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Funding opportunities, news and guidance from RKE at Manchester Metropolitan University


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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

KINDUS EXTERNAL ADVERT (23 JAN 2017)


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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

Glasgow: Research services

University Of Strathclyde is looking to appoint a suitably experienced public opinion or market research company to conduct a citizen survey on our behalf. The survey aims to understand citizens’ perceptions of EU Cohesion policy and the impact on their attitudes towards the EU.

Funding available: €200,000

Deadline for proposals: 11 April


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NERC Demand Management

NERC Demand Management: call for Expressions of Interest

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The demand management measures implemented by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) mean that there are restrictions on the number of research applications that Manchester Metropolitan University is permitted to submit to each Standard Grant round. This can include applications that are externally led.

In order to manage the process, researchers who wish to develop an application for the next NERC Standard Grant round (deadline of Tuesday 18 July 2017) are required to submit an Expressions of Interest (EOI) by 17:00 on Tuesday 28 March using the form available here.

The EOI form includes guidance notes about demand management and the internal selection process. To return the completed EOI form – or if you have any questions about a possible NERC application – please email Justin Smith justin.smith@mmu.ac.uk.