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NEW FUNDING ALERT: Alzheimer’s Society, Implementation grants

Alzeimer's Society LogoThe Alzheimer’s Society is launching a new grant scheme in 2015 to enable the scaling-up of promising non-drug treatments, programmes and services to improve the health and well-being of people affected by dementia.

The implementation grant scheme is open to people looking to move dementia care, services and public health research into practice.

Further Details: Applicants can apply for grants of up to £400,000 that will either:

a) enable the scale-up of evidence based interventions that have been shown to improve care and are ready to be implemented at a larger scale, or;
b) lay the foundations for the scale-up of evidence based interventions; preparatory work and testing the feasibility of bringing dementia research knowledge into the real world.

All applications must:

  • demonstrate involvement of appropriate end users of the research in the development and delivery of the proposal
  • proposals must demonstrate sufficient evidence, for example from up to date systematic reviews, that the intervention is ready to be moved into the outside world.
  • use methods for enabling change that are grounded in theory.

Outline Application Deadline: 21st August 2015

Further details:

Please contact the RKE office to discuss your ideas!


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Info Day – Societal Challenge 3 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ 2016-17 Work Programme

On 14 and 15 September 2015 the European Commission is running an Information Day on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 3 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ 2016-17 Work Programme. The event is aimed at potential applicants to the upcoming calls and will be held in Brussels. The 2016-2017 Societal Challenge 3 Work Programme will be presented on 14 September and more in-depth sessions on particular calls will be held on 15 September, including a dedicated session on EURATOM.

Attendance at the event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory and can be done through the European Commission website

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Registration for Aerodays 2015 Now Open

Aerodays is a European flagship event bringing together over 1000 attendees from the world of Aeronautics and Air Transport research. This prestigious event will provide a unique opportunity to share the results of collaborative research, showcase innovations, discuss policy and developments for work funded through the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and takes us forward to Horizon 2020 and beyond.

Aerodays 2015 will take place in London from 20 until 23 October 2015. Interested parties can now register for the conference on the Aerodays 2015 website. Early bird rates available for all booking made by Friday 14 August.

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Valuing Nature – Event to launch Health & Wellbeing funding call

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Event Date: 14/07/2015
Event Location: Austin Court, Birmingham

​This Event is an opportunity to find out more about the Valuing Nature Health & Wellbeing Call (opens in new window) and to meet potential partners from different academic disciplines or business, policy or practitioner end-users.

Information on how to sign up for this meeting is available here (opens in new window).

Full details

The Valuing Nature Programme funding call on Managing the Environment to Improve Human Health and Wellbeing will be open towards the end of June 2015.

To support this the Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team are running an event on 14 July 2015 at Austin Court in Birmingham from 10:30 to 16:00.

The call is supported by NERC, AHRC and ESRC and will provide an opportunity for natural and social scientists, and arts and humanities researchers to form substantial interdisciplinary research collaborations which aim to increase our understanding of the role biodiversity and ecosystem processes play in human health and wellbeing.

The focus of the call will be on understanding the value of the natural environment for human health (physical and mental) and wellbeing within and across the following three areas:

  • natural hazards and extreme weather events
  • human exposure to pathogens and natural aquatic toxins
  • urban ecosystems.

Who is this event intended for?

This event is open to academic researchers who are interested in applying for the funding call, and to potential end-users of this research: businesses, policy-makers or practitioners.

The event will provide an opportunity to hear more about the call and to:

  • Take an active part in the developing Valuing Nature Network through participating in discussions and networking sessions
  • Hear expert opinion on the challenges of interdisciplinary working and co-delivery with end-users
  • Put questions direct to funders in a question and answer session

Network with potential collaborators from other discipline areas or as end-users of research.

How to apply

Information on how to register for this meeting is available here (opens in new window).  Because the number of places are limited we may need to restrict the number of people attending from any one institution.

Further background information about the funding call is available on the Valuing Nature website (opens in new window), including reports from the web survey and scoping meeting and input from the Business Interest Group that are being used to help shape the Announcement of Opportunity for this call.

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Funding opportunity with the PHR Programme: Public Mental Health

NiHR for Public Mental Health

NIHR are interested in receiving applications for research into the evaluation of public health interventions to improve mental health.

They are looking to fund research on the effectiveness of mental health promotion or mental illness prevention interventions across the life course at a (sub) population level. All areas of public mental health are covered by this funding opportunity.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • workplace interventions to promote mental health
  • interventions to reduce social isolation
  • interventions to prevent bullying

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 30 July 2015. For more information and to watch a webinar about this funding opportunity, please visit NIHR website.

For further assistance with your application  please email: 

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Horizon 2020 Webinar on Building a Winning Team


​​The UK National Contact Point (NCP) for Transport, Louise Mothersole, is running a webinar on building a winning Horizon 2020 team. The webinar will take place between 14:30 and 15:30 on 29 June 2015. Participation is free and event and registration details can be found on the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network website.

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Call for applications for scientists and social scientists to be paired up with an M.E.P.

European-Parliament-S   The MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2015 is calling for applications from researchers who would like to interact with MEPs and provide scientific expertise. The aim of the scheme is to enhance knowledge-based decisions and to facilitate better public awareness of EU policies and to foster greater mutual understanding.

Successful applicants will be paired with MEPs and will be invited to Brussels later in 2015 for a week where they will have the opportunity to follow MEPs in their daily political activities and learn about EU policy in the area of research. There would then be follow-up event organised by the MEPs which could include workshops, visits to local research facilities, press conferences and exhibitions.

The selection criteria specify specific fields of research, which are linked to the priority areas of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment bureau (STOA), an in-house service which also uses external expertise and provides its services to the European Parliament’s Committees. These are:

• Eco-efficient transport and modern energy solutions;

• Sustainable management of natural resources;

• Potentials and challenges of the Information Society;

• Health and life sciences; and

• Science, technology and innovation policy.

These areas are to be understood in a broad sense and both natural scientists in state-of-the-art innovative areas (energy storage, renewable energy, photonics, innovative production etc.) and social scientists (jobs and growth, indicators, foresight etc.) are encouraged to apply.

There is no research funding available but researchers participating in the scheme will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation when the come to Brussels.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.

More info and how to apply is here: