Monthly Archives: August 2019

Research Professional Updates

Boris Johnson promises research investment amid political chaos

The prime minister insisted that investing in science is a “crucial public priority” as he asked the Queen to suspend parliament and the government announced that it would unveil fast-tracked plans for spending next week.

First I3 grants awarded for international link-ups

Research England has awarded funding to eight universities in the first round of a scheme designed to support research collaborations between domestic and international institutions.

NIHR Updates

Latest funding opportunities

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
19/98 Call for Expressions of Interest: Production of Rapid Reviews and Evidence Syntheses

View the full list of funding opportunities on our website.

Announcing our next round of MedTech funding – launching 14 August 2019 – Find out more about our third round of Connect funding and how to apply in our new videos, and read our top tips for writing an expression of interest. 

NIHR announces annual social care funding competition – We’re pleased to announce that the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme will be running a dedicated social care funding call on an annual basis.

Research Professional Updates

Controversial embryo study would be allowed in UK

Leading geneticist Robin Lovell-Badge has said that a change in Japanese rules enabling researchers to grow human cells in an animal embryo is “significant” in the context of that country but such research would already be permitted in the UK.

NERC wants to talk about public engagement strategy

The Natural Environment Research Council is calling for input on its planned strategy to encourage public engagement with environmental research.

Lack of research ‘hides sexual misconduct problem’

A dearth of research on staff-to-student sexual misconduct in universities is masking the problem, according to a group of researchers.

Clinical academic to lead health research watchdog

Paediatrician and academic Terence Stephenson has been appointed chair of the Health Research Authority, the national agency responsible for the governance of clinical trials.

Augar’s fee proposals damaging for research funding, say peers

The Augar review’s failure to assess the potential impact of its recommendations on how research is funded has led to a “distorted” view of higher education’s financial health, according to a House of Lords report.

National AI lab aims to transform healthcare

Health minister Matt Hancock has announced £250 million in funding for a laboratory looking at the application of artificial intelligence in the National Health Service.

Social care research boosted by annual funding call

The National Institute for Health Research is to launch an annual call specifically focused on social care research, with a £3-million funding pot for the first round


Research Professional Updates

Social scientist Ian Diamond, who led an overhaul of Welsh university funding, has been named as the UK’s national statistician.

Nesta appoints Gurumurthy as chief executive

Former civil servant Ravi Gurumurthy is to become chief executive of the UK innovation charity Nesta.

Scottish Government review critical of UK post-study visas

The UK’s post-study work offer for international students is significantly less attractive than competitor nations, with UK policies moving in the opposite direction to those of its international counterparts, a review has found.

UKRI launches £98m healthy ageing research fund

UK Research and Innovation has launched the Healthy Ageing Programme, a £98 million strand of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund that aims to increase research that will support the UK’s ageing population.

Life sciences industry wants clarity on no-deal funding

More detail is needed on the government’s promise of additional funding to ensure continuity in the supply of medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the life sciences industry has warned.

Health data projects welcomes new members

An alliance aimed at providing researchers with better access to health data has recruited a group of hospital trusts, research bodies and medical research charities to increase the range of information available.


NIHR Funding Alert

19/93 Liver disease
19/94 Perinatal mental health
19/95 Solid organ replacement, transplant and donation
19/96 Emergency response and preparedness (HS&DR)
Emergency response and preparedness (PDG)
Emergency response and preparedness (PGfAR)
19/97 Emergency response and preparedness (PHR)
Emergency response and preparedness (RfPB)

Public Health Research Programme
19/89 Public Health Research Programme: Researcher-led
19/90 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme

Research for Patient Benefit Programme

NIHR Senior Investigators
NIHR Senior Investigators competition 13

Systematic Reviews Programme
NIHR Incentive Scheme 2019

Nesta Newsletter

There are plenty of reasons to be hopeful about government innovation

Around the world, there are positive examples of innovation in government and powerful ideas that could shape the near future. Geoff Mulgan.

Has reporting on women in the creative industries changed?

Greater space has been afforded to women’s thoughts and opinions in the media’s reporting on the creative industries. But gender imbalances remain. Cath Sleeman.

We need smarter data for inclusive innovation

Data can sometimes reinforce old ways of thinking. New forms of evidence are needed to help us better understand inclusive innovation policy. Juliet Ollard, Madeleine Gabriel, Chantale Tippett