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Research funding and policy news

Apr 24

Newton Fund – new £375m fund for scientific research with emerging economies


The Newton Fund was announced in Brazil by the Chancellor, George Osborne, on 9 April. The £375 million fund (£75 million pa over five years) is intended to allow the UK to use its strengths in scientific research to promote economic development and welfare in emerging economies while building long-term collaborations with countries that will …

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Apr 23

Digital Economy Researchers Colloqium- ACT NOW!!

This has just come to our attention! A half-day event is being held to serve as a meeting point for all PhD students and researchers across the Digital Economy Network, particularly those involved in crafts and DIY-/maker-/hacker culture. It will take place at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab on the afternoon of the 25th of April 2014 …

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Apr 17

EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges


EPRSC’s Healthcare Technology invites the UK’s research and user communities to help develop a number of Grand Challenges to inform the future strategy and direction of the Theme. With “Grand Challenges” being significant problems that need to be addressed via a long-term approach from researchers it is hoped, that by bringing the UK research community …

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Apr 15

Leverhulme Visiting Professorships 2014 closing soon

  The 2014 call from the Leverhulme Trust for Visiting Professorships will be closing next month on the 8th of May. These grants allow for distinguished Professors from non-UK institutions to visit a host University for between 3 and 12 months. The over-riding criteria for selection are: •the academic standing and achievements of the visitors …

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Apr 15

Advanced Research Methods: PhDs and ECRs invited to comment

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A guest post by Michelle Walker, Research Support Librarian. Researchers from NCRM would like to gain input from UK-based PhD students or early-career researchers (defined as within five years of commencing academic employment) on the teaching and learning of advanced research methods. The discussion pages provide an opportunity for you to comment on brief summaries …

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Status update

As the UK National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, UKRO will run some information and proposal writing events for researchers interested in applying for the 2014 MSCA ‘Individual Fellowships’ call which closes on 11 September. Events will be held at Cardiff University on 28 May, University of Warwick on 9 June and the Royal Veterinary College, London on 19 June. You can register through the UKRO website.

Status update

The European Commission have published a short guide to the main points of the Horizon 2020 scheme. It is a really good (and relatively short!) guide to the  main points of the programme, how the funding works and how to apply.

The booklet can be downloaded here.

Mar 10

Results from our first blog user survey

First of all, we want to say thank you to everyone who took a little time to answer our user survey. We value your feedback, and will be acting on it in the coming months to give you more content you will find useful. What you told us: * Posts on upcoming funding opportunities, Horizon …

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Mar 07

AHRC/ESRC Design Fellowships- closing date 24th April 2014


AHRC and ESRC are offering a number of fellowships offering design researchers the opportunity to work in collaboration with a business or public sector organisation that is interested in putting design principles into practice. 24th April 2014 is the deadline for applications, fellows can spend up to 12 months working directly with their partner organisation. …

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Mar 06

Researcher Development Programme at Sunderland- limited places!

An event will shortly be held at the University of Sunderland for Early Career Researchers. The programme is titled  ‘The ‘Effective Researcher’ development programme’ and will be held on the 20th and 21st of March at Sunderland. Places are available to staff from all 5 North-East Universities, but only 8 places are available to each …

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