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NIHR – artificial intelligence for multiple long-term conditions (AIM) Deadline September 2020

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The NIHR has launched a new funding call: Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (AIM), which will spearhead the use of advanced data science and AI methods, combined with existing methodology and expertise in clinical practice, applied health and care research and social science, to systematically identify or explore clusters of disease and trajectories to develop insights for the prevention, identification, management and treatment of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) or MLTC-M.

The call is organised into two main funding streams:

1.     Research Collaborations: up to £2.5m is available for Research Collaborations delivered over a period of up to 30 months.

2.     Development Grants: up to £150k for up to 9 months is available to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research (e.g. develop collaborations, data access and linking, proof of concept/feasibility work) but broader ranging development work is permitted.

A third funding stream is expected to be included to establish an expert Research Support Facility that will provide centralised technical (e.g. AI focussed), methodological and organisational support to successful applicants.

Further information can be accessed here

Network and engagement event – 17 July. To register your interest, apply here: https://form.jotform.com/201041212589042

 


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NIHR Senior Investigators Competition

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The NIHR Senior Investigator award is in recognition for outstanding contribution to clinical and applied health and social care research.

Leading researchers funded by the NIHR (and who are employed by a NHS Trust, university or charity based in England) are encouraged to apply.

NIHR Senior Investigators will receive a 4 year award on the recommendation of an Independent Selection Committee.

The deadline for this call is 1pm, 26 August 2020.

Further details can be accessed here

Please contact the research development team if you would like to find out more.

 


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Webinars to support NIHR Global Health Research programme. 8th July 2020

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The NIHR are hosting two webinars for their NIHR Global Health Research for the Units and Groups funding streams on the 8th July 2020.

The NIHR Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups awards form a key part of the NIHR Global Health Research commitment to ODA. The Global Health Research Units and Global Health Research Groups offer is unique for NIHR in that it provides funding to support not only delivery of research that will improve health outcomes for people living in LMICs, but also strengthens crucial research capability in resource-poor settings, in particular, training and capacity-building in both academic research and programme support functions. Together these provide a vital and sustainable platform for future research in those countries.

These awards will provide funding to collaborations of specialist researchers within universities and research institutes in LMICs and the UK who wish to establish new programmes of applied health research.

Global Health Research Units will have an existing track record of delivering internationally recognised applied global health research and wish to consolidate and expand this work. Units will address unmet global health needs through equitable research partnerships and must have Joint UK and LMIC Lead applicants, clear plans to strengthen research capacity and support future sustainability of research in partner countries.

To find out more about the NIHR Global Health programme, the Global Health Research Units and Groups active portfolio and our new Call, the application process, and finance/ budget information. Please sign up to information webinar on 8th July at 9.30am or 3pm.

Register for the 9-30 am session or the 3-00 pm session.


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Highlighted BBSRC and EPSRC Call: Transformative Research Technologies for the Detection and Diagnosis of Plant and Animal Diseases

 

Application deadline: 8th October 2020

The 2020 TRDF call has a strategic highlight on transformative research technologies for the detection and diagnosis of plant and animal diseases, and in particular infectious agents with zoonotic potential. It is expected that these technologies will lead to a step change in the ability of researchers to investigate UK plant and animal health problems caused by endemic or emerging pathogens or pests. Applications not related to the detection and diagnosis of plant and animal diseases will be considered out of the scope of the 2020 TRDF call.

Funding is available for projects up to 18 months in duration with a budget of up to £150K.

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


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NIHR Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (AIM) funding call

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The NIHR is launching a new funding call: Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-Term Conditions (AIM).

With a total budget of £23m, the call will spearhead the use of advanced data science and AI methods, combined with existing methodology and expertise in clinical practice, applied health and care research and social science, to systematically identify or explore clusters of disease and trajectories to develop insights for the prevention, identification, management and treatment of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) or MLTC-M.

The NIHR is hosting 2 virtual events / webinars (19 and 21 May 2020) to introduce the call to the research community and interested stakeholders and to seek input to finalise the commissioning brief. Please register your interest in attending the events at:

https://form.jotform.com/201041212589042

The call is organised into two main funding streams:

  1. Research Collaborations: up to £2.5m is available for Research Collaborations delivered over a period of up to 30 months.
  2. Development Grants: up to £150k for up to 9 months is available to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research (e.g. develop collaborations, data access and linking, proof of concept/feasibility work) but broader ranging development work is permitted.

A third funding stream is expected to be included to establish an expert Research Support Facility that will provide centralised technical (e.g. AI focussed), methodological and organisational support to successful applicants.

The draft specification can be found here:

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/documents/nihr-artificial-intelligence-for-multiple-long-term-conditions-aim-clusters-call-research-specification/24646


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Pre-call announcement: MRC/ESRC/BBSRC-Versus Arthritis Advanced Pain Discovery Platform – Multidisciplinary Consortia for Data Generation

Pre-call announcement: MRC/ESRC/BBSRC-Versus Arthritis Advanced Pain Discovery Platform – Multidisciplinary Consortia for Data Generation.

We expect the call to open April 2020, with a submission deadline in July 2020. Please note, due to the current situation a specific closing date is yet to be defined.

This programme of support will build the foundation of a national-scale programme supporting discovery and translational science that will bring together leadership, tools and resources to help unravel the complexity of pain, driving new treatment development. This investment is part of a major new £24m initiative to establish an Advanced Pain Discovery Platform that is jointly supported by the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund and Versus Arthritis.

The call will make £14m available through 4-year awards to fund high impact, multidisciplinary consortia that, between them will bring together researchers across the breadth of biomedical, social, and data sciences. It is expected that the consortia will embrace complementary access to patients, healthy volunteers and underpinning technology. Areas of focus could include; multi-omic biology, image data generation, cognitive and psychosocial factor identification, exploiting existing biological samples and data and new sample/data collections.

It is expected that this programme of work will support 3-5 multidisciplinary consortia.

The initiative will provide funding for collaborative multidisciplinary consortia that will:

  • Develop a better understanding of the mechanisms of pain, building on our knowledge of normal pain processes to better understand the transition to chronic pain, taking into account biological, cognitive and psychosocial factors.
  • Focus on the collation, generation and interrogation of human data and samples, to allow for the identification and validation of new interventions, and to allow improved access to well-phenotyped human populations.
  • Actively strengthen intersections between important disciplines that do not routinely engage with each other, build capacity in the field and develop skills.
  • Embed knowledge mobilisation and strengthen patient and public involvement.

It is expected that this call will support a number of consortia with a focus on chronic pain, offering important insights across chronic pain conditions. Applications may be focussed on specific pain-related disorders, or may consider multiple pain conditions.

Please contact your relevant Research Development Manager to discuss this call further.

 


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Heart Research UK: COVID-19 Message for grant applicants

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Heart Research UK has released the following COVID-19 Message for grant applicants. 

Novel and Emerging Technologies (NET) Grants

We are continuing to peer-review and shortlist the applications, and plan to contact all applicants in May to let them know whether or not their proposal has been shortlisted. However, due to the current situation, the Medical Review Panel meeting on Thursday 14th May 2020 has been postponed. We hope to reschedule the meeting for the autumn.

Translational Research Project (TRP), Scotland and PhD Studentship Grants

We understand that most research in universities has been halted and therefore we have decided to suspend TRP, Scotland and PhD Studentship grants until 2021. Please keep an eye on the Heart Research UK website for further updates. Register your interest in applying for one of these grants here and we will contact you when further information becomes available.

Please contact your research development managers to discuss your project ideas in development and we look forward to applying to Heart Research UK early next year.


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What do MRC expect from a New Investigator Research Grant!

The latest MRC New Investigator Research Grants call is open!

MRC has provided a video which will answer all those burning questions you have, such as:

  • Is a New Investigator Research Grant the right choice for your career?
  • What support do you get?
  • What does a successful application look like?

If you want to know more, please contact your research development manager !


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ESRC: Transforming Construction Funding

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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.