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Research Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Research Professional

THE Research and Knowledge Exchange Office is flagging opportunities for research funding via monthly newsletters.

Every school/department has its own tailored bulletin and the latest edition has just been published. Each edition contains the details of the current external funding opportunities available in your subject area, complete with closing date and award amounts. 

Your newsletter was emailed direct from so look out for this in your Inbox. 

Interested in a Call?

If you see a funding opportunity that you would like to apply for please contact the member of the RKE team that covers your area.

– European Research Funding
Dr Margaret Eastcott x2973

– Computing, Engineering, Business and Law
Gareth Cantello x3818

– Health and Education
Ms Kelly Lavender-Smith x2927

– Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Germaine Loader x2960

– Computing, Engineering and Environment
Justin Smith x2926

The Research Development Managers will support you through the grant application process by facilitating and providing professional advice to identify suitable funding streams, the application process, costings and authorisation procedures.

Accessing the Research Professional Site

The University has a campus wide account so you can access the Research Professional site from any networked PC on campus.

Creating an Account

For a more detailed list of funding opportunities, why not create your own customised searches and receive weekly email alerts tailored to your specific subject area. 

All academic staff are registered on the Research Professional site and your default username is your MMU email address. If you do not know your password, you can request a new one via the Log In page. Once logged in you can edit your details and change your username and password.

For more information about how to get started visit the Quick Start Guide on the Research Professional site or watch an online demo.

Expression of Interest

When logged into your Research Professional account, the system allows you to register your interest to apply for funding opportunities.  If you see a funding call you are thinking of applying for, simply open the call and select the ‘Express Interest’ tab on the right hand side of the call page and a member of the RKE team will get in contact to see if you need any assistance with the application process.


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ESRC Urban Transformations Research Call now open

ESRC  The ESRC have now launched their Urban Transformations Call:

Major changes are taking place in cities across the globe, both in the fast-growing urban centres of developing countries and in the declining or resurgent cities in the developed world. The majority of people now live in urban areas and the urban population in many developing countries is expected to exceed 50 per cent by 2030. Transformations in urban economies, new technologies, and responses to environmental change are reshaping the distribution of power, resources, and information in cities. These transformations are radically reshaping social relations and the built environment in some cities, while others experience continuity or decline, seemingly unable to garner the opportunities flowing from these changes.

The ESRC invites innovative and ambitious proposals to support new research which adds significant value to the broad portfolio of cites and urban transformations research currently supported by the ESRC and other research funders. High quality proposals are sought which fill clearly identified gaps in the current funding landscape. Research proposals should cover one or both of the following topics:

  • Social innovation and creative urban living
  • Urban economies

Proposals for this call should also adopt one or both of the cross-cutting areas:

  • Inequalities, diversities and difference
  • Politics, governance and democracy

Grants will be for a maximum of three years and between £750,000 and £1 million at 100 per cent fEC is available for research grants via this call. In accordance with RCUK policy, the ESRC will contribute up to 80 per cent fEC. The ESRC will commit up to £3 million in total and it is anticipated that four to six research grants will be funded (dependent on quality of proposals).

The closing date for research proposal to be submitted to the Joint Electronic Submissions System Je-S is16.00 (UK time) on 5 February 2015.

Please see full details here:

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AHRC extend inclusion International Co-Investigator pilot to Dec 2016


The AHRC has today announced an extension to the International Co-Investigator pilot scheme which allows costs for Co-Investigators based outside of the UK to be included in research proposals.

The scheme has enabled a number of high quality research projects to collaborate with international colleagues. It has supported researchers at various career stages working in a wide range of disciplines from across the AHRC’s remit.

Co-Investigators from the US, Australia, Germany, India, Canada, China, and many more countries, have so far worked with UK researchers. Research projects made possible by the policy include studies of international health organisations, immersive technologies, and the development cities in premodern Asia.

The pilot scheme was first introduced in December 2012, and will now be extended until 31 December 2016. The International Co-Investigators policy complements other international agreements and memoranda of understanding.

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ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative – call for outline proposals

ESRC  secondary data

ESRC have just announced a call for the third phase of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI). The aim of this call is to deliver high-quality, high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of existing data resources. The ESRC has now run two successful rounds of the SDAI and funded just under 80 projects. Based on the success and outcomes of those first two phases the ESRC is now inviting applications for Phase 3 focusing on the following core principles:

  • Maximising the use of key ESRC-funded data resources and infrastructure
  • Developing the capacity of early career researchers to undertake research using complex data resources
  • Keeping the initiative open in terms of thematic focus
  • Working collaboratively with non-academic stakeholders to extract value from data resources for mutual benefit.

Based on these principles this call will:

  • Fund projects of up to £200,000 (at 100 per cent fEC) in value
  • Require the use of at least one ESRC-funded data resource/ infrastructure (see Appendix I of the call specification)
  • Require the inclusion of at least one early career researcher as principal or co-investigator
  • Support proposals including non-academic partners
  • Support the innovative and creative use of data and/or methodologies
  • Support proposals addressing ESRC strategic priorities
  • Support proposals with an international or comparative focus.

Outline proposals are to be submitted by 1 Tuesday 27 January 2015. Proposals will be initially reviewed by a sift panel in March 2015 and decisions announced in late March/early April 2015.

Following this, successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by late April/early May 2015. These proposals will be peer reviewed and those meeting the quality threshold will be assessed by a Commissioning Panel. For eligible shortlisted proposals, final decisions will be made in September 2015, with an announcement of those decisions in October 2015. It is expected that most grants will commence on 1 January 2016.

Grants will be for a maximum duration of 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 at 100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC). ESRC aim to fund 20-25 grants through this call, depending on the quality of proposals received

ESRC funded data resources are:

• 1970 British Cohort Study (
• Understanding Society (
• European Social Survey (
• British Election Studies (
And resources made available through the ESRC’s Big Data Network:
• Business and Local Government Data Research Centres (
• Administrative Data Research Network (

For full details please see:

and speak to your Research Development Manager for assistance.

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GM AHSN Technology Innovation Challenge: Medicines Optimisation funding call

GM AHSNAs announced at the launch event  at MMU on Monday, GM AHSN (Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network) are advertising their next call – Technology Innovation Challenge: Medicines Optimisation Call.

The call is aimed at identifying early stage technology innovation that will:

  • accelerate the development of new healthcare technologies to the point where they can lever further investment,
  • facilitate early collaboration with industry and
  • ultimately enable them to benefit patient care faster and more effectively.

GM AHSN are particularly interested and priority will be given to devices that:

  • Address Medicines Optimisation by helping patients to: improve their outcomes; take their medicines correctly; avoid taking unnecessary medicines; reduce wastage of medicines; and improve medicines safety.
  • This specific call does not include technologies for data mining / handling big data or fundamental research.

This competition will be run across the GM AHSN, and is open to all GM AHSN Members and partners including the four Universities (Bolton, Manchester, Salford and MMU) and GM SME’s.

Key dates:
Outline Submission Deadline: 11   January 2015
Invitation to submit full proposal
Full Research Proposal Deadline: 15   February 2015
Awards Made: March 2015
Project Ends: latest 31 December 2015

Project details:
8 Month project maximum award £40,000

Application Process
Please contact the RKE office by 2nd December register your interest, this allows sufficient time to provide support/information ahead of the Christmas holidays. Approval and costings will need to be complete before the 19th December to ensure all bids are ready to be submit  ahead of the deadline date in January. The main contact is myself – Helen Lusty

The GM AHSN website address is

Call details and submission portal here The submission portal opens from 1st December onwards.

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*****Are you interested in hosting one of the AHRC’s 10th anniversary National Debates? Please first complete internal EOI by 2 Dec*****


The AHRC is marking its tenth anniversary in 2015 through a number of activities designed to showcase the achievements of the arts and humanities research community over the last decade, to look forward to the coming decade and to celebrate the role of the arts and humanities in all areas of our national life.

One of these activities is to be a series of five or six national debates to be held at universities and cultural organisations around the UK at intervals during the year. The theme of the series will be ‘The Way We Live Now’ and individual debates will focus on more specific themes such as The Nation, Identity, Leisure, The City, Space, etc. The intention is that these debates will examine key aspects of our human world, the ways in which they are changing and shaping our lives, and to explore the ways in which the arts and humanities and the different disciplines within them can help us understand our changing world.

A key objective of the AHRC’s anniversary activities is to engage the arts and humanities community and to celebrate its achievements over the last decade and, with this in mind, the AHRC is looking to co-host and co-fund these national debates with universities and Independent Research Organisations (IROs) within the UK.

This call is therefore issued to elicit applications to co-host and co-fund individual events within the series outlined above and to work with the AHRC on developing, organising and delivering these debates.

The series theme will be ‘The Way We Live Now’. Individual debates will explore and examine specific aspects of our human world, such as The City, Identity, The Book, Faith, Diversity, The Nation. We would encourage applicants to suggest other topics within the overarching theme of ‘The Way We Live Now” which accord with areas of institutional expertise, although the AHRC wishes to keep a strong sense of continuity across the series.

A key objective of the debates is to bring a range of different disciplines to bear on the exploration of these themes; for example, a debate on ‘The City’ might be addressed by specialists in human geography, history, archaeology, literature, linguistics, classics, among many other disciplinary areas.

It is envisaged that each debate will feature three or four speakers (which should include senior and prominent public figures) who will speak for approximately 15 – 20 minutes each. Each debate should allow plenty of time for audience participation and it is hoped that discussion will extend into the online space through live streaming and social media. It is envisaged that a post-event reception for speakers and attendees should be held immediately after the debates.  The AHRC will provide up to £7,500 for each event with match funding expected from the host HEI.

******NOTE: Each HEI can only submit one application (but this application can be for two events within the series) and this will need to be accompanied by a letter of support from the VC or equivalent. We are therefore asking for short internal Expressions of Interest to be submitted to RKE first.  The deadline for EOIs is Tues 2nd December.   The deadline for submission to the AHRC is 18th December)*******

The EOI form is here EOI  and should be returned to Germaine Loader in RKE by 2.12.14

The AHRC info and Call for Proposals is here:

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‘Examining assessments in literacies’ Research Seminar

24435087Jazz Williams, ‘Examining assessments in literacies’
Research Seminar

Thursday 4 December 2014, 16:30-18:00
MMU Birley Fields, room 1.66

 Jazz Williams is a school leader responsible for curriculum and assessment and a specialist teacher for dyslexia/specific literacy difficulties (AMDBA/TPC/SpLD APC). He commenced a Doctor of Education this year following a Masters in Language Education. His research interests include: educators’ assessment of literacy, children’s conceptions of assessment, teacher awareness of how tests ‘construct’ what is measured. 

For further details, contact Gee Macrory on