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

Royal Society Theo Murphy blue skies award

This supports innovative research that will lead to preliminary or proof of concept data; fundamental research in new and emerging areas; and original and bold research that may lack a sufficient evidence base in the literature.

Deadline for applications: 21 July

Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Project Grants

These support research projects in the historical humanities, particularly within the fields of archaeology, art history, historical Islamic studies, history, history of law, history of science, prehistory and early history.

Deadline for applications: 22 Nov

Osteology Foundation Research Grants

These support research on oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration. Topics may include: bone and soft tissue biology – clinical aspects; local factors affecting oral tissue regeneration; systemic diseases with an impact on oral tissue regeneration; novel bone and soft tissue substitute materials; pharmacological aspects of oral tissue regeneration; and inflammatory conditions, such as periodontitis and peri-implants.

Deadline for applications: 1 Dec

Ove Arup Foundation Smaller Project Grants

These support projects that are consistent with the foundation’s education purposes in the built environment.

Deadline for applications: No Deadline

Multiple Sclerosis Trust Multiple Sclerosis Therapists Education Fund

This enables therapists to meet the needs of people with MS by expanding their MS knowledge and clinical skills through attending academic courses, conferences, study days or masterclasses.

Deadline for applications: No Deadline

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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Nuffield Foundation Grants for Research and Innovation

These support research, practical experiments or development work in areas such as children, families, education and the elderly.

Deadline for applications: 18 Apr 16

British Tinnitus Association Large Research Project Scheme

This supports projects which help to improve the lives of people with tinnitus.

Deadline for applications: 30 Apr 16

Viking Society for Northern Research Support Fund

The purpose of the fund is to assist in the development of the study of the literature, history, language and archaeology of early and medieval Scandinavia.

Deadline for applications: 01 May 16

Wellcome Trust People Awards

These support projects that are innovative and creative and engage the public with biomedical science or the history of medicine.

Deadline for applications: 20 May 16

British Psychological Society Sections Initiative Fund

This supports scientific initiatives that promote or advance psychology.

Deadline for applications: 01 Sep 16

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.

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Take a look at these research proposal funding opportunities.

Education Endowment Foundation General Project Funding

This is for evaluating interventions or approaches that improve the learning and development of children aged three and four, as well as pupils in mainstream schools from ages five to 16.

Deadline for proposals: 01 Apr 16

Prehistoric Society Research Fund

This supports research into prehistoric archaeology in any part of the world. The aim is to offer small ‘pump-primer’ grants to projects in their early stages.

Deadline for proposals: 31 Jan 17

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.

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AEA conference Learning in Later Life Call for Papers

In April 2016 the Association of Education and Ageing will host a conference on Learning in Later Life: Theory, Policy and Practice.

The Conference celebrates the completion of 30 years of AEA’s mission to promote the importance of learning in later life.

The Conference will address a range of critically important themes of theory, policy and practice in relation to learning in later life and relate these themes to the role of learning in ageing societies. AEA conferences have a reputation for bringing together, from across Europe and further afield, older people, practitioners, researchers, academics and policy-makers.

The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, 5th – 7th April 2016

Papers from all perspectives and disciplines are invited on, for example:

  • Older adults’ participation in learning
  • The role of learning for health and well-being
  • Older adults’ learning and technology

Participants wishing to present a paper (in English) are requested to submit an abstract (maximum 300 words including title). The author’s name, institution, address and email should be presented on a separate sheet, together with the title of the paper. All abstracts should be submitted by 22nd January 2016 (but preferably earlier) to

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ESRC & DFID pre-call announcement upcoming call on Education in developing countries


ESRC and DFID are pleased to announce that they will be inviting applications to a second call under the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems programme in March 2015.

This £20 million programme is generating world-class cutting-edge social science research that addresses key questions on learning outcomes within education systems in developing countries. The aim is to provide policymakers and practitioners with concrete ideas on how to improve learning, and understanding of how these will translate to their specific contexts and institutions. Funding is being awarded through three annual calls, each with a different but complementary thematic focus.

The 2015 call will focus on the theme of ‘challenging contexts’ – where education systems face particular challenges, what enables or inhibits the raising of learning outcomes. An overview of the thematic focus and scope of call two, and eligibility and application requirements, are set out in the documents below. This pre-call announcement is being made to enable interested researchers to begin discussions with potential research partners and research users in advance of the formal call for proposals.

ESRC and DFID are in the process of finalising the call specification and associated documentation, which will be available when the call for proposals is officially launched in March 2015. The deadline for proposals will be in May 2015.

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Society for Research into Higher Education – prize for Newer Researchers


Each year the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) invites applications from Newer Researchers to enter a research proposal for a small scale project under an SRHE Prize scheme.  The  winner receives a number of benefits from the Society in addition to the prize money awarded to fund the selected project. Entry is open to all and not restricted to current SRHE Members.  The SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers is jointly sponsored by SRHE and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

In 2015 there will be up to three prizes of £3,000 available for a research project of one year’s duration. These awards are intended to provide support for early stage researchers in the field of higher education research to enable them to:-

  • undertake a research project in their own right
  • develop research skills which will help advance their research career.

Benefits of the Awards

The primary purpose of these awards is to offer support to Newer Researchers intending to pursue a career in higher education research by providing funding for an initial research project and offering access to the resources of the Society.  Successful award holders are provided with the support of a mentor and, for UK based applicants, invited to become a member of the Society’s prestigious Research & Development Committee which affords a wider involvement in higher education research developments.

Value of the Awards

The SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers provides:-

  • £3,000 research funding
  • the support of a SRHE senior researcher as mentor
  • publication by the Society of a paper on the research project undertaken
  • presentation of the final paper at SRHE Newer Researchers Conference
  • one year’s free membership of the SRHE
  • one years free subscription to the Society’s main journals, Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Abstracts & Higher Education Quarterly.


Eligible researchers are those with a minimum of a first undergraduate degree and currently registered as a student with, or undertaking research associated with, a university or college department and with an interest in pursuing a career in higher education research.

These awards are not available to support study towards a postgraduate qualification or to support research work intended as the basis for a PhD submission. Research proposals submitted for these awards must demonstrate that they relate to different research questions than those covered by a PhD, or equivalent, if this is yet to be awarded or completed. To qualify as a newer researcher you should be within 6 years of the completion of your PhD or equivalent professional qualification.

Call closes: 31st March 2015

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Research Matters: A Year in Focus

You can read the online version of Research Matters here or a PDF version here. Paper copies will be available at all reception points across MMU from next week.

This article is taken from ManMetLife – written by Gareth Hollyman, MMU Press Team – available in its original form here.


The University has produced its first cross-institutional research brochure called Research Matters – ‘World Class Research Impact’ 2014.

The 36-page glossy reviews the past year in research and knowledge exchange celebrating the quality and diversity of work and its relevance to industry and society.

Inspired by our impressive entry to the Research Excellence Framework, the brochure is being marketed to funding councils, commerce and industry and university and other collaborators.

Writing in his preface, Vice Chancellor Professor John Brooks says: “MMU has set a challenging 2020 vision to become a top 50 university for both teaching and research.


Create, communicate, commercialise

“We have a very strong foundation laid by the REF submission which demonstrates research with world-class outcomes is being produced by some 330 of our academic staff who were selected.

“The role of modern universities is to create, communicate and to commercialise knowledge. Our RKE strategy ensures that our research is relevant, has impact and informs our teaching.”

Research Matters includes case studies related to our five key areas of:

  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainability and Adapting to Climate Change
  • New Technology and Innovation
  • Education and Society
  • Arts and Humanities

Some highlights featured include: Nick Bowring’s ‘microwave’ security scanner, Jamie McPhee’s healthy ageing physiology work, Katherine Runswick-Cole’s work on new approaches to adoption, Cathy Parker’s retail management and high street research and Carl Payton’s work on disabled swimming to support Paralympians.

The cover features the high-profile work of artist Steve Dixon whose sculptures of Nobel Prize winners including Aung San Suu Kyi are on show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Public engagement

Vanda Murray OBE, Deputy Chair of Governors said: “I never cease to be amazed at the vibrancy and diversity of research within the University and this publication provides a timely review of the breadth and quality of our work.”

“Equally important is engagement with external communities which has become an expected part of everyday academic life. I am always struck by how grounded MMU academics are; experts in their field undoubtedly, but also able and, more importantly willing, to take time out to communicate their ideas to a wider audience.

“It is important that staff that engage in these agendas feel recognised for their efforts.”

Research Matters was overseen by Professor Dave Raper and Sam Gray in the RKE team and produced by the Marketing Communications and Development Team, with design by Jo Phillips.