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NIHR RfPB Social Care Information Event

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit have launched a Research for Social Care (RfSC) funding call. For more details of the announcement please visit the call page here.

Research Design Services across England are hosting roadshows to provide information and guidance to potential applicants to RfSC. The RDS NW will be hosting one of the events on 8th October 2019 in Manchester (exact details tbc).

If you are interested in registering please visit the RDS NW registration page (here) to sign up. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. More details of the events can be found here.


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CRACK IT Launch Event

The 2019 CRACK IT Challenges will be hosting a launch event on Wednesday 11th September 2019. The event will take place from 11am – 3:30pm in Central London.

This free event will be a chance to:

  • Learn more about this years challenges.
  • Meet the sponsors and network with potential collaborators.
  • Find out what makes a good application.
  • Deliver a lightning talk on your work (apply by 28th August)

You must Register by 4th September to attend. To register for the event please complete the registration form (below) and email it to: crackitenquiries@nc3rs.org.uk

There are three challenges this year that have been identified by NC3R’s and their sponsors:

  • Transgene Track: Development of sensitive, absolute quantification method for tracking AAV gene therapies and CAR-T cells in vivo.
  • CleanCut: Animal free tumourigenicity assessment of genome edited human haematopoietic stem cells.
  • Sharp and to the Point: Developing needles for high throughput and critical compound administration in mice.

For more information on the programme please visit the NC3R’s website.


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ARMA 2019

Last month RKE Research Development Officers, Rachel Colley and Becky Hewlett, attended with annual ARMA conference in Belfast. ARMA is the Association of Research Managers and Administrators and the conference is a way of colleagues across the sector, and across the country, to get together and share best practices, build new networks and get informed about the current and future research landscape.


Alongside Alison Lloyd, Research Ethics and Governance Manger, and Justine Daniels, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, the team attended a number of sessions and plenaries – and even held some of our own! – over the two days.

As a way of sharing some of the knowledge picked up in those sessions the Research Development Officers have put together a Sway, and a short YouTube video, presenting just some of the team’s experiences.

SWAY


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Updates from NIHR

Don’t Let Your Research Sit on the Shelf!

The RDS have a great post this month on why disseminating your research findings is an important component of the process, with tips and tricks on how to get the word out there – have a read here.

New Toolkit Launched

The NIHR Clinical Research Network have launched a new toolkit for researchers to help them deliver the high quality services research that the NHS needs. The Health Research Toolkit is a national resource which brings together ideas, guidance and support in one place.

Report of the Research Participation Survery 18/19

In order to understand the experience of patients taking part in clinical research, the NIHR Clinical Research Network has worked on ways to collect and understand patient feedback. You can read the full report here.

Upcoming Events

NWCTC: Clinical Trail Training for Investigators | 16th – 20th September, Liverpool

5th International Clinical Trails Methodology Conference | 6th – 9th October, Brighton

RDS NW Developing Funding Proposals in Applied Health and Social Care: NIHR Funding Programmes | 30th October, UCLan, Burnley

HTMR Network – How to be a good Chief Investigator | 19th November, Liverpool


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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)