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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.

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Developing Proposals in Applied Health and Social Care Event

The NIHR RDS Service will be running a free one day event on developing funding proposals for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.


Date: 20th March 2019

Location: Liverpool Foresight Centre

Registration: via Eventbrite Page.


If you’re interested in applying for an RfPB Grant then this event will give you an insight into what the funder is looking for. The event will be split into two parts:

Morning Session:

  • Remit of the RfPB Programme and funding available.
  • What funders are looking for in a submission.
  • How to design a study to answer research questions effectively.
  • How to build a team of collaborators.
  • The support the RDS can provide.
  • Wider network support communities.

Afternoon Session:

  • Opportunity to chat with RDS NW advisors.
  • One to one advise on subjects including trial design, health economics, statistics, qualitative research methods and public involvement.

For more information please visit the eventbrite page where you will also be able to register for the event.


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GCRF: Update on Collective Programme calls and Regional Engagement Events

As flagged on the Blog, UKRI are starting to announce details of calls from for their Collective Programme. New details have been added for calls here – with the majority being led via AHRC and ESRC.  Calls that are open, or scheduled to open in January, include:

If you are thinking about submitting to any of the calls, or have been invited to participate in projects led by other organisations, please contact your Research Development Manager as soon as possible for guidance and support.

UKRI Regional Engagement Events

To complement the calls and provide an opportunity to hear more about GCRF, UKRI are arranging a series of engagement events – further details here.

From UKRI’s website:

“UKRI are developing a programme of UK based GCRF engagement events which will take place January-March 2019.  These events provide a timely opportunity to engage with the GCRF Challenge Leaders, for UKRI to provide an update on live and upcoming ODA calls/activities, and to discuss key topics e.g. interdisciplinary approaches, building equitable partnerships, and maximising impact.

These events are open to anyone with an interest in the GCRF and development research opportunities.”

We would encourage those of you who have an interest in any of the calls, or GCRF more broadly, to consider attending these events.


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Event Updates from NIHR

Following on from yesterday’s blog post on the NIHR PPI event taking place in March, we now have even more events to offer you from the National Institute of Health Research and a new online course.

PGfAR Seminar

The East Midlands branch of the RDS will be hosting a seminar on the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research. The session will include an overview of the scheme and the programme managers visions, insights on what makes a good application, thoughts from a current award holder, available support and a QnA session.

  • Date: 5th Feb 10am – 4pm
  • Venue: Leicester, King Power Stadium, The Gallery, LE2 7FL
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

The PGfAR could be the ideal funding stream for anyone looking at promoting health, prevention of ill health or optimal disease management. For more information on the event please visit the RDS website and for scheme information please visit the NIHR website.

New online course – Public reviewing with the NIHR

An interactive course is now available for both new and experienced reviewers of health and social care research, produced by a team of public reviewers and PPI professionals along with the NIHR.

The course contains 3 different modules with the aim to increase researchers understanding of what makes good public and patient involvement and public perspective:

  • Module 1: Knowledge of the NIHR and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
  • Module 2: Public reviewing roles and useful skills.
  • Module 3: Useful guidance and questions to consider when undertaking a public review, or review as a committee member, of research documents.

For more information and to complete the course please visit the website.

NIHR SSCR Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 NIHR School for Social Care Research’s annual conference will be taking place in April, coinciding with the school’s 10 year anniversary.

The conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, providing an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from the commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice.

  • Date: Thursday 11th April, 9:30am – 5pm
  • Location: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
  • Registration: The event is free and can be booked here.

A number of speakers for the event have already been confirmed. For more details on the conference please visit the website.


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NIHR Public Involvement in Research Event

On Thursday 14th March 2019 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be hosting a collaborative event at The Pyramid, Warrington.

The theme of the event is “Public Involvement in Research in the North West – Creating Inclusive Research“.

The event is aimed at anyone interested in developing their understanding of how considering health inequalities and diversity and inclusion in public involvement can help with their work.

The focus of the session will be on learning from case studies across the North West where diverse and inclusive approaches to patient and public involvement have been employed – also considering how to take health inequalities into account.

PPI is a hot topic at the moment with more and more funders expecting public involvement throughout your research projects. If you’d like to attend the event then please visit the Eventbrite page (here) to secure your place.

You can also visit the RDS NW website for more information.


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MS Society PPI Day

The MS Society will be holding a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) training event for researchers. More and more funders are looking for meaningful PPI within your research, so this is an excellent opportunity to see how you can improve your proposal and understand what funders want.

The training will cover:

  • What PPI is and why it’s important
  • How and when to involve people affected by MS
  • Planning involvement in your own research
  • How to communicate your research effectively

The session will be held on Thursday 31st January at the MS offices in London.

Spaces for the session are limited, if you’re interested in attending please sign up via this link. For more information you can contact MS Society via their email.


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AHRC workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage, Migration and the Indian Diaspora’

AHRC 2   The AHRC has announced a call for UK researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage, Migration and Indian Diaspora’  in Ahmedabad, India on the 30-31st January 2019. Organised in partnership with the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), the event will bring together academic experts from both countries to explore how the experiences of the Indian diaspora and migratory movements have shaped Indian cultural heritage, and the importance of this heritage to the sustainable development of India.

A key aim of the workshop is to enable researchers from the UK and India to reflect on the achievements of the AHRC/ICHR programme so far as well as network and develop partnerships with a view to submitting proposals to a research networking call thereafter.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers meeting the AHRC’s standard eligibility requirements from all disciplines within the arts and humanities.  In order to identify new and emerging areas for collaborative UK/India research, the workshop will focus on the following thematic areas:

  • Indian diaspora and cultural markets – How does the Indian diaspora contribute to cultural relations between India and the rest of the world?
  • Digital technology as a bridge – How is digital technology changing the relationship/s between the Indian diaspora and cultural heritage?
  • Cultural Heritage Transformations – Through the process of migration, what is gained, adapted and preserved in terms of tangible and intangible cultural heritage? How does cultural heritage change within the context of migration and what are the implications for the concepts of authenticity and integrity?
  • Cultural heritage as a driver of migration -What are the push and pull factors between forms of cultural heritage and Indian migration? How does it influence and shape the process of migration?
  • Resourcing migration – How can cultural heritage institutions better support the Indian diaspora and international researchers who study its associated processes and impacts?
  • Identities and Migration – What is the relationship between cultural heritage and migration with regards to the formation of multiple identities and contested heritage?

Applicants should have a particular research interest in the topics noted above and be able to articulate this in their expression of interest.

The AHRC expects to support the attendance of around 20 UK-based researchers, with the ICHR identifying a similar number of Indian academics.

The deadline is imminent – 12th Dec – but the application is just a 250 word short bio and a 500 word justification of your suitability to win a place via a simple online form.

https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/workshop-on-cultural-heritage-migration-and-the-indian-diaspora/