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

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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Event


For those of you interested in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”, 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.

About the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”

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 next deadline is 14 September 2017.



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Successful Career Planning for Researchers

As part of their current ‘Focus on’ theme, Vitae is running a YouTube Q&A on the topic of “New Year’s Goals: Successful career planning for researchers”.

Tune in on the 18 January at 2pm to explore career options for researchers and make sure your professional development planning becomes a successful life-changing habit rather than something you only consider once every few years.

The session will explore the following questions:

• How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
• What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
• How do you make a career development plan?
• Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?

Visit Vitae for more information and to register.

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An Introduction to Researchfish

Researchfish is an online portal that researchers must use to submit their research outcomes to their funder, as part of the terms and conditions of an awarded research grant.

What do you have to submit?

There are common set questions regarding publication, impact and engagement etc. which you can record against your award. You may also have funder specific questions to answer, for example if your grant has a medical or ethical element to it.

You may be required to report for up to 5 years after the project has ended. As such, you are encouraged to continue to update your outcomes yearly.

If you have nothing to report in this submission period, you must still formerly submit a ‘nil submission’.

When do you have to submit your research outcomes?

You can add your research outcomes to your Researchfish profile and award at anytime – BUT you can only submit those outcomes via Researchfish to your funder during a submission period.

The upcoming Submission Period for all RCUK grants is 06 February – 16 March 2017.

What happens if you don’t record and submit your research outcomes?

In a word – SANCTIONS. This could mean payment on your grant could be stopped and the funder may not accept any further applications from you. Only the Principal Investigator on the grant has to record and submit outcomes.

How to guides and further information

Introductory Video


If you need any help with Researchfish there is a live chat function within the Researchfish pages but you can also contact the RKE Office if you are having any issues or anything you would like to clarify – please email

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Mapping the Bio-medical Research Funding Landscape

The MRC has come together with seven other research funders to create an interactive ‘map’ of the funding schemes available to bio-medical researchers.

It brings biomedical research funding opportunities together in one place, including funding schemes from the Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the NC3Rs, the National Institute for Health Research and Wellcome.

The aim of the resource is to help members of the research community view and compare different funding schemes across career stages. It provides an outline and related links for each type of award, including the required level of experience, level of funding and duration.

To use this invaluable tool, please visit MRC.

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Wellcome Trust Visit Day

Diversity-and-Inclusion-at-Wellcome-Trust1The Wellcome Trust will be visiting Manchester Met on Wednesday 14th September, to present to an audience of researchers across the University. The presenters from the Trust will be Dr Candace Hassall and Thomas Bray.

The Wellcome Trust primarily funds research in bio-medical science and healthcare disciplines. However, the Trust also supports health research across humanities and social sciences. The aim of the event will be to gain a deeper understanding of the Trust as a funder. It will also provide an opportunity to network with staff from other disciplines.

The day will be split into two sessions:

Morning (2.5 hours) 10am to 12.30pm – open to all interested researchers.

10am – arrival, registration, refreshments.

10:30am – overview of Wellcome Trust grant schemes and priorities; more detailed discussion of Seed Awards; time for questions; short talk by Professor Richard Greene.

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30 – networking lunch open to all staff.

Afternoon (2 hours) 1:30pm to 3:30pm – invited researchers only. General overview of collaborative awards; discussion with invited groups of senior researchers developing collaborative awards; facilitate discussion within groups with feedback provided by the Wellcome Trust.

To register for this event, please click HERE.

Please select which session you would like to attend. Those of you selecting the Afternoon session will be contacted by the RKE Office to ensure you are currently developing a collaborative award proposal and that this session is appropriate for you.

Manchester Met Business School, Room 3.15

Wednesday 14th September 10:00 – 16:00

For more information, please contact Justin Smith or Emma Hodson-Tole


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Improving Impact through Third Sector and Academic Interactions

In this report Carnegie Fellow Professor Mark Shucksmith argues that to make an impact on social policy universities must work more closely with civil society. The report: explores the different approaches of both sectors to knowledge and evidence; investigates the obstacles and challenges to collaboration; highlights examples of successful interactions; and makes a series of recommendations to those in the third sector, academia and the research funding councils as to how more positive collaboration can be encourage.

To access the report, please click HERE.

To learn more, please contact one of our Impact and Engagement Managers.

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Grants Academy 2016

THE Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Office is opening up recruitment to the New Year cohorts of the Grants Academy 2016, an intensive training programme that gives attendees an understanding of ‘grant craft’ and how this can help to  maximise their chances of funding success from Research Councils and other prestigious funders.

The cohort is scheduled to take place on:


Tuesday 29 March  and Wednesday 30 March.

Peer review session on 04 May.

What is the Grants Academy? The Grants Academy teaches applicants how to craft applications to UK Research Councils and other prestigious research funding agencies. As well as increasing the likelihood of success, the Academy offers continued support throughout the bid writing process.  

Participants must have an idea at the appropriate stage of development and must commit to writing and submitting a proposal and attending the mandatory sessions.

Benefits of the Grants Academy Participants will benefit from dedicated support from an external grant craft expert in parallel with the knowledge and experience of our in-house Research Development team.  

How to apply? Applications to join the New Year cohort are now open. If you are interested in making an application, then the following process applies: 

Step 1: Contact your relevant RDM (see below) for an informal conversation about your eligibility, the maturity of your idea and the suitability of your proposal to your chosen funder.  We want you to get the most out of Grants Academy by focusing on a proposal that works for you and your funder, so this pre-work is very important.

Step 2: Once you have found the right funding scheme and your RDM is satisfied that you will benefit from the course, you will be asked to complete a short application form. The form needs to be signed by your departmental head to ensure: a) you are given the time to attend; and b) that we have something in writing demonstrating a commitment to the programme.

Completed and signed applications must be sent to no later than 2 weeks before the scheduled cohort. Please specify in the email which cohort you would like to be considered for.

Deadline for March cohort applications:       4pm 15 March 2016

Step 3: You will attend an initial two-day session with trainer Dr Martin Pickard (Grantcraft), who will provide an intensive (and challenging!) workshop focusing on grant craft. The first day of the session will be held in a venue around the city centre. After the session, you will work closely with your RDM to continue preparing your proposal.

Step 4: Four to six weeks after the two day workshop you will attend a mandatory peer review session to receive feedback on your proposal and find out more about how peer review works in practice.

Step 5: You will continue working with your RDM until your application is submitted.

Research Development Managers:

Manchester School of Art – Germaine Loader

Faculty of Business and Law – Gareth Cantello

Cheshire campus – Germaine Loader and Kelly Lavender-Smith

Faculty of Education – Kelly Lavender-Smith and Germaine Loader

HLSS – Germaine Loader

Hollings – Justin Smith and Germaine Loader

HPSC – Kelly Lavender-Smith

Science and Engineering – Justin Smith, Gareth Cantello and Kelly Lavender-Smith

For European proposals in any Faculty please contact Margaret Eastcott