May 14

AHRC Collaborative doctoral awards


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) invites applications for its collaborative doctoral awards. These encourage and develop collaboration between higher education institution departments and non-academic organisations and businesses by providing opportunities for doctoral students to gain experience of work outside an academic environment.

Awards are designed to encourage and establish links that are beneficial for both collaborating partners. Research students, jointly supervised by members from each partner organisation, will carry out a project that will lead to a doctoral qualification by the end of the award and falls within the AHRC’s subject domain. Highlight notices for PhD research that explores design or connected communities are in place under this scheme.

Applications should be made jointly by a department in a recognised UK higher education institution and a non-academic organisation from the private, public or voluntary sector. Non-academic partners must normally have an operating base in the UK. In addition to being able to submit one application per highlight call, each HEI may submit up to two proposals for the parent call.

Students will receive a standard doctoral studentship and an additional annual payment of £550. AHRC recommends that the non-academic partner make an additional payment towards the student’s additional personal costs. Awards will support up to three years of full-time studies or up to six years of part-time studies.

Closing date: 9 July 2014


May 12

Scaling Up Improvement – call open

HF Brand LogoThe Health Foundation has recently launched a new programme, Scaling Up Improvement  with over £3 million (up to £500k per project team) available for up to seven teams to take successful health care improvement interventions and deliver them at a larger scale.

They are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care. Projects need to show how ideas, interventions and approaches that have been tested and shown to improve care at a small scale can be delivered at a larger scale. Applications can come from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where services are free at the point of delivery, they are expecting applications from a partnership of organisations working together, education bodies can be involved as a partner. Projects are expected to run for up to 2 years following a recommended 6 month set up phase.

Closing dates:

1st stage outline application – 16 June 2014 at 12 noon
Full application deadline – mid-September (actual date to be confirmed)

May 09

Diabetes UK – apply now for small grants

Diabetes UK invites applications for its small grants. These enable researchers to undertake small research projects or pilot studies related to diabetes.

Applicants must have a tenured post or be able to demonstrate that they will have a salary and position at the institution they are applying from for the lifetime of the grant. Applications are particularly welcome from NHS consultants specialising in diabetes who are within five years of their first appointment. Grants are not intended to be used as top-up funds.

Grants are for a one-year period and are worth up to £15,000.

Closing Date: 1 June 2014