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Exciting Opportunity: New assessors required for Innovate UK competitions


Promoting the UK’s strengths in innovation and technology – at Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency

Are you a UK-based health and life sciences expert? Would you be interested in helping to assess funding applications for business-led innovation projects? If so – read on!

Innovate UK’s Health and Life Sciences sector team

The Health and Life Sciences sector team at Innovate UK runs a number of different competition schemes, including the Biomedical Catalyst and the Health and Life Sciences competition, as well as occasional SBRI calls.

The Biomedical Catalyst funds projects which tackle ‘any solution to a healthcare challenge’. This means that we need assessors with expertise not just in biomedical sciences related to development of medicines and vaccines, but also in technologies used to design, develop and test medical devices and digital healthcare applications.

Health and Life Sciences competitions embrace our priority areas within health, agriculture & food, and bioscience:

  • Precision medicine, advanced (cell and gene) therapies and preclinical technologies
  • improving agricultural productivity and enhancing food quality
  • Bioscience enabling technologies that underpin new products and services across the bioeconomy

More details of our priority areas can be found on pages 15-17 of our 2016-17 delivery plan.

New assessors required for Innovate UK competitions

Applications for these competitions are peer reviewed by independent external assessors to ensure we support the best UK innovation. We are looking to recruit new UK-based assessors who have held senior positions in clinical, academic or industrial areas, and in particular those that have experience in more than one of these areas. Our assessor group is made available for the Biomedical Catalyst, the two Health and Life Sciences competitions we run each year, the Open programme (which receives applications with a Health and Life Sciences focus) and, where applicable, SBRI calls.

Assessors receive a small remuneration for each application they review. An experienced assessor tends to take 1-2 hours to review an application. We therefore limit the number of applications to ensure that an assessor can be confident to complete assessment within the allotted time frame. We match applications to assessors based on the subject area of the application and the expertise of the assessors – this does mean that we cannot guarantee in advance that assessors will receive a particular number of applications to assess because this will depend on the applications we receive for any particular competition.

How to get in touch for more details

If you believe you have the relevant expertise and experience in the areas covered by the Health and Life Sciences sector team at Innovate UK and you are interested in finding out more about becoming an assessor, please contact the team at the email address:

Further details about Innovate UK can be found here with a page dedicated to Health and Life Sciences here.


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British Science Association’s Media Fellowship

Applications for the British Science Association’s (BSA) 2017 Media Fellowship are now open.

The Office of Research and Knowledge Exchange has secured two places on this high-profile and prestigious scheme which provides an opportunity for scientists, social scientists, engineers and medical researchers (post-doc and above) to be placed with a UK media host. The fellowship will comprise a training day, placement, attendance at the BSA Festival and a leadership day to present your development and dissemination activities. This is a fabulous opportunity to find out how the media works, to build the skills necessary to improve the reach of your research and to have a lot of fun whilst learning valuable skills.

Two applicants from Manchester Metropolitan will be selected to be official fellows.

For more information on the Fellowships, please visit the BSA.

Media Fellow Personal Specification and full MF Terms and Conditions.

Please note:
• There is a training day in London on 17 May
• Placements will be 2-6 weeks between June and September
• The British Science Festival is 5-9 September in Brighton
• There is a Leadership Day in London on 3 October

Application Form should be returned to Sam Gray ( by Tuesday 4th April.

The final list of Fellows and Hosts will be announced in May.

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Man Met achieves 100% compliance with ResearchFish submission

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Manchester Met has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission in 2017.

ResearchFish is an online survey that collects research outcomes. Funders use the tool to track the impacts of their investments, and academics use it to log outputs arising from funded research. Over 100 funders, including the seven UK Research Councils, currently use ResearchFish collecting submissions from universities across the country.

For the second year running, Manchester Met has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission. This means that all researchers required to report against their funded research completed their submission before the submission period closed on 16th March 2017.

Due this achievement, our researchers’ fantastic work will soon be available to view on Gateway to Research. It also means that potential sanctions from late submissions have been avoided.

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Elsevier Sessions

On April the 7th, world-leading publisher company Elsevier are running several events for research active staff.

Following on from the success of his previous visit, Anthony Newman is once again offering his very popular author seminar, which will be free of charge to attend. Anthony Newman is a Senior Publisher with Elsevier. Currently responsible for several laboratory medicine and biochemistry journals, he joined Elsevier 28 years ago and has been a publisher for the last 15 years. Whilst Anthony is from a life science background, the lessons from this seminar are transferrable to researchers at any stage in their career from any discipline.

To register for tickets, please visit:
In addition to the above session, Michaela Kurschilden will also be running two sessions to offer training on some of the services provided by Elsevier. These useful events will provide participants with the tools to engage with both the Scopus and Mendeley systems. These services are great for the management and analysis of your research.

To register for these sessions visit:



We anticipate all these sessions to be very popular so register now to avoid missing out.

For more information please contact us at

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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at this Tender opportunity 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

Glasgow: Research services

University Of Strathclyde is looking to appoint a suitably experienced public opinion or market research company to conduct a citizen survey on our behalf. The survey aims to understand citizens’ perceptions of EU Cohesion policy and the impact on their attitudes towards the EU.

Funding available: €200,000

Deadline for proposals: 11 April

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Sports Engineering Seminar Day

We would like to invite you to join us for our first Sports Engineering Seminar Day to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Wednesday 29th March. The day has been sponsored by the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA), Manchester Metropolitan University School of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). PhD students are leading the day with undergraduates and masters students being the main target audience but with some great talks we think academics may like to attend too. The event is open to all students/academics i.e. from all universities.

The aim of the day is to:
• Promote sports engineering in an academic environment
• Raise awareness of sports engineering
• Disseminate the work that is being conducted in this field of research.
The seminar programme will include four themed sessions of presentations, covering key themes of sports apparel, equipment mechanics, biomechanics and healthcare injury prevention. The agenda for the day can be found attached along with a flyer for the event. There will also be an opportunity for students to present their work in the form of a poster that will displayed in the lunch room.

We have many leading researchers presenting including Dr Carl Payton, Dr Steph Forrester, Dr Matt Carre, as well as industry partners including Pentland, Ansys and our keynote speaker Paul Barratt who is a biomechanic for British Cycling. Presenters have been asked to give a short overview of the path taken to becoming involved in the sports engineering sector followed by information on current research/projects being conducted.

The event will be a great networking platform for students to meet other students, academics and industry representatives to exchange research ideas and discuss potential future projects. We hope students will become inspired to look at furthering a career in the sports engineering discipline.

Please click the following links to download the SESAgenda and the SES Flyer for the day.

To sign up to the event we have the following eventbrite link:


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PPI and Communication Workshop

Manchester Metropolitan University and the North West People in Research Forum invite you along to a communications workshop for public Involvement and Engagement. In conversation with public members and experienced researchers from across the region this event aims to generate discussion and ideas.

This event is aimed at researchers who have had some experience and interest in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement and the content might be of particular interest to early career researchers.

Monday 20 March 2017 from 10:00am – 12:30pm.

Manchester Met, Birley Fields Campus.

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