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Wellcome Trust Seed Award – Can AI Improve Healthcare for Everyone?

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Wellcome Trust have announced a new Seed Award, in Humanities and Social Science, around the theme of artificial intelligence focusing on the ethical, social and political challenges of using artificial intelligence in healthcare and biomedical research.

Funding Amount: £25,000 – £100,000

Duration: 12 – 18 months

Wellcome highlights ten areas of particular interest where they believe new research is needed:

  • What effect will AI have on human relationships in health and care?
  • How is the use, storage and sharing of medical data impacted by AI?
  • What are the implications of issues around algorithmic transparency and explainability on health?
  • Will these technologies help eradicate or exacerbate existing health inequalities?
  • What is the difference between an algorithmic decision and a human decision?
  • What do patients and members of the public want from AI and related technologies?
  • How should these technologies be regulated?
  • Just because these technologies could enable access to new information, should we always use it?
  • What makes algorithms, and the entities that create them, trustworthy?
  • What are the implications of collaborations between public and private sector organisations in the development of these tools?

Your proposal may address one of the questions above or something along a similar topic.

For more information about the award please visit the Wellcome Trust website.

If you’d like to apply for this award then please get in touch with Research Development via our email.


The application deadline is  26th June.


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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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Wellcome Trust Visit Day

Diversity-and-Inclusion-at-Wellcome-Trust1The Wellcome Trust will be visiting Manchester Met on Wednesday 14th September, to present to an audience of researchers across the University. The presenters from the Trust will be Dr Candace Hassall and Thomas Bray.

The Wellcome Trust primarily funds research in bio-medical science and healthcare disciplines. However, the Trust also supports health research across humanities and social sciences. The aim of the event will be to gain a deeper understanding of the Trust as a funder. It will also provide an opportunity to network with staff from other disciplines.

The day will be split into two sessions:

Morning (2.5 hours) 10am to 12.30pm – open to all interested researchers.

10am – arrival, registration, refreshments.

10:30am – overview of Wellcome Trust grant schemes and priorities; more detailed discussion of Seed Awards; time for questions; short talk by Professor Richard Greene.

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30 – networking lunch open to all staff.

Afternoon (2 hours) 1:30pm to 3:30pm – invited researchers only. General overview of collaborative awards; discussion with invited groups of senior researchers developing collaborative awards; facilitate discussion within groups with feedback provided by the Wellcome Trust.

To register for this event, please click HERE.

Please select which session you would like to attend. Those of you selecting the Afternoon session will be contacted by the RKE Office to ensure you are currently developing a collaborative award proposal and that this session is appropriate for you.

Manchester Met Business School, Room 3.15

Wednesday 14th September 10:00 – 16:00

For more information, please contact Justin Smith or Emma Hodson-Tole


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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.

Department of Transport Competition to Boost Rail Tourism

This supports innovative approaches to improving the tourist experience offered by heritage and community railways.

Deadline for applications: 23 Mar 16

British Beer & Pub Association Brewers Research and Education Fund

This aims to provide funding for scientific research and education in the brewing industry.

Deadline for applications: 31 Mar 16

Wellcome Trust Science Learning+ Phase Two Grants

These support partnerships involving partners both in the US and in the UK or Republic of Ireland that aim to improve the knowledge base and practice of informal science experiences to better understand, strengthen and coordinate their vital role in science engagement and learning.

Deadline for applications: 14 Jun 16

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Small Grant Scheme

This aims to facilitate research activity in all areas of applicable mathematics.

No Deadline

For support with your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research related funding opportunities.

Nuffield Foundation Grants for Research and Innovation

These support research, practical experiments or development work in areas such as children, families, education and the elderly.

Deadline for applications: 18 Apr 16

British Tinnitus Association Large Research Project Scheme

This supports projects which help to improve the lives of people with tinnitus.

Deadline for applications: 30 Apr 16

Viking Society for Northern Research Support Fund

The purpose of the fund is to assist in the development of the study of the literature, history, language and archaeology of early and medieval Scandinavia.

Deadline for applications: 01 May 16

Wellcome Trust People Awards

These support projects that are innovative and creative and engage the public with biomedical science or the history of medicine.

Deadline for applications: 20 May 16

British Psychological Society Sections Initiative Fund

This supports scientific initiatives that promote or advance psychology.

Deadline for applications: 01 Sep 16

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.

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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research proposal funding opportunities.

Cancer Research UK and Bupa Foundation Fund Innovation Grants

These aim to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations and develop innovative research in cancer prevention via sandpit workshops.

Deadline for proposals: 29 Feb 16

Organization for Autism Research Grants

These support studies that expand knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, produce practical and objective results, and provide outcomes that enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families.

Deadline for proposals: 28 Mar 16

Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science Research Bursaries

These support small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the trust.

Deadline for proposals: 01 Apr 16

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund

Funding aims to encourage and support the development of projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people’s everyday lives, and develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.

Deadline for proposals: 29 Apr 16

For support during your application, please contact Research Development.

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Wellcome Trust Seminar

Next week will see the start of this years seminar series, and will provide us with an opportunity to meet Dr. Candace Hassall who will provide an overview of the Wellcome Trust funding landscape.

The talk will provide an overview of the Trust’s strategic aims and the funding opportunities this leads them to offer. Perspectives on applying to and working with the Trust will also be provided from previous award recipients. There will be time for questions within the session.

Speaker: Dr. Candace Hassall, Head of Researcher Affairs, Wellcome Trust.

Wednesday 20th January 2016 1-2 pm

E303 John Dalton Building

For more details please email Emma Hodson-Tole.