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GCRF: High level details of 2019 calls announced

UKRI have announced themes for a suite of calls to be launched in 2019 under the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.

The Programme will reach across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios (global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and displacement and resilience), and calls will be launched throughout 2019.

Calls will be led via specific Research Councils on behalf of UKRI as a whole, and steered by challenge leaders.

Themes for calls will be:

Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure

  • GCRF (Re)thinking the off-grid city
  • GCRF Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology

Education

  • GCRF Education as a driver of sustainable development Network Plus
  • GCRF Education in conflict and crisis research
  • GCRF Education Interventions for Early Childhood Development

Food Systems

  • GCRF Cultures and histories of agriculture, food, and nutrition
  • GCRF A combined Food Systems approach to developing interventions to address the Double Burden of Malnutrition

Global Health

  • GCRF Health and Communities

Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change

  • GCRF Equitable Resilience: ensuring resilience enhances the Sustainable Development Goals
  • GCRF Multiple and systemic Risks

Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement

  • GCRF Development-based approaches to Protracted Displacement
  • GCRF Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace
  • GCRF Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement

Calls that cut across the portfolios

  • GCRF Coherence Grants
  • GCRF Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus
  • GCRF Global Engagement Networks

Details have been launched regarding the Global Engagement Networks call (Deadline 14 February 2019), and we are expecting further announcements this week about other calls, so keep your eyes on the Blog.

(Ed – AHRC are already advertising their leadership of  various calls, and an indication of the types of project that willl be supported – e.g. networks, partnership building and research programmes).

As ever, if you’re interested in calls, please contact your Research Development Manager or International Research Development Manager as early as possible for advice and support.

 

 

 

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MRC Researcher-led Funding

mrf-logoThe next round of Researcher-led opportunities will be open for applications from 23rd July with a deadline of the end of September. Awards will be available across the following boards:

For more information please visit the MRC website.

To instead view the specific themed calls you can visit here.

If you’d like to apply for any of these opportunities then please get in touch with Research Development via our email.


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RCUK Joint Calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund

Translating Cultures and Care for the Future Innovation Awards on International Development

The call aims to support projects that take innovative approaches to the following research strands: Languages, cultural exchange and development assistance; Pressures in global mobility; Cultures and development; Cultural heritages, interpretation and representation. Proposals should clearly demonstrate the value of arts and humanities research to international development issues and provide a platform for further research in the relevant area.

Deadline for proposals: 21 July

GCRF Foundation Awards for Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs)

The aims of this call are to both address new research opportunities and develop capability and capacity to particular research areas, such as: Cardiovascular and metabolic research; Cancers of high prevalence in LMICs; Mental health and neurocognitive development; Adolescent, maternal, and childhood health; Impacts of demographic/behavioural changes across the lifecourse; Environmental change; Technologies, designs and methods suited to LMICs.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

GCRF Foundation Awards for Infection Research

This call will develop new or expand existing strands of ODA applicable research and partnerships targeting LMIC infectious disease priorities. Areas of opportunity include: Detection and diagnostic development; Epidemiology; Cultural, social, economic, environmental and political influences on the emergence and spread of infections; Modelling; and many more.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

GCRF Foundation Awards for Global Agricultural and Food Systems Research

This call highlights five broad research challenges as follows: Systems that deliver safe and nutritious food for all; Resilience of the food system to climatic variability; Reducing losses throughout the agri-food chain and reusing unavoidable food waste; Agriculture within the context of the wider landscape; Urban agriculture.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

Tackling antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting

The call aims to expand understanding of how the behaviour of public, professionals and organisations impacts on AMR: how it can enhance or control the spread of AMR; how it is affected by social, psychological and organisational context, cultures and history; and how it can be influenced to create different future scenarios.

Deadline for proposals: 20 July (Pump priming grants), 27 July (EOI for collaborative grants)

ESRC/AHRC Call for proposals on Forced displacement

This is a joint call for innovative, interdisciplinary projects focusing on the experiences of the forced displaced (both internationally and internally) whether due to poverty, war, conflict, persecution or human rights violations.

Deadline for proposals: 7 July

GCRF / PaCCS: Inter-Disciplinary Research Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development

This call aims to support inter-disciplinary research innovation and international collaboration focussed on the interconnections between conflict and international development and with the potential to contribute to the welfare (broadly defined) and/or economic development of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Deadline for proposals: 28 July

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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MRC Publish Delivery Plan 2016/17-2019/20

MRC have just published their Delivery Plan 2016/17-2019/20. All Research Councils publish Delivery Plans as a final product of Government Spending Review. The Plans set out each Council’s funding priorities and outline the activities that they intend to undertake over a given period i.e. this is the document gives some genuine signposts as to what is coming up over next couple of years. We’ve provided a summary below.

The full document is available HERE.

  • An outline of Priority Challenges: Infections (including a £30M Antimicrobial Resistance initiative); Lifelong Mental Health and Dementia (a new £150M UK Dementia Research Institute); Prevention; and Regenerative Medicine.
  • Technology Touching Life (TTL) will be taken forwrd as a highlighted priority to foster interdisciplinary technology development research.
  • The Stratified Medicine Initiative will: establish further consortia in disease areas that benefit from stratification but are currently under-represented; maxismise the scientific impact of the existing stratified medicine consortia and molecular pathology nodes; and link our consortia with MRC informatics investments.
  • Continued investment in lat phase global health research to support phase studies wither partners e.g. Wellcome Trust, DFID, EDCTP and Global Alliance for Chronic Disease.
  • Continued support for next generation of researchers.


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Knowledge Exchange Workshop – Participant engagement in longitudinal studies

Participant engagement is a major concern for longitudinal studies, however opportunities to share best practice and learning on this issue are few and far between. The MRC/ESRC-funded CLOSER consortium is seeking to address this gap by hosting an informal knowledge exchange workshop on participant engagement for longitudinal studies in the UK and abroad.

Friday 29 January 2016, 10:00 to 17:00.

20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

For mroe information and to book, please visit: http://bit.ly/1P26STy


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Study shows beneficial effects of blocking brain inflammation in an experimental model of Alzheimer’s

Take a look at this article detailing new research on Alzheimer’s disease funded by the MRC and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

A study, published today in the journal Brain, has found that blocking a receptor in the brain responsible for regulating immune cells could protect against the memory and behaviour changes seen in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The research was jointly funded by the MRC and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

It was originally thought that Alzheimer’s disease disturbs the brain’s immune response, but this latest study adds to evidence that inflammation in the brain can in fact drive the development of the disease. The findings suggest that by reducing this inflammation, progression of the disease could be halted.

The team hope the discovery will lead to an effective new treatment for the disease, for which there is currently no cure.

To read more, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Odncn9


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Medical Research Council Funding Calls Deadline Dates

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Molecular & Cellular Medicine Board

Opening date                                                    Closing date
29th July 2015                                                      9th September 2015
20th November 2015                                           6th January 2016
23rd March 2016                                                  4th May 2016

 

Infections and Immunity Board

Opening date                                                    Closing date
29th July 2015                                                      23rd September 2015
20th November 2015                                           13th January 2016
23rd March 2016                                                  18th May 2016

 

Population & Systems Medicine Board

Opening date                                                    Closing date
29th July 2015                                                      30th September 2015
20th November 2015                                           20th January 2016
23rd March 2016                                                  25th May 2016

Neurosciences & Mental Health Board

Opening date                                                    Closing date
29th July 2015                                                      6th October 2015
20th November 2015                                           3rd  February 2016
23rd March 2016                                                  1st  June 2016

Remember the RKE office are here to help you develop your bids! If you are interested in applying, please contact your RDM. Or email research@mmu.ac.uk