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.



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…

Sam King

Here are some of the latest funding opportunities from Innovate UK:

Precision medicine in South Africa: apply for funding UK businesses can apply for a share of £1.5 million to work with South African partners on precision medicine for non-communicable diseases and child health.

Commercialisation of quantum technologies 3 Businesses can apply for a share of £13 million to develop quantum technology prototypes or establish technical or market feasibility.

Innovation in health and life sciences round 2 Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million for projects that support SMEs to develop innovations in health and life sciences.

SBRI funding competition: vaccines for global epidemics Organisations can apply for a share of £35 million to develop new vaccines against infectious diseases.

Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 1 UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to develop innovative ideas that will help solve healthcare challenges.

Design foundations 2017 round 1 UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million for early-stage design projects working on identifying opportunities and generating ideas.

APC7, anchoring low carbon technology in the UK There is up to £35 million in funding to develop low carbon automotive technologies. Projects must reduce emissions and increase capability in the supply chain.

Technology solutions for society in India Innovate UK is investing up to £1.6 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to enhance healthcare, clean technology and infrastructure in India.

You can find all of INnovate UK’s current open opportunities here.


Next week on the Academic Development and Research Training Programme

PI Roles and Responsibilities Part of the training programme for new Principal Investigators, this session will be an opportunity to discover more about what it means to be a PI at Northumbria, your responsibilities, the support available and how to develop as a research leader. Wednesday 15th February 2017 2pm-3pm Book your place here Faculty Ethics Training – Health…

Environmental Law in a Global Society, Public Lecture Series, 3/3/2017, 5.30pm

Environmental Law in a Global Society, 5.30pm – 6.15pm, Friday 3 March 2017, Room 002, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University As part of Northumbria University’s Public Lecture Series The Right Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill will survey some recent environmental case law from senior courts across the world, drawing out key themes in…

Upcoming EndNote workshops

Looking for a tool to help you manage your reading as well as help streamline your citations and bibliographies? The Library provides EndNote Introduction and EndNote Advanced workshops for postgraduate research students, early career researchers and staff. You can book online now for all workshops running this academic year. There is an introductory workshop on Thursday, January 26, 2017…

Sam King

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2018. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply. The award is intended to enable a scholar at the early career stage to pursue his/her research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months.

The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £50,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply – applicants should be within 10 years of PhD award, and they will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Career breaks may be taken into account.

For further details see the ISRF website.