Researchfish Update

Researchfish now has over 95 members including Cancer Research UK, The British Heart Foundation and Arthritis Research UK to name a few! The full list can be viewed at 

If you are new to Researchfish, you can get an overview of the system here or join a webinar here.


Focus Groups

The Strategic Framework 2010-15, Shaping Our Future, launched a period of intensive transformation, ambition, innovation, and success at the University of Birmingham, which culminated in the University’s being named The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year 2013-2014. Five years ago many of you took part in the development of the Strategic Framework and shared ideas, comments and suggestions, which helped shape our success. Continue reading

2015 BMA Research Grants

The 2015 BMA Research Grants will open for applications on the BMA website from 9 December 2014 – for more information please visit

The BMA provide approximately £500,000 of research funding annually across ten different grants. Funding areas range from heart disease to schizophrenia to the development of clinical outcome measures. Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists for research in progress or prospective research.

Newton Funding call

The British Council have just released a call for Research Links and Institutional Links – this is for small and medium grants for the development of research and innovation collaborations between the UK and partner country institutions.

The following partner countries are included in this call: Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam.

Grants will be £30,000 to £300,000 over two years and the deadline is Thursday 20th November

For more information please see click here.

Butterfield Award Programme

The Great British Sasakawa Foundation is inviting applications for grants in medicine and health under the Butterfield Award Programme.

The principal intention of the programme is to enable Japanese and British researchers, practitioners, policy makers and voluntary sector workers to share experience and advance knowledge and good practice, and to facilitate UK-Japan professional exchanges and small-scale collaborations. Continue reading

West Midlands Clinical Academic Internship Programme (CAIP)

Birmingham Health Partners is delighted to announce the launch of the second West Midlands Clinical Academic Internship Programme (CAIP) aimed specifically at non-medical clinicians who are thinking about embarking on a clinical academic career and undertaking their own research. Applications are now open and close on the 14th November 2014.

For more information please refer to

Clinical Academic Internship Programme – Flyer

BHP Fundamental and Translational Research through the 100k Genome Project

A workshop to outline the West Midlands’ role in the National 100k Genome Project will take place Tuesday, 11th November from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in room S104 in the School of Cancer Sciences.

Researchers!  This will explain the project to you and suggest how you could use the data for your own research questions. Continue reading

Call for Proposals: BCH Research Foundation awards

BCH Research Foundation awards up to £350k annually for research at or in collaboration with BCH or Birmingham Women’s Hospital.  This year’s deadline is 24th November.

Funding will be available under the categories of:
1. ‘Springboard’ Paediatric Research Fellowships
2. ‘Springboard’ Nursing and Allied Health Care Professionals Research Fellowships
3. One PhD studentship for a trainee health, social or biological sciences graduate
4. Research projects
5. Small project grants for limited complete research proposals
6. One nursing award

For further information about BCHRF see and for this year’s call for proposals see:

Seminar: Health Informatics and the possibilities for your research.

Monday 20th October 11.30-12.30 IBR Seminar Room (N143)

The seminar will showcase two sources of Health informatics data, give examples of how researchers have used these resources and opportunities for your own research to be enhanced by the resources.

Speakers are:

  • Professor Tom Marshall, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care. Tom uses The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database, a source of electronic primary care records to assist earlier identification of chronic diseases.
  • Dr Krish Nirantharakumar is a Senior Clinical Lecturer his research focuses on the role of informatics and digital technology in the management of diabetes and multiple morbidities.
  • Daniel Ray is Director of Informatics at UHB and one of the leads in the Quality and Outcomes Research Unit (QuORU) at UHB

Open to all, no registration required.