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Images of Research is On Tour!

We are excited to announce that Images of Research is going on tour! Don’t miss your chance to see the shortlisted entries, and read about the exciting research that’s being completed by Man Met’s emerging researchers. The images will be on display at the following locations and times.

Time period Venue
20/05/2019 – 14/06/2019 Science & Engineering – ‘The Street’
17/06/2019 – 19/07/2019 Business School – South Atrium
02/09/2019 – 20/09/2019 Brooks – Ground floor
23/09/2019 – 31/10/2019 Righton – Open Space
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MS Society PPI Day

The MS Society will be holding a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) training event for researchers. More and more funders are looking for meaningful PPI within your research, so this is an excellent opportunity to see how you can improve your proposal and understand what funders want.

The training will cover:

  • What PPI is and why it’s important
  • How and when to involve people affected by MS
  • Planning involvement in your own research
  • How to communicate your research effectively

The session will be held on Thursday 31st January at the MS offices in London.

Spaces for the session are limited, if you’re interested in attending please sign up via this link. For more information you can contact MS Society via their email.


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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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Developing your NIHR Proposal

Last week the Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) hosted an event on developing funding proposals in applied health and social care. The event was aimed at academics putting their first bid in to any NIHR scheme – I went along to find out what NIHR are looking for.

What is the RDS?

The Research Design Service is a free service offered by NIHR to help you design and develop your research and offer methodological support to health and social care researchers. The service isn’t just for NIHR though, you can seek their advice for any funding application going to a national peer-reviewed funding programme.

The team are able to help develop your ideas, help you chose the correct funding stream and give advice to improve your research. They recommend getting in touch as soon as you decide you’d like to apply – at least 6 months in advance, if possible.

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 Developing your research question

A well-structured question is an important aspect to your proposal and the RDS had a few good acronyms to help to guide your question formation, you should look to include the following elements:

PICOPopulation – Intervention – Comparison – Outcome

CIMOContext – Intervention – Mechanisms – Outcome

SPICESetting – Population – Intervention – Comparison – Evaluation

Hit all of the points in your chosen acronym and you should be well on your way to a clear and structured question.

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The Importance of PPI

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is a major focus for NIHR, they want to see bids that have been developed, not just with beneficiaries in mind, with them helping to shape the entire proposal. NIHR want to see that you’ve engaged with the public to understand what end users want to gain from your research, how it can improve the NHS and to make sure it’s an area worth researching!

Many proposals give PPI as an afterthought, simply conducting a few interviews and treating it as a tick box exercise but, on the Research for Patients Benefit panel (RfPB), 15% of reviewers are lay people and for them it’s an important issue. I met with a reviewer on the RfPB panel who explained the importance of being able to clearly understand the proposal (no unexplained acronyms or technical jargon!) and how lay reviewers often go straight to the PPI section to see what work you’ve already been conducting.

It’s important that you don’t treat this like a tick box exercise, like it or not PPI is here to stay. For anyone looking to carry out PPI work prior to an application the RDS offers a small pot of money (£350) to allow you to conduct some small scale work – see here for details.


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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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HERA funding Call ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, various humanities funding organisations and the European Commission are pleased to announce a new €20 Million Joint Research Programme (JRP) for arts and humanities researchers in Europe.

Organised by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), and facilitated in the UK by the AHRC, this joint research programme will fund innovative and exciting international research projects on ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’.

The research programme will fund new and exciting humanities-centred projects involving researchers from four or more participating countries. Proposals can be up to €1 Million in value, and 24-36 months in duration.

The deadline for the submission of Outline Proposals is Tuesday 24 October 2017.

For more information, please visit the AHRC and HERA.


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Fight for Sight Research Grants

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Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease, is inviting applications for the awards described below.

Project Grants

Applications are invited for Project Grants of up to £170,000 for three years, or pro rata for projects of shorter duration, to start in October 2018.These projects are for clinical and non-clinical scientists, and cover all fields of ophthalmic and vision research.

Applications for Project Grants are initially by Abstract to be received not later than 5 pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Small Grant Award Scheme

This year, Fight for Sight has partnered with numerous other charities to investigate specific areas within eye disease research. These grants of up to £15,000 last for one year Application deadline is 23 August 2017.

PhD Studentships

Applications are invited from PhD supervisors for PhD studentships of up to £100,000 to support the training of graduate students, to start in October 2018 for three years. Students may be selected following the award. Application deadline is 30 August 2017.

For more information, please visit Fight for Sight.