NIHR announces £60 million of funding available to British Universities for Global Health Research

nihrNIHR Global Health Research

The NIHR is inviting UK-based universities and research institutes to submit applications to deliver applied global health research. £60 million will be available for successful universities and research institutes looking to expand their existing global health work or for new entrants to the field. There is a particular interest in funding applications that address under-funded or under-researched areas including, but not limited to, non-communicable diseases including mental health, surgery, and tobacco control, road safety as well as health and applied social science and economic research as part of a broader scheme of work or as standalone specialisms.

Deadline for applications is 26 January 2017. NIHR will be hosting an event to support applications for this funding opportunity. If you are interested in registering you will need to complete the registration form by 5pm today 28 November 2016. A live stream webinar will also be available. Full information and links to event and live stream registration are available from the NIHR website

Webinar: Guided walk through ReShare, 13 December 2016, Online 15.00-16.00 GMT


Are you an ESRC grant holder, whose grant has ended and is required to submit your research data into the ReShare repository? Are you a researcher interested in depositing data into ReShare to make them available for reuse, or as evidence for a published paper? Are you just curious to explore how publishing in ReShare happens in practice?

Join the UK Data Service interactive online webinar, where we will ‘walk’ you through the process of submitting a data collection into the ReShare repository. We will then answer any questions you may have about ReShare and depositing your data with us.

You will learn:

  • how to start the process of depositing data into ReShare
  • how to describe a data collection well (i.e. what metadata should be provided)
  • why providing detailed and accurate metadata is important
  • how to prepare and upload your data files and documentation files
  • how to decide upon the most suitable access level and licence for your data
  • how we review your data before publishing it

This is an introductory webinar. We do not expect attendees to have any experience in working with data to attend this session.

To book a place please go to



Avoid a data drama!

Plan ahead to avoid a drama with your research data. Whether you are a post grad student, in your first research post, or a senior researcher,  planning how you will handle, share and store your data is an important part of good research practice. Many funders now require evidence of good data handling practices as part of any submission, whether this is in the form of a specific Data Management Plan, or part of the methodology.  Check out the RGU guide to research data or contact Jane Williams for help and advice.


DORCID IDon’t forget to keep your ORCID up to date!   If you have new publications they may automatically appear on your ORCID, especially if your publisher required an ORCID from you when you submitted.  However this process can take time.  Sign in to ORCID, choose “Works”, and “search and link” to make sure your list is up to date.  Cross Ref is a good general tool for harvesting publications which may belong to you – and you can simply go through the list it gives you and upload the ones that are yours.  RGU has chosen ORCID as its online profile tool, because it is required by many funders and publishers and provides excellent data quality.  The RGU Researcher Guide gives more detailed information – or contact Jane Williams.

Open access in the Research Excellence Framework: Extension of flexibility


The four UK higher education funding bodies have decided to extend the initial flexibility in the Open Access (OA) policy for a further year, recognising the timetable for the next REF with results in 2021. The requirement that outputs be deposited on acceptance will commence after Sunday 1 April 2018, subject to a review of the readiness of systems within the sector in autumn 2017.

In the announcement yesterday, 15 November (SFC/AN/14/2016), Stuart Fancey, Scottish Funding Council Director of Research and Innovation wrote:

“We are pleased with the progress so far, but we recognise the challenges involved in driving the policy centrally. As previously announced, for the first year of the policy (from 1 April 2016 to 1 April 2017), we are providing a degree of flexibility to allow time for higher education institutions (HEIs), Jisc and others to develop tools to allow information about publications to flow better between researchers and administrators. During that period of flexibility, HEIs may deposit outputs in their repositories within three months of publication, rather than of acceptance, which provides a longer window for securing author engagement. Many HEIs have nonetheless continued to implement our ‘deposit on acceptance’ policy and are seeing academic engagement increase significantly, and excellent progress has been made to build new relationships between HEIs and publishers in pursuit of the UK’s OA goals.

In Open access in the next Research Excellence Framework: policy adjustments and qualifications (HEFCE Circular letter 20/2015,,202015/), institutions were advised that the funding bodies would work with them in autumn 2016 to review the developing arrangements, and to determine whether remaining technical gaps had been sufficiently addressed to end the flexibility in April 2017. In the intervening period, the Minister for Universities and Science asked Lord Stern to review the REF, and to allow time for this, the timetable has been realigned so that results of the next REF would be announced in December 2021. The four higher education funding bodies will now work together to develop proposals on how to implement Lord Stern’s recommendations in the next REF. We expect to launch a consultation with the sector on these proposals in November 2016 and we are conscious that our original plan to review progress on OA in autumn 2016 may collide unhelpfully with the consultation on the REF. We therefore want to allow HEIs longer to improve systems and fine-tune approaches. The REF 2021 timeframe will provide HEIs with a further year to embed open access activities and to work with us to develop the shape of the next REF.

In light of the above, we are therefore making the following adjustments to our OA policy:

  • The policy continues to require that, to be eligible for submission to the REF, outputs must be deposited within three months of acceptance for publication, but we now plan that this requirement will apply to outputs accepted after Sunday 1 April 2018. We will review the readiness of systems with the sector in autumn 2017.
  • Outputs accepted between 1 April 2016 and 1 April 2018 must be deposited within three months of publication.”

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Opportunities: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

gatesThe Grand Challenges programme funds discovery research, awarding initial grants of US $100,000 and potential follow-on grants of up to US $1 million, covering an expanding set of topics, some of which will be of interest to researchers at RGU, such as anti-microbial resistance.  A total of 56 projects in 11 different countries received an initial grant of US$100,000 with Phase II funding to projects showing promising results.

We will begin accepting applications for the next round of GCE starting in February 2017Check out the grants currently awarded here

Opportunity: SASnet Fellowships

SASNet Fellowships are open to academics of any discipline. They offer the opportunity to join the research community at either University of Essex or the Urban Big Data Centre in Glasgow for a period of between 1 week and 2 months, for research and technology exchanges and to participate in our capacity and analytics programmes. We accept applications year-round.

Funding Opportunity: EPSRC Fellowships

epsrcEPSRC is inviting Outline Proposals for EPSRC Challenge Fellowships in the LWEC theme. Fellowships are offered at both the Postdoctoral Fellowship and Early Career Fellowship level.  Closing Date is January 2017. Themes: Energy, Engineering, ICT, Living with Environmental Change, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences.   Fellowships are available in a number of priority areas.  Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis.


EU Energy Focus Bulletin

The EU Energy Focus service is a free, Government-funded service that aims to ensure that UK companies, research institutions and other organi­sations are well informed and have every chance of success in applying for and securing European funding for energy-related projects. Services include one-to-one discussion of proposal ideas, webinars on key subjects and re­view of draft proposals. Find their latest bulletin which contains a link to the latest H2020 energy calls. Contact RES-Euro with any EU funding queries.