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MSCA Individual Fellowships – funding available to support talented researchers

The 2019 call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF) is now open, with a deadline of 11 September 2019.

As regular readers of the Blog will be aware, this is a prestigious scheme which provides the opportunity to bring talented post-doctoral researchers (or those with equivalent research experience) to Manchester Met to undertake a programme of research and personal development. Typical fellowships will last for 24 months, and there are options to support those returning to research after a period away, as well as those returning to the EU to re-establish their research careers in EU organisations.

Researchers are able to develop their programme of research in any field, and fellowships can also provide an opportunity to experience life outside academia, with secondments in industry, the public sector or charitable organisations all possible.

The Guide for Applicants for the call is available here, and is essential reading for anyone wishing to apply.

Early notification

In order to ensure that we can give you the best support for your MSCA IF applications, we are asking for colleagues to notify RKE as soon as possible if you have a prospective fellowship (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

National Contact Point Information Events

As part of their role as National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, our colleagues at UK Research Office will be organising two information events:

  • 29 May 2019 in London
  • 13 June 2019 in Newcastle

Events are free, but registration is mandatory – details will appear on UKRO’s website over the coming weeks.

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Latest News from NC3Rs

The National Centre for Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) are the go to funder for projects which look for alternative methods to animal testing. Their funding schemes include Project Grants, PhD Studentships and Training Fellowships.

Here’s an update on the latest news from NC3Rs.

A Pint of 3Rs Science

There will be three events held as part of the Pint of Science event – a worldwide festival that brings scientific researchers to your local pub!

There will be three events held in Birmingham, London and Newcastle. Topics include:

  • Happier animals, better science!
  • Replace, Reduce, Refine: The future of laboratory research
  • Stem cells getting on your nerves?

Tickets for the events are £4 and you can find out more about it here.

Explore the Evidence for Refined Mouse Handling Methods

NC3Rs have produced a table that summarises the research published to date on the tunnel handling and cupping methods for mice handling.

If your research involves mice you can take a look at their web page for more information or download the document here:

Improving the Welfare of Macaques in Research

Behavioural Assessment of Wellness and Pain in Macaques

A new observational study has been launched which will help to improve the wellfare of macaques used in research after identifying behavioural indicators of wellfare and pain.

You can read more about the new study here.

Efficient Transport Box and Chair Training of Rhesus Macaques

A new paper has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods looking at refinements in how rhesus macaques used in fundamental neuroscience research are trained to enter transport devices.

You can read more about this story here.


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Horizon 2020: Upcoming Info Days

save the date

As we head towards the final year of Horizon 2020, our colleagues at UKRO have helpfully compiled a list of the events which have been announced to date. These events, which are organised by the European Commission, its Executive Agencies and the networks of Horizon 2020 National Contact Points will provide details of upcoming calls.

Events announced so far:

Societal Challenge 1 Info Day and Health Partnering Day 2019 – 3-4 July 2019, Brussels (Save the Date)

Societal Challenge 2 Info Day 2020 and brokerage event – 3-4 July 2019, Brussels

Energy Info Days – 25-27 June 2019, Brussels (Save the Date)

ICT Proposers’ Day 2019 – 19-20 September 2019, Helsinki (Save the Date) – details will appear on the IDEAL-IST website

UK Participation in Horizon 2020

In the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, the UK will continue to be eligible to participate in all parts of Horizon 2020 open to Third Country participation. In the case of the events highlighted above, the UK will still be eligible to participate in consortia and the UK Government has agreed to provide financial support to projects that are successful.

As ever, if you are thinking of applying for Horizon 2020 funding, or would like further information, please get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk)


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Science & Engineering Early Career Researcher Grant Applications Workshop

Brought to you by Research & Knowledge Exchange, this afternoon workshop will be a chance for Early Career Researchers (in Science & Engineering) to improve their knowledge of the grant application process and give them the confidence to get started.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 1pm – 4pm

Location: John Dalton E005

Registration: Register via Eventbrite

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from your Research Development Team on key considerations when preparing grant applications; ask questions to a panel of Science and Engineering colleagues on the realities of the grant application process; and examine past grant applications to determine which elements contribute to funding success.

This session is available to ECRs* who have permanent contracts and are eligible to apply for external funding.

*For the purpose of this workshop, ECRs are defined as staff within six years of their first academic appointment.

There are 30 places available on a first come first serve basis. To register please visit the Eventbrite Page where you will be able to confirm your eligibility and respond to two required questions.

We look forward to seeing you!


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Images of Research Exhibition – Don’t miss out!

A free photography exhibition showcasing the research, and its impact, of Manchester Met’s postgraduate and early career researchers.

Our Images of Research competition challenged Manchester Met’s emerging researchers to tell a story about their work in a single photograph.

The strongest entries will be on display in the beautiful Grosvenor Gallery until Thursday 7th March.

Please come along and vote for your favourite. The entry with the most votes will receive a £100 voucher.


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Standing up for Science Workshops

Sense about Science will be running a free workshop ‘Standing up for Science‘ which allows you to find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science and evidence.

Location: University of Manchester

Date: Friday 29th March 10am – 5pm

Register: Free via the website (here) deadline for registration is Thursday 28th Feb

This is a full-day event where you can meet other researchers who have experience with public engagement, learn from policymakers about how evidence can inform policy and speak with respected science journalists to find out what journalists expect from scientists and researchers. You can also find out how to involve the public in communicating your research – great for Impact and Public Involvement!

The event is free (although registration is required) and is aimed at STEM and social science early-career researchers (PhD students, post-docs welcome) and medical professionals.

For more details please visit the website.