Northumbria Research Support

Sam King

The National Institute of Health Ressearch (NIHR) will be launching a streamlined application process for researchers applying for funding. In response to wide user feedback, and as part of the NIHR’s continuous improvement culture, the NIHR are making applying for funding as simple as possible whilst retaining a commitment to research excellence.

The streamlined, two-stage form will be rolled out across NIHR research and training programmes from May 2017. In response to feedback the revised standard application form will ask for information once, at the point it is required to make either shortlisting or funding decisions. Any information provided during Stage 1 of the process will be automatically available for Stage 2 to avoid repetition and facilitate completion of the application.

Applicants will be provided with clear, concise guidance about how to use the forms, including resources provided by INVOLVE about how to set out public involvement plans and present a Plain English Summary.



E&E Research Funding Weekly Drop-In Session: Tuesday 28th March, 2.30-5.00pm, Ellison B103

David Young (Research Funding and Policy Manager) and Jess Scott (Pre-Award Manager) will be available on Tuesday 28th March between 2.30 and 5.00pm in Ellison B103. If you’re a member of academic staff, a postdoc or a research student in Engineering and Environment, come along to ask us a question about research funding, future calls for proposals or to discuss a specific…

Northumbria participates in national surveys of researchers

From Monday 13 March until Wednesday 31 May, Northumbria is participating in two biennial national surveys of researchers, the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). These surveys gather important, anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders…

Next week on the Professional Development and Research Training Programme

Early Intervention: Career Planning for Postgraduate Researchers Monday 20th March 2017, 10:00 – 12:00 RDF B3 (Professional and Career Development) Open to Students at any stage This innovative workshop is for first year students to enable them to begin to plan their career expectations and goals from the beginning of their doctorate. The workshop will cover…

David Young

HEFCE’s Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, and one of the key architects of the next REF, David Sweeney has published an interesting blog about who counts as “research active” ahead of the closure of the REF2021 consultation tomorrow. He suggests there has been a lot of “push back” from the HE sector on the consultation proposal that “research active” should be determined by contractual status, and that there should be another evidence-based and mutually agreed approach. It’s not clear what this would be, but interesting to see that there’s already movement on this even before consultation responses are in.


Coming soon – New Online Research Ethics and Governance Approval System

Ethical approval must be obtained for all research projects prior to the commencement of the research. The new online ethics system enables staff and students to submit their project for ethics approval at any time, from any  campus, as well as track their application through the process. Come along and see a demonstration of the…

Next week on the Professional Development and Research Training Programme

Faculty Induction – Business and Law Monday 13th March 2017, 14:00 – 15:30 RDF C2 (Research Management) Compulsory to Students in their first year The session will provide students with an overview of what resources and support is available within the Faculty – as well as what expectations the Faculty will have of them. Book your…