MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange Blog

Funding opportunities, news and guidance from RKE at Manchester Met


Leave a comment

The Year Ahead for Physical Sciences, Engineering and the Environment

A version of this article first appeared on Research Professional 08/01/2019 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be announcing their priorities for the next five years in spring – so definitely worth keeping an eye on their websites!

Materials scientist Alison Davenport will report to the STFC this year on a review of the council’s consolidated grants, which account for £100m that the council awards annually in research grants each year.

Aerospace companies competing for a £92 million government contract to carry out a feasibility study on home-grown replacements for the EU’s Galileo Satellite Navigation System will find out if they are successful early this year. The UK is set to stop using Galileo for defense and critical national infrastructure after Brexit.

The NERC’s polar research ship (The RRS Sir David Attenborough) will be undergoing a year of sea trials before before it’s polar expeditions begin in 2020.

In the first few months of 2019 the government will review the implementation of the sector deals on automotive, artificial intelligence, aerospace and nuclear industries.

The year will close with a crucial meeting for UK space with the science minister and representatives from the UK Space Agengy attending the council meeting of the European Space Agency in November – the members will be tasked with setting funding levels.


1 Comment

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.

 

 

 


Leave a comment

Changes to EPSRC and NERC New Investigator Schemes

EPSRC

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.

nerc_logo_print

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.


Leave a comment

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.


Leave a comment

NERC Demand Management

NERC Demand Management: call for Expressions of Interest

nerc-logo-50th

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.

 


Leave a comment

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.


Leave a comment

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.