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NERC Demand Management: Expressions of Interest

The next NERC Standard Grant deadline will be in mid-July 2020. However, due to NERC’s Demand Management system and the likely internal demand for the next round, we require all potential applicants to complete an Expression of Interest form in order to be considered.

If you are interested in applying to NERC then please contact your Research Development Manager or Officer for further details and for a copy of the EOI form.

Completed forms must be returned to your Research Development Manager no later than Friday 20th December. EOI’s will be assessed internally by members of the NERC peer review college/panels and subject specialists.

To help with planning these are the estimated deadlines for future EOI calls:

  • Monday 8th June 2020 for the mid-January 2021 NERC round
  • Monday 7th December 2020 for the mid-July 2021 NERC round


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Leverhulme Research Leadership Award – Internal Process

The Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award (RLA) is currently open for applications.

Each institution is limited to one bid only. As a result, an internal process has been put in place to nominate the Man Met proposal for submission.

The Research Leadership Award is aimed at exceptionally talented Man Met academics who are on an academic career trajectory to be the future research leaders and need to build a team to address a distinct research problem.  The awards will be for up to £1 million, for staff salaries and associated costs.

Proposals are invited in any research area, with the exception of the following:

  • studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals
  • research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications
  • research areas currently identified as a priority by the research councils or other significant public funders
  • policy-driven research where the principal objective is to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives
  • research where advocacy is an explicit component
  • research aimed principally at an immediate commercial application
  • proposals in which the balance between assembling a data bank or database and the related subsequent research is heavily inclined to the former

As part of the first stage of the internal process, the applicants are requested to email an Expression of Interest (EOI) (using the template) and a CV (max. 2 pages) to researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk on or before Friday 29th March 12pm.

Further details about the internal process outlined below:

INTERNAL PROCESS:

What will be doneBy WhoBy When
1.Applicants to email EOI (using the attached template) and a CV (max. 2 pages) to researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk– Applicants
-RDMs to check the eligibility and assign the applications to UCRKE
Friday 29-Mar 12pm
2.Review the applications and shortlist one application per centre to be developed into a full proposalReview and decision making led by Research Centre DirectorsWedsnesday 03-Apr 12pm
3.Shortlisted Applicant to work with respective UCRKE centre director(s) to develop the EOI into a full application with supporting statement from Centre DirectorsApplicant & UCKRE Centre Directors(s)Thursday 25-Apr 12pm
4.Shortlisted full applications from each centre sent to University panel of Richard Greene (PVC RKE) and Heads of Daculty RKEVinod Verghese (RDM)Thursday 25-Apr 5pm
5.University panel to consider the full applications and choose a single Manchester Met bid to be put forwardRichard Greene and Heads of Faculty RKEFriday 26-Apr
6.Decision communicated to applicantsVinod Verghese (RDM)Monday 29-Apr
7.
Manchester Met proposal submitted to the Leverhulme TrustApplicants & RDMsFriday 10-May

Please contact the Research Development Managers for your respective area if you have any questions about the call or the process.