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GCRF: Update on Collective Programme calls and Regional Engagement Events

As flagged on the Blog, UKRI are starting to announce details of calls from for their Collective Programme. New details have been added for calls here – with the majority being led via AHRC and ESRC.  Calls that are open, or scheduled to open in January, include:

If you are thinking about submitting to any of the calls, or have been invited to participate in projects led by other organisations, please contact your Research Development Manager as soon as possible for guidance and support.

UKRI Regional Engagement Events

To complement the calls and provide an opportunity to hear more about GCRF, UKRI are arranging a series of engagement events – further details here.

From UKRI’s website:

“UKRI are developing a programme of UK based GCRF engagement events which will take place January-March 2019.  These events provide a timely opportunity to engage with the GCRF Challenge Leaders, for UKRI to provide an update on live and upcoming ODA calls/activities, and to discuss key topics e.g. interdisciplinary approaches, building equitable partnerships, and maximising impact.

These events are open to anyone with an interest in the GCRF and development research opportunities.”

We would encourage those of you who have an interest in any of the calls, or GCRF more broadly, to consider attending these events.

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PhD Studentship Launch Event from NC3Rs/Unilever

This spring NC3Rs will be launching a new collaboration with Unilever in the field of non-animal safety assessment. As part of the collaboration Unilever will be co-funding a number of PhD Studentships.

NC3Rs will be holding a launch event to allow potential applicants to find out more about the scheme, network with other researchers and discuss ideas with Unilever and NC3Rs staff.

Registration: Online (the event is free but on a first come first serve basis)

Deadline: 27th Match 2019

Location: Central London

The Studentships will focus on the following areas:

  • Local exposure – microbiome, skin, lung
  • Clearance mechanisms – renal, liver, metabolism
  • Repeat dosing
  • Non-animal models with human focus

For more information about this event please visit the NC3Rs website.


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Global Maternal and Neonatal Health 2019 Funding

A new joint initiative between the Medical Research Council (MRC; part of UKRI, partly funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)) and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has been announced. This is the first of three annual calls with up to £10m available to support around 10 -15 grants.

Value: up £100k for seed-funding, no limit for Research Grants

Duration: 12 months for seed-funding, 3 years for Research Grants.

Deadline: 24th April 2019

The purpose of the award is to address the burden of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries. The awards will support multidisciplinary approaches, strengthening research partnerships and promoting capacity building in global maternal and neonatal health research. The scope of awards is deliberately broad to reflect the complexity and challenges faced.

Research Grants are intended to support:

  • UK and/or LMIC research consumable costs
  • Salary costs for UK and/or LMIC-based researchers
  • Partnership and networking activities
  • Research training and capacity building activities
  • Travel and Subsistence

See Awards are intended to support:

  • Networking meetings to develop strategy and partnerships for future activities.
  • Small pump-priming projects to generate preliminary data for future applications
  • Salary costs for existing research staff, where these can be shown to be making a clear and important contribution of proposed activities
  • travel and subsistence/

For more information about the call please visit the call details here.

If you would like to apply for this scheme please contact your Research Development Team.


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British Academy Small Grants 2019

British Academy have announced the details for the Spring 2019 round of Small Grants.

Scheme Opens – 10th April 2019

Deadline – 5th June 2019 (5pm UK time)

The maximum amount available is £10,000 for a project of up to two years in length. The scheme is intended to cover direct costs arising from a clearly defined research project.

Drop-in sessions will be held in the near future and more information on those sessions will be posted on the blog shortly. We will not be presenting on the scheme but we will be available to answer any queries you might have. This is a chance to have an informal conversation with your Research Development Manager/Officer about the scheme and your project idea, and people are free to arrive and leave at any point during the allocated time.

All external grant applications require full economic costing from RKE and approval from your Faculty so please contact Research Development Officer, Becky Hewlett (r.hewlett@mmu.ac.uk) in the first instance to discuss your proposal or if you have any immediate queries.

Full scheme details can be found here.


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Research & Innovation in the NHS Long Term Plan

Last week the NHS released their long term plan with funding of £20.5 billion backing the new plans up to 2023, of course research and innovation features within the plan which is summarised below.


Research and innovation are key to both the NHS and UK economy. ‘Research-active’ hospitals have lower mortality rates with patients benefiting from earlier diagnosis, more effective treatments and faster recovery. The government plans to treble it’s industry contract and R&D collaborative research with the NHS over the next ten years to nearly £1 billion.

The NHS will be working to increase the number of people registered to participate in health research to 1 million by 2023/24, one way of doing this will be by allowing people to register their interest via an app by 2020.

There is a particular focus on investing in genomics research with the aim to be the first national health care system to offer whole genome sequencing as part of routine care. During 2019 seriously ill children who are likely to have rare genetic disorders, children with cancer, and adults suffering from certain rare conditions or specific cancers, will begin to be offered whole genome sequencing.

Uptake of proven, affordable innovations will be accelerated through a new Medtech funding mandate. This applies to health tech products (other than pharmaceuticals) assessed as cost saving by NICE. The number of NICE evaluations will also be significantly increased giving greater scope for assessment of digital products in particular.


For more information about the NHS long term plan you can visit the plans here.


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Event Updates from NIHR

Following on from yesterday’s blog post on the NIHR PPI event taking place in March, we now have even more events to offer you from the National Institute of Health Research and a new online course.

PGfAR Seminar

The East Midlands branch of the RDS will be hosting a seminar on the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research. The session will include an overview of the scheme and the programme managers visions, insights on what makes a good application, thoughts from a current award holder, available support and a QnA session.

  • Date: 5th Feb 10am – 4pm
  • Venue: Leicester, King Power Stadium, The Gallery, LE2 7FL
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

The PGfAR could be the ideal funding stream for anyone looking at promoting health, prevention of ill health or optimal disease management. For more information on the event please visit the RDS website and for scheme information please visit the NIHR website.

New online course – Public reviewing with the NIHR

An interactive course is now available for both new and experienced reviewers of health and social care research, produced by a team of public reviewers and PPI professionals along with the NIHR.

The course contains 3 different modules with the aim to increase researchers understanding of what makes good public and patient involvement and public perspective:

  • Module 1: Knowledge of the NIHR and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
  • Module 2: Public reviewing roles and useful skills.
  • Module 3: Useful guidance and questions to consider when undertaking a public review, or review as a committee member, of research documents.

For more information and to complete the course please visit the website.

NIHR SSCR Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 NIHR School for Social Care Research’s annual conference will be taking place in April, coinciding with the school’s 10 year anniversary.

The conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, providing an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from the commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice.

  • Date: Thursday 11th April, 9:30am – 5pm
  • Location: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

A number of speakers for the event have already been confirmed. For more details on the conference please visit the website.


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NIHR Public Involvement in Research Event

On Thursday 14th March 2019 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be hosting a collaborative event at The Pyramid, Warrington.

The theme of the event is “Public Involvement in Research in the North West – Creating Inclusive Research“.

The event is aimed at anyone interested in developing their understanding of how considering health inequalities and diversity and inclusion in public involvement can help with their work.

The focus of the session will be on learning from case studies across the North West where diverse and inclusive approaches to patient and public involvement have been employed – also considering how to take health inequalities into account.

PPI is a hot topic at the moment with more and more funders expecting public involvement throughout your research projects. If you’d like to attend the event then please visit the Eventbrite page (here) to secure your place.

You can also visit the RDS NW website for more information.