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Innovation Fund for Preventing Terrorism

Innovate UK, on behalf of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, invites registrations for its innovation fund for preventing terrorism. Funding aims to develop innovative solutions, new methods or technologies to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism. The fund supports the following type of activities:

•innovative projects developing new methods or developing new technologies with a potential replication nationally;

•projects promoting understanding and learning, identification and dissemination of best practices;

•pilot projects, including sectors covered by the prevent duty.

Preference is given to proposals that respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote, protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism, and work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

All organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution may apply.

Projects may receive up to £100,000 each, including VAT.

The deadline for applications is 25 Nov 2015.

For more information, please visit:

For advice on applying, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.


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Record numbers at MMU Postgraduate Research Conference

On 5th November, the 8th MMU Postgraduate Research Conference, ‘Innovation’, will see more than 200 delegates and presenters gathering in the Business School. There will be 75 presentations in total, including oral presentations, poster presentations, art exhibitions and performances celebrating the multi-disciplinary nature of MMU. The presentations will cover various aspects of innovation and creativity from methodological innovations and theory development to interdisciplinary collaborations and advances in science and engineering. The keynote speakers this year include Professor Martyn Amos (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Ra Page (Comma Press) who will be presenting their innovative collaborative work on “Beta Life”, a collection of short stories co-written by fiction authors and scientists. Dr Rose Drew (University of Winchester) will be talking about how to use poetry to communicate exploring the interfaces of activism and feminism.

Kate McLoughlin, the conference chair, and a postgraduate researcher at MMU’s Department of Marketing, Operations & Digital Business, said: “The MMU Postgraduate Research Conference is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate researchers to present their research in a supportive environment. It offers added benefit, as every presenter will receive a personal feedback report compiled from comments from the judging panel and the audience.”

The MMU Postgraduate Research Conference is on its way to becoming one of the largest postgraduate conferences in the North West. The University is especially pleased with the abstract submission numbers, which was 204 this year. There is great interest in the conference both from MMU and other universities both nationally and internationally.

Naheed Hanif, the conference’s vice chair, and a postgraduate researcher at MMU’s Research Institute of Health and Social Change, said: “Organizing this conference is a collaborative effort between MMU Graduate School and postgraduate researchers. I would like to thank my fellow committee members, MMU staff and volunteers, and especially Christine Smith and Maddie Hickman from the Graduate School for their guidance and support.”

Follow the conference on Twitter @MMUPgrConf and join the conversation #MMUPGC15

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Blog post by Maarja Kaaristo

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Cancer Research UK Population Research Committee Project Grants

Cancer Research UK invites applications for its population research committee project grants. These support projects that address cancer aetiology, early diagnosis, epidemiology, behavioural research, cancer prevention, statistics and methodology.

Applications are open to scientists, clinicians or healthcare workers based in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and eligible research institutions. Applicants must have three years’ postdoctoral experience or equivalent, or a tenured post.

Grants are worth up to £100,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

The deadline for applications is 27 May 2016.

For more information, please visit:

For advice on applying, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Reminder – Opportunity for early career social scientists to have their say


Just a quick reminder of an opportunity for early career social scientists to make their views on support for postdoctoral social science researchers known to the ESRC.

The online Early Career Social Scientists Survey (ECSSS) is open to early career researchers and those who have recently graduated with a doctorate in the social sciences, working in academia and beyond.

Carried out by UCL Institute of Education, the survey asks questions on a variety of themes, including:

  • Motivations for doctoral study
  • Current employment and future aspirations
  • Availability of support, career advice and guidance – and what support was taken up
  • Educational background

The aim of the study is to provide the ESRC with information about the experiences and issues faced by early career social scientists, as well as information on the diversity of roles, opportunities and support available for researchers.

To access the survey and have your say visit the ESRC’s ECSSS web page.

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Wellcome Trust Awards and Fellowships

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for three distinct funding opportunities:

Collaborative awards in science

These support groups of independent researchers pursuing problems across the areas of science, humanities and social science and innovation.

Awards are normally worth up to £4 million over a period of up to five years. Funding may be used to cover research expenses, travel and subsistence, overseas allowances, research management and support costs.

The deadline for applications is 5 Jan 2016.

For more info, please visit:

Engagement fellowships

These aim to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science.

Fellowships include salary and salary buyout for up to two years, project costs, training, access to office space and facilities, and opportunities to work with Wellcome Trust staff to develop projects.

The deadline for applications is 12 Feb 2016.

For more information, please visit:

Capital funding for public engagement and medical history

This scheme provides capital funding for large-scale projects that support public engagement or medical history. Proposals will be considered for the funding of building, refurbishment and capital projects.

Awards are normally worth over £200,000.

The deadline for applications is 13 May 2016.

For more information, please visit:

For advice on applying to any of the above, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Ghar Parau Foundation caving grants

The Ghar Parau Foundation invites applications for its caving grants. These support caving expeditions from Britain to all parts of the world.

Projects should take into consideration:

•potential for the discovery of new caves;

•the development of the sport;

•benefits to individual team members;

•preparatory work and research;

•contact with local groups;

•team size;

•effective use of funds;

•track record;

•other sources of income.

The overall budget and costs to individuals will be taken into account when deciding on grant sizes.

The deadline for applications is 29 Feb 2016.

For more information, please visit:

For advice on applying, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Gambling related harm research

The Responsible Gambling Trust wishes to conduct research into gambling-related harm: what does this term involve and how best to measure and account for it in Great Britain?

For more information, see:

Proposal deadline: 30 November

Funding available: £125,000

Please contact if you are interested in bidding.