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Global Science Local Impact

Manchester Metropolitan University and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre presents “Global Science Local Impact” as part of Manchester Science Festival 2016. Hear how scientific grand challenges are connected to the citizens of Manchester, as world-leading European scientists work with researchers, students and artists to put big issues under the microscope.

Friday 21st October, 5.30pm

No.70 (ex-Cornerhouse), Oxford Road, Manchester

For more information and to register, please visit Global Science Local Impact.


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Committee Inquiries: open calls

Take a look at opportunities to submit your research expertise to the All Parliamentary Committee Inquiries to influence policy making. Submitting expertise raises researchers’ profiles and has the potential to generate impact for research.

Guidance and links to submitting to open calls can be found at

The deadline for submission is different for each Committee. Please check the deadline for the Committee you wish to submit to.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Ashton, Impact and Engagement Manager.

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AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme: Creative Economy Highlight Notice

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its creative economy highlight notice under the follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme. The aim of this call is to encourage applications exploring innovative ways of enhancing engagement and maximising opportunities for impact with the creative economy. Applicants must demonstrate how significant economic, social, cultural or policy impacts for the creative economy will be delivered.

Proposals must be based on either previous or current research directly funded by the AHRC, or supported by the Digital R&D fund for Arts in England, Wales or Scotland.

Funding supports knowledge exchange, public engagement, dissemination and commercialisation activities that arose during the lifespan of a project but were not foreseen in the initial application.

Grants are worth up to £200,000 over a maximum period of 18 months. Smaller grants of up to £30,000 may be awarded for shorter or higher risk activities.

Deadline for applications: 27 October.

For more information, please visit the AHRC.

For support on your proposal, please contact Research Development.

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Improving Impact through Third Sector and Academic Interactions

In this report Carnegie Fellow Professor Mark Shucksmith argues that to make an impact on social policy universities must work more closely with civil society. The report: explores the different approaches of both sectors to knowledge and evidence; investigates the obstacles and challenges to collaboration; highlights examples of successful interactions; and makes a series of recommendations to those in the third sector, academia and the research funding councils as to how more positive collaboration can be encourage.

To access the report, please click HERE.

To learn more, please contact one of our Impact and Engagement Managers.

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Valuing Nature Programme : Understanding Ecosystem Stocks and Tipping Points


The programme aims to better understand and represent the complexities of the natural environment in valuation analyses and to consider the wider societal and cultural value of ecosystems services by extending the concept of value beyond perceived market value. It is delivering this through a mix of research, network and cross‐discipline and impact activities.

Call closes: 4pm 5 May 2016

For more information, visit NERC.

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.

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Art360 – Legacy Support for Artists

Art360 is a major action research project exploring how cultural heritage in the visual arts can be safeguarded for future generations.

Over a three year period, Art360 will support 100 modern and contemporary artists in the UK with funding of up to £6,000 each. Participants will be given a range of expert advice and technical support in developing sustainable systems to manage their archives and legacies for the future.

The deadline for applications is midday, Monday 4 April 2016.

For more information, please visit DACS Foundation or contact our Impact & Engagement Manager Jenna Ashton.