Monthly Archives: May 2019


Building a better life with dementia

Elyse Couch’s new blog explores the benefits of diagnosing dementia early and ways in which we can understand how to better care for people with dementia and improve their experience. Elyse’s blog also examines her own experience as a dementia carer.

NIHR – Funding alert

The NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research (Global HPSR) Programme aims to support research in global health policy and systems research which is directly and primarily of benefit to people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

This will be driven by effective equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers, who together will:

  • engage stakeholders
  • identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems
  • develop plans for capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing

A series of three complementary research funding opportunities are planned. These have been informed by stakeholder engagement, including the development of a global HPSR community of interest.

The first of these opportunities are Development Awards, launching in early June 2019.

These awards will allow development of equitable partnerships between ODA-eligible LMIC researchers and UK institutions to; identify and engage relevant stakeholders (policy makers and LMIC communities); undertake a needs-assessment and identify local priorities for research, with the aim that Development Awards will support an application for future research funding.

For more information please visit our website.

Nesta Blogs

Using crowdfunding to transform communities for good – How many times have you walked past a vacant building in your local area and thought what it could be used for? Crowdfunding can help people invest in ideas that matter to them. From purchasing solar panels to sports clubs, our new report explores real-life examples of how untapped resources such as community shares and bonds can be used to fund projects owned and run by the communities they serve.

Can collaborations with startups also benefit the third sector? – Private sector collaborations with startups have brought many innovations to life, creating mutual benefit. Nesta and Impact Shakers explore why the third sector has had less success.


CCCU Spring Fling Event

Spring Fling

The first ever ‘Spring Fling’ event: CCCU researchers interested in multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary research pitched their research ideas and interests to each other. Truly cross-faculty. Great organisation by Katja H., Hannah B. Ana F., Kirsty H. Great presentations by Dan Donoghue and Adriana Consorte-Macrea. Fabulous input from all who attended. Follow-up meeting later in the summer.


Empowering the network of National Contact Points is essential for maintaining a high standard of support for researchers

A National Contact Point (NCP) is an expert in a specific area in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. NCPs assist researchers with the identification of opportunities and preparation of proposals for funding.

In order to ensure a high level of expertise among the NCPs, the European Commission (EC) finances so-called ‘NCP projects’. In this way, NCPs can strengthen their competence through tailored activities and are in contact with all of the NCPs in Europe and beyond.

Net4Mobility+ is an example of an NCP project financed by the EC. This project was established with the aim to empower the network of NCPs for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). It also provides support to the scientific community.

Thanks to the Net4Mobility+ project, MSCA NCPs are well networked and can share their knowledge on different platforms (website, FAQ blog, webinars, social media, handbooks, etc.), which ultimately also benefits researchers applying for MSCA funding.

So if you are an MSCA applicant, it is worth having a look at the Net4Mobility+ website!

New Success Story – ERC
European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants support the innovative projects of highly promising early-career researchers. Prof. Piotr Didyk from the University of Lugano received an ERC grant for his 5-year project “project “PERDY”.
Take a minute and read how Euresearch supported him.

NIHR updates

Launch of new interactive costing tool for industry

The NIHR has launched a new web-based costing tool for industry – which will enable faster and more efficient costing and contracting between the life sciences sector and the NHS during the study set-up phase. The new interactive Costing Tool (iCT) is now available as a module within CPMS – NIHR’s research activity data management system. It includes a number of major improvements over the previous Excel-based version of the costing template. Read more. Continue reading NIHR updates