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PhD Studentship Launch Event from NC3Rs/Unilever

This spring NC3Rs will be launching a new collaboration with Unilever in the field of non-animal safety assessment. As part of the collaboration Unilever will be co-funding a number of PhD Studentships.

NC3Rs will be holding a launch event to allow potential applicants to find out more about the scheme, network with other researchers and discuss ideas with Unilever and NC3Rs staff.

Registration: Online (the event is free but on a first come first serve basis)

Deadline: 27th Match 2019

Location: Central London

The Studentships will focus on the following areas:

  • Local exposure – microbiome, skin, lung
  • Clearance mechanisms – renal, liver, metabolism
  • Repeat dosing
  • Non-animal models with human focus

For more information about this event please visit the NC3Rs website.

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Global Maternal and Neonatal Health 2019 Funding

A new joint initiative between the Medical Research Council (MRC; part of UKRI, partly funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)) and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has been announced. This is the first of three annual calls with up to £10m available to support around 10 -15 grants.

Value: up £100k for seed-funding, no limit for Research Grants

Duration: 12 months for seed-funding, 3 years for Research Grants.

Deadline: 24th April 2019

The purpose of the award is to address the burden of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries. The awards will support multidisciplinary approaches, strengthening research partnerships and promoting capacity building in global maternal and neonatal health research. The scope of awards is deliberately broad to reflect the complexity and challenges faced.

Research Grants are intended to support:

  • UK and/or LMIC research consumable costs
  • Salary costs for UK and/or LMIC-based researchers
  • Partnership and networking activities
  • Research training and capacity building activities
  • Travel and Subsistence

See Awards are intended to support:

  • Networking meetings to develop strategy and partnerships for future activities.
  • Small pump-priming projects to generate preliminary data for future applications
  • Salary costs for existing research staff, where these can be shown to be making a clear and important contribution of proposed activities
  • travel and subsistence/

For more information about the call please visit the call details here.

If you would like to apply for this scheme please contact your Research Development Team.


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Latest NIHR Funding Opportunities

The National Institute for Health Research have two new calls that are open for applications:


Policy Research Programme: Representativeness of Adult Social Care Surveys

Award Amount: up to £200,000

Duration: 9 months

Deadline: 29th January 2019

NIHR  are looking for a research proposal to assess the representativeness of surveys currently used to understand the experience of adult social care users and carers in England. The research should:

  • Review current methodologies, sampling strategies and outputs to identify the characteristsics of those being selected for surveys and those responding.
  • Explore whether surveys are representative of the target populations and identify gaps in coverage.
  • Review best practice.
  • Identify ways in which the survey programme can be enhanced. 

For more information about this opportunity please visit here


Policy Research Programme: Implementation and Assessment of Mandatory Calorie Labelling

Award Amount:up to £650,000

Duration: 45 months

Deadline: 29th January 2019

The Government has recently consulted on mandatory calorie labelling in the OOH sector. Research is required to explore the implementation of this and evaluate the outcomes on business, individuals and families.  The following questions should be included in the research:

  • How effective have regulations to mandate calorie labelling for the OOH sector been in providing consumers with clear and accurate information about the calorie content of food and drink?
  • How have providers in the OOH sector responded? What are the effects on business?
  • How have consumers responded to the labelling?
  • What are the implications of mandatory calorie labelling for enforcement?

For more information about this opportunity please visit here


If you would like to apply to either of these opportunities then please get in touch with your Research Development Team.


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New NIHR Funding Opportunities

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National Institute for Health Research have just released new calls for funding opportunities around the theme: ‘Tabaco Cessation, Control and Harm Reduction Interventions’. 

The NIHR will be accepting applications that are in (or span across) the following participating programmes:

  • Public Health Research (18/162)
  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (18/163)
  • Health Services and Delivery Research (18/164)
  • Health Technology Assessment (18/166)

If your research covers this thematic area and you would be interested in applying the NIHR will be holding a webinar to support the funding opportunities on Thursday 8th November 15:00-16:00. You will need to register for this and can do so here.

For more information about any of these calls please use the links above to visit the schemes or check the NIHR website.

The calls are currently open for first-stage applications and will close on 12th March 2019, 1pm. If you would like to apply to any of these schemes then please get in touch with your Research Development Team as soon as possible!


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Getting Research Funding: the Significance of Significance

Take a look at this excellent blog post from Social Science Researching Funding. Lachlan Smith writes about the “who cares?” question that potential grant applicants ought to consider, and that research development staff ought to pose to applicants on a regular basis.

Why is this research important, and why should it be funded? And crucially, why should we fund this, rather than that? In a comment on a previous post on this blog Jo VanEvery quoted some wise words from a Canadian research funding panel member: “it’s not a test, it’s a contest”. In other words, research funding is not an unlimited good like a driving test or a PhD viva where there’s no limit to how many people can (in principle) succeed. Rather, it’s more like a job interview, qualification for the Olympic Games, or the film Highlander – not everyone can succeed. And sometimes, there can be only one.

I’ve recently been fortunate enough to serve on a funding panel myself, as a patient/public involvement representative for a health services research scheme. Assessing significance in the form of potential benefit for patients and carers is a vitally important part of the scheme, and while I’m limited in what I’m allowed to say about my experience, I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn when I say that significance – and demonstrating that significance – is key.

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2015 CRACK IT Challenges Announced!

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The 2015 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of two Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors:

The CRACK IT scheme is a challenge-led competition that funds collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs to solve business and scientific ‘Challenges’ which if solved will deliver 3Rs and commercial benefits, either by improving business processes or developing a commercialisable product.

The latest challenges are:

Challenge 20: Metaboderm: Development of a new tool to predict metabolism in human skin.

Challenge 21: InMutaGene: Development of a technology to address the risks of insertional mutagenesis/oncogenesis and to improve the efficiency of translational research in gene therapy.

This year the competition is funded by the NC3Rs and supported by Innovate UK, Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) with in-kind contribution from the Sponsors.

Full and Further details of the Challenges and Sponsors and registration for the Launch Event on 10 September will be released on 3 August 2015 on the CRACK IT and SBRI websites.


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Transport Challenge Information Day – Save the Date

The next info day on the 2016-2017 Work Programme for Societal Challenge 4: ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ will take place on 5 November 2015 in Brussels.

​The event is aimed at potential applicants willing to submit proposals to the transport calls included in the new Work Programme for 2016-17. Presentations will cover the content of the new Work Programme and the application procedure, as well as detailed information on the calls. Participants will also have the opportunity to network throughout the day.

More information and the agenda will be available soon, and compulsory registration for the event will open in September.

 Please email euro_res@mmu.ac.uk if you have any questions.