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Royal Institution of British Architects Research trust awards

RIBA-Logo_5923 The RIBA Research Trust Awards is an annual funding scheme supporting independent architectural research. Applications are welcome from researchers at any stage of their research career.


The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offered annually to support independent architectural research. The awards scheme is open to applicants interested in a wide range of subject matter relevant to the advancement of architecture and the connected arts and sciences. The research can be practice-led or academic research.

“The funds provided by the RIBA’s Research Trust Awards each year are an invaluable aid to those who are pursuing new knowledge in architecture. There is intense competition to get them, yet it’s also the case that a good many of our best scholars and practitioners have benefited from this source of financial support at some point in their careers.”

– Professor Murray Fraser, Chair, RIBA Research Grants sub-committee


The awards scheme is open to applicants interested in a wide range of subject matter relevant to the advancement of architecture, and connected arts and sciences, in the United Kingdom.

The RIBA Research Trust Award is for a closely defined piece of architectural research. The committee will support practice-led or academic research, but it will not supportcourse fees and subsistence costs for PhD/MPhil or Masters programmes. Awards are given only to named individuals, not organisations. The maximum grant applicants may apply for is £10,000. A detailed breakdown of costs should be provided in the application form.

The 2015 call will open shortly (“Spring 15”) and in the meantime Research Professional have just published  a very useful profile of the opportunity including advice for applicants:–Stimulating-innovation-in-architecture.html?dm_i=E9T,37U17,I9RS6C,BIS8H,1


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Pre-call announcement for UK and France joint research funding opportunity on ‘Pasts in the Present: History, Heritage, Memory’

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AHRC, in collaboration with The Cluster of Excellence LABEX (France), will be launching a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals.

The call addresses common themes agreed by both LABEX and AHRC which are of interest and relevance to both the Care for the Future and the Cluster of Excellence LABEX Pasts in Present: History, Heritage, Memory (hereinafter known as LABEX PasP). The call focuses on areas where there is considered to be the greatest potential for collaborative transnational research involving UK and French scholars as well as non-academic partners. It aims to generate new research insights, to stimulate research innovation, and to add value to existing research activities in the UK and France.

Suggested areas for research include:
1. Understanding the relationship between history and heritage, and memory.
2. Representations and uses of the past in the present.
3. Mediations of the past; cultural and social appropriations of the past (including yet not limited to studies on digital practices).
4. Entangled histories; entangled heritages: towards transnational perspectives.
5. How societies remember and try to come to terms with the legacies of difficult and divisive pasts.
6. The “digital age” and its effects on tangible and intangible heritage.

  • For each project, research teams based in each country can request costs up to the available relevant national funding budget limit. Applicants can apply between 60,000-80,000 MAX Euros for the French component and up to £100,000 for the UK component.
  • It is hoped that around 6-10 projects will be supported
  • Projects should be of 18 – 30 months in duration. Projects can start from 1st January 2016 and no later than 28 February 2016

The full call details will be published on Thursday 12th March 2015 and the deadline for submission of proposals will be Thursday 2nd July 2015.

You can find more information and the pre-call document here:

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Scoping study on conflict research published – identifying gaps and informing RCUK’s new Conflict theme


In 2014, the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research, through the ESRC commissioned Professor Steve McCorriston of the University of Exeter to undertake a scoping study to identify gaps in existing research in the area of conflict. The scoping study is just one of a number of activities that will inform the development of the Partnership’s new conflict theme

Specifically, the aim of the study was to:

  • provide a summary of themes in recent research with a view to highlighting current insights;
  • identify current and emerging research gaps through internal and external academic networks;
  • engage with the stakeholder and practitioner communities to ascertain the impact of conflict research to date and to elicit their priorities with regard to future research priorities.

The study focuses on recent research from a variety of disciplines, including social sciences and arts and humanities, but also science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The scoping study was finalised in November 2014 and highlights six main research themes associated with conflict, including:

  • Understanding the shifting nature of conflict across time;
  • Interventions in conflict;
  • The media and representations of conflict;
  • Technology and conflict;
  • Conflict resolution and post-conflict transformations; and
  • Risk, insecurity and conflict.

The study also highlighted a number of recommendations relating to how research on conflict can be better supported, including:

  • Maximising the potential of cross-disciplinary research on conflict;
  • Expanding the toolkit with which conflict issues can be addressed;
  • Improving pathways to impact involving stakeholders from the outset and over the duration of the project rather than as end-users; and
  • Consider the scale of projects that can accommodate to maximum effect the cross-disciplinary approaches and stakeholder involvement.

So, if you are working in this area the study might give you an insight into key areas of future study and where future funding opportunities might focus.

Read the Scoping Study – Research Gaps on Conflict

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Women in Architecture, MMU Event at Special Collections

Free event as part of the Wonder Women season:

Women in Architecture
Friday 6 March 2015
MMU Special Collections
3rd Floor, Sir Kenneth Green Library

Wonder Women, the celebration of women’s art, culture, film, sport, history, music and much more, returns to the city that gave rise to the suffragette movement. From 1-31 March, many of the city’s museums and galleries, as well as other public institutions, will be staging events that celebrate female creativity and ingenuity, commemorate the suffragette movement – and ask just how far feminism has come since women first began campaigning for the right to vote 100 years ago.

Following on from last year’s sell-out Women in Print event, this year MMU Special Collections will be hosting a special Women in Architecture event. Looking at women in architecture from historical and contemporary perspectives, the event will feature a series of short discussions with academics and practitioners including Simone Ridyard (Chair) – Senior Lecturer, Manchester School of Art, Helen Trott – Partner, Simpson Haugh and Partners, Sally Stone – Programme Leader, MArch Architecture, Manchester School of Architecture and Vicky Jolley – Senior Lecturer, Manchester School of Architecture. There will also be presentations from Laura Guy on Jane Drew (1911 – 1996) and her collaborations with artists and Lucy Biddle will talk about the poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) who lived in a striking modernist house in the hills outside of Petropolis, Brazil, with the self-trained architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

The event is free but places must be booked in advance. For more information and to book click here.


RKE Impact Academy presents…”Staging Your Research” – presentation skills for researchers

Staging Your Research

RKE and CELT have teamed up with the considerable talents of Science Communication Lecturer Sam Illingworth to present…

STAGING YOUR RESEARCH – a training programme that brings MMU researchers and staff from the Manchester School of Theatre together to explore ways in which theatrical performance can be used to improve the communication of research.

There will be 1 event on the last Thursday of every month from 5 – 7pm; dinner will be provided and the emphasis will be on finding fun ways of expressing research through live performance.

The first session will be on Thursday 26th February at 5pm in room 303 of the Benzie Building. This will be an introductory session only so that you can find out if this approach will work for you!

Please bring an idea or an item (a “prop”) that you think will be useful in developing research communication about your own work. If you can’t think of anything – don’t worry, come along anyway and find out more about the sessions.

If you have any further questions – contact Sam Illingworth or call 0161 247 1203.

“Staging Your Research” is presented as part of the RKE Impact Academy which runs training and events for staff on how to embed impact into their research – to find out more contact Impact and Engagement Manager:

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New commissioned funding opportunities from MRC and NIHR

MRC and NIHRThe Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME) is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for the following topics:

  • 15/18 Diagnosis and treatment of allergies
  • 15/19 Metabolic liver disease (including NAFLD)
  • 15/20 Pancreatitis
  • 15/21 Surfactant therapy for bronchiolitis in critically ill infants and children
  • 15/22 Very low energy diets
  • 15/23 Mechanisms of action of health interventions

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 16 June 2015. For more information and to apply, please visit the EME commissioned call webpage.

Please contact RKE/your faculty Business Development Manager for support if you are interested in putting in a bid.


Tips for success

Step 1: Register for a webinar to learn more about these calls and have the opportunity to ask questions:

  • 15/18 Diagnosis and treatment of allergies: 10 March 2015, 15:00-15:45
  • 15/19 Metabolic liver disease (including NAFLD): 13 April 2015, 12:00-12:45
  • 15/20 Pancreatitis: 14 April 2015, 13:30-14:15
  • 15/21 Surfactant therapy for bronchiolitis in critically ill infants and children: 20 April 2015, 13:00-13:45
  • 15/22 Very low energy diets: 29 April 2015, 1:30-12:15
  • 15/23 Mechanisms of action of health interventions: 30 April 2015, 13:00-13:45

Step 2: Read the EME Programme remit and the commissioning brief to check if your innovation fits.

Step 3: Watch the tips for success videos for advice on making an application

Step 4: Collaborate and plan – successful EME applications generally involve strong collaborations between an academic unit and/or NHS organisation and/or industry. It is suggested that you build a strong team and start to prepare your bid with them using your combined expertise.

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Enhancing Customer Experience in Rail Travel


Accelerating Innovation in Rail Competition Networking Event

Innovate UK and FutureRailway/RSSB will shortly open a third Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition which we anticipate will offer up to £6m for investment to accelerate innovation in the UK rail industry.

If you’d like to find out more, and meet potential consortia partners of the competition, KTN is organising a consortia-building event for potential applicants – to be held in Coventry University’s TechnoCentre.

Registration is now open.

Industry challenges relating to customer experience

This time, Innovate UK and FutureRailway / RSSB, the rail industry body for research and development, will be investing in projects to support business innovation specifically to address business challenges related to customer experience.

KTN consortium-building event for potential applicants

KTN, now as one networking organisation, is now not only directly connected to all significant transport sectors, but also the full diversity of wider UK industry – including, for example, leaders in built environment, creative industries, ICT and data security.

As such, this event should prove invaluable for creating new connections suited to applicants.

Unique networking opportunities

There is also good opportunity for networking including an opportunity to present a short “elevator pitch” to delegates (please use the 2-slide proforma, and email it to  (Note, places are limited, so please make sure you submit your presentation in plenty of time).

Delegates are encouraged to maximise their chances of networking by filling out and returning a company profile form. This will be made available to all delegates as well as shared on the KTN website and via our @transportktn twitterfeed.

To register for this event please click on the button below.  We will provide the full scope to registrants as soon as it’s available.

Eventbrite - Accelerating Innovation in Rail Competition Briefing – Enabling the Digital Customer

NB If you are interested in this competition, please contact Michael Daw (