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GCRF: Update on Collective Programme calls and Regional Engagement Events

As flagged on the Blog, UKRI are starting to announce details of calls from for their Collective Programme. New details have been added for calls here – with the majority being led via AHRC and ESRC.  Calls that are open, or scheduled to open in January, include:

If you are thinking about submitting to any of the calls, or have been invited to participate in projects led by other organisations, please contact your Research Development Manager as soon as possible for guidance and support.

UKRI Regional Engagement Events

To complement the calls and provide an opportunity to hear more about GCRF, UKRI are arranging a series of engagement events – further details here.

From UKRI’s website:

“UKRI are developing a programme of UK based GCRF engagement events which will take place January-March 2019.  These events provide a timely opportunity to engage with the GCRF Challenge Leaders, for UKRI to provide an update on live and upcoming ODA calls/activities, and to discuss key topics e.g. interdisciplinary approaches, building equitable partnerships, and maximising impact.

These events are open to anyone with an interest in the GCRF and development research opportunities.”

We would encourage those of you who have an interest in any of the calls, or GCRF more broadly, to consider attending these events.

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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.

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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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research related funding opportunities.

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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Grab a Grant

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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