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Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

The Academy of Medical Sciences, on behalf of the UK National Academies, is delighted to announce the opening of the sixth round of the GCRF Networking Grant Scheme. Please note: this scheme is being coordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences on behalf of all academics and is therefore open to all disciplines, not just medicine.

The scheme offers £25,000 to researchers based in DAC-listed countries to form collaborations with researchers in the UK, looking to generate new research ideas to address global challenges.

The scheme is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance.

Deadline: Tuesday 31st March 2020

For further information please visit the Academy of Medical Sciences website or contact your Research Development Team.

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UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) Second Call for Proposals: Consortium and Network Awards

The UKPRP Partners have agreed to commit over £50 million to support research into the primary prevention of NCDs. NCD’s acount for 89% of all deaths in the UK and result in large economic costs to health and social care systems and to the wider society. Under the first UKPRP funding round four consortia and four networks were awarded over £25 million to tackle major upstream determinants of NCDs – further details of these awards can be found here.

Funders now seek to complement the initial portfolio and welcome consortia and networks in the areas outlines below:

  • Preventing Poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing.
  • Reducing health inequalities (where this forms the primary focus of an application).
  • Using fiscal and economic interventions to prevent NCDs and reduce health inequalities.
  • Modifying other social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing,
  • Tackling food systems that perpetuate unhealthy diets and obesity.
  • Improving the urban environment, including transport systems and air quality.
  • Using green and blue spaces for improving population health and preventing NCDs.
  • Targeting specific life course stages or transitions.
  • Cross-cutting approaches.

If you are interested in this funding opportunity then please visit the MRC website for full details on eligibility, application requirements and further details on funding,

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UK Prevention Research Partnership – New Funding Announced

The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) has announced it will be launching a second call in early September for proposals for New Consortium and Network Awards.

Deadline: 14th November 2019, 4pm

Proposals in the following areas are anticipated, this is not exhaustive and they welcome proposals outside of these areas provided they compliment the current portfolio:

  • Preventing poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing.
  • Reducing health inequalities (where this forms the primary focus of the application).
  • Social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing.
  • Food systems, unhealthy diets and obesity.
  • Developing interventions in specific ages including issues relating to ageing, and in occupational settings.
  • Fostering the use of evidence in decision making in local government.
  • Urban environment, including transport systems and air quality.
  • Using green and blue space for improving population health and preventing NCDs.
  • Using digital technologies and social media to deliver interventions, and exploiting large-scale datasets and linkage to routine datasets.

Applications which are successful at Outline Stage will receive up to £5k and have six-months to build linkages for the full applications.

Information and Networking Event

An information and networking event will be held to communicate the priorities, describe the application process and provide networking opportunities for researchers across different disciplines to explore collaboration opportunities.

Where: London

When: Tuesday 24th September

Register: Complete the attached document and send it to DEADLINE 25TH JULY.

For more details of this opportunity please visit the MRC website. If you’d like to apply then please contact your Research Development Team.

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AHRC Highlight Notice: UN International Decade for People of African Descent in the Research Networking Scheme

The AHRC has launched a highlight notice in its Research Networking Scheme. It will address research issues of relevance to, or raised by, the International Decade for People of African Descent.

The theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development” and the highlight notice is open to a wide range of networking proposals relevant to any of the key objectives of the UN decade.

Proposals for the Research Networking Scheme allow fEC costs of up to £30,000 for a period of up to two years.

This highlight notice in the networking scheme is open to applications until midnight on 30 June 2016.

For more information, please visit the AHRC.

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.

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Joint Dementia Research Showcase

The University of Manchester will showcase dementia research activity along with University of Salford & Manchester Metropolitan University, plus structured networking time around particular themes. A series of brief presentations from each institution will highlight the breadth of work of key research groups. There will also be a poster display from across the institutions.

Academics, post-docs, PhD students and research support staff with an interest in dementia and neurodegeneration from the University of Manchester, University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University are all welcome. Researchers can be from any discipline area (e.g. medicine, engineering, humanities, arts).

Wednesday 20 January 9.30 – 1.30 including networking lunch

Lecture Theatre A & the Hub, Zochonis Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Online registration:

We also encourage you to bring posters to display, please indicate this during the online registration process so that we can ensure there are sufficient poster boards. If you would like to have a stand in the coffee/ networking area please contact Carly Moseley.

Vegetarian and halal diets are automatically accommodated, please indicate other special dietary requirements when registering. If you have any special requirements in terms of access, please contact Carly Moseley. You do not need to bring a printed ticket with you on the day.

Further information: Carly Moseley

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ESRC annual call for Seminar Series has opened – now also includes larger Strategic Networks in four steer areas


Research seminars and Strategic networks competition 2015/16

Funding is available for UK research organisations to hold Research seminars and Strategic networks for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users from different organisations. Seminar groups meet regularly to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields. Strategic networks are a new addition to this annual competition and will have a central aim of generating and developing innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations focused on potential new priority areas.

The Strategic networks will build collaborative systems and groups through a wider range of activities than seminars. They reflect the core aims set out in the ESRC’s Strategic Plan to promote innovation, risk-taking and multidisciplinary collaboration. Where appropriate, seminar and network group members should be drawn from the public, commercial private and civil society sectors as well as from research organisations.

Although we are committed to the open nature of the seminar competition, at the same time we are introducing a number of steers in this round of the competition which are focused on:

  • Civil Society
  • Education and Neuroscience
  • Biosocial research
  • Big data.

Seminar proposals are encouraged to address one steer topic area. Strategic network proposals are required to address one of the areas.

Seminar series and network grants don’t fund staff time or overheads but cover 100% of the event costs such as travel. Seminar series grants are limited to a maximum justified costing of £30,000 and network grants are limited to a maximum justified costing of £100,000.

Please see: and contact your Research Development Manager for info and support.

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Museums and Academics Research Network


Curious about the People’s History Museum? Never been? Want to use our nationally important collections in your teaching and research?

The People’s History Museum is keen to develop our links with academic colleagues from across the north west. We’d like to invite you to find out how you could use the collections within your teaching and research and discuss with us how we can create a vibrant hub of activity that we can all benefit from.

Bring along (or even send beforehand) your syllabuses and timetables, and ideas, and we can look at co-creating content for you and your students. The afternoon has an intentionally loose structure with archive, collections and learning staff on hand to answer any specific questions about what PHM and its collection has to offer.

14:00 – Introduction to PHM – Louise Sutherland (Head of Collection and Engagement)

14:15 – Introduction to collections and exhibitions – Chris Burgess (Curator)

14:30 – Introduction to the archive collections – Heather Roberts (Archivist)

14.45 – Introduction to the learning offer – Kirsty Mairs (Learning Manager)

15:00 – Tea and coffee

From 15:30 onwards – tours of galleries focussing on various aspects of collection including art, politics, history? Tour of archives, exmaining Labour party archive, CPGB, etc

It would be great if people could join us for a drink in the local pub afterwards


About the Collections

The People’s History Museum holds the largest collection of political material in Britain, spanning working people’s demand for a better world to the organisations that represented them. Befitting the national museum of democracy, objects related to the fight for the vote make up a core of the collection. These range from the early 19th century radicalism, through to the suffragettes, to the lowering of the age limit from 21 to 18 in 1969. PHM is an internationally significant political archive and includes the complete holdings of the Labour Party and Communist Party of Great Britain. Conservative Party and early Liberal Party material is strongly represented as are other organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Trades Union Congress and The Co-operative Group. We continue to collect, with contemporary material being added all the time. The museum is gathering one of the largest collections related to LGBTQ history. We also actively seek material from recent events and protest including Scottish Independence, Occupy and Anti-Fracking.

The nature of the collection is hugely varied. The PHM’s collection of trade union and political banners is the largest and most important of its type in the world. There is a collection of over 2,000 posters covering elections and issue campaigns. As an archive of design this is hugely underappreciated and under resourced and we are keen to hear from academics looking to use this resource. Satire forms a strong part of our holdings, with over 300 18th, 19th and 20th century political cartoons. There are 7,000 badges and tokens from the late 19th century to the present day. PHM also holds over 95,000 photographic images covering labour history, the Labour Party and more general political history.

This event will take place 1st October 2014, 2pm-5pm

To register: