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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.


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Changes to EPSRC and NERC New Investigator Schemes

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From 25 July 2017 a New Investigator Award scheme will replace the First Grant initiative. The New Investigator Award scheme will remove some of the current restrictions and will help improve the quality and ambition of research proposals submitted, recognising that different projects and new investigators have different needs.

For more information, please visit EPSRC.

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The eligibility for the NERC New Investigator scheme has been amended. Applicants must now be within five years (as opposed to the previous three) of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. This applies from January 2018.

For more information, please visit NERC.


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Pre-call announcement: 4th HERA Joint Research Programme

The Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network are pleased to announce the implementation of a new Joint Research Programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” (HERA JRP PS).

The aim of the HERA JRP “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” will be to deepen the theoretical and empirical cultural understanding of public spaces in a European context. The programme has been designed to facilitate a broad range of cultural approaches to conceptualising public space, its structural and processual formations, and its possible outcomes in terms of, for example, integration, exclusion, disintegration, fragmentation, hybridization, amalgamation or transmission.

Collaborative research projects under this topic should explore the dynamics through which public spaces shape, and are shaped, by cultural activity, and how various forms of dis/integration can be understood in relation to such spaces.

The expected publication date of the Call for Proposals for humanities-led proposals to this HERA Joint Research Programme is 24 August 2017, with the deadline for submitting Outline Proposals on 24 October 2017.

For more information, please visit the AHRC.


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Fight for Sight Small Grant Awards Scheme

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Fight for Sight is pleased to announce that applications are now being invited under the Small Grant Awards Scheme. These awards are limited to clinical research studies in the field of ophthalmology and vision science.

Fight for Sight is very pleased to be collaborating with other charities in the sector and invites applications that address visual impairment in conjunction with numerous other health issues.

Awards under this scheme will be for up to £15,000. The awards which are tenable for up to 12 months may be used to contribute to the costs of employment, equipment and/or consumables related to the project (directly incurred costs only).

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

For more details, please visit Fight for Sight.


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AHRC Workshop: Development through the Creative Economy in China

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The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Development through the Creative Economy in China’. The event will bring together academic experts from both countries to explore the potential of the creative and cultural industries in China as drivers for growth and innovation.

The Creative Economy is of growing importance to both the UK and China and has the potential to have a transformative effect on major global challenges. The workshop seeks to provide a catalyst for joint UK/China research into the Creative Economy, focussing on three key areas of Design, Heritage, and the Creative and Performing Arts.

The workshop will take place in Shanghai, China, on the 24-26 October 2017 and will be funded through the Newton Fund – a programme that aims to develop research and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of partnering countries.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers within the arts and humanities.

Deadline for submission: 31st August.

For more information and to apply, please visit the AHRC.


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NIHR Highlight Notice: Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes proposals for clinical and applied health research into the evaluation of healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures for older people with complex health and care needs. For this highlight notice, complex needs are defined as the presence of more than one health or social care need (impacting on health) as well as a depth of need in terms of the severity of the conditions or intensity of the needs.

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes:

Theme 1: Frailty

Theme 2: Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care

Theme 3: Medicines management/polypharmacy

Theme 4: Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health

Theme 5: Patient-centered decision making

Applications can be made at any time, as part of each programmes’ researcher-led workstream.

For more information on the Themes and application opening dates, please visit NIHR.

For advice on applying, please contact Kelly Lavender-Smith.


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ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre Innovation Fund

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The ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre is inviting proposals from UK-based academics for projects that will capitalise on their core consumer data sets, extend their network of partners, and drive forward substantive and innovative social science research across a broad range of disciplines and research areas.

They are inviting proposals that contribute to their research themes, as well as extensions into other research areas of strategic significance, including those aligned with ESRC’s priorities in:

  • Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Productivity
  • Understanding the Macro-Economy
  • Ways of Being in a Digital Age

The Centre is looking to fund in the region of 8-10 projects, each valued at between £20,000-£60,000 (100% fEC). Projects will run from early October 2017 and must be completed no later than the end of September 2018.

Deadline for Applications: 5pm 31st July 2017.

For more information, please visit the Consumer Data Research Centre.