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Deadline extended: Zinc and Dunhill Medical Trust Innovation Fellowships in Healthy Ageing

Please see below for the following fellowship opportunity for researchers working in ageing that are looking to branch out into industry.

Zinc and Dunhill Medical Trust Innovation Fellowships in Healthy Ageing

The Innovation Fellowships in Healthy Ageing comprise a 6-9 month programme, starting in September 2023, which will allow UK-based researchers the opportunity to experience first-hand what it takes to build a mission-focussed start-up from scratch, and to build science-rich products and services to improve outcomes for people in later life. Researchers will also have the opportunity to engage in training, support and mentoring to help them translate their skills, explore new career opportunities, and connect with other talented researchers.

This opportunity is open to researchers at any career stage post-PhD, but we particularly welcome applications from early career researchers (you must have submitted your PhD thesis by September, 2023). The deadline for submission of applications is 12 noon 17th May. Interviews will be held in mid-May with decisions being communicated at the end of May.

For more details and to apply, see the full advert here

Focus on Fellowships – Academic Targeted Research Scheme

In recognition of the important contribution that early career academics play in driving research for the future, we launched the BU Academic Targeted Research scheme in 2019 to attract and recruit talented individuals in six targeted research areas, linked to the Strategic Investment Areas (SIAs).

We wanted to recruit a diverse cohort of individuals with the motivation to become future academic leaders in their field. Each post is offered a fully funded, fixed-term three-year Senior Lectureship together with a research grant of up to £10k per year for the term of the appointment. By September 2020, all six recruits were in post at BU. Each post has at least one research mentor and line manager to support them in achieving their career goals, and whilst they’re hosted in a Faculty, all posts are working collaboratively across Faculties, SIAs and Institutes.

Meet the ATRS Senior Lecturers:

Dr Adrian Galdran – Data Science for Medical Imaging, based in FST and working with the Institute of Medical Imaging (IMIV)

Adrian was the first ATRS Senior Lecturer in post, joining BU in Nov. 2019. Adrian’s research focuses on medical image analysis and computer vision with medical applications. He has researched gastrointestinal image analysis and segmentation, which has led to publications, research applications and securing first place in a competition, EndoTect 2021, in the segmentation track. In response to Adrian’s first blog post, Dr Paul Hartley has been collaborating with him in automating the analysis of histological kidney images to better understand protein expression on them at a fine level, and at a large scale. To address this problem with deep learning techniques, a preliminary implementation of a glomeruli segmentation algorithm (see pictures)

based on a double encoder-decoder network has been developed with promising results. Next steps will include the extension of this system to other structures of interest, addressing the challenges of high-resolution biomedical image segmentation in this context.

Find out more about Adrian’s research and how you can collaborate here.


Karen Reddin

Dr Karen Reddin – Immersive Environments for Disaster Management, based in BUBS

Karen joined BU in Dec. 2019. Karen’s research focuses on a review of current Disaster Management education, training and exercise methodologies and recognised practice and how technology enhanced learning platforms might be used to inform and add to current practice in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management. Karen’s initial research has centred around looking at the potential of immersive environments, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality for preparing for pandemics and other high consequence infectious diseases (HCIDs) with the potential to cause pandemics. Karen has submitted a number of publications and joint research applications (with BUBS and FHSS) for funding, as well as submitted evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on ‘An Historic Background to Pandemic Contingency and Emergency Response Planning in the UK’. She is also building stakeholder networks for pandemic preparedness. Find out more about Karen’s research and how to collaborate here.


Dr Rafaelle Nicholson – Sport and Sustainability, based in BUBS

Raf started in her ATRS post in April 2020. Raf’s research focuses on the area of sport and social sustainability, aiming to inform the work of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) in ensuring greater diversity on their boards, and to help create environments whereby women can fully and effectively participate in sports leadership. Her research aims are to examine policy impact and how we can learn from this. is creating a network which focuses on Sports Governance & Diversity, in order to bring together researchers in this area with key stakeholders including UK Sport, Sport England, NGBs, and charities like Women in Sport. Raf has submitted a number of research applications for funding, which included external collaborators, and spoken at a number of conferences and appeared on a BBC podcast ‘Commentary at home‘. See below for more information on how the ATRS has benefited her research. Find out more about Raf’s research and how you can collaborate here.


Georgia JonesDr Georgia Jones – Sustainability, Impact and Consumption, based in FST

Georgia joined BU in July 2020. Georgia’s research focuses on predator ecology and conservation and is specifically centred on the porbeagle shark. The UK has several species of shark that reside here for part of the year and are in need of conservation management. Highly mobile, migratory top predators like the porbeagle are important to understand and manage as they play vital roles in nutrient cycling, ecosystem linkage and maintaining food web stability. Georgia is also aiming to develop a suite of complementary projects alongside the above and she’s already won funding for a project on kestrel trophic ecology, using stable isotope analysis of feathers to update our understanding of their contemporary diet. She is also developing projects on small mustelids and big cats and has joined international project teams to work on genetic analysis of sharks. Find out more about Georgia’s research and how you can collaborate here.


Lars MarstallerDr Lars Marstaller – Technology for Behaviour Change, based in FST

Lars joined BU in July 2020. Lars research is focussed on developing a smartphone biofeedback app, with a focus on feedback from heartbeats. Through mindfulness exercises and biofeedback training, users will learn to regulate their breathing to maximise their heart rate variability, thereby activating cardiovascular homeostatic reflexes in the autonomic nervous system associated with rest and recovery. Empirical evidence increasingly suggests that biofeedback has positive effects on a number of psychological conditions, such as anxiety, stress and depression. Lars will use state-of-the-art machine learning technology to develop the app. He has published several papers since joining BU. Find out more about Lars’ research and how you can collaborate here.


Portrait - Lyle SkainsDr Lyle Skains – Health & Science Communication, based in FMC

Lyle joined BU in Sep.2020 and was the final ATRS Senior Lecturer recruited. Lyle’s research is centred in an interdisciplinary and ubiquitous communication method that can be employed for multiple UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: interactive digital narrative (IDN). IDNs can be used in schools, GP waiting rooms, on tablets and smartphones; interactivity significantly increases retention, particularly when incorporated into media that audiences voluntarily and eagerly devote attention to. Lyle aims to develop a model for health and science communication through reading and writing IDNs that can be implemented in a wide array of scenarios and topic areas. Lyle is actively building networks and is developing a couple of research funding applications. Find out more about Lyle’s research and how you can collaborate here. Lyle also has a request out for people to join a team in developing a proposal for Sustainable Storytelling for Science & Health as a game-changing concept supporting BU SIAs.

Benefits of the scheme

The Covid-19 pandemic has made it challenging for all to progress their research aims. It has also been difficult for those who have joined during lockdown and so have never held face-to-face meetings with their colleagues. Despite this, you will see above how they have adjusted their plans to ensure they can still progress with their research, and form new networks and relationships. Most are also contributing to teaching and supervising MSc students and involving them in their research. These achievements are contributing to BU2025’s research principles of building external and international engagement, which will lead to building our research environment and the quality and impact of BU’s research. These activities are enabling greater interdisciplinary research and enabling critical mass to be built at BU.

Raf Nicholson talks about her experience of being given this opportunity:

12 months ago I had never submitted an external funding bid – but the substantial research time allocated as part of this post has allowed me to develop three so far, and counting! These have been for UKRI, the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust, all focused around the theme of sustainability and women’s sport. I hope more will follow. Covid-19 has created a number of issues with progressing some aspects of my research (I’ve been unable to visit any archives, for example), but I’ve found that it has made it easier to approach external partners, whose staff are generally working from home and are more amenable to discussing proposals for research which is of potential benefit to their organisation. Personally, I’ve been able to develop BU’s relationships with external partners including Women in Sport and the England & Wales Cricket Board, who have both served as project partners on grant bids. I hope this has laid the foundations for future joint research in years to come.”

Please watch the research blog for further updates from each of the ATRS post holders for details of how they’re progressing and how you can work with them on collaborative research activities.

MSCA NCP Virtual Drop-in Sessions

This is a quick reminder for those BU academics interested in applying for the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships call in September 2020.

The UK Research Office (UKRO), in its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), will be holding a virtual drop-in session for organisations and individuals interested in applying to the 2020 MSCA Individual Fellowships call (call deadline of 9 September 2020).

The virtual drop-in session will provide with an opportunity to speak directly with the MSCA NCP on specific elements of their proposal. The event is aimed at potential UK academic and non-academic based supervisors, and their prospective fellows, who are planning to submit a proposal to the Individual Fellowship 2020 call.

If you would like to attend, please visit the events page and register MSCA Individual Fellowships, Wednesday 22 July 2020 14:30-16:00 CET (13:30-15:00 UK Time). Further information on the event will be provided to delegates once registration for the sessions has closed.

Direct link to registration

If you have any BU specific queries, please contact EU & International Research Facilitator Ainar Blaudums or your RDS Funding Development Officer.

AXA Fellowship campaign

The AXA Research Fund announced new AXA Fellowship campaign. It will remain open until May 20, 2019 at 04:00 pm (Paris, France time).

The AXA Fellowship is a funding scheme aiming at supporting young promising researchers on a priority topic aligned with AXA and the Society – ‘Towards an Improved and Better Supported Mental Health’.

The campaign is dedicated to young Post-Doctoral Fellows – candidates should be maximum PhD+ 5 years with proven scientific excellence and high potential for innovation, transformation and dissemination. Selected projects will be supported for an amount of 125.000€ over 2 years (selection rate in 2018 was 20%). More details can be found on AXA website.

Each institution is eligible to submit maximum ONE expression of interest per call. To avoid more than one expressions of interest (what will lead to disqualification), submission process will be coordinated by RDS.

If you are interested to apply, please contact your research facilitator by 6 May 2019. In case of multiple expressions of interest internal competition will be organised.

Future Leaders Fellowships Guidance Session – Bookings are open!

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) guidance session, will support and inform early career researchers and innovators who intend to submit an application to the above call. Additionally, mentors of early career researchers are also welcomed and encouraged to attend.

This event will begin with a discussion about the guidance, insights into the writing fellowship grants and talks from successful fellowship grant holders.
This will be followed with 1-2-1 support and a grant writing workshop for those wishing to submit for the next round.

The intended learning outcomes of this session are:

  • To understand what is expected of a FLF proposal.
  • By the end of the session, you will have a good grasp of what is generally required for applications to the scheme and hopefully inspire you to submit

For the first session on Wednesday 16th January, there will also be follow-up workshop will focus on developing your proposal on the 16th February 2019.

This workshop directly supports and is targeted towards those academics proactively working within the context of BU2025 Actions: 28, 29 and 30.

To attend, please see further information available on the BU staff pages and review the calendar of events for further opportunities.

Looking for a new challenge?

Bournemouth University invites expressions of interest from internationally recognised mid-career to senior researchers who currently work outside the UK, and are active within the social sciences and humanities who wish to apply for the British Academy Global Fellowship scheme (BAGF).

The purpose of the Global Professorships is to enable world-class scholars to further their individual research goals while strengthening the UK research base and advancing the research goals and strategies of their UK host universities. Each four-year appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involve a specific research focus.

More information about the scheme will be available presently from the British Academy. There are strict eligibility requirements and potential candidates are advised to check these carefully.

Candidates who intend to apply for a BA BAGF at Bournemouth University as the host institution are asked to submit the following BA EOI form – Prof 2018  application to apekalski@bournemouth.ac.uk no later than 27th November 2018.

There is no guarantee that applications which arrive after this date will be supported or processed.


Procedure For applicants applying through Bournemouth University

Should you be interested in applying through Bournemouth University for a BAGF, please note that your expression of interest application will be assessed by the relevant Faculty in the first instance.

Once your application has been approved by Faculty, it will be sent for internal review. The panel will be convening on the 13th December 2018, and candidates can expect feedback by 4th December 2018.

If your application has been approved, the research facilitator responsible will work with you on your application.

The internal deadline for submitting applications via the BA’s Flexi-Grant system will be 5 working days before the external BA deadline (28 February 2019) – this is to allow time for institutional approval of your application, a requirement by the British Academy.

If you have further questions or queries please contact lease contact apekalski@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Royal Society Fellowship interview training – book now!

Are you considering applying for a fellowship that has an interview as part of the application process?

Does that concern you or even deter you from applying?

Then, come along to the full day Fellowship Interview Training session on Thursday, 5th July.

This workshop is aimed primarily at ECRs but may be of benefit to all academics and researchers wishing to apply for fellowships that require an interview. This intensive event will introduce the Royal Society University Research Fellowship scheme and go through eligibility, requirements and assessment criteria as well as the a chance to practice interview skills, so you’ll get an insight into every step of the application process.

This session will be facilitated by an external expert.

Reserve your place now!

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship Interview Training – Book Now

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship Interview Training

Monday, 14th May 2018 – 09:30-16:00

Reserve your place now!

This workshop is aimed primarily at ECRs but may be of benefit to academics and researchers wishing to apply for RAE fellowships that require an interview. This intensive event will introduce the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship scheme and go through eligibility, requirements and assessment criteria.

Attendees will think about how they fulfil these criteria, start to plot ideas for a proposal and consider whether the Fellowship is right for them. There will even be a chance to practice interview skills so you’ll get an insight into every step of the application process.


For the future, there will also be a similar workshop for the Royal Society on 5th July 2018. You can book now for that event too.




The Royal Society- Entrepreneur in Residence scheme- DEADLINE: 4/1/18

The Royal Society are inviting applications to the Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) scheme.  The purpose of the scheme is to give academics in UK Universities practical experience the latest science, research and innovation in industry.  The scheme allows for the successful translation of academic research into industry and likewise for the growth of entrepreneurial culture within universities.  The close working with industry will also help with developing relevant curricula to produce graduates ready to work in industry.

The scheme covers residencies in all areas of the Natural science except for clinical medicine. The scheme will contribute up to £40k over two years towards salary (0.2 FTE) and travel or project costs.

For further information please contact Ehren Milner (emilner@bournemouth.ac.uk).



Funder Visit – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science on 21st November 2017

BU’s Research & Knowledge Exchange Office is delighted to be hosting the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science visit on Tuesday, 21st November 2017.

The schedule for the event is:

13:00           Welcoming Address

13:05            JSPS – Overview, Institutional and Group Programmes

 Ms Chika Itoi, Deputy Director, JSPS London

13:25            JSPS Fellowship Programmes

 Ms Shiho Hayashida, International Programme Associate, JSPS London

13:45            Experiences of Doing Research in Japan

 Professor Chang Hong Liu (BU’s Department of Psychology)

13:55            Questions and Answers

14:00           Close

This event is open to BU academics and those from other regional universities. To book your place, please email RKEDevFramework@bournemouth.ac.uk, putting JSPS in the subject line. The event will take place on BU’s Talbot Campus, with the room confirmed to you after booking.

Please also see the post concerning JSPS’ Fellowship scheme which is open until 1st December 2017.