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Call: Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats


The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) is seeking to fund innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats, or enhance the UK’s capacity to detect and mitigate such threats. Individual researchers and research teams in academic institutions, research organisations, SMEs, and industry are eligible for commissioning funds.

Successful applicants will become part of CREST’s larger research programme, benefiting from resources for translating and communicating evidence for impact, and opportunities for sustained interaction with the user community.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for workshops, short projects and long projects by 31 January 2017.

Applicants should propose a programme of work that addresses one of the following topics:

  • Behaviour change
  • Information disclosure in online/virtual environments
  • Information disclosure across contexts
  • Enhancing long-term memory for complex events
  • Assessing the health of a relationship
  • Measuring rapport
  • Security and discretion
  • Investigative decision making under pressure
  • Making decisions about information value
  • Scenario planning and prediction
  • Terrorist and counter-terrorist actions and decisions
  • Impact of organisational change on counterproductive work behaviour
  • Indirect assessment and risk management
  • Individual differences in the adoption and use of new technology

Commissioning: Second Broad Topic Solicitation


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Tackling Global Development Challenges through Engineering and Digital Technology Research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, via the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its call on tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research. This supports an internationally leading programme of research centred around engineering and digital technologies to tackle the challenges faced by the developing world. Proposals must fall under one or both of the following headings:

•engineering research – sustainable infrastructure development, engineering for disaster resilience or engineering for humanitarian aid;

•digital technology research – access to digital services, use of data for vital services or secure and trusted digital infrastructures.

Projects must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed.

Collaboration with academic partners, government agencies and non-governmental organisations based in one or more developing countries is strongly encouraged. Industrial collaborators are also welcome.

The total budget is £25 million, enough to fund approximately 20 projects for a duration of 36 months. Items of equipment worth up to £10,000 may be requested. Costs associated with research overseas such as consumables and fieldwork are eligible.

Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2016

For more information, please visit EPSRC

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Digital Catapult Researcher in Residence Programme

Research Councils UK and the Digital Catapult Centre invite applications for their researcher in residence programme. This enables researchers at any career stage to spend time at the Digital Catapult Centre or a relevant partner organisation to undertake a project that will generate impact for the digital economy in the broadest sense. Projects can either be applied or strategic in nature.

Deadline for proposals: 19 June

Funding Available: £25,000

For more information, please visit the Digital Catapult Centre.

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.

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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research related funding opportunities. Please pass on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested.

Feminist Review Trust Grants

This aims to advance the education of the public in the subject of gender; promote equality of opportunity between women and men; and advance good health and education among women.

Deadline for applications: 31 May 16

RCUK Digital Catapult Researcher in Residence Programme

This enables researchers at any career stage to spend time at the Digital Catapult Centre or a relevant partner organisation to undertake a project that will generate impact for the digital economy in the broadest sense.

Deadline for applications: 19 Jun 16

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.

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Digital Media Habits for MCFC

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Are you Weibo or WeChat?
Do you know your ManU from your ManC?
What are your favourite websites/apps – for news, sports and celebrity gossip?
Who are your favourite celebs?

These are just some of the questions that Manchester City Football Club are asking Chinese nationals in order to understand digital media habits further.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in taking part in a small focus group in return for £20 cash and a free tour of the Etihad stadium, please ask them to register their details HERE.

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New AHRC Digital Transformations Small Grants Call – potential of digital environments to facilitate research collaborations between practice-based researchers and other AHRC disciplines

AHRC 2    computer cultureThe aim of the call is to explore the potential for digital environments to facilitate collaborative research and dialogue between practice-based research in the arts and other forms of research in the AHRC disciplinary domain. Current developments in digital technology and the issues presented by the growth of information offer many opportunities for practice-based researchers in such disciplines as dance, visual arts, drama, music and contemporary arts practice to engage in innovative collaborations with researchers in arts and humanities disciplines, including history, classics, philosophy, English language and literature, linguistics and modern languages. The present call will fund a group of playful, challenging and thought-provoking projects in which practice-based researchers work with colleagues in other disciplinary areas to explore and reflect on how our use of digital technologies is transforming engagement with both past and contemporary cultures and societies.
Projects should be innovative, ambitious, and have truly transformative potential for the Arts and Humanities, and for the continued development of the Digital Transformations theme . To achieve the desired orginality and innovation from these awards AHRC would particularly like to encourage projects of a speculative nature exploring emerging areas of technological transformation which include an element of risk within them. Proposals should be clear about the risks involved, and show that they have been considered carefully and explain how they will be addressed within the project.
Scope of Call
This Small Grants call is open to all applicants with research ideas that have relevance to Digital Transformations and speak to the core aims of the theme. Projects must include collaboration between practice-based researchers and researchers from other disciplinary areas relevant to the AHRC.
Applicants may apply for up to £50,000 fEC for projects of the following nature:
a) Research networks to build upon new or existing collaborations and partnerships in this area
b) Scoping or pilot studies to develop ideas with a view to building a larger project in the future
N.B larger scale projects can apply through the AHRC responsive mode Research Grants route, and details can be found in the Research Funding Guide
c) Proposals that build upon work from a previous project by taking that research in a new direction. This could include: developing co-creation with researchers from non-academic organisations; introducing an international element to the research; creating new cross-disciplinary collaborations; developing performances, installations or other practice-based activities from the earlier research.

Call info is here:

Deadline is 27th November

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27 November deadline for Seed corn funding under Communities & Culture Network +


Communities and Culture Network+ are issuing an open and response-mode call for seed projects of £1-4k per project  to fund small discrete projects within their remit. The Network is a strand of the Digital Economy theme led by EPSRC and aims to investigate ” the digital transformations of communities and culture… We directly address the actual, claimed and potential impact of mobile and digital technologies on everyday life, citizenship, culture and community”.

This is an open call for collaborative or academic projects, for post-doctoral up to experienced researchers.  The projects should develop an idea or project, test a concept or theory, be creative or concept driven, and/or develop partnerships through activities.

 Projects submitted for the final call in November 2014 (deadline 27th November)  must start by January 2015 and the duration must not exceed three months.

You can find full details of the seed project call and the costing template here:

Please speak to your Research Development Manager in RKE for help with the costings for these as the scheme uses full economic costing as the budget basis.