Monthly Archives: January 2020


Following our equality charters awards ceremony in December, two of the Athena SWAN Charter awardees told us why the award is important and about their initiatives to tackle gender inequality. Louise Bryant, Professor of Psychological and Social Medicine, shares her thoughts on the impact that the gender equality charter has had on the School of Medicine at Leeds University. Ann Armstrong, of Newcastle University, reflects on an initiative as part of Athena SWAN which provides additional support to academic and research staff on their return from extended leave Continue reading AdvanceHE

Nesta News

The power of social movements for health – Social change is often driven by people coming together to fight for their rights, solve problems and shift how people think.  In health and care, social movements often speak for marginalised groups and help to drive changes in health services.

Nesta has collaborated with seven social movements to support their efforts to tackle different health issues affecting their communities.

Find out what the seven movements supported by Nesta are.

We could benefit from high risk, high pay-off innovation – The UK public are keen to see innovation tackle big challenges like climate change. Mission-led funding that supports inclusive innovation could deliver the breakthroughs we need. Harry Farmer, Madeleine Gabriel, Chris Gorst, Jen Rae, Oliver Usher


£58.7 million funding boost for research to protect the health of the nation
NIHR has announced a £58.7 million research investment to protect the public from health threats such as antimicrobial resistance, air pollution and infectious diseases. The 14 new NIHR Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs) will fund high quality research that enhances the ability of Public Health England to use innovative techniques to protect the public’s health and minimise the health impact of emergencies. Read more

NIHR joins colleagues to improve UK research culture
Results of a survey of over 4,000 researchers, published by Wellcome Trust, have revealed high levels of stress and insecurity with many researchers experiencing long hours and aggressive working conditions. The NIHR has a number of activities underway which will help tackle this challenge, including implementation of an equality, diversity and inclusion plan. Read more

New funding opportunity seeks to build clinical trials experience of researchers

NIHR welcomes AMS report calling for NHS research to be protected and enhanced

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The Royal Society

Would you like to be Guest Editor for the world’s longest running science journal?

We are looking for new theme proposals for our journal Philosophical Transactions A and would like to hear from scientists working in any area of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences.

If your proposal is accepted, you would be offered the opportunity to put together a dedicated theme issue on a topic of your choice and, as Guest Editor, you would be responsible for inviting and managing the papers, and for the quality of the content.   Click here for more details

Research Professional Updates

Exclusive: UKRI to scrap impact sections from grant applications

Memo reveals plans to scrap Pathways to Impact and Summary Impact statement from applications

Universities ‘should bolster their research integrity policies’

Institutional guidelines, mandatory training and better incentives would strengthen integrity and boost trust, paper says

Soros pledges $1bn for international university network

Network will prepare neglected populations for global challenges and include a ‘scholars at risk’ programme

University of Oxford launches ‘creative destruction lab’

Initiative aims to raise £1 billion in private finance to help commercialise research results


NIHR Funding Opportunities

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme
An NIHR and MRC partnership
19/159 EME Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
19/165 HS&DR Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call

Health Technology Assessment Programme
19/162 HTA Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call (primary research)
19/163 HTA Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call (evidence synthesis)
19/160 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led primary research
19/161 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led evidence synthesis

NIHR Academy
Development and Skills Enhancement Award

Public Health Research Programme
19/164 PHR Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call
For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.

Innovate UK Newsletter

Innovative business ideas for new products – Businesses can apply for up to £25 million of Smart funding to develop game-changing products and services in any area of technology, science and engineering.

Projects must show that they will exploit game-changing ideas to develop new products, processes and services that will have significant economic impact.  Click title for more details.

Continue reading Innovate UK Newsletter