Monthly Archives: June 2019

NIHR Updates

NIHR makes it easier than ever to be part of research
We want to make it easy for the public to take part in UK research. That’s why we’ve launched our Be Part of Research website. Our improved functionality builds on the success of the UK Clinical Trials Gateway, so anyone can go online and easily search for research into any condition, in any part of the country. Read more

New funding announced for research into non-communicable diseases
The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) has announced a second £25 million investment into research that will help to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – illnesses that can’t be passed from person to person, such as heart disease, obesity, poor mental health. Read more

A round up of health news and updates from the NIHR; alongside information about events and how NIHR research is making a difference. You’ll also find blogs from our experts, and the latest Journals Library publications and Dissemination Centre Signals.


Research Professional Updates

REF changes have an impact on staff wellbeing, says review

Universities have been urged to consider how to create a positive environment after a survey of attitudes towards the Research Excellence Framework revealed a minority of academics felt concerned about the REF’s effects on researchers’ wellbeing.

Consortium aims to increase research into psychiatric drugs

Charities and pharmaceutical companies have come together to speed up research into new drugs for psychiatric diseases through the formation of a psychiatry consortium.

Real-time player

The pilot survey of attitudes to the Research Excellence Framework will inform future decision-making.

Science minister wants 10-year plan for research

Chris Skidmore has said that the UK should have a 10-year plan for research, ensuring that the “wheels of fortune” of regular spending reviews do not negatively affect R&D.



The Royal Society

Summer Science Exhibition call for proposals 2020
The Summer Science Exhibition is the Royal Society’s flagship public engagement event, and last year attracted over 14,000 visitors as well as being featured in The One Show, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

The call for proposals for 2020 is now open and we welcome applications from all UK-based researchers who would like to exhibit.

This year, we are inviting researchers who are interested in applying for 2020 to join us on a guided tour of the 2019 Summer Science Exhibition on Monday 1 or Tuesday 2 July at 2pm. The tours are a chance to find out more about the process and benefits of exhibiting and see this year’s exhibits at first hand.

RSVP   Using ‘Call for proposals 2020 tour’ in the subject line

Research Professional

More Anglo-German university deals expected amid Brexit angst

At least two further partnerships between universities in Germany and the UK look set to be announced, as institutions seek to bolster ties in the face of Brexit uncertainty.

ESRC extends funding for Brexit research hub

The Economic and Social Research Council has awarded an additional £3.19 million to the Brexit-focused UK in a Changing Europe research programme.

£20m EdTech hub to be set up with aid money

The University of Cambridge is to take part in a global research initiative to improve the use of education technology, being set up with support from the UK government and the World Bank.

Research Professional Updates

Universities are abusing gagging clauses, says law firm

Universities are using non-disclosure agreements to suppress legitimate concerns about the conduct of employees, an international law firm has said.

Researchers told not to apply for grants with high costs, peers hear

Some universities are telling researchers not to apply for certain grants because it is not possible to recover sufficient costs, University College London’s vice-provost for health has said.

Leeds to host Centre for Cultural Value

The University of Leeds is to be the home of a £2-million centre that will examine the value of arts and culture in the UK.

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Eurosearch Info

Inform yourself about the last Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

On 4 July 2019, the European Commission will host an Info Day in Brussels on the upcoming calls in Societal Challenge 2 (SC2): “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy”.
The SC2 Work Programme deals with some of the key challenges our planet is facing: adapting to and mitigating climate change, ensuring food security, protecting natural resources, and promoting alternatives to fossil-based economies. The proposed solutions are expected to deliver significant economic, environmental and social benefits. For most activities, a multi-player approach is crucial: various partners including end-users need to be involved during the entire project.

The Info Day is a great opportunity to gain detailed insight into the SC2 Work Programme for 2020, which includes more than 40 topics with a total budget of approx. €500 million and is structured around 4 calls: Sustainable Food Security, Rural Renaissance, Blue Growth and a new call, which makes a bridge to the next European Framework Programme, “Horizon Europe”. Sessions providing guidance on successful proposal preparation and Q&A are part of the agenda. Detailed information on individual topics will be presented and discussed in parallel sessions, with a focus on sustainable farming and agricultural value chains, blue planet, food systems and the bioeconomy.

Do not miss this opportunity to inform yourself about the last Horizon 2020 calls for SC2, to develop your project ideas and to connect with potential project partners! Have a look at the draft agenda and register for the Info Day (deadline: 28.06.2019).

All sessions will be webstreamed and presentations will be available online after the event.