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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.


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Cancer Research UK funding scheme: Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award will fund research into truly innovative, ground-breaking ideas with the potential to lead to new discoveries or approaches that will help us better understand, prevent, diagnose or treat cancer.

WHAT YOU CAN APPLY FOR
Projects supported by the Pioneer Award will have a clear relevance to cancer and enable the exploration of novel ideas, which may lead to new discoveries or approaches. Awards will be made to the value of up to £200,000 over two years.

WHO CAN APPLY
Applications to the Pioneer Award are welcomed from individuals and teams, regardless of background or vocation, across a breadth of disciplines. We will fund investigators at all career stages, regardless of track record or publishing history.

HOW TO APPLY
Proposals to the Pioneer Award are accepted all year round, with no set deadlines. A unique application process, with applicant anonymity, will ensure the best ideas receive funding.

Please click the poster for more information.

CRUK Pioneer Award poster (020715)


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2015 Funding Call: Newton Advanced Fellowships

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Newton Advanced Fellowships provide mid-career researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group or network through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Applications are welcome from the following Newton Fund Partner Countries: Mexico, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The closing date is Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 5pm .

Awards last for one or two years (depending on the country) and are available to support researchers across the social sciences and humanities.

Funding is available for:

  • A salary top up for the principal applicant from the Newton Fund Partner Country.
  • Research support to cover costs for studentships, staff, consumables or equipment.
  • Travel and subsistence to cover travel costs of the UK partner to the international partner and/or travel of the international partner to the UK.
  • Training to support the career development of the applicant and their research group or network.

Please note: Opportunities vary depending on the Newton Fund partner country. Please check the relevant scheme notes for each country for further information and a full break down of costs.

For more information on this call, eligibility and how to apply, visit: here


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The Royal Society Latest Funding Opportunities

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Newton International Fellowship (closes 9 September 2015)
This scheme is for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

Royal Society Research Professorship (closes 3 November 2015)
This scheme is for world-class scientists who would benefit from a period of long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK.

Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (ongoing)
This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research


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NEW FUNDING ALERT: Alzheimer’s Society, Implementation grants

Alzeimer's Society LogoThe Alzheimer’s Society is launching a new grant scheme in 2015 to enable the scaling-up of promising non-drug treatments, programmes and services to improve the health and well-being of people affected by dementia.

The implementation grant scheme is open to people looking to move dementia care, services and public health research into practice.

Further Details: Applicants can apply for grants of up to £400,000 that will either:

a) enable the scale-up of evidence based interventions that have been shown to improve care and are ready to be implemented at a larger scale, or;
b) lay the foundations for the scale-up of evidence based interventions; preparatory work and testing the feasibility of bringing dementia research knowledge into the real world.

All applications must:

  • demonstrate involvement of appropriate end users of the research in the development and delivery of the proposal
  • proposals must demonstrate sufficient evidence, for example from up to date systematic reviews, that the intervention is ready to be moved into the outside world.
  • use methods for enabling change that are grounded in theory.

Outline Application Deadline: 21st August 2015

Further details: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/implementation

Please contact the RKE office to discuss your ideas!