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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass this on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

Research into  Understanding harmful care

General Medical Council (GMC) is looking for research to attempt to establish, from existing evidence, the most common types of preventable harm that occur within a medical setting.

Deadline for proposals: 17 November

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Horizon 2020 – Key Deadlines


As discussions continue about priorities for 2018/20 and the next Framework programme there is still plenty to bid for in the 2017 call for proposals.

To help you navigate what’s out there, the list below gives an overview of some of the main deadlines and links to help you access the relevant work programme. In each document you’ll see a range of topics and those with a ‘2017’ or ‘2016-17’ suffix (e.g MG-1.2-2017 or MG-1-5-2016-2017) are the ones to focus on.

As ever, we’re keen to hear from you and support you with your submissions, so please do get in touch if you’re thinking of applying, need help deciding on a topic or just want to know more ( The earlier you get in touch, the more we can help!

Overview of Key Deadlines – Horizon 2020, 2017 Call for Proposals


10 January Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks
17 January / 29 September Future and Emerging Technologies – Open
26 January / 1 February Societal Challenge 4 – Transport
31 January/ 14 March / 11 April Societal Challenge 1 – Health
2 February Societal Challenge 6 – Society
14 February Societal Challenge 2 – Food/Agri/Marine/Bioeconomy
14 February / 7 September Societal Challenge 3 – Energy
1 March Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Tech (LEIT) – Space
7 March Societal Challenge 5 – Climate Action
5 April Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
25 April LEIT – ICT
25 April / 24 August Societal Challenge 7 – Security
30 August Science with and for Society
14 September Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships


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Mapping the Bio-medical Research Funding Landscape

The MRC has come together with seven other research funders to create an interactive ‘map’ of the funding schemes available to bio-medical researchers.

It brings biomedical research funding opportunities together in one place, including funding schemes from the Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the NC3Rs, the National Institute for Health Research and Wellcome.

The aim of the resource is to help members of the research community view and compare different funding schemes across career stages. It provides an outline and related links for each type of award, including the required level of experience, level of funding and duration.

To use this invaluable tool, please visit MRC.

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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at these Tender opportunities for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass these on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

Call for proposals: What are the underlying causes of Homelessness?

Residential Landlords Association is issuing a call for innovative research proposals to understand and examine the underlying causes of homelessness from the ending of tenancies in the private rented sector.

Deadline for proposals: 18 November

Celebrating Age Evaluation and Peer Learning

Arts Council of England require an external evaluator to support the evaluation of the Celebrating Age programme by:  capturing learning from the activity supported in formats that allow other practitioner, policy makers, stakeholders and funders to apply this learning and; developing a simple peer support programme to enhance learning across the grant recipients for the first two years of activity.

Deadline for proposals: 23 November

Funding available: £50,000

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Oh Manchester… So Much to Answer For: exploring society’s fascination with violent crime

by Doctor Martin King

This event will use a variety of formats to explore society’s obsession with serial killers and their crimes. It uses the Moors murders as a means to examine the relationship between media and crime.

Manchester is the world’s first modern industrial city.  It has reinvented itself as a financial creative centre and recently was included by Lonely Planet in its list of the top 10 cities in the world to visit.  But 50 years ago, Manchester was the focus of the world’s media for rather different reasons as Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – who subsequently became known as the Moors Murderers – were sentenced to life imprisonment on May 6, 1966.  Manchester, then, is the crucible in which the template for the way in which the media reports serial killing – mediatised murder as it has become known – was formed and the site of the creation of two of the UK’s most notorious celebrity serial killers.

The event will include contributions from:

  • Prof. David Platten- Leeds University
  • Jean Rafferty – author Myra, Beyond Saddleworth
  • Mikaela Sitford – former MEN investigative reporter
  •  A taped interview with David Peace – author of the Red Riding Novels

10:00AM – 1:00PM , November 12, 2016

Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall St. Hulme, Manchester, M15 6GX

For more information and to register your attendance, please click HERE.

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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at these Tender opportunities for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass this on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

WOW for Schools Project Research Requirement

Two work packages are available to deliver research for the Met Office WOW Schools Project. Work Package 1 – Curriculum Review. Work Package 2 – To identify and research business models which would support the scaling of WOW Schools to 500+ schools across the UK.

Deadline for proposals: 28 October

HAZOP Study of an Energy Generating Demonstration System (ERDF)

Aston University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) invites you to submit a quotation for the engineering consultancy service to support the HAZOP study of a combined heat and power generator at the EBRI plant. Prospective tenderers will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge on preparing the required documentation and performing a HAZOP study (systematic and detailed risk assessment) of an energy generating system that consists of a dual-fuel engine, a fuel delivery system, a load bank and a thermal store.

Deadline for proposals: 31 October

Economic Value of Arts and Culture in the North of England

The Arts Council England is seeking a supplier to conduct research which looks specifically at how the arts, museums and libraries sectors contribute to the economy in the North of England. The overall aims of the research are to: • Ensure Arts Council England have a clear, robust and evidence-based understanding of the contribution that arts and culture make to the northern economy; • Gather essential insight into the nature of this contribution to inform the development of policy.

Deadline for proposals: 31 October

Funding available: £30,000

Birmingham Solar PV Study

Birmingham City Council is seeking to appoint a consultant to deliver an appraisal of the ground and roof-mounted solar PV deployment potential across Birmingham, including the following detail: • A high level analysis of the political, economic, social, technical, legal and economic environment relating to the opportunity for solar PV deployment in Birmingham • An analysis of the existing and potential deployment for solar PV.

Deadline for proposals: 01 November

Radar Target Research Unit

Warwick Manufacturing Group has a requirement for the provision of a Radar Target Research Unit.

Deadline for proposals: 11 November

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Open Access & Symplectic: Drop-in sessions

As part of our ongoing communications around Open Access and Symplectic, we are running a number of drop-in sessions to enable research active staff to ask any questions to representatives from both the Library and RKE teams.

Mary Pickstone (Library) and Mike Lonsdale (RKE) will be on hand to lend assistance and can help with any of the following questions you may have:

  • What is Open Access (OA) and why is it important to me?
  • What are Symplectic and e-space? How do I use them? (We will be able to offer a one-on-one tutorial on the spot)
  • How do I upload a publication to Symplectic? (If you bring any work with you then we can upload it with you)
  • Which version of my work do I upload?
  • What is an embargo period?
  • What is ORCID?
  • How do I apply for Gold OA?

Should you want answers to any of the above or if you have any other questions, Mike and Mary will be at the following locations:

Brooks Atrium, Monday 24th Oct, 12:00-2:00pm


JD Foyer Chester Street Entrance, Tuesday 25th Oct, 12:00-2:00pm

If you have a question but can’t make either of these times, please contact