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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.


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Nuffield Health & Manchester Metropolitan Partnership Funding

Nuffield Health is the UK’s largest healthcare provider and has a formal partnership with Manchester Metropolitan. Following a successful first round of funding the joint Partnership Board now wish to commission a second round of RKE project exploring either:

  • Emotional wellbeing (any aspect).
  • Long-term health conditions (lifestyle).

All projects must meet the aims and objectives of one of Manchester Met’s RKE Centres and Nuffield Health Hallmarks:

  • Higher Quality – All proposals must lead to a higher quality service or procedure than is currently available for any given focus area.
  • Affordable – Any service or procedure developed as a consequence of research must be truly affordable to the end user outside of the research environment i.e. free at the point of delivery or no more than £1 per day.
  • Pioneering – All proposals must push boundaries and challenge the status quo.
  • Unique Position – Proposals must leverage the uniqueness of the partnership and its broader associations to deliver exceptional research.
  • Whole Systems Approach – Nuffield Health takes an holistic approach to healthcare and strongly encourage interdisciplinary proposals that cover multiple systems.

If you are interested in applying please view the attached form. Completed forms must be submitted to hpscpartnerships@mmu.ac.uk by no later than Monday 14th October, 5pm. Projects must not start earlier than 1st April 2020.


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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

The following new funding opportunities are now available:

Cross-Programme

Public Health Research Programme

Research for Patient Benefit Programme

NIHR Senior Investigators

Systematic Reviews Programme


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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

There are currently a large number of Health Technology Assessment Programme opportunities available from the National Institute for Health Research, please use the links below to view more details:

19/69 Clinical and cost effectiveness of alternative catheter design at preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection

19/70 Cervical spine immobilisation following blunt trauma

19/71 OCT-angiography for the detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration

19/72 Pain relief strategies for dressing change in chronic wounds

19/73 The use of mucoactive agents for patients with acute respiratory failure in critical care

19/74 Neurostimulation for phantom limb pain

19/75 Stem cell transplant for adults with severe sickle cell disease

19/76 Antipsychotics for anorexia nervosa *Australian collaborations welcome*

19/77 Monitoring and follow-up for adults with hearing loss

19/78 Ambulatory oxygen therapy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

19/79 Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

19/80 Posterior decompressive surgery with fixation for degenerative cervical myelopathy

19/81 Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy for postmenopausal women with breast cancer

19/82 Conservative management of odontoid fracture in the elderly: to immobilise or not?

19/83 Children and young people at risk of not being immunised

19/84 Surgical treatment for severe stable slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) in children

19/85 Anti-reflux medication to reduce stricture formation following oesophageal atresia repair

19/86 Thromboporophylaxis in pregnancy and after delivery

19/87 Night-time only bracing for scoliosis

19/88 Ablative and non-invasive therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma

If you’re interested in applying for any of these funding opportunities then please contact your Research Development Team.


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NIHR Global Health Funding Opportunities

The National Institute for Health Research have announced their Global Health Policy and Systems Research (Global HPSR) Programme. The scheme aims to support research in global health policy and systems research which is directly and primarily of benefit to people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

This will be driven by effective equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers who together will:

  • Engage stakeholders
  • Identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems
  • Develop plans for capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing

A series of three complementary research funding opportunities are planned (see below) which have been informed by stakeholder engagement, including the development of a global HPSR community of interest.

Development Awards

Launch Date: Early June 2019

Duration: up to 9 months

Funding: up to £100,000

Allows researchers to develop equitable partnerships between ODA-eligible LMIC researchers and UK institutions to: identify and engage relevant stakeholders (policy makers and LMIC communities); undertake a needs-assessment and identify local priorities for research, with the aim that Development Awards will support an application for future research funding.

Commissioned

Launch Date: September 2019 (tbc)

Duration: up to 4 years

Funding: up to £4M

A commissioned funding opportunity, which will be aligned with the WHO campaign to promote universal health coverage towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Researcher-led

Launch Date: September 2020 (tbc)

Duration: up to 4 years

Funding: between £2 – 4M

An open opportunity that will align with the end of the Development Awards (not restricted to Development Award holders)


For more details about these opportunities and for more detail on what is required for the applications please visit the NIHR website.

If you would like to apply for these opportunities please get in contact with your Research Development Team.


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Royal Society Research Grants Now Open

The Royal Society Research Grant is now open for applications. This popular scheme is aimed at early career researchers (or those returning from a career break). Projects must fall in the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics – see here for a full list.

This provides ‘seed corn’ funding for a discrete piece of research with the budget to be used to purchase specialised equipment and consumables, and travel for essential fieldwork.

Award Value: £20,000

Duration: 12 months

Deadline: Thursday 16th May, 3pm

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Hold a PhD or equivalent qualification.
  • Within the first 5 consecutive years of an independent research post, at the time of application. This can be your first permanent independent academic research post or a named limited-tenure/fixed-term post, obtained in open competition (note: tenure must cover the award duration).
  • Fully independent researcher with access to your own lab space.

For further information about this call please visit the Royal Society Website.

If you would like to apply for this award please contact your Research Development Officer.


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Leverhulme Research Leadership Award – Internal Process

The Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award (RLA) is currently open for applications.

Each institution is limited to one bid only. As a result, an internal process has been put in place to nominate the Man Met proposal for submission.

The Research Leadership Award is aimed at exceptionally talented Man Met academics who are on an academic career trajectory to be the future research leaders and need to build a team to address a distinct research problem.  The awards will be for up to £1 million, for staff salaries and associated costs.

Proposals are invited in any research area, with the exception of the following:

  • studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals
  • research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications
  • research areas currently identified as a priority by the research councils or other significant public funders
  • policy-driven research where the principal objective is to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives
  • research where advocacy is an explicit component
  • research aimed principally at an immediate commercial application
  • proposals in which the balance between assembling a data bank or database and the related subsequent research is heavily inclined to the former

As part of the first stage of the internal process, the applicants are requested to email an Expression of Interest (EOI) (using the template) and a CV (max. 2 pages) to researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk on or before Friday 29th March 12pm.

Further details about the internal process outlined below:

INTERNAL PROCESS:

What will be doneBy WhoBy When
1.Applicants to email EOI (using the attached template) and a CV (max. 2 pages) to researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk– Applicants
-RDMs to check the eligibility and assign the applications to UCRKE
Friday 29-Mar 12pm
2.Review the applications and shortlist one application per centre to be developed into a full proposalReview and decision making led by Research Centre DirectorsWedsnesday 03-Apr 12pm
3.Shortlisted Applicant to work with respective UCRKE centre director(s) to develop the EOI into a full application with supporting statement from Centre DirectorsApplicant & UCKRE Centre Directors(s)Thursday 25-Apr 12pm
4.Shortlisted full applications from each centre sent to University panel of Richard Greene (PVC RKE) and Heads of Daculty RKEVinod Verghese (RDM)Thursday 25-Apr 5pm
5.University panel to consider the full applications and choose a single Manchester Met bid to be put forwardRichard Greene and Heads of Faculty RKEFriday 26-Apr
6.Decision communicated to applicantsVinod Verghese (RDM)Monday 29-Apr
7.
Manchester Met proposal submitted to the Leverhulme TrustApplicants & RDMsFriday 10-May

Please contact the Research Development Managers for your respective area if you have any questions about the call or the process.