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The Health RAG is here!

The Health Research Accelerator Grant is now open for applications!

The Health Research Accelerator Grant is a joint initiative between Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

The scheme is targeted at academics across the Health Research Centres (Manchester Met) and the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (UoM) to forge a collaborative partnership.

These awards provide pump-priming funds to allow collaborating researchers from the two institutions to obtain preliminary data that will ultimately feed into an application for external funding.

Award Amount: £10,000

Duration: 12 months

Deadline: Friday 29th March, 5pm

Research teams must consist of an academic from each institution from within the health research centres or faculty – please read the guidance for full eligibility criteria.

Application Form

Please send your completed application to:


Further Information

If you require any further information on the scheme or have any queries please contact


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Developing Proposals in Applied Health and Social Care Event

The NIHR RDS Service will be running a free one day event on developing funding proposals for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.

Date: 20th March 2019

Location: Liverpool Foresight Centre

Registration: via Eventbrite Page.

If you’re interested in applying for an RfPB Grant then this event will give you an insight into what the funder is looking for. The event will be split into two parts:

Morning Session:

  • Remit of the RfPB Programme and funding available.
  • What funders are looking for in a submission.
  • How to design a study to answer research questions effectively.
  • How to build a team of collaborators.
  • The support the RDS can provide.
  • Wider network support communities.

Afternoon Session:

  • Opportunity to chat with RDS NW advisors.
  • One to one advise on subjects including trial design, health economics, statistics, qualitative research methods and public involvement.

For more information please visit the eventbrite page where you will also be able to register for the event.

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Pre-call Announcement: Health Research Accelerator

Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester will be joining forces once more to bring the next, much anticipated, round of Health Research Accelerator Grants (HRAG).

The scheme is targeted at academics from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at University of Manchester and from the Research Centres for Health at Manchester Metropolitan; Integrated Health and Social Care, Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine and Centre for Bioscience.

The awards will provide pump-priming funds to allow the collaborating researchers from the two institutions to obtain preliminary data that can be used for the basis of an external funding application.

The award will be a maximum of £10,000 and must be spent within 12 months of the award being made.

The call for applications, and further details on the scheme, will be released in February 2019.

Time to start making connections with our friends down the road!

If you have any queries please contact the HRAG mailbox:

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MS Society 2019 Grant Round Now Open

The MS Society have now opened their 2019 Grant Round, as with previous rounds the applications are organised into either Care and services or Biomedical research funding streams. There are 4 types of award available:

  • PhD Studentship
  • Innovative Awards (up to 12 months, up to £40,000)
  • Project Grants (up to 36 months, no funding limit)
  • Junior Fellowships (Care and services research only)

Deadline: For all types of award Thursday 11th April – 12 noon.

All information on the schemes and how to apply can be found in the 2019 applicant guidance handbook available below.

For further information please visit the MS Society website. If you’re interested in applying for any of the schemes please contact your Research Development Team using the form below:

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Antimicrobial Resistance: The UK Action Plan

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have so far invested £44m into 78 interdisciplinary research projects into Antimicrobial Research (AMR) and with a new 20 year vision and 5 year action plan things are only set to increase.

With bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics increasingly spreading from one country to the next, antimicrobial resistance is now recognised as one of the most serious threats to human health this century. If things continue unchecked a 2014 AMR review paper estimates that by 2050 the cost of AMR could be up to $100 trillion and account for an additional 10 million extra deaths each year.

In response to this the UK’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced a 20 year vision and 5 year action plan (2019 – 2024) with the intent to contain, control and mitigate antimicrobial resistance.

UKRI have committed £41m to support projects in partnership with members of the Joint Programme Initiative in AMR. To successfully deliver this research agenda the partnership will:

  • Support co-ordinated AMR related research areas.
  • Continue to influence global research strategies on AMR, ensuring alignment of UK-funded research, and emphasising the need for research to be useful for front-line teams.
  • Develop interdisciplinary networks and inform and develop interventions across all sectors.
  • Continue to develop the scientific capacity needed to support and deliver ongoing high-quality research in infectious disease, prevention and microbiology-related disciplines.

Both Matt Hancock and Theresa May have echoed the importance of this research and that it is pivotal it be conducted in a multidisciplinary and internal manor.

This is a summary of an article on which appeared on the MRC website. For the full article please click here.

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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

Health Technology Assessment Programme

19/07 Anti-TB drug hepatotoxicity and treatment reintroduction

Deadline: 29th May 2019, 1pm

19/10 Researcher-led (Evidence Synthesis)

19/11 Research-led Primary Research

Deadline: 15th May 2019, 1pm

Public Health Research Programme

19/01 Improving Health and Wellbeing for People Who Are at Rick of or Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

19/02 Interventions That Reduce Harmful Substances Use With a Focus on Novel Psychoactive Substances

19/03 System Approaches to Local Influences on Food Choices and Diet

19/04 Community Focused Approaches That Mobilise People as Assests

Deadline: 30th July 2019, 1pm

For more information on these schemes please use the links above or visit the NIHR website.

If you would like to apply to any of these calls then please contact your Research Development Team.

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GCRF: Update on Collective Programme calls and Regional Engagement Events

As flagged on the Blog, UKRI are starting to announce details of calls from for their Collective Programme. New details have been added for calls here – with the majority being led via AHRC and ESRC.  Calls that are open, or scheduled to open in January, include:

If you are thinking about submitting to any of the calls, or have been invited to participate in projects led by other organisations, please contact your Research Development Manager as soon as possible for guidance and support.

UKRI Regional Engagement Events

To complement the calls and provide an opportunity to hear more about GCRF, UKRI are arranging a series of engagement events – further details here.

From UKRI’s website:

“UKRI are developing a programme of UK based GCRF engagement events which will take place January-March 2019.  These events provide a timely opportunity to engage with the GCRF Challenge Leaders, for UKRI to provide an update on live and upcoming ODA calls/activities, and to discuss key topics e.g. interdisciplinary approaches, building equitable partnerships, and maximising impact.

These events are open to anyone with an interest in the GCRF and development research opportunities.”

We would encourage those of you who have an interest in any of the calls, or GCRF more broadly, to consider attending these events.