Child development – motor impairments, diets and the microbiome

The Waterloo Foundation

The Waterloo Foundation invites proposals for its call on child development – motor impairments, diets and the microbiome. This supports research projects on motor impairments, diet or the microbiome. Studies on motor impairments are particularly welcomed in the following areas:

•improving understanding of the aetiology of the disorder, including brain imaging, improved phenotyping and genetic or epigenetic studies, with the inclusion of electroencephalogram measures and consideration of possible co-occurences with Rolandic epilepsy or other neurodevelopmental disorders being particularly desirable;

•exploring effective interventions, with those that also include links to the foundation’s other research interests being particularly sought after, for example sleep, diet, exercise or movement.

Studies on diet or the microbiome that consider their effects on neurodevelopmental disorders are particularly welcomed. Those that consider these areas on child psychological outcomes are also welcomed. The influence of prenatal factors and in a range of vitamins and minerals are of interest. Preference is given to research that directly benefits children and families in the UK.

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UKRI stresses cross-council research in first delivery plan

UK Research and Innovation has pushed the importance of multidisciplinary work in the umbrella funding body’s first delivery plan.

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Global Health Policy and Systems Research (Global HPSR) Development Awards

National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research, under its global health policy and systems research programme, invites applications for its development awards. These support underpinning work for the development of applications able to compete for research funding in global health policy and systems research by providing funding to:

•support partnership development between the UK and an official development assistance (ODA)-eligible low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) to expand partnerships and develop consortia;

•review the local context, existing research literature and health systems;

•develop a needs analysis, to refine ODA-eligible research questions and priorities through engagement with policy makers, evidence users and local communities, as appropriate;

•establish plans for developing institutional and individual capacity and capability;

•develop a strategy for research uptake and dissemination.

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Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND) – July 2019

The MRC Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) supports the early stages of development of interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue. Studies funded by the scheme will develop the necessary evidence to underpin the later development and evaluation of novel public health interventions.

The MRC PHIND scheme complements funding available from NIHRMRC Global Health and other sources for subsequent stages of public health intervention development and evaluation.

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Home Office 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.

Home Office

Public Safety

  • The changing landscape of crime
  • Modern slavery
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Money laundering, alternative currencies and distributed ledger technologies
  • Autonomous and unmanned systems
  • Police and fire services
  • Forensic science
  • Extremism

Migration and Borders

  • Supporting operations
  • Identity (biometrics)
  • Drivers and impacts of migration
  • The legal labour market
  • Refugees

Homeland Security

  • The terrorist and serious and organised crime (SOC) landscape
  • Preventing terrorism and SOC
  • Protection of infrastructure, transport, crowded and open places
  • Threats in the stream of commerce (including people, vehicles, freight, parcels; to detect threats to safety, security, economy, health)
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) and firearms

Animal Experiments

  • Regulating animal experimentation

To access more ARI please see previous posts:

If you wish to provide feedback or respond to ARI please use the contact details provided in ARI document.

To review open calls for evidence from Parliament please visit:

To support the development of POSTnotes please visit:

For more information on engaging with Parliament visit: ‘Research impact at the UK Parliament’

If you would like any support looking for calls, preparing research proposals, please contact

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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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