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CamBioScience plans to provide a series of 1-day courses for early career researchers to get practical advice on untaught aspects of applying for a grant. They want people to gain more confidence during their road to

Location: Barclays Eagle Labs, Cambridge

Date: March 23rd, 10.00 – 16.00

Registration: All details can be found here. Course costs £200 + VAT.

Eligibility: Life science early career researchers thinking of applying for a Fellowship or Research Grant in the next 6-12 months, have recently submitted a grant application or have recently had a grant application accepted.

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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.

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Nuffield Research Placements – Supervisors Needed

Providing a Nuffield Research Placement offers you the chance to inspire the next generation of researchers, at the same time as moving forward with your own projects. It’s an opportunity to give a 17-year-old the chance to discover what a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths) might be like.

Work carried out by students often leads to published papers and has been used as the basis for grant applications.
In addition, supervising a student helps staff to develop their own teaching and mentoring skills. This is particularly useful for PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and staff looking to gain management experience.

For more information and to register as a project provider, please visit the Nuffield Foundation.

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Empowering Innovation in the Northern Powerhouse: Beyond Graphene

This event will bring together major leaders of the STEM industry and senior representatives of the largest scientific/innovation bodies in Manchester with PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, entrepreneurs and SMEs to showcase/highlight the innovations that are currently being developed in Manchester and the initiatives supporting them.

Major scientific organisations and bodies for the scientific field in Manchester will be represented on the day, consisting of a special guest, 3 keynote speakers and a panel discussion, followed by a networking session.

5:30pm – 9:30pm, 19th April 2016.

Pioneer Lecture Theatre, Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, M1 3NJ.

For more information and to register attendance, please CLICK HERE.

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Global Innovation Initiative: International Research Collaboration



The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) is a shared commitment of the United Kingdom and the United States to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US, and selected countries. GII will award grants to university consortia focusing on interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen international partnerships.  The grants are intended to bring mutual benefit to higher education institutions in the UK, US and selected countries with emerging economies through the enhancement of institutional ties and the development of multilateral relationships. 

Proposals that address the following STEM-related themes will be accepted for the first year’s competition:

  • Energy, environment and climate change
  • Agriculture, food security and water
  • Global health and wellbeing
  • Urbanisation

New or existing research partnerships comprised of at least one higher education institution in the UK, the US, and at least one selected country are invited to apply for a GII grant. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the US Department of State have identified the following emerging economies as designated countries for the first year of the GII:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia

Institutions from these countries must be attached to either a UK or US-led proposal to be deemed eligible.

How to Apply
Two parallel grant competitions will be offered in the UK and the US.  Partnerships must identify either a UK or US-lead institution, which will be responsible for the application submission, grant reporting and fiduciary requirements. Partnerships led by a UK institution must apply through the UK competition administered by the British Council, and those led by a US institution must apply through the US competition administered by the Institute of International Education.

A higher education institution may be involved in multiple, distinct proposals but cannot submit the same proposal through both the UK and US application streams.

Further details of the call can be found here:

The deadline for applications is 16 December 2013.