Newton Fund fails to boost development, watchdog finds

The £735-million Newton Fund is poorly designed to achieve its aim of promoting international development, as the vast majority of the UK aid that it distributes stays in UK institutions, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact has said. –

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Wellcome announces end of Public Engagement Fund

The biomedical funder said on 6 June that it decided to close the scheme after a review by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, which found that applications to the fund lacked alignment with the trust’s public engagement strategy. As a result, Wellcome could only award funding to just 5 per cent of the applications it received.

Created in 2016, the Public Engagement Fund is a response-mode open funding scheme that supports projects aimed at engaging the public with health research with grants ranged between £25,000 and £251,000.

The charity said the closure of the scheme does not mean it is less committed to funding public engagement work. Instead of an open fund, Wellcome said it will target money towards specific partnerships. This autumn, the funder will announce new partners that will design and lead funding schemes on public engagement.

The final deadline to apply for the Public Engagement Fund is 9 July


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RDS Blog – Cost it right!

Research Design Service North West

The whole business of submitting applications is to obtain funding to carry out your research, so you need to make sure your bid is properly costed. This months blog guides you through all the aspects you will need to consider, where to look for guidance and tools that will help you get the right result.

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NVIVO follow up session

NVIVO follow up session
Thursday 13 June 2019, 12:00-13:30



This hands-on workshop takes you beyond the basics to asking questions of your data and your analysis. In this session you will use your own data and receive individual support to create your own NVivo project.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact the Research Office

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AHRC-DFID collaborative humanitarian protection research programme – thematic research grants call

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, via UK Research & Innovation, and the Department for International Development invite applications for their collaborative humanitarian protection research programme – thematic research grants call. This supports research to better understand the causes of humanitarian protection risks or violations and to gather evidence about which interventions are most effective in improving humanitarian protection outcomes. The regions of focus prioritised for this call are: Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Nigeria, Chad, Sahel region, Afghanistan and Myanmar. However, applicants can make the case for studying another region, including those hosting large numbers of refugees that have fled conflict. Proposals should address one or more of the following themes:

  • impact of violations of international humanitarian law;
  • impact of protection programming;
  • impact of restraint;
  • impact of local protection mechanisms;
  • impact of recognition on protection;
  • impact of targeting

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NIHR to consider previous trial transparency in funding bids

Researchers could be denied clinical research funding from the National Institute for Health Research if they have not published the results of their previous clinical trials in a timely manner.

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Department for Transport and National Institute for Health Research have updated their Areas of Research Interest

The ‘Areas of Research Interests’(ARIs) are documents setting out the key research questions for government departments. They include information on departmental research systems, research and data publication policies and research and development strategies.

Department of Health and Social Care – National Institute for Health Research

  1. Antimicrobial resistance
  2. Drugs, diagnostics and medical equipment for elderly patients
  3. Lifestyle diseases, diabetes and obesity
  4. Mental health, dementia
  5. Minimising medical errors
  6. Personalised and stratified medicine
  7. Vaccines and drugs for the world’s infectious diseases

Department for Transport

  1. The Energy, Technology and Innovation (ETI) research programme supports DfT’s objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from UK transport
    1. Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)
    2. Low Carbon Fuels (LCF)
    3. Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)
    4. International Vehicle Standards
    5. Environment Strategy
  2. Transport Security, Resilience and Response (TSRR) research is targeted to enable the Department to reduce the risk to transport infrastructure, networks and the travelling public.
    1. Counter-Terrorism
    2. Cyber Security
    3. Resilience and Natural Hazards/Civil Contingencies
  3. Analysis and Science (ASD) occupies a unique, central position in the Department providing scientific and analytical support to teams across the Department, ensuring that the evidence on which the Department takes decisions is robust.
    1. Transport Appraisal and Strategic Modelling
    2. Department for Transport’s Office for Science
    3. Social and Behavioural Research
    4. Evaluation Centre of Excellence
  4. Rail research programme is focused on delivering the evidence to support the Secretary of State’s vision for the railways, including plans to end the operational divide between track and train and an evolution of the franchising system.
    1. Rail Analysis
    2. Major Projects
    3. Passenger Services
    4. Rail Strategy, Security and One Railway
  5. High Speed and Major Rail Projects – The research programme complements analytical activities in DfT and HS2 Ltd in ensuring that robust evidence and analysis informs key programme decisions. Research will focus on supporting major programme milestones and will support longer-term policy development work in preparation of the end state railway
  6. Strategic Roads, Economics and Statistics research supports responsibilities in overseeing and sponsoring the governance and activities of Highways England as well as tackling congestion and helping shape future Road Investment Strategies (RIS) for the Strategic Road Network.
    1. RIS Futures
    2. Roads Economics, Modelling and Evaluation
    3. Statistics Road and Freight
  7. Road Safety Standards and Services research supports the development and implementation of policy across a broad range of areas from road safety to efficiency of road freight.
    1. Road User Licensing, Insurance and Safety (RULIS)
    2. Dangerous Goods
    3. Freight, Operator Licensing and Roadworthiness
    4. Traffic and Technology
  8. Local Transport is responsible for policy around bus and taxi services, local roads, walking and cycling. It aims to support the delivery of key programmes and policies to deliver better local transport for the country. It supports the improvement of local infrastructure’s accessibility and usability for all users, the boosting of bus usage and encouraging active commuting.
    1. Buses and Taxis
    2. Local Infrastructure
    3. Active Accessible Travel
  9. Aviation research programme supports delivery of a safe, secure, sustainable aviation sector that meets the needs of the consumer.
    1. Aviation Strategy
    2. Airport Capacity
    3. Environmental Impacts
    4. Cross-cutting Research
  10. Maritime
    1. Strategic vision
    2. Ports modelling
    3. Reducing emissions and improving air quality
    4. Waterlogged munitions
    5. Maritime resilience
    6. Regulation and European Union Exit
    7. Maritime regulation
    8. Statistical analysis
  11. Communications research programme helps to support Departmental objectives of raising awareness and understanding of policies and programmes, changing behaviour to benefit individuals or society, and informing and reassuring the public during a crisis and promotes the UK transport sector internationally
    1. THINK! campaign tracking
    2. EU exit campaign tracking
    3. Creative testing
    4. Qualitative testing
    5. Annual stakeholder survey
    6. Social media listening
    7. Surveys

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Pre-call announcement: UK-Canada Diabetes Research Team Grants

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the UK-Canada Diabetes Research Team Grants.

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Research networking call on changing landscapes – decision making framework for UK landscapes and land assets

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, as part of UK Research and Innovation, invites applications for its research networking call on changing landscapes – decision making framework for UK landscapes and land assets. This supports the development of research networking proposals that explore and develop the important and distinctive contributions that arts and humanities research can make to cross-disciplinary, collaborative research exploring ways in which decisions are made about the future of landscapes and land assets in the UK. Applications are invited that seek to develop capabilities, dialogue, collaborations or partnerships to inform decision-making about landscape, land-use and land assets. They must cut across disciplinary boundaries as well as the boundaries between academia and stakeholder groups with an interest in decision-making about landscapes. Landscape in this context is defined as part of the land, as perceived by local people or visitors, which evolves through time as a result of being acted upon by natural forces and human beings.


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BBSRC Industrial partnership awards

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its industrial partnership awards. These support academic-led research projects where industrial partners contribute in cash funding.


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