Friday Funding # 2: Digital Communities and Digital Health

Welcome to the second edition of Friday Funding. This week’s theme: Digital Communities and Digital Health. Funding in this area doesn’t always have a clear route but rather fits in to several broad funding areas; this is reflected in the types of calls listed.

Call Title: Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science
Funder: Wellcome Trust     Funding Available: £75k – £100k    Deadline: 05 August 16   Summary: Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science provide flexible, responsive funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they could be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust or another funder. They can support research in any field of the humanities and social sciences that can enrich the understanding of human and animal health.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: T-AP Digging into Data Challenge
Funder: Trans-Atlantic Platform (Supported by AHRC & ESRC) Funding Available: £150k Deadline: 29 June 16
Summary: Supports research projects that use “big data” to address questions in the social sciences and humanities. Although this is the fourth Digging into Data challenge, it is the first time it has been sponsored by T-AP. This funding opportunity is open to international projects that consist of teams from at least three member countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Development Work Grants Scheme
Funder: Chief Scientist Office (CSO)    Funding Available: £35k    Deadline:  No deadline Summary: Short projects to provide key supporting evidence to underpin subsequent applications to other research funders.  Subsequent applications must be for applied/translational health research i.e. within the remit of the two CSO research committees and be relevant to, and have the potential for significant impact on, health in Scotland.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Discipline hopping in information and communication technologies
Funder: EPSRC     Funding Available: Not fixed (80% fEC)     Deadline: Open Call Summary: Discipline Hopping Awards will provide short-term support to allow researchers from core ICT fields with other disciplines and/or user fields. The aim of this is to foster new interactions, bringing a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research. Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECE)
Funder: SICSA    Funding Available: £7.5k    Deadline:  30 June 16, 31 Oct 16
Summary: Provides research training and development opportunities for the most able postdocs and early career researchers across SICSA. Change your surroundings and experience life as a researcher in another institution; develop your network, enjoy another environment and lay the foundations for future international collaborations. Link to Funder’s Page:

Other funders worth noting:

Whilst they do not have set calls, there is always funding available through Innovation Centres funded by Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The Centres of particular note in relation to this theme are:

The Data Lab

Digital Health Institute (DHI)

I hope you find these opportunities useful. If you are interested in applying please contact the Research support team in RES in the first instance on

Next week’s theme is: Transport

Funding Opportunity: Outdoor Spaces, Noise, Community Engagement, Loneliness

The NIHR Public Health Research Programme – Commissioned call

The Public Health Research Programme are accepting applications to their commissioned workstream for the following topics:

  • 15/192 – Interventions to reduce negative health effects associated with noise in the living environment
  • 16/07 – Outdoor green and blue spaces
  • 16/08 – Loneliness and unwanted social isolation
  • 16/09 – Community Engagement

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 15 August 2016.


Funding Opportunity: NIHR School for Social Care Research

Call is now open for research into adult social care

The NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) is inviting full proposals for research studies addressing key priorities for adult social care for theNIHR next 5-10 years in line with its mission to improve the evidence base for adult social care in England.
Funding of up to £2.6 million is available for studies funded under this call, with a maximum of £1 million for any one proposal.
Documents can also be viewed on the NIHR SSCR website.

The deadline for submissions is 27 May 2015, 16:30

Funding Opportunity: Adult Social Care Fellowship NIHR

Access call document  Access application form:

The NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) is inviting applications from individuals committed to adult social care research who would benefit from NIHR SSCR support to further their research careers in this field.  Applicants can be at any stage of their research career – pre-doctoral, doctoral, post-doctoral – but not yet experienced enough to be established as independent, or more established researchers. Applicants must show a commitment to establishing a long-term career in adult social care research. Projects would need to start within 3 months of confirmation of an award and be completed within 8 months of the start date.

The commissioning panel is looking for:

  • strong applicants looking to move into becoming, or developing further as, an independent researcher in adult social care
  • a commitment to enhancing the evidence base for improving adult social care practice
  • a plan of work with a clear focus, and aims and objectives in the timescale of NIHR SSCR support
  • a robust plan to achieve the stated aims and objectives
  • excellent organisational support likely to help deliver the proposed plan of work and help the applicant beyond that to become strong researchers in adult social care.

Awards of up to £20,000 are available.Deadline: 4pm on Monday 9 May 2016


Future Directions for the development of researchers: Next Generation of Leaders in Scotland

Stirling Court

The Scottish Funding Council, University of Stirling and Vitae are inviting registrations for “Future Directions for the development of researchers: Next Generation of Leaders in Scotland”, which will take place on 1 June at the University of Stirling.

This event will look at the development of research leaders through cohort building, cross-sectoral networks, and collaborative approaches. Speakers and participants will explore how to foster excellence in leadership development in Scotland, including case studies of what is already being done and considering what more could be done to push this agenda forward.

The event will explore a number of question around the need for efficient and effective development of researchers’ leadership talent, such as:

How do the current training, experiences and opportunities effectively meet the needs of the leadership of the future in different sectors?

  • Does the national climate enable and empower early career academics, research staff and doctoral researchers to meet their leadership potential?
  • Do the available development opportunities respect and include the diversity of individuals and the diversity of future career paths?

This event is open to all stakeholders in the professional development of researchers as aspiring leaders, including researcher developers, staff developers, careers advisors, research managers, representatives of funding councils and charities, supervisors and principal investigators, senior academics and managers.

Find out more:

Opportunity: SASnet Fellowship

The Urban Big Data Centre are offeringubdc_logo short fellowships to interested academics.  Benefits of being a SASNET fellow include:  

  • Access to a wide spectrum of UK data for your research — this includes a range of administrative, big, and complex data on business, government and urban areas in the UK
  • Expert guidance and support for your research from the interdisciplinary staff at the UBDC and BLGRC, including funding for travel to/from and accommodation in Glasgow or Essex if required
  • Opportunities to promote your latest research, build relationships, and share your expertise in social analytics to further develop the capacity and skills of academics and professionals in the UK.

Find out more here

Funding Award: Integrated Renewable Energy for a Resilient Aceh (Indonesia)

Funded by : NEWTON FUND Institutional Links Award: 100K GBP Awarded from UK – Match Funded by Indonesia

UK Lead Partner: Dr. Leuserina Garniati & Dr. Alan Owen from Robert Gordon University (RGU)

Indonesia Partners: Prof. Muhammad Dirhamsyah & Muhammad Tadjuddin from Syiah Kuala University (UNSYIAH); Yakob Ishadamy from Strategic Resources Initiative (SRI); Abdus Syakur from Aceh Marine & Fisheries Agency (Aceh DKP)

In addressing energy & food security improving maritime productivity is the main goal for Aceh and addressing energy & food security. On-site observations & intensive stakeholder engagement by the project partners shows that low productivity is largely due to low engagement with, and low aptitude for using appropriate, sustainable energy technology as locally driven business practices.

Aceh 2a

Prawn hatchery freshwater supply

In line with the UK – Indonesia bilateral maritime focal programmes, this project contributes to the economic development &social welfare of communities in wider Indonesia by creating a step change towards appropriately designed & managed sustainable energy systems for maritime productivity. This action research moves through 4 linked stages; demonstrate integration of renewable energy systems; apply appropriate technology; embed training programme to meet community’s aspirations; and initiate business models that can create wider benefits.

The action research will lead to positive impacts on livelihood of low income people through applying Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) systems to existing & aspirational economic sectors.

  •  Aquaculture & salt production home industries
  • Quayside services storage, processing, packaging providing added value to products
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Local business unit incubation


Aceh 3

Prawn aquaculture ponds

Aceh 4a

Stakeholder Focus Group Discussion (Marine & Fisheries, Energy & Mineral Resources, Universities & Polytechnics; Community Groups, NGOs and other third sectors)

The expected outputs include showcase of operational IRE sites, policy recommendations to relevant Ministries, and strategic briefs to Planning Agencies


Next NHS-HE Forum – 25th May 2016 – registration and further details

NHS-HE forum

The next meeting NHS-HE Forum is on Wednesday 25th May 2016, starting at 10.30 (coffee from 10.00) and finishing at 15.30 at Bloomsbury House, 2-3 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2RL (map). You can now register here.

The programme this time includes:

  • Professor Martin Severs, Lead Clinician and Caldicott Guardian for NHS Digital (formerly known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre), on the latest developments on the information governance context for the use of patient data for research in England and indeed digital health developments in general given his central role.
  • Rhoswyn Walker, Head of Informatics Research, Medical Research Council, on their emerging health and biomedical informatics strategy and future plans.
  • Mark O’Leary, Head of Above Net Service Development at Jisc, on the proposed development of a Public Sector Roaming solution in parallel to eduroam
  • John Chapman, Deputy Head, Information Security at Jisc, on the safe share project to pilot a higher assurance network overlay, and Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting Infrastructure (AAAI) techniques, that can be used to improve collaborative research with sensitive data
  • Bridget Kenyon, Head of Information Security at UCL, with an update on the NHS-HE Information Governance Working Group and related developments at UCL.

The final programme will be circulated as soon as possible. As usual the Forum is free to attend, lunch will be provided and is open to all with an interest

Friday Funding # 1: Sustainability

Welcome to a new weekly blog post for funding opportunities. Each week we will be listing a selection of funding calls relating to a specific theme. This week’s theme is Sustainability.

Please see the following opportunities below:

Call Title: Environment and Sustainability Research Grants
Funder: Royal Geographical Society    Funding Available: £10k
Deadline: 09 May 16
Summary: Awards to researchers within 10 years of completing their PhD, for projects investigating some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability including, but not limited to, water and development, energy security, and urban migration.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Newton Institutional Links
Funder: British Council/Newton Fund     Funding Available: £50k-£300k
Deadline: 27 June 16
Summary: Aims 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.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: EPSA-2016 Grants
Funder: NERC/EPSA     Funding Available: £50k-£200k
Deadline: 17 May 16
Summary: Research synthesis projects designed to significantly advance global understanding on the way that ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation. The call will fund a set of projects that build upon the scientific advances and evidence generated by ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation) projects.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Development and implementation phase grants
Funder: Humanitarian Innovation Fund     Funding Available: £75k – £150k    
EOI by 24 May 16
Summary: Development of an innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines. Turning ideas into action, the development stage takes designs from the drawing board and transforms them into real-world solutions.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: International Development in the Research Networking Scheme
AHRC     Funding Available: £30k
31 May 16
Summary: This notice encourages research networking proposals which explore the contribution that arts and humanities research can play in debates about international development and/or to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also seeks to support the development of international boundary crossing collaborations with countries which receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) and/or with organisations which play an important role in supporting international development.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Open calls
Global Innovation Fund     Funding Available: £30k – £10 million
Summary:  Investment designed to support innovations on their path to scale. Will also support some of the promising innovations that will change the development landscape that are currently only in their infancy. Flexibility to support innovators from early stage field pilots right through to large scale innovations.
Link to Funder’s Page:


If you have found an opportunity you would like to apply for please let the Research Support team know via

Next Week’s theme will be Digital Communities/ Digital Health.


Workshop: Exploring Longterm Trends in Social Attitudes and Crime

University of Sheffield School of Law

Exploring Longterm Trends in Social Attitudes and Crime

16 June 2016

School of Law, University of Sheffield

Exploring why change takes place and the implications of both changes and stability is of growing importance for social scientists. Yet the limited availability of datasets which enable these sorts of analyses hampers efforts.

This one-day workshop will introduce a series of linked datasets which will enable analysts to explore long runs of repeated cross-sectional datasets such as the British Social Attitudes Survey, the British Crime Survey and the British Election Survey, as well as macro-level datasets. The datasets were collated as part of an ESRC-funded project exploring long-term trends in social attitudes, government policies and crime since the 1970s.

Although training will not be given on these techniques during this workshop, the datasets are suitable for those wishing to explore trends in social attitudes and crime (fear; victimisation attitudes towards) employing multiple linear and binary regression models; multi-level models; time series models; and age-period-cohort models. The datasets will be available in both SPSS and Stata formats and the training day reflects this.

More information about the project is available at

Workshop fees:

UK–registered students £30

Staff from UK academic institutions/research centres, ESRC funded researchers, UK registered charitable and voluntary organisations, Government and public sectors staff £60

All other participants including commercial £150

To book a place please go to