Monthly Archives: July 2019

Research Professional Updates

Researchers applaud Johnson’s comments on bioscience

Scientists have welcomed prime minister Boris Johnson’s suggestion that Brexit could liberate the UK’s biosciences from stringent European Union regulations.

Johnson wants shake-up of immigration system

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said he is planning an overhaul of immigration, amid concerns from research and business leaders over the effects of Brexit on their ability to recruit skilled staff from abroad.

Skidmore steps down as science minister to join health department

Chris Skidmore is leaving his job as science and universities minister to join the Department of Health and Social Care.

NIHR Updates

New NIHR Applied Research Collaborations to tackle the biggest challenges faced by the health and care system
The NIHR has announced a £135 million investment in 15 new NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs), which will join up some of the country’s best universities, leading innovators and local authorities to solve some of the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years. Read more

NIHR and Wellcome partnership boosts global health research
Some of the world’s poorest people will benefit from a new multi-million pound partnership that will fund research tackling major health concerns in low income countries. NIHR and the Wellcome Trust have joined forces to increase the number of high quality research projects in countries with limited resources. Read more

Research Professional

Funding for third wave of challenge fund announced

The much anticipated announcement of funding for the third wave of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund has outlined government spending of £500 million to tackle challenges ranging from plastic pollution to cybersecurity.

Parts of Augar report ‘regressive’

Higher education review panel member says some graduates will suffer from recommendations.

Jo Johnson wins back job at education department

Jo Johnson, younger brother of prime minister Boris Johnson, has been appointed to a cabinet-level job as minister of state at both the education and business departments, according to a tweet from Downing Street.

Johnson praises UK scientists in first speech as prime minister

Boris Johnson has highlighted the importance of the UK’s research base in his maiden speech as prime minister.

Pilot programme hopes to increase UK-India partnerships

Students at UK universities will have the chance to collaborate with Indian institutions under a mobility programme launched by Universities UK International and the British Council in India.

Research Professional

Johnson victory sends no-deal shivers through UK research

The confirmation that Boris Johnson will be the next prime minister has brought a renewed outpouring of concern over the impact of a no-deal Brexit on UK research.

Government agrees to implement raft of changes to Newton Fund

The UK government is to issue guidance on how to comply with Official Development Assistance rules this autumn, following a highly critical review of the £735-million Newton Fund.

Innovate UK’s monitoring mechanisms under scrutiny

UK Research and Innovation says it has stepped up the oversight of grants at Innovate UK, after detecting weaknesses in the way the innovation body supervises its funding.

Top female scientists awarded Royal Society medal

Two distinguished female scientists have received a Royal Medal, one of the Royal Society’s most prestigious awards.


Less than 14 per cent of AI research is authored by women

As artificial intelligence (AI) gains more influence over our lives, the lack of gender diversity in its workforce is a serious concern.

In our recent analysis, we found that less than 14 per cent of women are authors of AI research – with the proportion of co-authored papers that include one woman not having improved since the 1990s. New evidence found that female researchers impact the type of research that takes place, supporting the idea that innovation suffers from a lack of diversity.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2019

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.

University Research Fellows
This scheme provides long-term flexible funding for UK-based early career researchers, supporting them to build an independent research career and becoming leaders in their field. Researchers based in Ireland can be supported through the Royal Society’s Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellowship.

Hear advice from current University Research Fellows about how to make a successful application.

View the scheme notes (PDF)

Closing date: 3 September 2019

Euresearch Info

Last Horizon 2020 Health Calls open with a Budget of over €660 Million

The Societal Challenge 1 Work Programme “Health, demographic change and wellbeing” targets health challenges of concern to individuals, Europe and the world. These include rising healthcare costs, the ageing population, the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and threat of infectious diseases, environmental effects on health, health inequalities, and health and migration.

Despite significant medical and technological advances, Europe still faces many health challenges. In 3 different calls, the newly published Work Programme addresses some of the most pressing issues:

Call 1 tackles personalised medicine, the healthcare industry, global health issues, infectious diseases, and decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and wellbeing.
Call 2 focuses on digital health, and information and communication technologies for active and healthy ageing.
Call 3 addresses digital security and artificial intelligence to ensure health data privacy and protection of health and care infrastructures.

The Health Work Programme contains 37 topics with deadlines between September 2019 and April 2020. Have a look and start organising a consortium!

If you would like detailed information about any of the topics, please watch the webcasted presentations from the European Commission’s recent Open Information Day in Brussels, which are available online. You can also get in touch with your Health National Contact Points.

If you plan to submit a proposal, do not miss our Health Applicant Training in Bern on 15 August 2019 – register today!

ESRC call for proposals

Call for proposals under the Research and Innovation Programme on Digitalisation of the Public Sector

NordForsk, Academy of Finland, Forte, the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Fund Denmark, the Estonian Research Council, Latvian Ministry of Education and Science and ESRC, are collaborating to fund research in the field of digitalisation of the Public Sector. Up to 10 internationally collaborative research projects with an overall budget of maximum €1 million each will be funded. A call for proposals will be issued in the autumn of 2019.