Innovate UK: Digital Health Technology Catalyst Open for Applications

Enhanced MRI scan of the head by Mark Lythgoe and Chloe Hunter CC BY-NC-ND

As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Innovate UK has today issued a call for feasibility studies and industrial research & development projects to address the challenges posed and opportunities offered by digital healthcare:

Digital health is evolving at a rapid pace and this is having a profound impact on healthcare delivery. Digital health uses data and technology to:

  • improve patient outcomes
  • improve access to healthcare
  • make more targeted and personalised health interventions
  • transform service delivery
  • deliver new treatments and translational medicine

The aim of this competition is to speed up the development of new digital solutions to healthcare challenges and grow the industry.

Feasibility studies are smaller scale projects of up to one year for between £50k and £75k. Industrial research and experimental development projects are larger, from £500k – £1M and for up to 3 years. Different levels of grant are available to businesses depending on the type of research and size of the company.

Both types of project should be led by a UK-based SME. A business can be involved in up to 3 applications but may only lead on one.

Research organisations can participate as collaborators, but are limited to 50% of the total project costs. In addition all projects must show how they will improve the competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME invovled in the project.

A briefing webinar is taking place tomorrow, 1st August, and the competition closes to applications on 11th October.

Please contact your Faculty RFPM at an early stage if you’re interested in applying.




AHRC/EPSRC: Research and Partnership Development call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

Digifest VR by Jisc CC BY-NC-ND

AHRC and EPSRC have recently announced a call to develop a research programme to bring together organisations within the creative economy with researchers from both the arts and humanities communities and beyond:

Research and Partnership Development call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

“This is not a technology-only research programme, nor one exploring interfaces but a programme to explore the new technology-enabled, multi-sensory, narrative, interpretative, and performance experiences that will drive future creative and commercial value. This will require interdisciplinary working between the Arts and Humanities and other disciplines from Psychology to Engineering, and inter-sector working between researchers, creative practitioners, and businesses.”

They would like proposals addressing this call to focus on:

  • Memory – how can new immersive experiences extend the access, interpretation and reach of memorybased institutions such as museum, galleries, archives and collections?
  • Place – what new experiences can be created by the combination of immersive technology and place based services?
  • Performance – what new creative practices are enabled by immersive technology, what new experiences can be offered to audiences and how can this transform or extend models of performance?

Applications are invited for a total full economic costs of up to £75,000 and lasting between 6 and 9 months. The deadline for proposals is 5th October 2017. Full details are given in the call document.

There are briefing events happening this week and next, and there is a webinar next Friday:

Please contact us if you’re interested in applying to this call.


British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants – 2017 Round Open

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The ever-popular British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grants scheme is now open for applications.

Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Applications should be between £500-£10,000 over up to two years. Applications for collaborative or individual research projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are also welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Funds are available to: facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of £10,000. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to the mode of enquiry.

The deadline for applications is 5pm UK time on 24th May 2017. 

PLEASE NOTE: Please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager as soon as possible if you intend to apply to check your own Faculty’s internal deadlines: as this scheme usually gives rise to a high volume of applications, there are internal processes in place to ensure any bids submitted are high quality and are supported by the relevant Faculty.


EPSRC Sandpit: New Industrial Systems

A day at BCIT aerospace technology campus by Mike CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A day at BCIT aerospace technology campus by Mike CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A day at BCIT aerospace technology campus by Mike CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

EPSRC is running an Ideas Factory Sandpit on New Industrial Systems in May 2017. The deadline for expressions of interest is 2nd March 2017.

New Industrial Systems Sandpit

What’s the theme?

The sandpit seeks to address the challenge of competitiveness in the future UK economy by focusing on manufacturing technologies and trends. Four research visions have been identified by the Manufacturing the Future theme:

  • Sustainable Industries (e.g. a future where business models take account of resource usage, resilience and security)
  • Digital Manufacturing (e.g. simulation and visualisation of design and manufacturing)
  • 21st Century Products (e.g. smart and multi-functional products)
  • New Industrial Systems, which sits at the intersection of the other three areas

The sandpit aims to build a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in developing new industrial systems, identify a common language between disciplines, facilitate interactions between researchers and users, and identify and address the key research challenges in this area. It is expected that up to £5M of EPSRC funding will be made available to fund research projects arising from this sandpit.

Who should attend?

EPSRC give the following examples of disciplines which could apply to attend: engineering, design, materials science, physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, economics, social sciences, sustainability, life sciences, energy systems. Attendees need not have worked on the problem before and need not have previously secured EPSRC funding. The emphasis will be on people who are open to explore new ideas and connections with other disciplines.

What will happen at the sandpit?

The Sandpit event itself will take place over five days from 15-19 May 2017 at Stratford Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon. The events will draw on ideas from a broad range of disciplines so attendees should expect to be able to develop relationships with other participants and communicate concepts and ideas in a way that is understandable and engaging to those outside your immediate area.

There is more information in the guidance on how sandpits work, but they are generally very intensive and rewarding experiences which offer an excellent chance of securing funding (as this is restricted to attendees).

How do I apply?

The deadline for expressions of interest to attend the Sandpit is 2nd March 2017. 25-30 participants will be selected and must be available for the full five-day duration. To apply you will need to complete the EoI form on the call page.

Given the high likelihood of securing EPSRC funding as a result of sandpit attendance, these calls are often highly competitive. The assessment will be based on the ability to develop new, adventurous and highly original research; the potential to contribute to research at the interface between disciplines; the ability to work in a team; the ability to explain research to non-experts. You will need to give evidence of your ability to meet these criteria in the EoI.

Please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager if you are interested in discussing this further.


EPSRC: Feasibility Study in Energy Research

Solar Panel 2 by Mike Baker CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Solar Panel 2 by Mike Baker CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have just announced a new scheme open to UK academic staff to submit feasibility studies underpinning science and engineering energy research.

Feasibility Studies in Energy Research

Proposers should examine a topic within EPSRC’s Energy remit, review past and current activity, and identify key research challenges that need to be addressed. The proposed research must be novel, innovative, have the potential to lead to high impact outcomes and strengthen the UK’s position in within the international energy community.

Up to £3M is available for the call and each proposal can be a maximum of £200k. There is a strong steer in the call document that any potential project should be aligned with UK energy strategy as reflected by national level groups and organisations such as Supergen Hubs, End Use Energy Demand Centres, UK Energy Research Centre, Energy Technologies Institute and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  Submissions must also demonstrate collaborations with established energy groups/organisations (academia, industry, non-governmental organisations, Government etc.) who are willing to support the research proposal and provide a potential route for exploitation.

This call operates a pre-proposal EoI stage, deadline 8th December 2016, and the EoI form is available on the EPSRC website. The full proposal deadline is 5th January 2017, but proposals which have not submitted an EoI will be office rejected.

Please get in touch with your Faculty RFPM at an early stage if you’d like to discuss a bid to this call.


Call for Proposals: Health 2015

.This call is within the framework of the third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health.

This call for applications consists of a call for proposals for the award of a financial contribution to specific actions in the form of project grants in the area of: ‘Support Member States under particular migratory pressure in their response to health related challenges.’

The deadline for the online submission of proposals is 12 November 2015.

Further information can be found on the CHAFEA website and OJS (28.10.15).



Call for Proposals: EAC/A04/2015 Erasmus + Programme

Deadline for the submission of applications as detailed below, ending at 12.00 noon Brussels time:

Key Action 1
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 2 February 2016
Mobility of individuals in the field of education and training 2 February 2016
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 26 April 2016
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 4 October 2016
Erasmus Mundus joint master degrees 18 February 2016
Large scale European voluntary service events 1 April 2016

Key Action 2
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth 2 February 2016
Strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth 26 April 2016
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth 4 October 2016
Knowledge alliances, sector skills alliances 26 February 2016
Capacity building in the field of higher education 10 February 2016
Capacity building in the field of youth 2 February 2016 & 1 July 2016

Key Action 3
Meeting between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth 2 February 2016, 26 April 2016 & 4 October 2016

Jean Monnet actions
Chairs, modules, centres of excellence, support to associations, networks, projects 25 February 2016

Sport actions
Collaborative partnerships related to the European Week of Sport 2016 only 21 January 2016
Collaborative partnerships not related to the European Week of Sport 2016 12 May 2016
Small collaborative partnerships 12 May 2016
Not-for-profit European sport events related to the European Week of Sport 2016 only    21 January 2016
Not-for-profit European sport events not related to the European Week of Sport 2016    12 May 2016

For more information on the call and the deadlines for the different submission of applications, click EAC/A04/2015  and refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.



Info Day on Smart Cities & Communities – Horizon 2020 Work programme 2016-2017 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’

This event will take place on Friday 6th November 2015 in the Charlemagne building, Brussels.  Presentations will cover the Smart Cities & Communities part of the Work Programme for 2016-2017, the application procedure and detailed information on the calls. Participants will have networking opportunities throughout the event.

Free and compulsory registration for the event will open soon.

Note: Due to the limited number of seats available, a maximum of two people from the same organisation will be registered.

Further information can be accessed here.



UKRO ERC Consolidator Grant Proposal Writing and Information Events



The UK Research Office, in partnership with the hosting institutions, is holding the above events for researchers who are interested in applying for the 2016 ERC Consolidator​ Grants call which opens on 15 October 2015 and closes on 2 February 2016. Further information about the scheme can be found here.


Further information and registration details for the above events are available at the links given above.



Expressions of interest call from Innovate UK…

for its urban living – integrated products and services competition, the aim of which is to stimulate innovations that can help cities meet the challenges of achieving sustainable growth and other pressures.

Further information can be found here.

Registration is required to enter this competition. Registration closes at noon on 4th February 2015.

Competition deadline is noon on 11th February 2015.