Category Archives: News


Tackling social challenges with a new form of partnership – To tackle the biggest challenges we face, more needs to be achieved faster. A new species of public-private partnerships has been used in the UK and internationally to get governments, big business and civil society to work together for the greater good, uniting change-makers in the process. Geoff Mulgan, thier Chief Executive explains

Nesta Education 2019: shaping the future, shifting the system – 28th February.  Nesta’s flagship education conference will explore what our rapidly changing world means for the future of our education institutions, teachers and learners. Register your interest

Nesta’s creative economy 2019: alternative futures – 26th March.  the inaugural creative economy symposium, will unite practitioners, researchers, creators and policymakers to think differently about the future. Register your interest.


Economic and Social Research Council

GCRF Gender and intersectionality and Education as a driver of sustainable development network plus

This call will have two separate thematic areas of focus, and applicants can apply to either distinct strand through this call. One theme will be gender and intersectionality and the other theme will be education as a driver of sustainable development. (Closing date 11 April 2019).  For further details click here

Economic and Social Research Council

Future of social science – insights, opportunities and expectations 

Research funding is going through a period of rapid change, including the introduction of a number of significant new research funds.  There are a number of large UKRI funds that offer significant opportunities for social science.  These opportunities often have relatively short deadlines and may require researchers to work in new and agile ways.  It’s vital that the social science community is ready to respond effectively when relevant opportunities are announced.

This new content will help you navigate the new funding streams and explain how you can get involved with them.

Research Professional updates

Universities start year with onslaught against no-deal Brexit – Groups representing universities of all types have issued a rare joint letter warning that a no-deal Brexit is “one of the biggest threats” they have ever encountered.  For full article click here

Research-intensive universities report drop in EU students – Data released by the Russell Group of larger research-intensive universities shows a decrease in the number of European Union students enrolling on courses, as academics warn of a Brexit brain drain.  For full article click here

Nesta Events

Lean Impact: In Conversation with Ann Mei Chang – 15 January: In this evening conversation, Nesta’s Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy Kirsten Bound will be joined by Ann Mei Chang to discuss her book, Lean Impact, and innovation for social good.  Register your interest

Funding innovation: making money work harder – 17 January: We’re inviting anyone with an interest in funding innovation to join us to discuss the range of financial tools and approaches we use to support innovation, and perhaps share some of your own experience. Register your interest

Nesta Education 2019 – shaping the future, shifting the system – 28 February: Join us at Nesta’s flagship education conference to explore what our rapidly changing world means for the future of our education institutions, teachers and learners.  Register your interest

Research Professional Updates

Academic gets four years in jail for £2.5m grant fraud – An academic and former employee of the University of Cambridge who admitted defrauding green energy funders out of millions has been sentenced to four years behind bars.  For full article click here

India hopes UK universities can help fill skills gap – The UK India Business Council is to launch a platform in March that will match the skills needed by Indian companies with those that can be provided by UK universities.  For full article click here

UK research facilities outline future fears  – Managers of publicly funded research facilities have told UK Research and Innovation that they fear the impact of Brexit and a shortage of funding, personnel and skills. For full article click here

The Health Foundation Newsletter

Speaking with one voice on the big issues in health and care – On the major issues affecting health care, working collaboratively and speaking with one voice helps the Health Foundation to make an even bigger difference than if we were working alone. This year, we have partnered with the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund on several joint projects. Candace Imison from the Nuffield Trust and Richard Murray from The King’s Fund reflect on the challenges and benefits of our organisations working together.  Click here for the full article

Two creative partnerships that got people thinking differently about health – Stories are powerful. Through some inspiring partnerships, the Health Foundation has been using storytelling to encourage people to empathise and engage in conversations about health. We look back at two projects we’re proud to have been involved in.  Click here for full article Continue reading The Health Foundation Newsletter

NIHR News and Research

UK hits milestone of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes in the NHS – The 100,000 Genomes Project, led by Genomics England and supported by the NIHR, has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. The NIHR has supported the project by providing funding, helping to recruit participants and storing biological samples.  Read more

£8.2 million NIHR partnership on global health research and training on antimicrobial resistance – Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer has announced £8.2 million in funding to the AMR Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative, supporting professionals in how to use local and national AMR data to respond to drug-resistant infections. The initiative will be delivered through a partnership between the NIHR and the UNICEF/UNDP/ World Bank/ WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). Read more

2018 summary of NIHR Researchfish data published – The NIHR uses Researchfish to monitor the impact of funded research. Find out how NIHR research has made a difference in this brief overview of the latest NIHR Researchfish update. Read more