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Innovate UK Launches Precision Medicine: Impacting Through Innovative Technology Competition – deadline 25 October 2017

Precision medicine – also known as stratified medicine or personalised medicine – is one of the priority themes for Innovate UK’s (IUK) health and life science sector. IUK has now launched a competition to fund innovation projects that support the development of precision medicine technologies, defined as better targeting of treatments for patients by combining clinical knowledge with advances in diagnostic techniques and data analysis.

It is estimated that only 30% to 70% of patients respond positively to any one particular drug, and it is important that companies producing precision medicine technologies avoid focusing too much on technology and not enough on end user needs. This issue can be exacerbated by companies not having the time or resources to explore these issues at an early stage.

This competition seeks solutions to these challenges. Applications can be for feasibility studies to help companies assess the research, development and adoption issues their concept will need to address and the likelihood of success, or research and development to help companies develop and trial precision medicine technology.

Feasibility projects can be up to £100,000 and last up to 12 months. They may be either:

  • Single-company SME projects; or
  • Collaborative projects led by an SME.

Research and experimental development projects can range from £1 million to £2 million and last up to 24 months. They may be:

  • Led by a business or research and technology organisation.
  • Collaborative projects.

Collaborations must include at least one other grant-claiming partner, and projects must show an improvement in the competitiveness and productivity of at least one UK SME involved in the project, although the project does not need to be led by an SME.

Applicants must explain clearly how their proposed technology will advance precision medicine. Applications that can provide evidence of engagement with regional precision medicine centres of expertise across the UK are particularly encouraged.

The lead applicant must first register online before completing and uploading the online application.  There is a briefing event on 20 September for this call.

The deadline for applications is 25 October 2017.


RCUK Mental Health webinar

Date: 20 September 2017;  Time: 14:30 – 15:30

This cross Research Council organised webinar is open to participants from across the remits of the Councils. It will provide further detail regarding the recently published Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Research Agenda (PDF on RCUK website), which was collectively developed by the Research Councils in consultation with a wider audience.

It will also provide details about a soon to be announced Cross-disciplinary Network Plus call, which will be led by the ESRC on behalf of the Research Councils, and will be open to applications from across the remits of the Research Councils. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session towards the end of the webinar.


Participants will need to register in advance by emailing Please include the following information within your email:

  • Full name
  • Institution
  • Country you will be dialing in from

Once your place has been confirmed you will receive a confirmation email giving you the details needed in order to participate in the webinar.

The deadline for registration is 15 September 2017Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis within each Research Councils remit.

Professor Tom Schuller’s seminar talk: The Paula Principle: Capturing the Dynamics of Inequality – 4 October 2017

Professor Tom Schuller’s seminar talk: The Paula Principle: Capturing the Dynamics of Inequality  

 Venue: University of East London Stratford Campus, Cass School of Education and Communities ED2.04

Date/Time: 4th October, 5-6.30 pm.


Women increasingly outperform men in education and training, but the gender gap in pay and careers is closing only slowly if at all.  Tom Schuller will introduce the main arguments of his book on the Paula Principle, and invite discussion of the principal factors behind it.


Professor Tom Schuller was the main editor of the 3rd GRALE report – the Global Report on Adult Learning, published in 2016 by Unesco’s Institute of Lifelong Learning.  He was previously director of  the independent Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning and co-author of the Inquiry’s main report, Learning Through Life;  Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) at OECD; and Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Professor of Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck, University of London.  He chairs the Governing Board of the Working Men’s College in London, Europe’s oldest adult education institute.    His latest book The Paula Principle – how and why women work below their competence level was published by Scribe in March 2017 ( ; .



I hope you can come and participate in the seminar discussion. RSVP: Terri Kim ( ).

Please feel free to circulate this seminar information widely among your colleagues.

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships Open for Applications – deadline 9 November 2017

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme. The Trust makes awards for the support of research and education in any subject area. The Trust is traditionally a major funding source for those conducting research in British universities.

The Trust’s Research Fellowships are for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. They are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education. Applications are considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions: studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

Awards are not restricted to university graduates and/or academics but applicants should be:

  • Experienced researchers, particularly those prevented by routine duties from undertaking or completing a research programme.
  • Resident in the UK at the time of application.
  • A permanent member of the UK scholarly community and able to demonstrate an established track record in their chosen area of research.

Candidates who have held a Research Fellowship may apply for a second award, but at least seven years should have elapsed since the previous one. Candidates who have held an International Academic Fellowship are eligible to apply if at least three years have elapsed between their application for the International Academic Fellowship and the Research Fellowship.

The maximum value of a fellowship is £55,000. Awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. Fellowships are tenable for between three and 24 months.

Applications should be made online by the closing date of 9 November 2017.

Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for sub-panel chairs

The UK’s higher education funding bodies are seeking research experts from diverse backgrounds to serve as sub-panel chairs in the second Research Excellence Framework. The application process is open now, and closes at 12 noon on 11 October 2017.

Read the news item on the HEFCE website