proposal will augment existing capabilities in the UK and that bring together a suitable support package that enhances this capital funding and enables delivery of new capabilities for the national network.

Proposals should clearly articulate the industrial contribution and leverage supporting this investment and how the investment would strengthen industrial engagement

Award amount max: Up to £25 million in total
Closing date: 2/06/2015

Innovate UK

Spearheading future electric vehicle battery production

Innovate UK and the Office for low emission Vehicles (OleV) are to invest up to £10 million in a single consortium to develop a pilot line to understand how to produce high-voltage electric vehicle batteries at a rate that can later be scaled up for commercial production.

Award amount max: Up to £10 million
Closing date: 3/06/2015

Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council

Future Leader Fellowship

The Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The FLF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. As such FLFs represent part of our commitment to the supply of highly skilled professional scientists to the UK.

Award amount max: Unspecified
Closing date: 4/06/2015

Economic & Social Research Council

Training Bursaries

The ESRC wishes to improve the standards of research methods and to stimulate the uptake of high quality training courses in research methods across the UK social science community.

Each year there are bursaries for up to £1,000 each to enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their research skills. Contract researchers working in HEIs are also eligible for the bursaries.

Award amount max: £1000
Closing date: 15/4/2015

Innovate UK

Game-changing technologies for aerospace – collaborative R&D

Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in collaborative research and development and feasibility studies to accelerate the commercialisation of highly innovative technologies for civil aerospace

Award amount max: Up to £10 million
Closing date: 9/09/2015

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Living with Environmental Change Challenge Fellowships

EPSRC’s Living With Environmental Change theme is keen to support the next generation of leaders in adapting to and mitigating climate change. This is a strategic activity focusing on a key challenge within the EPSRC LWEC theme and on bringing new thinking into the area.

The research required to answer this challenge requires a broad based, problem-directed and multidisciplinary approach. Applicants can come from any discipline area but we will not fund fellowships across councils therefore the balance of the research described in the application should be within the remit of EPSRC.

Award amount max: Unspecified
Closing date: 10/06/2015

Please note that some funders 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.

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.

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

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

BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships – Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK

The Enterprise Fellowships are designed to enable an individual to advance the commercialisation of existing research results or technological developments and are tenable for a period of one year.  The Fellowships enable the holder to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of their research, whilst also receiving formal training in relevant business skills.

Award max: Unspecified  
Closing date: 27/04/2015

Industry Fellowships – Royal Society, UK

This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs.

Award max: Basic salary & research expenses up to £2000/year
Closing Date: 26/03/2015

Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme – BBSRC

Participants enter as teams and develop a business plan for a company based on a hypothetical but plausible idea based on real markets over the course of a three day residential workshop. The workshop encompasses presentations and mentoring sessions from leading figures in industry and culminates in the presentation of the business plans to a panel of ‘equity investors’ drawn from industry and academia. Up to three teams for each workshop are selected to progress to the final in London.

Award max: Prize fund of £5000, including first prize of £2,500, trip to USA, invite to BIA Gala Dinner
Closing Date: 29/05/2015

Brian Mercer Award for Innovation – Royal Society

This scheme is for scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product ready for commercial exploitation. The scheme covers natural sciences, excluding medical devices.

Award max: £250,000
Closing date: 23/04/2015

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.

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.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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

Medical Research Council, GB

Neurodegenerative disease research (JPND)

Spanning biomedical, healthcare and social science research, JPND aims to increase coordinated investment between participating countries in research aimed at finding causes, developing cures, and identifying appropriate ways to care for those with neurodegenerative diseases. MRC is leading on JPND activity for the UK and has EU funding of £2 million to support such research activity in the UK. 

Award amount max: Unspecified Closing date: 10/03/2015

Academy of Medical Sciences, GB

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers offer funding of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables. The grants allow research-active Clinical Lecturers to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding.

Award amount max: £30,000 Closing date: 16/03/2015

 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, GB

The BBSRC’s new pathfinder schemeenables potential follow-on funding applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities.These activities will help to:

  • Develop a clearer understanding of the commercial potential of the outputs of a research grant
  • Assist with the development of a full follow-on funding application

Award amount max: £10,000 Closing date: No deadline

Wellcome Trust, GB

Seed awards in Society & Ethics, Medical Humanities

Seed Awards in Society & Ethics and Medical Humanities provide flexible, responsive funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they could be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust or another funder.

The exploratory nature of Seed Awards gives scope for the use of bold or innovative methodologies, and a broad range of possible activities: from pilot and scoping studies to planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. The Trust encourages applicants who wish to use the grant to develop new approaches and collaborations.

Seed Awards support research in any field society and ethics that can enrich understanding of health, medicine and disease.

Award amount max: £50,000 Closing date: 27/02/2015

Translation Fund

The aim of Translation Awards is to develop innovative and ground breaking new technologies in the biomedical area.

Projects must have already demonstrated proof of principle, supported by experimental data. Applications should bridge the funding gap in commercialisation of new technologies in the biomedical area and must plan to take the product, technology or intervention to a stage at which it is sufficiently developed to be attractive to another party.

Award amount max: Unspecified Closing date 15/04/15

Economic & Social Research Council – ESRC, GB

The ESRC is pleased to announce the call for the third round of the ESRC Transformative Research Call. The aim of this call is to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

The Council regards transformative research as that which involves, for example, pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation. The expectation is that the transformative research call will encourage novel developments of social science enquiry, and support research activity that entails an element of risk.

Award amount max: £250,000 Closing date 19/02/15

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council – EPSRC, GB

The EPSRC’s Information and technologies (ICT) team would like to encourage researchers to pursue an immersive experience in other disciplines and user environments.

Discipline Hopping Awards will provide short-term support to allow researchers from core ICT fields with other disciplines and/or user fields. The aim of this is to foster new interactions, bringing a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research. Alternatively, non ICT specialists can apply for funds to bring a technological perspective to their home discipline.

Award amount: Unspecified Closing date: no deadline

Please note that some funders 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.

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.

Introducing Alice Brown, your Funding Development Officer (SciTech)

I am a Funding Development Officer supporting the endeavours of the Faculty of Science & Technology to succeed in being awarded research funding. I am here to provide assistance in the pre-award process. My work days are Tuesdays to Fridays. I will either be at Melbury House or in Christchurch House (phone number 01202 68247). Please do not hesitate to leave me emails any time and I will attend to them as soon as possible.

As a brief background to myself, just before commencing in this role, I was the Senior Research & Knowledge Exchange Officer at the Arts University Bournemouth as secondment cover. During that time, I managed research degree students and academic research, under which there was funding development work. Before that, I have relocated with my family from Australia, having worked for 7 years in the Western Australian State Government in legal, policy and research roles.

My interests are travelling, hiking, painting and fine dining.