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Royal Society International Exchange Grants Now Open

The Royal Society International Exchange Grants are now open for applications!

These schemes are for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral visits. Applications are welcome from anyone who; holds a PhD, is employed on a contract that outlasts the duration of the project, are based in the respective countries at the time of the application and fall within the Societies remit.

Standard Grant

Deadline: Thursday 12th March 2020 – 3pm

Award Amount: £3,000 – £12,000

Duration: 3 months – 2 years

Please note that only the standard grant is currently available. The cost share round is expected to open April 2020.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity please get in contact with Rachel Colley – your Research Development Officer for Science and Engineering.


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Kidney Research Grants Open for Applications

The Kidney Research UK Project Grants and Innovation Grants will be opening this month for applications.

Project Grant

These are stand-alone research project that will advance our knowledge of kidney disease and refine current treatments or lead to new advances

Funding available: up to £200,000

Funding duration: up to 3 years

Deadline: March 2020

Outcome: July 2020

Innovation Grants

These are stand-alone research studies that will advance our knowledge of kidney disease particularly for new hypotheses. Initial pilot/supporting data is required prior to a full research project.

Funding available: up to £40,000

Funding Duration: up to 2 years

Deadline: March 2020

Outcome: July 2020

If you’re interested in applying for either of these opportunities then please visit the Kidney Research UK website for further details.

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


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Breast Cancer Now: Project Grants Now Open

The first round of Breast Cancer Now Project Grants are open for applications. Project grants are aimed at established researchers who have a strong track record in their field, and who want to work in one of the charities priority areas. They are also committed to supporting new investigators in breast cancer research and encourage applications from talented researchers at the start of their independent career.

Award Amount: Up to £230,000

Duration: One to Three years

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

The aim of project grants is to support scientific excellence and innovative research into breast cancer including improvements in; prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer, welcoming applications from all disciplines.

It is expected that the awards will enrich scientific understanding and expertise in breast cancer research with the grants committee assessing applications based on the research plan, clear relevance to breast cancer research and the perceived outcomes that will lead to significant advance in understanding breast cancer and it’s impact.

For further information about the scheme please visit the Breast Cancer Now website.

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


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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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Science & Engineering Early Career Researcher Grant Applications Workshop

Brought to you by Research & Knowledge Exchange, this afternoon workshop will be a chance for Early Career Researchers (in Science & Engineering) to improve their knowledge of the grant application process and give them the confidence to get started.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 1pm – 4pm

Location: John Dalton E005

Registration: Register via Eventbrite

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from your Research Development Team on key considerations when preparing grant applications; ask questions to a panel of Science and Engineering colleagues on the realities of the grant application process; and examine past grant applications to determine which elements contribute to funding success.

This session is available to ECRs* who have permanent contracts and are eligible to apply for external funding.

*For the purpose of this workshop, ECRs are defined as staff within six years of their first academic appointment.

There are 30 places available on a first come first serve basis. To register please visit the Eventbrite Page where you will be able to confirm your eligibility and respond to two required questions.

We look forward to seeing you!


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Royal Society Research Grants Now Open

The Royal Society Research Grant is now open for applications. This popular scheme is aimed at early career researchers (or those returning from a career break). Projects must fall in the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics – see here for a full list.

This provides ‘seed corn’ funding for a discrete piece of research with the budget to be used to purchase specialised equipment and consumables, and travel for essential fieldwork.

Award Value: £20,000

Duration: 12 months

Deadline: Thursday 16th May, 3pm

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Hold a PhD or equivalent qualification.
  • Within the first 5 consecutive years of an independent research post, at the time of application. This can be your first permanent independent academic research post or a named limited-tenure/fixed-term post, obtained in open competition (note: tenure must cover the award duration).
  • Fully independent researcher with access to your own lab space.

For further information about this call please visit the Royal Society Website.

If you would like to apply for this award please contact your Research Development Officer.


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Standing up for Science Workshops

Sense about Science will be running a free workshop ‘Standing up for Science‘ which allows you to find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science and evidence.

Location: University of Manchester

Date: Friday 29th March 10am – 5pm

Register: Free via the website (here) deadline for registration is Thursday 28th Feb

This is a full-day event where you can meet other researchers who have experience with public engagement, learn from policymakers about how evidence can inform policy and speak with respected science journalists to find out what journalists expect from scientists and researchers. You can also find out how to involve the public in communicating your research – great for Impact and Public Involvement!

The event is free (although registration is required) and is aimed at STEM and social science early-career researchers (PhD students, post-docs welcome) and medical professionals.

For more details please visit the website.