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Horizon 2020 – Individual Fellowships – a great way to collaborate!


As some of you will be aware, the call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is now open, and has a deadline of 10 September 2015.

The Fellowships are designed to allow talented researchers to join research teams in new countries to develop their careers and widen their experience.

For a really helpful introduction take a look at the European Commission’s ‘Quick Guide’ here.

To support the call, UKRO (the UK National Contact point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) have announced two information days:

  •  Leeds Beckett University, Tuesday 5 May 2015
  • University of Westminster, London, Wednesday 6 May 2015

You can find out more and access the registration form for both of the free events here. Attendees of previous events have found them really helpful, so if you’re thinking of working with a colleague who wants to come to MMU we’d highly recommend booking a place.

As ever, if you’re interested in finding out more, applying or attending the event please get in touch (


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Research Funding Opportunities Newsletter

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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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EPSRC Blog Launch


A new science and engineering blog will provide debate and opinion pieces from leading thinkers on research, innovation and science funding policy. The blog, launched by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will seek contributions from scientists and engineers as well as EPSRC staff.

Announcing the launch, Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC says; We want the EPSRC blog to host debate, share thinking and provide different perspectives on topics affecting the engineering and physical sciences community.

It is vital that as a community we remain engaged on developments and issues. I hope the EPSRC blog will prove an additional and very useful tool in doing just that.

Within the first blog post Professor Nelson sets out EPSRC’s strategic plan and outlines discussions around how research is best supported, the university eco-system and opportunities to support innovation.

Dr Nick Hawes, from the University of Birmingham, argues why scientists working in robotics and artificial intelligence need to engage with the public. His blog post sets out tips for public engagement, gives examples of robot demonstrations and tweeting robots, with data to demonstrate the worldwide online impact.

The EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training and is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences.

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NERC Demand Management


The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced new demand management measures for their Standard Grant schemes (what used to be known as responsive mode). See ttp:// for details. The rationale for such demand management is to improve NERC success rates (which are now down to around 12%) and reduce the pressure on the peer review community.

The measures apply to the next two Standard Grant rounds (21st July 2015 and late January 2016) and will place restrictions on the number of proposals that MMU can submit to NERC as the lead organisation.

Anyone planning an application for these two deadlines should contact one of the Research Development Managers in Research & Knowledge Exchange (RKE) to discuss their application well before the deadline. The contact details for the Research Development Managers are:

Gareth Cantello – 0161 247 3818;

Kelly Lavender-Smith – 0161 247 2927;

Germaine Loader – 0161 247 2960;

Justin Smith – 0161 247 2926;

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H2020 Brokerage Event – Nanotech, materials, biotech, manufacturing and processing


The Commission have announced a brokerage event to launch the 2016/17 priorities for Key Enabling Technologies, which will take place on 6 October 2015 in Strasbourg.

The event will provide information on calls in the areas of:

  • Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials
  • Biotechnologies
  • Advanced manufacturing and processing (including Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Factories of the Future, Sustainable process industries)

and also highlight the opportunities for research in these areas in the societal challenges.

Although full details aren’t available yet (and you can’t register yet!), the event’s likely to follow the usual format – information session in the morning and brokerage session in the afternoon. Colleagues who have been involved in previous events have had a really positive experience and been able to develop some really strong links.

If you’re interested in attending the event please do get in touch – – there is likely to be high demand and attendance may be restricted per organisation.

Keep an eye on your UKRO updates and the event webpage for details of registration.


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HEFCE Publishes Database of REF Impact Case Studies

HEFCE has published a searchable database containing all of the 6,700 or so REF impact case studies. The database, commissioned by HEFCE and produced by Digital Science is available here:

The database coincides with the release of a report available here that is launched today at a conference being hosted by the Royal Society and HEFCE in London. Headline analysis in the report includes the following:

  • The societal impact of research from UK Higher Education Institutions is considerable, diverse and fascinating
  • The research underpinning societal impacts is multidisciplinary, and the social benefit arising from research is multi-impactful
  • Different types of Higher Education Institutions specialize in different types of impact
  • UK Higher Education Institutions have a global impact
  • The quantitative evidence supporting claims for impact was diverse and inconsistent, suggesting that the development of robust impact metrics is unlikely
  • The impact case studies provide a rich resource for analysis, but the information is collected for assessment purposes and may need to be aligned for analysis purposes

The analysis presented in this report was a collaboration between the Policy Institute and Digital Humanities at King’s College London.

HEFCE are also publishing an evaluation of how universities prepared their impact submissions for REF 2014. Available at:

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New funding opportunities with the Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme


NHS - research logo  The NIHR HS&DR commissioned workstream focuses on evaluating models of service delivery and interventions which have the potential to improve service effectiveness, efficiency and productivity.

The next round of commissioned calls have been released, please see below for details:

Topic Deadline Commissioning brief Guidance notes Apply
15/56 – Evaluating service models of smoking cessation in prison 10 September 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 170.56 KB)Link open in a new window

Supporting document 1 (pdf, 165.62 KB)Link open in a new window

Supporting doc 2 (pdf, 184.92 KB)Link open in a new window

Access guidance notes (pdf, 633.73 KB)Link open in a new window Apply
15/24 – Assessing service models of community mental health response to urgent care needs 14 May 2015 by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 184.38 KB) Link open in a new window

Supporting document 1 (pdf, 186.01 KB)Link open in a new window

Supporting document 2 (pdf, 184.86 KB)Link open in a new window

Access guidance notes (pdf, 633.73 KB) Link open in a new window Apply
15/25 – Evaluating group clinics for people with longterm conditions 14 May 2015 by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 173.98 KB)Link open in a new window

Supporting document (pdf, 184.48 KB)Link open in a new window

Access guidance notes (pdf, 633.73 KB) Link open in a new window Apply

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