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AHRC: Immersive Experiences Briefing Event

The Immersive Research Development Partnerships, backed by AHRC and EPSRC is a new £2m call for development of early stage research partnerships that can explore the creation of new immersive experiences addressing the call’s three key themes: Memory, Place and Performance.

To support the call, a series of seven briefing events across the UK have been planned to provide detailed information about the call. One will be held in Manchester.

There will be opportunities to explore the call themes, as well as meet and network with potential partners and the AHRC Creative Economy Programme team.

7th July 2017

For more information and to register attendance, please visit Immersive Experiences.

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NIHR Public Health Research Information Events

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These events will offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme. Registration to these events is FREE.

Senior PHR programme staff will be joined by RDS colleagues and a local PHR funding panel or board member to give a presentation followed by a Q&A session. Researchers currently developing, or considering developing, a proposal for submission to PHR for funding are invited to take advantage of a one to one session (subject to availability) with PHR programme and RDS staff to discuss their proposed study. In order to secure your place at one of these events please complete the online booking form. Events are being arranged in the following areas:

    1. Bristol – 14 July 2017
    2. Newcastle – 23 November 2017
    3. Liverpool – TBC – express interest on booking form
    4. Additional interactive webinar – 20 September 2017.


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NIHR Funding Opportunity Alert

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The NIHR have released a funding alert of funding opportunities. Below is a list of funding highlights.

Health Services & Delivery Research Programme

17/51 Gender identity health services
17/52 Research on interventions to support service guideline implementation and the adoption of new models of care at scale
17/45 – Researcher-led evidence synthesis
17/49 – Researcher-led standard

Health Technology Assessment Programme

16/74 – Optimal treatment strategies for fistulising perianal Crohn’s disease
16/96 – Standardised diagnostic assessment tool as an adjunct to clinical practice in child and adolescent mental health services
16/97 – Antipsychotics for anorexia nervosa

Public Health Research Programme

17/53 – Changing drinking behaviours
17/54 – Digital interventions for sexual health promotion
17/55 – Promoting independence in older people

Policy Research Programme
Round 19:

1 – Evaluation of Supplementary Prescribing by Dietitians and Independent Prescribing by Therapeutic Radiographers
2 – Evaluation of the Transforming Care Programme

Please contact the research development managers if you are interested in any of the above calls.

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NIHR Public Health Funding Opportunity : Promoting Independence among older people, and disabled people

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The NIHR Public Health Funding Stream have released a commissioned call, ‘Promoting independence in older people’.

Do you think you could answer the following Research Question: What are the most effective* interventions which support (or create the conditions for) independence* in the everyday lives of older people, or disabled people** of any age?

Are you interested to find out more? If you are, you can access the commissioning brief HERE


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AHRC: Co-creating Cities and Communities

Connected Communities and Urban Living Pilots would like to invite you to their two-day event to explore innovation and latest collaborative work around flourishing cities, engaged citizens and sustainable urban environment.

With a wide range of parallel sessions, including innovative projects, roundtables and practical workshops, the event will provide stimulating discussions about co-produced knowledge, participatory approaches to co-design and critical responses to city challenges and social action.

  • Hear the latest insights from the RCUK-funded projects, including ‘Everyday Participation’, ‘Stories of Change’, ‘Productive Margins’, ‘Imagine’, ‘Urban Living Pilots’ and many others.
  • Develop new approaches to co-creating sensory cities and smart technologies, playful urban spaces and cultural heritage, inclusive city art and creative economy.
  • Build new collaborative partnerships in urban living to overcome resistance to change in the age of austerity.
  • Engage in co-design and evaluate urban visioning by taking part in hands-on workshops and creative sessions.
  • Re-imagine the future of urban living with the help of regeneration projects and empowered communities, refugee-welcome places and creative citizens For more details about individual sessions, please see our Full Programme.

9:30 am – 5:00 pm, 12th July 2017

Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol

The two-day event is free but you must register to attend.

For more information and to register, please visit AHRC.