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Royal Society International Exchange Grants Now Open

The Royal Society International Exchange Grants are now open for applications!

These schemes are for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral visits. Applications are welcome from anyone who; holds a PhD, is employed on a contract that outlasts the duration of the project, are based in the respective countries at the time of the application and fall within the Societies remit.

Standard Grant

Deadline: Thursday 12th March 2020 – 3pm

Award Amount: £3,000 – £12,000

Duration: 3 months – 2 years

Please note that only the standard grant is currently available. The cost share round is expected to open April 2020.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity please get in contact with Rachel Colley – your Research Development Officer for Science and Engineering.

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Pre-call Announcement: MRC/AHRC/ESRC Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind Initiative – Call for Research Programmes

The Medical Research Council (MRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) will soon be launching a £24M call for ambitious multi and inter-disciplinary Research Programmes. This funding will come from the new cross-Council initiative in Adolescence, Mental Health and Developing Mind, which is supported through the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund.

The call will make £24M available to fund impactful multidisciplinary research at a range of interfaces, including medicine, biology, social science, arts and humanities. Applications are also welcome which draw in non-traditional disciplines that can provide novel insights and approaches to mental health research. It is excpected that the call will fund a number of multidisciplinary research programmes for up to £4M each over a 4 year period.

The initiative will provide funding for multi- and inter-disciplinary teams with the aim to:

  • Address important and novel research questions under the broad scope of Adolescence, Mental Health, and Developing Mind.
  • Actively strengthen intersections between 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.

The call will involve a 3 stage process, with an invitation for outline proposals, invitation to a full stage proposal and international peer-review and interview by an expert panel.

Key Dates

Pre-call announcement January 2020
Call for Outlines opensMarch 2020
Outline deadlineJune 2020 tbc
Call for full proposals opens (invite only)August 2020 tbc
Full proposal deadline (invite only)October 2020 tbc
Start Date1 April 2021

For more information about this call, including the scope, please visit the MRC website.

If you are interested in applying to this scheme please contact the Research Development Team.

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NERC Visit Event

Representatives from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be visiting the University next week on Thursday 23rd January 2020. All staff are welcome to attend the event.

Registration: via Eventbrite

9.45-10.00am: Arrival and refreshments


10.00-10.30am: Man Met research overview – Richard Greene/Neil Reeves introduction then Richard Preziosi on EERC and broader environmental science research

10.30-11.00am: Presentations from NERC funded projects – Jian Zhou, Kirsty Shaw, Gina Cavan: 5 minutes each + questions from NERC

11.00-11.30am: Presentations by NERC to whole group – changing funding landscape (UKRI), NERC priorities (delivery plan) and funding opportunities (e.g. GCRF and ISCF, highlight notices), introduce Institutional Partnership and Insight Teams

11.30am-12.00pm: Open session – for all researchers to ask questions based on NERC presentations

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NIHR Funding Theme: Injuries, Accidents and Urgent Emergency Care

NIHR have a number of opportunities available for funding within their theme for Injuries, accidents and urgent emergency care units. This call seeks research into the prevention, management and treatments of accidents and injuries and other conditions needing urgent and emergency care.

This include the organisation, staffing and delivery of urgent and emergency care services wherever delivered, at an incident, in the community or in primary or secondary care settings.

For more information on this theme please visit the NIHR website.

Opportunities are available for funding within the following programmes:

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The Research Development Team will be hosting a BBSRC Information event for all academics interested in applying to the Responsive Mode Scheme

This event is particularaly targeted at academics wishing to apply to the April 2020 round of BBSRC Funding. We will be hosting a further session later this year.

The session will provide an overview of BBSRC and its remit plus an insight into what makes a good BBSRC proposal from a panel members perspective. The Research Development Team will then outline the planned structured support available ahead of the April deadline.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 16th January

Time: 12.00 to 14.00

Register: via Eventbrite

Location: JD E0.34


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Manchester Metropolitan BBSRC Grant Support Programme – Save the Date!

Due to the increase in demand from academics wishing to apply for BBSRC funding, the Research and Development Team will be hosting a BBSRC information event for all academics interested in applying to the Responsive Mode Scheme.

This event is targeted at academics wishing to apply for the April 2020 round of BBSRC funding.

We are expecting to host the event on Thursday 16th January, 12 – 2pm. The initial session will provide information on the Funder and the scheme and give an academic perspective of the process. Following on from this we will be working with academics to shape their proposal for submission to the April round.

We will be repeating the session later in the year for those interested in applying to later rounds.

Further information will be available in the New Year. For now, Merry Christmas from Research & Knowledge Exchange!

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Stroke Association Project Grants Now Open for Applications

The Stroke Association Project Grants are now open for applications. There are two types of project grant available:

  • Clinical Trial Project Grants: These support the early phases of trials with the intention that, if successful, they proceed to the full trial stage by a larger funder such as the MRC or NIHR.
  • Developmental Research Project Grants: Focused on areas which do not incorporate randomised controlled or other types of clinical trials. This includes study proposals in observational or epidemiological studies, basic laboratory science or early developmental/proof of concept studies.

Award Amount: up to £250,000

Duration: 3 years

Deadline: Tuesday 4th February, 5pm

For more information about these project grants and for eligibility please visit the Stroke Association website.

If you’re interested in applying then please contact your Research Development Team as soon as possible.