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Nesta’s £10 million Longitude Prize 2014 – what challenge should the call go to?



Help decide which of the six challenges put forward by the Longitude Committee should become the £10 million Longitude Prize 2014. The vote is open until 25 June. Cast your vote now.

The six challenges are:


How does the prize work?

The vote takes place between 22 May and 25 June, and will be held by the BBC on its Horizon website and by text.

The winning challenge will be announced on 25 June and will become the focus of the £10 million prize fund.

The Longitude Committee will then finalise the criteria for how to win the prize, and from September you will be able to submit your idea to win it.

The Longitude Prize will run for five years, or until the prize is won.

Further information 

For further information see the Longitude Prize 2014 webpage here

For further information about Nesta see the webpage here.


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MRC: Septemeber and October Deadlines


MRC Deadline Dates for all panel have been released.

September/October 2014 submissions
Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Call opens 30 July 2014
Submissions by 4pm 10 September 2014
Board meeting 18 – 19 February 2015

Infections and Immunity
Call opens 30 July 2014
Submissions by 4pm 16 September 2014
Board meeting 24 – 25 February 2015

Population and Systems Medicine Board
Call opens 30 July 2014
Submissions by 4pm 30 September 2014
Board meeting 9 – 10 March 2015

Neurosciences and Mental Health
Call opens 30 July 2014
Submissions by 4pm 01 October 2014
Board meeting 11 – 12 March 2015

Please contact the RKE office if you developing an application or you have an idea that you would like to discuss.

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Joint Call for Proposals on Sustainable Urban Development – ESRC, FAPESP (Brazil), NWO (Netherlands)


The aim of this call is to strengthen research cooperation between researchers from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, the UK and the Netherlands by funding joint research projects in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. This joint call asks for an approach from a variety of perspectives and social science disciplines and enables and encourages multidisciplinary research. As the world population keeps growing and becomes more concentrated in urban areas, the challenge of achieving sustainable development is ever more urgent. Based on consultation with the research community in the participating countries, a number of research themes have been identified which are:

  • Resilience
  • Social justice
  • Governance and democracy.

In addition to these research themes, a number of cross-cutting policy areas have been identified which include:

  • Infrastructure and the built environment
  • Economies and livelihoods
  • Poverty, inequality and vulnerability.

The research projects must be collaborative including researcher(s) from Brazil, as well as researcher(s) from the UK and/or the Netherlands. The remit of this call is to explore the Sustainable Urban Development in a global context and therefore the research focus is not limited to the participating countries. A total budget of approximately €5.4 million is jointly made available. The ESRC has made available approximately €2.4 million (£2 million) to fund British aspects of proposals. The provided budget will enable 6-12 projects to be granted funding.

An application can only be submitted via the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research’s (NWO’s) electronic application system Iris.

Proposed timetable

  • Deadline for submission of full proposal – 23 September 2014
  • Announcement of results to main applicants – March 2015
  • Start date – May 2015

Full call guidelines are here:

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MRC: Multiple Sclerosis highlight notice


The MRC welcomes investigator-initiated research proposals in all areas of research into multiple sclerosis.

The MS Society and the MRC may jointly fund applications identified as a priority by the MS Society. Applications will be assessed in open competition across the MRC’s range of funding schemes.

Further information on the MS Society can be assessed here

Details can be found on the MRC website

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MRC Systems biology for medicine: Cross-Board highlight notice


MRC are encouraging proposals to all MRC panels under the highlighted notice of ‘Systems Biology’.

Systems biology describes the study of complex systems, with emphasis on how interactions between components of biological systems underlie the behaviour of the system as a whole. It is typified by the generation and testing of models of complex processes (generally quantitative and computational) to explain and predict biological phenomena, and combines iterative cycles of theory, modelling and experiments

Applications which fall partly outside the MRC’s remit can be funded in partnership with BBSRC and EPSRC. Cross-Council applications will be assigned a lead Council, which will draw on expertise from across Councils to take a single funding decision.

Further details can be found on the MRC webiste

Panel Deadline Dates can be assessed here

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Highlight notice: public health research programme – domestic violence and abuse


The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research invites applications for its public health research programme researcher-led workstream – domestic violence and abuse. This supports research evaluating interventions, particularly for the prevention or management of domestic violence, outside of healthcare, where the primary outcome measure is health related.

Further details on the call’s remit and how to apply can be asssessed here

Deadline for applications 1pm on the 4th August 2014

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Junes’ Jaunts: MMU colleague networking events – bookings open


RKE Team have 3 great networking events across late May and June to ensure our academic and professional staff have the opportunity to meet one another in an relaxed setting. Full details and booking below – we hope to see you at one of our events soon!

30 May:    RKE Last Friday Social @ Benzie

Our established afterhours social event goes on tour this month to the 4th floor of the Benzie Building. As ever,  this is a chance for academic colleagues to swap ideas and discuss collaborations, carrying no formal agenda this is a relaxed space to converse with colleagues. There will be an honesty bar and a suggestions box. Book Now

4 June:    RKE Networking event

Running for over 18 months, our RKE networking events have an established following that we want to grow! This sessions hears from HPSC’s Kay Faulkner and how her team have used RKE’s CRM and Dotmailer software to target new customers whilst gaining a better understanding of existing customers, allowing them to tailor their e-comms to suit their audience needs. We also have RKE’s Peter Winter, who will explain his role in strengthening MMU’s relationship with the Greater Manchester authorities. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available from 12 noon, allowing you to take the time to network amongst colleagues. Book Now

25 June:    Last Wednesday Welcome

Join us for a relaxed hour or so as we bring together colleagues from across the University for a coffee and an informal networking session. New MMU starters are particularly encouraged to come. Book Now

Places are limited on all our events, so please do book on to guarantee your space.