NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

The National Institute for Health Research’s EME Programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for the following topics:

  • 14/142 – Mechanisms of action of health interventions
  • 14/144 – Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults
  • 14/145 – Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases
  • 14/146 – Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases
  • 14/147 – Wound healing

Deadline: 1pm, 7 October 2014.

  • 14/152 – Major trauma

Deadline: 1pm, 8 September 2014.

For more information and to apply, please visit the EME commissioned call web page.

What to do next

Step 1: Register for one the following webinars to learn more about these calls:

  • Major trauma – 10 July 2014, 15:00 – 15:45
  • Mechanisms of action of health interventions – 21 July 2014, 15:00-15:45
  • Wound healing – 25 July 2014, 10:00-10:45
  • Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults – 28 July 2014, 15:00-15:45
  • Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases – 1 August 2014, 10:00-10:45
  • Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases – 7 August 2014, 15:00-15:45

Step 2: Read the EME Programme remit and the commissioning brief to check if your innovation fits.

Step 3: Watch the tips for success video for advice on making an application

Step 4: Collaborate and plan – successful EME applications generally involve strong collaborations between an academic unit and/or NHS organisation and/or industry. You are encouraged to build a strong team and start to prepare your bid with them using your combined expertise.

BioMedical Catalyst – Briefing & Workshop Event

The Biomedical Catalyst Event ‘Navigating the Valley of Death’ will take place in Leeds on 24 June.

The Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) is a joint programme from the Technology Strategy Board and the Medical Research Council which offers funding to innovative small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and academics looking to work either individually or in collaboration to develop solutions to healthcare challenge. The programme accepts innovative ideas from any sector or discipline that demonstrate potential to provide significant positive healthcare and economic impact.

This meeting offers a general briefing on the Biomedical Catalyst followed by a workshop aimed at SMEs in the MedTech sector who would like to understand more about the funding opportunities from the Technology Strategy Board and in particular the Biomedical Catalyst.  The workshop includes presentations from two recipients of Technology Strategy Board awards. There will also be a round table sessions where delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about funding opportunities for the sector.

There is no charge for attending this event.

Registration:

To view the programme and register click here

Webinar Registration:

You can join the meeting via the live webinar – please click on the link below to register:

https://webinar-bmc-valley-of-death-24june-leeds.eventbrite.com

Jisc OAIC Webinar – HEFCE’s Open Access Requirements for REF

Research funding opportunities closing in June

The following is a selection of funding calls highlighted on the blog that are closing this month. For a more detailed look at all forthcoming deadlines you can use the Research Professional and Horizon 2020 funding calendars.

Small Grants

  • Closing Date: 1 June 2014
  • Summary: Diabetes UK invites applications for its small grants. These enable researchers to undertake small research projects or pilot studies related to diabetes. Grants are for a one-year period and are worth up to £15,000.

Realising the Graphene Revolution

  • Closing date: 4 June 2014
  • Summary: TSB and EPSRC are investing up to £2.5m in feasibility studies to accelerate commercial applications in the novel material, graphene. It will include related carbon-based, two-dimensional nanotechnologies that have recently emerged from the science base. This competition will invest in projects that explore the realistic potential of graphene to yield new products that could disrupt markets, with the potential to stimulate development of a robust and competitive supply base to support the nascent graphene-using industry. Proposals must be collaborative and business-led. Consortia may be drawn from small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) and/or large companies, but Universities can be partners in these consortia where their high-end academic knowledge and innovation expertise is needed to deliver the project. In these feasibility studies (mainly pre-industrial research projects) a business partner will generally attract up to 65% public funding for their project costs (75% for SMEs). Universities can attract funding of up to 100% of their costs. Projects are expected to last up to 12 months and to range in size up to total costs of £200k.

Henry Moore Foundation Grants

  • Closing date: 6 June 2014 (Applications are considered quarterly, with addition 204 deadlines in September and December)
  • Summary: Henry Moore Foundation invites applications for its conferences, lectures and publications grants. These support conferences, lectures and publications in sculpture, including projects and exhibitions that expand the definition of sculpture, such as film, photography and performance. The foundation does not support projects dedicated to painting. A publication may be a book or a journal, but publication costs for exhibition catalogues or permanent collection catalogues will not be covered. Projects based in the UK may include the work of artists from any country, but overseas projects must contain a British component. Up to £5,000 is available.

Scaling Up Improvement

  • Closing date: 16 June 2014 (outline applications)
  • Summary: The 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. Applications are now open with the deadline for the 1st stage, outline application is 16th June 2014 at 12 noon, the full application deadline will be mid- September, actual date to be confirmed. 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.

Care for the Future

  • Closing date: 26 June 2014
  • Summary: Ageing demographics and declining health in older adults are predicted to put unaffordable pressures on care systems and society, so change and innovation is required to better cope with these challenges. Old-age support ratios are projected to halve between 2012 and 2050 across OECD countries. There are other factors, such as increased urbanisation and migration that result increasingly in older people living alone and contribute to making current approaches to professional care, informal care and service delivery unsustainable.
The 2014 Call Challenge of the AAL Programme aims at funding the development and testing of ICT-based solutions in real life situations which enable and support sustainable care models for older adults. Applicants should consider:

  1. How ICT-based solutions reconcile increased demand with limited resources;
  2. How ICT-based solutions increase and facilitate the supply of formal and informal care for older adults;
  3. How ICT-based solutions reduce the demand for care through prevention and self-management;
  4. How ICT-based solutions can support the shift towards better care at home and in the community.

CMI Management Articles of the Year 2014

  • Closing date: 30 June 2014
  • Summary: Would you like to get guaranteed reviews for your articles from an audience of managers, wider publicity for your work and the chance to win £1,000? If so, submit a short article to the CMI Management Articles of the Year Award. This is a quick, no-fuss online submission of a 2,500 word article – and can include existing work, as long as you have cleared the copyright. Each article will be reviewed and rated by members of the Chartered Management Institute, with the top five articles going on to be published in a special report. This innovative initiative is sponsored by John Wiley and Sons Ltd, one of the world’s leading business publishers.

Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowships

flag_yellow_lowThe European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science invites proposals for its H2020-MSCA-IF-2014 Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowships call. This aims to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Support will be granted for individual, transnational fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers for employment in member states or associated countries, based on an application made jointly by the researcher and host organisation.

There are two different mobility types:

•European fellowships: these are held in EU member states or associated countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe;

•global fellowships: these are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host.

The beneficiary shall be a participant located in a member state or associated country and employing the researcher during the project.

The indicative budget is €240.50 million, of which €29m is reserved for global fellowships.

Closing date: 11 September 2014

Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-msca-if-2014.html

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation – small grants available

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The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation invites applications for its small pump-priming grants. These grants support projects in:

•arts and culture;

•science, technology and environment;

•humanities and social issues;

•Japanese language;

•medicine and health;

•youth and education;

•sport.

While encouraging applications in each of the above fields, the foundation particularly wishes to support activities/projects in science and technology; medicine and health; environment and social issues; Japanese studies; and in the Japanese language.

Financial support is available for:

•visits between the UK and Japan;

•research and collaborative studies, seminars, workshops, lectures and publications in academic and specialist fields.

Emphasis is placed on projects involving groups in both the UK and Japan. Grants do not normally exceed £6,000.

Deadline: 31 August 2014

Website: http://www.gbsf.org.uk/activities/

The Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Catalyst – Round 2

Round 2 of The Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Catalyst, a joint call from the BBSRCS, the EPSRC and the Technology Strategy Board, opens today.  Full details on this funding call can be found here .

AHRC Collaborative doctoral awards

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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

Website: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Collaborative-Doctoral-Awards.aspx

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)

http://www.health.org.uk/areas-of-work/programmes/scaling-up-improvement/

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

Website: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/For-researchers/Apply-for-a-grant/Small-grants/