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Royal Society Research Grants Now Open

The Royal Society Research Grants are once again open for applications. This fund offers up to £20,000 for a 12 month duration to provide ‘seed corn’ funding to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research.

  • Amount: £20,000
  • Duration: Up to 12 Months
  • Deadline: Monday 11th November (3pm)

This scheme is open to academics who hold a PhD, are within their first 5 consecutive years of an independent research post and are a fully independent researcher with access to their own lab space with the ability to recruit and be registered as the primary supervisor of PhD students and research assistants.

Royal Society’s remit covers Engineering and Physical Sciences, a full remit list is available to view here.

For more information on the scheme please visit the Royal Society Website and if you would like to apply then please contact your Research Delivery Officer.


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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

The following new funding opportunities are now available:

Cross-Programme

Public Health Research Programme

Research for Patient Benefit Programme

NIHR Senior Investigators

Systematic Reviews Programme


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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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NIHR-CRN Podcast- Research Ethics Committees

The National Institute for Health Research have a monthly podcast that is a useful tool to gain insight into research within NIHR.

A recent episode worth a listen to has Dr Hugh Davies talking about Research Ethics Committees. Dr Davies is an established Research Ethics committee chair and former ethics advisor for the Health Research Authority.

You can listen to the episode here and for more information on NHS Research Ethics Committees you can visit the dedication section of the HRA website.


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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

There are currently a large number of Health Technology Assessment Programme opportunities available from the National Institute for Health Research, please use the links below to view more details:

19/69 Clinical and cost effectiveness of alternative catheter design at preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection

19/70 Cervical spine immobilisation following blunt trauma

19/71 OCT-angiography for the detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration

19/72 Pain relief strategies for dressing change in chronic wounds

19/73 The use of mucoactive agents for patients with acute respiratory failure in critical care

19/74 Neurostimulation for phantom limb pain

19/75 Stem cell transplant for adults with severe sickle cell disease

19/76 Antipsychotics for anorexia nervosa *Australian collaborations welcome*

19/77 Monitoring and follow-up for adults with hearing loss

19/78 Ambulatory oxygen therapy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

19/79 Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

19/80 Posterior decompressive surgery with fixation for degenerative cervical myelopathy

19/81 Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy for postmenopausal women with breast cancer

19/82 Conservative management of odontoid fracture in the elderly: to immobilise or not?

19/83 Children and young people at risk of not being immunised

19/84 Surgical treatment for severe stable slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) in children

19/85 Anti-reflux medication to reduce stricture formation following oesophageal atresia repair

19/86 Thromboporophylaxis in pregnancy and after delivery

19/87 Night-time only bracing for scoliosis

19/88 Ablative and non-invasive therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma

If you’re interested in applying for any of these funding opportunities then please contact your Research Development Team.


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Horizon 2020: Final work programmes published

As some of you may have seen, the Commission have now launched their final update to the 2018-20 work programme. This update contains details of the last calls under Horizon 2020. It will also form a bridge to the next EU framework programme for research and innovation – Horizon Europe.

A further €11bn will be made available through these calls, including support for the Commission’s political priorities in:

  • Low carbon, climate resilient future
  • Circular economy
  • Digitising and transforming European industry and services
  • Security Union

You can access work programmes through the ‘reference documents’ function on the Commission’s Funding and Tenders Portal (Ed – click on ‘Work Programmes’, ‘2018-20’ and then  ‘Main WP’ to access).

UK participation in calls for proposals

As an EU Member State, the UK remains eligible to participate in, and apply for funding from Horizon 2020 until the UK’s date of exit from the EU (currently set at 31 October 2019). After this date, the UK’s status will change and we anticipate that there may be changes to the parts of Horizon 2020 which are open to the UK.

The UK government have committed to underwrite participation in Horizon 2020 through its underwrite guarantee, and following our exit through an extension to this guarantee which will support successful projects where we are still eligible to apply.

Where to get support

If you are thinking of getting involved in Horizon 2020, or would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact us. Details of the appropriate person to contact can be found below:


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Research & Innovation in the NHS Long Term Plan

Last week the NHS released their long term plan with funding of £20.5 billion backing the new plans up to 2023, of course research and innovation features within the plan which is summarised below.


Research and innovation are key to both the NHS and UK economy. ‘Research-active’ hospitals have lower mortality rates with patients benefiting from earlier diagnosis, more effective treatments and faster recovery. The government plans to treble it’s industry contract and R&D collaborative research with the NHS over the next ten years to nearly £1 billion.

The NHS will be working to increase the number of people registered to participate in health research to 1 million by 2023/24, one way of doing this will be by allowing people to register their interest via an app by 2020.

There is a particular focus on investing in genomics research with the aim to be the first national health care system to offer whole genome sequencing as part of routine care. During 2019 seriously ill children who are likely to have rare genetic disorders, children with cancer, and adults suffering from certain rare conditions or specific cancers, will begin to be offered whole genome sequencing.

Uptake of proven, affordable innovations will be accelerated through a new Medtech funding mandate. This applies to health tech products (other than pharmaceuticals) assessed as cost saving by NICE. The number of NICE evaluations will also be significantly increased giving greater scope for assessment of digital products in particular.


For more information about the NHS long term plan you can visit the plans here.