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Pre-call announcement: UK-Japan Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Initiative

The MRC and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) are pleased to announce they will soon be launching a joint call for research proposals focused on Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.

This initiative will support collaborative (UK-Japanese) research projects that build upon fundamental insights and initial early-stage discoveries, to advance regenerative approaches towards clinical use in the future and to utilise stem cells as medial research tools.

Applications will be particularly welcome for projects focusing on:

  • Human cell engineering, gene editing and cellular reprogramming approaches where a clear future therapeutic goal has been identified.
  • Investigations into modulation of the human tissue niche, or improving understanding of the niche; this may include for example establishing mechanisms for differentiation in transplanted stem cells or understanding immunological barriers.
  • Improving efficacy of engraftment and regeneration of transplanted cells.
  • Developing tools, technologies and methods to enable translational regenerative medicine research including, but not limited to, in-vivo cell imagining approaches or high throughput screening techniques.
  • Creating novel on-vitro models utilising stem cells which could be used for robust predictive safety testing or as drug screening models.

Alternative project outcomes such as therapeutic candidates, medical devices and diagnostic agents mat also be supported by this call.

MRC will make up to £5m available to support the UK component of the collaborative research projects. It is expected that the available funds will support approximately 8 projects/

For further details and updates please visit the MRC and AMED websites in December.


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NIHR Policy Research Programme Working Age Consultation Event Launch

The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) wants to develop the evidence base for policy aimed at improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities, for people of working age. As employment is one of the key determinants of health, there is a particulate interest in evidence on the relationship between health and work.

The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility and the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) are running an event in London to inform a research specification for a future funding round and allow networking and potential collaborations for individuals from multidisciplinary backgrounds.

  • Date: Thursday 24th October
  • Location: London, tbc.
  • Registration: Free, via this form. Please complete this by 7th October.

The all-day event will include key speakers, a sandpit-style priority setting workshop, and networking. Attendance at this event is free and lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited so please use the expression of interest form to register your interest by 7th October. All spaces, and event information will be confirmed by the organisers after the deadline. This event is open to representatives from medical schools, business schools, charities, the NHS, local authorities, allied health professionals and the public.

If you have an interest in the field but are unable to attend you may wish to complete the Research Question Submission form that will contribute towards informing the debate and priority setting at the consultation event.

For further information on the event please visit the RDS website. You can also get in touch with the RDS via their email or telephone 020 8843 8027.


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Royal Society International Exchanges Now Open

The first Round of 2019 International Exchanges funded by the Royal Society are now open for submissions.

The aim of the scheme is for UK based scientists to better interact with other scientists around the world, to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations. This scheme is not intended to support continued research activities.


Award Amount: £3,000 / £6,000 / £12,000

Duration: 3 months / 12 months / 24 months

Deadline: Wednesday 13th March – 3pm

There are three variations of the scheme available depending on how long a duration is required for your project;

3 month project – Budget of £3,000 to cover one-off travel costs only.

12 month project – Budget of £6,000 for multiple visits within one year including a maximum of £1,500 for research expenses.

24 month project – Budget of £12,000 for multiple visits including a maximum of £3,000 for research expenses.


For more information on this scheme please visit the Royal Society website.

If you would like to apply for this scheme please contact your Research Development Team for support.


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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