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Discontinuation of MRC Skills Development Fellowships

The Medical Research Council have today announced that they will no longer be offering the Skills Development Fellowship to instead provide more funding for their other fellowship schemes.

The Postdoctoral Skills Development Fellowships have played an important role in providing training opportunities for early career researchers with £68m invested in 240 fellows since it’s launch in 2011. MRC feel that it is more appropriate to develop new ways to support the postdoctoral workforce given the more interdisciplinary nature of research opportunities.

MRC still offer a variety of both Clinical and Non-Clinical Fellowships, further details of which can be found on their website.


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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships: Call for expressions of interest

UKRI have announced a new round of funding for their Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) scheme. This is a highly competitive scheme that provides funding for up to 7 years (4 initially + an additional 3) for a Fellowship programme that tackles ambitious and challenging research questions. Visit here for the full scheme details.

The scheme supports early career researchers (ECRs) with outstanding potential. UKRI does not define what is meant by an ECR, but does issue a Person Specification for applicants. Case studies of the successful applicants, their host institutions and research can be seen here.

Deadline: Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Internal Process

In order to manage applications, to ensure only the most competitive are submitted, an internal process is in place. An Expressions of interest (EOI) should be submitted to your UCRKE Head, if you wish to submit an EOI please contact your UCRKE Head and/or Research Development Manager.

EOI Deadline: Tuesday 25th February 2020

The second stage will involve successful applicants of the EOI submitting a full application which will be assessed by a University panel to determine which proposals will be submitted.

Second stage deadline: Wednesday 15th April 2020

Please note: UKRI have confirmed a further deadline for the scheme in January 2021. Potential applicants will therefore have time to develop a competitive proposal for a future round and strengthen their track record.

Information Session

For those interested in applying an information session will be taking place next week:

Date: Monday 10th February 2020

Time: 2-3pm

Location: John Dalton Building, E0.05

The session will cover the following:

  • RKE to provide introduction to the scheme and description of the internal processes
  • Kate Pahl to discuss experiences as peer reviewer for several FLF proposals
  • Julia Rouse to discuss experience of being on the panel for Arts & Humanities
  • Questions from attendees

If you wish to attend please contact Researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.


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ISRF Mid-Career & Political Economy Fellowship Competitions

Launched today the ISRF have opened two fellowship schemes, the Mid-Career Fellowship and the Political Economy Fellowship.

ISRF MID-CAREER FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION (MCF5)

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2021. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.

The award is intended to enable a scholar at the mid-career stage to pursue their research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £70,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

The applicant should normally hold a salaried position at an institution of higher education and research, and be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award. However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career.

Launch: 06th January 2020
Deadline: 14th February 2020

ISRF POLITICAL ECONOMY FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION (PERF4)

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy, which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences. The work would be conceptually innovative, interdisciplinary, and unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy – which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences – to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2021. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.

The award is intended intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration, for a period of up to 12 months; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £70,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

Launch: 06th January 2020
Deadline: 14th February 2020


Please contact the research office at researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk if you have any questions or are interested in this opportunity


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NIHR Fellowships Now Open

NIHR have two Fellowships available which are now open for applicants.

Advanced Fellowship

This is a post-doctoral Fellowship and aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you’re someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doc experience you will be eligible to apply for an Advanced Fellowship.

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd December

Doctoral Fellowship

This Fellowship supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. These are 3 years in duration and may be taken up on a part time basis between 50 and 100% FTE.

Deadline: Tuesday 17th December

Partnership Fellowships

As part of the new structure of NIHR Fellowships, the NIHR has partnered with a number of charitable organisations to offer jointly funded NIHR Charity Partnership Fellowships including:

  • Castang Foundation
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust
  • Diabetes UK
  • Kidney Research UK
  • Moorfields Eye Charity
  • MS Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy UK

For further details of each of these calls, including eligibility, please visit the NIHR website.

If you would like to apply for any of these schemes please contact your Research Development Team.


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Dunhill Medical Trust: New Joint Fellowship Schemes

The Dunhill Medical Trust have announced three new joint Fellowship schemes with the National Institute for Health Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK and British Geriatric Society.

NIHR – Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 4th June 2019

Aimed at anyone with a PhD who hasn’t yet been awarded a chair, this scheme is suited to:

  • Individuals who have recently completed a PhD but haven’t yet established as an independent researcher.
  • Individuals starting to establish themselves as independent researchers, or who are established but not yet recognised as an International leader in the field.
  • Individuals transitions into applied health research from a basic science/non-health research background.
  • Individuals looking to re-establish their research career following a significant break.

Full details on this scheme can be found here

ARUK – Clinical Fellowships

Deadline: 3rd July 2019

A training fellowship and full fellowship are available to apply for.

The training fellowship is designed to provide the means for clinically qualified candidates the opportunity to obtain the research track record and skills require to apply for a full clinical fellowship.

The Clinical Research Fellowships are designed for clinically qualified researchers who have delivered previous research projects with evidence of impactful outputs and have clear plans to establish their own ‘niche’.

Full details of the scheme can be found here.

BGS – Doctoral Training Fellowship

Deadline: 2nd August 2019

Designed to support front-line health professionals undertake relevant age-related diseases and frailty. Eligible candidates include; doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working with odler people. Applicants must be a member of the BGS.

Full details of the scheme can be found here.

Please contact your research development team if you wish to apply for any external research funding! Email us: researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk


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Alzheimer’s Research UK – Autumn Update

A few updates from the Alzheimer’s Research UK.


Grant Deadlines

Online deadline Grant scheme
23 January Major projects; Interdisciplinary Research Grant; Senior Research Fellowship; Research Fellowship; Clinical Research Fellowship; Network Cooperation Grant; Network Resource Grant; Network Support Grant

ARUK-DMT Clinical Research Fellowship; Race Against Dementia Fellowship

30 January Dementia Consortium
20 March Pilot Project Grant; Extension Grant

Fellowships

Two new schemes have been launched:

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The ARUK-Dunhill Medical Trust Clinical Research Fellowship. This will fund a clinically qualified researcher (with previous experience in vascular dementia) up to £240,000 to cover salary, support staff, travel and running costs – see here for more info.

The Race Against Dementia Fellowship. This is a one-off call where the scheme will support Early Career Researchers (no more than 3 years post-PhD) with funds up to £500,000 for five years – see here for more info.


2019 Conference

The ARUK Conference for 2019 will be held in Harrogate on 19th-20th March. There will be a keynote lecture by Prof. Philip Scheltens.

On Monday 18th March an Early Careers Day will be held with sessions designed for PhD students, Postdocs and Fellows.

See here for more information on the conference and here for information on the Early Careers Event.


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NIHR Partnership Fellowship

The NIHR academy is now partnering with seven of the UK’s leading medical charities in order to offer a jointly funded Partnership Fellowship – available at both Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels. The partnership charities involved are:

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The aim of the fellowship is to; allow researchers the opportunity to build and maintain relationships with the NIHR and partners, enable engagement and input from patient groups and provide greater research exposure through media and communication channels.

The eligibility details for the scheme can be checked here. For full details of the scheme please visit the NIHR call.

Stage 1 Deadline: 18th December 1pm

If you would like to apply for this opportunity then please get in touch with your Research Development Team.