NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre Website is moving!

The NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre will now be an integral part of the NIHR website and will be accessible from Wednesday 23 July 2014. This will not affect the TCCi Research Management System. Continue reading


Translational fun(ding) day

Thank you to everyone who came along to the recent translational funding event, where we had speakers from BBSRC, BHF, CRUK, MRC and The Wellcome Trust.  Feedback has been very positive, both from the academics and the funders involved.

We will be arranging similar networking opportunities in the future and would like to hear which funders you are interested in meeting.  Presentations from the day can be requested from your Tech Transfer Officer, Claire Fenlon (

Marie Curie fellowships – attracting researchers to Birmingham

Are you looking for funding for a postdoc, visiting researchers or research fellow?

The European Commission has launched a call for Marie Curie fellowships as part of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

You can use the scheme to attract good researchers to Birmingham from Europe and anywhere in world. The newly launched schemes includes the following changes from the last round:

  • They will fund an extra 350 fellowships this year compared to the last call, which is likely to ensure a minimum official success rate of 20%.
  • The proposal has now been reduced to 10 pages from 25 pages.
  • You can arrange for fellows to visit any non-academic organisation during the period of their fellowship.

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Antimicrobial Resistance gets new push from research funders

Collaboration between different areas of research is paramount in tackling resistant bacteria, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said in its recent report on the subject.  The Antimicrobial Resistance Funders Forum (ARFF) will coordinate the work of medical researchers, biologists, engineers, vets, economists, social scientists, mathematicians and designers, to address all aspects of a multi-faceted problem, and will support research under four different themes: understanding resistant bacteria, therapeutic and diagnostic development, understanding real-world interactions, and human behaviour. Continue reading

M5 Biomedical Imaging Conference

Calling all PhD students, Early Career Researchers, Academics and Technical Staff from the M5 Universities (Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick).

The University of Nottingham will be hosting the first conference of the M5 Universities to showcase the research excellence and expertise of the M5 within the field of Biomedical Imaging.  Continue reading

CRUK Visit

Kelly Sheehan-Rooney, Grant Manager at Cancer Research UK, visited the College of MDS last week to speak to researchers about research opportunities. She outlined the principles of writing a good application and summarised the CRUK awards available for early and mid-career researchers. In particular Kelly discussed the new Programme Foundation Award scheme recently launched.

If you would like a copy of the presentation slides, please email us at RKToffice[at]

University Research Poster Conference

Well done to all the postgraduate researchers that took part in this year’s conference and congratulations to all of the winning presenters:

Overall Winner

College of Medical and Dental Sciences Winners

Birmingham Brief Winner (College)

  • Joanne Clarke (PhD School of Health & Population Sciences)

More information available here.