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REMINDER: Online Event: H2020 European Green Deal

UKRO and Horizon 2020

As part of our subscription to UK Research Office (UKRO), we’re delighted to welcome Dr Branwen Hide (our European Advisor at UKRO) to talk to Manchester Met staff about the forthcoming Horizon 2020 Green Deal Call due to be launched in early autumn. The session will take place on Monday 13 July between 2.00pm and 3.30pm, and registration in advance will be essential.

As some of you may be aware, this call will support projects aligned with the European Green Deal, tackling challenges in areas such as climate action, greening industry, ensuring biodiversity and sustainable and smart mobility.

These calls are the last set to be launched under Horizon 2020, and will be one of our last chances to access EU R&D funding through the current programme.

If you’re interested in finding out more about these calls please register a place at the event via our Eventbrite page, and we will provide an online link to the event.

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Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund. Q&A session 1pm 3rd July

Two opportunities have opened as part of Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund, which will fund research and development projects to aid all sectors rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

This fund aims to help sectors recover, grow and create new opportunities in ways that are clean and environmentally sustainable. This competition is for single or collaborative research and development projects with total eligible costs of between £100,000 and £500,000. Each funded partner can claim a maximum of £175,000 against their eligible project costs. This is round 1 of a potential 3.

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
phase 1 
(Closes 5 August)

Phase 1 (of 2) explores the feasibility of proposals to develop and demonstrate new products or services which will aid clean and sustainable recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Projects can funded up to £60,000.

If you are interested in applying for either fund, please contact your Faculty Business Development Manager or email

KTN is holding a Q&A session at 13:00 on 3 July for organisations interested in bidding into the competition. This is not a formal briefing event but a chance for you to ask questions of the panel about areas like:

  • What makes a great innovation project for this competition?
  • What are the likely pitfalls?
  • Should I apply for this competition or hold out for another call?

Chaired by KTN’s Access to Funding and Finance expert Charlotte Thompson, the panel includes Emma McKenna, KTN’s Knowledge Transfer Manager, Emerging Technologies and Industries, Ian Meikle, Director for Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Innovate UK and Jonny Voon, Innovation Lead – Next Generation Services, Innovate UK.

Register here for the Q&A


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Innovation After Lockdown



Over the coming months, Nesta will be exploring how innovation can help create a resilient and inclusive economy post COVID-19, and the windows of opportunity for lasting change.

Building on their recent report The Missing £4 Billion Nesta’s present proposals for how innovation policy can become more place sensitive, more focused on spreading innovation to the wider economy and more prepared to steer innovation for the public benefit.

The Innovation After Lockdown report and summary argues that for that extra funding to be felt, it needs to be directed towards addressing the UK’s stark and worsening regional inequalities and building the productivity and resilience of key parts of the economy. This should include vital but struggling sectors like social care.

As well as a strong moral case for supporting people and places that have been worst hit by the pandemic, the report finds that policies to spread innovation and its benefits more widely will lead to an economy that is stronger and better placed to weather future shocks. Fostering innovation and raising productivity in foundational sectors, like housing, education, health and social care, could help them better adapt to unforeseen disruptions. Given that such sectors account for around 40 per cent of the workforce, this could have a significant positive impact on the UK economy – and on the living standards of millions of key workers.

Nesta argues that policymakers need to make several practical changes to how innovation is nurtured, funded and regulated.

In practice this means:

  1. A new settlement for frontline workers and sectors, funding innovation to improve pay and resilience in those parts of the economy, such as care, retail and hospitality, that have been hardest hit in the struggle against COVID-19.
  2. A far greater focus on building innovation capacity across the country, including devolving a significant proportion of public R&D funding to the nations, regions and cities of the UK as part of new Deals for Innovation-Led Recovery.
  3. A more proactive approach to guiding innovation in the public interest.


A recording of the webinar is now available to view online.

read the Executive Summary  and full Report here.

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British Council Visit – Opportunities for Collaboration with Mexico


We are delighted to welcome colleagues from the British Council to Manchester Met on Friday 28 February to talk about opportunities for collaboration with Mexico through the Newton Fund.

Full details of the session are available via the flyer here – registration is mandatory, and places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

The session will be of particular interest to colleagues who may be thinking of applying for the forthcoming Newton International Links call with Mexico.

If you are unable to attend, but would be interested in the information shared at the session please contact us on

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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships: Call for expressions of interest

UKRI have announced a new round of funding for their Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) scheme. This is a highly competitive scheme that provides funding for up to 7 years (4 initially + an additional 3) for a Fellowship programme that tackles ambitious and challenging research questions. Visit here for the full scheme details.

The scheme supports early career researchers (ECRs) with outstanding potential. UKRI does not define what is meant by an ECR, but does issue a Person Specification for applicants. Case studies of the successful applicants, their host institutions and research can be seen here.

Deadline: Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Internal Process

In order to manage applications, to ensure only the most competitive are submitted, an internal process is in place. An Expressions of interest (EOI) should be submitted to your UCRKE Head, if you wish to submit an EOI please contact your UCRKE Head and/or Research Development Manager.

EOI Deadline: Tuesday 25th February 2020

The second stage will involve successful applicants of the EOI submitting a full application which will be assessed by a University panel to determine which proposals will be submitted.

Second stage deadline: Wednesday 15th April 2020

Please note: UKRI have confirmed a further deadline for the scheme in January 2021. Potential applicants will therefore have time to develop a competitive proposal for a future round and strengthen their track record.

Information Session

For those interested in applying an information session will be taking place next week:

Date: Monday 10th February 2020

Time: 2-3pm

Location: John Dalton Building, E0.05

The session will cover the following:

  • RKE to provide introduction to the scheme and description of the internal processes
  • Kate Pahl to discuss experiences as peer reviewer for several FLF proposals
  • Julia Rouse to discuss experience of being on the panel for Arts & Humanities
  • Questions from attendees

If you wish to attend please contact to confirm your attendance.

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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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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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Save the Date – RDS NW Developing Funding Proposals in Health and Social Care: First Grants

Date: 11th March 2020, All day

Location: Liverpool, venue tbc

The RDS NW Service will be hosting an all day event aimed at people who are less experiences at applying for research funding and are considering their first submission and a chance to meet the RDS NW advisers.

More details are coming soon including registration details, please visit the RDS NW website for further updates.

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NIHR i4i Product Development Award (PDA) Call 19 – Live FAQ Sessions

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme are holding live FAQ sessions for applicants to its Product Development Awards 19 funding call (launched 30th October).

Date: 11th/15th November

Time: 2pm/11am respectively

Location: Webinar

The FAQ webinars will be interactive, and participants will have the opportunity to submit written questions that will be responded to during the session. The questions and responses will be made available to all participants during the session, and a summary will be made available on the NIHR website afterwards.

Two sessions will be held to give all applicants the opportunity to participate, Please use the links below to access the sessions on the day (please note that sessions will show as suspended until shortly before they start):

Live FAQ – 11th November

Live FAQ – 15th November

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HPSC Grant Application Workshop Reminder

Members of the Health, Psychology and Social Care Faculty are invited to attend a Research Grant Application Workshop hosted by your Research Development Team.

The event has been designed for Academic members of staff who are eligible to apply for external research funding and plan on applying within the next 6 months – this includes Research Fellows on permanent contracts.

  • Date: Wednesday 27th November
  • Time: 12 – 4pm
  • Location: Brooks Building
  • Registration: Via Eventbrite.

To register for this free event please complete the form on the linked Eventbrite Page. You will be required to confirm your eligibility, give a brief summary of your planned research and funder and provide a question that you would like to ask our academic panel.

For further details please visit the Event Page or contact your Research Development Team.

Please note: This event is open to members of Health, Psychology and Social Care only.