Funding Award: The role of a novel protein, Ga15, in pancreatic adenocarcinoma in the context of obesity

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is one of the deadliest forms of cancer with a 5-year survival rate of less than 5% and obesity has been recognised among the principal risk factors. Since the molecular mechanisms that lead to the aggressive nature of this form of cancer are poorly understood, the aim of the project is to explore further the role of Gα15, whose involvement in pancreatic cancer has been recently demonstrated, by exploring its link with insulin/insulin-like growth factor-1 molecules that become more bioavailable in the context of obesity. The project has been supported with £9000 from the medical research funding charity Friends of Anchor for a 12 month project, which will begin in July 2017. Dr Sara Zanini is leading and will be working alongside researchers Dr Giovanna Bermano and Dr Francesco Giovinazzo from NHS Grampian.

In 2013, more than 9000 new cases of pancreatic cancer were registered in UK and in 2014 8800 deaths were recorded. Therefore it is clear that there is an urgent need to identify new factors potentially involved in the pancreatic cancer transformation process that could represent a first step towards the development of new target therapies. By confirming the role of Ga15, we hope to identify a subgroup of patients expressing Gα15 that may benefit from the development of a new drug improving their chances of treatment success.



Funding Opportunity: Breast Cancer

If you’re a breast cancer researcher based anywhere in the UK or Ireland, you could be eligible for a project grant to support your work. We are now inviting project grant applications from researchers who have a strong track record in their field and who want to work in one of our priority areas; risk and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and secondary breast cancer.  Breast Cancer Now are committed to supporting new investigators in breast cancer research and we encourage applications from talented researchers at the start of their independent careers
Project grants are available in awards of up to £200,000 The deadline for applications is Friday 2 December  Apply for a project grant from Breast Cancer Now

Funding Opportunity: Child and Young Adult Mental Health

The Medical Research Foundation and the Medical Research Council have launched a call to support research in Self-Harm and Eating Disorders within Children and Young Adults. This is a 2 year award.

A key aim of this call is to encourage researchers already working in associated areas or on other relevant clinical research to re-prioritise these topics and enable the exploitation of existing resources and cohorts to develop hypotheses exploring the underlying biology and psychology of either of these diverse mental health conditions. Associated areas would include other mental health, medical or addictive conditions, for example ADHD, depression or obesity, or important traits which can underpin these conditions including anxiety, impulsivity and compulsivity. However, the primary driver of submitted applications must be to better understand eating disorders or self-harm. Closing date for applications on 31st January 2017.





Funding Opportunity: EPSRC Fellowships

EPSRC has a number of opportunities for early career andepsrc established researcher fellowships.  The areas currently open include:

Energy, including bio-energy, carbon capture, energy networks, hydrogen and fuel cells, marine energy and many others

ICT (with engineering),  including Robotics, control systems and ICT with mathematical sciences


Funding Opportunity: AXA

axaHave you considered AXA as a funding body?   AXA fund post doctoral researchers and offer research grants to those investigating “risk” – Environmental Risk, Socio-Economic Risk and Life Risks.  They have focus countries which may be of interest to our research community at RGU including Colombia, Qatar, Indonesia, Nigeria, Vietnam and Japan.  Check out their current funded projects here

Wellcome Trust – Open Access Policy

Wellcome this week has published a set of requirements for open access publications, which will come into force next spring.

The policy deals with many issues including whether Wellcome will pay for publishing costs,  uploading articles to PubMed Central (PMC),  and publishing content under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) .

Neil Jacobs, head of scholarly communications support at Jisc, notes: “It is incredibly helpful to have a funder of Wellcome’s standing be so clear about its expectations in this area.  APCs already constitute a multi-million pound market, which makes it important that everyone is clear about what is being paid for.” More from JISC here.

This policy will come into effect on 1 April 2017. Wiley, SpringerNature, OUP, Royal Society and PLOS, who publish almost 50% of Wellcome funded research outcomes, have all committed to signing up to the requirements. Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) members Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Parkinson’s UK will all set the same requirements for outcomes of research they have funded. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will also be introducing the requirements when their open access mandate is launched in January 2017

NHS Grampian Seminar: Research in Challenging Situations – Dr Stephen McSwiggan

NHS Grampian will be hosting a research seminar titled ‘Research in Challenging Situations – Dr Stephen McSwiggan’ to be held on Friday 30th Sept at 12.30 in the Medical Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Dr McSwiggan is currently Head of Commercial Research Services for the University of Dundee/ NHS Tayside. Originally qualifying as an RGN in 1991, he has worked in clinical research since 1999.  In this seminar Steve will discuss the challenges of doing research and talk about his experiences with the Ebola research and how that impacted not only on himself but the team around him, including those based in the UK. We will hear about how he got involved, his thoughts on how prepared the research community is to react to such outbreaks and how he was treated when he returned to the UK.

Please email to book your place!




Data Search – a new service

This new service from Elsevier is worth a look.  Data Search trawls the web to find open data sources located in institutional repositories, like our own OpenAIR and National Data Centres, such as UK Data Service, British Oceanographic Data Centre, and publishers’ resources. It will be an invaluable took for research students, researchers and for teaching resources.

On the other side of the coin, making sure your research data is openly available and lodged in a way which is publically assessible will increase your profile and impact. Data can be stored on RGU’s OpenAIR alongside your publication. Contact for more information

Web Archiving 101 Course- London (Senate House), 17 October 2016

Senate Houseweb-archving-101Digital Preservation Training Programme is pleased to announce the date of a new course, ‘DPTP: Web Archiving 101′ to be delivered on 17th October 2016.


Dr Peter Webster, formerly Web Archiving Engagement & Liaison Manager for the British Library UK Web Archive and also Programme & Communications Officer for the International Internet Preservation Consortium and currently Managing Director of Webster Research & Consulting.

Ed Pinsent, former web archiving curator for the Jisc, member of the project teams for the PoWR and BlogForever projects, currently Senior Archivist at ULCC and tutor on the DPTP.

Sara Day Thomson, social media researcher for the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

Steph Taylor, digital librarian with a wide experience of copyright and legal issues in the digital domain as applied to libraries, archives & institutional repositories, currently Senior Consultant at ULCC and a tutor on the DPTP.

This course is aimed at anyone who has a specific interest in capturing, selecting and using web content for any kind of research and who also need to ensure that web content can persist and endure in an accessible and useable preservation environment.

The course will cover the basics of digitisation, from the initial planning through project management to protecting and preserving the resulting digital assets for the long term. It explores preparation, project management, equipment/outsourcing, workflows and policies. It will also look at metadata, copyright and licensing, and managing access to the digitised content.  The course will cover:

1.                  The context: who does web archiving?

2.                  Why archive the web at all?

3.                  How to select what to preserve

4.                  How do we go about it? Crawling, storing & rendering

5.                  Do we have to do this ourselves? Outsourcing options in public & private sectors

The course is for Researchers, Archivists,  Librarians & Information Professionals, Records Managers and anyone with an interest in selecting, capturing and using web content who wishes to be able to ensure that such web content can persist and endure in an accessible and usable preservation environment. Particularly useful for anyone working in the HE or FE sector.

17th October 2016 Senate House, located in the heart of Bloomsbury, next to the British Museum and Russell Square. Costs: £300 + £12.30 Eventbrite booking fee.

  • More information about the course can be found here.

Opportunity: Science and Global Development

The UKCDS hub is an excellent resource which will help researchers navigate UK funding opportunities in global development research including some key large funding sources within the UK such as DFID, Wellcome Trust, Newton Fund, GCRF, Ross Fund. Each page provides an overview of the funding topic areas, countries they fund, eligibility for both UK and international researchers and key funding programmes.