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Health Research Accelerator Grant

A reminder that we are now accepting applications for the Joint Health Research Accelerator Award.

This scheme is targeted at academics across the 4 Health Research Centres (Manchester Met) and academics within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (UoM). The aim is to forge collaborative research that addresses a health research problem of strategic significance within the two Universities. These awards should be used as pump-priming funds with the intention of providing preliminary data to apply for external funding to a major funding agency or charity. It is expected that any projects awarded will apply for external follow-on-funding within 24 months after the award has been made.

The scheme will focus on projects that fall within the broad definition of “health research”, though we particularly welcome Health Profession applicants from Nursing and Physio. Any project must outline a visionary research topic with strategic importance to the health research problem to be addressed and must fit strategically within the lead organization. The project must be led by a Principal Investigator within either Faculty and must include an Early Career Researcher as a co-applicant.

The maximum award is up to £10,000 and must be spent within 12 months of the award being made.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th September 2016.

For full details and to apply, please visit MMU Research.

Applicants will be notified of the result toward the end of October. However, due to the scale of the scheme, in most cases only limited feedback will be provided.

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UKIERI Call for Research Proposals 2016

The UK India Education Research Initiative, in collaboration with the Indian Department for Science and Technology and the Indian University Grants Commission, invites applications for its calls for research proposals under the e-partnership and research incubation strand.

The calls are for funding in the arts, humanities and sciences key priority areas:

  • Climate Research
  • Data Science
  • Human Health
  • Material Science
  • Marine Sciences

Awards range from £100,000 to £200,000 for three years per project.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 5 October 2016.

For more information, please visit UKIERI.

In addition, UUKi will be holding a pre-submission workshop at Woburn House on from 10.00 – 12.00 Monday 26 September 2016. The workshop will provide attendees with an introduction and overview of UKIERI, which will focus on strand three, e-partnership and research incubation and an opportunity to pose questions on the open calls for research funding.

If you have any questions please contact Joseph Taylor.


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Call: Health Research Accelerator Award

We are now accepting applications for the Joint Health Research Accelerator Award.

This scheme is targeted at academics across the 4 Health Research Centres (Manchester Met) and academics within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (UoM). The aim is to forge collaborative research that addresses a health research problem of strategic significance within the two Universities. These awards should be used as pump-priming funds with the intention of providing preliminary data to apply for external funding to a major funding agency or charity. It is expected that any projects awarded will apply for external follow-on-funding within 24 months after the award has been made.

The scheme will focus on projects that fall within the broad definition of “health research”, though we particularly welcome Health Profession applicants from Nursing and Physio. Any project must outline a visionary research topic with strategic importance to the health research problem to be addressed and must fit strategically within the lead organization. The project must be led by a Principal Investigator within either Faculty and must include an Early Career Researcher as a co-applicant.

The maximum award is up to £10,000 and must be spent within 12 months of the award being made.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th September 2016.

For full details and to apply, please visit MMU Research.

Applicants will be notified of the result toward the end of October. However, due to the scale of the scheme, in most cases only limited feedback will be provided.


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Newton Fund – New Calls

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The Newton Fund have released the following new funding opportunities for researchers:

Newton Mobility Grants

These provide support for international researchers based in South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers around a specific jointly defined research project. These grants are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships, between scholars who have not previously worked together, or new initiatives between scholars who have collaborated in the past. The Newton mobility grants from the British Academy cover researchers working in all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.

Deadline for applications: 14 Sep 16

UK-China PhD Placement Programme

This programme enables UK and Chinese PhD students and their supervisors to spend 3-12 months in Chinese and UK higher education institutions. Applications are welcome in the following fields: health and life sciences; environmental technologies; food and water security; energy; urbanisation; education and creative economy for economic development and social welfare.

Deadline for applications: 20 Sep 16

Fellowships for young Post-Doctoral Researchers

This scheme grants fellowships for international highly qualified PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers to pursue their research in Turkey in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the potential to contribute significantly to Turkey’s goal of international cooperation in scientific and technological development.

Deadline for applications: 7 Oct 16

Fellowships, Research Mobility, and Young Investigator Awards for UK researchers in Brazil

These awards offer an opportunity for the UK researcher to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in some of the best research groups in the Brazil.UK researchers from the natural sciences, engineering, medical sciences (including clinical or patient-oriented research), social sciences and humanities fields, are eligible to apply for support.

Deadline for applications: 24 Oct 16

CHINA – Sustainable Deltas

This joint activity focuses on research challenges for sustainable and safe deltas within the broader framework of the water sector. A number of thematic areas have been identified, including water availability, water system analysis, salinisation and desiccation, water governance, and new solutions for passenger and freight transportation in deltas and coastal waters.

Deadline for applications: 25 Oct 16


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Pre-call Announcement: Joint Health Research Accelerator Award

Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester will shortly be launching the next round of the Joint Health Research Accelerator Award.

The scheme is targeted at academics across the four Health Research Centres (Manchester Met) and within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (UoM) to forge collaborative research that addresses a health research problem of strategic significance within the two Universities.

These awards provide pump-priming funds to allow collaborating researchers from the two institutions to obtain preliminary data that will ultimately feed into an application for external funding.

Applications must: be led by a PI who has a substantive contract of employment within either University, and include an Early Career Researcher as a Co-Investigator.

The award will be a maximum of £10,000, and must be spent within 12 months of the award being made.

The call for applications will be released in September 2016.

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Newton Fund – New Calls

The Newton Fund have released the following new funding opportunities for researchers:

Newton-Bhabha PhD Placements Programme

This programme enables UK and Indian PhD students to spend between two and four months in Indian and UK higher education or research institutions, with a focus on the following priority research areas: biological and medical sciences; engineering, physical and space sciences; environment, agriculture and food sciences;public health and wellbeing.

Deadline for applications: 16 Aug 16

Newton Research Collaboration Programme

This facilitates international exchanges between engineering researchers in the UK and their counterparts in selected Newton Fund partner countries.

Deadline for applications: 14 Sep 16

Newton advanced fellowships – China, Malaysia and Mexico

These enable established international researchers to develop the strengths and capabilities through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Supported work may be on any subject within the natural sciences.

Deadline for applications: 14 Sep 16

Newton Institutional Links Grants

These grants enable leading researchers and established researchers from the UK and Newton partner countries to build research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges, which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

Deadline for applications: 19 Sep 16

Newton Researcher Links Workshop Grants – Malaysia, China, Mexico and Thailand

These grants give early-career researchers from the UK and partner countries the opportunity to form international connections that can improve the quality of their research through bilateral workshops. Workshops should tackle global challenges and multidisciplinary proposals, including arts and humanities.

Deadline for applications: 19 Sep 16

Newton Researcher Links Travel Grants

These enable early-career researchers from the UK and partner countries Thailand and South Africa to travel between the UK and the partner countries to support research areas relevant to the development of partner countries. Travels should to tackle global challenges and multidisciplinary proposals, including arts and humanities.

Deadline for applications: 19 Sep 16


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Wellcome Trust Visit Day

Diversity-and-Inclusion-at-Wellcome-Trust1The Wellcome Trust will be visiting Manchester Met on Wednesday 14th September, to present to an audience of researchers across the University. The presenters from the Trust will be Dr Candace Hassall and Thomas Bray.

The Wellcome Trust primarily funds research in bio-medical science and healthcare disciplines. However, the Trust also supports health research across humanities and social sciences. The aim of the event will be to gain a deeper understanding of the Trust as a funder. It will also provide an opportunity to network with staff from other disciplines.

The day will be split into two sessions:

Morning (2.5 hours) 10am to 12.30pm – open to all interested researchers.

10am – arrival, registration, refreshments.

10:30am – overview of Wellcome Trust grant schemes and priorities; more detailed discussion of Seed Awards; time for questions; short talk by Professor Richard Greene.

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30 – networking lunch open to all staff.

Afternoon (2 hours) 1:30pm to 3:30pm – invited researchers only. General overview of collaborative awards; discussion with invited groups of senior researchers developing collaborative awards; facilitate discussion within groups with feedback provided by the Wellcome Trust.

To register for this event, please click HERE.

Please select which session you would like to attend. Those of you selecting the Afternoon session will be contacted by the RKE Office to ensure you are currently developing a collaborative award proposal and that this session is appropriate for you.

Manchester Met Business School, Room 3.15

Wednesday 14th September 10:00 – 16:00

For more information, please contact Justin Smith or Emma Hodson-Tole