UK Data Service – Free Data Management Costing Tool and Checklist

The UK Data Service has prepared this costing tool and checklist to help formulate research data management costs in advance of research starting, for example for inclusion in a data management plan or in preparation for a funding application.

The tool considers the additional costs – above standard planned research procedures and practices – that are needed to preserve research data and make them shareable beyond the primary research team. The checklist indicates the activities to consider and cost to enable good data management. Such additional activities may require extra researcher or administrative staff timer input, equipment, software, infrastructure or tools.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks

The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training in Europe, extending the traditional academic research training setting, incorporating elements of Open Science and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. It will provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – 17:00

Further information on this call is available here:

EPSRC – Establishing a NetworkPlus in Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security

For further info including deadlines see:

EPSRC would like to establish a NetworkPlus to develop and build on industry-academic relationships in Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security (TIPS). This network will bring together relevant parts of the TIPS community and a variety of stakeholders, including the CyberInvest members and other users, to identify the key opportunities where industry-academic collaboration is needed, build collaborations and grow the area of research and innovation for the benefit of the UK.

It must involve a broad range of disciplines relevant to TIPS, including those beyond the purely technical elements, such as psychology, politics, legal and ethical studies among others. Non-academic stakeholders, including CyberInvest partners, will be essential participants. The NetworkPlus could undertake a variety of activities including workshops, events, feasibility studies, secondments and horizon scanning. Applicants are encouraged to be innovative in their approach.

We envisage supporting a single NetworkPlus that is UK-wide and from a consortium of Research Organisations, the main aim being to ensure the team has the appropriate depth, expertise and coverage across the full spectrum of the topic.

Up to £1.7 million (at 80 per cent fEC) is available for this call, to support one single NetworkPlus.

There will be a webinar on 18 October at 14:30 which will feature a presentation from EPSRC contacts and an opportunity to ask any questions. To register to participate, please complete the registration form embedded on this call page. Please note: registration for the webinar will close on 17 October 2018 at 17:00.

Mental health

Round 2 of the Mental Health Themed Call is now open for applications.

The NIHR 2018 Themed Call is ‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ across the whole life course.

We welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research that evaluate healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures operating at either the individual, or the population level. Issues of particular interest include proposals that utilise new digital health technologies or investigate their effects.

The remit for this call includes conditions listed in the Health Research Classification System (HRCS) category ‘Mental Health’. Studies may include individuals with co-morbidities included in HRCS category ‘Neurological’, provided the main focus remains the mental health condition.

Applications are encouraged that include geographic populations with high disease burden which have been historically under-served by NIHR research activity. Relevant information is available as a guide for applicants (2015 Compendium) and NIHR recruitment data provided by the Clinical Research Network.

Applicants should justify the importance of their proposed research and identify how these support aspirations for research in mental health set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the ‘Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom’ led by the Department of Health and Social Care.

For examples of funded projects please see the Journals Library and the Dissemination Centre website. You may also find it useful to see the priorities for research published by JLA PSPs. If you are interested in funded research in a specific programme please see the relevant programme page.

For more information please see the specification document.

Brain tumours

The NIHR is calling for research on brain tumours. See our current funding opportunities.

This call supports the report of the Department of Health & Social Care Task & Finish Working Group on Brain Tumour Research.  It encourages collaborative applications that demonstrate how they build on recent initiatives and investment in the area made by the NIHR, the MRC and other research funders.

Research may involve any aspect of the diagnosis, treatment, support or care of patients with brain tumours, including access to or the delivery of services.  Applications must be in the remit of one or more of the participating NIHR programmes.  Research methods may involve primary research or evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews, modelling studies or the analysis of existing datasets.

Proposals should clearly identify the research context of their proposal in terms of recent and currently funded UK and international research in the area and the potential impact of their proposed research for patients and the NHS.

For more information, including opening dates for different programmes, please see the highlight notice.

For examples of funded projects please see the Journals Library and the Dissemination Centre website.  If you are interested in funded research in a specific programme please see the relevant programme page.

Complex health and care needs in older people

‘Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People’ is an ongoing research priority for the NIHR. See our current funding opportunities.

We welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research into the evaluation of healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures for older people with complex health and care needs.

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes identified at a stakeholder workshop:

  • Frailty,
  • Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care,
  • Medicines management/polypharmacy,
  • Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health,
  • Patient-centred decision making.

For more information, including opening dates for different programmes, please see the highlight notice.

For examples of funded projects please see the Journals Library and the Dissemination Centre website.  If you are interested in funded research in a specific programme please see the relevant programme page.

See information about the previous themed call in this area.

UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund

Innovate UK has announced a new competitive scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional economic growth.

To be successful, applications must build on existing research and innovation capability and present a valid plan of new research and innovation activities. These should have a demonstrable impact on local economic growth.

Project consortia must be based within the project’s geographical area and have the support of a local civic leadership.

Projects can be led by either a UK based business or a UK publicly funded research organisation.

This first competition stage is an expression of interest (EOI). Consortia will set out plans for large collaborative proposals. Following assessment, successful EOIs will be selected to receive up to £50,000 in ‘seedcorn funding’ to further develop a proposal for a full stage project.

Please see summary below:

Competition opens: Monday, 28th May 2018

Competition closes: Wednesday, 25th July 2018 (noon)

Funding available: up to £50,000 seedcorn funding for successful EOIs; full stage proposals between £10million  and £50million

Project dates: June 2019 – April 2024

For more information, please see this link.

Newton Fund Opportunities

For those wishing the increase the internationalisation of their research, the UK’s Newton Fund provides opportunities throughout the year to network and collaborate with overseas colleagues to expand your research horizons!

The current calls are:

Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop Grants (between the UK and Brazil, China, India, Jordan, and Peru) – these bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research

Researcher Links Workshop Grants (UK and Russia) – these bring together early career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research

Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants – which provide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher’s career opportunities.

Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants (between the UK and Turkey, Vietnam, Mexico, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, and Thailand) – these aim to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

These current calls, above, all close on 8th June 2018, with more in the pipeline.

Institutional Links Grants (UK and Gulf countries) – this programme is part of the UK Government’s strategic commitment to strengthening partnerships with the Gulf countries in our interests and theirs to help tackle the challenges we share. This call closes on 28th June 2018.

With varying dates for application, you may also wish to apply to attend one of the forthcoming International research workshops.

ESRC Changing the Story – Small Grants Open to Early Career Researchers

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) programme Changing the Story are offering a series of grants to further explore the different ways in which ODA countries can build civil societies with, and for, young people in areas of post-conflict.

Changing the Story are interested in work that will contribute understanding towards at least one of these research questions:

  • What lessons can be learnt from the ways in which CSOs have attempted to deal with the legacy of past violence on the key issues facing young people in these societies today?
  • How can these lessons be shaped into practical, and sustainable, development projects on the ground, localising best practice to the situation faced by specific communities?
  • How can CSOs most effectively share best practice internationally? What are the higher-level policy implications of our research findings for development agencies and multilateral bodies seeking to roll out more extensive programmes on post-conflict resolution?

Grants available of between £15,000 – £30,000 (duration 6-12 months).

The project team must be multi-institutional. It must include at least two Early Career Researchers (ECRs) – one from the UK and one from the ODA-country.

To apply for this round of funding, applicants must attend the Project Development Workshop in the UK, which takes place 25-26 October 2018.

Over the course of the two-day workshop, participants will have a chance to develop their project idea, receive critical feedback and insight from international peers and experts, learn from and support other projects currently in development, and build new networks through which to disseminate their work. When the workshop concludes, participants will have five weeks to submit their grant application

The deadline to apply to attend the Project Development Workshop is 23 July 2018.

Following attendance at the Project Development Workshop, the deadline for ECR-led grant applications is 30 November 2018.

Research on Research Awards

These awards are for researchers who use a range of interdisciplinary methods to understand and improve how research is funded, practiced and evaluated, also known as research on research.

Scheme at a glance:
Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research

Value:  Between £50,000 and £250,000

Duration: 6 to 24 months

Who can apply

You can apply if you have a proposal on the funding, practice or evaluation of research. Your proposal should investigate key questions or explore knowledge gaps.

Research proposal

Research on the practice of research (known as research on research) is an evolving discipline that uses a range of interdisciplinary methods to understand and improve how research is funded, practiced and evaluated. It takes an evidence-led approach that seeks to maximise the efficiency, effectiveness, fairness and impact of research.

We are inviting proposals that will investigate key questions or explore knowledge gaps on the funding, practice or evaluation of research.

We particularly encourage projects and activities that promote all or some of the following:

  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • applying findings to funding policy or practice
  • innovative methods.

We welcome proposals across a range of activities, including but not limited to:​

  • pilot and scoping studies
  • preliminary data gathering
  • proof-of-principle studies
  • systematic reviews.

What they offer:

Research on Research Awards are between £50,000 and £250,000 and can last from 6 to 24 months

  • Salary or research/teaching replacement
  • Research expenses, including costs for a researcher or consultant
  • Conference and meeting cots

What they don’t offer:

  • Top up existing grants
  • Fund part of a PhD or Master’s course
  • Write up publications from previous awards and qualification

Stages of application

  1. Submit your concept note to Research Support

    Complete the Research on Research Awards concept note [DOCX 84KB] and email it to by midnight on 22 May 2018.