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Wellcome Trust Seed Award – Can AI Improve Healthcare for Everyone?

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Wellcome Trust have announced a new Seed Award, in Humanities and Social Science, around the theme of artificial intelligence focusing on the ethical, social and political challenges of using artificial intelligence in healthcare and biomedical research.

Funding Amount: £25,000 – £100,000

Duration: 12 – 18 months

Wellcome highlights ten areas of particular interest where they believe new research is needed:

  • What effect will AI have on human relationships in health and care?
  • How is the use, storage and sharing of medical data impacted by AI?
  • What are the implications of issues around algorithmic transparency and explainability on health?
  • Will these technologies help eradicate or exacerbate existing health inequalities?
  • What is the difference between an algorithmic decision and a human decision?
  • What do patients and members of the public want from AI and related technologies?
  • How should these technologies be regulated?
  • Just because these technologies could enable access to new information, should we always use it?
  • What makes algorithms, and the entities that create them, trustworthy?
  • What are the implications of collaborations between public and private sector organisations in the development of these tools?

Your proposal may address one of the questions above or something along a similar topic.

For more information about the award please visit the Wellcome Trust website.

If you’d like to apply for this award then please get in touch with Research Development via our email.


The application deadline is  26th June.


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Horizon 2020 – Draft topics announced


Following consultations and much work by the Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups and others, the European Commission have now published a set of draft scoping documents for 2018/20.

Although still subject to ratification (and as such open to some change), these documents give a clear indication of key topics which are likely to be adopted later in 2017. They set outline the main priorities over the next three years for each area of Horizon 2020 and will be used as the basis for developing work programmes.

You can access a zip file containing all of the scoping documents here. As these documents are in the public domain, you can also share them freely with your potential collaborators.

As ever if anything catches your eye, you want to know more, or just need help navigating the information do get in touch (

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Funding opportunity with the PHR Programme: Public Mental Health

NiHR for Public Mental Health

NIHR are interested in receiving applications for research into the evaluation of public health interventions to improve mental health.

They are looking to fund research on the effectiveness of mental health promotion or mental illness prevention interventions across the life course at a (sub) population level. All areas of public mental health are covered by this funding opportunity.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • workplace interventions to promote mental health
  • interventions to reduce social isolation
  • interventions to prevent bullying

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 30 July 2015. For more information and to watch a webinar about this funding opportunity, please visit NIHR website.

For further assistance with your application  please email: 

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BBSRC Responsive Mode deadlines

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BBSRC has a unique and central place in supporting the UK’s world-leading position in bioscience. They are an investor in research and training, with the aim of furthering scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Note for applicants: You will be formally contacted, shortly following the Committee Chairs meeting, by the office regarding the outcome of your application once the final funding decision has been confirmed.

More information about the following deadlines can be found here 

Round Application Deadline Committee meeting dates

(when applications are assessed)

Committee Chairs meeting dates
15RM3 23 September 2015, 4pm 2-3 February 2016 March 2016 (date TBC)
16RM1 13 January 2016 11-12 May 2016 June 2016 (date TBC)

Remember the RKE office are here to help you develop your bids! If you are interested in applying, please contact your RDM. Or email

How do bone cells grow in space?

A ROCKET carrying technology developed with BBSRC support has blasted into space for use in experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS). Alvetex® Scaffold technology, produced by Durham University spin-out company Reinnervate, allows cells to be grown in three dimensions (3D), overcoming problems with two-dimensional (2D) culture methods and offering a more life-like model of how cells grow in tissues.

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Medical Research Council Funding Calls Deadline Dates


Molecular & Cellular Medicine Board

Opening date                                                    Closing date
29th July 2015                                                      9th September 2015
20th November 2015                                           6th January 2016
23rd March 2016                                                  4th May 2016


Infections and Immunity Board

Opening date                                                    Closing date
29th July 2015                                                      23rd September 2015
20th November 2015                                           13th January 2016
23rd March 2016                                                  18th May 2016


Population & Systems Medicine Board

Opening date                                                    Closing date
29th July 2015                                                      30th September 2015
20th November 2015                                           20th January 2016
23rd March 2016                                                  25th May 2016

Neurosciences & Mental Health Board

Opening date                                                    Closing date
29th July 2015                                                      6th October 2015
20th November 2015                                           3rd  February 2016
23rd March 2016                                                  1st  June 2016

Remember the RKE office are here to help you develop your bids! If you are interested in applying, please contact your RDM. Or email

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ESRC NCRM Methodological Research Projects Call

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ESRC have released a call inviting proposal that will undertake cutting-edge methodological research development, within the context of substantive research problems. Projects must be focused in one or more of the following strategic areas:

  • Digital devices and mobile technologies for data collection
  • Participatory approaches
  • Analysis of online digital and Big Data
  • Bio-social data analysis
  • Policy relevant research synthesis (Jointly Funded with DFID)
  • Small area estimation

The aim of this call is to increase the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, to enable new or existing social science research questions to be addressed more effectively.

The projects will be part of a programme of research co-ordinated by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and will complement, enhance and extend NCRM’s existing research and activities. Proposals will be expected to contribute to the Centre’s training and capacity building activities, primarily though contributions to NCRM’s programme of short courses and the production of online learning resources.

Deadline for applications: 16th June 2015

Further details:


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The Royal Society Latest Funding Opportunities

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Research Grants (closes 26 May 2015)
This scheme is for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables, or for academics to research the history of science.

SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme (closes 28 May 2015)
The SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme will provide awards of three years’ duration to enable African scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to partner with UK-based institutions.

International Scientific Seminars (closes 4 June 2015)
This scheme is for Royal Society Research Fellows who want to organise a small two-day scientific seminar at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall

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 (rolling round)
This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.