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Newton International Fellowships – host the best early career researchers from around the world

Application deadline Thursday 26th March 2020, 3pm UK time

The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Fellows are provided with £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £3,000 for relocation expenses. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the award to the visiting researcher, to the host university.

The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy, Royal Society or the Academy of Medical Sciences- please see below links for call guidance :

British Academy

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.

Academy of Medical Sciences

We are the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society.

Royal Society

The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Please contact your Research Development Manager/Officer for support.

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Internal Research Development Funding Now Open for Applications

The Research & Knowledge Exchange Directorate are pleased to announce that the internal funding schemes for Research Development are now open for applications!

Full Details can be found on our Intranet Page

There are three streams of funding available for Research Development:

Research Accelerator Grant (£5,000)

Primarily aimed at Early Career Researchers, the Research Accelerator Grant (RAG) will provide a small amount of funding to enable researchers to work towards submission for a larger external research application e.g by generating pilot data. Funding to those beyond their early careers will be limited.

Research Development Fellowship (£5,000)

Primarily aimed at Early Career Researchers, the Research Development Fellowship (RDF) will provide researchers with the opportunity to undertake research within another sector and are available for short placements (up to 3 months) with non-academic organisations. Funding to those beyond their early careers will be limited.

International Collaborative Fund (£5,000)

The International Collaborative Fund will provide the opportunity to bring together researchers (and other interested parties) around a specific theme or topic to align to external funding opportunities, with at least one partner being international. Funding is available to host meetings in the UK or in an international location .

Please note there are no longer formal deadlines for these grants and applications are welcomed at any time. Once you have submitted your application it will be considered at the next available panel meeting (to be held Quarterly in Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct) with the outcome announced soon after.

For more information please visit the Research Funding Schemes Intranet Page or refer to the documents below.

If you require support for your application or have further queries about the schemes please contact your Research Development Officer:

Rachel ColleyBecky Hewlett
Science & EngineeringArts & Humanities
Health, Psychology
& Social Care
Business & Law

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Science & Engineering Early Career Researcher Grant Applications Workshop

Brought to you by Research & Knowledge Exchange, this afternoon workshop will be a chance for Early Career Researchers (in Science & Engineering) to improve their knowledge of the grant application process and give them the confidence to get started.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 1pm – 4pm

Location: John Dalton E005

Registration: Register via Eventbrite

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from your Research Development Team on key considerations when preparing grant applications; ask questions to a panel of Science and Engineering colleagues on the realities of the grant application process; and examine past grant applications to determine which elements contribute to funding success.

This session is available to ECRs* who have permanent contracts and are eligible to apply for external funding.

*For the purpose of this workshop, ECRs are defined as staff within six years of their first academic appointment.

There are 30 places available on a first come first serve basis. To register please visit the Eventbrite Page where you will be able to confirm your eligibility and respond to two required questions.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Changes to EPSRC and NERC New Investigator Schemes


From 25 July 2017 a New Investigator Award scheme will replace the First Grant initiative. The New Investigator Award scheme will remove some of the current restrictions and will help improve the quality and ambition of research proposals submitted, recognising that different projects and new investigators have different needs.

For more information, please visit EPSRC.


The eligibility for the NERC New Investigator scheme has been amended. Applicants must now be within five years (as opposed to the previous three) of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. This applies from January 2018.

For more information, please visit NERC.

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Early Career Researcher Camp: Research in the creative economy

The RCUK CREATe Centre is hosting a two day Early Career Researcher Camp to share and discuss strategies for research in the creative economy.

To support and encourage a community of new scholars in the digital and creative economy, the purpose of this event is to exchange useful knowledge gained though CREATe-affiliated projects, to impart strategies for successful career progression (both in academia and industry), and to map out and launch an affiliate research network for junior researchers. Participants will benefit from the collective expertise of senior UK and international scholars in intellectual property law, innovation policy, economics and social science.

The event is open to all early career researchers, including advanced PhD students, working on creative economy and related research topics.

4th – 5th May 2017

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

For more information and to register, please visit the AHRC.

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Royal Academy of Engineering/Government Office for Science Fellowships

UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The Government Office for Science is offering UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Members of the IC identify research topics and Postdocs work locally with University Research Advisors to develop and submit research proposals that align with the topics.

The research is conducted by the Postdocs while working in partnership with the University Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence community (IC Advisor).

The Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the submission deadline. PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn. The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 10 April 2017. Fellowships are funded at 80% of full Economic Cost. The maximum grant is £100,000.

For more information on the proposed topics and to apply, please visit the Royal Academy of Engineering.