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GCRF: High level details of 2019 calls announced

UKRI have announced themes for a suite of calls to be launched in 2019 under the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.

The Programme will reach across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios (global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and displacement and resilience), and calls will be launched throughout 2019.

Calls will be led via specific Research Councils on behalf of UKRI as a whole, and steered by challenge leaders.

Themes for calls will be:

Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure

  • GCRF (Re)thinking the off-grid city
  • GCRF Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology


  • GCRF Education as a driver of sustainable development Network Plus
  • GCRF Education in conflict and crisis research
  • GCRF Education Interventions for Early Childhood Development

Food Systems

  • GCRF Cultures and histories of agriculture, food, and nutrition
  • GCRF A combined Food Systems approach to developing interventions to address the Double Burden of Malnutrition

Global Health

  • GCRF Health and Communities

Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change

  • GCRF Equitable Resilience: ensuring resilience enhances the Sustainable Development Goals
  • GCRF Multiple and systemic Risks

Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement

  • GCRF Development-based approaches to Protracted Displacement
  • GCRF Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace
  • GCRF Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement

Calls that cut across the portfolios

  • GCRF Coherence Grants
  • GCRF Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus
  • GCRF Global Engagement Networks

Details have been launched regarding the Global Engagement Networks call (Deadline 14 February 2019), and we are expecting further announcements this week about other calls, so keep your eyes on the Blog.

(Ed – AHRC are already advertising their leadership of  various calls, and an indication of the types of project that willl be supported – e.g. networks, partnership building and research programmes).

As ever, if you’re interested in calls, please contact your Research Development Manager or International Research Development Manager as early as possible for advice and support.





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AHRC workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage, Migration and the Indian Diaspora’

AHRC 2   The AHRC has announced a call for UK researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage, Migration and Indian Diaspora’  in Ahmedabad, India on the 30-31st January 2019. Organised in partnership with the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), the event will bring together academic experts from both countries to explore how the experiences of the Indian diaspora and migratory movements have shaped Indian cultural heritage, and the importance of this heritage to the sustainable development of India.

A key aim of the workshop is to enable researchers from the UK and India to reflect on the achievements of the AHRC/ICHR programme so far as well as network and develop partnerships with a view to submitting proposals to a research networking call thereafter.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers meeting the AHRC’s standard eligibility requirements from all disciplines within the arts and humanities.  In order to identify new and emerging areas for collaborative UK/India research, the workshop will focus on the following thematic areas:

  • Indian diaspora and cultural markets – How does the Indian diaspora contribute to cultural relations between India and the rest of the world?
  • Digital technology as a bridge – How is digital technology changing the relationship/s between the Indian diaspora and cultural heritage?
  • Cultural Heritage Transformations – Through the process of migration, what is gained, adapted and preserved in terms of tangible and intangible cultural heritage? How does cultural heritage change within the context of migration and what are the implications for the concepts of authenticity and integrity?
  • Cultural heritage as a driver of migration -What are the push and pull factors between forms of cultural heritage and Indian migration? How does it influence and shape the process of migration?
  • Resourcing migration – How can cultural heritage institutions better support the Indian diaspora and international researchers who study its associated processes and impacts?
  • Identities and Migration – What is the relationship between cultural heritage and migration with regards to the formation of multiple identities and contested heritage?

Applicants should have a particular research interest in the topics noted above and be able to articulate this in their expression of interest.

The AHRC expects to support the attendance of around 20 UK-based researchers, with the ICHR identifying a similar number of Indian academics.

The deadline is imminent – 12th Dec – but the application is just a 250 word short bio and a 500 word justification of your suitability to win a place via a simple online form.


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Just a quick reminder of the Manchester Met & Nuffield Health Partnership!



Just a reminder that the deadline to submit proposals is December 19th! Full details are below.

Nuffield Health is the UKs largest healthcare provider and has a formal partnership with Manchester Met. The joint Partnership Board now wish to commission a number of RKE projects exploring either:

1. Emotional wellbeing (any aspect)or,
2. Long-term term health conditions (lifestyle).

All projects must meet the Nuffield Health Hallmarks (described in the Project Proposal Form) and the aims and objectives of one of Manchester Mets RKE Centres.


Proposals must be submitted to by no later than 5pm on December 19th and start no sooner than 1st April 2019.

Proposals can request funding support up to a maximum of £10,000 normally, to cover a variety of activities including staff time, travel, laboratory costs, consumables, conference attendance etc. The criteria for selection can be found at the end of the Project Proposal Form (see link below to access the form).

If you would like to discuss a proposal then please contact Professor Sue Powell, Nuffield Health Professor of Health and Wellbeing ( , landline 0161 247 2283 or mobile 07909906774).

Nuffield Project Proposal Form

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Wellcome to Review how Science is Funded

The Wellcome Trust has announced that it will be reviewing the way in which it supports science.

Wellcome’s mission is improve health for everyone. A large way in which this is achieved is through their support of science (£630 million a year) through various schemes. The way in which science is supported has varied very little over the decades of funding and Director of Science, Jim Smith, has decided it’s time to change this. With £1 billion earmarked by Wellcome for science, innovation and culture each year for the next five years any changes could have a major impact. 

The review will focus on the following questions:

  • What disciplines and areas of science should Wellcome support?
  • What career stages should Wellcome focus on?
  • Where should Wellcome fund?
  • With whom should Wellcome partner?

The review is expected to take a year to complete with any major changes to be introduced from October 2021

You can read more about the review on the Wellcome Website and on Research Professional

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MS Society – Searching for New Panel Members

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society are searching for new members to join their Biomedical and Care & Services Grant Review Panels (GRPs) and their Research Strategy Committee (RSC). This is a great opportunity to get some insight into how funders award grants and what exactly they’re looking for!

About The Panels

Grant Review Panels: Panel members help to decide which projects will receive funding. There are two panels available; Biomedical Research (GRP1) and Care &Services Research (GRP2).

Research Strategy Committee: This panel looks at the strategic picture, providing advice on broad areas of research, setting priorities and scrutinizing the larger, ongoing research programmes.

Who They’re Looking For

For GPR1, applications are encouraged from individuals with expertise in the following areas:

  • Myelin Biology
  • MRI
  • Epidemiology
  • Stem Cells
  • Genetics

For GRP2, applications are encouraged from individuals with expertise in these areas:

  • Implementation science/health delivery research
  • Neurology
  • MRI

For the RSC panel, individuals whose expertise align with the Research strategy themes (see below) and following areas:

  • Capacity Building (supporting research career development)
  • Clinical Trials 
  • Translational Research
  • Health Economics

The closing date for all applications is Monday 14th January, 12pm 

To apply please email with your CV and a briefcover letter outlining your experience and how that will positively contributeto the work of the panels. 

For more information please contact your Research Development Team or the email address above. 

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Muscular Dystrophy UK Grants

Muscular Dystrophy UK have announced a call for Epidemiological studies of the prevalence and incidence of neuromuscular conditions in the UK. Epidemiological studies are vital for public health research to provide evidence and guidance for the planning and provision of accurate health care services and can be a valuable tool for clinical trials.  

Funding Opportunity

Muscular Dystrophy UK are looking to support a single epidemiological study that will give an up to date analysis of the incidence and prevalence of neuromuscular conditions in the UK clinical population.

Duration: 24 months

Amount: £75,000 per year for any combination of salary and consumables

Deadline: Friday 1st February 2019, 5pm

Applications Should:

  • Study the incidence and prevalence of neuromuscular conditions in the UK (including all devolved nations).
  • Detail the methodology they will use to perform the study, including the time period that will be used for the assessment of incidence.
  • Encourage expertise from both the neuromuscular and epidemiological fields. 

For more information about the call you can visit the webpage here. If you’d like to apply for the opportunity then please get in touch with the Research Development team.

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Call for contributions: consultation on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Did you know that there is agreement between funders and employers of researchers, within UK higher education, to support and champion researcher career development?

It is fittingly called the ‘Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’ and was launched in 2008. Management of the Concordat is led by Vitae and an institution’s compliance is demonstrated through the HR Excellence in Research Award. Manchester Met first secured this award in 2013. Details of Manchester Met’s achievements to date and current action plan for future researcher career development support can be found here.

A recent independent review of the Concordat has been completed and published. See my previous post. 

A sector consultation on the implementation of review recommendations is now taking place. The Manchester Met HR Excellence in Research Oversight Group are working to produce an institutional response to this consultation. If you would like to contribute to this response, it would be great to hear from you. We are keen to hear from all staff who are completing or otherwise involved in research or the research pipeline.

All background documentation to the consultation and a copy of the consultation questions can be found here.

To contribute to the institutional response, please email Megan Webb, Researcher Development and Training Manager, by Monday 10th December.