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ESRC: Transforming Construction Funding


The Transforming Construction Network Plus provides funding for research projects aiming to address some of the biggest problems currently facing the construction industry.

The second round of funding calls for Small Projects is now open for applications to support projects that address the biggest problems facing the construction industry and in line with the expectations of the Industrial Strategy and the Transforming Construction Challenge’s core themes of:

  • designing and managing buildings through digitally-enabled performance management
  • constructing quality buildings through an offsite manufacturing approach
  • reducing energy demand by improving quality of build and powering buildings through embedded active technologies

For this second round the N+ is offering two schemes to potential applicants. Building on the success of the first round, the N+ is continuing with the small research project schemes. In addition and to encourage Early Career Researchers to take part in the Transforming Construction Challenge, the N+ is offering a discipline-hopping scheme.

Discipline-Hopping Project Scheme for Early Career Researchers

The N+ is looking to fund ECR wishing to immerse themselves in other disciplines to respond to one of the challenges set in the Transforming Construction Challenge Agenda. Within this scheme, a move of location and/or department would be expected for a full-time period, up to a maximum of six months. Only stays within the UK are permitted. Applicants must demonstrate the long-term effects the project will have on the TCC and the positive impact it will have in the development of their capabilities and research plans.

Further details on the scheme can be accessed here

Please contact your relevant Research Development Manager for further advice and support!


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MRC/AHRC/ESRC Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind: Engagement Awards

Exciting New Funding Opportunity – Deadline for Submission 17th December 2019 at 4pm.

Engagement Awards are awards of up to 12 months aimed at building and strengthening a cross-disciplinary community in the research area of Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind. These are flexible awards focused on establishing new collaborations, exploring innovative new research directions and building relationships with key stakeholders. This £1.6M call is intended to underpin the development of larger scale research projects and collaborations, as well as build capacity and networks that will add value to future investments to be made through this new cross-Council programme.

Remit and Scope of the Engagement Awards

Engagement Awards can be used by a multidisciplinary applicant team to fund pilot projects, strengthen existing collaborations and create new ones, build partnerships with key stakeholders and facilitate knowledge exchange. It is expected that this call will support a range of awards that are focused on key research challenges in Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind. This may include:

  • Exploration of the dynamic and complex interaction of factors that impact during adolescence, to understand the high degree of inter-individual heterogeneity and the consequences of genetic, environmental and social interactions for life.
  • Understanding the conditions that mitigate risk as well as enable resilience, both during and preceding adolescence.
  • Identification of vulnerable young people in school and other settings, including health services and the youth justice system.
  • Exploration of novel cross-cutting methods, tools, measures and multimodal datasets, and the basis for an open-science data infrastructure.
  • Data collection and the evidence base for mental health support in schools, including understanding and enhancing the education environments that promote learning, healthy behaviours (and reducing antisocial behaviour), positive mental health and wellbeing, executive function and social-emotional skills development.
  • How the digital environment influences brain development and function, mental health and mental health problems, risk behaviours, bullying, loneliness and social isolation. How digital technologies can be harnessed to promote positive behaviours and mental wellbeing.

Funding will be provided to establish new, high-value collaborative activities/capabilities, including those that add value to high quality scientific investments that are already supported by the funders. It is not designed to fund stand-alone, hypothesis-driven research projects, or continuation/extension of existing grants, which may otherwise be eligible for standard research grant type funding from the partner Councils.

Further details can be accessed here

Please contact your relevant RDM to discuss this exciting opportunity.

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MRC/AHRC/ESRC Workshop on Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind: Expressions of Interest Call


A major mental health research programme, led by the MRC, has been announced today, to explore what makes teenagers more or less likely to develop mental health problems and how we might intervene early.

UKRI has a Call for Expressions of Interest to attend a workshop on the 22nd November between 10am-4pm (venue to be confirmed, London or Birmingham)

The workshops will consist of a mixture of presentations from UKRI, keynote talks, stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange, opportunities to meet other researchers and facilitated discussions of key challenges and opportunities for research. We intend to:

  • Communicate the scope and ambitions of this initiative
  • Foster cross-disciplinary networking and knowledge sharing
  • Facilitate interactions with key stakeholders, including policy makers, health, social care and education sectors, young people, carers and those with lived experience of mental health problems
  • Explore research and methodology challenges, including opportunities for innovation and novel approaches.

You can complete your expression of interest to attend the workshop via this link

For further details on the initiative and engagement awards can be accessed here

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NIHR 19/108 Public mental health interventions funding opportunity!


The NIHR Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream.

The funder has outlined they are looking for projects that address the following Research Question: What are the most effective* interventions, outside the NHS, aimed at enabling populations to achieve good mental health and to prevent mental health problems?

Public mental health is a term that underlines the need to emphasise the neglected element of mental health in public health practice. In its entirety, it spans promotion, prevention, effective treatment, care and recovery (3). Aspects of the public mental health approach which focus on the wider prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental health in the whole population across the life course (2), correspond well with the remit of the Public Health Research (PHR) programme, which seeks to support research evaluation outside the NHS context.

Proposals must be received by 1pm on 17 March 2020, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to public health by the Prioritisation Committee (PC) in May 2020.

Further information on the call can be accessed here

Please contact the relevant RDM if you would like to discuss this funding opportunity.

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Free On-line Training – Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research

It’s free, yes, free!!

Everything we do in healthcare has to be discovered and thoroughly tested before it can be put into practice. In this free future learn course you will explore clinical research – its challenges and its huge benefits to modern healthcare.

The course has been developed by the University of Leeds and will be available from 7th October, via this link.

It is completely free and all online, lasting 4 weeks – registration now open!

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. By completing the course you will have achieved 16 hours of CPD time.

P.S. Thank you to our colleagues at Bournemouth University for posting this free course information on their blog!

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MRC GCRF Global Multimorbidity – Seed-funding 2019



The GCRF global multimorbidity seed-funding call is an MRC initiative that has been developed in collaboration with Wellcome, NIHR, and AMS. The call will support seed-funding projects that develop and test innovative ideas, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, build capacity, and lay the groundwork for future large-scale activity aimed at understanding and tackling multimorbidity in LMICs.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Principal Investigators (PIs) based at organisations in LMICs, as well as from eligible research organisations based in the UK working in equitable partnership with LMIC colleagues.

It is expected that a total of £2.5 million will be made available to support research grants up to 18 months in duration and up to a maximum of £200,000.

The research supported through this GCRF call will contribute to the UK’s commitment to Official Development Assistance (ODA) to LMICs. Applications must demonstrate the research to be primarily relevant and directly linked to near-term benefits to the health and/or economic development of LMICs.

Further details on remit and scope can be accessed HERE

Timeline for submission:

Expression of Interest must be submitted by 10th September 2019

Full proposal must be submitted by 9th October 2019.

Please contact the research development team if you are interested in this funding call.

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The next development event takes place on 30 October 2019 at the Burnley Campus of the University of Central Lancashire, Victoria Mill, Burnley BB11 1RA. The subject is NIHR Funding Programmes.

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
  • how to design a study to answer your research question effectively
  • building a team of collaborators
  • the support that RDS NW and others can provide in the preparation of your application.

What do I 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 RDS NW advisers and others.

The full programme will be available soon on our website

Please note this event is being held at the Burnley Campus of University of Central Lancashire.

Places are free and can be booked via the following link: