Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: Innovative Training Networks – 2018 Call for Proposals open

The European Commission has opened the MSCA ITN 2018 call for proposals.

This scheme is aimed at supporting ECRs in joint training and/or doctoral programmes, and there are three different strands to apply for: European Training Networks, European Industrial Doctorates and European Joint Doctorates. Applications are to be made using the EU Participant Portal by 17.00 (Brussels time) on 17 January 2018.

Click here for the Guide for Applicants (please note that this call is still to be officially endorsed by the EC so this document may be subject to changes).

The UK Research Office has organised two Information Events concerning this call – to register click on the links below:
Tuesday 24 October – Sheffield
Wednesday 25 October – London


MSCA ITN Information Events – 24th and 25th October 2017

We’d like to remind you that there are a couple of ITN information days coming up, for those interested in the 2018 ITNs call, which closes in mid January 2018.

​The UK Research Office is holding information events on the 2018 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions​ (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) call for proposals.

The events will include an overview of the scheme, case studies from success applicants and information on preparing a competitive application in line with the evaluation criteria. Participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Click here for more information and to book a place.


NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme – Researcher-led workstream

NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme – Researcher-led workstream

The HS&DR Programme funds research to produce rigorous and relevant evidence on the quality, access and organisation of health services. This includes evaluations of how the NHS might improve the delivery of services.

Deadline for proposals: 13:00 11 January 2018 Find out more:

17/99 – Health Services & Delivery Research Programme: standard researcher-led

17/100 – Health Services & Delivery Research Programme: researcher-led (evidence synthesis)


The Health Foundation – Understanding public attitudes to social care funding reform in England

The Health Foundation – Understanding public attitudes to social care funding reform in England

The Health Foundation is seeking a provider to conduct research with the public in England on attitudes to social care funding and options to reform the funding system.

The research should generate understanding in the following areas: existing attitudes and awareness of social care for older adults, beliefs and attitudes towards responsibility for funding, attitudes and reactions to alternative models identified in other commissioned research.  The Health Foundation thinks that deliberative events are likely to be the most appropriate methodology.

It is anticipated that bids will be up to a maximum of £150,000 including VAT.

Deadline for proposals: 12:00 13 October 2017

Find out more here


Horizon 2020 information events – November 2017

There are a couple of Horizon 2020 information days coming up which might be of interest to those considering bidding to the next round of H2020 calls.

Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Information Day

An event is being hosted by the Welsh Government, Innovate UK, the Enterprise Europe Network, and the Knowledge Transfer Network aimed at supporting collaboration across the UK and in Europe.
It will promote funding opportunities available for health, demographic change and wellbeing through Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest research and innovation funding programme, with over 1 billion Euros earmarked for calls in 2018/2019. Click here for more.

​The event will be held in City Hall in Cardiff on 7 November 2017 and the registration is through Eventbrite 

Societal Challenge 5 Information Day and Brokerage Event​

The European Commission is holding an information day and brokerage event on the 2018 calls available under the Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials” Work Programme 2018-2020. The event will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels and targets potential applicants to the 2018 calls. An agenda is available and registration is now open. The event will also be web-streamed; the link will be available 48 hours before the event.



Horizon 2020: Research Infrastructures Information Day in Newcastle – 22nd November 2017

The Science and Technology Facilities Council and UKRO are organising an information day for H2020 Research Infrastructures in Newcastle on 22nd November 2017. Book here:

H2020 Research Infrastructure Information Day – Newcastle upon Tyne

The day will cover:

  • An overview of the 2018-2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme RTD and e-infrastructure calls (This will be a playback of the video recording from the event in London on 14 November where a European Commission speaker gave a presentation. We hope to have a live video link to Brussels for a question and answer session with the Commission).
  • A recent success story – how to put together a winning proposal
  • An overview of services offered by the UK Research Office
  • A presentation of the call timetable (Katie Ward, UK National Contact Point)
  • Lunch and networking

The event is free and will be valuable for all those considering an application in this area during the 2018-2020 Work Programme.


Global Challenges Research Fund – Keep Up To Date With Opportunities

Did you know we compile all of the latest opportunities related to the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund on the web?

Northumbria University – GCRF Opportunities

GCRF opportunities are released regularly and although most of them are channelled through the Research Councils, some are also funded via the academies and societies (e.g. British Academy, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering). In addition, the British Academy in particular has released several international development-related funding opportunities recently which, although not formally part of GCRF, nevertheless may be of interest to academic staff working in these areas.

In addition the University’s GCRF Working Group meets regularly and can provide advice and guidance on GCRF bids in development. Please email your Faculty representative in the first instance.

The Working Group is running a cross-disciplinary networking event on 28th September focusing on the following themes:

  1. Volunteering, NGOs and Civil Society
  2. Migration and the Law
  3. Health, the Arts, and the Humanities
  4. Design and Development
  5. Energy and the Environment

This event is open to all staff from Northumbria who would like to get involved in the GCRF programme. Please email if you’d like to attend.




Latest NIHR Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities are available from NIHR

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

Health Technology Assessment Programme

Invention for Innovation Programme

Health Technology Assessment Programme

For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.


Latest calls from the Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is helping the higher education sector to access funding for international research collaboration and applicants to connect with host institutions in the UK. The Newton Fund covers three broad activities:

•People: increasing capacity in science and innovation, individually and institutionally in partner countries.
•Research: research collaborations on development topics.
•Translation: creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems

For all the latest calls from the Newton Fund, see the UUK website.