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Health Research Authority (HRA) Researcher Training Day

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On the 24th February 2017, Manchester Metropolitan will welcome the Health Research Authority (HRA) to conduct training for University staff and students.

About:

• To introduce researchers to the HRA and making applications to undertake research within the NHS
• Series of presentations and interactive sessions designed to give researchers insight into the ethical issues considered by RECs
• To help researchers anticipate the ethical concerns RECs may raise
• To outline guidance on consent and patient/participant information sheets

Who:

• Academic researchers, postgraduate student researchers and their academic supervisors from Manchester Metropolitan University only
• Researchers undertaking research with NHS patients or their data

To view the agenda and register for the event, please visit the Eventbrite.

We would encourage you to attend the whole day to maximise your understanding of research ethics and the HRA application process.

Certificates of attendance will be issued at the end of the day.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please indicate any special dietary requirements when registering. If you have any special requirements in terms of access, please contact Mark Dyer.


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International Research: Newton Fund Update

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As readers of the Blog will be aware, UK research funding is taking on a much more international flavour, with a number of new opportunities aligned to research which will have demonstrable benefits to countries receiving official development assistance (Ed – for those of you interested, there is a list of ODA recipient countries via the OECD website here).

The Newton Fund is a key initiative in which UK funding bodies including the UK research councils, Innovate UK, British Council and academies and learned societies have partnered with funding agencies in target countries to support science and innovation partnerships. In some cases these are thematic, addressing a specific challenge area and in others they are more general capacity building activities. In all cases, the key driver is responding to the needs of the partner country and activities need to be ODA compliant (Ed – there are some helpful pointers on the Newton Fund website here, and colleagues in the Research Development Team can help you to think about whether your project ideas fit requirements).

All opportunities are published on the Newton Fund website’s funding pages, but for ease we’ve listed a selection of forthcoming deadlines below:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline 
Joint UK-China Offshore Renewables Energy (ORE) China EPSRC/NERC 2 Mar 2017
Energy Demand Reduction in the Built Environment India ESRC/EPSRC 15 Mar 2017
Newton Mobility Grants Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey Royal Society 15 Mar 2017
Newton Advanced Fellowships China, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey Royal Society 23 Mar 2017
Fellowships for UK Researchers Turkey British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society 31 Mar 2017
Urban innovation in Brazil Brazil Innovate UK 3 May 2017

If you’re interested in applying for any of these opportunities then please do get in touch with the Research Development Team (researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk).


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ISRF Early Career Fellowship Competition

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Launch: 23rd January 2017
Deadline: 3rd March 2017

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to do interdisciplinary work which is unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies. It is interested in original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems. 

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2018. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.

The award is intended to enable a scholar at the early career stage to pursue his/her research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £50,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply – applicants should be within 10 years of PhD award, and they will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Career breaks may be taken into account.

ELIGIBLE RESEARCH

Innovative research which breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilising, and so transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences. Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities are also encouraged.

Full details: http://www.isrf.org/funding-opportunities/grant-competitions/ecf4/

Please contact your Research Development Manager if you are interested.


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Health Research Authority (HRA) Researcher Training Day

hra-logo-1

On the 24th February 2017, Manchester Metropolitan will welcome the Health Research Authority (HRA) to conduct training for University staff and students.

About:

• To introduce researchers to the HRA and making applications to undertake research within the NHS
• Series of presentations and interactive sessions designed to give researchers insight into the ethical issues considered by RECs
• To help researchers anticipate the ethical concerns RECs may raise
• To outline guidance on consent and patient/participant information sheets

Who:

• Academic researchers, postgraduate student researchers and their academic supervisors from Manchester Metropolitan University only
• Researchers undertaking research with NHS patients or their data

To view the agenda and register for the event, please visit the Eventbrite.

We would encourage you to attend the whole day to maximise your understanding of research ethics and the HRA application process.

Certificates of attendance will be issued at the end of the day.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please indicate any special dietary requirements when registering. If you have any special requirements in terms of access, please contact Mark Dyer.


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Sport England Funding for Tackling Inactivity

Sport England are launching a nationwide hunt for brilliant ideas that will help inactive older people to get active.

This call is not about research, but a call to work with Sport England to co-design innovative, different and experimental approaches that put older people at the heart of our efforts. In particular, they want to test new ways of tackling inactivity, and find approaches that could be replicated across the country that make a significant difference to many more people’s lives.

Key facts

–   Projects are anticipated to be between £50K – £500K

–   Minimum duration of one year – no max

–   Expression of Interest Form must be submitted by Midday (12 noon), 13th February 2017

–   Awards expected to be announced, June 2017

–   Partners will be in place and expected to contribute to funding

–   There are lots of resources to support you in developing your ideas – see the briefing note attached for more details.

If you are interested, please get in contact with Nikki Lees, Research and Knowledge Exchange on 0161 247 2151 or n.lees@mmu.ac.uk and she will help provide information and support you in submission development.


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Horizon 2020 – Draft topics announced

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Following consultations and much work by the Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups and others, the European Commission have now published a set of draft scoping documents for 2018/20.

Although still subject to ratification (and as such open to some change), these documents give a clear indication of key topics which are likely to be adopted later in 2017. They set outline the main priorities over the next three years for each area of Horizon 2020 and will be used as the basis for developing work programmes.

You can access a zip file containing all of the scoping documents here. As these documents are in the public domain, you can also share them freely with your potential collaborators.

As ever if anything catches your eye, you want to know more, or just need help navigating the information do get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).


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Successful Career Planning for Researchers

As part of their current ‘Focus on’ theme, Vitae is running a YouTube Q&A on the topic of “New Year’s Goals: Successful career planning for researchers”.

Tune in on the 18 January at 2pm to explore career options for researchers and make sure your professional development planning becomes a successful life-changing habit rather than something you only consider once every few years.

The session will explore the following questions:

• How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
• What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
• How do you make a career development plan?
• Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?

Visit Vitae for more information and to register.