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British Council Visit – Opportunities for Collaboration with Mexico

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We are delighted to welcome colleagues from the British Council to Manchester Met on Friday 28 February to talk about opportunities for collaboration with Mexico through the Newton Fund.

Full details of the session are available via the flyer here – registration is mandatory, and places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

The session will be of particular interest to colleagues who may be thinking of applying for the forthcoming Newton International Links call with Mexico.

If you are unable to attend, but would be interested in the information shared at the session please contact us on euro_res@mmu.ac.uk.


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Royal Society Research Grants Opening Soon

The Royal Society Research Grants are open for applications twice a year. The scheme provides up to £20k of ‘seed corn’ funding for projects up to 12 months in duration and covers equipment, consumables and travel expenses and subsistence for essential field research. The objective of the scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research.

The dates for this years rounds have now been announced:

Round 1: Tuesday 24th March – Tuesday 19th May

Round 2: Wednesday 16th September – Thursday 12th November

The Royal Society’s remit covers the natural sciences, including but not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics – you can see a full list of the Societies remit here.

The scheme is aimed at ECR’s, you must be within the first 5 consecutive years of an independent research post, at the time of application. This can be either your first permanent independent academic research post or a named limited-tenured/fixed term academic research post, obtained in an open competition. For full details on eligibility please visit the call page.

If you’re interested in applying for this funding please contact your Research Development Officer for Science & Engineering.


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Royal Society International Exchange Grants Now Open

The Royal Society International Exchange Grants are now open for applications!

These schemes are for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral visits. Applications are welcome from anyone who; holds a PhD, is employed on a contract that outlasts the duration of the project, are based in the respective countries at the time of the application and fall within the Societies remit.

Standard Grant

Deadline: Thursday 12th March 2020 – 3pm

Award Amount: £3,000 – £12,000

Duration: 3 months – 2 years

Please note that only the standard grant is currently available. The cost share round is expected to open April 2020.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity please get in contact with Rachel Colley – your Research Development Officer for Science and Engineering.


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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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Muscular Dystrophy UK 2020 Grant Round Open

Muscular Dystrophy’s 2020 Round of Research Grants is now open for applications.

Funding is available for PhD studentships and project grants (including short, proof of principle projects, such as pilot studies of up to one year) that have relevance to one or more types of muscular dystrophy or a related neuromuscular condition. They will be looking to support research across the breadth of conditions supported by the charity, including rare and ultra-rare conditions – please refer to the Muscular Dystrophy list of supported conditions.

Deadline: Monday 20th January 2020, 5pm (online), Thursday 20th February 2020 (signed hard-copy)

PhD Studentships: 4 year duration, covering stipend, consumables and fees. Stipends must be in-line with MRC rates and consumables up to a maximum of £7k per annum.

Proof of Principle Project: up to 1 year in duration that will cover up to £30k for salaries and consumables (please use the project grant application form)

Project Grant: 2-3 year duration, covering salaries and consumables up to £75k per year.

For more information on this opportunity please see the Grant Call document or visit the Muscular Dystrophy UK website.

If you wish to apply for this grant please contact your Research Development Team.


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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) Seedcorn Funding Call

A new round of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) is now open for applications.

MICRA is an award made by the University of Manchester with one project supported by Manchester Metropolitan University. This project must have an investigator from each Institution and must focus on the care of people with dementia in care homes. There is particular interest in proposals that consider the issues of cognition and stroke in older people and their impact on quality of life.

Deadline: Friday 22nd November 2019

Application Process: Applicants are required to submit a written proposal for their research activity totalling no more than two sides of A4. The application should clearly demonstrate that the proposed research meets the essential criteria. Submissions should be made via email to micra@manchester.ac.uk

For more information on this call please see the attached document:


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Royal Society Research Grants Now Open

The Royal Society Research Grants are once again open for applications. This fund offers up to £20,000 for a 12 month duration to provide ‘seed corn’ funding to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research.

  • Amount: £20,000
  • Duration: Up to 12 Months
  • Deadline: Monday 11th November (3pm)

This scheme is open to academics who hold a PhD, are within their first 5 consecutive years of an independent research post and are a fully independent researcher with access to their own lab space with the ability to recruit and be registered as the primary supervisor of PhD students and research assistants.

Royal Society’s remit covers Engineering and Physical Sciences, a full remit list is available to view here.

For more information on the scheme please visit the Royal Society Website and if you would like to apply then please contact your Research Delivery Officer.