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NIHR Funding Opportunities

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme
An NIHR and MRC partnership
19/159 EME Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
19/165 HS&DR Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call

Health Technology Assessment Programme
19/162 HTA Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call (primary research)
19/163 HTA Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call (evidence synthesis)
19/160 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led primary research
19/161 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led evidence synthesis

NIHR Academy
Development and Skills Enhancement Award

Public Health Research Programme
19/164 PHR Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call
For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.

Innovate UK Newsletter

Innovative business ideas for new products – Businesses can apply for up to £25 million of Smart funding to develop game-changing products and services in any area of technology, science and engineering.

Projects must show that they will exploit game-changing ideas to develop new products, processes and services that will have significant economic impact.  Click title for more details.

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New UK Standards for Public Involvement in research
The NIHR has released new UK Standards for Public Involvement, designed to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research. They are for people and organisations that take part in health or social care research, support health or social care research and involve the public to improve research. Read more

NIHR invests £34 million into global health research on epilepsy, infection-related cancers and severe stigmatising skin diseases
The NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme has awarded Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding to eight projects led by teams made up of researchers in the UK and those in low and middle-income countries. Read more

NIHR joins forces with MRC and ESRC to fund multidisciplinary research in multimorbidity
NIHR is joining forces with the Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council to fund multidisciplinary research into multimorbidity, as part of a £20 million Strategic Priorities Fund initiative. A growing number of people around the world are affected by multimorbidity, which is when someone is living with two or more long-term physical or mental health conditions.  Read more

Global Health Research Programme funds important research on podoconiosis

Respiratory disorders specialty celebrates its high achievements with industry partners



Nesta predicts what’s to come in 2020 – Every year, we predict the latest trends, social movements and technological breakthroughs.

At a time when many see the future as a threat more than a promise, our predictions show how we can bend the future in new, hopeful directions. This year, in particular, our glimpse into the future covers some of the major challenges of our time.

Will the climate crisis push us to take action and save the planet? How could drone technology be used in innovative ways? And what kind of trade union do modern work forces need?

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AdvanceHE Update

Athena SWAN award holders are now able to reapply for their award using a process which focuses on progress made against their initial action plans and their future priorities. This means awardees will not have to make a full submission each time to retain their award. An Athena SWAN award remains valid for four years. The full details of the renewal process will be available on our website soon. Continue reading AdvanceHE Update

NIHR – Funding Round up

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme
An NIHR and MRC partnership

19/136 Evaluating interventions for the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases
19/137 Bipolar disorder
19/138 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme Researcher-led
19/139 Mitigation of the adverse effects of health and social care interventions

Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme
Programme Development Grants – Competition 26

Public Health Research Programme
19/133 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme
19/134 Public Health Research Programme Researcher-led
19/135 Interactive electronic devices and children and young people’s wellbeing
Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST)

Research for Patient Benefit Programme
Competition 41
Research for Social Care – Competition 2

View the full list of funding opportunities on our website.


Prevention is better than cure

Our health is mostly determined by the food we eat, the air we breathe, and where we work and live. But health research does not reflect this

From air quality to youth violence, we know a lot about how social, environmental and behavioural determinants affect our health but far too little about how to prevent these factors from making us ill in the first place. Continue reading Nesta


Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 – Submit your paper now

The Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 will return on 7-9 July 2020 in Bedfordshire and will focus on Teaching in the spotlight: Creative thinking to enhance the student experience: From curriculum design to student success.

Across higher education the focus on enhancing all aspects of teaching and learning remains a critical issue for those seeking to provide an outstanding student experience at all levels of taught provision. At the heart of excellent teaching is curriculum design – to achieve great curriculum design requires excellent staff and the result of great curriculum design is an improved student experience and increased student success. Continue reading AdvanceHE