Presentations from H2020 Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing info day

Horizon 2020-2Presentations from a recent EC info day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing are available to watch on the event website. The first set of presentations cover ‘ICT for Health, Infectious Diseases, Personalised Medicine and Non-communicable Diseases’ and the second, ‘Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Therapies’.

They give details of the 2017 calls, the rules of participation, key legal and financial issues, and information on opportunities for business. The introduction also highlights the main changes to the text of the 2017 calls from the original 2016-2017 Work Programme. These include:

  • PM-07-2017 (on promoting mental health) now makes specific reference to migrants;
  • PM-20-2017 is now called ‘Development of new methods and measures for improved economic evaluation and efficiency measures in the health sector’;
  • HCO-07-2017, a topic on the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) has now been developed to focus on mental health;
  • A new co-ordination and support topic is included on providing support to the ‘World RePORT’ mapping project and tracking research outcomes; and
  • An additional €48 million has been added to the 2017 budget. €35 million of this will go to the SME Instrument in order to allow high-quality applicants from the last call to bid again for funding; the remaining €13 million will be split between topics PM-02, PM-08 and PM-10.
  • There is a new topic SC1-HCO-17-2017: CSA for support for large-scale uptake of Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing.
  • Topic PM-15 on Personalised coaching for well-being and care of people as they age has had a budget increase of €1.5 million.

NIHR – Call for Board and Panel Members

NIHR research programme boards and panels select the most important research questions to commission, and make funding recommendations on project applications.

NIHR are looking for additional expertise for the boards or panels of the following

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
  • NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
  • NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
  • NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

Applications close on 25 April 2016 at 1pm. Further details and information on how to apply are available on their opportunities webpage.

They also have opportunities on the Public Health Research (PHR) Programme Advisory Board. For these roles they welcome applications from senior public health decision makers, particularly those working for local authorities, charities, the third sector and health protection, from across the UK.   Applications close on 1 April 2016. Further details and information on how to apply are available on their PAB recruitment webpage.



NIHR – Research for the Patient Benefit Event

The Research Design Service NE are running a half day event aimed at applied health researchers, R&D managers and colleagues from Clinical Trials Units and NIHR support networks. It will offer an opportunity for researchers and those involved in promoting and preparing NIHR RfPB bids to gain a greater understanding of the renewed programme. It will provide information about the changes to the programme and the types of proposals that NIHR is keen to encourage.

The event will not be a forum for detailed methodological discussions, but there will be opportunity to network with presenters, RDS advisers and other delegates.

Registration is free and lunch is provided. The event will take place in Durham.

For further information see the RDS NE website.


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).



National Institute of Health Research – Fellowships 2016

Applications are invited from individuals working in any sector or scientific discipline who propose to undertake people or patient-based clinical and applied health research at an institution based in England or Wales.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Wednesday the 20th of January 2016.

Five levels of NIHR Fellowship award are available: Doctoral, Post Doctoral, Career Development, Senior Research and Transitional Research:

Northumbria University applicants also have support available from the North East Research Design Service who can offer specialist advice on all aspects of an application including:

  • designing a research study
  • research methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • identifying suitable sources of funding
  • involving patients and public in research design
  • identifying potential academic, clinical and lay collaborators.

RDS-NE advice is confidential and free of charge. Research Design Service North East

For full details of the Fellowship Programme see the NIHR website.


Malaysia-UK Research and Innovation Bridges Competition

Innovate UK, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) are to invest up to £14.4 million in collaborative research and development projects to stimulate innovation in response to Malaysia’s urbanisation challenges.

The aim of the competition is to bring together companies (small-to-medium-sized companies and/or larger businesses), research and technology organisations, academics, public sector bodies and charities from Malaysia and the UK for the joint industrial research to develop innovative products, processes or services that meet critical challenges existing within the following five sectors:

  •  health well-being
  • improving environmental resilience and energy security
  • future cities
  • agritech (used to solve explicit urban food and nutrition issues)
  • digital, innovation and creativity

Registration for the competition closes on 30th September 2015 (12:00) and applications must be submitted by 7th October 2015 (12:00).

Further details on the Innovate UK website.


Health Research – multiple morbidities in older people

National Institute for Health ResearchThe National Institute for Health Research invites proposals for its programme development grants for applied research. Grants are worth between £20,000 and £100,000 for a period of six to 18 months. Closing date 13th October 2015 at 1pm

These grants support projects in all areas of health research, however priority is given to those that focus on the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity, defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person. Grants enable a research team to develop and refine its research plans, obtain empirical justification for discrete elements of the future programme, or further develop existing collaborative expertise.

Proposals may include the following:

  • evidence synthesis that might include modelling
  • selection or development of interventions or measures of outcome
  • pilot or feasibility studies to determine recruitment and participant retention rates, inform sample sizes calculations or optimise delivery of the intervention
  • demonstration of practical ability to undertake elements of the future programme, such as when complex data linkage is required
  • strengthening of existing collaborations with methodological experts necessary to deliver the proposed research programme

All NHS bodies and other providers of NHS services in England may apply in collaboration with one or several academic partners, provided they are capable of fulfilling the role of research sponsor as set out in the research governance framework for health and care. Bids may be submitted by consortia including more than one NHS body or other provider of NHS services, and may include support for patient or consumer groups wanting to lead or participate in programmes of research. The academic partner can be a university outside England, if an appropriate case is made in the application.

A summary available on UKRO here

Apply here


Health Foundation – Behavioural Insights Research Programme announced

The Health Foundation have announced a new Behavioural Insights Research Programme aims to support research over a two to three year timeframe that designs, tests and evaluates behavioural interventions that can improve efficiency and reduce waste in health care services in the UK:

  • Open call for original research on behavioural interventions in health care.
  • £1 million available to support a number of multidisciplinary research teams to generate new knowledge on how behavioural interventions can improve efficiency and reduce waste in health care services.
  • Each project will receive between £200,000 and £350,000 for research completed over two to three years.
  • Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 30 September 2015.

See more on the Health Foundation website.


Health Technology Assessment Programme – National Institute for Health Research

National Institute for Health ResearchThe latest Programme bulletin highlights the latest funding opportunities and news.

Coming up soon:

Workshop – How to be a good Chief Investigator, 19th September 2015, London. This is a free one day training event for newly funded Chief Investigators on randomised clinical trials. Deadline for applications: 17th July 2015 at 4:00pm.

Submit your research to the 2015 NCRI Conference – Would you like to receive feedback from the wider research community on your latest research? Submit your late-breaking research before 26th August 2015 and join the NCRI Cancer Conference in Liverpool on 1–4 November 2015.

Find a full list of news and opportunities here