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Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Programme – Call for EOIs

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust have opened a call for their Doctoral Scholarships Programme: This grant (which had one previous call in 2014) is intended to support the next generation of doctoral scholars by offering:

  • Ten awards of £1.05 million to UK universities
  • Each will fund 15 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships –  five scholarships must be offered in each year of the three-year grant
  • The awards are offered in a subject area or thematic area that applicant universities have identified as a research priority
  • The chosen area should be sufficiently broad to sustain five doctoral students in each of the three years of the grant, but it should also have a clear and coherent overarching thematic identity
  • Bids submitted by a named PI and accompanied by a supporting statement from a designated representative, i.e. PVC for Research
  • Closing date: 18 July 2017

Key criteria:

  • Applications must comply with Leverhulme’s particular values and approach to grant-making e.g. boundary spanning, not suitable for RCUK, open to risk, intellectual curiosity, etc. See here:
  • The strength of the case made by the University for the choice of subject area that has been identified as a priority for doctoral training at that institution. For example, does the chosen subject area support a research priority that is identified in the university’s strategic plan? Does it contribute to an existing area of research excellence? Or will it enable the university to innovate in a new field of research?
  • How well the proposed scholarships fit within the applicant university’s current provision for doctoral training, and the extent to which the award would provide added value
  • The extent to which the scholarships will deliver a legacy for the university’s research in the chosen area, and how well this legacy will be sustained beyond the three years of a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships grant.

As we can only submit one application, MMU is running an internal Expression of Interest for proposals that meet the criteria (delivered by a research team, but led by one named Principal Applicant). These will be reviewed by PVC for RKE, Faculty Heads of RKE and Director of RKE, with one selected to be developed as MMU’s institutional application. The proposed timetable is:

Call for EOIs promoted – w/c 27th Feb

  • Deadline for EOIs – Friday 31st March
  • EOIs discussed and nomination agreed at the Faculty Heads of RKE meeting – Thurs 6th April
  • Nominated bid (if any) then developed for submission by Leverhulme deadline – 18th July.

The Expression of Interest form is here.

A list of the awards is 2014 is here.

Given the nature of this opportunity, we suggest to talk to your Research Centre Head so that EOIs can be coordinated. If you have any questions, please contact your Research Development Manager.


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Innovate UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Following recent engagement workshops, Innovate UK has produced an update on their upcoming Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The fund forms part on the Government’s £4.7 billion investment in science and innovation.

Innovate UK will focus on the following 8 research areas:

  • Bioscience and biotechnology
  • Leading edge healthcare and medicine
  • Manufacturing processes and materials of the future
  • Smart, flexible and clean energy technologies
  • Quantum technologies
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Satellites and space technologies
  • Transformative digital technologies

Further updates will be made in April, but in the meantime you can contribute your own ideas into the ongoing Government consultation.

For more details, please visit

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Women in Football/Sport

Do you have a research interest around women in football and/or sport?

Women’s football is a relatively under-researched area and I believe that there may be opportunities for research around the following:

Physiology: Do women pickup different types of injury’s to men? Is the recovery process/rate different? Which treatments work best? For example we know there’s a difference in knee and ankle issues as opposed to soft tissue injuries in the men’s game. Are there different techniques for kicking, landing etc?

Psychology: Mental preparation, Should/could there be differences in team talk content and delivery? There’s also evidence to suggest that Dads are not letting their girls play football

Perceptions: Looking at the challenges and perceptions of women’s football. Compare men’s and women’s football, like you can tennis. How can we change perceptions?

Fan engagement: Women’s football is a family audience – are we doing them a disservice? What are the barriers for not/attending

Method of play and tactics: How appropriate are they for the women’s game? Could we approaching Method of play/tactics from a different angle? Can female perform to the demands of the game?

If you have a research interest in these or related areas, please get in touch with Nikki Lees, or 0161 247 2151.

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Small grants from Manchester Statistical Society

The Manchester Statistical Society invites applications for its Campion grants. These support research on social and political economy issues in greater Manchester and north-west England.

Applications are particularly welcomed from researchers such as PhD students with support from their supervisors. Proposed research projects are expected to require modest funds that cannot be raised from their existing funding sources and to be consistent with the aims of the society.

Grants do not typically exceed £5,000. Deadline is 31st March.


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Sexual health and sexual well-being: not an irrelevance to older people

Catch up with Professor Josie Tetley, Manchester Metropolitan University and Dr. David Lee, University of Manchester exciting work around sexual health and well-being across the life-course of life on the MetroPolis and the Manchester Policy Blog.



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Royal Academy of Engineering/Government Office for Science Fellowships

UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The Government Office for Science is offering UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Members of the IC identify research topics and Postdocs work locally with University Research Advisors to develop and submit research proposals that align with the topics.

The research is conducted by the Postdocs while working in partnership with the University Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence community (IC Advisor).

The Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the submission deadline. PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn. The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 10 April 2017. Fellowships are funded at 80% of full Economic Cost. The maximum grant is £100,000.

For more information on the proposed topics and to apply, please visit the Royal Academy of Engineering.