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Global Challenges Research Fund: Call for Evidence

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The Government Spending Review on 25th November 2015 announced “a new £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund, to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research”. The Global Challenges Research Fund is a BIS initiative which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies and HEFCE.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) represents the largest portion of this Fund. RCUK have launched a call for evidence to gather your views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF Collective Fund, the information gathered will also be share with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies.

They would also like your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF.

RCUK are seeking inputs from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK.

The results from the survey will be reviewed alongside feedback from the Town Meetings and they will share a short summary of evidence which has been collected and outline how that has informed their strategy in the autumn.

This call for evidence forms part of a broader programme of strategic engagement activities taking place under the GCRF programme. RCUK will be running focus groups later this year and opening a Call for Ideas early next year to generate priority themes within each challenge.

You can complete the survey by clicking the link below. The survey closes at 16.00 on 22 August:

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/6LOJI/

Respondents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the following background information whilst completing the survey:


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Social Innovation Fund for Pilot Projects

HEFCE has allocated a minimum of £40,000 to support a number of projects to pilot novel practical approaches to creating social innovations.

HEFCE, in association with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), has launched a call to support a number of such projects. They will take existing research and knowledge and apply it to a social issue in order to improve social outcomes for people. The pilots will be developed during a 2.5-day ‘sandpit’ event taking place from 12 to 14 January 2016 in the South West of England.

Participants from all publicly funded English higher education institutions (HEIs) at any stage of their career after completion of their academic training, or who are employed by the HEI as a practitioner, can apply to attend the event. We also welcome interest from participants from the other UK nations and from outside HEIs, although successful applicants will need to join a project led by an HEI based in England.

Details of how to apply can be found here: www.hefce.ac.uk/funding/sifund/.

If you have any queries, please contact:  socialinnovation@hefce.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 16:00pm Wednesday 18 November 2015.


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Asthma UK: Innovation Grants Opens for Applications

ASTHMA UK Asthma UK Innovation is now accepting applications for it’s ‘Innovation Grants’.

The Innovation Grants will provide funding for up to £50,000 for up to 18 months to explore original ideas, services or products that are new to asthma, or applied in a way that is new to asthma, which could significantly enhance the quality of health and care for people with asthma, in line with Asthma UK’s research priorities.

You can access the funders research strategy HERE

Asthma UK will support studies designed to answer a single question or a small group of related questions about a specific aspect of asthma which has been highlighted as a priority research area.

Deadline for applications, through the funders on-line grant application system is 1pm, Tuesday 2 December 2015.

Further details can be assessed via the funders webiste


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The Health Research Foundation: Behavioural Insights Research Programme

Health foundation    The new Behavioural Insights Research Programme aims to support research over a two to three year timeframe that designs, tests and evaluates behavioural interventions that can improve efficiency and reduce waste in health care services in the UK.

The programme also seeks to support research that generates a better understanding of how to scale-up and spread proven effective behavioural interventions and/or improves the knowledge about how to sustain longer-term impacts.

The funder is looking for research-led teams that demonstrate strong collaborations between academics and researchers in psychology and behavioural economics, health care professionals, support-staff and managers, patients and those with design expertise to: understand the motivation to act efficiently, design appropriate new behavioural interventions, examine how interventions work and for whom, and provide lessons on spread in a UK health care services context.

3 areas of interest:

  • proof of concept studies examining an aspect of the health care system
  • design and testing of new behavioural interventions or existing proven interventions in new settings
  • scale and spread of proven effective behavioural interventions


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£1 million research funding for Behavioural Insights in Health Care

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  • Open call for original research on behavioural interventions in health care.
  • £1 million available to support a number of multidisciplinary research teams to generate new knowledge on how behavioural interventions can improve efficiency and reduce waste in health care services.
  • Each project will receive between £200,000 and £350,000 for research completed over two to three years.
  • Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 30 September 2015.

The programme also seeks to support research that generates a better understanding of how to scale-up and spread proven effective behavioural interventions and/or improves the knowledge about how to sustain longer-term impacts.

We plan to  support research-led teams that demonstrate strong collaborations between academics and researchers in psychology and behavioural economics, health care professionals, support-staff and managers, patients and those with design expertise to: understand the motivation to act efficiently, design appropriate new behavioural interventions, examine how interventions work and for whom, and provide lessons on spread in a UK health care services context.

More information on the programme aims and funding priorities are available in the Notes for Applicants.

How to apply

To submit a research proposal please email your completed application form to behaviour@health.org.uk by midday Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Please email your RDM if you require any asisatnce. Research@mmu.ac.uk  

See more Here


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2015 Funding Call: Newton Advanced Fellowships

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Newton Advanced Fellowships provide mid-career researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group or network through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Applications are welcome from the following Newton Fund Partner Countries: Mexico, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The closing date is Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 5pm .

Awards last for one or two years (depending on the country) and are available to support researchers across the social sciences and humanities.

Funding is available for:

  • A salary top up for the principal applicant from the Newton Fund Partner Country.
  • Research support to cover costs for studentships, staff, consumables or equipment.
  • Travel and subsistence to cover travel costs of the UK partner to the international partner and/or travel of the international partner to the UK.
  • Training to support the career development of the applicant and their research group or network.

Please note: Opportunities vary depending on the Newton Fund partner country. Please check the relevant scheme notes for each country for further information and a full break down of costs.

For more information on this call, eligibility and how to apply, visit: here


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The Royal Society Latest Funding Opportunities

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Newton International Fellowship (closes 9 September 2015)
This scheme is for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

Royal Society Research Professorship (closes 3 November 2015)
This scheme is for world-class scientists who would benefit from a period of long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK.

Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (ongoing)
This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research