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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.


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.

ESRC and Alan Turing Institute Launch Joint Fellowship Scheme – closing date for proposals is 21 September 2017

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Alan Turing Institute (Turing) have launched a new Joint Fellowship Scheme to support research that will advance both the theoretical development of data science and its practical application to real world problems.

This first joint call will focus on two key and interlinked issues:

  1. Smart cities
  2. Health and well-being

Mid-career and senior academics from RCUK eligible research organisations (RO) who can demonstrate experience of supervising PhD students are eligible to apply. Up to two PhD studentships will be attached to each Fellowship and it is expected these will work in areas of research closely associated to that of the Fellow. The Fellow will act as the primary supervisor, helping in particular to develop the quantitative and data science skills of the students.

The successful candidate should use the Fellowship to:

  • Generate and pursue original research ideas, design and conduct a successful programme of investigation and develop innovative, world-class research.
  • Publish research in high-quality peer-reviewed national and international journals.
  • Present research results at national and international meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Take part in knowledge exchange and/or translation activities as appropriate, for example: collaborative working with Turing’s partners, or with government departments/policy-makers, and on public engagement, policy events, etc.
  • Advance their own professional development, with support from Turing and host partner university.
  • Build additional capacity in data science through the supervision and training of PhD students.

The ESRC will fund 60% of the Fellow’s salary at 80% fEC over three years and the associated studentships. It is anticipated that up to three Fellowships will be funded.

In addition to costs submitted to ESRC through the proposal, the Fellow will also be able to apply, on a competitive basis, to Turing’s internal schemes for the visiting researchers and workshop costs.

The closing date for proposals is 21 September 2017 (4pm).

The Fellowship will start on 1 April 2018 and the associated studentships will start on 1 October 2018.

Wellcome Trust Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity that funds biomedical research to improve human and animal health and activities to increase the public understanding of science. It is the UK’s largest provider of non-governmental funding for scientific research and one of the largest providers in the world.

The Trust’s Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science are designed to support programmes of activities that enable researchers to establish and develop networks, explore new areas of research and increase the impact of their work. Programmes could include a combination of different activities such as:

  • Organising conferences (including annual conferences), seminars, meetings or workshops.
  • Carrying out developmental or exploratory research projects, including archival scoping or proof of concept work.

Activities can involve policy makers, healthcare practitioners or other groups relevant to the research.

The scheme is open to humanities and social science researchers based in universities or other research organisations in the UK, Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

Grants are usually up to £30,000. They usually last for six to twelve months but the duration can be flexible, eg for a series of annual conferences.

Applicants should submit an application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker system. There are no deadlines and applications can be made at any time.