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Sustainable Urbanisation – European Funding Opportunity

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The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI Urban Europe) in partnership with the Belmont Forum have announced details of a new funding scheme open to a range of European and international countries. The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative – Food-Water-Energy Nexus (SUGI-FWE Nexus for short) will look for multinational, interdisciplinary partnerships engaging with key stakeholders to investigate one of three areas:

  • Robust Knowledge, Indicators and  Assessments
  • Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Trade-offs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The call will have two stages, with pre-proposals requested by 15 March 2017 and full proposals (by invitation) by 20 September 2017. The UK element of this call (totalling €1.7m) will be supported by Innovate UK, AHRC and ESRC and fund fundamental research, applied research and innovation and implementation activities.

You can find more information about the call here (including presentations and application forms) and the full call text here. There will also be a “matchmaking event” in Leipzig on 12 January 2017.

As ever, if you’re interested in applying do get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).


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ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers Research Fund call open

A new funding opportunity is being launched as part of a decade-long partnership between the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) which aims to place innovation and appetite for risk at the centre of world-class research.

Sitting within the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, the Development Frontiers Research Fund aims to fund innovative, strategic and catalytic research with the potential to radically impact on sustainable development concepts or practices, or lead to new thinking and action on poverty reduction.

Proposals are invited for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) value between£200,000 and £300,000. Projects can be between 12 and 18 months long, but must finish no later than 31 March 2019. They expect to fund around 14-18 awards, depending on the quality of the proposals received.

This call has been designed to enable researchers to conduct exploratory, small-scale projects with a view to developing ideas, collaboration, and research capacity for future larger grants for other calls, whether to ESRC or DFID or other funders. This second call within the Development Frontiers Research Fund will support innovative, interdisciplinary research that is focused on new ways to tackle the challenges encountered at the intersections between poverty, environmental sustainability and conflict/fragility in specific developing country contexts

West Africa:Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sao Tome, and Principe Togo

Horn of Africa: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan

South/Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines ,Timor Leste

This call is open to proposals from researchers based anywhere in the world. A requirement of this call is that at least one developing country researcher and at least one early career researcher must be included in the research team, either as principal investigator or co-investigator

NOTE: Eligible research organisations from the UK and other developed countries can lead on a maximum of up to two proposals to this call so, if you are interested, please get in touch with your Research Development Manager a.s.a.p.

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/esrc-dfid-development-frontiers-research-fund-2016-17/

 


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ESRC Support for Early Career Researchers

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is to enhance and improve its support for early career researchers at three distinct stages:

  • Doctoral
  • Immediately Postdoctorate
  • Transition to Independent Researcher

Postdoctoral Fellowships will be made available to ESRC and non-ESRC funded doctoral graduates who are within one year of completing their PhD and will give them the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.

ESRC are also introducing a New Investigator scheme, which replaces the Future Research Leaders scheme. This new strand of our existing Research Grants scheme will provide early career researchers with the opportunity to lead their first major research grant and gain experience of managing a research project and team. The scheme has an open deadline for submission.

Other new developments include:

  • Ensuring that all ESRC grant holders set out, at the application stage, how they will support postdoctoral researchers’ continuing professional development.
  • Commissioning an international comparative review of the nature of the PhD in the social sciences – to establish the extent to which PhDs provide effective preparation for careers both within and beyond academia, and whether our doctoral graduates are competitive internationally.
  • Encouraging early career researchers to participate in other ESRC funding schemes, for example, requiring them to be included as co-investigators.

For more information, please visit ESRC.


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Global Challenges Research Fund: Building Resilience

As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the AHRC is partnering with ESRC on a joint call, led by NERC, to generate inter disciplinary research which can address the issue of ‘Building Resilience’. The call is open to proposals addressing resilience to natural and man-made environmental hazards in a range of developing world contexts. The focus is on how to build resilience in relation to both sudden and slow-onset environmental hazards (e.g. land-degradation, deforestation, drought, hurricanes, climate change) taking into account the intersections and relationships with other contexts such as conflict and fragility, poverty and famine, urbanisation, economics and health / disease risks.

The call will fund foundation-building activities to stimulate the creation of inter-disciplinary international research communities; to enable broader, deeper and more effective collaborations; test new innovative ideas and inter-disciplinary approaches for addressing the issue of developing resilience. All proposals are expected to take an inter-disciplinary approach, bringing together environmental science with social science and the arts and humanities.

Deadline for proposals: 6 Sept 2016

Funding available: £200,000

For more information, please visit NERC. For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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Update on ESRC Large Grants & Centres Call, 2016

ESRC    This year, ESRC are separating the Large Grants from the Centres in this funding opportunity.

The competition for Large Grants will open very shortly,  inviting applications  of between £1 million and £2.5 million at 100 per cent FEC. They expect to fund between three to four new Large Grants and the closing date for applications will be in October 2016.

Instead of also including an invitation for Centres applications on an open basis , this time they have announced two calls for research centres in specific areas (to open in June).

One will aim to create a centre on UK housing, with support of £5.6 million over five years. This is a collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and several other organisations within the housing industry. Applications close on 11 October.

The other call will aim to result in two Foundations of Inclusive Growth, with funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund. Each foundation will receive up to £5m over five years, and the deadline is expected to be 6 September.

There is a really detailed article on these centres now available on Research Professional: https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/funding/insight/2016/5/Opportunity-profile–Housing-and-the-Global-South-take-centre-stage.html#sthash.VNepVaZv.dpuf

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/2016-17-large-grants-and-centre-competitions/

 

 

 

 


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RCUK Joint Calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund

Translating Cultures and Care for the Future Innovation Awards on International Development

The call aims to support projects that take innovative approaches to the following research strands: Languages, cultural exchange and development assistance; Pressures in global mobility; Cultures and development; Cultural heritages, interpretation and representation. Proposals should clearly demonstrate the value of arts and humanities research to international development issues and provide a platform for further research in the relevant area.

Deadline for proposals: 21 July

GCRF Foundation Awards for Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs)

The aims of this call are to both address new research opportunities and develop capability and capacity to particular research areas, such as: Cardiovascular and metabolic research; Cancers of high prevalence in LMICs; Mental health and neurocognitive development; Adolescent, maternal, and childhood health; Impacts of demographic/behavioural changes across the lifecourse; Environmental change; Technologies, designs and methods suited to LMICs.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

GCRF Foundation Awards for Infection Research

This call will develop new or expand existing strands of ODA applicable research and partnerships targeting LMIC infectious disease priorities. Areas of opportunity include: Detection and diagnostic development; Epidemiology; Cultural, social, economic, environmental and political influences on the emergence and spread of infections; Modelling; and many more.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

GCRF Foundation Awards for Global Agricultural and Food Systems Research

This call highlights five broad research challenges as follows: Systems that deliver safe and nutritious food for all; Resilience of the food system to climatic variability; Reducing losses throughout the agri-food chain and reusing unavoidable food waste; Agriculture within the context of the wider landscape; Urban agriculture.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

Tackling antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting

The call aims to expand understanding of how the behaviour of public, professionals and organisations impacts on AMR: how it can enhance or control the spread of AMR; how it is affected by social, psychological and organisational context, cultures and history; and how it can be influenced to create different future scenarios.

Deadline for proposals: 20 July (Pump priming grants), 27 July (EOI for collaborative grants)

ESRC/AHRC Call for proposals on Forced displacement

This is a joint call for innovative, interdisciplinary projects focusing on the experiences of the forced displaced (both internationally and internally) whether due to poverty, war, conflict, persecution or human rights violations.

Deadline for proposals: 7 July

GCRF / PaCCS: Inter-Disciplinary Research Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development

This call aims to support inter-disciplinary research innovation and international collaboration focussed on the interconnections between conflict and international development and with the potential to contribute to the welfare (broadly defined) and/or economic development of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Deadline for proposals: 28 July

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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CALL: Tackling antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting

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The ESRC, in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) are pleased to invite applications for cross disciplinary proposals on the topic of behaviour relating to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

This call will address theme 4 of the cross-Research Council initiative (MRC website) on AMR: ‘Behaviour within and beyond the health care setting’. Through this call, we aim to expand understanding of how the behaviour of public, professionals and organisations impacts on AMR: how it can enhance or control the spread of AMR; how it is affected by social, psychological and organisational context, cultures and history; and how it can be influenced to create different future scenarios.

We use a broad definition of behaviour, including understanding the underlying determinants of behaviour and behaviour change, and factoring in cultural, organisational and individual-level influences. Recognising that infection control needs to be addressed both nationally and internationally, this call enables both UK and globally focused research.

We will accept two types of proposal:

  • Small scale pump priming grants – maximum of £250,000 at 100 per cent FEC for up to 24 months. These grants will be primarily for research relevant to the needs of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
  • Large scale collaborative grants – maximum of £2 million at 100 per cent FEC for up to 48 months. These grants will be open to proposals focusing on the UK or global settings.

All proposals should be highly collaborative and have a strong focus on real world impact. Research proposals relevant to humans or animals are welcomed. This call includes a significant proportion of funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment, and will be awarded in a manner that fits with Official ODA guidelines.

How to apply

ESRC will manage the application process on behalf of all funders. All proposals must be submitted through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system and detailed guidance about how to apply is provided below.

The closing dates are:

  • Pump priming proposals: 16.00 on 20 July 2016
  • Collaborative grants: 16.00 on 8 September 2016

Expressions of interest

We request that those considering applying for a large scale collaborative grant submit an expression of interest (EoI), using the short online form by 27 July 2016.

It is not a requirement to submit an EoI but we strongly encourage this.

Call documents

Information and networking events

An optional networking and information event, where applicants can gain additional information and meet potential collaborators, will be held in London on 14 June 2016.

We will hold a separate workshop with representatives from Defra and VMD on 10 June 2016 for potential applicants to explore collaborations for research on behaviour as it relates to animals.

Key dates

  • Workshop on behaviour relevant to animals – 10 June 2016
  • Information and networking event – 14 June 2016
  • Pump priming grants:
    • Call closes (Je-S application deadline) – 16.00 on 20 July 2016
    • Grants start – January 2017
  • Collaborative grants:
    • Expressions of Interest due – 27 July 2016
    • Call closes (Je-S application deadline) – 16.00 on 8 September 2016
    • Grants start – April 2017

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/tackling-antimicrobial-resistance-behaviour-within-and-beyond-the-healthcare-setting/