Monthly Archives: September 2019

Innovate UK

Key technology components for local energy systems

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million to develop technology components that help improve the efficiency of local energy systems.

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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.

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GCRF demonstrate impact in meeting the sustainable development goals: phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.3 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to demonstrate market-creating innovations in lower income countries and emerging economies.

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“Global Perspectives: Professionalising Teaching in HE: building a global standard of professional”

Date: 26 September 2019
Time: 11pm BST

This webinar will walk through the successes, and challenges, of galvanising a hugely diverse sector in agreement of a universal standard for professionalism in teaching in higher education. It will discuss the drivers behind the success of the standards and their broad and universal appeal, including: the link between student success and professionally developed teaching staff; the professional identity of teaching in HE; metrics and league table performance; institutional enhancement agendas; and pedagogical innovation and curriculum development.

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Nesta Update

Pioneering local councils join a collaborative network to tackle social problems

Across England and Wales, local government innovators are leading the way in shifting culture and practice to better serve and meet citizen needs. The Upstream Collaborative is a new network that brings together pioneers from 20 local councils to learn from, share and accelerate new ways of working that can tackle the underlying causes of social problems.  Find out who the Upstream Collaborative network is.


Leverhulme Updates

For insights into research funded by Research Project Grants, Emeritus Fellowships, Early Career Fellowships and Study Abroad Studentships download the Trust’s September Newsletter.

Our approach to grant-making

What criteria and values does the Trust use in assessing funding applications? Visit our website for an online summary and additional general guidance.

Choosing the right referee

Peer review is a fundamental part of our assessment process and yet nominating suitable referees seems to be one of the things that applicants struggle with most. Read the Trust’s tips on how to avoid some of the most common mistakes.

Study Abroad Studentships – closing date: 13 January 2020
Emeritus Fellowships – closing date: 30 January 2020
Research Project Grants – Outline Applications are welcome at any time



Research Professional Updates

Concordat vital to meeting R&D target, says UUK president

A revised agreement between funders and institutions on supporting the career development of researchers will help provide the skills that will be needed as the UK increases its R&D investment, the president of the vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK has said.

Welsh government in push to retain Horizon 2020 access

The Welsh government is pressing Westminster to ensure that “maximum possible participation” is achieved in the European Union’s Horizon research programmes.

Yellowhammer and research—the worst-case scenario

As the government releases its worst-case Brexit scenario, we ask what researchers might expect if things go badly wrong in the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Science minister Skidmore kept out of cabinet

Downing Street has confirmed that universities and science minister Chris Skidmore will not be attending cabinet meetings, unlike his predecessor Jo Johnson.

PraxisAuril Policy Newsletter

Better evidence

Outcomes from the KEF consultation and pilot exercises were published by Research England in August, followed not long afterwards by the formal announcement of HESA’s review of the HE-BCI data. The Outcomes document usefully compares the (written) consultation with the focus-group approach of the pilots. It’s fair to say that there were no surprises in the outcomes and that there is a degree of acceptance in the sector around the KEF – at least until more detail on its implementation are released. But we agree that the process has been sound and has really benefited the sector’s own understanding of KE. Reflections on the visual presentation of KEF cluster data were useful and the acknowledgement that the KEF should be flexible in this respect, for different audiences, is a welcome conclusion.  Click here to learn more.

Good intentions

PraxisAuril’s training courses are all about self-improvement and we’re starting the new academic year with a new course: Foundations of Knowledge Exchange. This is an important training companion to our policy-led member-based conversations around the Knowledge Exchange Framework and the KE Concordat. My hope for this course is that it will attract people who haven’t met PraxisAuril before, who might not work fully in KE but have some interest or responsibilities therein and just want to have better understanding of what this KE agenda is all about anyway. As ever, non-members are welcome. Full details are on our website and bookings are open.

Research Professional Updates

Skidmore returns as science and universities minister

Chris Skidmore has been appointed universities and science minister, five days after his predecessor Jo Johnson quit.

‘World’s largest genetics research project’ launched in UK

The UK has launched a £200-million project to sequence the whole genomes of 500,000 people.

Return of two-year post-study visas welcomed

The reinstatement of a two-year period in which international students can legally remain in the UK after finishing their studies has been greeted with joy in higher education circles.

NIHR Funding Opportunities

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
19/103 Researcher-led (standard)
19/104 Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

Health Technology Assessment Programme
19/101 Researcher-led (evidence synthesis)
19/102 Researcher-led (primary research)

Public Health Research Programme
19/106 Changes to the welfare system
19/107 Health effects of onshore oil and gas exploitation
19/108 Public mental health interventions