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NIHR Funding Theme: Injuries, Accidents and Urgent Emergency Care

NIHR have a number of opportunities available for funding within their theme for Injuries, accidents and urgent emergency care units. This call seeks research into the prevention, management and treatments of accidents and injuries and other conditions needing urgent and emergency care.

This include the organisation, staffing and delivery of urgent and emergency care services wherever delivered, at an incident, in the community or in primary or secondary care settings.

For more information on this theme please visit the NIHR website.

Opportunities are available for funding within the following programmes:


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Stroke Association Project Grants Now Open for Applications

The Stroke Association Project Grants are now open for applications. There are two types of project grant available:

  • Clinical Trial Project Grants: These support the early phases of trials with the intention that, if successful, they proceed to the full trial stage by a larger funder such as the MRC or NIHR.
  • Developmental Research Project Grants: Focused on areas which do not incorporate randomised controlled or other types of clinical trials. This includes study proposals in observational or epidemiological studies, basic laboratory science or early developmental/proof of concept studies.

Award Amount: up to £250,000

Duration: 3 years

Deadline: Tuesday 4th February, 5pm

For more information about these project grants and for eligibility please visit the Stroke Association website.

If you’re interested in applying then please contact your Research Development Team as soon as possible.


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HPSC Grant Application Workshop: Revised Date

Members of the Health, Psychology and Social Care Faculty are invited to attend a Research Grant Application Workshop hosted by your Research Development Team.

The event has been designed for Academic members of staff who are eligible to apply for external research funding and plan on applying within the next 6 months – this includes Research Fellows on permanent contracts. Due to conflicting arrangements the event has been postponed until the new year with the following revised schedule:

  • Date: Wednesday 22nd January 2020
  • Time: 12 – 4pm
  • Location: Business School
  • Registration: Via Eventbrite.

To register for this free event please complete the form on the linked Eventbrite Page. You will be required to confirm your eligibility, give a brief summary of your planned research and funder and provide a question that you would like to ask our academic panel.

For further details please visit the Event Page or contact your Research Development Team.

Please note: This event is open to members of the Health, Psychology and Social Care Faculty only.


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Breast Cancer Now: Project Grants Now Open

The first round of Breast Cancer Now Project Grants are open for applications. Project grants are aimed at established researchers who have a strong track record in their field, and who want to work in one of the charities priority areas. They are also committed to supporting new investigators in breast cancer research and encourage applications from talented researchers at the start of their independent career.

Award Amount: Up to £230,000

Duration: One to Three years

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

The aim of project grants is to support scientific excellence and innovative research into breast cancer including improvements in; prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer, welcoming applications from all disciplines.

It is expected that the awards will enrich scientific understanding and expertise in breast cancer research with the grants committee assessing applications based on the research plan, clear relevance to breast cancer research and the perceived outcomes that will lead to significant advance in understanding breast cancer and it’s impact.

For further information about the scheme please visit the Breast Cancer Now website.

If you would like to apply for this scheme then please contact your Research Development Team.


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Pre-announcement: MRC Launching New Board to Support Applied Global Health Research

MRC will be launching a new Research Funding Board in January 2020 and will be inviting applications in applied global health research,

The new Board will fund global health research that is embedded within local contexts in low- and middle-income countried (LMICs) where proposals should focus on real world, practical applications to improve health.

The research objectives will focus on health impact, but inputs and activities need not be limited to the health sector and proposals will be encouraged to be multidisciplinary. The Boards remit will have a broad focus including the MRC’s existing health priority areas such as environment and health, urban health, maternal and neonatal health, adolescent health, early childhood development, multimorbidity, and implementation research.

Applications led by UK PI’s must include LMIC co-applications and be founded upon genuine equitable partnerships.

Key Dates

The Board will have two funding rounds per year. Dates for the first two rounds are as follows:

Round 1

Outline Deadline: 7th April 2020

Outcome of outline: July 2020

Full Stage Deadline: 6th October 2020

Final Outcome: February 2021

Round 2

Outline Deadline: 6th October 2020

Outcome of outline: February 2021

Full Stage Deadline: April 2021

Final Outcome: July 2021

For further information please visit the MRC website.


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Tackling Multimorbidity at Scale: Understanding Disease Clusters, Determinants & Biological Pathways

The MRC have released a new funding opportunity on tackling multimorbidity. This area of research has been identified as an urgent priority for the UK and globally following the Academy of Medical Sciences’ (AMS) report. Multimorbidity is defined as the co-existence of two or more chronic conditions in a single individual, including mental and physical conditions and long duration infectious diseases.

The objective of this funding call is to bring together world-leading multi-disciplinary expertise in epidemiological research, mechanistic and data science to catalyse multimorbidity research nationally and at scale through supporting portfolio of Research Collaboratives. There are two different streams available:

Consolidator Grants

A pot of up to £1.5 million is available to support projects of 6 months duration with a maximum budget of £100k. Awards must be collaborative and multidisciplinary in nature and used to:

  • Consolidate partnerships and bring in experts who might not traditionally view themselves at multimorbidity researchers.
  • Perform rapid linkage and analyses of existing data including, for example, health data, population and environmental datasets.
  • Obtain preliminary data or proof of principle evidence.
  • Identify ket gaps that would be addressed at the full Research Collaborative stage.
  • Verify their approaches towards addressing those gaps.

Research Collaborative Award

Research groups with more mature collaboration links; ownership or existing access to the relevant datasets; and sufficient evidence, unerpinned by strong preliminary data, of their ability to perform multimorbidity research at scale, can apply for the Wave 1 Research collaborative awards, bypassing the consolidator stage.

These awards will provide substantial investment to support ambitious studies (where appropriate involving industrial partners). The competition seeks to support a balanced potfolio of several Research Collaboratives for 2-4 years (£3-5m each).

Deadline for both streams: 11th February 2020, 4pm

For further details please visit the MRC website.


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Pre-call announcement: UK-Japan Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Initiative

The MRC and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) are pleased to announce they will soon be launching a joint call for research proposals focused on Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.

This initiative will support collaborative (UK-Japanese) research projects that build upon fundamental insights and initial early-stage discoveries, to advance regenerative approaches towards clinical use in the future and to utilise stem cells as medial research tools.

Applications will be particularly welcome for projects focusing on:

  • Human cell engineering, gene editing and cellular reprogramming approaches where a clear future therapeutic goal has been identified.
  • Investigations into modulation of the human tissue niche, or improving understanding of the niche; this may include for example establishing mechanisms for differentiation in transplanted stem cells or understanding immunological barriers.
  • Improving efficacy of engraftment and regeneration of transplanted cells.
  • Developing tools, technologies and methods to enable translational regenerative medicine research including, but not limited to, in-vivo cell imagining approaches or high throughput screening techniques.
  • Creating novel on-vitro models utilising stem cells which could be used for robust predictive safety testing or as drug screening models.

Alternative project outcomes such as therapeutic candidates, medical devices and diagnostic agents mat also be supported by this call.

MRC will make up to £5m available to support the UK component of the collaborative research projects. It is expected that the available funds will support approximately 8 projects/

For further details and updates please visit the MRC and AMED websites in December.