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Newton International Fellowships – host the best early career researchers from around the world

Application deadline Thursday 26th March 2020, 3pm UK time

The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Fellows are provided with £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £3,000 for relocation expenses. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the award to the visiting researcher, to the host university.

The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy, Royal Society or the Academy of Medical Sciences- please see below links for call guidance :

British Academy

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.

Academy of Medical Sciences

We are the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society.

Royal Society

The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Please contact your Research Development Manager/Officer for support.

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Invitation: AHRC visit to ManMet for Global Challenges info session, Jan 2020

ahrc new logo Gary Grubb

We are pleased to invite ManMet colleagues to a half-day visit by Gary Grubb, Associate Director at the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Gary’s remit includes interdisciplinary and cross-Council research and his current area of focus is AHRC’s ‘global activities’ including the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which he will be concentrating on for this visit.

The event is open to all our researchers interested in UKRI’s Global Challenges work but especially those working within the AHRC’s arts and humanities remit.

Date: Friday 10th January 2020

Location:  BR 2.17,  Brooks Building


10 -11am Gary Grubb presentation on ‘AHRC’s global activities’

This will focus on AHRC’s interests and opportunities in GCRF and particularly their take on the role of arts and humanities research within the GCRF programme. Gary will also range into broader UKRI GCRF / ODA activities and talk about research policy issues in this space that cut across Councils / UKRI.

11 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 ManMet Showcase.

4 x 15 mins presentations from our academics sharing their GCRF related research

12:15 – 1pm Q&A

A panel consisting of Gary Grubb, Professor Kate Pahl and other ManMet staff with GCRF experience (e.g. reviewers and panel members and reviewers) will discuss audience questions.

This is a two-way dialogue and an opportunity for participants give feedback and share ideas with Gary to take back to the AHRC/UKRI.

Topics could include:

– Practical issues such as equitable partnerships and ethics

– Areas of future focus

– How arts and humanities research fits within interdisciplinary work in this area

– Colleagues experiences of being involved in GCRF research



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NIHR Global Health Funding Opportunities

The National Institute for Health Research have announced their Global Health Policy and Systems Research (Global HPSR) Programme. The scheme aims to support research in global health policy and systems research which is directly and primarily of benefit to people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

This will be driven by effective equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers who together will:

  • Engage stakeholders
  • Identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems
  • Develop plans for capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing

A series of three complementary research funding opportunities are planned (see below) which have been informed by stakeholder engagement, including the development of a global HPSR community of interest.

Development Awards

Launch Date: Early June 2019

Duration: up to 9 months

Funding: up to £100,000

Allows researchers to develop equitable partnerships between ODA-eligible LMIC researchers and UK institutions to: identify and engage relevant stakeholders (policy makers and LMIC communities); undertake a needs-assessment and identify local priorities for research, with the aim that Development Awards will support an application for future research funding.


Launch Date: September 2019 (tbc)

Duration: up to 4 years

Funding: up to £4M

A commissioned funding opportunity, which will be aligned with the WHO campaign to promote universal health coverage towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.


Launch Date: September 2020 (tbc)

Duration: up to 4 years

Funding: between £2 – 4M

An open opportunity that will align with the end of the Development Awards (not restricted to Development Award holders)

For more details about these opportunities and for more detail on what is required for the applications please visit the NIHR website.

If you would like to apply for these opportunities please get in contact with your Research Development Team.

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GCRF: High level details of 2019 calls announced

UKRI have announced themes for a suite of calls to be launched in 2019 under the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.

The Programme will reach across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios (global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and displacement and resilience), and calls will be launched throughout 2019.

Calls will be led via specific Research Councils on behalf of UKRI as a whole, and steered by challenge leaders.

Themes for calls will be:

Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure

  • GCRF (Re)thinking the off-grid city
  • GCRF Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology


  • GCRF Education as a driver of sustainable development Network Plus
  • GCRF Education in conflict and crisis research
  • GCRF Education Interventions for Early Childhood Development

Food Systems

  • GCRF Cultures and histories of agriculture, food, and nutrition
  • GCRF A combined Food Systems approach to developing interventions to address the Double Burden of Malnutrition

Global Health

  • GCRF Health and Communities

Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change

  • GCRF Equitable Resilience: ensuring resilience enhances the Sustainable Development Goals
  • GCRF Multiple and systemic Risks

Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement

  • GCRF Development-based approaches to Protracted Displacement
  • GCRF Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace
  • GCRF Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement

Calls that cut across the portfolios

  • GCRF Coherence Grants
  • GCRF Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus
  • GCRF Global Engagement Networks

Details have been launched regarding the Global Engagement Networks call (Deadline 14 February 2019), and we are expecting further announcements this week about other calls, so keep your eyes on the Blog.

(Ed – AHRC are already advertising their leadership of  various calls, and an indication of the types of project that willl be supported – e.g. networks, partnership building and research programmes).

As ever, if you’re interested in calls, please contact your Research Development Manager or International Research Development Manager as early as possible for advice and support.




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Erasmus+ 2019 Deadlines

The deadlines and procedures for the 2019 Erasmus+ projects has been announced by the British Council and the European Commission; a summary of the deadlines can be found here.  This post outlines the support available at Manchester Met and some of the key aspects of the 2019 calls.

Support at Manchester Met

Support is available from the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office to help prepare applications to the project-based schemes including assessing the strategic fit with the scheme, supporting the development of the application including the budget and ensuring the bid is signed off.  To help this process, please note the following dates:

All projects:

  • 30 November 2018: Please notify of your interest in applying so we can discuss the support available.

If Manchester Met is leading a project:

  • 1 month before the deadline: Peer Review should have started.
  • 10 days before the deadline: Signed partner mandates received, WorkTribe Approval started. RKE will then facilitate signature on the bid & mandates ahead of the funder’s deadline.

If Manchester Met is a partner on a project:

  • 10 days before the deadline: WorkTribe Approval started. RKE will then facilitate signature on the bid & mandates ahead of the funder’s deadline.  If the coordinator requires the mandate sooner, approval should start 10 days ahead of their deadline to allow time for approval & signature.

For some of the key schemes, here are the key dates:

  Peer Review Deadline  Man Met Internal Approval Funder Deadline (11am UK time)
Capacity Building (Higher Education) 7 January 2019


24 January 2019 7 February 2019
Knowledge Alliances 28 January 2019 13 February 2019 28 February 2019
Strategic Partnerships (Higher Education) 18 February 2019 6 March 2019 21 March 2019

NB For all mobility related inquiries please contact Natalie Cunningham in the International Office ( 

Key Changes to the 2019 Call

This is the 6th set of calls under the scheme which is due to end at the end of 2020 and therefore there are only minimal changes to the scheme.  However, some of the changes include:

  • Applications for most schemes will be managed via an online portal. Full details are emerging but support will be available both from the British Council and Manchester Met staff in due course.
  • The UK’s budget has increased though there is a particular drive to make sure funds are used by schools and other non-Higher Education institutions.
  • There are specialist funds for partnerships with Japan and additional funds for Serbia as a new Programme Country.
  • A pilot scheme to help create pan-European alliances with joint strategy, management structures and activities run by 5-8 universities. These require a significant strategic fit at institutional level.
  • The British Council has previously emphasised the following themes for 2019: (1) Tackling skills gaps and mismatches; (2) Promoting and rewarding excellence in teaching and skills development; and (3) Promoting more flexible and innovative learning.

As explained in this blog post: the UK remains eligible and – subject to the UK securing an exit deal – UK Higher Education Institutions will be able to participate throughout the scheme’s life.

To discuss any of the above, please contact



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Funding for Research with Syrian Academics

The Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) has funded research and academics/scientists who are at grave risk so they can continue their work and their knowledge be preserved since the 1930s.

Cara are currently funding the Syria Research Fellowship Scheme (SRFS) as part of the Cara Syria Programme. They state that:

The aim of the Syria Programme is ‘To nurture and enable future opportunities for Syrian academics by facilitating professional connection and collaboration and continued academic development and contribution whilst in exile, as a major part of Syria’s intellectual and cultural capital and a group that is vital to the future of Syria.’

The scheme will fund up to 8 research projects, each lasting 9 months and with a maximum value of £15,000. The research team will need to involve a Principal Investigator (in this case, from Manchester Met) and two Syrian academics in exile in the Middle East as a result of the current Syrian Crisis.

A key criteria is that any funding will need to demonstrate both “impact and relevance to Syria or to Syrian populations in exile, and which support the integration of Syrian academics into the international arena”.  The scheme is open to all academic disciplines and further details can be found on Cara’s website or from the International Research Development Managers.




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Manchester Met Process for GCRF Global Engagement Networks Call

UKRI have announced an opportunity for UK institutions to support partners in ODA countries as they develop Global Engagement Networks to tackle Global Challenges. As this is a new type of networking call with specific eligibility and design rules, Manchester Met are putting in a process to support applications to this scheme including an initial, internal selection process.

To help support the development of these bids, Manchester Met are asking interested staff to complete a short form, based on the call form, to be completed by Monday 17th September so we can check eligibility & support the development of these projects.

Those projects selected internally will then go through the funder’s two phase application process:

  • Phase 1: Eligibility, relevance & fit to call checks.  11/10/18 1600
  • Phase 2: Full application to be peer reviewed.  Date TBC.

Further details and the form are available from

Call Details

The focus of the Global Engagement Networks are partners in ODA countries who will receive the majority of the funding though there is a possibility of a UK partner acting as a Co-Director (this role can also be fulfilled by a partner in an ODA country).

The call asks that the Director (based in a research institution in an ODA country) will:

  • Develop and deliver a clear strategy to grow a new multi-disciplinary network to find innovative solutions to development challenges.
  • Focus the network on one of the 6 portfolios: Cities & Sustainable Infrastructure; Education; Food Systems; Global Health; Resilience to Environmental Shocks & Change; Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises & Forced Displacement.
  • Include research/non-researcher links and should include academic, business and stakeholder communities in DAC countries as well as staff at all career levels (postgraduate to professorial).
  • Increase engagement of fellow experts in ODA countries with GCRF and other development opportunities
  • Identify & provide letters of supports from the first 5 network members

UKRI will provide funds for structured activities to enable knowledge sharing and networking but NOT salary costs/attendance fees for these events.  However, funds will cover the Director, Co-Director (max 1), a Network Manager (usually based in the lead country) and some admin/overhead costs.  The maximum value is £150,000 and we anticipate between 1 and 3 networks will be funded per priority.