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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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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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CRACK IT CHALLENGE 2017

 

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The NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges launch event to showcase the 2017 Challenges will take place on 7 September in central London.

Launch event offers you the opportunity to find out more about the Challenges, meet the Sponsors and potential collaborators, and find out what makes a good application.  The launch event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To register, please download and complete the registration form on the CRACK IT website. The deadline for registration is 1 September 2017.

The 2017 Challenges are: 

  • Challenge 26: DARTpaths: Mapping developmental and reproductive toxicity (DART) genes and pathways for cross-species comparison of toxic compound effects (Two Phase Challenge Sponsored by Shell and Syngenta).
  • Challenge 27: DoCE (Dosing for Controlled Exposure): Dosing strategies for characterising in vitro dose-responses with increased relevance for in vivo extrapolation. (Two Phase Challenge Sponsored by Unilever and Shell).
  • Challenge 28: RespiraTox: In silico model for predicting human respiratory irritation. (Single Phase Challenge Sponsored by Shell).

Expertise needed to solve these Challenges includes, but is not limited to: Mathematical modelling, Data handling, In vitro biology, Chemistry, (Bio/chemo-) informatics, Toxicology, QSAR development and validation, Statistics.

The Challenge briefs describing the Challenges, deliverables, in-kind contributions from the Sponsors and budgets is available now on the CRACK IT website.

 Budget

  • Each of the Two Phase Challenges offers up to £1 million funding and a research contract for up to three years.
  • The Single Phase Challenge offers up to £100k funding and a research contract for up to one year.

 

The competition

CRACK IT Challenges is a research competition to solve scientific and business problems identified by the bioscience sector. The Challenges are designed to reduce the reliance on animal models and/or improve animal welfare and lead to the development of marketable products. The CRACK IT Two Phase Challenges competition is run using the SBRI process which is supported by Innovate UK and Challenges are sponsored by companies who provide in-kind contributions such as data, validation and expertise.

Please contact your research development manager if you are interested in the CRACK-IT Call.


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Alzheimer’s Society: Need Help Applying!

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The Alzheimer’s Society are hosting a webinar that will guide potential applicants through the applications process. The webinar lasts one hour and it will cover the grants schemes that the Alzheimer’s Society offers, upcoming deadlines and tips for developing and submitting an application. Those participating in the webinar will be able to ask questions:

The webinar’s are running on multiple dates:

  • 12:30-13:30 Friday 25th August
  • 12:30-13:30 Friday 8th September

To participate, you will need to be a researcher based at a UK research institution or NHS trust but do not need to be funded by Alzheimer’s Society. You will also need to have access to a phone and a computer.

If you’d like to participate in this webinar, please email grantenquiries@alzheimers.org.uk indicating the date you would like to attend.


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NC3Rs-BBSRC Joint Highlight: New approaches to ageing research

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The BBSRC and NC3Rs are collaborating on a joint funding highlight notice to encourage the development of new and innovative models and approaches for ageing research, which reduce the current reliance on mammalian models, as well as address the gaps in terms of scientific utility and relevance to human ageing.

Applications should focus on the biology of ageing and the development of new models and approaches which could minimise the use of mammalian models, as well as providing new insights into the molecular, cellular and physiological events of ageing (and their association with disease).

Areas in scope include, but are not limited to, the fundamental biological mechanisms of the ageing process across the lifecourse, for example improving understanding of how ageing impacts on homeostasis/physiological function in the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, immune, cognitive, circadian and sensory systems.

The types of models and approaches the funders envisage will be supported include, but are not limited to:

  • Cellular and tissue engineered systems (e.g. using stem cell technologies, human tissue)
  • Systems biology approaches
  • Mathematical and computational models
  • Clinical and population data
  • Non-mammalian organisms (e.g. Drosophila)1.

Proposals can be submitted to either the BBSRC or NC3Rs depending on the focus:

  • For the NC3Rs: Models of the ageing process with relevance to human disease and/or the development of co-morbidity.

 

A workshop will be held on 1 September 2017 in central London to bring together experts in ageing and age-related diseases, researchers using animal and non-animal approaches, and other stakeholders. The aims of the workshop are to discuss the advantages and limitations of existing model systems and the specifications and requirements for effective models of ageing, and to provide networking opportunities for developing collaborative, interdisciplinary research proposals.

Register for the event HERE

Please can you contact your Research Development Manager if you are interested in this funding opportunity.

 


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NIHR Public Health

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The NIHR Public Health Stream has released the following two commissioned calls:

17/53 Changing Drinking Behaviours

Research Question: Which interventions in built, natural and/or social structural environments are effective* in modifying drinking behaviour and/or social norms, and minimising harm?

The commissioning brief can be accessed  HERE

17/55 Promoting Independence among older people and disabled people

Research Question: What are the most effective* interventions which support (or create the conditions for) independence* in the everyday lives of older people, or disabled people** of any age?

The commissioning brief can be accessed HERE

The deadline for first stage proposals is 14th November 2017.