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Circular Economy Fund Scoping

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) is investigating new and innovative ways to conserve materials and to cycle materials and products efficiently back into supply chains and the economy, contributing to a circular economy vision.

In order to accelerate strategic action to a circular economy, ZWS will provide grant funding support to organisations looking to implement circular economy practices through a ‘Circular Economy Fund’.  The Fund aims to stimulate innovation from entrepreneurs, enterprises and academic research institutes in Scotland accelerating projects that are well advanced along the development pathway.

The objective of this work is to undertake research to inform the scope of the Circular Economy Fund then develop the specific guidance for applications to the Fund resulting in effective funding support to accelerate towards the circular economy.

Deadline for proposals: 24 Aug 2015.

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If you wish to bid to this, please contact Mike Daw (


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Healthy heart grants

Heart Research UK is awarding Healthy Heart Grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000. The grants are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

More information is available here:

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Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – funding opportunities

Paul_Mellon_Centre_for_Studies_in_British_Art_logo    The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a range of grants and Fellowships funding research and dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history.  The fields of archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts are not in remit.

Award schemes run in Spring and Autumn and include:

1) Digital Project Grants  – deadline 30th Sep 15

up to £20k pa for up to two years to support a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project or research which will lead to a digital or online project (such as an online exhibition, database of a collection or a research project using digital technologies, for example 3-D scanning or modelling)

2) Curatorial Research Grants – deadline 30th Sep 15

Up to £20k pa for up to 2 years awarded to institutions, galleries or museums to help towards the costs of appointing a Research Curator to undertake research for a specific project. This can be for:

  • research towards an exhibition or installation of British art or architectural history, or related topic
  • a cataloguing project on part of a collection or archive which will result in a printed or online catalogue
  • an online exhibition or curation of a digital project relating to British art or architectural history, or related topic

3) Research Support Grants – deadline 30th Sep 15

Up to £2k to assist with research travel costs. Offered to scholars already engaged in research involving the study of British art or architectural history. Grants may be used towards the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites with the United Kingdom or abroad for research purposes.

4) Senior Fellowship Grants – deadline 31st Jan 2016

Two nine-month full-time Fellowships specifically designated for the completion of a book or other such major study for immediate publication. They offer funding to release Fellows from teaching and/or other employment responsibilities and provide them with an extended and defined period to devote to writing and completing a publication. The Fellowships are solely for the writing period and not for primary research. Designated for prominent and established scholars in the field of British art or architectural history. Up to £32k to cover staff replacement costs.

5) Mid-Career Fellowships – deadline 31st Jan 2016

Three fellowships offer a four-month period of research to applicants who have already produced a major publication and are working on a subsequent research, publishing or curatorial project. The four-month period may be used to undertake research for an article, book, exhibition or catalogue.

Mid-Career Fellowships are designated primarily for academics and scholars  who are established in their careers and who were awarded their doctorates over six years previously. Applications are also welcome from independent and freelance scholars, and from individuals who do not hold a doctorate, but all applicants must have an established scholarly profile. £12,000 each will be awarded to the Fellow’s university to cover replacement teaching or staff costs.

6) Postdoctoral Fellowshipsdeadline 31st Jan 2016

Five six-month full-time Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered to enable the Fellow to transform doctoral research in the field of British art or architectural history into publishable form, such as a book, series of articles or exhibition catalogue. Alternatively, the fellowship may support new research arising out of a successfully submitted doctoral dissertation where that research may lead readily to publication.  Fellowships are designated for applicants who have had their doctoral theses successfully examined within the four years prior to January 2016. Applications will also be accepted from applicants who are able to demonstrate that the final examination will be completed by the end of February 2016, i.e. before the Centre’s Advisory Council meets in March 2016.  Five grants of £8,000 each will be awarded to fund replacement teaching or staff costs.

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4 MMU Early-Career Researchers selected to join the AHRC Peer Review college as academic reviewers

AHRC 1 Congratulations

Following an open call for early-career researcher nominations to the AHRC Peer Review College which was circulated in March, we are pleased to announce that the following HLSS colleagues have now been invited to serve on the College:

Anna Bergqvist (Philosophy)

Rob Drummond (Linguistics)

Adi Kuntsman (Digital Media)

Faye Sayer (Community Archaeology and Public History)



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Research on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Potential in the Scottish Transport Sector

The Scottish Govt is inviting proposals to conduct a research project to understand how recent scientific and technological developments in respect of, batteries, fuel cells and alternative fuel options for transport are likely to alter the pathways by which Scotland could deliver its 2050 road fleet ambition.

Specifically, the study will aim to:

  • review recent developments in fuels, batteries and fuel cell technologies and profile the likely take up and penetration of these technologies in the different modes of transport in Scotland
  • identify any critical barriers to overcome in delivering the change or any particular opportunities likely to arise in the period out to 2032.

The deadline is 25 August.

Please contact Mike Daw ( if you are interested in bidding.

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Coeliac UK: Funding Available – Research Grants and Epidemiology Funding

coeliacCoeliac UK, the leading national charity for people with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, has launched a new round of their research grants award.

Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac and spelled celiac in other countries) is a lifelong autoimmune disease that is caused by the immune system reacting to gluten.

The funder is looking for applications from researchers across a range of scientific disciplines that can demonstrate how their proposal will advance understanding of the disease and improve the lives of those living with the condition.

Funding of up to £100K is available for the research grant awards and the Closing date for applications: 5pm, 21st September 2015

There is also a further £30k for research into the epidemiology of coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis in the UK

Highlighted Research Areas:

  • Underpinning Research investigations into the cause, development, detection, treatment and management of coeliac disease and DH
  • Aetiology
  • Detection, Screening and Diagnosis
  • Development of Treatments
  • Evaluation of Treatments
  • Management of coeliac disease and DH
  • Health and Social Care Services Research
  • The Gluten-Free Diet

Further information can be assessed on the funder’s website