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Funding opportunities, news and guidance from RKE at Manchester Metropolitan University


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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are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn.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 http://www.wellcomeimageawards.org or email: images@wellcome.ac.uk


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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


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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research related funding opportunities. Please pass on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested.

Royal Society Theo Murphy blue skies award

This supports innovative research that will lead to preliminary or proof of concept data; fundamental research in new and emerging areas; and original and bold research that may lack a sufficient evidence base in the literature.

Deadline for applications: 21 July

Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Project Grants

These support research projects in the historical humanities, particularly within the fields of archaeology, art history, historical Islamic studies, history, history of law, history of science, prehistory and early history.

Deadline for applications: 22 Nov

Osteology Foundation Research Grants

These support research on oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration. Topics may include: bone and soft tissue biology – clinical aspects; local factors affecting oral tissue regeneration; systemic diseases with an impact on oral tissue regeneration; novel bone and soft tissue substitute materials; pharmacological aspects of oral tissue regeneration; and inflammatory conditions, such as periodontitis and peri-implants.

Deadline for applications: 1 Dec

Ove Arup Foundation Smaller Project Grants

These support projects that are consistent with the foundation’s education purposes in the built environment.

Deadline for applications: No Deadline

Multiple Sclerosis Trust Multiple Sclerosis Therapists Education Fund

This enables therapists to meet the needs of people with MS by expanding their MS knowledge and clinical skills through attending academic courses, conferences, study days or masterclasses.

Deadline for applications: No Deadline

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.