Urban Bid Data Centre : Expressions of Interest

ubdc_logoWould you like to investigate an urban policy, planning, or research problem using big, complex, or administrative data? If so, the Urban Big Data Centre is here to help.

We provide:

  • Access to a range of UK urban-related data
  • Support in working with controlled (or personal) data
  • Data sourcing services for your research

If you’re a UK-based academic, local authority, government department or body, third sector organisation, business, or citizen interested in using data to understand and improve your community – you’re eligible for UBDC support. Some of our data is also available for non-UK users, and we are happy to hear ideas for international collaborations too. Submit an Expression of Interest to use our data collections or other data services by 9 September, 2016!

Some of the data available includes : iMCD Project data (Household survey and Twitter data) Geospatial data (Spatial Urban Indicators and LiDAR Earth Images) Transport data (Strava Metro cycling app data) Housing data (Nestoria and Zoopla housing advertisement data) Education data (UCAS and Scottish Pupil Census data)

2015 Animal Procedure Statistics

In conjunction with the release of the Home Office’s annual statistics showing the numbers of procedures on animals that took place in Great Britain during 2015, the statistics for RGU were as follows:

Note:  All experimental procedures came under the category of non-recovery. Definitions of this category and others mentioned are at the end of this post.

Mice that were genetically normal 68
Mice that were genetically altered with a non-harmful alteration 207
Rats 30

218 mice were bred to maintain genetically altered mouse colonies. This comes under the category of sub-threshold.

Statistics for the UK as a whole, and for more information on the role of animal research in the UK can be found here: http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/uk-animal-statistics-2015/


  • Non-recovery – Those where the entire procedure was carried out under general anaesthesia without recovery.
  • Sub threshold – Those authorised under a project licence that did not actually cause suffering above the threshold of regulation (ASPA Section 2(1)), i.e. was less than the level of pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm that is caused by inserting a hypodermic needle according to good veterinary practice.


Which publications best reflect your research achievements?

HEFFCE blog 20 July

This is one of the questions addressed in a post today by Jonathan Adams on the HEFCE blog. In the post Jonathan explores some of the findings published in the HEFCE report “Publication patterns in research underpinning impact in REF2014” that we have previously referred to on Research Matters.

Read Jonathan’s blog post here then follow on with Anna Lang’s blog piece about the REF Impact Case Studies

If you are thinking ahead to the next REF and considering impact stories you could do worse than explore the searchable database of impact case studies submitted for REF 2014 that HEFCE have helpfully provided.

Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine Research Prizes 2017

Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine

The Research Prizes, valued £200,000 each will be available from October 2017

THE LISTER INSTITUTE of Preventive Medicine, which is a registered charity established to support biomedical and related research, now invites applications from outstanding young researchers for its 2017 Research Prizes. The Institute seeks diversity amongst its Prize­ winners – there is no stereotype of the ideal candidate – applicants may be working in university departments or research institutes, in any area of biomedical research, and be scientifically or medically trained. The Institute is pleased that over the years women have been well represented amongst its Prize-winners. However, what Prize-winners will have in common is the conduct of excellent research and the ability of the award to help establish or further their independent research careers. At least five awards will be made based on a number of criteria: the originality, and quality of the proposed research; the achievements of the applicant in the context of their own particular circumstances. Finally the beneficial impact that the Prize would have on the recipient’s career taking account of their research environment and other funding will be an important criteria.

Prize Winners will receive £200,000, or equivalent Euros, which may be used in any appropriate way to support their research, other than the provision or augmentation of personal salary. However, the monies may be used to free the recipient from teaching or administrative duties by funding a replacement lecturer etc. Expenditure of the award may take place over a period of up to five years.

Candidates must have more than three and less than ten years’ post-doctoral experience on 1 October 2017 and must have guaranteed employment for the first three years of the notional five years of the award in any not-for-profit institution (e.g. university, charity­ funded institute or Research Council Unit). The bulk of the research must be conducted in the UK or Republic of Ireland but the awards are transferable between institutions in the UK and Ireland.

Terms and Conditions, downloadable application forms and ‘how to apply’ details are available from the Institute’s website: http://www.lister-institute.org.uk/

Any   queries should be directed to the   Institute’s Administrator: Telephone: 01923 801886 Email: secretary@lister-institute.org.uk

These prestigious awards provide outstanding young scientists with the opportunity, as Lister Institute Prize holders, to develop their research careers by giving them £200,000 to support their work over a five-year period.

The Award

All recipients of the Research Prize must initiate the award period within 12 months of becoming eligible to use the funds. All the funds must be committed by the end of the fifth year. Although the use of the funds is flexible and within the control of the Prize Fellow, outline spending plans should be submitted at the time of application. These can be altered with the Institute’s approval at any time. By way of example, the money can be spent on equipment, travel, consumables, salaries for a replacement lecturer, visiting scientists, post-docs or PhD students etc. The money must not be spent on providing or augmenting a personal salary. The money will be paid in advance to the Research Prize holder via the employing institution. Annual statements of expenditure must be produced by the employing institution and be endorsed by the Prize holder.

As a member of the AMRC the Institute’s awards qualify for FC’s charity research income support under the new funding formula and, consequently, any general overhead charge for indirect costs will not be accepted.

Transferring the Award

The award will be personal and transferable between all UK and Republic of Ireland research institutions, subject to the Institute’s approval. Any large items of equipment purchased using only the Institute’s funds will be considered as owned by the recipient of the award and transferable, during the five-year period of the award, provided that the recipient remains a Lister Institute Prize holder. The transfer of equipment purchased using more than one source of funds will be subject to negotiation between the respective institutions.

Working Abroad

The Research Prize holder must not spend more than six months abroad in any consecutive 12 month period and in total no more than one year over the course of the five years.


Every Research Prize holder is expected to produce a short annual and detailed final report at the end of the fifth year and give talks at, and provide abstracts for, the annual Lister Fellows’ meetings. Recipients of the Research prize will be expected to attend the annual Fellows’ meeting, this year to be held on Friday 8 September 2017, provide abstracts and give presentations when required.


The Agreement to be signed will make clear that the Research prize holder and any other people employed using the Institute’s funds are not Lister employees.


All publications must state that the research worker hold a Lister Institute Research Prize fellowship.

Support from Other Sources

All other grants and “core funding” must be detailed with the application. The Institute accepts that Prize holders will seek additional support for their work from other sources.


The Prize Fellow will be required to notify and disclose to the Institute all commercial agreement already entered into and particularly to those relating to the assignment of patents and other similar rights. However, all Prize Fellows are encouraged to protect any new findings, where applicable, by patent protection in conjunction with their host Institution’s business development office- in all cases the Institute must be informed.

Completed forms must be returned not later than Friday 4 November 2016.

Funding Opportunity: British Academy

Postdoctoral Fellowships Outline Stage

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars,  The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

Scheme Opens: 24th August 2016; Deadline for Applicants: 5th October 2016; Deadline for Institutional Approval: 6th October 2016; Deadline for Referees: 13th October 2016; Result of Outline Stage Announcement: January 2017


Funding Opportunity: British Academy & Leverhulme

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

The BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships are intended to enable established scholars, needing relief from teaching and administration, to have the time to bring to completion a significant piece of research, through sustained period of leave for one year.  Particular focus is on individuals who have laboured for a long period of time with little or no prospect of dedicating time towards their project or to produce what, in many cases, hopes to be a career defining work

Scheme Opens: 12th October 2016; Deadline for Applicants: 16th November 2016; Deadline for Institutional Approval: 17th November 2016; Deadline for Referees: 24th November 2016; Final Award Announcement expected: 31st March 2017; Earliest Award Start Date: 1st September 2017; Latest Award Start Date: 1st January 2018


Funding Opportunity: British Academy

British_Academy_logoMid-Career Fellowships Outline Stage

The British Academy intends, through this scheme of Mid-Career Fellowships, both to support outstanding individual  researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences.

Scheme Opens: 10th August 2016; Deadline for Applicants: 14th September 2016; Deadline for Institutional Approval: 15th September 2016;  Deadline for Referees: 22nd September 2016; Result of Outline Stage Announcement: December 2016



Attitudes to Open Research

UKDSThe UK Data Service has secured a grant to investigate the current attitudes and actual practices of researchers to open research, the barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open research; and the measures research funders can take to mitigate these barriers. Open research, for this study, is understood to be the sharing and reuse of research outputs, in particular research data, articles and code.  Through a mixed approach, an online survey and focus group discussions with researchers, will investigate:

  • attitudes of researchers to the idea of open research, in particular sharing of data, sharing of code, sharing of papers and new models of publishing
  • current open research practices applied by researchers
  • barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open research in their research
  • researcher-focused incentives and motivators for practising open research
  • practical actions research funders can take to remove or mitigate barriers and maximise the opportunities for practising open research

The project will specifically target researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Economic and Social Research Council and will provide essential baseline information for the Wellcome Trust to inform their open research strategy and compliments the recent launch of Wellcome Open Research, a platform for open publishing of research outputs. The project will run until late September and will produce a published report with presentations to follow. The Service plans to publish a paper based on the findings in autumn 2016.

Funding Opportunity : South Africa, Malaysia, Mexico

Newton advanced fellowships – Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia

British Academy, GB.  These enable international researchers based in a country covered by the Newton Fund to establish and develop collaborations with the UK having the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities. Fellowships are worth up to £37,000 per year for three years for researchers in Mexico and South Africa, and are worth up to £37,000 per year for two years for researchers in Malaysia.  Maximum award: £111,000  Closing date: 14 Sep 16.