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British Academy Small Grants

Scheme Opens:  Wednesday 8th April 20
Scheme Deadline: Wednesday 3rd June 20

Website and Scheme Guidance Notes to be updated with 24 hours: Here

The Spring round of the British Academy Small Grants opens this week for applications of up to £10,000 for a clearly defined research project within the humanities and social sciences.  Researchers must be of post-doctoral standing and funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars.

As RKE are unable to host our usual drop in sessions, we have put together an information presentation that outlines the scheme, its aims and what a typical project and budget might look like. Please visit RKE’s Sharepoint to access this presentation: https://stummuac.sharepoint.com/sites/pro-rke-resdev, or download using the link below.

All external grant applications require full economic costing from RKE and Worktribe approval. Please note that your application may also require formal peer reviewing and you should contact RKE to check if any additional processes are in place for your Research Centre of Faculty.

To discuss your research idea, the application process or the internal processes please contact Becky Hewlett in central RKE: r.hewlett@mmu.ac.uk.


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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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Myotubular Trust – Call for Projects

The Myotubular Trust is a registered charity that was set up to find a cure and treatments for any genetic form of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy.

The trust has launched a call for projects that will help to find a cure or treatment of any form of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy. They will be focusing on research that would generally not be funded by public or industrial funding sources.

Duration: 2 – 3 years (Project Grant), 3-4 years (Fellowship)

Deadline: Friday 15th March – 5pm

Applications are particularly encouraged investigating new technologies to research into centronuclear and myotubular myopathy; interventional trials; and those which may involve collaboration between different medical disciplines and/or different research institutions.

For further information please visit the Myotubular Trust Website.

If you would like to apply for this scheme please contact your research development team.