AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2020

The Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 invite applications for their new generation thinkers scheme. This enables early-career researchers to cultivate skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community by developing their own programme for BBC3 radio, as well as to appear regularly on air. The aim is to develop a new generation of academics who can bring university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working with media and public engagement. Applications should demonstrate an engaging and stimulating programme, and an ability to talk about other subject areas within the arts and humanities in an accessible and refreshing manner, with awareness of the wider listening audiences. Research must focus on arts and humanities but may include research with other disciplines, provided suitable links to the world of arts and humanities can be demonstrated.



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The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its research fellowships


The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its research fellowships. These enable experienced researchers to complete a piece of research in any discipline. Studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals and research that intends to inform clinical practice, or the development of medical applications are excluded from this call.

Applicants should be experienced researchers who are resident in the UK, particularly those prevented by routine duties from undertaking or completing a research programme. They should be a permanent member of the UK scholarly community and be able to demonstrate an established track record in their chosen area of research. Those residing and working overseas may not apply if they still hold the overseas appointment during the tenure of the award. Candidates who held a research fellowship more than seven years ago may reapply. Candidates who have held an international academic fellowship may apply if they applied for the previous fellowship at least three years ago.

Approximately 100 fellowships, worth up to £55,000 each over a period of three to 24 months, are available to cover research expenses, replacement costs or loss of earnings.

Deadline 7th November



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British Academy Funding Call: Knowledge Frontiers – International Interdisciplinary Research Projects


The programme supports projects which engage with questions concerning the relationship between expertise, public understanding and policy delivery, and highlight the importance of collaboration between communities of practice, disciplines, capacities and borders.

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to develop international interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences, with a focus on hazard and risk, cultures of forecasting, and the meaning of resilience.


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British Academy Funding Call: Global Professorships 2020


This programme aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences.

This programme provides mid-career to senior scholars in any discipline within the humanities and social sciences, who are currently employed outside the United Kingdom, with the opportunity to be based for four years in the UK and make a contribution to UK research and higher education


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How to win a research grant

Piggy bank 

Even in disciplines in which research is inherently inexpensive, ‘grant capture’ is increasingly being adopted as a metric to judge academics and universities. But with success rates typically little better than one in five, rejection is the fate of most applications. Six academics give their tips on how to improve the odds.


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MRC Mechanistic research in nutrition

MRC - Medical Research Council

Following publication of the Cross-Council vision for Food, Nutrition and Health Research and also the 2017 Review of Nutrition and Human Health Research (PDF, 3.00MB) the MRC wishes to continue to encourage research that will increase mechanistic understanding of the role that foods and nutrients play in health and disease.

Researchers from a range of backgrounds are invited to apply their expertise to understand how diet and nutritional components act at a molecular, cellular and systems level to influence physiological and pathological processes. Proposals should contribute to one or more of the following goals:

  • robustly ascribe cause and effect from epidemiological correlations and nutritional interventions
  • increase understanding of variations in nutritional requirements (at key life stages in different population groups) and in responses to dietary interventions
  • provide a robust mechanistic understanding to inform nutritional interventions

We are particularly keen to attract the most innovative, exciting and collaborative applications, including partnerships between clinical and basic scientists and with industry.



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MRC UK prevention research partnership scheme – consortium awards

MRC - Medical Research Council

These facilitate large-scale, multidisciplinary solutions for the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases in order to improve population health and reduce health inequalities in the UK. The aim is to generate new knowledge on actionable, sustainable and cost-effective ways of modifying the upstream systems and environments which influence NCDs. The second call is looking to complement the current portfolio of UKPRP investment and proposals should address the following areas:

  • preventing poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing;
  • reducing health inequalities as the primary focus of the application;
  • social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing;
  • food systems, unhealthy diets and obesity;
  • developing interventions in specific ages including on issues relating to ageing, and in occupational settings;
  • fostering the use of evidence in decision making in local government;
  • urban environment, including transport systems and air quality;
  • using green and blue space for improving population health and preventing NCDs;
  • using digital technologies and social media to deliver interventions, and exploiting large-scale datasets and linkage to routine datasets.

Research teams including expertise from outside of the traditional NCD-prevention research may apply. These may include engineers, geographers, architects, designers, systems scientists, transport planners, lawyers and linguistics. Projects may be led by researchers from these disciplines or be in partnership with disciplines typically involved in population health research.

Awards are worth up to £50,000 each for six months.

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British Council International publishing fellowship

The British Council invites applications for its international publishing fellowship. This connects UK publishing professionals with counterparts in Georgia, Turkey or Ukraine and allows them to conduct a curated study visit to gain insight into the sector and forge professional connections.

Applicants must have between two and six years of experience in the publishing sector and work in trade fiction or non-fiction across any genre. Professionals working in the following fields are particularly welcomed:

•literary fiction;

•children’s and young adult;


•nature writing;


•comic and graphic novels.

Fellows can come from any role where there would be a clear benefit to further internationalisation.

Six fellowships are available and last for one year. Flights, visa costs, accommodation, transfers and per diems on the overseas study trip are covered, as are the costs of the UK fellow’s domestic travel and per diems while the overseas fellow visits the UK. At the end of the fellowship, fellows may bid for a development fund of up to £3,000 each to enable them to continue forging international professional links, which may be spent on visiting trade fairs, shadowing opportunities, professional training and seed-funding international projects.

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Learning Services – Scopus trial

Scopus trial

Why choose Scopus - thumbnail | Elsevier

Throughout July we have a trial to Scopus, the World’s largest curated abstract and citation database.

Scopus is excellent for literature reviews or seeing what has been published in your area as it can locate high quality journal articles, books chapters and more for any subject.  It has advanced tools to visualise your search results, showing how trends have changed over time. There are many other ways researchers use it too, such as assessing the research performance of a person, journal or university.

Access Scopus on-campus at Scopus.com. The trial runs throughout July 2019 and is scheduled to stop at the end of the month.

These videos show what you can do with Scopus

What do you think?
Please let us know what you think about Scopus (good or bad) here. Your views will inform our decision making beyond the Summer.

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Intellectual Property for research virtual lecture: realising your impact

Vitae will be hosting a virtual lecture on Wednesday 17 July at 12-1pm (UK time)  discussing why Intellectual Property (IP) matters and to:

  • explore the different types of IP you could be creating as a researcher
  • help you make informed decisions on use of any IP generated
  • understand when you might need to speak to an IP expert at your university
  • highlight the potential opportunities to maximise the impact of research

This virtual lecture has been developed in partnership with the UK Intellectual Property Office and is for anyone working or studying at a university or research institute who is interested in learning more about IP in their research. The webinar provides information from a UK IP perspective, but would be useful to researchers working on international projects with an interest in understanding IP more widely.

The lecture covers Vitae RDF Domain C1.4 Professional Conduct: IPR and copyright. It will enable researchers to gain a good grounding in C1.4 Phase 1 (has a basic understanding of data ownership rules as they apply to own research) and substantial elements of C1.4 Phase 2 (has substantial understanding of copyright, IPR, licencing to advise peers and less experienced researchers).

After attending this virtual event participants will understand the value of open access research outputs and know how and where research outputs should be deposited to ensure they meet the needs of open research more widely, whilst also considering their commercial potential.

For more information and to book please visit https://www.vitae.ac.uk/events/IP-for-research-realising-your-impact and complete their booking form

Please note Edge Hill University has institutional membership to Vitae; to access all their resources please register using you Edge Hill email address.

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