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Forthcoming ESRC research programme: ‘Governance after Brexit’


ESRC will be issuing a call in early 2018 for a research programme on Governance after Brexit, directed by Professor Daniel Wincott (ESRC Leadership Coordinator for Governance and Brexit).

The programme will address the implications of Brexit, adding research with longer-term perspective to our portfolio. The implications of Brexit span society, politics and the economy across the UK. It will have an impact on the UK’s constitutional arrangements, the nature of the state across multiple levels and a range of government policy objectives and instruments. Brexit also has consequences for political parties and civil society organisations, business and trade unions. Its consequences may differ for generations and classes; ‘races’ and ethnic groups; genders; nations, regions, localities and communities.

The ESRC Governance after Brexit programme will be developed in two phases: the first will focus on key aspects of future UK governance, the second on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, including UK policies after Brexit.

The term ‘governance’ is understood broadly for this programme, and relevant proposals that draw on a wide range of expertise and experience are welcome. ESRC encourage all potential applicants to think innovatively about the contribution of a range of academic disciplines, about theory and methods and about research that spans and links macro-, meso- and micro-levels of analysis. Applications are sought from the full range of social science and related disciplines.


The first call will be issued in February 2018, with the deadline for proposals in early May 2018. Networking events for potential applicants will be held shortly after the call launch. Grants will be expected to start in autumn 2018. ESRC anticipate that the second call will be issued after first call grants have commenced.

Budget and grant sizes

The overall budget for the programme is £5 million. ESRC expect the budget for the first call to be approximately £3.5 million although the amount allocated will depend on the quality of proposals  received. They are seeking to fund a mix of larger (£250,000-£750,000 at 100% fEC) and smaller (up to £250,000 at 100% fEC) grants.

ESRC will fund 80% of fEC. All proposals to this call must be led by a researcher at an eligible UK research organisation and will need to be submitted through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

Larger grants

A larger project might encompass a number of work streams, such as parallel research in a number of localities, perhaps linked to macro-level data analysis. Larger projects might also put together novel interdisciplinary research teams or mix methods in new or distinctive ways.

Smaller grants

Smaller grants are intended to encourage pioneering and/or high-risk applications, such as proposals that develop novel methods or work in new ways across disciplinary boundaries (within and beyond the social sciences).  The commissioning process will be designed to realise this ambition.


Proposals for first round projects should address gaps in research related to Brexit, its implications and interaction with related issues and policies. Full details of the call’s remit, aims and objectives will be contained in the call specification. However, examples of such gaps might include:

  • locality or community research in so-called ‘left behind’ places (including comparisons among and across them)
  • ‘everyday’ Brexit – how Brexit emerges in everyday scenes and situations, including the ways in which it is implicated in the futures imagined and planned for by individuals, groups and institutions
  • the third sector and civil society’s contributions to governance
  • future of democracy in the UK (including the roles and functions of legislatures and participatory methods/democratic mini-publics, including participatory toolkits)
  • governance at and across different levels, including devolved nations, devolution in England, city-regions and localities
  • the roles of judges and judiciaries in UK democracy
  • key social and economic issues, such as promotion of social mobility and combatting inequalities, injustice and discrimination
  • key government strategies and policies, such as UK government Industrial Strategy, new devolved tax policies, justice policies
  • identity and culture – questions about gender, ‘race’, class, generation and nationality that are important in their own right and also resonate across a range of other issues.

Applicants should consider how proposals connect to ESRC investments in related areas, to minimise duplication and encourage productive collaboration. Use of large social science infrastructure investments as resources for projects is encouraged.

Summary provisional timetable

  • Call published: February 2018
  • Call closes: May 2018
  • Grants start: autumn 2018



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CONFAP – THE UK ACADEMIES Fellowships, Research Mobility, and Young Investigator Awards for UK researchers in Brazil


There are a number of opportunities through the Newton Fund and the academy funders.

Please see below for the link and further details.

28 February 2018 12pm GMT BRAZIL – CONFAP Fellowships, Research Mobility and Young Investigator Awards for UK Researchers in Brazil (Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Society)

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Calls for funding from the Alzheimer’s Society


1.  Do you have a summer project for an undergraduate student?

The Alzheimer’s Society have just announced their latest Undergraduate Research Bursary call for summer 2018. The undergraduate bursaries aim to give students experience of research within the field of dementia to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research. Students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate degree and must be in the middle years (i.e. 2/3, 2/4 or 3/4) of their degree when commencing the studentship. Applications from medical students and allied healthcare professional students are welcomed. A stipend of £200 per week can be requested for up to 8 weeks (maximum £1600). Up to £500 can be claimed towards project expenses.

Applications for Care, Services and Public Health or Biomedical should be submitted by Friday 16th February, 2018. 

2.  Implementation grants – third round open!

The Alzheimer’s Society’s third call for Implementation Grant applications is now open. This unique scheme is designed to move tested evidence based interventions into the real world setting, to translate research into practice. By doing this the Society aims to maximise the benefits of research outputs for people affected by dementia more rapidly. Research-based interventions supported through the implementation grant scheme will have potential to be delivered within the real world in a sustainable way.


Principal investigators must have a contract of employment with the host university that exceeds the planned finish date of the research by at least 12 months. The Principal Investigator must work in partnership with a decision maker from the organisation where the implementation activity will be taking place and this decision maker must be a named co-applicant on the proposal. At least one person affected by dementia must be listed as a co-applicant on the project. This can be either someone with dementia, a carer of someone with dementia or a close family member of someone with dementia.

Applications should be submitted by Friday 2nd February, 2018. 

3.  Dissemination Grants 

The Alzheimer’s Society’s dissemination grants scheme provides funding to support the sharing of research knowledge and material beyond researcher’s own peer groups. It encourages researchers to communicate and engage with people who may be helped and supported by the outcomes of their research. The aim of these grants is to encourage people to understand how research outcomes can improve their work or lives, and how the research findings could be used in future practice and help people affected by dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society welcomes creative dissemination ideas. Examples of dissemination activities may include:
•public engagement workshops;
•cross-disciplinary conferences eg. across clinical, social and biomedical research fields and/or involvement of people affected by dementia in the development or delivery of conferences;
•artistic exhibits, performances or festivals;
•adapting materials for different audiences;
•interactive technologies, databases and audio-visual products;
•media events (such as interviews, or television or radio presentations) or written articles in newspapers or weekly or monthly magazines;
•software or NetWare;
•educational aids, instruments or equipment;
•virtual networking and interactions.

Please note the following activities are not eligible for this scheme: conference attendance; journal publications; and apps designed for people affected by dementia that are not research-focused.

Applicants can apply for up to £2,500 and the deadlines are quarterly throughout the year. The next deadline is midday 28 February. 

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact the relevant research development manager. 

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NIHR 2018 Mental Health Themed Call Update and Funding Opportunities

NiHR for Public Mental Health

The 2018 NIHR Mental Health Themed Call is ‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ across the whole life course’.

NIHR are welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research that evaluate healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures operating at either the individual, or the population level. Issues of particular interest include proposals that utilise new digital health technologies or investigate their effects.

The remit for this call includes conditions listed in the Health Research Classification System (HRCS) category ‘Mental Health’.  (Depression, schizophrenia, psychosis and personality disorders, addiction, suicide, anxiety, eating disorders, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and studies of normal psychology, cognitive function and behaviour).

Studies may also include individuals with co-morbidities included in HRCS category ‘Neurological’, (Dementias, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, Parkinson’s disease, neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and studies of the normal brain and nervous system) provided the main focus remains the mental health condition.


There is currently a number of opportunities across the NIHR portfolio. For more information on the calls for early next year, please visit the NIHR  website.

Please contact the relevant RDM to discuss further.


British Academy – Funding Call for Visiting Fellowships

British Academy

The British Academy have announced an opportunity for international researchers to visit the UK. The Visiting Fellowships scheme provides a great opportunity for you to enhance links with your international collaborators by hosting them at Manchester Met for up to six months.

Purpose of Fellowships

Enhance and build new links between scholars anywhere in the world and in the UK; Foster opportunities and develop future partnerships for collaborative research in the humanities and the social sciences, and enable academics from across the globe to undertake research and/or professional development with UK colleagues; Strengthen the UK’s research base in the humanities and the social sciences.

Suitable candidates for the visiting fellowships include: researchers active within any discipline within the humanities or the social sciences (an be early career, mid-career or established academics with a considerable track-record of achievement)

Application deadline: Wednesday 31st Jan, 2018, 17:00 UK time. Host institution approval deadline: Thursday 1st Feb, 2018, 17:00 UK time.

If you are interested in this call, please contact the relevant research development manager.

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NIHR  I4I Challenge Awards Call 8 Dates – Mental Health 

NiHR for Public Mental Health


NIHR i4i Challenge Awards

Challenge Awards are commissioned on an ad hoc basis in areas of existing or emerging healthcare need. The expected output is a disruptive technology with the potential to offer improved outcomes for NHS patients. 

Applications for these late-stage awards must be based on a working prototype or proven concept with a strong evidence base and comprise the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or interventions, requiring minimal preclinical development. Minor or incremental changes to technologies in current clinical use are outside the scope.

Current Challenge Award – Mental Health 2018

Mental illness inflicts a heavy toll on affected individuals, carers and society as a whole. It’s the largest single cause of disability and represents 28% of the national disease burden in the UK. Annually this leads to an estimated 70 million working days lost, costing the economy £70 billion a year (OECD 2014).

Applications are invited for the development of innovative technological solutions which can influence the patient care pathway and improve patient outcomes for mental health conditions. Download the full scope for more information about the 2018 Challenge Award, essential requirements are as for Product Development Awards plus:

  • Projects can be up to 5 years in duration
  • Applications must include one collaborator from an NHS Trust or NHS service provider.
  • Projects must include first-in-man or later stage trials.
  • We will not consider applications focused on neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson’s, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.

Challenge Awards Call 8 Dates – Mental Health 

Stage 1 Stage 2 (if invited)
Competition launch 01 February 2018 (9am) 23 May 2018 (9am)
Submission deadline 04 April 2018 (1pm) 26 September 2018 (1pm)
Submission outcome May 2018 December 2018 (earliest)NiHR for Public Mental Health

Please contact your RDM to discuss proposals for NIHR funding

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Developing funding proposals in applied health and social care: NIHR funding programmes

NiHR for Public Mental Health

RDS North West will be hosting a free event, 1 March 2018, 9.30 am to 3.00 pm – The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, 1 Brownlow Street, Liverpool, L69 3GL. 

The RDS NW event is for health and social care professionals and researchers in the North West of England who want to develop and submit an application to National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding programmes.

What will you get from the day?

For those intending to develop and submit an application to NIHR, this seminar will highlight:

  • the funding opportunities available
  • the application process
  • what funders are looking for in a submission
  • how to design a study to answer your research question effectively
  • building a team of collaborators

What do I need to do?

As this event is aimed at those wanting to develop and submit a research funding application, we ask that:

  • you have at least an outline idea of your research question
  • you are prepared to discuss your idea with an RDS NW adviser.

Registration and the event flyer are now available on the event website.

Please contact your RDM to discuss your proposal ideas.