Northumbria Research Support

AMRC – Charity Funding Report


Every year the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) collects data about the grants its members fund, to help better understand how medical research charities spend their money, and to inform the work of AMRC. See more at the AMRC website. Together, medical research charities support over a third of publicly funded medical research in the UK,…

Alona Welby

Signpost by the picturedrome CC BY-NC-SA 2.0The Expert Advisory Group on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” has published its recommendations for the European Commission on the content of the next work programmes, which will detail the funding priorities and calls for 2016-2017. This is a particularly multi-disciplinary challenge with a strong role for contributions from social sciences and humanities. The recommendations suggest that the challenge should be designed as a more coherent programme focused on five inter-related thematic priorities which aim to develop a “Resilient Europe”. These are:

  • Overcoming inequalities by developing Europe’s human and social capacities
  • Facing the turbulence of regional and global changes
  • Understanding Europe: the changing role of European culture and society
  • Promoting a collaborative, creative and sustainable economy
  • Building an open, engaging and innovative public sector

The Advisory Group suggests that these priorities should be seens as a flagship programme designed to support important and urgent research and innovation activities to be undertaken by Europe’s best researchers. The current more “piecemeal” approach is rather disparate and results in activities with less impact than intended.

The report also suggests that these areas could also be supported by other EU funding streams such as Marie Sklowdowska-Curie innovative training networks, Future and Emerging Technologies and some of the Industrial Leadership actions as well as education programmes. This would make more of a difference in achieving the overall aim of fostering greater understanding of a culturally and socially rich and diverse Europe.

To access the report click on the link and the click on the “Additional Information” tab. The report is at the top of the list.

Royal Society – International Exchange Schemes


Looking for funding to explore new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel?? Look no further, the Royal Society has an International Exchanges Scheme to stimulate new collaborations between scientists in the UK and overseas. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding…

Sam King

Check out the new look NIHR website which brings all parts of the NIHR together into a more user friendly, stakeholder focused design.

The funding section lists all opportunities for funding research and career development opportunities, including how to apply and how NIHR can help.



Kerri Jude

The UK Research Office, in its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, is holding information and proposal writing events on the 16 October & 22 October 2014. The events will be based in Manchester and London and are aimed at researchers who are interested in applying for the 2015 Innovative Training Networks call which opened on 02 September 2014 (closing date for applications is the 13 January 2015.)

The Innovative Training Networks scheme supports joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions, industry (incl. SMEs) and other non-academic organisations. The research training programmes are intended to provide early stage researchers with excellent research skills, coupled with experience outside academia, hence developing their innovation capacities and employability prospects.
Further details and how to register for the event can be found here. Draft programmes can be found by selecting your preferred location above.

Sam King

The NHS is going through the biggest financial squeeze in its history. Since 2010, its budget has effectively been frozen, increasing by just enough to cover inflation. While this is generous compared to other areas of public spending, the increasing demand for care means that services are under huge pressure.The King’s Fund have set out the key challenges and priorities for the next government:

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. They help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate.

Alona Welby

If you are new to Northumbria or new to a research career at Northumbria, come along to a lunchtime workshop on Thursday this week from 12-1 to meet some of the research support contacts and learn about how they can support you. “An Introduction to Research Support at Northumbria” will be led by Research and Business Services and the Library Research Support team. As well as meeting key contacts, attendees will also gain an overview of the types of support available.

This workshop is aimed at academic staff who are new to Northumbria or new to research. To reserve a place, please click on the “Book a Place” box on the HR Researcher Development Programme page.


Alona Welby

If you are thinking about applying to Horizon 2020, take a look at this useful guidance document. It is designed for proposal evaluators but it is also useful for potential applicants to see how various “cross-cutting” issues, such as social sciences and humanities, the gender dimension, responsible research and innovation, public engagement etc. will be evaluated in Horizon 2020 proposals. It can be found on the Participant Portal.


Alona Welby

The ESRC has launched a new call for proposals for their early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders. This supports outstanding early career researchers to undertake excellent research and to develop their research and knowledge exchange skills. Proposals can be in any topic within the ESRC’s remit. Applicants can have up to a maximum of four years and four months postdoctoral experience and must have the support of their UK institution. Awards are worth up to £350,000 over 3 years at 100% FEC. The deadline is 20 January 2015.


David Young

For all staff in Engineering and Environment: Andy Pearce and I won’t be around on the 16th Sept, but we will be in Pandon 217 on the 23rd Sept at the usual times of 2-5pm for any and all research bid-related questions. For more information about these events and the current list of sessions, please see our original post.