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NIHR Funding Scheme Workshop: i4i Programme

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be holding a workshop focused on providing assistance with applications for the Invention for Innovation (i4i) funding scheme. i4i supports translational research designed to advance healthcare technologies for increased patient benefit in areas of existing or emerging clinical need. It covers two funding streams, a research-mode Product Development Award and a commissioned / theme-based Challenge Award.

The NIHR would like to enhance the number and success rate of applications arising from Greater Manchester. Therefore MIMIT™, in collaboration with MaRMN, will be hosting the NIHR to present a workshop assisting with the application of i4i projects on:

Thursday 12th January 2017, 11:45 – 14:30

Citylabs 1.0, Conference Room 1 and 2, Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9NQ

This event will be particularly suited to those intending to apply to this funding call, have previously applied but been unsuccessful, or those who want to know more about i4i funding streams and support available during the application process.

See attached document for details of how to register.

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NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

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To support academics in applying to either the researcher-led or commissioned workstream of the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme, NIHR are offering two webinars (12 and 16 January 2017). These will provide you with an outline of the programme, tips for a successful application and allow you the opportunity to ask questions of the team.

Researcher-led funding opportunities Proposals on topics or research questions identified by researchers, which are within the programme’s remit.

The EME Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions that have the potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. Within these studies EME supports research to improve the understanding of the mechanisms of both diseases and treatments.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 14 March 2017. For more information about this funding opportunity, visit the NIHR website.

Commissioned work stream  funding opportunities open at present are:

  • Epilepsy
  • Improving Safety and Efficacy Through Targeted Drug Delivery
  • Novel Interventions for Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Mechanisms of action of health interventions

Full details including guidance are available on the NIHR website. The deadline for applying is 1pm, 14 March 2017.

Future opportunity’s

The below topics are likely to be commissioned during the next year. Individual commissioning briefs will be published when the call opens and will define the call details.

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Interventions to Slow the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Intraoperative Imaging for Oncological Surgery
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies for Treating Psychological Disorders


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Erasmus+ 2017 Deadlines Announced

Erasmus+ has announced its deadlines for 2017 (along with budget increases!) for applications for funding to work with partners in the EU as well as countries around the world. A table with key deadlines is below.

Erasmus+ funds multi-partner & multi-country projects that help develop education, training, youth & sport; projects from any discipline can be funded. The scheme aims to: “support European policy agenda for growth, jobs, equity and social inclusion” and tackle the big economic & social issues detailed in Europe 2020 (e.g. reducing unemployment, preventing radicalisation and promoting democracy & “European Values”). Results need to be disseminated & free to access and new reporting tools will help monitor this.

Key messages in 2017 include that languages remain important and there is a particular emphasis on integrating refugees in Europe’s education and training systems. There is increasing emphasis on sustainability of the project, particularly after the funding ends. Budget increased significantly in 2017 and due to the way that Erasmus+ is decentralised, that includes the UK proportion (€130m) which is decided in the UK. In particular, there have been increases in KA2 – Strategic Partnerships (by 20%), KA1 Mobility & KA2 involving Schools.

It is worth noting that the UK remains eligible for this scheme and the UK government has guaranteed any project which extends beyond “Brexit” in 2019. Much of the funds are allocated in the UK and reviewers have been issued special instructions & training to take no account of the UK political situation.

MMU has recently appointed a European Funding Manager who can help support your application through the internal and external processes, so do get in touch with Dr Christopher Grinbergs (c.grinbergs@mmu.ac.uk).

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Call Release: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Real World: The Indoor and Built Environment

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for interdisciplinary research examining ways to meet the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the indoor and built environment. Building on previous calls funded by the Research Councils, this call is explicitly intended to facilitate an arts and humanities contribution to the ongoing scientific research in tackling AMR.

Whilst applications for this call will be required to contain significant arts and humanities methodologies, a collaborative approach is encouraged in order to include expertise and insights from as broad a range of subject disciplines as possible. Within this cross-disciplinary approach, a number of key areas have been identified that all projects will be expected to engage with:

  • Places, Spaces, Cultures and Practices: Interactions with and within the Indoor and Built Environment
  • Pathways and Journeys through the Built Environment and the Dynamics of Change
  • Creative, Collaborative and Disruptive Innovation, Experiments and Design in Indoor/ Built Environments
  • Reflection, Learning, Data and Valuing Impacts from Changes to the Indoor/ Built Environment

Grants of up to £250,000 will be available for projects with a maximum duration of 36 months.

Deadline for applications: 28th Feb 2017.

For more information, please visit the AHRC.


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NIHR Global Health Research Funding Available and Briefing Event Details

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In line with the UK aid strategy, HM Treasury has allocated Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding to the Department of Health to commission internationally outstanding applied global health research. Aiming to deliver measurable benefits for patients and the public in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

What the NIHR are looking for….

UK-based universities are invited to submit applications to either expand or develop their ambitions to deliver world-class applied global health research. Applications are invited for two schemes:

1.    NIHR Global Health Research Units: Universities and research institutes with an existing track-record of delivering internationally recognised research who wish to consolidate and expand this work, and

2.    NIHR Global Health Research Groups: Existing specialist academic groups who wish to expand into the field of global health, especially in shortage areas of research.

For both schemes, research in any field of applied global health for the primary benefit of LMICs will be considered. The NIHR are particularly encourageing applications addressing under-funded or under-researched areas including, but not limited to, non-communicable diseases including mental health, surgery, tobacco control,  and road safety, as well as health and applied social science and economic research, as part of a broader scheme of work or as standalone specialisms.

Closing date for applications is 26th January 2017, by 1pm.

A briefing event is being held on 8th December 2016 at:

UKCDS Offices, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.

Registration must be completed by 5pm on 28th November.

You can also sign up for a webinar at the following link: http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/webinar-sign-up-forms/global-health-form

Please contact the RKE team if you are interested in this funding stream.


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UKRO Visit – Register Attendance

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We’re pleased to announce that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office (UKRO) European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met.

Ian will be providing an update on Horizon 2020 and European funding opportunities for all those of you who are interested in the programme and you will be able to hear more about the support on offer to you from the RKE Office.

Speakers will also include the PVC for Research & Knowledge Exchange, Richard Greene, who will share some thoughts on International research at MMU.

9:00 – 1:00 20th January 2017

Geoffrey Manton Building Lecture Theatre 5

To register attendance and view the agenda, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact euro_res@mmu.ac.uk


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Horizon 2020: National Contact Points visit Manchester

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Our good friends at the University of Manchester will be hosting a number of representatives from the UK’s National Contact Points on 13 December 2016 to talk about Horizon 2020 future calls.

The event will be held in the Manchester Institute Biotechnology Lecture Theatre and the agenda for the day will be as follows:

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If you are interested in attending, then please register by completing the short survey here.

This is a great opportunity to hear how different areas of the programme will shape up post 2017 and also to make links with colleagues at the NCPs and University of Manchester.