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Latest NIHR Funding Opportunities


A number of new funding opportunities are available with the NIHR, please visit the links for further details about each scheme.

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme:

Health Technology Assessment Programme:

Invention for Innovation Programme:

Public Health Research Programme:

*Please note the three themed calls listed above are participating in: Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health across the whole life courseThere will be a webinar held on 1st May to provide more information about the call.

If you would like to apply for any of these funding opportunities then please get in touch with the Research Development team via our email.


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University researchers achieve 100% compliance with ResearchFish submission


Manchester Metropolitan University has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission for the third year in a row.

Thanks are due to all our researchers who helped us make sure we achieve full compliance with our research submissions. Due to this, the academics’ work will soon be available to view on Gateway to Research. It also means that potential sanctions from late submissions have been avoided.

ResearchFish is an online survey that collects research outcomes. Funders use the tool to track the impacts of their investments, and academics use it to log outputs arising from funded research.

Over 100 funders, including the seven UK Research Councils, currently use ResearchFish collecting submissions from universities across the country.

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NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Social Care Research Information Sessions

NIHRThe National Institute for Research (NIHR) have announced information sessions to support the latest Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme social care call. These will be ran by the Research Design Service (RDS) and will include presentations from RfPB and the RDS on the scope of the call and and the support available. The events will also include an opportunity for researchers to discuss their ideas with members of the RfPB programme team and the RDS. The places are free but the number of places available are limited.

The events are taking place on:


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ESRC Large Grants Competition: Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to Becky Hewlett by Tuesday 8th May 2018.

ESRC have just announced the Large Grants competition is open for applications. Given that we are allowed to submit only one proposal per institution, we would like to run an internal Expression of Interest.

Applications will be reviewed based on how well proposals meet the following objectives:

  • Undertake a programme of ambitious research
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to career development of researchers
  • Make significant contributions to scientific, economic or social impact
  • Involve potential users of research
  • Take advantage of international collaborative and/or comparative opportunities

ESRC welcome proposals for standard research projects, large-scale surveys, infrastructure projects and methodological development.

Proposals should be around £1M – £2.5M for a period of 3-5 years at 80% fEC.

The ESRC timeline is as:

  • Outline proposals should be submitted 16:00 14 JUN 18
  • Shortlisted applications to submit full proposals by NOV 18
  • Funding decision to be made MAY 19
  • Funding to commence 01 OCT 19

If you would like to submit an Expression of Interest, please discuss your idea and intentions with your Research Centre Head or Faculty Head of RKE.

Expression of Interest template – ESRC Large Grant EOI_Template

Funding call specifications – Large Grants 2018 – call specification


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Getting to know your new Research Development Officer: Rachel Colley

Name, Role and Department:

Hi! I’m Rachel and I’m a Research Development Officer working within the central Research Knowledge Exchange Team.

How long have you been at Manchester Met?

9 days! I’m completely new to the University! I previously worked at Uni of Manchester as a Research Finance Assistant in the faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

Favourite thing about the university?

Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly, there’s a really good atmosphere here.

What is your current role all about?

I’ll be working alongside Kelly and Justin  to assist our academics in finding the right research funding opportunities for them, getting the costings correct and hopefully getting their grant awarded!

What is your ideal weekend?

My ideal weekend is a city break somewhere hot and sunny, I visited Porto last year which was pretty much perfect 🙂

An interesting fact about you?

I’m heading to Dublin in October to run my very first Marathon, I’m already a bit nervous but also can’t wait to begin training properly.

What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment?

I’m really late to the party with Netflix so I have a massive backlog of things to watch! I’m just about to finish the second seasons of Stranger Things.

Person you would most like to meet – past or present, real of fictional:

Benedict Allen, I think he’d have some pretty stories to tell.

What items would you take on a desert island and why:

As many bottles of water as I could carry and a Swiss army knife.


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BBSRC Responsive Mode Funding


A reminder that research proposals can be submitted for consideration to the BBSRC at any time as part of their Responsive Mode Scheme, so long as it is within the remit of their portfolio:

  • Plants
  • Microbes
  • Animals
  • Tools and technology underpinning biological research

Your proposal will be assessed by the most relevant of their 4 committees:

  • Animal disease, health and welfare
  • Plants, microbes, food and sustainability
  • Genes, development and STEM approached to biology
  • Molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology

Research Committee meetings are held 3 times per year with the next deadline of Tuesday 25th September for submission to the February 2019 committees.

For more information you can visit the BBSRC website or contact us for assistance or advice on an application via our email


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Getting to know your new Research Development Officer: Becky Hewlett

Name, role and department:

Rebecca Hewlett (Rebecca makes me feel like I’m in trouble though, so I go by Becky or Becks!), Research Development Officer in the central Research and Knowledge Exchange team.

How long have you been at Manchester Met:

Since February 2017. I started out as an Executive Assistant for Arts and Humanities.

Favourite thing about the University:

Geoffrey Manton paninis! In all seriousness, the passion that the academics and students have for their work and interests is infectious. I’m learning new things every day too which is great.

What is your current role all about:

As the Research Development Officer for Arts and Humanities and Business and Law, I’m working alongside the Research Development Managers in those Faculties; Germaine Loader and Gareth Cantello respectively. I’m here to help our academics through the funding process, right from identifying pots of money to guiding them through the bid writing stage, costing the project, and eventually clicking submit.

What is your ideal weekend:

Ideal weekend!? I guess a music festival is up there as one of the best weekends to have for me.

Interesting fact about you:

Can I come back to this?

What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment:

Reading: I’m working my way through Karl Ove Knausgaard’s series ‘My Struggle’. If you like introspective literature, try this guy out.

Watching: I’m waiting not so patiently for the return of Game of Thrones. Westworld is filling the gap for now.

Listening: Lots. I listen mostly to Americana and Roots music but for something completely different, how about Lake Street Dive? If you like a bit of soul, jazz or southern smoothness then check them out.

Person you would most like to meet- past or present, real or fictional:

Jane Austen – I feel like we would have been friends swapping sarcastic social criticisms.

What items would you take on a desert island and why:

I’ve seen Castaway enough times to know that all you need is a pair of ice skates.