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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards 2016 Call now open ******INTERNAL EXPRESSION OF INTEREST STAGE*****

AHRC 2    Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-HEI organisations and businesses.

These awards provide funded studentships based on  opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside the university environment. The support provided by both a university and non-university supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.

The studentships also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

The AHRC are keen to see innovative applications that build diverse relationships with the non-HEI sectors. There have been many CDA awards made for collaborations with larger museums and organisations however the AHRC would like to encourage further proposals to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups.

The current AHRC call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards has a cap of  2 applications per HEI.

We therefore need to run an ******internal MMU Expression of Interest Call****** so that we ensure that we are complying with that maximum and are putting forward our strongest applications. This worked well in previous years  and we’ve been successful with 3 out of the last 4 applications.  

So, you are considering a bid to this Call you therefore need to submit a short Expression of Interest form by Mon 11th May. Forms should be submitted to me – Germaine Loader, Research Development Manager in RKE at (I can also answer any questions you have about the scheme).  EOIs will then be assessed by a panel of relevant Associate Deans for RKE  and they will select those to go forward to develop a full AHRC application. The AHRC deadline is 7th July 15

The form is here:  EOI 2016

The full Call info is here:

Any queries,  please just ask!


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ESRC – China call for collaborative research on The Green Economy and Understanding Population Change

ESRC 2The Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC UK), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC China) and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO Netherlands) are pleased to announce a call for collaborative projects between European and Chinese researchers in the areas of ‘The Green Economy’ and ‘Understanding Population Change’.

Applications are invited for joint projects under the following priority themes, addressing key issues where true added value can be gained from collaboration.

The Green Economy

  • The ‘greenness and dynamics of economies’
  • Metrics and indicators for a green economy
  • Policies, planning and institutions (including business) for a green economy
  • The green economy in cities and metropolitan areas
  • Consumer behaviour and lifestyles in a green economy

Understanding Population Change

  • Changing life course
  • Urbanisation and migration
  • Labour markets and social security dynamics
  • Methodology, modelling and forecasting
  • Care provision
  • Comparative policy learning

Proposals should include leading European researchers wishing to develop contacts with leading researchers in China, and involve participation from at least two different participating European countries and a Chinese consortium.

The closing date is 16.00 3 December 2013. Proposals should be submitted electronically using the Research Council’s Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) form.

For full details please see the ESRC website here.