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NIHR-CRN Podcast- Research Ethics Committees

The National Institute for Health Research have a monthly podcast that is a useful tool to gain insight into research within NIHR.

A recent episode worth a listen to has Dr Hugh Davies talking about Research Ethics Committees. Dr Davies is an established Research Ethics committee chair and former ethics advisor for the Health Research Authority.

You can listen to the episode here and for more information on NHS Research Ethics Committees you can visit the dedication section of the HRA website.


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ARMA 2019

Last month RKE Research Development Officers, Rachel Colley and Becky Hewlett, attended with annual ARMA conference in Belfast. ARMA is the Association of Research Managers and Administrators and the conference is a way of colleagues across the sector, and across the country, to get together and share best practices, build new networks and get informed about the current and future research landscape.


Alongside Alison Lloyd, Research Ethics and Governance Manger, and Justine Daniels, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, the team attended a number of sessions and plenaries – and even held some of our own! – over the two days.

As a way of sharing some of the knowledge picked up in those sessions the Research Development Officers have put together a Sway, and a short YouTube video, presenting just some of the team’s experiences.

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Wellcome: it’s not just for health and biomedical researchers.

If you thought that Wellcome was a funder only for biomedical and health researchers, think again.

Although Wellcome is primarily known as a funder of biomedical research, it has always provided funding for bioethics and history of medicine projects. About five years ago the trust expanded its remit in this area, and it now spends more than £30 million a year on a wide range of humanities and social science projects that are relevant to health or biomedical research. In the past Wellcome have supported a huge range of disciplines that include anthropology, economics, geography, law, literature, philosophy, political economy, political science, science and technology studies and sociology.

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What kind of schemes do Wellcome offer?

The bulk of their funding is offered through open or responsive-mode schemes, although they do occasionally have themed calls. They range from small grants and seed awards, to fellowships, investigator awards and large collaborative grants.

Have a look at what they have on at the moment by following this link.

So what makes a good Wellcome proposal?

They’re looking for something ambitious but feasible. As an independent foundation they are able to support research that might not fit elsewhere, and in contrast to public funders, they’re less interested on research being applied or having a defined impact. In fact, a project that appears fixed on, say, trialling an intervention is less likely to be supported. That said, they want to fund work that has the potential to have relevance in the real world. They are interested in the research they support to offer a theoretical contribution, even if it’s mainly empirical in natural and/or has applied elements.

You can read the full article on Research Professional by following this link.

If you’re interested in learning more about Wellcome, head to their website for more information. The schemes however are competitive and RKE will often engage in a conversation with the funder around project suitability prior to beginning your application, so we would always encourage you to contact your Research Development Manager or Officer before moving forward with any research ideas. You can contact RKE at researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk.


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Making the most of Research Professional

Every academic has access to Research Professional and it is a fantastic way to keep up to date with the upcoming funding within your research area, but are you making the most of it?

Personalised Emails

If you’re looking for funding the most useful feature is the ability to set up email alerts. The alerts are personalised so that you’ll only received news of the specific area or funder that you’re interested in – it’s also really easy to set up!

Once you’ve logged in head to the funding section (here), there’s a search bar at the top that you can’t miss. Used the Advance Search option to search to create a detailed search; this could be particular funders, schemes, award amounts or even key words.

Once you’ve performed the search you’ll notice a save button has appeared in the top right corner – click here to name the search and save it with an email alert.

You can have as many saved searches as you wish contributing to your weekly email alert as you like – these will all appear in a single email!

It’s very simple to change your saved alerts and this can be done by clicking into your profile or the email alerts shortcut – both in the top right corner. 

Funding Know How

Another useful area of the website is the Funding Know How Page. From here you can navigate to different sections that are great for advice on different areas of research funding; whether you’re looking to brush up on your Grantsmanship (know the basics) or want to keep an eye on what’s happening with the Research Councils.


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GDPR and Research – An Overview

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Since the arrival of the new GDPR  (General Data Protection Regulations) there has been some confusion over the impact that this will have on researchers and their data. UKRI have produced an overview to give guidance and support.

The overview is specifically tailored to academics and researchers and covers topics that are relevant to data collection and sharing within a research environment. The overview covers the following areas of key concern:

  • What is GDPR?
  • What counts as ‘personal data’?
  • How does GDPR impact research?
  • How do I make sure my data processing for research is lawful?
  • What do I need to do to be fair and transparent?
  • What are the implications for sharing my data?
  • What are GDPR safeguards?
  • Who’s responsible?

The full document can be found here.

 

 


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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Event

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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.