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AHRC: Anti-microbial resistance pre-call announcement

AHRC 2   Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), is a term used to describe disease-causing organisms that have evolved to survive medicines that have been designed to kill them or stop their growth. The numbers of bacteria that are becoming resistant to antibiotics are increasing, with the development of new antibiotics and treatments being slower to emerge. It is clear that AMR is a hugely complex problem with a range of influences, driven by human activity as much as by biological mechanisms. Biomedical and clinical expertise alone cannot tackle AMR and globally co-operative interdisciplinary approaches are needed to tackle the challenge.

The Research Councils are working together on a cross-council initiative to tackle AMR. Four themes have been identified as areas for research activity across the Council remits and a number of funding calls have been held. More details can be found on the MRCwebsite

The AHRC, working with RCUK partners, is leading on a funding call under Theme 3: Understanding Real World Interactions. The call, focusing on AMR in the built and indoor environment will be launched in November 2016. The call is expected to be for full proposals for pump-priming awards of up to £250,000 and up to 36 months duration. The deadline is expected to be in February 2017. AHRC anticipate funding in the region of 8-12 projects.

The call will invite innovative, cross disciplinary proposals that increase our understanding of the role that human and animal interactions with, and within, the indoor and built environment play in contributing to, or preventing, the evolution of AMR, and the potential for culturally informed, creative and design-led approaches to generate innovative ways to address the challenges of AMR in indoor and built environments.

Key areas which it is expected that the call will cover include:

  • Places, Spaces, Cultures and Practices: Interactions with and within the Indoor and Built Environment
  • Pathways and Journeys through the Built Environment and the Dynamics of Change
  • Creative, Collaborative and Disruptive Innovation, Experiments and Design in Indoor/ Built Environments
  • Reflection, Learning, Data and Valuing Impacts from Changes to the Indoor/ Built Environment

The call will encourage the development of new perspectives and creative thinking on the challenges of AMR through bringing distinctive Arts and Humanities and design research approaches more centrally into cross-disciplinary research and practice relating to AMR in the indoor and built environment. The call will seek to support boundary-crossing collaborations and dialogue between arts and humanities researchers and other disciplines, professions and fields of practices, including those that cross Research Council boundaries. Proposals involving arts and humanities researchers who may not have previously engaged with AMR will be welcomed.

Design is a priority research area for AHRC, and while proposals may contain expertise from across the AHRC remit and beyond, including cross-disciplinary areas such as medical and health humanities, it is considered that design, in its broadest definition has huge potential to contribute to this research area.

AHRC will be holding an all-day networking and information event in Central London on 30 November 2016. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss research opportunities relevant to the call and for interested researchers and collaborators to network:


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Wellcome Trust talk on Humanities and Social Sciences funding – 17th Nov

wellcometrust_logo   If you missed the event here at MMU recently then the University of Manchester is hosting another Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science funding talk on Thu 17 November 2016, 11:00 – 14:00 GMT.

This is  is aimed at researchers working (or planning to work) on questions about health and wellbeing from a humanities and social science perspective (including bioethics). The event will also be of interest to research managers.

Areas Discussed
•    Introduction to the Wellcome Trust
•    WT Humanities and Social Science Strategy
•    Humanities and Social Science Funding Schemes
•    Provision for Public Engagement
•    How to Apply

Wellcome Trust staff will spend one hour running through their funding schemes followed by a funding workshop where questions around specific applications can be tackled on a one-to-one basis. Lunch will available after the session.

This event is open to researchers and research managers from all universities. It is free to attend but please register your interest on this Eventbrite page:




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British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards

The British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Awards (BARSEAs) are designed to enable established early career academics to actively engage in the work of the Academy and to enhance their own skills and career development through the organisation of events, training, and mentoring activities for a wide range of other early career researchers. This also includes public engagement and policy engagement activities.

This scheme is not an offer of funding for research activity.

The grant maximum is £15,000 for one year.

Deadline for Applicants: 30th November 2016

For more information, please visit British Academy.

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NIHR Free Information Event – Registration Open Now!

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The NIHR is running a free event to help you submit applications. The “NIHR Research Programmes: Obtaining NIHR Funding and the Application Process” event, hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) and the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) , is to be held on 24 January 2016 in Liverpool.

The event will

  • Provide an overview of the NIHR and its research programmes
  • Make researchers aware of the funding application process
  • Provide hints and tips on how to make a successful application
  • Highlight the support available to you within the NIHR
  • Highlight the importance of considering Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), and submitting a financial cost breakdown
  • Give you an opportunity to discuss individual project ideas with NIHR advisers

The day will have a particular focus on the following NIHR programmes:

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
  • Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

A Chief Investigator will also present a case study of the ‘Life cycle of a research idea’; highlighting the story of a research project they have been involved in.

For more information on this event and to register please visit the event webpage here.

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Today’s Tenders

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

Obesity Research

Braintree District Council is commissioning research into Livewell, a 3-year campaign aimed at reducing the proportion of children who become overweight or obese during primary school (from their baseline) and to increase the physical activity levels of all children. This project design is based on a whole systems approach to obesity. It incorporates the Foresight Report findings and supports the Government Childhood Obesity Action Plan (DoH, 2016). BDC requires an evaluation for first year of the Livewell programme. This first year will be seen as a pilot and outcomes will then influence the next stages of the programme.

Deadline for proposals: 25 November

Funding available: £50,000 – £100,000

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Today’s Tenders

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

Provision of Research Services – Custody

Dyfed Powys Police Authority is commissioning research to improve the protection of vulnerable and intoxicated detainees in custody. The Home Office Scientific Development Branch completed a review of Life Signs Monitoring within custody cells. Their report outlined results from a technical and operational assessment of Cell Occupant / Occupancy Monitoring Systems. Several incidents resulted in the review which led onto recommendations for improved development. The aim is to further develop this by exploring new technology that will support and improve the protection of the most vulnerable in custody.

Deadline for proposals: 16 November

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Today’s Tenders

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

Research into the Low Take-up of Funded Childcare

Sheffield City Council is commissioning research into the relatively low take up of Free Early Learning (FEL) among the Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) community within part of the city of Sheffield (Burngreave Children’s Centre area) which contains a majority BME population.

Deadline for proposals: 10 November

Research into the use of Digital Technology by Welsh Arts Organisations

Nesta is commissioning research: to provide an accessible overview of available evidence to help arts organisations in Wales to navigate the process of organisational change that is required to make effective use of new technologies; to provide context to the research and development being carried out by arts organisations; and to inform ongoing strategic planning by Nesta and Arts Council Wales.

Deadline for proposals: 15 November

Funding available: £8,000

Analysis of Pathways to Maximise Emissions Reduction

The Committee on Climate Change want to explore how the use and management of land and livestock could deliver longer-term deeper emissions cuts and increased GHG removals in the UK agriculture and LULUCF sectors by 2100. The aim is to identify land use scenarios that can achieve deeper emissions reductions, which may reach net negative, whilst also taking into account resilience.

Deadline for proposals: 21 November

Funding available: £83,000