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UK Prevention Research Partnership – New Funding Announced

The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) has announced it will be launching a second call in early September for proposals for New Consortium and Network Awards.

Deadline: 14th November 2019, 4pm

Proposals in the following areas are anticipated, this is not exhaustive and they welcome proposals outside of these areas provided they compliment the current portfolio:

  • Preventing poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing.
  • Reducing health inequalities (where this forms the primary focus of the application).
  • Social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing.
  • Food systems, unhealthy diets and obesity.
  • Developing interventions in specific ages including issues relating to ageing, and in occupational settings.
  • Fostering the use of evidence in decision making in local government.
  • Urban environment, including transport systems and air quality.
  • Using green and blue space for improving population health and preventing NCDs.
  • Using digital technologies and social media to deliver interventions, and exploiting large-scale datasets and linkage to routine datasets.

Applications which are successful at Outline Stage will receive up to £5k and have six-months to build linkages for the full applications.

Information and Networking Event

An information and networking event will be held to communicate the priorities, describe the application process and provide networking opportunities for researchers across different disciplines to explore collaboration opportunities.

Where: London

When: Tuesday 24th September

Register: Complete the attached document and send it to DEADLINE 25TH JULY.

For more details of this opportunity please visit the MRC website. If you’d like to apply then please contact your Research Development Team.


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RDS NW Event – Developing Funding Proposals in Applied Health and Social Care: First Grants.

The Research Design Service North West will be holding an event on “Developing Funding Proposal in Applied Health and Social Care: First Grants”.

Date: Monday 3rd June, 9:30 – 15:00

Venue: Mayo Building, Salford Royal Hospital

Registration: Free via the Eventbrite page.

The event is for health and social care researchers in the North West who are looking to develop and submit a funding application. This is aimed at less early career researchers, particularly those with little experience in applying for external funding.

The event will help to develop your proposal skills and increase your chances of your research getting funded. This event will highlight:

  • The funding opportunities available
  • The application process
  • What funders are looking for in a submission
  • How to design a study to answer your research question effectively
  • Building a team of collaborators
  • What to consider when costing a strudy
  • The support the RDS NW can provide in preparation of your application

For more information and to book your place at the event please visit the RDS NW website. Remember the RDS Service are available to help with all medical related bids, not just those going to NIHR!

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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.

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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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Latest Opportunities from NIHR


Health Technology Assessment Programme (HTA):

19/07 Anti-TB Drug Hepatotoxicity and Treatment Reintroduction

Programme Development Grants

Competition 24

Programme Grants for Applied Research

Competition 29

Public Health Research Programme

19/01 Improving Health and Wellbeing for People who are at Risk of or Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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

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

19/04 Community Focused Approaches That Mobilise People as Assets

Joint NIHR and Medical Research Council Opportunity

Global Maternal and Neonatal Health 2019 – Outlines.

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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: