Biochemical Society Conference Proposals – Funding Opp

Grant funding available to support residential research conferences, workshops, independently organised conferences, single lectures and other equivalent small events in the fields of cellular and molecular bioscience.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Biochemical Society
Maximum value:
Discretionary
Application deadline:
06/11/2017

Extended Description

The Biochemical Society, founded in 1911, is a not-for-profit membership organisation based in the UK. Its remit is to represent the interests of, and create a national hub for, those working in the field of biochemistry, including the cellular and molecular life sciences. As part of this, the Society offers a programme of grants and awards intended to support and recognise the work of researchers and students in the field.

The Biochemical Society Conference Proposals scheme allows scientists worldwide to apply for support for a wide range of events. These include residential research conferences, workshops, independently organised conferences, single lectures and small events.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are accepted from anyone in the science community worldwide, on the condition that at least one member of the organising committee is a member of the Biochemical Society.

Value Notes

The support available depends on the nature and scope of the conference proposed, and may include secretariat and promotional services in addition to financial assistance.

Terms and Conditions

Proposals may take a number of forms:

Focused Meetings:

  • Submission required 12 – 18 months in advance.
  • Meeting lasts two to three days.
  • Secretariat services provided.

Workshops:

  • Submission required 9 – 12 months in advance.
  • Meeting lasts one day.
  • Secretariat services provided.

Training Days:

  • Submission required 9 – 12 months in advance.
  • Meeting lasts one or more days.
  • Secretariat services provided.

Young Life Scientists’ Symposia:

  • Submission made in response to call only.
  • Meeting lasts one day.

Harden Conferences:

  • Submission required 12 – 18 months in advance.
  • Meeting lasts four to five days.
  • Secretariat services provided.

Hot Topic Events:

  • Submission required five to six months in advance.
  • Meeting lasts one day.
  • Secretariat services provided.

Independent Meetings – no publications:

  • Submission required one month in advance.
  • Meeting lasts one or more days.

Independent Meetings – with publications:

  • Submission required 12 – 18 months in advance.
  • Meeting lasts one or more days.

Sponsored Events:

  • Submission required one month in advance.
  • Meeting lasts one day.

Previous Successes

Successful proposals include:

Application Procedure

Applications are made via the ReviewRoom application which is available via the Society website. Applicants are required to register before proceeding with their application.

Successful applicants will be notified approximately two months after the deadline.


Future Global Navigation Satellite Systems Concepts

Funding for a feasibility study to explore future Global Navigation Satellite Systems concepts.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Innovate UK (IUK)
Maximum value:
Discretionary
Application deadline:
01/11/2017

Extended Description

The UK Space Agency will invest in a feasibility study to explore the challenges, innovation and future concepts of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

GNSS have become increasingly used to support basic society and security functions (internet, TV, smartphones, tagging, defence, etc). Until new technology replaces GNSS, they will remain a technology of strategic value.

This competition aims to identify innovative concepts in GNSS and will focus on their feasibility. Proposals should identify established and future concepts for GNSS services including, but not limited to:

  • Identification and understanding the potential of state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities.
  • Technical readiness and the opportunity for innovation.
  • Usage in several sectors.
  • Innovative implementation and operations.

As most GNSS are based on concepts developed more than 20 years ago, the UK Space Agency believes there is significant opportunity to innovate in this field.

Proposals should identify improvements in effectiveness and/or efficiency of GNSS systems and their usage. It can either develop original ideas or adapt successful technologies, techniques or processes from other cutting-edge science and technology fields, drawing on UK capabilities and expertise.

The successful bidder will carry out all aspects of the study. It must produce multiple outputs that demonstrate the feasibility of the concepts identified by the study, the UK Space Agency and its partners.

This competition will have two phases. Only applicants selected in phase 1A will be eligible for phase 1B, and all applicants are required to attend a mandatory industry day in London on 9 November 2017 to be eligible for 1B.

Eligibility Criteria

UK organisations of any size working alone or in collaboration with other UK organisations (including businesses, research base and third sector) are eligible to apply.

Applicants must attend the phase 1B briefing in London on 9 November 2017 and be prepared to take appropriate security measures in their project.

Value Notes

The small business research initiative (SBRI) process allows the UK Space Agency to fund 100% of the project’s costs.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for projects that:

  • Focus on market research.
  • Focus on management consultancy.
  • Do not offer significant innovation.
  • Offer only incremental improvements.

Application Procedure

This is a two-stage, confidential application process.

In phase 1A applicants must register and apply online to express their interest in phase 1B.

The deadline for submissions for stage 1A is 1 November 2017. Only applicants selected in phase 1A will be eligible for phase 1B.

Registration for the competition will close on 6 December 2017, with the competition closing a week later on 13 December.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on 29 January 2018.

Rosetrees Trust Medical Research Grants

Funding is available to researchers across Great Britain for innovative research projects in all areas of biomedical sciences.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Rosetrees Trust
Maximum value:
£ 20,000
Application deadline:
31/10/2017

Extended Description

Established in 1987 by a family business, Rosetrees Trust uses venture philanthropy to locate and fund medical researchers working across a broad range of illnesses. The aim of the Trust is to provide the funds for researchers, from early-career to established-career stage, to conduct projects which will allow them to achieve outstanding improvements in human health and become future leaders in their field. Rosetrees Trust currently supports over 250 projects.

The medical research grants support innovative research into all areas of biomedical science, generally within Great Britain, and applications of a cross-discplinary nature are encouraged. Grants are available for the following types of activities:

  • Part funding for PhD studentships, MBPhD studentships and Clinical Fellowships (where the applicant is seeking to convert a 1-2 year fellowship/MD into a full length PhD).
  • Pilot study project grants: seed corn funding.
  • Postdoctoral project grants.
  • Part-funding of other project grants.

Awards are provided for between one and three years and the Trust works on a pyramid approach whereby first time applicants will receive less funding than more experienced researchers who are working on outstanding projects.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are invited from researchers based at academic institutions in England, Scotland or Wales.

Value Notes

Projects of between one and three years will be funded at between £5,000 and £20,000 (experienced researchers may be afforded access to higher levels of award). The funding may be used for salaries and consumables costs.

PhD Studentships will be funded for three years within the region of £5,000 to £17,500 a year for stipends (with a consumables allowance of up to £7,000 per year for one to three years) and up to £7,500 a year for consumables only.

All payments are made to the applicant’s institution and not to individuals.

Match Funding Restrictions

All applicants should have agreed with their Department/Institute that EU/UK tuition fees will be paid from in-house resources.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Overheads.
  • Equipment or capital.
  • Conferences.
  • Travel & accommodation.
  • Technology transfer.
  • Tuition fees.
  • Projects based overseas or in Northern Ireland.
  • Researchers who are pre PhD level.
  • PhD Studentships that have already begun.
  • Research into illness affecting only a handful of people.
  • Basic research that has no translational vision.
  • Psychology/social research.
  • MDs.

Projects that are under one year are not generally funded unless they are an extension.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants are advised to review the guidelines document for information on terms and conditions prior to submitting an application. Applications will be peer reviewed by a scientific committee and applicants will be informed of a decision within two to four months of the application deadline.

PhD applications will be assessed using the following criteria questions:

  • Is this a focused, coherent, and feasible project which can be completed realistically within the timeframe of a PhD studentship?
  • Is the methodology to be employed appropriate, timely, and will it provide good quality data?
  • Is the outcome likely to advance knowledge and understanding of human disease and/or advance treatment possibilities?

Candidates considering submitting a cancer-related application should be aware that only the highest scoring applications (grade 1 – top 5%) will be considered, due to the large number of such applications currently being received by the Rosetrees Trust.

Previous Successes

Examples of research areas supported to date include:

  • Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Arthritis and rheumatology.
  • Brain research.
  • Cancer.
  • Coronary and lung disease.
  • Digestive and urinary disorders.
  • Eye disease and hearing disorders.
  • Immunology and transplantation.
  • Maternity and children.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Application Procedure

Applications may be made at any time for postdoctoral grants, pilot grants and other project grants and will be considered at one of the Rosetrees Committee meetings, which are held at two-monthly intervals.

There are two annual deadlines for PhD Studentship grants, one for stipends and consumables and one for consumables only:

  • 31 October 2017 (applications accepted from 1 August 2017) for stipends with a consumables allowance.
  • 30 March 2018 (applications accepted from 1 January 2018) for consumables only.

Application forms are available to download from the Rosetrees Trust website. The relevant form should be completed and submitted by email to Richard Miller at the Trust.


PHR: Community-Wide Interventions for Physical Activity (NIHR Funding)

This call, issued under the Public Health Research Programme’s commissioned funding stream, seeks proposals for research to determine what community-wide interventions are effective in promoting physical activity.

Fund Information

Funding body:
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Maximum value:
Discretionary
Application deadline:
20/03/2018

Extended Description

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is tasked with maintaining a world-class health research system to facilitate the delivery of leading edge research into the NHS, focusing on the needs of patients and the public. In particular, the Institute is responsible for commissioning and funding NHS, social care and public health research to meet its responsibilities in public, health and personal social services. Its role is to develop the research evidence to support decision making by professionals, policy makers and patients, and make this evidence available and encourage its uptake and use.

The NIHR operates the Public Health Research Programme to evaluate public health interventions in order to provide new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The programme maintains two research funding streams: commissioned calls, and researcher-led.

This commissioned call 17/104 – Community-wide interventions for physical activity seeks proposals for research to determine what community-wide interventions are effective in promoting physical activity.

Physical inactivity is a health risk, contributing to over 52,000 deaths annually in the UK. Increasing physical activity levels can protect against health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, and increase health and wellbeing. To date, there is a lack of evidence on the effectiveness of community-wide approaches to increase physical activity. According to the NIHR, further research is required to determine the effectiveness of community-wide interventions, which are theory-based, with good engagement across populations. Long-term, sustainable impacts of the intervention should be considered within the research. Studies may be large scale and should include evaluation of interventions with at least two components, or at least two interventions that target the whole community. Interventions for target populations at different life stages or with different needs would be welcomed.

Studies may evaluate multi-component interventions. Researchers are asked to specify and justify study design and indicate how long-term impact will be assessed. Interventions to be evaluated must be outside the NHS and the primary outcome must be health-related. Researchers should identify underlying theory and should include a logic model to help explain underlying context, theory and mechanisms.

Public health initiatives are complex and wide-reaching. Evaluation should acknowledge this by adopting a broad perspective, taking account of costs and benefits to all relevant sectors of society. For all proposals, applicants should clearly state the public health utility of the outcomes and the mechanisms by which they will inform future public health policy and practice. Details about the potential impact and scalability of interventions, if shown to be effective, should be provided.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are welcome from any UK-based researcher who considers themselves able to carry out high quality medical research. Concerns regarding eligibility should be discussed with the NIHR at an early stage.

Successful proposals are likely to be multi-disciplinary, and draw on varying areas of expertise. For instance, proposals involving randomised control trials should solicit the input of an experienced trials unit. A commitment to team working is also encouraged, and applicants may wish to consider collaborative applications between several institutions.

Value Notes

There are no fixed limits on the duration or funding of this research, proposals should be designed to fully address the problem.

Eligible costs are the direct costs of the research itself, including data collection, analysis other activities necessary to address the question, trial registration, and the salary/indirect costs of the staff involved.

Additionally:

  • Travel costs should not exceed the HMRC-approved rate of 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles, and 25p thereafter.
  • Items of equipment costing more than £5,000 will usually need to be leased.
  • Funding will cover conference fees where the relevance to the research of attendance is adequately justified.

Match Funding Restrictions

HEIs should determine the Full Economic Cost (fEC) of their research using the Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) methodology. Up to 80% of fEC will be paid, and applicants from HEIs should enter 80% fEC when entering the total costs requested.

For applications where the contractor is an NHS organisation, up to 100% of direct costs will be paid.

Commercial Organisations should include direct costs and commercial indirect costs (if appropriate). Indirect costs should be included in proportion to the amount of research staff effort requested on the funding application form. Up to 100% of costs will be paid.

Charities and NGOs should include direct costs and other partner organisations’ indirect costs. Indirect costs should be included in proportion to the amount of research staff effort requested on the funding application form. Up to 100% of costs will be paid.

Restrictions

The PHR Programme does not support:

  • Research for which there is not a strong and well demonstrated case for importance to public health.
  • Intervention and other non-research costs.
  • The testing of new health technologies or diagnostic techniques – these may fall within the remit of the HTA Programme.
  • Proposals which are solely or mainly surveys, audits or needs assessments.
  • PhD studentships.

Terms and Conditions

Proposals are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality:
    • Will the study improve understanding of the topic area?
    • Will the study make a substantial advance in scientific understanding/knowledge?
  • Feasibility:
    • Evidence of the necessary blend of skills, research experience, project management processes and infrastructure.
    • Explanation of the proposed number of participants, and demonstration of ability to recruit this number.
    • Consideration of social, ethical and legal implications of the proposed work.
  • Reasonable costs and value for money.

Application Procedure

Outline applications must be made via the NETSCC Management Information System (MIS). A full description of the application process beyond the outline stage is available via the NIHR website.

Application to Stage 1 closes on 20 March 2018 (1pm).

The NIHR Research Design Service and Clinical Trials Unit can assist with designing and developing research proposals.


Cross-Disciplinary Mental Health Network Plus Call

Research Councils UK funding to establish six to ten cross-disciplinary ‘Network Plus’ centres to provide innovative approaches to important mental health research questions and strengthen the UK mental health research base.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Research Councils UK (RCUK)
Maximum value:
£ 1,250,000
Application deadline:
22/03/2018

Extended Description

It is estimated that 23% of the UK population is affected by mental health problems at some point each year. Whilst Research Councils UK (RCUK) recognises that excellent research is taking place within the area of mental health, more research is needed to better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat mental illness.

The UK’s seven Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC) are therefore seeking to bring together researchers from across disciplines to complement the excellent work currently underway, and are inviting proposals for the creation of a number of cross-disciplinary mental health networks. These networks will address important mental health research questions that require an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to accelerate progress; to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field; and to strengthen the UK mental health research base.

The research aspirations of the networks are as follows:

  • Novel and transformative research.
  • Build capacity in the field.
  • Cross disciplinary from the outset.
  • Patient and public involvement.
  • Impact.

The call has been informed by the research councils recently published Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Research Agenda which represents their collective interest in supporting and furthering mental health research. It encourages areas where high quality cross-disciplinary research could add the most value and impact to the broader mental health research landscape through novel and transformative research.

It is intended that, through novel and transformative engagement and research, these awards will collectively and collaboratively bring together the relevant expertise to address specific research questions that are relevant to the research areas identified below:

  • Understanding mental health and mental health problems.
  • Connection between physical and mental health.
  • Public health, prevention and wellbeing.
  • Living with mental health problems.

In addition to this, the networks should consider the following cross cutting themes when addressing their research questions:

  • Effective intervention(s).
  • Technology and data.
  • Lifestyle and behaviour.
  • Inequalities.
  • Empowerment, ethics, confidentiality and trust.

It is anticipated that between six and ten awards will be issued that will collectively address the breadth of research areas listed above. Successful network plus awards will be expected to work collectively as a group to identify synergies between them and to maximise their potential.

Eligibility Criteria

Proposals must be submitted from an RCUK-eligible research organisation (higher education institution or recognised independent research organisation). Further details can be found here.

The network plus leadership team (PI and Co-Is) should be UK-based. Applicants are encouraged to read the Economic and Social Research Councils’ (ESRC’s) Co-Investigator guidance for further information on eligible co-investigators, including non-academic co-investigators.

Network plus awards can be local, regional or national. It is expected that project teams will involve disciplines that cross multiple Research Council boundaries.

Additional Information

Shortly after announcing the successful network plus awards, the research councils will be inviting proposals for a network plus co-ordinator. Applications for this co-ordination role will be accepted from individuals or small teams where there is added value from that approach. The successful candidate(s) will co-ordinate activities that will allow the networks to share knowledge and work collaboratively, and will help to maximise the impact of the full portfolio of mental health network plus awards.

The call will be open to applicants from eligible organisations. Investigators of the successful network plus awards will be eligible to apply for this co-ordinator position.

Value Notes

The total funding available through this call is £9-10 million. However, use of the full budget will be contingent on the quality of the applications and the successful awards collectively engaging the range of disciplines covered by the research councils.

Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to £1.25 million (at 100% full economic cost (fEC)) for up to 48 months’ duration. The research councils will contribute 80% fEC on successful proposals.

Match Funding Restrictions

The research councils will contribute 80% fEC on successful proposals.

Restrictions

Associated studentships will not be eligible for funding through the network awards, but the involvement of early career researchers in the networks is encouraged.

International researchers would not be eligible to be funded as an Investigator within the leadership team, but international researchers could be included as members of the wider network.

Terms and Conditions

Awards will be issued by ESRC as the administering organisation for this call. This will be done on behalf of all of the research councils and successful networks will be identified as cross-council awards.

Each principal investigator (PI) must contribute a significant proportion of their time to the overall leadership and co-ordination of their network plus award. The proposal should outline a clear management structure for the network. Networks will also be expected to participate in collaborative activities organised by the research councils or the Network Plus coordinator.

While the PI will be ultimately responsible for the administration of the grant and collaboration arrangements, they should work on this with a team of co-investigators which should reflect the crossdisciplinary nature of the network. The proposal should clearly explain the division of roles between the PI and the rest of the leadership team.

Applications for network plus awards based within one institution will be considered where a strong argument can be made for the specific expertise that particular research organisation holds, and the added value of that model.

Applications can include core costs for investigator salaries, travel and subsistence, administrative support, general management of the network and also planned activities that can be defined from the outset. In addition each network will set aside an appropriate amount of ‘plus’ funds that can be used for organising activities open to the whole research community throughout the period of the award. These activities are expected to include the funding of small research projects, but could also include running seminars, lectures, expert working groups, placements or exchanges, sandpits, skills training sessions etc.

It is expected that the application process for network plus funded activities will allow for applicants from outside of the network to participate, thereby drawing more people into the community of researchers. Applications for network plus awards should outline appropriate plans, including timelines, governance and assessment criteria, for the distribution of ‘plus’ funding.

As well as academic representation, networks should include a range of non-academic representatives where appropriate, from policy organisations, service user organisations, industry and also people with lived experience of mental health problems. The management team should be able to articulate how they intend to recruit a diverse membership for the network and its management structure. This should reflect different genders and ethnicities as well as the representation of different disciplines and organisations, and those at varying stages of their career.

Networks should convene an advisory committee to support and advise the leadership throughout their award.

Application Procedure

All proposals must be made through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Proposals must be costed and approved by the relevant institutional authority at the research organisation before submission.

The call for network plus proposals has a closing date of 22 March 2018.

Interview panel meetings will be held over May-June 2018, and funding decisions will be announced in June-July 2018.

Projects should commence in 2018.



Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Mental Health Network Plus Enquiries
    Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
    Polaris House
    North Star Avenue
    Swindon
    SN2 1UJ
    Tel: 01793 413000
    Fax: 01793 413001
    Email: mentalhealth@esrc.ac.uk

EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research Seeks New Members

EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research Seeks New Members

The Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research was established by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in 2012 to support early career academic researchers working within the scope of its Manufacturing the Future challenge theme.

EPSRC looks to refresh and renew the membership of the Forum approximately every 18 months, appointing ten new members at a time. Individual membership of the Forum will last for approximately three years.

Eligibility Criteria

This opportunity is available to early career researchers, defined as those being within 15 years of receipt of their doctoral qualification, from UK higher education institutions. Participation is open to researchers working in the areas of manufacturing and process engineering, and those within the broader scope of the Manufacturing the Future theme, including physicists, chemists, computer scientists and mathematicians.

Applicants should have an interest in advancing the UK’s international reputation in manufacturing research, developing interdisciplinary research agendas, and have an interest in participating in research policy development. In this call, EPSRC will only accept applications from UK higher education institutions.

Members of the Forum will have the opportunity to interact with other early career researchers from across the breadth of engineering and the physical sciences, forming new professional networks that may generate future innovative research programmes. Forum members will also have targeted opportunities to participate in EPSRC strategic advisory activities, interact with senior staff of EPSRC funded large grants, including the EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing and Manufacturing Hubs, and will receive insight and advice relating to UK funding body policy and practice.

Applicants interested in joining the forum should apply electronically via the Early Career Forum call page on the EPSRC website.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2017.

Useful links

ESRC’s Transformative Research Call 2017-18

For the purpose of this call, the ESRC broadly defines transformative research as involving pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation, engaging unusual disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspectives, challenging conventional academic thinking and/or involving the novel application of theory and methods in new contexts.. The expectation is that the transformative research call will provide a major stimulus to novel developments of social science enquiry which will lead to having transformative impact on society. The ESRC recognises that research will attract an element of risk, which we expect will be conducive to high reward.

Some of the possible characteristics of transformative research include:
• Results that will radically change accepted thinking in the social sciences or that could lead to a paradigm shift in its field
• Research that is ethically sound, but which is likely to involve an unusually high degree of risk for the researcher and/ or participants, with the expectation of it producing high rewards
• Research that engages unusual disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and/or methodologies
• Research that challenges widespread methodological and theoretical assumptions of typical social scientific enquiry
• Research that is carried out with the expectation that it will produce a broad base of knowledge and new thinking/insights which will lead to having transformative impact on society.

Call details
This call specifically encourages applicants to design a research question(s) that is both highly ambitious and creative. Applicants should also consider the potential scientific impact of their research proposal and the potential economic and societal impact. More information can be found on the ESRC Impact Toolkit at:
www.esrc.ac.uk/research/impact-toolkit

Funding and duration
Grants supported under this call will be duration and must start no later than 30 September 2018.

The value of the award shall not exceed £250,000 (at 100% fEC). The ESRC will fund 80% of this cost, and the balance must be covered by the host research organisation. We expect to fund10-12 transformative grants in this call. The final decision on how many grants will be funded will depend primarily on the quality of the proposals, on their potential to transform conventional academic thinking, transforming research methods, and/or their potential to have transformative impact on society.

Eligibility
All UK-based research organisations (ROs) that are eligible for Research Council funding will be
eligible to submit a maximum of two proposals to this call. As this is a highly competitive call,
all ROs must internally decide on the final number of proposals to be submitted.  Proposals
submitted to this call will count towards demand management statistics.

The deadline for proposals is 7 November 2017 (16:00).

 

Public Health Research (PHR) Information Events

The Research Design Service (RDS) is organising a number of events which offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of our Public Health Research (PHR) programme. The PHR Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. Its scope is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health.

Registration to these events is FREE and refreshments will be provided. Senior PHR programme staff will be joined by RDS colleagues and a local PHR funding panel or board member to give a presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Following this plenary session, there will be individual one-to-one sessions for anyone wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss their project ideas (subject to availability) with PHR programme and/or RDS staff.

In order to secure your place at one of these events please complete the online booking form.

Events are being arranged in the following areas:

Newcastle 23 November 2017

Wellcome Trust partnership grant with BBC Children in Need

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.

BBC Children in Need and Welcome Trust are inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities. This is not about formal education. 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. Examples of previous funded projects can be accessed here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/41fGFbVjtMqN4XK5QmJbnCr/inspiring-science

Applications are open now, and will close at midnight on 22 September 2017. Grants will run from January 2018 to the end of September 2018 and In this first round of funding we anticipate that up to 20 grants will be awarded across the UK.

Further information on the funding call can be accessed here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/38JW42Ps0Tv7T0xGht7Bww1/about-the-fund .

Horizon 2020 Information Days

The following are official information days, which are free and a good way not only to hear more about the programme but also to network with potential partners.

Dates confirmed so far are as follow:

We also understand that there is likely to be an information day for the Health Societal Challenge early in December (date to be confirmed).

In addition to these events, Innovate UK and the Enterprise Europe Network are also hosting a number of national events. Planned and confirmed events can be found on the Innovate Knowledge Transfer Network’s website.

If you are thinking about applying for opportunities through Horizon 2020 or would like to know more, please do get in touch (research.support@sunderland.ac.uk)