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Advance Information for Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research: Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research

The “Confidence in” schemes are used to demonstrate MRC’s support for institutional development in key strategic areas.  We are pleased to announce our “Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research” call as part of our suite of activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The research supported through this call will contribute to the UK’s commitment to research for the benefit of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs; as listed here).

The purpose of this call is to provide institutional “pump-priming” funds to lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global nutrition and health research bids addressing issues of primary relevance to LMICs. It is expected that these funds will help develop new strategies in global nutrition and health research, within and across institutions and in partnership with LMICs.

These are flexible institutional awards. Funds can be used to undertake research projects to generate preliminary data and to build, expand or consolidate UK-LMIC partnerships. These funds provide an opportunity to define research questions; assess the viability of proposed approaches relevant to the local socioeconomic and cultural context; and assess the feasibility of establishing sustainable UK-LMIC partnerships. It is expected that “Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research” awardees will use preliminary data or established partnerships to inform more substantive research opportunities, through the MRC Boards and Panels as well as via future GCRF calls

Funding applications open 4th July 2017
Funding applications close 14th September 2017


Cass School of Education and Communities: Research Seminar Series – Wednesday 28 June 2017, 17.00-18.00

Cass School of Education and Communities

University of East London

Research Seminar Series

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2017, 17.00-18.00

Venue: ED2.01 Cass School of Education and Communities

University of East London, Stratford Campus

Convenor/s: Dr Janet Hoskin and Prof. Gerry Czerniawski

Seminar title: The performed voice of siblings living in the context of cystic fibrosis: Looking through the dramaturgical lens
Seminar speaker: Dr. Amie Hodges

School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University

Athena SWAN mentoring programme – Deadline today 23rd June


Athena SWAN Mentoring – Deadline for applications today 23rd June!

Find out more about the Athena SWAN Mentoring programme / Link to application

Interested in being a mentor?

  • Do you feel able to contribute positively in the academic career development of a colleague?
  • Willingness to share appropriate skills, experience and knowledge required.
  • Previous experience of mentoring not required. Development and support provided.

Would you like support with your career development? 

  • Mentee applicants welcome from female academics or those aspiring to be academics – including postgraduate students.

Find out more and how to apply: Athena SWAN mentoring

There is a formal application and matching process for participation in the programme. Deadline for applications is 23rd June 2017 – 5pm. Link to the: application form.


Wellness and Networking Event – 4th July 2017 Docklands 2-4pm

All welcome, all genders – space is limited, to find out more and book your space click here.




Cass School of Education and Communities Research Seminar  Wednesday 21st June 2017, 4.15-5.15pm

Cass School of Education and Communities

Research Seminar Wednesday 21st June 2017, 4.15-5.15pm

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford




Dr Jasmine Rhamie, Roehampton University

Black male students in an English university. Challenges Stress and Strategies.

There has been an ongoing drive to recruit more Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) students and more men into teaching. While there has been some success they experience higher dropout rates.  Little research has been undertaken on student teachers who are both male and of a BME background. Adopting a phenomenological approach with Critical Race Theory this pilot study investigated the school and university experiences of five Black men and how they managed in predominately White female environments. The findings highlighted the additional challenges faced by BME male students and the strategies they adopted to manage the ways in which they were constructed.  It highlighted the importance of considering the impact of both race and gender for students in universities and schools.


ESRC Pre-call announcement – Transformative Research call 2017-18

ESRC will shortly be launching the fourth round of the ESRC Transformative Research Call. The aim of this call is to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

We regard transformative research as that which involves, for example, pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation. The expectation is that the transformative research call will encourage novel developments of social science enquiry, and support research activity that entails an element of risk.

Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to £250,000 (at 100% full economic cost (fEC)) for projects of up to 24 months in duration. ESRC will meet 80% of the full economic costs on successful proposals.

As in previous rounds, the number of proposals a Research Organisation can submit will be limited. A maximum of two applications can be accepted from each eligible Research Organisation. Proposals should be pre-selected by the Research Organisation and will need to be submitted to the ESRC by the end of October 2017.

Anonymous Case for Support documents will initially be assessed by a Commissioning Panel of relevant experts from the academic community. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to pitch their proposal at a ‘Pitch to Peers’ workshop. The Principal Investigator must be able to attend the ‘Pitch to Peers’ event in order to apply to this call. It is expected that this event will take place in April 2018. Funding decisions will be made immediately following the workshop and communicated to applicants shortly afterwards.

The full call specification will be released at the end of July 2017 and will close by the end of October.