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UPDATED: Brexit and Participation in EU-Funded Projects including Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

Following announcements from the EU Commission and the publication of No Deal Advice by the UK Government, we have updated our advice on Brexit and EU funding.

Below is the latest summary of what we know in order to provide reassurance that the UK can continue participating in projects funded by the EU.  A version can be downloaded here to share with partners and further details are available from

We will continue update as new information becomes available.

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[1] “UK Participation in Horizon 2020” (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, March 2018)
[2] Joint Report from the Negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government (UK Government & European Commission, December 2017)
[3] Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (European Commission, March 2018)
[4] Erasmus+ in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal
[5] Horizon 2020 in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal–2
[6] Chancellor Philip Hammond guarantees EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU (13 August 2016)
[7] Funding from EU programmes guaranteed until the end of 2020 (24 July 2018)
[8] PM speech on our future economic partnership with the European Union(2 March 2018)
[9] European Council (Art. 50) (23 March 2018) – Guidelines (European Council, March 2018)

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Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards: Digital Technologies

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The Wellcome Trust have announced their new Investigator Awards for Digital Technologies. These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into digital healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.


The awards are open to researchers working in any discipline and on any type of digital technology can apply. Examples of digital technologies include:

  • intelligent: artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • data driven: data analytics and informatics
  • immersive: virtual and augmented reality
  • connected: internet of things (IoT), networks and sensors.

The projects must be innovative, disruptive and address an unmet healthcare need or challenge. It should develop technologies that could result in significant, measurable changes in quality, speed, cost and/or outcomes.

The award provides between £500,000 and £1 million of funding and lasts for up to 2 years. For more details on eligibility and suitability, see web page here.

If you are interested in this award, please contact your relevant research development manager.


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Funding for Research with Syrian Academics

The Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) has funded research and academics/scientists who are at grave risk so they can continue their work and their knowledge be preserved since the 1930s.

Cara are currently funding the Syria Research Fellowship Scheme (SRFS) as part of the Cara Syria Programme. They state that:

The aim of the Syria Programme is ‘To nurture and enable future opportunities for Syrian academics by facilitating professional connection and collaboration and continued academic development and contribution whilst in exile, as a major part of Syria’s intellectual and cultural capital and a group that is vital to the future of Syria.’

The scheme will fund up to 8 research projects, each lasting 9 months and with a maximum value of £15,000. The research team will need to involve a Principal Investigator (in this case, from Manchester Met) and two Syrian academics in exile in the Middle East as a result of the current Syrian Crisis.

A key criteria is that any funding will need to demonstrate both “impact and relevance to Syria or to Syrian populations in exile, and which support the integration of Syrian academics into the international arena”.  The scheme is open to all academic disciplines and further details can be found on Cara’s website or from the International Research Development Managers.




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BA/Leverhulme Small Grants 2018

It’s that time again and British Academy/Leverhulme have just announced that applications to the Small Research Grants scheme will be open again from the 5th October 2018 with a closing deadline of the 7th November 2018.

With that in mind, RKE are holding two drop-in sessions on Fri 28th September, 10-11am (GM335), and Wed 10th October, 10-11am (GM303) for anyone considering an application to the scheme.

We’ll be available on those dates to answer any quick questions you might have and share some examples of successful applications, so please do come along.

These awards are up to £10,000 in value, tenable for up to 24 months, and are intended to cover the cost of expenses arising from a defined research project in the humanities or social sciences.

Full scheme details are listed here,; and a blog post from a successful applicant from the most recent round has some useful tips and bits of information if you’re considering putting an application together information

All applications to this scheme will need Full Economic Costing so please contact so that your Research Development Manager or Research Development Officer can provide assistance.

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NIHR Funding Alert


The NIHR have announced a new funding call for the following topic – 18/138 Suicide Prevention in High Risk Groups. The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.

For me details on this call, visit the website here.

If you are interested in applying, please contact your relevant research development manager. 

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Psoriasis Association Research Grants


Applications are now open for the Psoriasis Association Research Grants. Applications are accepted from all disciplines from basic research through to applied, as long as the application meets the key criteria of having a clear relevance to furthering our understanding of the causes, nature and care of psoriasis.

The program primarily funds PhD Studentships (£28,500pa for three years), but also considers small grant applications (up to £10,000) from Early Career Researchers under the age of 35. For more details on the funding opportunities available, please visit the Psoriasis Association website here.

If you would like to apply for/have a chat about one of the opportunities available, please contact your relevant research development manager.



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EPSRC Funding Opportunity – Trust, Identity, Privacy & Security


The EPSRC intends to establish a NetworkPlus to develop and build on industry-academic relationships in Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security (TIPS), bringing together relevant parts of the TIPS community and a variety of stakeholders, including the CyberInvest members and other users, to identify the key opportunities where industry-academic collaboration is needed, build collaborations and grow the area of research and innovation for the benefit of the UK.

Involvement from a broad range of disciplines relevant to TIPS is required to include those beyond the purely technical elements, such as psychology, politics, legal and ethical studies among others. Non-academic stakeholders, including CyberInvest partners, will be essential participants. The NetworkPlus could undertake a variety of activities including workshops, events, feasibility studies, secondments and horizon scanning. Applicants are encouraged to be innovative in their approach.

Opening date: 3rd September, 2018.

Closing date: 3rd December, 2018.

Funding available: £1.7million (at 80% fEC).

There will be a webinar on 18 October, 2018 at 14:30 which will feature a presentation from EPSRC contacts and an opportunity to ask any questions. Please note: registration for the webinar will close on 17 October 2018 at 17:00.

For full details on this opportunity and to register for the webinar, please see here.