Opportunity: Energy Efficiency : Interreg NWE Programme 5th Call

The next call for project proposals of the Interreg North West Europe Programme will be open from 18 April to 24 May 2017.  This programme is looking for transnational cooperation initiatives that can deliver concrete results for the North-West Europe area and its citizens. If you have an idea that could make one of the programme objectives a reality, contact Kathryn Brown or Alison Merchant for more information.

Funding Opportunity: Wellbeing of Women

wellbeing-of-womenFunding calls are now open for research grants from Wellbeing for Women for outstanding projects in basic science, clinical or translational research in the areas of Pregnancy and Childbirth, including pre-term birth, miscarriage and fertility; General Wellbeing issues such as menopause, incontinence and prolapse, sexual health, menstrual disorders and endometriosis; and Gynaecological Cancers.  Closing Date is 17th February 2017

ESRC New Investigator Grants

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) invite proposals for their New Investigator Grants. New Investigator Grants form one element of support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace their previous Future Research Leaders scheme.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

There are no fixed deadlines for this call and proposals can be submitted at any time.

For more information please see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


Funding Opp: Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) is a ground breaking UK-wide programme fully funded by a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.  DRILL is the world’s first research and pilot programme led by disabled people and their priorities.

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning is led in partnership with Disability Action Northern Ireland, Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Rights UK.

Applications are now invited for grants to carry out research and establish pilot projects on subjects reflecting the priorities of disabled people.  Partnerships, which include combinations of disabled people, their organisations, academics and potentially others, are expected to come together to develop and submit applications and, if funded, deliver their project through a process of coproduction.

Disabled people will be at the forefront of designing and delivering these projects.  The purpose is to build a better evidence base about approaches that enable disabled people to achieve independent living – to have choice and control over their lives in ways non-disabled people take for granted.

The above information has been taken from the funder’s website: http://www.drilluk.org.uk/disability-research-on-independent-living-learning-drill/funding/

Funding available: £150,000
Closing Date: 27 July 2016

DRILL expects to fund approximately 40 projects over the next four years.

If you are interested in applying for this call please contact res-research@rgu.ac.uk


Horizon 2020 Calls: Engineering

Please see the following calls from Hoizon2020 below. These will appeal to a range of academic staff but the ones listed have a particular relevance to Engineering.

If you are interested in any of the calls listed please contact res-euro@rgu.ac.uk in the first instance.

Call list

Increasing the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry (Photovoltics Manufacturing) Link Here
Deadline: 8th Sept 16

Solutions for reduced maintenance, increased reliability and extended life-time of off-shore wind turbines/farms Link Here
Deadline: 8th Sept 16

Architectured /Advanced material concepts for intelligent bulk material structures Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Advanced materials and innovative design for improved functionality and aesthetics in high added value consumer goods Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Improved material durability in buildings and infrastructures, including offshore Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Systems of materials characterisation for model, product and process optimisation Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Next generation system integrating tangible and intangible materials model components to support innovation in industry Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Framework and strategies for nanomaterial characterisation, classification, grouping and read-across for risk analysis Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16
The above list covers deadlines up to 27th October 2016; additional calls are open and will be listed in due course. Calls relating to other disciplines will be added on a regular basis.



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: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2106-mg-8.2-2017.html

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: http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/phr-commissioned

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:  https://www.britishcouncil.kz/newton-al-farabi/joint-seminars

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: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/newton-institutional-links-april-2016

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact res-research@rgu.ac.uk

The next theme will be Environment/Marine Environment


Funding Opportunity: Data Impact Fellows

UK Data Service Impact Fellows Programme 2016-2017.   The UK Data Service aims to establish additional ways to support the long-range use of its data and resources by new generations of scholars, extending this usage through the research partnerships they develop and by the students they teach – from the earliest stages of, and throughout their career – by establishing a prestigious Impact Fellows programme. Funded by the ESRC the programme aims to provide career development opportunities for scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers with a proven record of research.  Find out more

Funding Opportunity: Efficiency Research Programme

The Efficiency Research Programme, from the Health Foundation is an open call for innovative research ideas into system efficiency and sustainability in health and social care. Between £250,000 and £500,000 is available for three to five experienced research teams for projects completed over three to five years. Deadline for applications: Thursday 28 July 2016  Find out more

Funding Opportunity: AHRC Sustainable Development

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has invited proposals exploring the role of arts and humanities research in international development and sustainable development. The council’s Research Networking Scheme will offer up to £30,000 for proposals that support the development of international boundary-crossing collaborations with countries on the Official Development Assistance list. The closing date for applications is 31 May.  Find out more

Funding Opportunity: Adult Social Care Fellowship NIHR

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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