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Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

The Academy of Medical Sciences, on behalf of the UK National Academies, is delighted to announce the opening of the sixth round of the GCRF Networking Grant Scheme. Please note: this scheme is being coordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences on behalf of all academics and is therefore open to all disciplines, not just medicine.

The scheme offers £25,000 to researchers based in DAC-listed countries to form collaborations with researchers in the UK, looking to generate new research ideas to address global challenges.

The scheme is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance.

Deadline: Tuesday 31st March 2020

For further information please visit the Academy of Medical Sciences website or contact your Research Development Team.


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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships: Call for expressions of interest

UKRI have announced a new round of funding for their Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) scheme. This is a highly competitive scheme that provides funding for up to 7 years (4 initially + an additional 3) for a Fellowship programme that tackles ambitious and challenging research questions. Visit here for the full scheme details.

The scheme supports early career researchers (ECRs) with outstanding potential. UKRI does not define what is meant by an ECR, but does issue a Person Specification for applicants. Case studies of the successful applicants, their host institutions and research can be seen here.

Deadline: Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Internal Process

In order to manage applications, to ensure only the most competitive are submitted, an internal process is in place. An Expressions of interest (EOI) should be submitted to your UCRKE Head, if you wish to submit an EOI please contact your UCRKE Head and/or Research Development Manager.

EOI Deadline: Tuesday 25th February 2020

The second stage will involve successful applicants of the EOI submitting a full application which will be assessed by a University panel to determine which proposals will be submitted.

Second stage deadline: Wednesday 15th April 2020

Please note: UKRI have confirmed a further deadline for the scheme in January 2021. Potential applicants will therefore have time to develop a competitive proposal for a future round and strengthen their track record.

Information Session

For those interested in applying an information session will be taking place next week:

Date: Monday 10th February 2020

Time: 2-3pm

Location: John Dalton Building, E0.05

The session will cover the following:

  • RKE to provide introduction to the scheme and description of the internal processes
  • Kate Pahl to discuss experiences as peer reviewer for several FLF proposals
  • Julia Rouse to discuss experience of being on the panel for Arts & Humanities
  • Questions from attendees

If you wish to attend please contact Researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.


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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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Images of Research Competition Deadline Extended

The Images of Research deadline has been extended to 12pm Friday 7 February 2020.

This year we are looking for images that demonstrate with flair, ambition and enthusiasm, the research competed here at the University.

Please consider applying if you are a Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher.

The competition represents an amazing opportunity for you to demonstrate the impact of your research while thinking about how to holistically showcase it in a new and visual way.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ImagesofResearch@mmu.ac.uk or visit the Images of Research webpage. 

Images of Research 2019 winner. ‘Data incoming!’ by Sarah Scott


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Horizon 2020 – UKRI Update on continued participation

As the 31 January 2020 approaches, UKRI have published the following statement regarding the UK’s continued access to Horizon 2020 programme, which confirms that once the Withdrawal Agreement is approved we will remain eligible to apply for the duration of the programme:

“UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects in the European Union’s (EU) flagship programme Horizon 2020, as if the UK remained a Member State, even after the UK exits the EU on 31 January 2020.

The UK remains the second highest recipient of Horizon 2020 funding for science and innovation and UK organisations are encouraged to continue to bid into calls for grants until the end of the Horizon 2020 programme.

Following the Second Reading in parliament of the Withdrawal Agreement on 20 December, the UK has now stepped down its preparations for leaving the EU without a deal, with confidence that it will ratify the EU Exit deal by 31 January.

The Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK continues to participate in EU Programmes financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure. Horizon 2020 is a Programme funded under the current MFF. UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in these programmes and receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual projects, including projects finishing after the transition period ends in 2020.

A very limited number of UK Horizon 2020 projects, which involve access to security-related sensitive information restricted for EU Member States, may be unable to continue after EU Exit in their current form. The government expects the European Commission to inform participants if this is the case. Any affected UK grant holders should contact UKRI at EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org. 

The priority continues to be securing the best outcome for UK research and innovation and creating the best possible environment for collaborations and international partnerships to flourish. This includes a mutually beneficial future relationship with the EU in science and innovation.”

(original statement accessible via UKRI website here)

Our participation in the forthcoming Horizon Europe Programme (the successor to Horizon 2020) remains subject to negotiation, and discussions are unlikely to move forward until Member States have agreed the next EU budget for the period 2021-2027.

Our colleagues at UKRO continue to maintain their excellent Brexit factsheet, which provides a useful overview of the current position.

Thinking of applying?

If you are thinking of applying for EU funding, then we’re here to support you. Just get in touch with your International Research Development Manager for help and advice:

Sally Pedley – Arts & Humanities, Business & Law, and Health Psychology & Social Care (Sally.Pedley@mmu.ac.uk)

Margaret Eastcott – Education and Science & Engineering (M.Eastcott@mmu.ac.uk)


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Royal Society International Exchange Grants Now Open

The Royal Society International Exchange Grants are now open for applications!

These schemes are for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral visits. Applications are welcome from anyone who; holds a PhD, is employed on a contract that outlasts the duration of the project, are based in the respective countries at the time of the application and fall within the Societies remit.

Standard Grant

Deadline: Thursday 12th March 2020 – 3pm

Award Amount: £3,000 – £12,000

Duration: 3 months – 2 years

Please note that only the standard grant is currently available. The cost share round is expected to open April 2020.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity please get in contact with Rachel Colley – your Research Development Officer for Science and Engineering.


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Where Next? Scoping Future Arts and Humanities Led Research

Closing Date: 02/04/2020

The AHRC is pleased to announce a new call for interdisciplinary scoping studies which will explore and develop ideas for interdisciplinary research areas which could form the basis of future research initiatives.

As a constituent part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has the opportunity to bid into a number of different central hypothecated funds to support a variety of funding opportunities for its various research communities. The AHRC is seeking to build up a pool of developed ideas which could be used to inform either future bids into these hypothecated funds or taken forward through other mechanisms.

To achieve this, the AHRC is seeking to fund around three in-depth interdisciplinary scoping studies. Proposals must address at least one priority from the AHRC Delivery Plan and be interdisciplinary in nature; the research must also be clearly led from within the arts and humanities. Funding of up to £150,000 (fEC) will be available for each award.

These studies are expected to provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed research area through a range of mechanisms and considerations including, but not limited to: literature reviews; consideration and description of the current research landscape and potential for alignment to this; consideration and description of the timeliness of the research theme; current capability assessments; partnership and networking building activities; consideration of potential mechanisms for delivery and pathways to impact.


By way on demand management, all UK-based research organisations (ROs) that are eligible for Research Council funding will be eligible to lead on a maximum of two proposals to this call. This does not preclude ROs being
included in other proposals which they are not leading (e.g. through inclusion of a Co-Investigator).

Please contact your Research Development Manager, Germaine Loader or Research Development Officer, Becky Hewlett if you are interested in this call.
Germaine: G.Loader@mmu.ac.uk
Becky: R.Hewlett@mmu.ac.uk