Natural History Museum – publications for free!

NHMThe Natural History Museum has launched its institutional repository. The Museum’s repository provides free access to publications, or versions of the published material, produced by more than 300 scientists working at the Museum. Our researchers study a diverse range of issues, including threats to Earth’s biodiversity, the maintenance of delicate ecosystems, environmental pollution and disease.

Innovations Centres: Do you have an Award from an IC?

Professor Graeme Reid from University College London is leading an independent review of the Innovation Centres (IC) Programme. The review will focus on the delivery of the original vision, aims and objectives of the IC programme as a whole.

Professor Reid will be supported by an Advisory Committee and an appropriately procured consultancy whichwill produce an economic impact analysis as part of the review’s evidence base. The call for evidence document is provided here:

If you would like to contribute to this review, please forward your response to Dr Emma Gillibrand ( by Friday 10th June and she will collate the institutional response before the deadline (20th June).


Friday Funding #3: Transport and Living Environment

Welcome to the 3rd edition of Friday Funding. This week’s theme is broadly Transport and Living Environment but touches on several wider themes. The calls listed are broad in nature which should present suitable opportunities for many of our researchers.

Call Title: Big data in Transport: Research opportunities, challenges and limitations Funder: EU H2020           Funding Available: 2 million budget (Euros)           Deadline: Call opens 20th Sept 16 and closes  01 February 2017
Summary: Projects should aim to identify; areas and contexts in which ICT investments and exploitation of data should be implemented, methodological issues and the development of necessary tools in order to allow for effective data mining and data exploitation, analysis of the barriers and limitations of the transportation system to exploit big data opportunities, examine the institutional and governmental issues and barriers concerning the application of big data in transport providing policy recommendations towards “data openness” and sharing.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Public Health Research commissioned funding opportunities Funder: National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)        Funding Available: Not fixed       Deadline: 15th August 16 or 5th December 16
Summary: Multiple interesting funding opportunities covering a wide variety of public health issues. Particularly relevant to this topic are ‘Preventing road injuries’ and ‘Interventions to reduce negative health effects associated with noise in the living environment’
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Low-Carbon Energy Future: Efficient Management of Resources and Energy Workshop Funder: British Council   Funding Available: Travel Expenses          Deadline: 15th July 16
Summary: Cranfield University, Nazarbayev University and the National Laboratory Astana are holding a workshop entitled “Low-Carbon Energy Future: Efficient Management of Resources and Energy”. Opportunities and challenges in Kazakhstan will be covered in this workshop. A contribution to travel and accommodation expenses is available to selected participants under the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership programme. Costs for the visa will be covered too; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements.
Link to Funder’s Page:

Call Title: Institutional Links grants
Funder: Newton Fund                    Funding Available: £50k-300k     Deadline: 27th 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. Applications can be submitted for collaborations between the UK and Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Thailand. Mexico are also due to join the call shortly, and confirmation will be announced here towards the end of April.
Link to Funder’s Page:

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact

The next theme will be Environment/Marine Environment


Training – Webinar : health survey data

Webinar: An introduction to survey data on health

4 July 2016

Online, 15.00 – 16.00

This webinar will showcase the range of survey data on the topic of health that are available from the UK Data Service. We will give a general introduction to some of the key survey data with health-related content, including cross-sectional surveys (UK and cross-national), longitudinal surveys and cohort studies. We will provide research exemplars to highlight how these data can be used in research as well as pointing to useful resources, other health data, and where to go for help.

The webinar will consist of a 40 minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes for questions. It is open to all and free to attend.

To book a place please go to

Gold Open Access Publisher Deals for RGU Academics

Did you know that RGU have several deals with publishers to reduce the cost of Article Processing Charges (APC) for Gold Open Access?

Below are a few particularly good ones, for the full list see the RGU Lib Guide here:

It is free for authors to publish under Gold Open Access in any journal that offers Springer Open Choice, though this is first-come-first-serve, as there is a national limit on the number of articles Springer will consider. Once an article has been accepted for publication, corresponding authors can ask Springer to make it Open Access; Springer will contact the Library to confirm the author’s affiliation with RGU. If the author is not the corresponding author, then they can contact the Library directly and we will pursue the Open Access option for them. A complete list of journals offering Springer Open Choice is available here:

Royal Society of Chemistry
We have four vouchers to use by the end of December 2016. Each voucher equates to the publication of one article under Gold Open Access, and can be obtained by contacting the Library at All journals published by RSC offer the ability to use these vouchers. Additionally, the publisher’s flagship title “Chemical Science” is completely free to publish in until the end of 2018. A list of this publisher’s journals is available here:

We have an agreement that all APCs paid to SAGE are capped at £200 per article, though researchers will need to pay this from their grant or own resources. Most journals published by SAGE offer the choice of Gold Open Access (a short list of those that do not is available from the publisher’s website) and some of them are built around mandatory Gold Open Access (a list of these is available from: A complete list of the publisher’s journals is available here:



Funding Opportunity: Wellcome Trust Seed awards

Wellcome Trust Seed awards are for those who wish to get wellcomestarted in research.  Ideal for early career researchers and first time grant applicants.  Their exploratory nature gives scope for the use of bold or innovative methodologies, and a broad range of possible activities; from pilot and scoping studies, to preliminary data gathering and proof-of-principle studies, to planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. They are not intended to fund discrete projects with no follow-on plans. We encourage applications which propose to carry out interdisciplinary research across our Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Innovations funding.

They are particularly for researchers at the start of their independent careers or who wish to develop innovative ideas outside of their discipline or area of expertise.

Closing Date 20th June 2016

NHS Grampian Seminar 31st May: ‘Fraud in Research’

NHS Grampian Research and Development hold lunchtime training seminars on an on-going basis.

The next one is titled ‘Fraud in Research’ and is being hosted by Professor John Webster, Consultant Physician & active researcher from NHS Grampian.

It is on Tuesday 31st May 12:30-13:30, Room 115 Health Sciences Building, Foresterhill.

Come and hear more about this interesting topic: what it is, how it happens and how to avoid it.

Please book a space by contacting

Funding Award: Investigation of a role for hypoxia inducible factor type 1 in non alcoholic liver disease

Awarded to: Dr Rachel Knott (School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences, RGU) and Dr. Sheikh Tasduq Abdullah (CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu, India).

The funder:  Newton Bhabha PhD placements programme operates with the British Council in collaboration with the Department of Biotechnology. The Newton Fund is part of UK’s official development assistance with the aim to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries. The fund linked with India is the Newton-Bhabha fund and this successful application is one of only 35 funded projects.

Both of our institutions have a common interest in the identification of the cellular and molecular mechanism of tissue damage in conditions of diabetes and related co-morbidities. The underlying specific research questions have a different focus although there is significant overlap and it is hoped that this funding will facilitate further collaboration.

Successful applicant: Mr Love Sharma (PhD candidate at CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine)

The research topic: This is an important area of research as it addresses key issues aligned with the development of the vascular complication of diabetes mellitus (DM) (both Type 1 and Type 2). There is a significant and growing global burden of DM but it is particularly high across Asia, including India where it is recognised that the most significant clinical burden arises from the complications that are associated with DM. This includes coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, liver disease, atherosclerosis, and microvascular disease, for example retinopathy, neuropathy, and nephropathy.

The funding that has been received will allow Mr Sharma to spend 6 months in the School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences at RGU on this project to look at a particular aspect of the vascular network of the liver in conditions of non-alcohol fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In India, Mr Sharma is conducting his PhD on the molecular mechanisms associated with NAFLD and in particular the communication within liver cells when exposed to high levels of lipid. While at RGU, Mr Sharma will be looking specifically at the response of the blood vessels within the liver and at the communication networks within the vascular endothelial cells.