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Fight for Sight Research Grants

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Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease, is inviting applications for the awards described below.

Project Grants

Applications are invited for Project Grants of up to £170,000 for three years, or pro rata for projects of shorter duration, to start in October 2018.These projects are for clinical and non-clinical scientists, and cover all fields of ophthalmic and vision research.

Applications for Project Grants are initially by Abstract to be received not later than 5 pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Small Grant Award Scheme

This year, Fight for Sight has partnered with numerous other charities to investigate specific areas within eye disease research. These grants of up to £15,000 last for one year Application deadline is 23 August 2017.

PhD Studentships

Applications are invited from PhD supervisors for PhD studentships of up to £100,000 to support the training of graduate students, to start in October 2018 for three years. Students may be selected following the award. Application deadline is 30 August 2017.

For more information, please visit Fight for Sight.


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AHRC: International funding calls

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The AHRC have announced details of two international funding calls which will open over the coming month – details below courtesy of ‘Research beyond borders’.

HERA call “Public Spaces: Cultures and Integration”

The fourth HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) call is now launched for Humanities-led proposals addressing ‘Public Spaces: Cultures and Integration’, the theme text and a partner search tool is available on the HERA website.With co-funding from the European Commission, the total call budget will be approximately €20 million. Proposals can be up to €1 Million and must include four eligible researchers from four different countries involved in the call. 24 European Countries are involved including France for the first time.

The full call is expected to launch on 24th August 2017, with a deadline on 24th October 2017. The AHRC are planning a webinar in early September.

EQUIP India/Europe pilot call on ‘sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections’

This call is the first from the EqUIP Platform involving partners from Europe and India, both the ESRC and AHRC are involved. The theme text and a partner search tool is available via the EqUIP website . The total budget for this call is approximately €5.5 Million. Each proposal will require the building of consortia of at least three research groups, one of which must be based in India and at least two must be based in different participating European Countries. Eight countries are involved, with Switzerland joining since this was announced. For the UK component, the research must be interdisciplinary across social science and humanities (this is encouraged across the whole call) and must be compliant with Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) 

The full call is expected week commencing 4th September 2017, and will close at the end of November 2017.

If you are interested in either of the opportunities above, please contact your Research Development Manager.


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International Research: Newton Fund

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A number of opportunities are currently available via the British Council as part of the Newton Fund. These are initiatives which can support you in developing and expanding links internationally. Full details are available on the Newton Fund website. Amongst the opportunities are the latest announcements for Institutional Links and Researcher Links, which can help you to develop links with specific countries:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline
Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants  Egypt, Turkey, Thailand

 

British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops China, Philippines

 

British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants

 

Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

If you’re interested in applying for these or any other opportunities then please do get in touch with the Research Development Team (researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk).

Context

As readers of the Blog will be aware, UK research funding is taking on a much more international flavour, with a number of new opportunities aligned to research which will have demonstrable benefits to countries receiving official development assistance (Ed – for those of you interested, there is a list of ODA recipient countries via the OECD website here).

The Newton Fund is a key initiative in which UK funding bodies including the UK research councils, Innovate UK, British Council and academies and learned societies have partnered with funding agencies in target countries to support science and innovation partnerships. In some cases these are thematic, addressing a specific challenge area and in others they are more general capacity building activities. In all cases, the key driver is responding to the needs of the partner country and activities need to be ODA compliant (Ed – there are some helpful pointers on the Newton Fund website here, and colleagues in the Research Development Team can help you to think about whether your project ideas fit requirements).

 


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Fight for Sight Small Grant Awards Scheme

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Fight for Sight is pleased to announce that applications are now being invited under the Small Grant Awards Scheme. These awards are limited to clinical research studies in the field of ophthalmology and vision science.

Fight for Sight is very pleased to be collaborating with other charities in the sector and invites applications that address visual impairment in conjunction with numerous other health issues.

Awards under this scheme will be for up to £15,000. The awards which are tenable for up to 12 months may be used to contribute to the costs of employment, equipment and/or consumables related to the project (directly incurred costs only).

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

For more details, please visit Fight for Sight.


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NIHR Highlight Notice: Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes proposals for clinical and applied health research into the evaluation of healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures for older people with complex health and care needs. For this highlight notice, complex needs are defined as the presence of more than one health or social care need (impacting on health) as well as a depth of need in terms of the severity of the conditions or intensity of the needs.

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes:

Theme 1: Frailty

Theme 2: Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care

Theme 3: Medicines management/polypharmacy

Theme 4: Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health

Theme 5: Patient-centered decision making

Applications can be made at any time, as part of each programmes’ researcher-led workstream.

For more information on the Themes and application opening dates, please visit NIHR.

For advice on applying, please contact Kelly Lavender-Smith.


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ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre Innovation Fund

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The ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre is inviting proposals from UK-based academics for projects that will capitalise on their core consumer data sets, extend their network of partners, and drive forward substantive and innovative social science research across a broad range of disciplines and research areas.

They are inviting proposals that contribute to their research themes, as well as extensions into other research areas of strategic significance, including those aligned with ESRC’s priorities in:

  • Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Productivity
  • Understanding the Macro-Economy
  • Ways of Being in a Digital Age

The Centre is looking to fund in the region of 8-10 projects, each valued at between £20,000-£60,000 (100% fEC). Projects will run from early October 2017 and must be completed no later than the end of September 2018.

Deadline for Applications: 5pm 31st July 2017.

For more information, please visit the Consumer Data Research Centre.


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EqUIP call for Collaborative Research on Sustainability, Equity, Wellbeing and Cultural Connections

Pre-call announcement

The EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) is pleased to pre-announce its first research funding call.

The call aims to bring together social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

With a total funding of €5.5 million, it is expected that six projects will be funded. Researchers from India, Finland, France, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, and the UK are invited to apply. Further European countries may also be announced shortly.

Research proposals should focus on societal challenges facing both India and the respective European countries, with suggested themes including, but not limited to, sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. Funders strongly encourage interdisciplinary approaches across the social sciences and humanities (SSH) to address the themes of this call.

Each proposal under this call will require the building of consortia of three or more research groups based in three or more different countries participating in the call and be eligible for the funding from their national funding agencies. Every proposal must involve representation from India eligible for funding by the participating Indian funding agencies. In the case of the UK the research group can consist of an individual researcher or group of researchers.

The call for proposals is expected to open end of August 2017.

For more information, please visit the AHRC.