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Call Release: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Real World: The Indoor and Built Environment

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for interdisciplinary research examining ways to meet the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the indoor and built environment. Building on previous calls funded by the Research Councils, this call is explicitly intended to facilitate an arts and humanities contribution to the ongoing scientific research in tackling AMR.

Whilst applications for this call will be required to contain significant arts and humanities methodologies, a collaborative approach is encouraged in order to include expertise and insights from as broad a range of subject disciplines as possible. Within this cross-disciplinary approach, a number of key areas have been identified that all projects will be expected to engage with:

  • Places, Spaces, Cultures and Practices: Interactions with and within the Indoor and Built Environment
  • Pathways and Journeys through the Built Environment and the Dynamics of Change
  • Creative, Collaborative and Disruptive Innovation, Experiments and Design in Indoor/ Built Environments
  • Reflection, Learning, Data and Valuing Impacts from Changes to the Indoor/ Built Environment

Grants of up to £250,000 will be available for projects with a maximum duration of 36 months.

Deadline for applications: 28th Feb 2017.

For more information, please visit the AHRC.

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APEX Awards

The Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary Research (APEX) award scheme has been launched by the Royal Society, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering with support from the Leverhulme Trust.

The scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.

In particular, this scheme aims to:

  • support interdisciplinary research that is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes.
  • promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities.
  • support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines.
  • enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding.

Awards of £100,000 for up to 24 months are available.

The deadline for applications is 13th January 2017.

For more information, please visit the Royal Society.

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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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Research bursaries for projects based on Wellcome Trust supported library or archive collections

wellcometrust_logoThis scheme is for small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the Wellcome Trust. Projects must focus either on Wellcome Library holdings or on any collection supported by a previous Research Resources grant, but they need not be historically grounded.

These awards can support experienced researchers based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Applications may also be made from scholars based outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland who wish to carry out research on a collection supported by the Trust.

Award Value 
Grants will normally be in the range of £5,000-£25,000 depending on the duration of the research.

Bursaries may support research leading to a wide range of outputs, such as: symposia or academic meetings; public lectures; journal articles or other publications; broadcasts; and film, TV or radio scripts.

If you wish to undertake research in a Wellcome Library collection, you will be expected to consider the research time as an in-residence period, contributing to the life of the Library and developing outputs in collaboration with Library staff.

Applications are processed twice a year for consideration by the Research Resources Funding Committee.

The 2015 application deadlines are 1 April and 1 October.

Application process and further details
Please see the Wellcome Trust website for information and contact your Research Development Manager.

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Cancer Research UK – new funding opportunities targeted at cancer and non-cancer researchers

CRUK - poster 2 Multidisciplinary Project Award

This new Award supports collaborations between cancer researchers and scientists from engineering and physical science disciplines to provide new insight and develop creative technologies and methodologies to further understand, detect, diagnose and treat cancer.

More information, including details on how to apply, are on the CRUK website here

First deadline for applications: 17 November

For information or questions, please contact Dr David Clarke

CRUK want to target both cancer researchers and those working in wider research fields such as engineers, physicists and chemists.


CRUK poster 1Cancer Immunology Project Award

This new Award supports immunologists working in non-cancer fields to bring their expertise and insight to cancer research, to deepen our understanding of the role of the immune system and its interaction with tumours.

More information, including details on how to apply, are on the CRUK website here

First deadline for applications: 16 November

For information or questions, please contact Dr Gemma Balmer

CRUK want to promote this to immunologists in non-cancer fields.

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Health Foundation: Improvement Science Fellowships

Health foundation

What is improvement science?

We all want to see better quality healthcare, but improving quality – in other words, making healthcare safe, effective, person-centred, timely, efficient and equitable – is about more than good intentions, narrowly-focused research studies or technical Quality Improvement skills.

Improvement science requires a systematic, scientifically rigorous approach to build the knowledge base for improving health services and to translate this knowledge into practice to deliver the best possible patient care.

The field of improvement science embraces disciplines across health services research, from sociology to statistics, psychology to health economics.

Ultimately, to help build practical knowledge about what works to improve healthcare, we need to understand a range of complex dynamics: from how patients view their care, to how attitudes, processes and different approaches to delivering health services can impact on outcomes.

The Health Foundation’s Improvement Science Fellowship programme offers support for fellows to develop their potential to become leaders in the field of improvement science, building practical knowledge about what works to improve healthcare.

This senior post-doctoral Fellowship offers three years’ funding to lead original, applied research dedicated to improving healthcare in the UK, and a unique leadership development programme.

Fellows receive:

•a tailored leadership development programme
•funding for research costs
•access to the Health Foundation’s international Improvement Science Development Group.
Current and previous Improvement Science Fellows have used the opportunity to develop the expertise they needed to:

•re-position their career in improvement science
•combine in-depth research with continuing clinical practice
•consolidate their research interests and build capacity locally
•make the move from local improvement to national implementation and evaluation.
Open for application
The next round of applications is now open until 1 July 2014. The Improvement Science Fellowships Booklet can be assessed here  Improvement Science Fellowships booklet 2014 with more information and find out more about how to apply.

Key facts
•Up to five Fellowships are available.
•Fellows will develop original, applied research dedicated to improving healthcare in the UK.
•Fellows will participate in a tailored leadership development programme including action learning sets, coaching and masterclass sessions.
•Over three years, Fellows will receive funding for full-time salary and research costs.
•Fellows will need to demonstrate significant research or improvement in practice experience and have a PhD or MD. We particularly welcome applications from mid-career clinicians who wish to combine research into improvement with continuing clinical practice.
•Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the Health Foundation Improvement Science Development Group, an international group of experts from disciplines within the field of improvement science.
•The deadline for submitting an application form and research proposal is 12 noon Tuesday 1 July 2014.

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Health Foundation Funding Call ‘Scaling up Improvement’. Deadline 16th June 2014

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There has been a new call released by the health foundation called ‘Scaling Up Improvement’ with a deadline for noon on the 16 June 2014.


• Supporting demonstrable improvements in quality with the potential for wider adoption across the health service

• Build the knowledge of how to improve the quality of care for patients, services users and/or careers

• Demonstrate how to embed new practices in health care operations

• Contribute to evidence base through the robust measurement of improvements and independent evaluations

• Generate evidence of improvement and costs benefits through robust evaluation in order to encourage wide interest and adoption across the UK health service

At a glance, they are looking for:

• To support up to seven projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care

• These projects will be using ideas, interventions and approaches that have been tested and shown to be successful at small scale and have the potential to be widely adopted across the health service

• The projects must be able to make improvements at scale at care pathway, health board, clinical network, organisational, regional or national levels

• Applications can come from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where HNS services are delivered free at the point of delivery (They welcome applications from primary, secondary or tertiary care, as well as organisations providing health and social care)

• The health foundation is exploring the extent to which we can track the impact of interventions on patient care remotely using collected electronic data. Projects will be expected to work with data analysts at the foundation to do this

Types of Projects:

Projects should address an identified problem or potential problem in health, or in health and social care. They funder is seeking applications across the spectrum of care or across the boundaries such as health and social care. This could include but is not limited to mental health, learning disabilities, care homes, maternity and children services, as well as care delivered in the patient’s own home.

This programme is specifically concerned with projects that:

• Equip people to manage their conditions and health care more effectively

• Equip health care providers to improve the quality of care provided to their patients on a daily basis

• Make improvements in direct services for people with long term conditions, ill health or health care needs at the beginning and end of life (i.e. obstetrics, maternity and palliative care)

Further details can be assessed here:

Please contact the RKE office if you are interested in applying

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Launch Workshop: BBSRC and Action on Hearing Loss Joint Call

BBSRC  BBSRC and Action on Hearing Loss are holding a joint event in central London to provide more information on a new joint funding initiative.

Background : Hearing loss is a major public health issue, affecting over 10 million people in the UK. It is a growing problem in an ageing population, as much of this hearing loss is age-related – it is predicted that by 2031, over 14.5 million people will be affected, placing a huge burden on society and the economy. Hearing loss has a severe impact on people’s quality of life and leads to isolation from friends and family. It is also associated with dementia, depression and decreased physical wellbeing and can hinder both education and employment.

Current medical interventions are largely limited to hearing aids and cochlear implants. Whilst these devices benefit many they are far from perfect as they do not reproduce the clarity and richness of natural hearing and can perform poorly when there is a high level of background noise. There is an urgent need for new interventions to prevent hearing loss and restore natural hearing.

It is critical, therefore, that we understand the mechanisms underlying the development of the auditory system and how it ages, knowledge that can be used to develop treatments to reverse or prevent hearing loss.

Therefore BBSRC and Action on Hearing Loss will be running a joint call for research proposals that will:

  • Increase our understanding of the lifecourse of the auditory system
  • Investigate prevention and treatments of age-related hearing loss

Applicants will apply to either BBSRC’s responsive mode or the Action on Hearing Loss grant schemes.

The workshop will be held to launch this initiative at the Franklin Theatre, 76 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT on Monday 9 December. It will begin at 10am and will end at approximately 4.30pm. At the workshop, the joint scheme will be explained and there will be a series of panel discussions, led by experts in the field, to explore and identify relevant research questions. There will also be opportunities to meet and share ideas with other researchers. We hope the workshop will help potential applicants develop relevant and high quality proposals. It is strongly recommended that researchers who wish to apply to the funding call attend the workshop.

Please are free and are allocated on first come basis – you must comeplet registration buy Thursday 21 November 2013. Further details can be found on the BBSRC website 


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New Economic Models in the Digital Economy 2 – new £3.5m Call announced

Research Councils UK    The RCUK Digital Economy Theme wants, through its investments, to continue to engage more with business schools and economics researchers who have been under-represented in existing grants.

The DE Theme therefore  invites proposals for cross-disciplinary packages consisting of research and people-based activities to develop and strengthen the engagement between research communities in digital economy, economics and management.

Up to £3.5 million has been earmarked for this call (which is led by EPSRC but commissioned in close partnership with ESRC). It is anticipated that up to five proposals will be funded.

Applications must combine a programme of both research AND people support and must address one or more of the following Research Challenges:

  1. DE and financial services,
  2. Collaborative consumption,
  3. Personal data
  4.  ‘Incomplete’ Products and ‘Platform’ Offerings

You can find full details on these Challenges and the requirements of the call here:

The deadline for Outline Applications is 28th June 2013

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Pre-announcement of pending call for European-Chinese collaborative research call: Societal Challenges – Green Economy and Population Change

ESRC        The research funding organisations of China (NSFC), France (ANR), Germany (DFG), The Netherlands (NWO) and the United Kingdom (ESRC) are delighted to launch a new multi-lateral collaboration consisting of a joint research programme on two basic societal challenges:

  • The challenges of the Green Economy
  • The challenges of Population Change

There will be a number of priority areas within these themes and researchers from these countries will be invited to submit proposals for joint projects in these areas. Researchers may have any disciplinary background within the social sciences and beyond, however, the proposal should be predominantly within the social sciences and applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria of their home funding agency. Projects will also need to involve a number of Chinese and European partners; full guidance will be announced in the call.

The call, its decision procedure and funding mechanisms will be based on the Open Research Area for Social Sciences (ORA), a process established on international standards. Funding will be distributed among the partners according to the place of work of the researchers, and according to the funding rules of each individual agency.

Further information about the priority areas will be made available by the end of June 2013 with the full call launched in September. The closing date of the call will be in early December 2013