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H2020 – Reminder – UKRO Visit 31st October

UKRO and Horizon 2020

Just a quick reminder that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met on 31 October 2017.

Ian will be providing an update on the new Horizon 2020 2018-20 work programme for all those of you who are interested in finding out about opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020. He will also provide  information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, for which UKRO are the UK’s National Contact Point.

For details of timings and location and to book a place please visit our event registration page here.

PLEASE NOTE – this event is only open to employees of Manchester Met and the Universities of Manchester and Salford.

There will also be the opportunity for Manchester Met staff to meet with Ian on a one-to-one or small group basis on the afternoon of 31 October 2017 to discuss any particular queries. If you would like to book a slot then please contact us (

Sessions at University of Salford and University of Manchester also open to Manchester Met staff

Ian will also be visiting the Universities of Salford and Manchester to present on 1 and 2 November respectively, and colleagues have kindly agreed to open up their sessions to Manchester Met staff who are unable to make it to our sessions.

If you would like further details of events at University of Salford or University of Manchester please contact us ( and we will provide details of how to register.


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Cross-Research Council Mental Health Network Plus call is now open

The seven research council have released a NETWORK PLUS funding call which will be managed be the ESRC.  Total funding available through this call is £9-10 million, with network plus applicants able to bid for up to £1.25 million (100% fEC) per network for up to 48 months’ duration.

The call for network plus proposals closes at 16:00 on 22 March 2018.


The aim of the call is to encourage the creation of multi-disciplinary networks that cross the remit boundaries of the research councils. These networks will address important mental health research questions that require an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to accelerate progress; to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field; and to strengthen the UK mental health research base.


The cross council agenda document can be accessed here . Below is the highlighted research areas and cross cutting themes.

Research areas:

  1. Understanding mental health and mental health problems
  2. Connection between physical and mental health
  3. Public health, prevention and wellbeing
  4. Living with mental health problems

Cross-cutting themes

  1. Effective intervention(s)
  2. Technology and data
  3. Lifestyle and behaviour
  4. Inequalities
  5. Empowerment, ethics, confidentiality and trust

Please contact the central RKE team if you are interested in this funding call and/or are invited to be part of a Network!

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Important change to British Academy Small Grant application timing

British Academy   The BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project. Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars.

Deadline for Applicants – 1 November 2017 (5pm UK time)

If you are considering an application to this Call please note an important change to their process this year

Previously, applications were submitted by the deadline date and then the referee nominated by the applicant had a further window (typically a week) to add their reference to the system.  Now,  applicants are  still required to nominate one referee but they must ensure that the supporting statement from their chosen referee is submitted on the British Academy grant management system BEFORE the deadline. The system will  not allow you  to formally submit the application for approval before the reference section is completed.

Your application must then be approved by MMU’s central RKE team on the BA’s system following our internal approvals process as before.

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AHRC research call: Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) are pleased to announce a joint call for research proposals addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’.  This call closes on 7th December.

Funding of up to £200,000 per project for UK applicants is available on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC. Matched resources are available from ICHR for Indian applicants. Proposals should have a maximum duration of 24 months and will be expected to start on 14th February 2018.

The aim of this call is to allow researchers in the UK and India to collaborate on joint research projects which will address critical issues concerning cultural heritage, history and urbanisation in India, including those key challenges that emerged from the workshop. It is expected that projects funded under this call will explore how historical experiences of urbanisation can inform contemporary issues and policy and also examine the role that heritage can play in sustainable economic growth and social cohesion.

Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found here:

If you are interested in applying please contact your Research Development Manager

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NIHR Fellowship Update

NiHR for Public Mental Health
The latest round of NIHR Fellowships (Round 11) has launched and applications are now open for doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

The fellowships programme offers opportunities at all levels; from PhD through to Senior Research Fellowships, and is aimed at anyone looking to further their career in applied health research and funds research from across the breadth of the NIHR’s remit.
The post-doctoral levels will be open for applications until 5 December 2017 and the doctoral level will be open for applications until 19 December 2017.

Further information can be accessed here

Please contact the RKE office for support and further guidance!

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Latest NIHR funding opportunities: Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

The NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme funds research to produce evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services. This includes evaluations of how the NHS might improve delivery of services. The audience for this research is the public, service users, clinicians and managers.

The latest round of funding calls to be announced are:

17/105 Perinatal mental health services
17/106 Secondary falls and fracture prevention services
17/107 Organisation of services and workforce interventions for the assessment and management of older adults with cognitive impairments in generalist health and care services
17/108 Health and social care services support for transition of Looked After children and Young people (LAYP) leaving care

Please contact the RKE team  for further information.

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NERC Expressions of Interest


The demand management measures implemented by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) mean that there are restrictions on the number of research applications that Manchester Metropolitan University is permitted to submit to each Standard Grant round. This can include applications that are externally led.

In order to manage the process, researchers who wish to develop an application for the next NERC Standard Grant round (deadline of 16 January 2018) are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by 17:00 on Monday 02 October using the form available here.

The EOI form includes guidance notes about demand management and the internal selection process. To return the completed EOI form – or if you have any questions about a possible NERC application – please email Justin Smith