UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships – Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office for Science have announced the latest round of the UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships scheme. The deadline for applications is 26th March 2018.

The fellowships are targeted at early career academics without a current permanent lectureship and within 5 years of their PhD award. They provide funding for two years (with an optional third year pending a review at the end of Year 1) with full salary costs covered, plus travel and subsistence linked to the research, and modest items of equipment (up to £3k incl. VAT), consumables and other expenses which are fully justified in connection with carrying out the research.

The research may be on any one of the 13 topics identified for 2018 by the UK intelligence community. Further detail on these is given in the topic list:

Topic Title No.
Research into methods to detect manipulated facial images in identity documents or on-line applications 1
Advanced research into archive, analysis and retrieval of video based data 2
Detecting malicious activity on distributed Internet of Things sensor/actuator networks 3
Non-conventional energy harvesters/power sources to provide power in remote locations for 10+ years 4
Security of Automatic Speaker Verification Systems to synthesis spoofing attacks 5
Micro-robotics 6
Crowd modelling in post-event emergency situations 7
Opportunities and risks in the application of deep learning to security screening applications 8
The use of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) to enhance briefing and training 9
Novel approaches to compact energy storage and lighter/more efficient autonomous systems 10
Understanding and mitigating side-channels in commodity hardware 11
Cross-linguistic approaches for representing place and movement 12
Quantum sensing and readout with cavity quantum phonodynamics 13

These awards are highly competitive and significant institutional support is required, including assigning a mentor, so if you have an idea and are considering applying please contact your relevant Research Funding & Policy Manager at an early stage.

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PhD studentships – Richard Benjamin Trust

Applications are invited from potential students for a funding award contributing towards a collaborative PhD or D.Prof (full-time or part-time study; by thesis or by publications) in the area of social and/or organisational psychology. The topic of the PhD/DProf must have the demonstrable potential to make a positive difference to families, organisations or communities and to people’s lives.

A single, one-off award of £35,000 will be made to the university where the successful applicant will be based. The award can be used to contribute towards fees, living costs, and/or research costs. Applicants must indicate how the rest of their costs are to be met and provide evidence of financial support (e.g., from the university) if it is required.

Applications must include evidence of collaboration from i) a university of the student’s choosing, ii) a specified academic supervisor, and iii) an external third partner, such as a voluntary or work organisation, in which impact could occur.

Please see the Richard Benjamin Trust website to download an application form and view the further particulars and eligibility criteria.

Application Deadline: 16th March 2018

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Latest Opportunities from NIHR

Here are the latest research funding opportunities from NIHR

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme
An NIHR and MRC partnership

17/142 Osteoporosis
17/143 Inherited myopathies and muscular dystrophies
17/144 Mechanisms of action of behavioural and psychological interventions to improve health
17/145 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme researcher-led
17/146 Mechanisms of action of health interventions

Health Technology Assessment Programme

17/115 The role of prophylactic antibiotics for botulinum toxin A injections for overactive bladder
17/116 Letrozole for improving fertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome
17/117 Therapeutic interventions for self-harm in adolescents – an individual patient data meta-analysis
17/118 The effectiveness of early treatment with amitriptyline for the prevention of post-herpetic neuralgia
17/119 Non-invasive neurally adjusted ventilator assist for neonates requiring respiratory support
17/120 Hyperosmolar therapy in traumatic brain injury
17/121 Gastrointestinal side effects in cancer immune checkpoint therapy
17/122 Joint distraction for knee osteoarthritis without alignment correction
17/123 Intensive day patient versus inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa in adult specialised eating disorder services
17/124 Psychosocial intervention for internalised stigma to improve outcomes for people with schizophrenia
17/125 Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in adults with learning disabilities
17/126 Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor to prevent depression following traumatic brain injury
17/127 Partial removal of dentinal caries in permanent teeth
17/128 Sputum colour charts to guide antibiotic self-treatment of acute exacerbation of COPD
17/129 Exercise therapy for people with pulmonary hypertension
17/130 Pre-pregnancy weight loss for women on long acting reversible contraception (LARC)
17/132 Intervention or expectant management for early onset fetal growth restriction in twin pregnancy
17/133 Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy for diabetic eye screening
17/134 Identification of older patients likely to require enhanced care on discharge from hospital
17/135 Cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraoperative peritoneal chemotherapy
17/136 Sepsis
17/137 Dose of oxytocin during induction of labour
17/138 Surgery for early osteoarthritis
17/139 Reducing the risk of anxiety disorders in children of parents seeking help for their own anxiety
17/140 Optimising the use of statin therapy in cardiovascular disease prevention

Public Health Research Programme

17/149 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led
17/151 Public Health Research Programme evidence synthesis

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Muscular Dystrophy Research Grants

Muscular Dystrophy UK Research Grants and PhD Studentships 2018

For the 2018 application round, Muscular Dystrophy UK is offering funding for PhD studentships and project grants (including shorter, proof of concept projects such as pilot studies of up to one year) that have relevance to one or more type of muscular dystrophy or a related neuromuscular condition.

PhD Studentships will cover stipend, consumables and fees for four years, to a maximum of £7,000 per year. Project grants will cover any combination of salary and consumables for 2-3 years, to a maximum of £75,000 per year (salary increments will be capped at 3% per year). Up to £30,000 for salary and consumables will be available for shorter project grants lasting up to a year.

Applications should be submitted via the online system.

The deadline for applications is 12 January 2018.

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Dunhill Medical Trust – Research Project Grant Scheme

Dunhill Medical Trust – Research Project Grant Scheme

Applications are invited from academics and clinicians from all health professions (including allied health professionals) who wish to undertake a research proposal aimed at improving the understanding of the mechanisms of ageing, the treatment of age-related disease and frailty or identifying and developing new and effective ways to improve the lives of older people.

Research Project Grants should be completed in a maximum period of three years. The minimum grant available is £25k and the maximum is £300k.

Host institutions for the research project grant should be a recognised university department, teaching hospital or other recognised research centre within the UK.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 5th January 2018

Scheme guidelines and details of how to apply: http://dunhillmedical.org.uk/research-project-grants/

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Latest statistics on UK participation in Horizon 2020

UKRO has just flagged up a report from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the UK’s participation in Horizon 2020. The key message is positive: the UK remains one of the strongest participating countries in Horizon 2020 and our funding success rate has remained at about 15%. The UK ranked second in terms of the overall number of participations in Horizon 2020 projects and also in terms of EU funding received with the UK share of all participations and EU funding awarded equalling 12.6% and 14.9% respectively.

The data release also provides details of the UK’s totals across Horizon 2020 in terms of participations and EU financial contributions; a breakdown of UK participation and financial contributions by organisation type, across the different programme parts and by region of the UK; and the top 50 participating Higher Education Institutions in the UK.

To read the report click here!

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