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Global Challenges – British Academy

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The British Academy have announced details of a call focusing on Cities & Infrastructures, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund, with a deadline of 14 June 2017. This call is subject to Official Development Assistance eligibility criteria (Ed – see the end of the post for more details)

The call will support interdisciplinary projects which address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries. The call has four sub-themes (taken from British Academy website):

“a) Planning: In the context of the large, dispersed and unplanned cities of the global south, planning for resilience becomes a matter of collaborative initiative involving a host of actors and sentient infrastructures. This requires mobilising plural and interdisciplinary knowledges, both for understanding and for acting in intelligent ways. 

b) People: Human vulnerability and resilience go hand in hand. The poor are deprived in plural ways, but also forced to become resilient subjects, making use of the city and their know-how in imaginative ways.

c) Infrastructure: Cities are held together by infrastructures, which also instantiate and regulate social life in quite strong ways. In the global south the infrastructures are broken, incomplete, badly regulated, underfunded and often reliant on vernacular improvisations. Technical solutions alone will go only so far, and are expensive.

d) Habitat: The urban habitat is central to resilience, in the form of lived experience, the consequences of emissions and heating, the formation of symbolic and public culture, the consequences of urban architecture and design. This is an obvious terrain for interdisciplinary work on jointly making sense of how habitats can be managed as a silent form of ‘atmospheric’ regulation.”

Projects in the region of £300k will be supported, and the British Academy anticipate that these will last for up to 16 months with start dates in September 2017. You can access the scheme notes here.

If you are interested in applying for this call, please contact your Research Development Manager in the first instance who will be able to advise on your eligibility and the specific requirements of this call.

About ODA Eligibility Criteria

The Cities & Infrastructure Programme aims to support the “economic development and welfare of developing countries.” Only research that has a primary objective which is directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA. We will require applicants to demonstrate that the proposal is ODA eligible. ODA eligibility is an essential criterion – projects will only be deemed eligible for funding if they can demonstrate that they satisfy ODA eligibility criteria. The British Academy, with the other Global Challenges Research Fund delivery partners, have provided an additional ODA guidance document for applicants.


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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass these on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk

Research to support an inquiry into young people’s future health prospects

The Health Foundation are commissioning research  to further the understanding of factors that shape young people’s future health prospects to inform a Health Foundation inquiry into this topic. The project requires a research partner with a track record of high quality policy and practice research in the field of young people (specifically between the ages of 12 and 24 years old and transitions to adulthood). The intention is to produce a quantitative picture of the factors that contribute to today’s young people having healthy lives, now and in the future and recommendations on the actions necessary to improve future health prospects.

An information call will be held on Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Deadline: 5 June

Funding Available: £180,000


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BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

The BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants are now open for applications. Funds are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project.

Deadline for Applicants – 24 May 2017

For more information, including scheme notes and FAQs, please visit British Academy.


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Horizon 2020: Do you know a talented researcher who wants to come to the UK?

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Picture the scene. You know someone who would be a perfect addition to your research group – they have their PhD* and a good track record, their research is a great fit and they have good links to other organisations (including their current employer). The only snag is they’re not local, in fact they’re not even based in the UK.

If this sounds familiar, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”, may be just what you’re looking for.

So how do they work?

The scheme provides fully funded fellowships of up to 24 months for researchers to come to Manchester Met from any country other than the UK. They can be working in any discipline and together with colleagues at Manchester Met, they can build their own programme of research in any field. The application is made jointly between the prospective fellow and Manchester Met and does not require a large partnership.

The really good news is you also have plenty of time to prepare your application – the next deadline will be 14 September 2017. However, the scheme is competitive, so we would advise you to start thinking now and get a head start on the competition!

If you’re interested in finding out more or think you may have someone who fits the bill, please get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

(* even if they don’t have their PhD, if they have four years full time research experience they also qualify) 

Manchester Met Information Event

For those of you interested in the scheme, we will be holding an event on 23 May 2017, from 2.00-4.00 pm where you can find out more and also hear about Dr Emma Hodson-Tole’s experiences of securing funding from the scheme. If you are interested in attending please register here by 10 May 2017 – we have limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Unfortunately, attendance is restricted to our Manchester Met-based subscribers, but those of you based at different institutions may be interested in the events being run by UK Research Office.

 


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Today’s Tender Opportunity

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass these on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk

UK-Swansea: Tender for IMPACT Evaluation

Swansea University  is promoting an opportunity for IMPACT Evaluation. IMPACT is an eight year, £35 million operation under the ERDF Investment. IMPACT will deliver a Centre of Excellence in the form of a Research Institute, which will be capable of initiating and driving significant additional sustainable world-leading research and the creation of world-leading academic jobs and economic growth through its strategic operation and collaboration with global, regional and local industry stakeholders and world-class academic partners.

Deadline: 24 April


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International Research: Newton Fund Update

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A number of new opportunities have been launched by 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, but the key opportunities are as follow:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline
Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants  Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand

 

British Council 13 June 2017

 

Research Links Newton Fund Workshops Brazil, India, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, Vietnam

 

British Council 13 June 2017

 

Newton Fund Research Links Travel Grants

 

Thailand British Council 13 June 2017

 

If you’re interested in applying for any of these 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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Systems Engineer – KTP Associate Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has become available to work full time on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) designed to accelerate planned growth within the pharmaceutical sector, via the design and launch of an authentication and track-and-trace, software-based product for drug packaging that meets serialisation legislation, with embedded capability to continue developing software-based products.

This opportunity is ideal for a graduate with a Master’s degree in Information Security, Computer Science, Mathematics or related discipline. A PhD is highly desirable.

If you think this role could be for you or know someone who would be interested, find out more at http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies/

If you have any questions regarding this role or about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please contact ktp@mmu.ac.uk

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