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Changes to EPSRC and NERC New Investigator Schemes

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From 25 July 2017 a New Investigator Award scheme will replace the First Grant initiative. The New Investigator Award scheme will remove some of the current restrictions and will help improve the quality and ambition of research proposals submitted, recognising that different projects and new investigators have different needs.

For more information, please visit EPSRC.

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The eligibility for the NERC New Investigator scheme has been amended. Applicants must now be within five years (as opposed to the previous three) of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. This applies from January 2018.

For more information, please visit NERC.


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ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund: pre-announcement of new calls

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The ESRC has pre-announce the commissioning of four new calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The calls will focus on the areas of mental health, education and skills, decent work and transitions towards sustainable and inclusive societies.

The formal launch of the calls will be in October/November 2017 with a total budget of around £16 million available.

Overview of focus areas:

Mental health

This area is likely to take a broad perspective on what constitutes mental health and includes mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders. It will encourage interdisciplinary research that explores how these categories might be conceptualised differently or not regarded as illnesses in some contexts, for example, how MNS disorders are understood and the implications for prevention, treatment-seeking and interventions. Research might also explore how MNS disorders affect families, communities and carers and what this means for those who should provide care and support. Research might address how ‘informal care’ networks shape understanding, attitudes and experiences in relation to MNS disorders. It might also look at how biological, cultural, economic, environmental and social factors determine MNS disorders and resilience with a view to tackling inequalities and supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised groups.

Education and skills

The skills agenda, like education, underpins many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Research on education and skills in this context might consider questions around what skills are needed across the life course to support decent work, the changing nature of work and how best to develop and enable access to these skills. What form of skills development will connect with strategies for economic and social development? How do intersecting inequalities within and beyond education affect access, experience and outcomes? How do the different forms of education and skills development delivery tackle inequalities?

Decent work for all

Goal 8 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals cites ‘decent work for all’ as an integral part of the challenge of sustainable growth. It is estimated that around 470 million jobs will be needed globally for new entrants to the labour market by 2030. The aim of Goal 8 is to ensure not only that sufficient employment is created, but also that work is productive, fairly remunerated and meets minimum standards of security and prospects for personal development. Creating the conditions by which this can be achieved raises fundamental challenges in terms of raising productivity and competitiveness in lower income countries. This in turn relates to issues such as training and education, labour market regulation, and the capacity of the state to encourage and support innovation and appropriate business practices on the one hand and to provide adequate unemployment and social security support on the other.

Research could also address the intersections between labour markets and patterns of global trade or production and migration. The specific challenges associated with youth employment and improving access and employability of people with disabilities are also important, as are a greater understanding of how to reduce the obstacles that hold women and girls back in the workplace and how to eliminate forced employment and the worst aspects of child labour.

Transitions towards sustainable and inclusive societies

For all developing countries, there is a need to manage advances in wellbeing, equity and economic growth alongside the challenges of climate change, biodiversity and cleaner energy and air. Are there models or approaches to economic development that offer new insights into how to support sustainable, equitable growth? Research themes might include the potential offered by new models of production, with a stronger emphasis on locally based, small-scale enterprises; appropriate policies to encourage sustainable patterns of consumption; reform of trading relationships to encourage sustainable production patterns; and analysis of the opportunities offered by new digital technologies to improve access to finance and radically change models of production and distribution in low income countries. Governance and institutional dynamics are also crucial – what kind of institutions are needed to meet these challenges?

Further details to follow….

Please contact your Research Development Manager is you are interested in the above mentioned calls.


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AHRC: International funding calls

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The AHRC have announced details of two international funding calls which will open over the coming month – details below courtesy of ‘Research beyond borders’.

HERA call “Public Spaces: Cultures and Integration”

The fourth HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) call is now launched for Humanities-led proposals addressing ‘Public Spaces: Cultures and Integration’, the theme text and a partner search tool is available on the HERA website.With co-funding from the European Commission, the total call budget will be approximately €20 million. Proposals can be up to €1 Million and must include four eligible researchers from four different countries involved in the call. 24 European Countries are involved including France for the first time.

The full call is expected to launch on 24th August 2017, with a deadline on 24th October 2017. The AHRC are planning a webinar in early September.

EQUIP India/Europe pilot call on ‘sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections’

This call is the first from the EqUIP Platform involving partners from Europe and India, both the ESRC and AHRC are involved. The theme text and a partner search tool is available via the EqUIP website . The total budget for this call is approximately €5.5 Million. Each proposal will require the building of consortia of at least three research groups, one of which must be based in India and at least two must be based in different participating European Countries. Eight countries are involved, with Switzerland joining since this was announced. For the UK component, the research must be interdisciplinary across social science and humanities (this is encouraged across the whole call) and must be compliant with Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) 

The full call is expected week commencing 4th September 2017, and will close at the end of November 2017.

If you are interested in either of the opportunities above, please contact your Research Development Manager.


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JPI Cultural Heritage call on ‘Heritage in Changing Environments

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The Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals.

The Heritage in Changing Environments call will support the development of new, research-based ideas and knowledge in response to the rapidly and widely changing context with which heritage and heritage practice is faced. It invites research projects that help cultural heritage to meet societal challenges and contribute to the development of society. The call aims to fund excellent research that is collaborative, transnational, interdisciplinary and innovative.

The total budget for the call for transnational projects is approximately 4.5 million Euros.

The call is expected to launch on 4th September with a deadline of 30th November 2017.

For more information, please visit JPI Cultural Heritage Website.


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The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) have just launched an online survey

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) have just launched an online survey about the barriers to engaging with Parliament specifically for academics, which we would love readers to respond to and share.

The survey is 14 questions long and should take around five minutes to complete. They would welcome contributions from anyone with something to tell them, although they are particularly interested in hearing from academics from groups who engage less with Parliament: women, academics from BAME backgrounds, and academics with disabilities.

After the close of the survey on 18 August, they’ll be reporting the findings on the LSE blog and elsewhere and, most importantly, they’ll be developing activities focused on addressing some of the barriers identified and supporting a wider range of academics to engage with the business of Parliament.

So please, take five minutes to share your thoughts and help POST make Parliament and parliamentary processes more inclusive and representative.

The survey can be completed here and closes on 18 August.

Original content from: http://bit.ly/2w2WE3C >


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CRACK IT CHALLENGE 2017

 

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The NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges launch event to showcase the 2017 Challenges will take place on 7 September in central London.

Launch event offers you the opportunity to find out more about the Challenges, meet the Sponsors and potential collaborators, and find out what makes a good application.  The launch event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To register, please download and complete the registration form on the CRACK IT website. The deadline for registration is 1 September 2017.

The 2017 Challenges are: 

  • Challenge 26: DARTpaths: Mapping developmental and reproductive toxicity (DART) genes and pathways for cross-species comparison of toxic compound effects (Two Phase Challenge Sponsored by Shell and Syngenta).
  • Challenge 27: DoCE (Dosing for Controlled Exposure): Dosing strategies for characterising in vitro dose-responses with increased relevance for in vivo extrapolation. (Two Phase Challenge Sponsored by Unilever and Shell).
  • Challenge 28: RespiraTox: In silico model for predicting human respiratory irritation. (Single Phase Challenge Sponsored by Shell).

Expertise needed to solve these Challenges includes, but is not limited to: Mathematical modelling, Data handling, In vitro biology, Chemistry, (Bio/chemo-) informatics, Toxicology, QSAR development and validation, Statistics.

The Challenge briefs describing the Challenges, deliverables, in-kind contributions from the Sponsors and budgets is available now on the CRACK IT website.

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  • Each of the Two Phase Challenges offers up to £1 million funding and a research contract for up to three years.
  • The Single Phase Challenge offers up to £100k funding and a research contract for up to one year.

 

The competition

CRACK IT Challenges is a research competition to solve scientific and business problems identified by the bioscience sector. The Challenges are designed to reduce the reliance on animal models and/or improve animal welfare and lead to the development of marketable products. The CRACK IT Two Phase Challenges competition is run using the SBRI process which is supported by Innovate UK and Challenges are sponsored by companies who provide in-kind contributions such as data, validation and expertise.

Please contact your research development manager if you are interested in the CRACK-IT Call.


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Alzheimer’s Society: Need Help Applying!

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The Alzheimer’s Society are hosting a webinar that will guide potential applicants through the applications process. The webinar lasts one hour and it will cover the grants schemes that the Alzheimer’s Society offers, upcoming deadlines and tips for developing and submitting an application. Those participating in the webinar will be able to ask questions:

The webinar’s are running on multiple dates:

  • 12:30-13:30 Friday 25th August
  • 12:30-13:30 Friday 8th September

To participate, you will need to be a researcher based at a UK research institution or NHS trust but do not need to be funded by Alzheimer’s Society. You will also need to have access to a phone and a computer.

If you’d like to participate in this webinar, please email grantenquiries@alzheimers.org.uk indicating the date you would like to attend.