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National Institute for Health Research Themed Call: Multimorbidities in older people

NIHR2The NIHR has issued a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity.  Multimorbidity is defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person.

This call is an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities, and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life.

The following programmes are currently open for applications:

The following programmes are also participating in the call, and will open for applications in due course:

The closing date for applications is 1pm, 20 May 2015. For further information and to apply, please visit:

Please contact your Research Development Manager before submitting an application to this call.

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Domestic Abuse Research Funding Opportunity

The Big Lottery Fund would like to commission a research study that explores what we have funded in terms of addressing domestic abuse and what we have learnt in supporting those affected by domestic abuse and how it can be prevented.

The estimated value of the contract is up to £75,000 including VAT and expenses. The contract term is 9 March 2015 to 2 September 2015. The deadline for any response is 20 Feb.

If any support or more information is required, please contact Michael Daw in the RKE office ( or our office telephone 0161 247 2186 or email

Some more details from the funder…

We are interested in learning from what we have funded to understand what works in supporting those affected by domestic abuse and how it can be prevented. We are keen for this research to feed into our policy and programme development but to also share the learning with our relevant stakeholders and grant holders. We are also interested in understanding the range of outcomes measurement frameworks that are available in this area and to identify ways in which projects can develop a stronger case for sustainability. We require the following research questions to be addressed as part of this study:

1. Briefly, what is the current domestic abuse context across the UK (in terms of Government policy and provision of service) and how do our relevant investments fit into it? Are there any differences across the UK?

2. What are the different types of projects that we have funded to tackle domestic abuse across the UK and what specific models have been most effective?

3. What have we learnt from our funding in terms of what works in supporting those affected by domestic abuse, including men, women and children, and in preventing it? How does this learning add to, complement or compare to wider evidence?

4. What outcome measurement frameworks are available across the sector for projects addressing domestic abuse and what are the similarities/overlaps between them? What circumstances do they work best in?

5. What do domestic abuse projects need to help them develop a stronger case for sustainability? How can the Fund practically support this?

The outputs we expect from this study are: 1. Regular informal progress updates in a format and timing to be agreed 2. A concise report (max 30 pages) in plain English which addresses the key areas and questions outlined in this scope of work. The report should include an executive summary which clearly highlights the main points (max 4 pages) and could standalone as a separate summary report. We would like the service provider to explore options for using infographics to display key findings 3. Any relevant outputs from social media activity 4. A set of impact case studies illustrating the range of projects we have funded across the UK, with an accompanying framework/index to help identify relevant case studies by theme 5. A table (or similar) outlining the outcomes measurement frameworks available and the similarities/overlaps between them 6. A presentation and discussion of the findings with staff at the Fund and with key stakeholders across the UK Further details about our requirements can be found in the ITT.

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HERA ‘Uses of the Past’ Update – Spain’s back in!



HERA have just announced that Spain has rejoined the ‘Uses of the Past’ call. This paves the way for you to include Spanish researchers in your proposals as long as they fulfil the national eligibility criteria.

To access updated guidelines and further information please visit the HERA website.

As ever, if you’re considering applying please do get in touch (!


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£9 million Innovate UK call for ‘Integrated transport: local authority solutions’

Innovate UKSummary: Innovate UK is to invest up to £9 million in collaborative research and development to stimulate innovation in integrated transport solutions for local authorities. The aim of this competition is to meet user needs by connecting people and/or goods to transport products and services. New or improved systems will be tested in environment laboratories.

Award: Up to £9 million. Innovate UK expect total project size to range between £2 million and £4 million and last up to 2 years, although they may consider projects outside this range.

Registration deadline: 18 Mar 2015

Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close 1 week before the competition application deadline.

Submission deadline: 25 Mar 2015

Further details: Please see the Innovate UK webpage here and contact the RKE office if you are interested in this call.

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Research bursaries for projects based on Wellcome Trust supported library or archive collections

wellcometrust_logoThis scheme is for small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the Wellcome Trust. Projects must focus either on Wellcome Library holdings or on any collection supported by a previous Research Resources grant, but they need not be historically grounded.

These awards can support experienced researchers based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Applications may also be made from scholars based outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland who wish to carry out research on a collection supported by the Trust.

Award Value 
Grants will normally be in the range of £5,000-£25,000 depending on the duration of the research.

Bursaries may support research leading to a wide range of outputs, such as: symposia or academic meetings; public lectures; journal articles or other publications; broadcasts; and film, TV or radio scripts.

If you wish to undertake research in a Wellcome Library collection, you will be expected to consider the research time as an in-residence period, contributing to the life of the Library and developing outputs in collaboration with Library staff.

Applications are processed twice a year for consideration by the Research Resources Funding Committee.

The 2015 application deadlines are 1 April and 1 October.

Application process and further details
Please see the Wellcome Trust website for information and contact your Research Development Manager.

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Arts Council England announce new Research Grants Programme 2015-18

logoArtsCouncilEngland250_1_250    Arts Council England have a new Research grants programme which “seeks to build  collective knowledge and deepen  understanding of the impact of arts and culture and to promote greater collaboration and co-operation between the arts and cultural sector and research partners”.  It follows the launch of  Great art and culture for everyone in October 2013 and ACE have now decided that the time was right to build upon previous reviews of research and refresh thinking on the impact that arts and culture can have on the cultural, social, educational and economic landscape.

The central aims of the Research grants programme are:

  • Furthering our knowledge:

Deepening our understanding of the impact of arts and culture

  • Increasing capacity:

Promote greater collaboration and co-operation between the arts and cultural sector and research partners

  •  Working in partnership:

Working in partnership with others to build and improve the evidence base around the impact of art and culture on individuals and society

  • Influencing:

Influencing the policy landscape and commissioning activity through robust and credible research

Funding available

A total of £700,000 is available for 2015-16, with indicative budgets of £900,000 available for 2016-17 and 2017-18.

In the first round (2015-16) organisations can apply for funding for projects that last for up to three years. However they strongly encourage applicants to consider whether they require funding for one, two or three years as this will impact on available budgets in rounds two and three.

Applications can be made for grants between £50,000 and £100,000 per year.

The application must be a joint collaboration between an arts and/or cultural organisation and a research partner. The arts and/or cultural organisation must be the lead applicant.


Applications open on Thursday 15 January 2015, and must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 12 March 2015.

Please see the Arts Council website for info and contact your Research Development Manager:



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HERA ‘Uses of the Past’ now open!


Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) has announced its much-anticipated ‘Uses of the Past’ call for proposals – full details and documentation available here.

‘Uses of the Past’ represents one of the biggest European funding opportunities available to researchers in the humanities and is already generating interest in the MMU research community.

The call which has a deadline of 9 April 2015 for outline proposals will support projects in the following areas:

1. Changing uses of (different) pasts?

How is historical knowledge created, defined and validated? What constitutes “‘misuse” of the past? What are the dynamics and consequences of competing narratives of the past?

2. Uses of the past for identity construction and institutional embedding of norms and values.

How does the use of the past construct identities at individual and collective levels? How are norms, values, institutions and behaviours formed by the conscious and unconscious uses of the past?

3. Uses of the past in media, material culture and public space.

What are the material forms of historical knowledge? How are the material forms and media of historical knowledge related to their use? What is the meaning and (economic) use of heritage? How does the past materialize in objects (e.g. art or commodities) and spaces?

4. Uses of the past: transnational/international/national and regional dimensions, including globalization.

What are the relations between European and global memories and histories? What are the relations between European and regional memories and histories? How do uses of the past have impact on the role of Europe as a (global) actor? What are the transnational or transregional dynamics of historical memory?

5. Uses of the past: impact on solving current problems, decision making and future policies.

What is the role of knowledge of the past within a “knowledge society”? Can new knowledge of the past be used for building trust and solidarity in an integrated Europe? In what ways is knowledge of the past a source for contemporary creativity and innovation? In what ways may this knowledge illuminate the nature and effects of these processes (solving current problems, decision making and future policies)?


Proposals need to be ambitious (budgets up to €1.2m), and involve teams from at least four participating countries. There is also specific emphasis on knowledge exchange and transfer, with partnerships being encouraged to consider how their proposals can include collaborations with the non-academic sector:

“In addition to the networking that takes place among academic partners and broader dissemination activities aimed at wider academic audiences, projects are also expected to develop links with stakeholders outside the academy in order to maximise the societal benefit of the research. For example, collaborations may include the creative, cultural and heritage sectors, broadcasters, museums, galleries, business, industry, the public sector, voluntary, community and charitable organisations, policy makers and practitioners (e.g. in the creative and performing arts). Collaborations should be meaningful for all partners involved and enable joint learning throughout the duration of the project and beyond. Public engagement activities may also be included, where appropriate, to promote a wide understanding of the nature and impact of “uses of the past.”

Proposals should therefore include concrete plans for collaboration and knowledge exchange, demonstrating how these activities will add significant value to the research. Active inclusion of non-academic partners from the preparation phase of the project is encouraged.”


Further information and support

The UK element of HERA is supported by the AHRC and it’s not too late to sign up for their information day – full details are available here.

If you’re thinking of applying or have any questions please do get in touch (