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NIHR Fellowships Now Open

NIHR have two Fellowships available which are now open for applicants.

Advanced Fellowship

This is a post-doctoral Fellowship and aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you’re someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doc experience you will be eligible to apply for an Advanced Fellowship.

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd December

Doctoral Fellowship

This Fellowship supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. These are 3 years in duration and may be taken up on a part time basis between 50 and 100% FTE.

Deadline: Tuesday 17th December

Partnership Fellowships

As part of the new structure of NIHR Fellowships, the NIHR has partnered with a number of charitable organisations to offer jointly funded NIHR Charity Partnership Fellowships including:

  • Castang Foundation
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust
  • Diabetes UK
  • Kidney Research UK
  • Moorfields Eye Charity
  • MS Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy UK

For further details of each of these calls, including eligibility, please visit the NIHR website.

If you would like to apply for any of these schemes please contact your Research Development Team.


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New Grants Programme: Complex Needs in Primary Care

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is an independent charitable trust that makes grants to support nurse-led projects focused on supporting the nursing contribution to healthcare. The trust aims to use its funds to empower nurses and through this to make significant improvements to the patient care environment.

The Trustees are keen to support innovative, nurse-led, projects that will deliver high quality, compassionate care for people with complex needs in primary care settings. All projects must be nurse-led and have the nursing contribution to healthcare at their core. Proposals must be well-argued and demonstrate why the project is needed, what benefits and impacts it will deliver and how it will generate learning that can be shared, disseminated and adopted more widely.

Amount: £20,000 – £100,000

Project Duration: 12 months

Deaadline: 26th October

For more information about this opportunity please visit the call page on the BTfN website. If you wish to apply for this scheme please contact your Research Development Team as soon as possible!


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NIHR Research for Social Care – Competition 2

The current Research for Social Care (RfSC) call welcomes proposals for research which generates evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way adult social care id delivered for users of care services, carers, and the public.

research proposals are expected to demonstrate strong links to people with social care needs, to social care service users and carers, and to organisations which provide adult social care services. Proposals are also expected to demonstrate strong and appropriate research expertise, with teams which can demonstrate a track record of relevant published research.

Deadline: 22nd January 2020 – 1pm.

For more information please visit the NIHR website. As always if you’d like to apply for this opportunity please get in tough with your Research Development Team.


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BBSRC Funding Paternship to Tackle Top Horticultural Pests and Diseases

Research funds of £250,000 are now available for five projects to tackle high priority pests and diseases threats for horticulture crops.

This is the result of a new initiative from BBSRC and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Researchers are being invited to submit proposals for projects, up to £50,000 each and 3-5 months in duration, to tackle priority pests and diseases identified by AHDB through industry-led sector panels, crop associations and risk analysis.

This pilot scheme aims to generate data outputs which are directly aligned to industry need that could lead to longer-term research programmes and enable access to other funding opportunities.

The areas of interest are highlighted in the table below:

Pests and diseasesLatin nameCrop
AphidsVarious spp.Pepper, Lettuce, Babyleaf salads, Strawberry, Raspberry, Tree Fruit
Bacterial blotchPseudomonas tolaasii
Pseudomonas gingeri
Mushrooms
Brown marmorated stink bugHalyomorpha halysApple, Pear, Cherry, Blueberries, Cauliflower, Asparagus, Beans
Cavity SpotPythium spp.Carrots
Common green capsidLygocoris pabulinusStrawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry
Downy mildewPeronospora belbahrii
Peronospora destructor
Peronospora lamii
Plasmopara umbelliferarum
Peronospora belbahrii
Herbs: Basil, chive, parsley, sage
FireblightErwinia pyrifoliaeStrawberry
FusariumFusarium oxysporum spp.Bulb and salad onions, Lettuce
NesidiocorisNesidiocoris tenuisTomato
Pythium damping-off and root rotPythium spp.Babyleaf salads, Spinach, lettuce
South American tomato mothTuta absolutaTomato
Spotted Winged DrosophilaDrosophila suzukiiSoft and stone fruit
Stemphylium purple spotStemphylium vesicariumAsparagus
ThripsFrankliniella occidentalis
Frankliniella intonsa
Thrips tabaci
Thrips major
Strawberry, Pepper, Cucumber
Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)Tobamovirus, ToBRFVTomato and Pepper
Woolly Apple AphidEriosoma lanigerum Apple

For further information please visit the BBSRC announcement page. If you are interested in applying for this scheme then please contact your Research Development Team.


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NERC Standard Grant Demand Management

NERC’s Discovery Science Standard Grant is now open for applications. Due to NERC’s demand management measures and the popularity of the scheme any potential applicants must internally submit an Expression of Interest in order to proceed to the application stage.

If you wish to apply for the upcoming NERC standard grant please complete the attached form and email it to your Research Development Manager, no later than Monday 30th September.

EOI’s will be assessed internally by members of the NERC Peer Review College/Panels and subject specialists.

Due to the demand management measures only one application will be submitted to NERC.


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Royal Society Research Grants Now Open

The Royal Society Research Grants are once again open for applications. This fund offers up to £20,000 for a 12 month duration to provide ‘seed corn’ funding to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research.

  • Amount: £20,000
  • Duration: Up to 12 Months
  • Deadline: Monday 11th November (3pm)

This scheme is open to academics who hold a PhD, are within their first 5 consecutive years of an independent research post and are a fully independent researcher with access to their own lab space with the ability to recruit and be registered as the primary supervisor of PhD students and research assistants.

Royal Society’s remit covers Engineering and Physical Sciences, a full remit list is available to view here.

For more information on the scheme please visit the Royal Society Website and if you would like to apply then please contact your Research Delivery Officer.


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NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (Chronic Pain theme)

Understanding, treating and managing pain is among the greatest challenges facing healthcare today and is a high priority for people with arthritis. Versus Arthritis are partnering with NIHR PGfAR on their cross-programme themed-call in The Management of Chronic Pain.

This funding scheme will support programmes made up interrelated group of projects focused on a coherent theme which requires multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences to ensure that the research objectives are met. Proposals are sough that seek to address research questions in the following roadmap priority areas:

  • Interventions
  • Workplace
  • Services
  • Under-represented groups
  • Prevention

The amount of funding awarded and length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

  • Deadline: 27th November

For further details on the programme and how to apply please visit the NIHR website and contact your Research Development Team.