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Funding opportunities, news and guidance from RKE at Manchester Metropolitan University


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RKE – That was the Week

After another busy week, here’s an example of what the RKE Office have been up to:

Our Key Account Manager Nikki Lees and Impact and Engagement Manager Sam Gray hosted a Knowledge Exchange introduction session for Research Postgraduate students. The session encouraged students to think how their own research interests might be applied within the different pathways of Knowledge Exchange.

Thanks and well done to all involved from RKE!

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Learning Development Programme

This ITT has been created by Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust acting on behalf of Health Education England (HEE). Its purpose is to invite proposals from suitably experienced, resourced and qualified provider(s) of learning development programmes; to strengthen Leadership, Coordination, Quality and Capacity within Learner Support Infrastructures. The supplier will design and deliver a Development Programme to enable effective collaborative working across education networks that provide support to Healthcare Learners in Practice within the North West of England.

Deadline for proposals: 1 March

For more information, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk


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Evaluation of Extra Care Housing in Wales

The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) invites proposals for the following:

This evaluation of Extra Care in Wales seeks to undertake a comprehensive, independent assessment of Extra Care to help inform future investment decisions. Key to this will be assessing cost-effectiveness of Extra Care, the experiences of Extra Care residents and also the place of Extra Care in Local Authority strategies for older people’s housing. This 9 month project will include both desk based and primary research.

Deadline for proposals: 24 February

Funding available: £60,000

For more information, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk


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Creating Dementia Friendly Communities – A Policy Evaluation

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project to inform decisions about the future policy direction for dementia friendly communities, following the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020. The key policy questions the research will need to answer concern the factors which make a community dementia friendly and the different types of benefits of dementia friendly communities. This is a two-stage application process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their stage 1 application approximately nine weeks after the submission date. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

Deadline for proposals: 1 March

For more information, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk


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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these funding opportunities for research proposals.

British Medical Association Research Grants

These aim to encourage and further medical research in a variety of subject areas, ranging from rheumatism and arthritis to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological disorders.

Deadline for applications: 07 Mar 16

Sarcoma UK Research Grant

These support research in bone and soft tissue cancers. Research should be clinically focused and should benefit the patients during their diagnosis, treatment and care.

Deadline for applications: 17 Mar 16

Medieval Settlement Research Group Research Grants

These support research projects within the group’s field of interest. Preference is given to field surveys, documentary research and preparation of graphics rather than excavation and the preparation of reports for publication.

Deadline for applications: 01 Jun 16

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.


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Supporting a Culture of Openness in the NHS – A Policy Evaluation

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project on supporting a culture of openness in the NHS, on creating a culture of prioritising care, improving openness, detecting poor care and ensuring clear accountability. We want research that can contribute to an understanding as to whether and how the culture of the NHS has become more open and transparent as a result of the Government’s response to the Francis recommendations, and whether this has affected the quality of care. This is a two-stage application process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their stage 1 application approximately nine weeks after the submission date. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

Deadline for proposals: 1 March

For more information please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk


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Emotional Health and Wellbeing – Mixed Methods Research

Calderdale Council and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group require an individual or organisation to undertake a mixed methods research study to understand why children and young people do not attend their emotional health and wellbeing appointments in Calderdale, and to identify potential actions that partners can take to reduce the level of appointments not attended. The evidence based research will provide valid and relevant information which will inform our five year Local Transformation Plans and future service specification design. The barriers and reasons around why service users do not attend their appointments will be Identified along with an investigation into appropriate solutions that can be used within our strategic vision over five years.

Deadline for proposals: 15 February

For more information, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk