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Changes to EPSRC and NERC New Investigator Schemes

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From 25 July 2017 a New Investigator Award scheme will replace the First Grant initiative. The New Investigator Award scheme will remove some of the current restrictions and will help improve the quality and ambition of research proposals submitted, recognising that different projects and new investigators have different needs.

For more information, please visit EPSRC.

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The eligibility for the NERC New Investigator scheme has been amended. Applicants must now be within five years (as opposed to the previous three) of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. This applies from January 2018.

For more information, please visit NERC.

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NERC: Call for Ideas for Strategic Research

NERC invites researchers and those who use environmental science research to submit ideas for scientific advances that will, over time, contribute to addressing some of these major challenges of the 21st century. The ideas will be used to inform the development of new strategic research investments through either highlight topics or strategic programme areas.

Deadline for HT ideas: 16 May 2017

For more information on submitting, please visit NERC.


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NERC Demand Management

NERC Demand Management: call for Expressions of Interest

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The demand management measures implemented by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) mean that there are restrictions on the number of research applications that Manchester Metropolitan University is permitted to submit to each Standard Grant round. This can include applications that are externally led.

In order to manage the process, researchers who wish to develop an application for the next NERC Standard Grant round (deadline of Tuesday 18 July 2017) are required to submit an Expressions of Interest (EOI) by 17:00 on Tuesday 28 March using the form available here.

The EOI form includes guidance notes about demand management and the internal selection process. To return the completed EOI form – or if you have any questions about a possible NERC application – please email Justin Smith justin.smith@mmu.ac.uk.

 


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Understanding the pathways to and impacts of a 1.5°C rise in global temperature

The Natural Environment Research Council, in collaboration with the Department of Energy & Climate Change, invites proposals for its call on understanding the pathways to and impacts of a 1.5°C rise in global temperature. This aims to advance our understanding of the research needs and provide timely evidence to inform policy following the introduction of the 1.5 °C limit in the Paris agreement. The three potential areas to be addressed are the following:

•linkage between the cumulative level of future net emissions of greenhouse gases and future temperature increases in the 1.5-2.0°C range;

•feasibility of pathway options that limit warming to 1.5°C and their additional consequences;

•environmental impacts of a 1.5°C temperature rise compared with 2°C.

This call will support seven projects worth up to £100,000 each.

The deadline for proposals is 18 Aug 16.

For more information, please visit NERC.

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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Global Challenges Research Fund: Building Resilience

As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the AHRC is partnering with ESRC on a joint call, led by NERC, to generate inter disciplinary research which can address the issue of ‘Building Resilience’. The call is open to proposals addressing resilience to natural and man-made environmental hazards in a range of developing world contexts. The focus is on how to build resilience in relation to both sudden and slow-onset environmental hazards (e.g. land-degradation, deforestation, drought, hurricanes, climate change) taking into account the intersections and relationships with other contexts such as conflict and fragility, poverty and famine, urbanisation, economics and health / disease risks.

The call will fund foundation-building activities to stimulate the creation of inter-disciplinary international research communities; to enable broader, deeper and more effective collaborations; test new innovative ideas and inter-disciplinary approaches for addressing the issue of developing resilience. All proposals are expected to take an inter-disciplinary approach, bringing together environmental science with social science and the arts and humanities.

Deadline for proposals: 6 Sept 2016

Funding available: £200,000

For more information, please visit NERC. For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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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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NERC Publish Delivery Plan 2016/17-2019/20

NERC 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.

  • Strategic priorities will enable UK business, government and citizens to: Benefit from natural resources; Build resilience to environmental hazards; Manage environment change; Discover new knowledge; and Promote sustainable development.
  • Investment priorities include: Sustainable food production; Renewable energy; Strategic research to assess UK natural capital; Underground energy security and innovation; Environmental hazards; and local and global Earth systems.
  • Launching of new CDTs in: the use of smart and autonomous observation technology for environmental science (2016/17); modelling and quantitative skills in ecology and evolution (2018/19).
  • Invest in the UK research capabilities: large research infrastructure; scientific services and facilities; and data centres and high-performance computing.
  • By 2017/18, £10M pa of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) will be allocated directly to NERC. This will be invested in the following strategic programmes: Improving climate modelsfor sustainable resource use in Africa and Asia; Tackling air pollution in Asian mega-citties; and understanding impacts of El Nino and La Nina.
  • From 2016/17 a dedicated funding line to commission public engagement activities will be established.
  • Will shape and lead international research agendas and partnerships e.g. Newton Fund, H2020 and JPI.