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Pre-Announcement: ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge Research Director and Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has now announced its plans for delivering the Healthy Ageing Challenge, an investment of £98 million to enable businesses, including social enterprises, to develop and deliver products, services and business models that will be adopted at scale which support people as they age.

A Research Director is being sought who will provide strong, authoritative leadership on research for the Healthy Ageing Challenge. The role will involve leading and co-coordinating the successful research projects commissioned through the Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme (call due early 2020). The Research Director will be responsible for the coherence of research across the portfolio of activity and for maintaining awareness of the domain and emerging evidence.

The successful application will be expected to have an outstanding track record of leadership within the area of healthy ageing, and a broad understanding of the potential for different disciples within and across the social sciences and arts and humanities to contribute to this research area.

The call for a Research Director will be led by ESRC in collaboration with AHRC and is expected to open in August 2019 with applicants indicating their intention to submit in September 2019 for a full proposal in October 2019.

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Latest News from NC3Rs

The National Centre for Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) are the go to funder for projects which look for alternative methods to animal testing. Their funding schemes include Project Grants, PhD Studentships and Training Fellowships.

Here’s an update on the latest news from NC3Rs.

A Pint of 3Rs Science

There will be three events held as part of the Pint of Science event – a worldwide festival that brings scientific researchers to your local pub!

There will be three events held in Birmingham, London and Newcastle. Topics include:

  • Happier animals, better science!
  • Replace, Reduce, Refine: The future of laboratory research
  • Stem cells getting on your nerves?

Tickets for the events are £4 and you can find out more about it here.

Explore the Evidence for Refined Mouse Handling Methods

NC3Rs have produced a table that summarises the research published to date on the tunnel handling and cupping methods for mice handling.

If your research involves mice you can take a look at their web page for more information or download the document here:

Improving the Welfare of Macaques in Research

Behavioural Assessment of Wellness and Pain in Macaques

A new observational study has been launched which will help to improve the wellfare of macaques used in research after identifying behavioural indicators of wellfare and pain.

You can read more about the new study here.

Efficient Transport Box and Chair Training of Rhesus Macaques

A new paper has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods looking at refinements in how rhesus macaques used in fundamental neuroscience research are trained to enter transport devices.

You can read more about this story here.

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Antimicrobial Resistance: The UK Action Plan

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have so far invested £44m into 78 interdisciplinary research projects into Antimicrobial Research (AMR) and with a new 20 year vision and 5 year action plan things are only set to increase.

With bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics increasingly spreading from one country to the next, antimicrobial resistance is now recognised as one of the most serious threats to human health this century. If things continue unchecked a 2014 AMR review paper estimates that by 2050 the cost of AMR could be up to $100 trillion and account for an additional 10 million extra deaths each year.

In response to this the UK’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced a 20 year vision and 5 year action plan (2019 – 2024) with the intent to contain, control and mitigate antimicrobial resistance.

UKRI have committed £41m to support projects in partnership with members of the Joint Programme Initiative in AMR. To successfully deliver this research agenda the partnership will:

  • Support co-ordinated AMR related research areas.
  • Continue to influence global research strategies on AMR, ensuring alignment of UK-funded research, and emphasising the need for research to be useful for front-line teams.
  • Develop interdisciplinary networks and inform and develop interventions across all sectors.
  • Continue to develop the scientific capacity needed to support and deliver ongoing high-quality research in infectious disease, prevention and microbiology-related disciplines.

Both Matt Hancock and Theresa May have echoed the importance of this research and that it is pivotal it be conducted in a multidisciplinary and internal manor.

This is a summary of an article on which appeared on the MRC website. For the full article please click here.

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Important News: Researchfish Update

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As you are aware, we are required as an institution to report on the outcomes, outputs and impact of research to be returned to the Research Councils (and a number of other research funders), during and after the end date of funded projects. All RCUK councils adopted the Researchfish system to capture this information.

MMU’s compliance rate in the October-December 2014 gathering period was a 100% – we submitted research outcomes for all live research grants and any research grants completed within the last five years.

From the first submission period, many research organisations provided feedback on the need for better interoperability with the research information systems used by ROs. Researchfish has been working with a number of organisations on enhancing the current system and this has led to a delay in 2015 submission period for RCUK funders.

We can confirm the next submission deadline for RCUK funders will be from 1st February to 4pm on 10th March 2016.

Researchers (including funded students) will need to submit and return their information within this timeframe. We must ensure all publications acknowledge their research council support and include the award reference number.

It is important to note, sanctions will apply for noncompliance.

Noncompliant researchers will not be able to apply for further awards from any research council and any current awards will have their payments withheld. The policy document for sanctions can assessed here.

Further updates and Important Information:


As part of the on-going interoperability process, Researchfish is working to integrate with the ORCID registry. This means ‘researchers can push and pull publications and award data between the two systems’.

We would advise all academics to register for a unique ORCID identify. Registration for individuals is free on the ORCID website.

New awards

All new awards will be uploaded in to the Researchfish systems this month (September 2015).

Amendments to Award Information in Researchfish

Details of existing awards on Researchfish are refreshed annually with data taken from Je-S. Details of new grants are also taken from this source. Any changes in information relating to awards, e.g. email addresses, should therefore be made by PIs by 15 November 2015 as this information will feed into Researchfish at the full award data refresh in December 2015.

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Invitation to Informatics Research Centre (IRC) Launch – September 16

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Dear colleagues, Professor Martyn Amos warmly invites you to attend the formal launch of the Informatics Research Centre (IRC), to be held in the Business School on September 16.
The IRC coordinates leading research in computer science and informatics within MMU, and we encourage colleagues from across the University to attend and find out how we might work together in future. The event will include the first showing of our new promotional video, strategic presentations, and plenty of time for discussion.
In order that we can accurately gauge numbers for catering purposes, it would be helpful if you could please register at



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News: Changes to NIHR RFPB Scheme


Research For Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme
From competition 28 the RfPB programme will be changing. The competition opens for applications on 26th August 2015, and will operate under the new two stage process with the shortened first stage application. Deadline for applications is 2nd December 2015.

In summary, the changes to the scheme are as follows:
• a preliminary stage one application form has been introduced which is a shortened version of the NIHR standard application form. The stage one application form will be easier and faster to complete given it is a shorter form
• stage one applications will be assessed by a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) and applicants will then be notified as to whether a stage two application has been invited by the RAC or not
• applicants will be provided with feedback following assessment of a stage one
• for applicants invited to stage two, information included within the stage one form will be auto populated into the stage two form, and applicants only need to make appropriate revisions (if necessary) and complete the remaining sections of the stage two form
• for further flexibility, applicants invited to stage two will also have the option to defer their stage two application to the following competition should they wish to
• four RACs will be merging to form two, North East and Yorkshire and The Humber regions (Yorkshire and the North East) and the South Central and South East Coast regions (South East and Central), reducing the number of RACs to eight.
More detail about these changes can be found on the RfPB website

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Breaking News: ESRC changes funding thresholds to boost success rates

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On 5 March, the council announced that the lower threshold for applications would be raised from £200,000 to £350,000, and the upper threshold decreased from £2 million to £1 million. The changes to the application thresholds will come in to effect from 1st July 2015.

Adam Goldberg, Research Manager from Nottingham University has written an interesting article on the changes, on his research blog ‘Cash for Questions’.

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MMU achieves 100% compliance with Researchfish submission

researchfish logoCongratulations and thanks to everyone who submitted their research outcomes in time for the Researchfish deadline last month. We have had confirmation that we were 100% compliant with the request to submit research outcomes for any live research grants and any research grants that have completed within the last five years.

What is Researchfish?

Researchfish is an online research outcomes recording system for researchers and funding organisations. The Researchfish system has replaced ROS (Research Outcomes System) to collect the outcomes of any research that is funded by RCUK research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC). There are also nearly 90 public and charity funders that use Researchfish to collect research outcomes.

Next steps

In January we will be making further announcements about Researchfish. We will be posting FAQs, crib sheets and further guidance; what it is, what you have to do and when you have to do it.

Further info

If you have any questions about Researchfish in the meantime please email the RKE office at

FAQs –

Introductory video –

Webinar – the next webinar is 11am (GMT), Thursday 11th December

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NIHR workshop on multimorbidities in older people Researcher briefing event

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In early 2015, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will issue a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity (defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person).

This call is an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life.

The workshop is open to all those in any discipline who are working, or interested in working, in research relating to Multimorbidities in older people. Representatives from a range of NIHR programmes and supporting NIHR infrastructure will attend to advise on the various funding routes available and provide help and guidance on developing and submitting an application.

To register your interest in attending the workshop, please visit Once the booking form has been completed, you will receive an email asking you to click on the link to confirm your interest in attending. Please ensure you do this to register your interest.

If you aren’t allocated a space, you will be able to view the presentations and supporting information online following the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact or visit

Please remember to inform the RKE team if you are attending the workshop!

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MMU STAFF: Open sessions for the new RKE Strategy

StrategycoverOpen sessions are taking place across the University for colleagues to have their say on the new Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy. The next two events are tomorrow – Wednesday 26th November (for the full list of events see below).

The new Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy represents an exciting transformation for MMU, putting research and knowledge exchange at the heart of the University.

Led by Professors Dave Raper, Cathy Urquhart, Paul Holmes and Mark Ratcliffe the sessions are a follow up to the recent unveiling of a strategy document which marks a fresh and exciting start to RKE activities.

Sessions will present to you the RKE Strategy, giving you the opportunity to meet members of the RKE team and openly discuss the new strategy.

For further information on the strategy, please visit the Strategy page on the RKE website here

Wednesday 27th November
1:00pm – 2:00pm
G36 New Business School

3:00pm – 4:00pm
LT2 Geoffrey Manton

Thursday 28th November

1:30pm – 2:30pm
BZ403 Benzie Building
(New Art and Design Building)

Wednesday 4th December
1:00pm – 2:00pm
GLT Elizabeth Gaskell

Tuesday 10th December
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Crewe Lecture Theatre, Crewe Campus

Thursday 12th December
1:30pm – 2:30pm
LTA Simon Building, Didsbury Campus