Monthly Archives: May 2019

Economic & Social Research Council

UKRI-JST Joint Call on Artificial Intelligence and Society – The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), are pleased to announce a joint call for proposals exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies on society and the economy. (Closing date 17 July 2019)

NIHR – Funding round-up

Latest funding opportunities

Public Health Research Programme
19/51 Interventions funded by Local Authorities to change multiple health behaviours
19/52 The impact of highway infrastructure and its management on the safety (or perceived safety) of pedestrians and cyclists, and the uptake of active transport
19/57 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme

View the full list of funding opportunities on our website.

Research Professional Updates

Imperial restricts payments for open-access papers – Imperial College London has announced that it cannot pay all the open-access charges for papers stemming from research funded by UK Research and Innovation.

Wellcome chief asks future MEPs to back UK-EU ties – Jeremy Farrar, the director of the biomedical funder the Wellcome Trust, has written to British political leaders asking them to support R&D ties with the European Union through the European elections.

Government promises clarity on underwriting EU grants – The UK government has confirmed that it is developing guidance on how its guarantee to underwrite successful Horizon 2020 bids will be delivered in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

UK must double number of researchers to hit R&D target – The UK will need an extra 260,000 researchers by 2027 for the government to reach its target of spending 2.4 per cent of GDP on R&D, universities and science minister Chris Skidmore has said.


Research Professional

Success seen in push to make NHS trusts prioritise research – Changes to the questions asked by inspectors of National Health Service trusts are resulting in an increased focus on research, says the senior clinician who spearheaded the reform.

Momentum grows for ban on gagging orders across academia – Researchers, funders and universities prepare for reform of non-disclosure agreements.

Peers urge reform to boost forensic science R&D – A House of Lords committee has called for the creation of a National Institute for Forensic Science to set strategic priorities for forensic science R&D.

Open Forum Events

A New Strategy for Patient Safety-Insight, Infrastructure, Initiatives – Wednesday 16th October 2019, Manchester Conference Centre.

A New Strategy for Patient Safety-Insight, Infrastructure, Initiatives is a conference designed to bring together all stakeholders who have a responsibility to deliver safe patient care. The conference will provide delegates with improved insight of:

– The aims of the strategy and the principles on which it has been created.

– The areas of work identified as priority and the elements within them that will bring about quality improvement.

– The strategy implementation, including the latest developments and initiatives to deliver the desired results.

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Research Professional Funding Updates

21st century challenges exploration awards – These enable the STFC research community to engage with and provide solutions to complex, multidisciplinary 21st century challenges in areas such as energy, environment, healthcare, security, food security, agritech, resilience and urbanisation. Grants are worth up to £20,000 each.

Fellowship Research Grant –  These support a discrete piece of regional studies or regional science research. The grant is worth up to £7,500.

Global Challenges Research Fund – sustainable energy and international development – beyond technology – This supports interdisciplinary projects focused on sustainable development goal 7 of ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy in order to contribute to the development of the most disadvantaged. The total budget is up to £5.5 million for up to four grants worth up to £1.5m each with a duration of up to three years.

Research travel and conference grants – These assist design history researchers who need to travel to conduct essential research or to present new research at key academic conferences. Grants are worth up to £1,000 each.

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The British Academy – Funding Call

Knowledge Frontiers – International Interdisciplinary Research Projects

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences – active at any career stage – looking to lead interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences.

The purpose of each project will be to develop new ideas and methods to bear on existing international challenges. Projects will need to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary partnership (between researchers in the social sciences or the humanities on the one hand and counterparts in the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences on the other), yielding new conceptual understanding and policy-relevant evidence on questions of international significance.

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