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NIHR News & Research March 2020

NIHR’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

Rapid response coronavirus research
On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR is funding and helping to deliver a range of “rapid response” research to better understand and tackle COVID-19, including research into vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests, and real-time collection of samples and data from people undergoing treatment in hospitals. Read more

Coronavirus explained
Get your facts straight about the science behind coronavirus and stay up to date with the latest information. The new website coronavirus: the science explained lays out the evidence and the facts about the virus, the disease, the epidemic, and its control, and is supported by NIHR and UK Research & Innovation. Read more

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The Health Foundation Newsletter

Our response to COVID-19 | Rapid roll-out of video consultations

COVID-19 represents an unprecedented challenge to health and care services, bringing intense pressure and radical change to systems, organisations and to all of us as individuals. As a foundation with a mission to improve health and health care, we want to help.

In this issue we set out our response as an organisation to the massive challenge ahead. We also collect together resources and learning on implementation of virtual consultations, to support the shift to remote working wherever possible. Continue reading The Health Foundation Newsletter

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.  There is no closing date – proposals can be submitted at any time.

UKRI will support excellent proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following: Continue reading UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

AdvanceHE Member Webinars

Along with the rest of the sector, Advance HE is adjusting to the challenging times in which we all find ourselves. We are determined to support our members by delivering as much as possible online and maintaining the best possible, flexible service. Our staff are knowledgeable in working remotely, and our IT systems are robust.

With that in mind, we would like to let you know that the next two webinars in our Connect Event Series will take place as planned. Continue reading AdvanceHE Member Webinars

UKRI update

Women in Innovation 2020 – Innovate UK has announced a new wave of Women in Innovation Awards to find and support the UK’s most promising female innovators to develop their ideas and scale up their businesses.

Up to 10 women will secure £50,000 each as well as a bespoke programme of coaching, mentoring and innovation growth support. The priority will be engaging women innovators across the whole of the UK.

Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding – How UK businesses and researchers can continue to access Horizon 2020 funding even after 31 January 2020.

UPDATED March 19: Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-supported research – The ongoing situation regarding coronavirus has significantly impacted the research and innovation community. The nature of these impacts will evolve and increase over the coming weeks and months.  click title for more information



Coming together in the face of adversity – As COVID-19 takes hold across the UK, making sure that people continue to have the care, support and friendship they need will be crucial.

For voluntary and community organisations, finding innovative ways to keep working will be particularly important, as will support for the sector from funders and from government.

Already, many of us are coming together to navigate uncharted waters. Remaining hopeful during this period will be key for us all.

Solidarity vs philanthropy: The future of funding – How can funders shift from supporting programmes and projects to supporting movements? Over the past year, Nesta has been collaborating with seven social movements for health.

Funding – The outbreak of COVID-19 is having an immediate impact on many of the social enterprises, charities, local authorities and schools we support with grant funding.

Nesta stands with our grantees as they continue to support communities through the crisis. Read Nesta’s response.

NIHR Funding

Latest Funding Opportunities

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
20/12 Evaluation of the Low Calorie Diet Programme

Policy Research Programme
Qualitative Research on Women’s Experiences of Urogynaecological Health Services

NIHR Academy
Global Health Research Presentation and Training Travel Award Pilot
HEE/NIHR ICA Senior Clinical Lectureship
HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship
HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship

View the full list of funding opportunities on their website.

Discontinuation of MRC Skills Development Fellowships

The Medical Research Council has made the decision to discontinue funding for Skills Development Fellowships and instead provide more funding for our other Fellowship schemes. We remain committed to attracting and developing outstanding researchers, and investing in people is one of the foundations of our 2019 Strategic Delivery Plan.

Our postdoctoral Skills Development Fellowships (SDF) have played an important role in providing training opportunities for early career researchers to develop key interdisciplinary skills for the benefit of health research. Since 2011, we have invested 68m in 240 fellows, the majority of whom continue to work in research. However, there are now more opportunities for interdisciplinary research than when the SDF scheme was launched, and we therefore feel it is appropriate to develop new ways to support the postdoctoral workforce. Continue reading Discontinuation of MRC Skills Development Fellowships