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Funding opportunities, news and guidance from RKE at Manchester Met


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TRUST US, WE CAN HELP!

 

Research Professional recently shared an article about how useful your Research Office can be and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

We may not be researchers but the Research Office can be a real help when you are thinking about writing a bid – and not just because you need us to develop your budget and navigate the institutional approvals!

Illustration of creative ideas conceptFUNDERS We know them. If you have a research idea but you’re not sure which funder you stand the best chance of success with, we will help you explore the funders and get to the bottom of what it is they want to identify where your research best fits amongst them.

FUNDING CALLS We read funding calls all day and we know what to look for when picking out key bits: where the emphasis lies and what the funder is really looking for in a proposal. If you’re not sure you are ticking the right boxes or would like some guidance on any particular scheme, we can help you with that.

TIMESCALES Sometimes it can be a difficult thing to establish a timeline either for writing a research proposal or for carrying out the project itself. Your Research Development Manager can help you to think realistically about your goals and map out how much time you will ideally spend on each aspect of the proposal or project.

LAY REVIEW Your Research Office can be a helpful place to get a lay person’s perspective on your proposal. When your project goes off to the funders for consideration, it is likely that those reviewing it aren’t going to be experts in your field. If your Research Development Manager is having a hard time grasping what your research is, then there’s a possibility that those reviewing it will too, and a project that isn’t easily understood is less likely to be funded than one that is.

You can read the full article here, but the main point is that we are here to help every step of the way so make sure you get in touch so we can get started!

Contact the Research Office: researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk


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Opportunity announcement – ‘Landscape decisions’ Fellowships

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UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) invite proposals to this call on the Strategic Priorities Fund programme on ‘Landscape Decisions: Towards a new framework for using land assets’. This is a four-year multidisciplinary programme jointly delivered by NERC, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council on behalf of UKRI.

Fellowship proposals to this call could address a number of challenges. Examples may include, but are not limited to, the following (in no particular order):

  • How to ensure landscape decisions are climate-resilient;
  • How landscape decisions can support the UK’s 2050 net zero emissions target;
  • The role of mathematics, big data and artificial intelligence within landscape decision making;
  • How decisions on multifunctional landscapes can be taken under uncertainty to improve environmental land management;
  • The engagement of diverse social and institutional groups with landscape decision making;
  • The role of individual emotions and values, and/or finance in landscape decision making.
  • How to ensure landscape decisions take account of local/regional place-based factors including those of a socio-political and economic nature.

Three types of Fellowship are available:

  • Research Synthesis Fellowships.
  • Research Translation Fellowships.
  • Community Engagement Research Fellowships.

Funds of up to £1 million are available for this call. Fellowships can be full or part-time and applications are open to people at any career stage.

Deadline: 26 March 2020

Full details and how to apply: https://nerc.ukri.org/research/funded/programmes/landscape/news/ao-landscape-decisions-fellowships/

Please get in touch with your relevant Research Development Manager


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New Research Development Sharepoint Site

The Research Development Team has recently launched a new Sharepoint site which you can access here.

The Sharepoint site is a place to get up to date information about events that the Research Development Team are involved in, the training’s that we have on offer and it’s home to the Research Funding Planner.

The Funding Planner is a resource to help academics plan out their future proposal by providing a list of upcoming and predicted future funding calls from a range of external funders including the Research Councils and larger charities (e.g. Wellcome).

Everyone with a University Login should be able to access the site but if you do have any issues then please contact: rachel.colley@mmu.ac.uk

Make sure to save the Sharepoint page to your favourites so that’s it’s easy to find!


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HPSC Grant Application Workshop: Revised Date

Members of the Health, Psychology and Social Care Faculty are invited to attend a Research Grant Application Workshop hosted by your Research Development Team.

The event has been designed for Academic members of staff who are eligible to apply for external research funding and plan on applying within the next 6 months – this includes Research Fellows on permanent contracts. Due to conflicting arrangements the event has been postponed until the new year with the following revised schedule:

  • Date: Wednesday 22nd January 2020
  • Time: 12 – 4pm
  • Location: Business School
  • Registration: Via Eventbrite.

To register for this free event please complete the form on the linked Eventbrite Page. You will be required to confirm your eligibility, give a brief summary of your planned research and funder and provide a question that you would like to ask our academic panel.

For further details please visit the Event Page or contact your Research Development Team.

Please note: This event is open to members of the Health, Psychology and Social Care Faculty only.


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Breast Cancer Now: Project Grants Now Open

The first round of Breast Cancer Now Project Grants are open for applications. Project grants are aimed at established researchers who have a strong track record in their field, and who want to work in one of the charities priority areas. They are also committed to supporting new investigators in breast cancer research and encourage applications from talented researchers at the start of their independent career.

Award Amount: Up to £230,000

Duration: One to Three years

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

The aim of project grants is to support scientific excellence and innovative research into breast cancer including improvements in; prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer, welcoming applications from all disciplines.

It is expected that the awards will enrich scientific understanding and expertise in breast cancer research with the grants committee assessing applications based on the research plan, clear relevance to breast cancer research and the perceived outcomes that will lead to significant advance in understanding breast cancer and it’s impact.

For further information about the scheme please visit the Breast Cancer Now website.

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


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Images of Research 2020: Flair, Ambition and Enthusiasm

The second Manchester Metropolitan Images of Research photography competition is now open for entries!

The Challenge

You are invited to submit a photograph and accompanying abstract that communicate with flair, ambition and enthusiasm, the impact of your research to a non-specialist audience.

Who Can Enter?

Please submit an entry if you are one of the following:

  • A postgraduate research student (PGR) at Manchester Met
  • An early career researcher (ECR)* at Manchester Met

What Prizes are Available?

Shortlisted entries will be printed and displayed on the ground floor of the Benzie Building from Monday 24 February to Friday 20 March 2020.

There will be three prizes available:

  • Judges’ Choice (PGR): £100 Amazon gift voucher
  • Judges’ Choice (ECR): £100 Amazon gift voucher
  • People’s Choice: £100 Amazon gift voucher

How Do I Enter?

To enter, and for more information please visit the competition website.

The deadline for entries is 12:00pm on Friday 24 January 2020.

*An early career researcher (ECR) is defined for the purpose of this exhibition as a member of research staff, or teaching and research staff, who are within eight years of receiving their doctoral award. For example, Lecturer, Research Assistant, Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Please get in touch to discuss your eligibility if you are unsure.


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NERC Demand Management: Expressions of Interest

The next NERC Standard Grant deadline will be in mid-July 2020. However, due to NERC’s Demand Management system and the likely internal demand for the next round, we require all potential applicants to complete an Expression of Interest form in order to be considered.

If you are interested in applying to NERC then please contact your Research Development Manager or Officer for further details and for a copy of the EOI form.

Completed forms must be returned to your Research Development Manager no later than Friday 20th December. EOI’s will be assessed internally by members of the NERC peer review college/panels and subject specialists.

To help with planning these are the estimated deadlines for future EOI calls:

  • Monday 8th June 2020 for the mid-January 2021 NERC round
  • Monday 7th December 2020 for the mid-July 2021 NERC round


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Pre-announcement: MRC Launching New Board to Support Applied Global Health Research

MRC will be launching a new Research Funding Board in January 2020 and will be inviting applications in applied global health research,

The new Board will fund global health research that is embedded within local contexts in low- and middle-income countried (LMICs) where proposals should focus on real world, practical applications to improve health.

The research objectives will focus on health impact, but inputs and activities need not be limited to the health sector and proposals will be encouraged to be multidisciplinary. The Boards remit will have a broad focus including the MRC’s existing health priority areas such as environment and health, urban health, maternal and neonatal health, adolescent health, early childhood development, multimorbidity, and implementation research.

Applications led by UK PI’s must include LMIC co-applications and be founded upon genuine equitable partnerships.

Key Dates

The Board will have two funding rounds per year. Dates for the first two rounds are as follows:

Round 1

Outline Deadline: 7th April 2020

Outcome of outline: July 2020

Full Stage Deadline: 6th October 2020

Final Outcome: February 2021

Round 2

Outline Deadline: 6th October 2020

Outcome of outline: February 2021

Full Stage Deadline: April 2021

Final Outcome: July 2021

For further information please visit the MRC website.