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NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards 

NIHR will be accepting applications for the 2018 NIHR i4i Challenge Awards from 1 February 2018.

Applications must offer innovative technological solutions to influence the patient care pathway and improve outcomes, supporting aspirations as set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom.

Proposals are invited from teams comprised of clinicians, academics and small to medium sized enterprises, and may address one or more of the following:

  • Integration of physical and mental health services across the NHS
  • Accurate, cost-effective, faster screening and diagnoses of mental health conditions
  • Effective management of mental health conditions including prevention, early intervention, tailored treatments and active disease monitoring.

Funding will be awarded on a ‘winner takes all’ basis to a project of three to five years’ duration, with no limit on the level of funds requested. Stage one applications will open 1 February, closing 4 April 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a stage 2 application. More details can be found on the NIHR i4i website. Alternatively please email the i4i programme team.

The NIHR i4i Programme is a translational funding scheme supporting the development of innovative medical technologies. Its aim is to advance healthcare technologies and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of clinical need.

Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships – deadline 21 February 2018

The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. It has a dual role as the UK academy of science, acting nationally and internationally, and as a provider of a broad range of services for the UK scientific community.

The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships, established through the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, seek to provide opportunities for experienced academic researchers to focus on full-time research for up to one year by relieving them of all their teaching and administrative duties during that period. Preference is given to candidates who, as well as demonstrating scientific excellence, can show that such relief is particularly needed and timely.

Fellowships can be held at an applicant’s own university, or any university or not-forprofit research organisation in the UK. This includes industrial research organisations in the UK approved by the Council of the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust. The subjects covered are all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at a UK university or eligible not-for-profit institution. Applicants must be at a stage in their career when they have a well-established, fully independent research programme of their own, and would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. They should not have had sabbatical leave or other support relieving them of teaching and administrative duties for a total of one year or more in the three years preceding submission of an application.

Applications from mid-career candidates are particularly encouraged.

A fellow’s employing institution is reimbursed for full salary costs (including USS and NI) for an applicant (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by host university). Research expenses of up to a maximum of £2,500 are also available to cover costs of consumables, equipment, travel etc. The length of tenure is between one academic term and one year.

Applications should be made using the Royal Society’s Flexi-Grant system by the closing date of 21 February 2018.

Tim Lomas updates us on his Royal Society’s annual pairing scheme

Last autumn, Tim Lomas was selected for the Royal Society’s prestigious annual pairing scheme, in which academics are partnered with MPs and civil servants. The aim is for the partners to spend some time shadowing each other’s work, gaining insights into their respective professions. As a result, MPs and civil servants become more familiar with the process of engaging in scientific research, and academics better understand how research informs public policy. In December, Tim spent two days shadowing a civil servant in the Department of Work and Pensions. He also spent two days with the other academic participants taking part in various activities and events in and around the Houses of Parliament, such as a mock select committee hearing. In Spring Tim will also host a reciprocal visit to UEL for his scheme partner after which he will give us a further update.

Next Round of Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards in Science Open for Applications – closing date 12 March 2018

Investigator Awards in Science are provided by the Wellcome Trust for the purpose of providing all who hold established posts in eligible organisations with the same opportunity to obtain funding. Awards provide flexible support at a level and length appropriate to enable researchers to address the most important questions of relevance to the Trust’s scientific remit. Awards may be small or large, but applicants should set out a compelling case for their research, while ensuring that their proposal and requested funding are appropriate to their experience to date and distinct from other research income that they may already hold.

Applications are judged relative to career stage, ie:

  • Researchers in the early stages of their independent career should be able to show that they can innovate and drive advances in their field of study, and demonstrate considerable promise for the future. Their research, funding and training track records should be strong relative to their career stage.
  • Researchers with more experience are expected to have achieved more in terms of the originality and impact of their research, their track record of attracting research grant support, and success in training and mentoring others. Senior researchers should be internationally recognised as a leader in their field.

Research proposed should not replace activities already supported in the institute.

Applicants must be based at an eligible higher education or research institution in the UK, Ireland or a low- or middle-income country. Applicants should be employed in an established academic post, ie a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract, salaried by the host institution. Applicants are also eligible if they have a written guarantee of an established academic post at the host institution, which they will take up by the start of the award.

Applicants based in a low- or middle-income country in sub-Saharan Africa, south-east Asia or south Asia (with the exception of India), are eligible to apply if they fulfil the above eligibility criteria and are working within the Trust’s broad science funding remit. Applicants based in a low- or middle-income country outside the areas mentioned above are eligible to apply only if they are carrying out research in the fields of public health and tropical medicine.

Applicants in the early stages of an independent research career should:

  • Have a strong track record in research, relative to the stage of their career and research experience to date.
  • Have published significant intellectual contributions to research.
  • Have begun to forge an international reputation for excellence in their field.
  • Show evidence of achievement as an independent researcher in their chosen area, eg by the award of research grant funding.
  • Have begun to establish a training record and experience of coaching or mentoring less experienced researchers.

More senior researchers, depending on experience to date, are expected to:

  • Be an internationally recognised research leader in their field.
  • Have made significant contributions, demonstrated by a strong record of important publications or other outputs.
  • Have a track record of attracting significant research support from major funding bodies.
  • Have a strong training record supporting the development and mentorship of less experienced researchers.

Applications are encouraged from researchers who have worked in industry or other non-academic research environments, or have taken career breaks, and joint applications are welcomed from two researchers with complementary expertise working closely together on a shared proposal.

Royal Society and RCUK researchers may be eligible to apply and are advised to contact the Trust.

Awards can be small or large, typically up to £3 million, and last up to seven years.

Applications should be submitted through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker system by the closing date of 12 March 2018.

UK-US Early Career Research Collaboration Workshop on the broad theme of violence. Saturday 10th–Sunday 11th February 2018 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The British Academy, in collaboration with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, is inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to attend a research collaboration workshop on the broad theme of violence. The workshop format will enable the exchange of ideas across disciplinary as well as national boundaries with the aim to help create and build exchange, cooperation and partnership between the researchers attending in the short- and long-term.

Purpose and Focus
Violence is a near ever-present reality for much of humanity, but there are significant limits to how narratives and experiences of violence are understood in the public imagination and policy process. This workshop will investigate how violence is defined and conceptualised by fostering an interdisciplinary discussion of some key themes related to our understanding of violence, and considering the implications for research and policy engagement.

Some seed funding will be made available at the end of the workshop to support collaborations between UK and US scholars on a competitive basis for research proposals formulated by participants, which will be presented in a group session on the final afternoon of the workshop. This funding is only one of the ways in which the Academy will provide mechanisms for participants to continue the conversations and research ideas developed through the workshop and of course the participants will be welcome to discuss and collaborate outside any Academy support.

The Workshop

The workshop will take place in Boston from 10th–11th February 2018. The British Academy will meet the costs for travel, accommodation and subsistence for all participants over the course of the workshop.

Application Process

Applicants should provide a CV which should not exceed two sides of paper. Applicants are also asked to provide a justification (not exceeding two sides of paper) explaining:

  • Why they are interested in violence based on their research and/or teaching areas;
  • What disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills and/or experience they would contribute to the workshop; and,
  • How the workshop could help to develop their own research and career development.

Applications should be sent to no later than 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 6 December.