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Curiosity: BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust

Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.

They are inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities. Projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.

Applications are open now, and will close at midnight on 22 September 2017.

We’ll be running events in July offering opportunities to hear more about the fund, to share your ideas and meet potential partners, including experts in science delivery in an informal setting.

28th July, 12pm-4.30pm, BBC Media City, Salford.

For more information, please visit BBC Children in Need.


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Royal Academy of Engineering/Government Office for Science Fellowships

UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The Government Office for Science is offering UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Members of the IC identify research topics and Postdocs work locally with University Research Advisors to develop and submit research proposals that align with the topics.

The research is conducted by the Postdocs while working in partnership with the University Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence community (IC Advisor).

The Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the submission deadline. PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn. The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 10 April 2017. Fellowships are funded at 80% of full Economic Cost. The maximum grant is £100,000.

For more information on the proposed topics and to apply, please visit the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Global Science Local Impact

Manchester Metropolitan University and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre presents “Global Science Local Impact” as part of Manchester Science Festival 2016. Hear how scientific grand challenges are connected to the citizens of Manchester, as world-leading European scientists work with researchers, students and artists to put big issues under the microscope.

Friday 21st October, 5.30pm

No.70 (ex-Cornerhouse), Oxford Road, Manchester

For more information and to register, please visit Global Science Local Impact.

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UKIERI Call for Research Proposals 2016

The UK India Education Research Initiative, in collaboration with the Indian Department for Science and Technology and the Indian University Grants Commission, invites applications for its calls for research proposals under the e-partnership and research incubation strand.

The calls are for funding in the arts, humanities and sciences key priority areas:

  • Climate Research
  • Data Science
  • Human Health
  • Material Science
  • Marine Sciences

Awards range from £100,000 to £200,000 for three years per project.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 5 October 2016.

For more information, please visit UKIERI.

In addition, UUKi will be holding a pre-submission workshop at Woburn House on from 10.00 – 12.00 Monday 26 September 2016. The workshop will provide attendees with an introduction and overview of UKIERI, which will focus on strand three, e-partnership and research incubation and an opportunity to pose questions on the open calls for research funding.

If you have any questions please contact Joseph Taylor.

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The Wellcome Image Awards

The Wellcome Image Awards celebrate the aesthetic beauty of scientific images, the research behind them and the incredible techniques used to create them.

The awards, which were first held in 1997, celebrate the best in science image making. The competition is open to scientists, photographers and artists. Winners receive prizes up to £5,000, and the winning images are displayed in galleries and science centres across the UK and around the world.

All images accepted into Wellcome Images’ collections will be considered for the awards. Images are judged on their: quality, technique, visual impact, and ability to communicate and engage.

The deadline for the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards is 11 September 2016.

For more information about how to submit images to the collection: visit or email:

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Newton Fund – New Calls

The Newton Fund have released the following new funding opportunities for researchers:

Newton-Bhabha PhD Placements Programme

This programme enables UK and Indian PhD students to spend between two and four months in Indian and UK higher education or research institutions, with a focus on the following priority research areas: biological and medical sciences; engineering, physical and space sciences; environment, agriculture and food sciences;public health and wellbeing.

Deadline for applications: 16 Aug 16

Newton Research Collaboration Programme

This facilitates international exchanges between engineering researchers in the UK and their counterparts in selected Newton Fund partner countries.

Deadline for applications: 14 Sep 16

Newton advanced fellowships – China, Malaysia and Mexico

These enable established international researchers to develop the strengths and capabilities through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Supported work may be on any subject within the natural sciences.

Deadline for applications: 14 Sep 16

Newton Institutional Links Grants

These grants enable leading researchers and established researchers from the UK and Newton partner countries to build research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges, which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

Deadline for applications: 19 Sep 16

Newton Researcher Links Workshop Grants – Malaysia, China, Mexico and Thailand

These grants give early-career researchers from the UK and partner countries the opportunity to form international connections that can improve the quality of their research through bilateral workshops. Workshops should tackle global challenges and multidisciplinary proposals, including arts and humanities.

Deadline for applications: 19 Sep 16

Newton Researcher Links Travel Grants

These enable early-career researchers from the UK and partner countries Thailand and South Africa to travel between the UK and the partner countries to support research areas relevant to the development of partner countries. Travels should to tackle global challenges and multidisciplinary proposals, including arts and humanities.

Deadline for applications: 19 Sep 16