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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.

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.


Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Science – deadline 15 November 2017

Collaborative Awards in Science is a funding scheme introduced by the Wellcome Trust as a result of changes made to its funding framework at the end of 2014. The changes drew a clearer distinction between strategic and responsive funding, and responsive funding, which represents the majority, has been divided into five categories that run across the Trust’s Science, Innovations, Medical Humanities, Society and Ethics, and Engaging Science programmes. These categories are: people, seeds, teams, places and resources.

Collaborative Awards in Science fall into the teams category and are intended to provide flexible support to excellent groups of independent researchers with outstanding track records. Proposals should address important scientific problems that can only be achieved through a collaborative team effort. Applications which propose to carry out interdisciplinary research across the Trust’s Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Innovations funding are particularly encouraged.

Collaborative Awards are for teams of researchers and each applicant must be essential to the proposed collaborative research. They must have:

  • Proven research expertise and experience in their field.
  • An academic or research post (or equivalent).
  • A salary for the duration of the award period.

Applicants should usually be based at eligible organisations in the UK, Ireland, or low- or middle-income countries. However, exceptions can be made for projects that need specific expertise or resources provided by team members based in other countries.

Team size will depend on proposed research, but should generally have more than two applicants, and no more than seven. Teams may be based in the same or different organisations, and must bring different expertise or disciplines to the research question. Members of a team must have proven experience in collaborative research and consist of independent research groups.

Awards do not normally exceed £4 million and the amount will depend on what a proposal can justify as necessary to fulfil its objectives. They are normally for up to five years and provide funding for the direct costs of carrying out the research.

Preliminary applications should be submitted through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker system by the closing date of 15 November 2017.

Pre-announcement 4th HERA Joint Research Programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” (HERA JRP PS)

The Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network is planning to implement a new Joint Research Programme under the theme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” (HERA JRP PS). This programme will be implemented and funded by 24 humanities funding organisations with the support of the European Union and is subject to the signature of the Grant Agreement with the European Commission for co-funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The expected publication date of the Call for Proposals for this HERA Joint Research Programme is 24 August 2017, with the deadline for submitting Outline Proposals on 24 October 2017. Please note that these dates may still be subject to changes. The publication of the call will be announced primarily via the website and

The aim of the HERA JRP “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” will be to deepen the theoretical and empirical cultural understanding of public spaces in a European context. The programme has been designed to facilitate a broad range of cultural approaches to conceptualising public space, its structural and processual formations, and its possible outcomes in terms of, for example, integration, exclusion, disintegration, fragmentation, hybridization, amalgamation or transmission. More provisional information about the theme and scope of this call is available below.

The HERA JRP PS Call for Proposals is being prepared by humanities-funding agencies in 24 participating countries and the European Commission. The total budget of the HERA JRP will amount up to 20 M€.

Who can apply?

Eligible scholars located in the HERA JRP PS countries: Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom, irrespective of their nationality. Further details on the funding agencies involved in this call can be found here

Collaborative Research Projects (CRP) proposals can be submitted by balanced consortia involving four or more Principal Investigators based in four or more different HERA JRP PS countries. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take equality and diversity dimension issues into consideration. All research teams will be urged to include non-academic stakeholders as associate partners in their consortiums and they will be required to include an impact section in their application, specifying how their research results will be valorised and communicated to a wider public.

Each CRP consortium can apply for research funding up to a maximum amount of 1 M€. Projects should be between 24 and 36 months in duration and should commence by May 2019. Proposals will be selected in a two-step process involving an independent international Review Panel. The main deliverables of the research projects will be tangible outcomes such as publications, conferences and workshops, reports, policy briefs, public events, and media appearances. Both the HERA JRP PS and the HERA network will seek to increase the impact of these outcomes by encouraging and enabling wide dissemination and knowledge exchange activities.

Further information

All information will be available on the HERA website once the HERA JRP PS Call for Proposals is published (planned 24 August 2017):

  • HERA JRP PS Call for Proposals, including national eligibility requirements and detailed guidelines for preparing and submitting an Outline Proposal;
  • Knowledge Exchange guidance;
  • FAQs and Glossary;
  • Application templates.

A HERA partner search tool has been made available by NCN at:

For more information on the themes and scope of the HERA JRP PS call click here

What should I do now?

  1. Develop a research idea.
  2. Work with your colleagues in the research community to build a project consortium involving researchers in at least four different participating countries.
  3. Go to the partner search facility and announce that you are looking to partner with others on the research topic of your interest (but within the scope of HERA JRP PS Call Topics
  4. Decide whether you would like to be project coordinator or participant in a project.
  5. Review the Outline Proposal application form (published January 2017), and start drafting your Outline Proposal with your consortium.
  6. Have a look at projects that have been successful in previous HERA JRP calls
  7. Start working on the content part of your outline proposal containing a short description of the CRP (max. 2000 words) that outlines
    • What research question(s) does the CRP seek to answer?
    • In what way is the project original and/or innovative?
    • What are the objectives of the CRP?
    • By what methods will the research question(s) be tackled?
    • How are the skills of the partners complementary?
    • What is the added value in tackling your research question(s) from a European trans-national perspective?
    • How will partners work together? What management and coordination structures are proposed?
    • What is the significance of the research question(s)? How will these contribute to the “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” theme?
    • What is the potential impact of the proposed research to both academic disciplines, and relevant stakeholders and user communities?
    • How will the CRP engage in knowledge exchange or active dissemination engaging user communities and audiences outside academia?
  8. Be alert to the official announcement (expected August 24) and get ready to submit your application online.

This announcement is preliminary. Specific details might change.