2015 ~ Welcome Back

I hope everybody enjoyed relaxing Christmas breaks, and came back full of newfound enthusiasm as we hit the ground running in the New Year. Whether you’re wondering what the results of the REF mean (there are some excellent – albeit slightly gloomy! – articles in Research Fortnight here); thinking about new funding schemes available from the Wellcome Trust (with more to come in the next few months, according to their 2014 annual report) and others such as the MRC’s new Industry Asset Sharing Initiative or pondering the broader underpinning messages of the Government’s new Science & Innovation Strategy (a nice quick overview from the Society of Biology here and a good blog post through LSE here); there is clearly plenty to be thinking about. Continue reading


NIHR – Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme – Commissioned and Researcher-led calls

Commissioned call for research proposals:

Researchers are invited to submit applications in the following topic areas:

  • 14/199 – Major Trauma (webinar 12/01/15 – book now)
    14/200 – Bone metabolism including parathyroid disorders
    14/201 – Inflammatory bowel disease (webinar 08/01/15 – book now)
    14/202 – Mechanisms of actions of health intervention (webinar 12/12/14 – book now)
    14/203 – Applied research into mesothelioma
    14/204 – Novel endoscopic optical imaging interventions and technologies
    14/205 – Mechanisms of isolated traumatic brain injury

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EU Happy Hour – Wednesday, 21st January IBR Common Room 4 – 5pm

80 billion Euros are available under the EU Horizon 2020 programme!  Do you want to find out which EU funding opportunity is tailored for you?  Or have you already found out the prefect call but have no previous experience in applying?  Indeed, the array of different streams and rules about international partnerships, industrial engagement, costings etc can seem overwhelming.  Do you wish there was an easy way to find out more information with a minimum of effort and a maximum return?

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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 bma.org.uk/researchgrants.

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.

Annual Clinical Academic Training Event

The Annual Clinical Academic Training Event takes place Thursday, 2nd October 2014 from 2:30 – 7:00 pm.    The afternoon includes a workshop, presentations from four Clinical Academic Trainees & Clinical Doctoral Researchers and a Key Note Lecture. 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]contacts.bham.ac.uk