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Tackling Global Development Challenges through Engineering and Digital Technology Research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, via the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its call on tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research. This supports an internationally leading programme of research centred around engineering and digital technologies to tackle the challenges faced by the developing world. Proposals must fall under one or both of the following headings:

•engineering research – sustainable infrastructure development, engineering for disaster resilience or engineering for humanitarian aid;

•digital technology research – access to digital services, use of data for vital services or secure and trusted digital infrastructures.

Projects must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed.

Collaboration with academic partners, government agencies and non-governmental organisations based in one or more developing countries is strongly encouraged. Industrial collaborators are also welcome.

The total budget is £25 million, enough to fund approximately 20 projects for a duration of 36 months. Items of equipment worth up to £10,000 may be requested. Costs associated with research overseas such as consumables and fieldwork are eligible.

Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2016

For more information, please visit EPSRC


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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

Development of Innovative Seaweed Based Ingredients

North East BIC requires consultancy to innovate and develop new product opportunities that will meet market demand. An essential requirement of this opportunity is demonstrable expertise in adapting milling technologies, ability to defined particle size ranges and processing techniques that retain quality and nutritional properties of the seaweed ingredient. Furthermore, technologies should be proposed that can limit/neutralise/reduce the flavour/aroma profile of seaweed ingredients for use in a wide range of food, beverage and nutrition products.

Deadline for proposals: 16 September

Research into Network and Mapping of Radio Frequencies

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport wishes to commission research for a network planning/mapping tool to bring together appropriate geographical and other data relevant to the siting of high frequency radio infrastructure, such as will be used when 5G systems are deployed. Such a tool would be used to locate the optimum sites for radio access nodes and any infrastructure, such as masts, in order to ensure efficient and effective capacity coverage.

Deadline for proposals: 19 September

Funding available: £800,000

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CRACK-IT Launch Event


NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges 2016 launch event will take place on 8 September in Central London.

CRACK IT Challenges is a research competition to solve scientific and business problems identified by the bioscience sector. The Challenges are designed to reduce the reliance on animal models and/or improve animal welfare and lead to the development of marketable products. The competition is run using the SBRI’s process which is supported by Innovate UK and Challenges are sponsored by companies who provide in-kind contributions such as data, validation and expertise.

This year’s competition includes four Challenges, involving nine Sponsors.

  • Challenge 22 Osteo-chip– An in vitro model to recapitulate the human osteoarthritic joint” (Two Phase Challenge sponsored by Arthritis Research UK and GSK and co-funded by Arthritis Research UK and EPSRC).
  • Challenge 23 Retinal 3D– A Physiologically-Competent Human Retinal 3D Model” (Two Phase Challenge sponsored by Roche, Bayer, Merck and Novartis).
  • Challenge 24 EASE– EliminAting Surgical Embryo transfer in mice” (Single Phase Challenge sponsored by MRC Harwell).
  • Challenge 25Maximise– Maximising confidence whilst minimising data generation for acute hazard classification of mixtures” (Single Phase Challenge sponsored by Syngenta and Dow Agrosciences and co-funded by EPSRC).

Each of the Two Phase Challenges offers up to £1 million funding and a research contract for up to three years and up to £ 0.1 million funding and a research contract for up to one year for each of the Single Phase Challenges. The Challenge briefs are available now on the CRACK IT and SBRI websites.

The launch event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To register, please download and complete the registration form on the CRACK IT website and return to  Please use your institutional email address when registering. The deadline for registration is 1 September 2016.

Further details on the event and location will be sent to you following registration form completion.

The programme for the event includes:

  • Challenge-specific surgeries where participants can meet the Sponsors and discuss the Challenges in detail.
  • Networking sessions around Challenge zones providing an opportunity to identify new collaborators to help solve the Challenges.
  • A case study of the CRACK IT Challenges experience from a winner of one of the 2014 CRACK IT Challenges.
  • Information on the scheme and how to apply.

Further information will be sent closer to the date of the event.

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SocialFBThe Independent Social Research Foundation invites applications for its political economy research fellowships. These support researchers working in political economy, which includes the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences. The work would be conceptually innovative, interdisciplinary and unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.

Applicants of any nationality from a European institution may apply. Candidates will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research.

Grants of up to £60,000 over 12 months are available to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and administration in the applicant’s home institution, as well as reasonable support for research expenses on a matched-funding basis.

Deadline for application: 16 September.

For more information, please visit ISRF.

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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

Impact Evaluation of ‘Prevent’ Projects

The Home Office would like to invite expressions of interest from research partners to evaluate the impact of ‘Prevent’ funded community-based projects that are being delivered between October 2016 and March 2017.

Deadline for proposals: 4 September

Funding available: £100,000

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Today’s Tenders

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Evaluation of the Hull 2017 UK City of Culture Programme

The University of Hull are commissioning a programme of evaluation research to assess the outcomes of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture Programme. The partners are interested in understanding outcomes in five main areas: Arts & Culture, Place making; Economy; Society and Wellbeing; and Partnerships, Development & Legacy. The scope of work will include an Outcome Evaluation and a Process Evaluation.

Deadline for proposals: 7 September

Education Reform Pilot Projects in China

The British Council have released a call for proposals for pilot projects, which will inform the design, development and implementation of a prospective, large-scale Prosperity Fund education programme in China over the subsequent years of the Prosperity Fund (2017-21).

Deadline for proposals: 15 September

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Joint Dementia Research Showcase

Manchester Metropolitan University will be hosting the next Joint Dementia Showcase on the 22nd September 9:00 – 2:00.

This event will showcase dementia-related research from Manchester Met, University of Manchester and Salford University.

Additionally, the day will feature funder presentations from Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The day will finish with a networking lunch and a poster display from each of the institutions.

To register for the event and for more information, please click HERE. Places are limited.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Dyer ( ext 2818