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 researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk if you’d like to attend.

 

 

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Innovate UK: Digital Health Technology Catalyst Open for Applications

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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.

 

 

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Innovate UK: Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems

Innovate UK have released a call on innovation in vehicle-to-grid systems:

So-called vehicle-to-grid technologies are expected to play a big part in making the UK’s electricity supply network smarter and in encouraging take-up.

Vehicles that can take electricity from the grid when demand is low and return it when demand is high could help to even out peaks and troughs and make the grid more efficient.

The UK government wants nearly all cars to be zero emission by 2050, and it sees a smarter and more flexible electricity system as a major benefit to consumers and a key to future growth.

The scheme comes in three variants: feasibility studies (total costs: £125k – £225k, up to 1 year duration); collaborative research and development (£375k – £1.5M, 18 months to 3 years); and real-world demonstrators (£1.5M – £7M, up to 3 years).

All types of project must be led by a business, though research organisations can participate in any of the three types of project as long as their costs do not exceed 30% of the overall costs.

There is a briefing event on 9th August in London and a brokerage event on 17th August. Applications must be submitted by 18th October.

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

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EPSRC Strategic Advisory Body Recruitment: 2 Weeks Left To Apply!

EPSRC is recruiting applicants for its strategic advisory bodies from academia, industry and other stakeholders. There are vacancies for various career stages across the EPSRC themes of: Digital Economy, Energy, Engineering, Fusion, Healthcare Technologies, Information Communication Technologies, Manufacturing the Future, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Research Infrastructure. Applications are made by individuals on an online web form, and must be submitted by Friday 4th August, 4pm.

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New Global Challenges Research Fund Opportunities

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A raft of new calls have been released in recent weeks under the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) banner. You can find out more about them by following the links in the table below.

Several of the calls have restrictions on the number which can be submitted by the host institution, and these are marked with an asterisk (*). We will circulate details of any internal processes which apply via email but please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in developing an application for any of these calls.

Northumbria University has a GCRF Working Group and a network of staff with relevant research experience are available to provide guidance and support on bids to these schemes as they develop. Please visit our GCRF webpages to find out more.

Call Title Funder Closing date
Global Challenge Research Fund Foundation Awards STFC 05/09/2017
Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society 06/09/2017
Engineering for Development Research Fellowships Royal Academy of Engineering 06/09/2017*
Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research MRC 14/09/2017*
Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Mental Health Research MRC 14/09/2017*
Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries EPSRC 21/09/2017 (EoI by 17/08/2017)
Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries RCUK Collective Call 29/09/2017 (Intention to Submit)*

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E&E Research Funding Weekly Drop-In Session: Tuesday 25 July, 2.30-5.00, Ellison Building B103

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Question mark by Ciccio Pizzettaro CC BY-NC-SA 2
Question mark by Ciccio Pizzettaro CC BY-NC-SA

David Young (Research Funding & Policy Manager) and Andy Pearce (Pre-Award Coordinator) will be available on Tuesday 25th July between 2.30 and 5.00pm in Ellison B103. 

If you’re a member of academic staff, a postdoc or a research student in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, come along to ask us a question about research funding, future calls for proposals or to discuss a specific bid in development.

To book a slot please go to our Doodle poll, type your name, click on one timeslot and click ‘Save’. Once you have done this you will be booked in at the chosen time (please note you will not receive a confirmation email about this booking). The room is on the floor directly above the Castles restaurant in Ellison Building, City Campus.

For more information about these sessions, a suggestion of possible topics we could discuss please see this post

This will be the final weekly drop-in session of this academic year, and we will commence drop-ins again in September 2017. Of course if you need to speak to us about a bid during August, please just get in touch directly.

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UK Government underwrite of Horizon 2020 funding confirmed

Following the UK Treasury’s statement in August 2016, Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, yesterday confirmed the UK Government’s continued commitment to underwrite the funding for successful bids to Horizon 2020 made by UK applicants before the UK leaves the EU.

Mr Johnson stressed that the underwrite applies to both projects that are on-going at the point of the UK’s EU exit and funding that is applied for before the UK’s exit and is subsequently successful. He also confirmed that the underwrite includes Horizon 2020 calls with two-stage procedures, as long as the first application is submitted before the UK leaves the EU.

This reiterates the message that UK universities should continue to apply for EU funding through mechanisms such as Horizon 2020 while the UK is a member of the EU. This statement applies to competitive funding schemes managed centrally by the EC but not decentralised schemes administered directly by individual member states.

 

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EPSRC Introduces New Investigator Award Scheme to Replace First Grant

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Laser diffraction monofotogrammetry by Jorma Palmen CC BY-SA 4.0
Laser diffraction monofotogrammetry by Jorma Palmen CC BY-SA 4.0

Today the EPSRC has announced it is introducing a New Investigator Award Scheme to replace the First Grant Scheme.

The First Grant scheme will close on 24th July 2017 at 4pm and the New Investigator Awards will open on 25th July 2017. Like the First Grant there are no deadlines for the NIA scheme.

The full details are available here and I have summarised the main changes below:

https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/applicationprocess/routes/newac/new-investigator-award/

Eligibility

Like the First Grant scheme, the NIA scheme is directed at individuals who have “recently acquired their first academic lectureship position, have not previously led an academic research group or been the recipient of a significant grant”. There is no specific requirement around time since PhD or time since first academic post in the NIA scheme.

Regarding previous grants, the wording is “Applicants should not hold, or have held, grants or industry sponsorship which have provided funds to set up a research group. This includes any previous funding which provides PDRA time, equipment over £10k or, normally, any research grant over £100,000.” I’ve checked with EPSRC and they’ve told me that someone who has received, say, £15k from the Royal Society Research Grants scheme would be eligible.

Like the First Grant, an application to the NIA scheme should be your first application to EPSRC as Principal Investigator (except Postdoctoral Fellowships, overseas travel grants or unsuccessful Early Career Fellowships).

Size/structure of projects

The limit of £125k FEC has been removed to provide more flexibility. EPSRC have indicated that projects would typically comprise a PI (for a proportion of time, e.g. 20% FTE) plus a PDRA for 1-3 years. Normally Co-Is are not permitted, unless they clearly bring complementary skills to the project and are from a different discipline to the PI.

There is a significant emphasis on career development and university support which “should be appropriate to the foundation of a research group, including allocation of resources (e.g. students, access to facilities, PDRA time etc.)”. In recent First Grant bids we have generally been seeing positive reviewer comments about the level of support offered for applicants, but given this is a revised scheme we will need to review this.

There is further information on the scheme available at the link above and in the FAQs. Research Funding and Policy Managers will be contacting all staff who have expressed an interest in or are developing an application for the scheme, but in the meantime Northumbria staff should please contact us if you have any questions.

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

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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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ahrc-and-epsrc-13956090539

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

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STFC: Global Challenges Research Fund Foundation Awards

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have recently announced a call for Global Challenges Research Fund “Foundation Awards”. These will provide funding to address challenges faced by Low and Middle Income Countries based on STFC eligible research. Uses might include:

  • Developing new capacity building and/or research collaborations or partnerships, including training at all career levels
  • Partnership building including networks, seminars and workshops to explore and identify areas for cooperation, secondments and movement of people (including students)
  • Exploratory or pump priming research studies for investigation of new approaches and/or generation of preliminary data
  • Creating effective pathways to impact in LMICs

Two types of projects are available: small (<£100k, <12 months) projects aimed at exploring the needs of LMICs, building collaborations and/or piloting activities; and larger (>£100k, <24 months) projects where collaboration and proven approaches are established and in a position to deliver long term, sustainable impact.

There is a briefing event in London on 21st July which you can now register to attend.

The University’s GCRF Working Group is available to offer advice and guidance on partnerships with LMICs and GCRF-relevant research generally.

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