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2015 Funding Call: Newton Advanced Fellowships


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:

Please contact the RKE office to discuss your ideas!

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BBSRC Responsive Mode deadlines

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BBSRC has a unique and central place in supporting the UK’s world-leading position in bioscience. They are an investor in research and training, with the aim of furthering scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Note for applicants: You will be formally contacted, shortly following the Committee Chairs meeting, by the office regarding the outcome of your application once the final funding decision has been confirmed.

More information about the following deadlines can be found here 

Round Application Deadline Committee meeting dates

(when applications are assessed)

Committee Chairs meeting dates
15RM3 23 September 2015, 4pm 2-3 February 2016 March 2016 (date TBC)
16RM1 13 January 2016 11-12 May 2016 June 2016 (date TBC)

Remember the RKE office are here to help you develop your bids! If you are interested in applying, please contact your RDM. Or email

How do bone cells grow in space?

A ROCKET carrying technology developed with BBSRC support has blasted into space for use in experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS). Alvetex® Scaffold technology, produced by Durham University spin-out company Reinnervate, allows cells to be grown in three dimensions (3D), overcoming problems with two-dimensional (2D) culture methods and offering a more life-like model of how cells grow in tissues.

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Arthritis Research UK Funding Calls

Arthiritus Research UK

Career Development Fellowship

This fellowship round includes a highlight notice for research proposals that focus on improving quality of life for people with arthritis. Areas of interest are pain and fatigue, as well as health services research and disease management.

Maximum duration: 5 years
Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 17 June 2015

 What do career development fellowships provide?

Career development fellowships aim to attract and retain talented postdoctoral basic scientists and allied health professionals in research relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, and provide them with the opportunity to develop an independent research career and progress towards higher-level appointments.

 Who can apply for career development fellowships?

Career development fellowships are open to postdoctoral basic scientists and allied health professionals normally with at least 3 years’ postdoctoral research experience. Applicants should be associated with an established sponsor, within a multidisciplinary research group in a UK university department, hospital or research institute.

 What can you apply for?

Salaries & Expenses

 How to apply

All applications must be submitted through our grants management system, Grant Tracker.

 How career development fellowships are awarded

These fellowships are awarded by Arthritis Research UK’s fellowship implementation committee (FIC).

 See more about this call at here

Senior Research fellowship

Senior research fellowships are our most prestigious fellowship grants. They’re awarded to outstanding medical or science graduates committed to a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases who don’t hold an established academic post.

Maximum duration: 5 years
Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 7 October 2015

Who can apply for senior research fellowships?

Senior research fellowships are open to postdoctoral basic scientists, clinicians or nurse and allied health professionals, normally with 6–12 years’ postdoctoral research experience. Applicants should be based in a multidisciplinary environment in a UK university department or research institute and have proven ability in establishing an independent research programme, substantiated by publications in international journals and the award of peer-reviewed grants. We welcome applications from international candidates intending to move to a UK institution.

Projects must demonstrate a clear relevance to the aims of Arthritis Research UK.

What can you apply for?

Salaries & Expenses

How to apply

All applications must be submitted through our grants management system, Grant Tracker.

How senior research fellowships are awarded

These fellowships are awarded by Arthritis Research UK’s fellowship implementation committee (FIC).

See more about this call here

More Calls from Arthritis UK can be found here

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New global funding call: Alzheimer’s Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Weston Brain Institute

news   New global funding call, joint with the Alzheimer’s Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Weston Brain Institute.
Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND2) aims to stimulate analyses of existing datasets across Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases to increase understanding of similarities and differences in their pathogenesis. This scheme is open to researchers in both the UK and beyond, and post-doctoral researchers are eligible to apply as a principal investigator. Applicants may request up to two years and $150,000 in costs.

The study of existing well-annotated and defined cohorts is a requirement. Grant proposals could address, but are not limited to, the following areas of study:

  1. Analysis of existing neurodegenerative disease datasets.
  2. Standardisation of data acquisition/methods/quality control/assays.
  3. Biomarker cross-talk between neurodegenerative diseases.
  4. Investigate common mechanisms across the broader spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases.
  5. Investigate age-related changes and risk factors for neurodegeneration.

Letters on intent are due on 9 April, with full applications (by invitation) due on 26 June. Please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information.

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NESTA try new funding approach with Policy and Research Small Grants call: £10k for research based projects on Innovation

Nesta Nesta are an innovation charity “with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life” . Originally established as public body (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) using Lottery money in 1998, they became a charity in 2012 focusing on research into how innovation works as well as developing practical tools and skills ” to share with everyone who wants to make change happen, but doesn’t know how to start”.


Nesta’s Policy & Research team undertakes a range of projects and also funds other to develop new ideas, different approaches, and explore issues that help meet Nesta’s objectives.

They now want to experiment with their usual approach by launching a new small grants fund and open call process  to find new ideas and foster collaboration with a wide array of organisations.

NESTA plan to run the open call four times in 2014 and aim to fund up to ten projects in total across the year.

Eligibility to apply

Nesta welcome applications from Universities and incorporated research organisations, charities, companies and consultancies. They will not fund individuals.

What NESTA are looking to fund

Work that is primarily research-based. For example, this could be developing a paper, a proof of concept or a policy idea.

All proposals will need to fit with  priority research themes (see below).

What they are not looking to fund

  • requests for support of fund-raising events
  • activities that are normally the responsibility of government
  • conferences, group travel, or honoraria for distinguished guests
  • capital or material costs

What’s on offer

Funding up to £10k per proposal.

This will be grant funding – Nesta will not own the IP to the work, although, as a charity, Nesta has an interest in widely disseminating the findings from research and projects it supports for public benefit and therefore Nesta may publish and republish findings for this purpose. Please note that VAT is not payable on grants.

Evaluation and Selection criteria

Successful applicants will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Originality and innovativeness of the idea –  will prioritise proposals that address questions we have not seen addressed before and that do not have coverage in the academic literature.
  • Potential impact on thinking, policy or practice –  want to support ideas that can are seek to address important questions and offer game-changing insights

How to propose a project

Nesta would like proposals of no more than three pages, outlining:

  • your idea
  • explaining why the proposal needs funding (e.g. the knowledge gap it seeks to address, the questions it seeks to answer and what impact it will have)
  • show how it fits into Nesta themes (as set out below)
  • what methods the project will use
  • how much it will cost and any other support you are seeking from others

Please send your proposals by email to

Due to the high volume of applications expected they will not be able to offer feedback on unsuccessful proposals.


17 January 2014 – Call opens

21 February 2014 – Call closes

24 February – 7 March 2014 – review and shortlist applications, interviews with shortlisted teams

10 March 2014: Decision on funding, contracting begins

End March 2014: Projects start

Projects are expected  to conclude within a year of it their  start.

Some guidelines:

  • Your proposal needs to be for public benefit and in line with our charitable objects and your final research funded by the grant will need to be made public/published openly as a condition of funding, for example, in Working Paper format
  • If applicable, all underlying datasets should also be made publically available for further research
  • Your proposal needs to fit into one of Nesta’s research themes (as set out below)
  • Whilst Nesta will consider applications for projects that have additional funding, all proposals should demonstrate that Nesta funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the Nesta-funded component of the research
  • You must keep accurate records of your expenditure of the grant and comply with Nesta’s monitoring requirements. Further details can be found in clause 2.3 to 2.4 of the Standard Grant Conditions released with this call.

Research themes

These are quite broad, but the overall topic of innovation is so large, they can’t cover it all. Keeping the proposals to just these themes increases the chance that Nesta will be able to engage with the project, and that there may be some possibility of follow-up work (although that is never guaranteed).

The themes are:

  • Development and application of innovative methods for understanding innovation
  • Using big data or open data to understand innovation
  • Mapping and analysing new trends in social, business or technological innovation
  • Public policies to promote innovation
  • Adoption of innovation in public services
  • Innovation in emerging economies

This info is taken from the Nesta website here:

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ESRC/DFID Education and development: Raising learning outcomes in education systems call 2013-14

ESRC DfidThe Department for International Development (DFID) and ESRC are continuing their strategic partnership with a dedicated research programme on ‘Education and development: Raising learning outcomes in education systems’. Both funders are committed to commissioning world class research and ensuring the results are available for policymakers and development workers worldwide.


The programme will generate world-class and cutting-edge policy-relevant research that addresses key questions on learning outcomes within education systems in developing countries ( a list of relevant countries is provided). The ultimate aim is to provide policymakers and practitioners with concrete ideas on how to improve learning and understanding of how these will translate to their specific contexts and institutions, enabling more effective policies and interventions.


In total £20 million has been allocated to the programme, which will be awarded through three annual research calls. Each call will have a core thematic focus, but opportunities will also be provided for other innovative research on learning outcomes and education quality, as well as larger-scale work addressing the lack of high quality data in education and development research. Proposals are sought from across the social sciences and may be for fundamental or more applied research topics, as long as the policy relevance is clearly articulated. There are no geographic restrictions on who may apply for this funding opportunity: researchers from developing and developed countries can work together in any configuration of their choosing, and principal investigators can be from anywhere in the world.


The 2013-2014 call is focused on the theme ‘effective teaching’. A total of up to £5 million is being made available for full proposals to three different types and scale of grant within this call:


Small grants/pilot projects


  • up to £150,000 at full Economic Cost (fEC)
  • one year duration
  • may or may not address the call theme of effective teaching.


Medium grants:


  • between £200,000 and £500,000 fEC
  • two-three years duration
  • must address the call theme of effective teaching.


Large grants:


  • up to £1,000,000 fEC
  • up to five years duration
  • must address the call theme of effective teaching but, given their scale, will normally be expected to include analysis of other system dynamics that influence teaching practices and learning outcomes
  • will produce a major new dataset and/or access to previously inaccessible developing country administrative data for secondary analysis.


The deadline for applications is 16.00 (UK time), 25 March 2014.

The full specification and other relevant documents can be found here:


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Are you planning to submit a RfPB grant application in May 2014?

The Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is providing a programme to support people applying to the RfPB programme for research funding.

They will provide advice from NIHR experts on topics such as research methods, patient and public involvement and costings.

You apply to attend the support series via the NIHR RDS Webiste The 3 planned meetings will be held at the Layland Hotel on the 30 January 2014, 6 March 2014 and 3 April 2014