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Research Professional recently shared an article about how useful your Research Office can be and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

We may not be researchers but the Research Office can be a real help when you are thinking about writing a bid – and not just because you need us to develop your budget and navigate the institutional approvals!

Illustration of creative ideas conceptFUNDERS We know them. If you have a research idea but you’re not sure which funder you stand the best chance of success with, we will help you explore the funders and get to the bottom of what it is they want to identify where your research best fits amongst them.

FUNDING CALLS We read funding calls all day and we know what to look for when picking out key bits: where the emphasis lies and what the funder is really looking for in a proposal. If you’re not sure you are ticking the right boxes or would like some guidance on any particular scheme, we can help you with that.

TIMESCALES Sometimes it can be a difficult thing to establish a timeline either for writing a research proposal or for carrying out the project itself. Your Research Development Manager can help you to think realistically about your goals and map out how much time you will ideally spend on each aspect of the proposal or project.

LAY REVIEW Your Research Office can be a helpful place to get a lay person’s perspective on your proposal. When your project goes off to the funders for consideration, it is likely that those reviewing it aren’t going to be experts in your field. If your Research Development Manager is having a hard time grasping what your research is, then there’s a possibility that those reviewing it will too, and a project that isn’t easily understood is less likely to be funded than one that is.

You can read the full article here, but the main point is that we are here to help every step of the way so make sure you get in touch so we can get started!

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EPSRC “Tackling global development challenges through physical sciences research” funding call

EPSRC has issued a research funding call for “Tackling global development challenges through physical sciences research”. The start point for any project funded via this call must be novel physical sciences research. That research must underpin the majority of the subsequent activities planned for completion during the project. There will be scope in this call for those subsequent activities to span into EPSRC’s wider remit (e.g. the realm of energy, engineering, healthcare technologies etc.), or beyond (e.g. into the remit of any other of the UKRI Councils or Innovate UK), in order to best serve the Official Development Assistance (ODA) aims of this call. EPSRC welcomes applications aimed at supporting an internationally leading programme of physical sciences research, to tackle the challenges faced by developing countries. Research projects should demonstrate a contribution to the global effort to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each of the SDGs has a list of targets that may prove instructive in helping applicants to identify where they might contribute to one or more of the goals. Collaborators (academic researchers and/or direct beneficiaries) in one or more LMIC will be mandatory. Overseas Co-Investigators must be researchers based in research organisations in LMIC. Research should be undertaken with the partner country(ies) identified to ensure that it benefits the most vulnerable people in those countries and that the outcome is sustainable; the benefit does not end with the conclusion of the proposed research. 

Further details  here.

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ARMA Annual Conference, Belfast 2019


The annual Arma Conference this year is being held in Belfast and your Research Development Officers, Rachel Colley and Becky Hewlett are there to soak in the atmosphere and catch up on all the latest news in the world of research.

The conference is between the 17th-18th June and between us we have a whole host of sessions lined up to make the most of our time here: everything from reviving failed proposals to what the research landscape will look like in ten years time. There’s a fancy dinner too!

Look out for further updates…

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The Dunhill Trust Research Project grants – 2019/20 Round3 will accept new outline applications from 1st July. The Trust is keen to support high quality research projects which are, perhaps, smaller than can be managed by the Research Councils or fall outside their priority themes but are important to understanding the mechanisms of ageing, treating disease and frailty and identifying and developing new and effective ways to improve the lives of older people. The Trust is also committed to funding research into treating diseases and conditions which disproportionately affect older people but are less well-funded (excluding cancer and heart disease). [Further details…] 

Deadline for outline applications is 5pm, 30 August 2019

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The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme is accepting stage 1 applications for research to evaluate interventions for the avoidance, management or amelioration of adverse effects experienced in the implementation of established health and social care interventions. Adverse effects associated with all types of intervention within the NHS and social care services, including adverse drug reactions, adverse surgical events and adverse effects of medical testing procedures are included within the remit of this call.

Further details…

Deadline for applications is 1pm, 28 August 2019

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NIHR Global Health Funding Opportunities

The National Institute for Health Research have announced their Global Health Policy and Systems Research (Global HPSR) Programme. The scheme aims to support research in global health policy and systems research which is directly and primarily of benefit to people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

This will be driven by effective equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers who together will:

  • Engage stakeholders
  • Identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems
  • Develop plans for capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing

A series of three complementary research funding opportunities are planned (see below) which have been informed by stakeholder engagement, including the development of a global HPSR community of interest.

Development Awards

Launch Date: Early June 2019

Duration: up to 9 months

Funding: up to £100,000

Allows researchers to develop equitable partnerships between ODA-eligible LMIC researchers and UK institutions to: identify and engage relevant stakeholders (policy makers and LMIC communities); undertake a needs-assessment and identify local priorities for research, with the aim that Development Awards will support an application for future research funding.


Launch Date: September 2019 (tbc)

Duration: up to 4 years

Funding: up to £4M

A commissioned funding opportunity, which will be aligned with the WHO campaign to promote universal health coverage towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.


Launch Date: September 2020 (tbc)

Duration: up to 4 years

Funding: between £2 – 4M

An open opportunity that will align with the end of the Development Awards (not restricted to Development Award holders)

For more details about these opportunities and for more detail on what is required for the applications please visit the NIHR website.

If you would like to apply for these opportunities please get in contact with your Research Development Team.

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MRC Pre-call announcement: UK-Canada Diabetes Research Team Grants

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are pleased to announce the up-coming launch of the UK-Canada Diabetes Research Team Grants.

Call Opens: 11th June 2019

Deadline: 28th August 2019 (4pm)

Funding: CAN: $450,000, UK: £333,333

Duration: Up to 3 years

The focus of the collaborative projects will be upon ‘mechanisms and translational solutions’. Projects should focus on one or more of the following key diabetes knowledge gaps:

  • Genetic variability.
  • Molecular mechanisms, including immune-mediated beta cell injury.
  • Human implementation pilot studies to reverse type 2 diabetes through physical activity and nutrition. Welcoming applications that include researchers with expertise in social sciences, in addition to biomedical researchers. Social scientists can bring an understanding of, for example, individual behaviour, economic evaluations, inequalities, the wider political economy, and wider environmental influences.
  • This is meant to focus on research applicable to UK and Canadian settings, not to global health.

For more information on this pre-call announcement please visit the MRC website.

If you would like to apply for this call then please get in touch with your Research Development Team!

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Images of Research is On Tour!

We are excited to announce that Images of Research is going on tour! Don’t miss your chance to see the shortlisted entries, and read about the exciting research that’s being completed by Man Met’s emerging researchers. The images will be on display at the following locations and times.

Time period Venue
20/05/2019 – 14/06/2019 Science & Engineering – ‘The Street’
17/06/2019 – 19/07/2019 Business School – South Atrium
02/09/2019 – 20/09/2019 Brooks – Ground floor
23/09/2019 – 31/10/2019 Righton – Open Space