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The Research Development Team will be hosting a BBSRC Information event for all academics interested in applying to the Responsive Mode Scheme

This event is particularaly targeted at academics wishing to apply to the April 2020 round of BBSRC Funding. We will be hosting a further session later this year.

The session will provide an overview of BBSRC and its remit plus an insight into what makes a good BBSRC proposal from a panel members perspective. The Research Development Team will then outline the planned structured support available ahead of the April deadline.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 16th January

Time: 12.00 to 14.00

Register: via Eventbrite

Location: JD E0.34


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Manchester Metropolitan BBSRC Grant Support Programme – Save the Date!

Due to the increase in demand from academics wishing to apply for BBSRC funding, the Research and Development Team will be hosting a BBSRC information event for all academics interested in applying to the Responsive Mode Scheme.

This event is targeted at academics wishing to apply for the April 2020 round of BBSRC funding.

We are expecting to host the event on Thursday 16th January, 12 – 2pm. The initial session will provide information on the Funder and the scheme and give an academic perspective of the process. Following on from this we will be working with academics to shape their proposal for submission to the April round.

We will be repeating the session later in the year for those interested in applying to later rounds.

Further information will be available in the New Year. For now, Merry Christmas from Research & Knowledge Exchange!

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BBSRC Funding Paternship to Tackle Top Horticultural Pests and Diseases

Research funds of £250,000 are now available for five projects to tackle high priority pests and diseases threats for horticulture crops.

This is the result of a new initiative from BBSRC and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Researchers are being invited to submit proposals for projects, up to £50,000 each and 3-5 months in duration, to tackle priority pests and diseases identified by AHDB through industry-led sector panels, crop associations and risk analysis.

This pilot scheme aims to generate data outputs which are directly aligned to industry need that could lead to longer-term research programmes and enable access to other funding opportunities.

The areas of interest are highlighted in the table below:

Pests and diseasesLatin nameCrop
AphidsVarious spp.Pepper, Lettuce, Babyleaf salads, Strawberry, Raspberry, Tree Fruit
Bacterial blotchPseudomonas tolaasii
Pseudomonas gingeri
Brown marmorated stink bugHalyomorpha halysApple, Pear, Cherry, Blueberries, Cauliflower, Asparagus, Beans
Cavity SpotPythium spp.Carrots
Common green capsidLygocoris pabulinusStrawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry
Downy mildewPeronospora belbahrii
Peronospora destructor
Peronospora lamii
Plasmopara umbelliferarum
Peronospora belbahrii
Herbs: Basil, chive, parsley, sage
FireblightErwinia pyrifoliaeStrawberry
FusariumFusarium oxysporum spp.Bulb and salad onions, Lettuce
NesidiocorisNesidiocoris tenuisTomato
Pythium damping-off and root rotPythium spp.Babyleaf salads, Spinach, lettuce
South American tomato mothTuta absolutaTomato
Spotted Winged DrosophilaDrosophila suzukiiSoft and stone fruit
Stemphylium purple spotStemphylium vesicariumAsparagus
ThripsFrankliniella occidentalis
Frankliniella intonsa
Thrips tabaci
Thrips major
Strawberry, Pepper, Cucumber
Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)Tobamovirus, ToBRFVTomato and Pepper
Woolly Apple AphidEriosoma lanigerum Apple

For further information please visit the BBSRC announcement page. If you are interested in applying for this scheme then please contact your Research Development Team.

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GCRF: High level details of 2019 calls announced

UKRI have announced themes for a suite of calls to be launched in 2019 under the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.

The Programme will reach across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios (global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and displacement and resilience), and calls will be launched throughout 2019.

Calls will be led via specific Research Councils on behalf of UKRI as a whole, and steered by challenge leaders.

Themes for calls will be:

Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure

  • GCRF (Re)thinking the off-grid city
  • GCRF Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology


  • GCRF Education as a driver of sustainable development Network Plus
  • GCRF Education in conflict and crisis research
  • GCRF Education Interventions for Early Childhood Development

Food Systems

  • GCRF Cultures and histories of agriculture, food, and nutrition
  • GCRF A combined Food Systems approach to developing interventions to address the Double Burden of Malnutrition

Global Health

  • GCRF Health and Communities

Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change

  • GCRF Equitable Resilience: ensuring resilience enhances the Sustainable Development Goals
  • GCRF Multiple and systemic Risks

Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement

  • GCRF Development-based approaches to Protracted Displacement
  • GCRF Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace
  • GCRF Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement

Calls that cut across the portfolios

  • GCRF Coherence Grants
  • GCRF Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus
  • GCRF Global Engagement Networks

Details have been launched regarding the Global Engagement Networks call (Deadline 14 February 2019), and we are expecting further announcements this week about other calls, so keep your eyes on the Blog.

(Ed – AHRC are already advertising their leadership of  various calls, and an indication of the types of project that willl be supported – e.g. networks, partnership building and research programmes).

As ever, if you’re interested in calls, please contact your Research Development Manager or International Research Development Manager as early as possible for advice and support.




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BBSRC Future Priority Areas for Funding



On 27th September the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) released a report, Forward Look for UK Bioscience, which is the first strategy update since the creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Forward Look identifies the backbone of BBSRC’s strategy and maps out key areas of direction for future funding, identifying three challenge-led priorities in which it believes UK research can deliver strong and sustainable impact:

  • Sustainable agriculture and food security.
  • Renewable resources and clean growth.
  • Integrates understanding of health.

It seems the theme of future funding will be focused on advancing the frontiers of bioscience discovery, tackling strategic challenges and building strong foundations.

“There is a real opportunity for BBSRC to ensure the strength of the UK biotechnology and biological research and skills base continues to be selected as partner of choice globally and to harness the power of biology to drive a more healthy, prosperous and sustainable future” – Melanie Welham, Executive Chairwoman UKRI – BBSRC

You can read more about the BBSRC Forward Look report here and take a look at the full report here.

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BBSRC Tools and Resources Development Fund: Bioimaging

BBSRC invites applications for its tools and resources development fund programme call – bioimaging. This aims to pump prime the next generation of tools, methods and technologies and resources required by bioscience researchers in scientific areas within the council’s remit. This call will focus on bioimaging, incorporating technological development as well as software, bioinformatics and data analysis components of the previous calls.

Grants are worth up to £150,000 each for a duration of 6-18 months.

The deadline for applications is 23 Nov 16.

For more information, please visit BBSRC.

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GFS Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context: call 2

Global Food Security, in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Government, invites applications for its second call on resilience of the UK food system in a global context. This aims to provide the evidence base to underpin the UK’s strategic approach to food security and create a more resilient food system. Interdisciplinary projects should address one or more of the following key themes:

•optimising the productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems and landscapes;

•optimising resilience of food supply chains both locally and globally;

•influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience at the individual and household level.

A food systems approach is encouraged, and proposals must integrate science areas from all three of the research councils involved.

The closing date for applications is 10 Nov 16.

For more information, please visit BBSRC.