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Fight for Sight Research Grants

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Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease, is inviting applications for the awards described below.

Project Grants

Applications are invited for Project Grants of up to £170,000 for three years, or pro rata for projects of shorter duration, to start in October 2018.These projects are for clinical and non-clinical scientists, and cover all fields of ophthalmic and vision research.

Applications for Project Grants are initially by Abstract to be received not later than 5 pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Small Grant Award Scheme

This year, Fight for Sight has partnered with numerous other charities to investigate specific areas within eye disease research. These grants of up to £15,000 last for one year Application deadline is 23 August 2017.

PhD Studentships

Applications are invited from PhD supervisors for PhD studentships of up to £100,000 to support the training of graduate students, to start in October 2018 for three years. Students may be selected following the award. Application deadline is 30 August 2017.

For more information, please visit Fight for Sight.


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NIHR Event: From research idea to funding application

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The North West Research Design Service will be holding an information event for academics interested in applying for NIHR funding on the 12 October 2017, 9.30am-3.00pm. The event will take place at The Storey Institute in Lancaster.

What will you get from the day? For those intending to develop and submit an application to NIHR, this event will highlight:

  • the funding opportunities available
  • the application process
  • what funders are looking for in a submission
  • the importance of a well-defined research question
  • how to design a study to answer your research question effectively
  • building a team of collaborators
  • the support that RDS NW can provide in the preparation of your application.

What do you need to do? As this event is aimed at those wanting to develop and submit a research funding application, we ask that:

  • you have at least an outline idea of your research question
  • you are prepared to discuss your idea with an RDS adviser.

To register your place please book on the Eventbrite page here.

For further information on the event, including the programme, please visit the RDS website here.

 


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Curiosity – Wellcome Trust partnership grant with BBC Children in Need

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Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.

BBC Children in Need and Welcome Trust are inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities. This is not about formal education. Projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons. Examples of previous funded projects can be accessed here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/41fGFbVjtMqN4XK5QmJbnCr/inspiring-science

Applications are open now, and will close at midnight on 22 September 2017. Grants will run from January 2018 to the end of September 2018 and In this first round of funding we anticipate that up to 20 grants will be awarded across the UK.

Further information on the funding call can be accessed here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/38JW42Ps0Tv7T0xGht7Bww1/about-the-fund .

Please contact your Research Development Manager for further information and support.


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Changes to EPSRC and NERC New Investigator Schemes

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From 25 July 2017 a New Investigator Award scheme will replace the First Grant initiative. The New Investigator Award scheme will remove some of the current restrictions and will help improve the quality and ambition of research proposals submitted, recognising that different projects and new investigators have different needs.

For more information, please visit EPSRC.

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The eligibility for the NERC New Investigator scheme has been amended. Applicants must now be within five years (as opposed to the previous three) of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. This applies from January 2018.

For more information, please visit NERC.


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ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund: pre-announcement of new calls

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The ESRC has pre-announce the commissioning of four new calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The calls will focus on the areas of mental health, education and skills, decent work and transitions towards sustainable and inclusive societies.

The formal launch of the calls will be in October/November 2017 with a total budget of around £16 million available.

Overview of focus areas:

Mental health

This area is likely to take a broad perspective on what constitutes mental health and includes mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders. It will encourage interdisciplinary research that explores how these categories might be conceptualised differently or not regarded as illnesses in some contexts, for example, how MNS disorders are understood and the implications for prevention, treatment-seeking and interventions. Research might also explore how MNS disorders affect families, communities and carers and what this means for those who should provide care and support. Research might address how ‘informal care’ networks shape understanding, attitudes and experiences in relation to MNS disorders. It might also look at how biological, cultural, economic, environmental and social factors determine MNS disorders and resilience with a view to tackling inequalities and supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised groups.

Education and skills

The skills agenda, like education, underpins many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Research on education and skills in this context might consider questions around what skills are needed across the life course to support decent work, the changing nature of work and how best to develop and enable access to these skills. What form of skills development will connect with strategies for economic and social development? How do intersecting inequalities within and beyond education affect access, experience and outcomes? How do the different forms of education and skills development delivery tackle inequalities?

Decent work for all

Goal 8 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals cites ‘decent work for all’ as an integral part of the challenge of sustainable growth. It is estimated that around 470 million jobs will be needed globally for new entrants to the labour market by 2030. The aim of Goal 8 is to ensure not only that sufficient employment is created, but also that work is productive, fairly remunerated and meets minimum standards of security and prospects for personal development. Creating the conditions by which this can be achieved raises fundamental challenges in terms of raising productivity and competitiveness in lower income countries. This in turn relates to issues such as training and education, labour market regulation, and the capacity of the state to encourage and support innovation and appropriate business practices on the one hand and to provide adequate unemployment and social security support on the other.

Research could also address the intersections between labour markets and patterns of global trade or production and migration. The specific challenges associated with youth employment and improving access and employability of people with disabilities are also important, as are a greater understanding of how to reduce the obstacles that hold women and girls back in the workplace and how to eliminate forced employment and the worst aspects of child labour.

Transitions towards sustainable and inclusive societies

For all developing countries, there is a need to manage advances in wellbeing, equity and economic growth alongside the challenges of climate change, biodiversity and cleaner energy and air. Are there models or approaches to economic development that offer new insights into how to support sustainable, equitable growth? Research themes might include the potential offered by new models of production, with a stronger emphasis on locally based, small-scale enterprises; appropriate policies to encourage sustainable patterns of consumption; reform of trading relationships to encourage sustainable production patterns; and analysis of the opportunities offered by new digital technologies to improve access to finance and radically change models of production and distribution in low income countries. Governance and institutional dynamics are also crucial – what kind of institutions are needed to meet these challenges?

Further details to follow….

Please contact your Research Development Manager is you are interested in the above mentioned calls.


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AHRC: International funding calls

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The AHRC have announced details of two international funding calls which will open over the coming month – details below courtesy of ‘Research beyond borders’.

HERA call “Public Spaces: Cultures and Integration”

The fourth HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) call is now launched for Humanities-led proposals addressing ‘Public Spaces: Cultures and Integration’, the theme text and a partner search tool is available on the HERA website.With co-funding from the European Commission, the total call budget will be approximately €20 million. Proposals can be up to €1 Million and must include four eligible researchers from four different countries involved in the call. 24 European Countries are involved including France for the first time.

The full call is expected to launch on 24th August 2017, with a deadline on 24th October 2017. The AHRC are planning a webinar in early September.

EQUIP India/Europe pilot call on ‘sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections’

This call is the first from the EqUIP Platform involving partners from Europe and India, both the ESRC and AHRC are involved. The theme text and a partner search tool is available via the EqUIP website . The total budget for this call is approximately €5.5 Million. Each proposal will require the building of consortia of at least three research groups, one of which must be based in India and at least two must be based in different participating European Countries. Eight countries are involved, with Switzerland joining since this was announced. For the UK component, the research must be interdisciplinary across social science and humanities (this is encouraged across the whole call) and must be compliant with Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) 

The full call is expected week commencing 4th September 2017, and will close at the end of November 2017.

If you are interested in either of the opportunities above, please contact your Research Development Manager.


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JPI Cultural Heritage call on ‘Heritage in Changing Environments

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The Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals.

The Heritage in Changing Environments call will support the development of new, research-based ideas and knowledge in response to the rapidly and widely changing context with which heritage and heritage practice is faced. It invites research projects that help cultural heritage to meet societal challenges and contribute to the development of society. The call aims to fund excellent research that is collaborative, transnational, interdisciplinary and innovative.

The total budget for the call for transnational projects is approximately 4.5 million Euros.

The call is expected to launch on 4th September with a deadline of 30th November 2017.

For more information, please visit JPI Cultural Heritage Website.