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GFS Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context: call 2

Global Food Security, in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Government, invites applications for its second call on resilience of the UK food system in a global context. This aims to provide the evidence base to underpin the UK’s strategic approach to food security and create a more resilient food system. Interdisciplinary projects should address one or more of the following key themes:

•optimising the productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems and landscapes;

•optimising resilience of food supply chains both locally and globally;

•influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience at the individual and household level.

A food systems approach is encouraged, and proposals must integrate science areas from all three of the research councils involved.

The closing date for applications is 10 Nov 16.

For more information, please visit BBSRC.


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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at these Tender opportunities for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass this on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

Active Inclusion Fund Evaluation

Wales Council for Voluntary Action wish to assess the impact of the Active Inclusion Fund (AIF) project. It is intended that a continuous evaluation is conducted for the period September 2015 with annual interim reports and a final report in June 2019.

Deadline for proposals: 31 August

Funding available: £70,000

Study to Develop and Pilot a UK Natural Capital Stress Test

WWF-UK wishes to appoint a consultant to undertake a study to develop and pilot a natural capital stress test in the UK. The overall aim of the project is to develop and pilot test a methodology for natural capital stress testing that could be applied by the UK government in the future in order to help it to identify and assess the risks (in economic terms) from ongoing or worsening environmental degradation and/or depletion, and to help the government to prioritise and inform efforts to help mitigate the most significant risks.

Deadline for proposals: 23 September

Research on Mens Perception of Gender Equality in the Workplace

Chwarae Teg would like to commission research into men’s perception of gender equality in the Welsh workplace. The work will investigate men’s understanding of, and attitudes towards gender equality in the workplace, and explore workplace culture from their perspectives. The research will focus on three of the nine priority sectors in the Welsh business environment in which women are under-represented in the workforce and at managerial level: Construction, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and Energy and Environment. Any differences between large employers and SMEs should be explored.

Deadline for proposals: 23 September

Funding available: £22,000

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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at these Tender opportunities for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass this on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

Transport for the North Strategy Scenarios

Transport for the North (TfN) needs to develop the future travel demand patterns that will result from the transformational growth scenarios set out in the NPIER, and develop a coherent evidence-based narrative to show the contribution of transport investment to economic growth. The outputs from this commission will play a critical role in evidencing that narrative and supporting the development of Integrated Transport Strategy. The main deliverable from the commission will be a range of multi-modal travel demand scenarios to inform TfN’s developing evidence base, strategy and scheme development processes.

Deadline for proposals: 8 August

Supply of Economic Reseach on the Impact of Digital Urban Solutions

The Catapult requires a provider of economic research services to validate and expand on its approach to measuring economic impact of digital interventions within cities. Key economic indicators include: productivity impacts, GVA, BCR, efficiency and effectiveness. The work will be delivered in a format that is clearly organized using the Catapult’s proprietary Economic Impact Framework to deliver an evidence based assessment, in addition to a written report detailing the robust methods for measuring the market potential should be provided to highlight key findings and aid interpretation of the quantitative analysis.

Deadline for proposals: 19 August

Supply of City Systems Optimisation Consultancy

The Catapult requires a service provider to draw upon specialist knowledge in the fields of engineering and advanced maths to devise a replicable and dynamic city optimisation solution. The services will comprise of two phases. Phase 1: A generic city model will be developed which maps data and general characteristics into agreed financial, social and environmental KPIs. Phase 2: The static framework developed will be real-time calibrated for each city by using massive sets of structured and unstructured data gathered over different time horizons from different sources across the city which differ in terms of reliability, precision, underlying models, etc.

Deadline for proposals: 19 August

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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass this on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

ESRC Impact Review

The ESRC is seeking to commission an impact review of its key data infrastructure investments to develop a better understanding of the nature and profile of their users and the impact of the research that these facilitate. The review should seek to provide an assessment of impact in terms of: Scientific and methodological impact, including infrastructure development; Impact from training and capacity building, including the development of operational expertise and professional skills within the investments; and Economic and social impact, for example via impact on policy and practice. The review will seek to assess the impact and reach of the UKDS, Understanding Society, CLS, BES and NCRM.

Deadline for proposals: 18 August

Funding available: £60,000

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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at these Tender opportunities for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass this on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

Research to Understand and Learn from Museums that have Experienced Change

Arts Council England is seeking a provider to conduct a research study that will help them to understand, and learn from, museums that have experienced significant levels or periods of change in the past five years. They are interested in learning from the experiences of non-national museums. The Arts Council England will draw on the outputs of this research study in their contribution towards the Museums Review.

Deadline for proposals: 12 August

Funding available: £20,000

Developing the EHRC’s Evidence-base and Analysis of Disability Issues in Wales

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) plans to commission an analysis to inform its upcoming report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Wales. In order to produce the Wales report, the EHRC requires analysis of key disability issues in Wales, including health, social protect, employment and education.

Deadline for proposals: 16 August

Scoping Study for a China Low Carbon Programme

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office seeks a supplier to deliver a scoping study which makes clear, robust, evidenced recommendations to assist in the development of a potential new Prosperity Fund programme in China from 2017/18 to 2020/21.

Deadline for proposals: 25 August

Funding available: £150,000

Building a Cohesive Migration Strategy for the West Midlands

The West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership is seeking a consultant to undertake a piece of regional research around migration across the West Midlands. The successful applicant will assess key data around current and potential needs surrounding migration to enable effective planning of services and resources, identification of key gaps in provision, emerging trends in areas in order to support the development of some regional interventions to enable better local authority planning and provision as well as a better coordinated regional approach in future delivery of services.

Deadline for proposals: 5 September

Funding available: £25,000

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Horizon 2020 – Updated 2016-17 Work Programme

Horizon%202020For those of you eagerly awaiting the opening of the 2017 Horizon 2020 calls, things have moved a step closer with the publication of an updated version of the 2016-17 Work Programme. We anticipate that there will be around 50 calls and other actions worth in the region of €8.5 billion during 2017.

You can find all updated documents on Participant Portal in the ‘Reference Documents’ section – just click on the area that you’re interested in to find out more about priorities, timings and budgets (Ed – you’ll need to scroll down to the ‘Main WP’ folder).

Our good friends at UKRO are also providing summaries by area of the Work Programme, which provide a handy guide to the key changes. (Ed – if you’re not signed up to the UKRO portal we’d highly recommend it and suggest it’s well worth the couple of minutes it takes to set up a profile. It’s fairly straightforward, but if you have any problems do get in touch – 

In parallel, a factsheet summarising the overarching 2017 priorities and call budgets has also been made available here. This gives some great insight when thinking about how your project fits in with and addresses the wider priorities and agendas of the EU.

Key change for 2016-17 – Annex L Open Access

One key change affecting all projects from 2017 is the move to roll out the Horizon 2020 Open Data Pilot, making open access to research data the default option for all projects. A specific Annex to the Work Programme (Annex L) provides more detail, but in summary:

  • Projects will be expected to make data needed to validate their research findings (and required instructions) available on an open access basis
  • Projects will need to provide a Data Management Plan as a deliverable within their project.
  • Costs relating to making data openly available can be incorporated into projects.

There is the option to opt out of this obligation, for example if there is the potential to jeopardise protection of commercially sensitive results, create security issues or is incompatible with rules on protecting personal data (Ed – Annex L gives more detail, and there will not be penalties when applications are assessed), but a case needs to be made.

To assist consortia, there is some really helpful information available on Participant Portal, which gives you information on both open access and data management (Ed – there is a helpful outline of a DMP on this page).

If you’re thinking about a project get in touch

As ever, we’re keen to hear from anyone who is thinking about applying for a Horizon 2020 project and we’re happy to provide advice and support. Just drop us a line at

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MRF/MRC “Child and young adult mental health – the underpinning aetiology of self-harm and eating disorders” workshop

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The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are pleased to announce that they will be launching a £2 million joint call for new high-quality, internationally competitive research partnerships to investigate the underlying bio-psycho-social mechanistic and environmental drivers i.e. the aetiology and underpinning mechanisms of self-harm or of eating disorders in children, adolescents and young adults (up to 25 years). The partners will be holding a workshop for researchers on the 26th September 2016 in London to encourage collaborations and stimulate discussions between both those established in the field and those seeking opportunities in these areas of research. The workshop will provide the opportunity to network and better understand the existing research in these areas with a view to developing a proposal for the call.

The award could be used in a variety of ways to develop new research proposals e.g. developing new platforms or achieving scientific strength through links between and within universities in the UK; progressing a new area and delivering new scientific insights, which may lead on to larger future proposals.

The awards are intended to be flexible – giving scope to support the early career development of new PIs, and/or to support linked work, or the new analysis of existing population datasets.

The intention of the call is to develop a pipeline of research in order to better understand the underlying mechanisms and heterogeneity of these mental health conditions. The resulting insights into causal or mechanistic understanding should aim to inform future prevention and treatment studies in the longer-term. A competitive second phase of funding may be made available to provide further funding for one or a number of proposals funded under the first phase.

How to apply to attend the workshop

If you are a researcher who currently holds an open-ended, tenure-track, tenured position or a senior fellowship and are interested in attending on the 26th September, please email your interest to the events team:

Please note there will be limited availability.

The closing date for your interest is the 19th August 2016.