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NIHR Highlight Notice: Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes proposals for clinical and applied health research into the evaluation of healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures for older people with complex health and care needs. For this highlight notice, complex needs are defined as the presence of more than one health or social care need (impacting on health) as well as a depth of need in terms of the severity of the conditions or intensity of the needs.

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes:

Theme 1: Frailty

Theme 2: Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care

Theme 3: Medicines management/polypharmacy

Theme 4: Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health

Theme 5: Patient-centered decision making

Applications can be made at any time, as part of each programmes’ researcher-led workstream.

For more information on the Themes and application opening dates, please visit NIHR.

For advice on applying, please contact Kelly Lavender-Smith.


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Consultation for UK Industrial Strategy Fund: Healthy Ageing

Innovate UK, in conjunction with the Research Councils and the Knowledge Transfer Network, will conduct a series of public workshop events w/c 19th June and w/c 26th June 2017.

The series of three events will take place around Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham and London with a focus on Healthy Ageing. The workshops will help define themes that will build upon UK capabilities which will address and benefit from on-going demographic change both here and globally and will deliver economic growth.

Please note these two weeks in your diaries. Further information will be made available after 8th June.

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Public Engagement Opportunity: age-friendly environments

Manchester Met has an exciting opportunity to work with the Ideal Home Show to design, develop and ‘stock’ an “age-friendly” show home for the 2018 exhibition in London and Manchester.

The visitor experience should be informed by research, so we are inviting the research community to contribute ideas to the project. What does your research say about ageing and/or the home environment for older people? How could your findings be visualised, expressed or explained through the show home’s design, its fixtures, fittings and furnishings, products, technologies, layout or materials? Could the project support your current research?

Masters Architecture students are already working on the project to develop designs for the show home. Led by a professional team of staff and consultants, they will follow the world-leading best practice which has been developed through the Manchester Age Friendly Neighbourhoods (MAFN) project. Students will co-design elements of the show home with local older people and community groups.

To find out more, please email the RKE Impact and Engagement Team.

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MICRA Seedcorn Funding

The aim of MICRA seedcorn funding is to further ageing-related research within the University of Manchester. A maximum of £6K will be awarded per application. Applications must meet the following essential criteria:

  • The proposed research activity must be explicitly related to ageing
  • The proposed research activity must be interdisciplinary
  • The proposed research activity must lead to at least one specific outcome, such as a research proposal for a research council or a working paper.

There are two funding streams open for MMU researchers:

Dementia@Manchester/ Manchester Metropolitan University/ MICRA

One project will be supported by Dementia@Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and MICRA. Applications must have two project investigators, one from each university, and must fall within the category ‘dementia and cognitive ageing’.

Manchester Metropolitan University/ MICRA

Up to two projects will be supported by MICRA and MMU. These applications must have two project investigators, one from each university. Proposals are invited that address one or more of the following themes:

  • Health and social care
  • Health sciences

The deadline for applications is 1 Dec 2016.

For more information, please visit MICRA.

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Getting Under the Skin of Ageing : Symposium

Visible signs of ageing are apparent to all of us, not only health professionals. In this afternoon symposium, we will examine the role of psychology in skin ageing research, begin to look at the physiological changes which occur to skin as we get older and assess whether there is a connection between what we perceive and the functioning of the brain.

This seminar will include presentations from Dr Christine Bundy, Dr Elise Kleyn and Dr Abigail Langton from the Institute of Inflammation and Repair.

G306, Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester

Please join us for this free seminar on 2-4pm Friday 11 March 2016.

For more information and to register your attendance, please visit MICRA.

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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research related funding opportunities.

Nuffield Foundation Grants for Research and Innovation

These support research, practical experiments or development work in areas such as children, families, education and the elderly.

Deadline for applications: 18 Apr 16

British Tinnitus Association Large Research Project Scheme

This supports projects which help to improve the lives of people with tinnitus.

Deadline for applications: 30 Apr 16

Viking Society for Northern Research Support Fund

The purpose of the fund is to assist in the development of the study of the literature, history, language and archaeology of early and medieval Scandinavia.

Deadline for applications: 01 May 16

Wellcome Trust People Awards

These support projects that are innovative and creative and engage the public with biomedical science or the history of medicine.

Deadline for applications: 20 May 16

British Psychological Society Sections Initiative Fund

This supports scientific initiatives that promote or advance psychology.

Deadline for applications: 01 Sep 16

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.