This event brings together AHSNs from across the Network and key organisation that we work with, to provide a range of insights, 1:1 confidential advice sessions, workshops and networking opportunities.
Latest news, event and funding information from the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network.
Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment - Funding Call and Workshops
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will shortly announce a call for research to fundamentally transform the UK food system, by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre. Proposals will be invited for interdisciplinary consortia to take a food systems approach, linking healthy and accessible diets with sustainable food production and supply to help drive food system transformation.
This challenge will require collaboration across multiple disciplines and across multiple stakeholders, for example government, industry and civil society. This programme will address health, environmental and social challenges simultaneously, and will bring together researchers and stakeholders to provide evidence for multi-pronged and simultaneous action across the food system.
Announcement of Call will be launched in the coming weeks.
Two workshops will be held to communicate more details about the research call and facilitate networking.
Manchester (city centre) Monday 21st October
London (central) Friday 25th October
Attendance at these workshops is limited therefore to find out more and to express your interest in attending see here.
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.
UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) pre-announcement of second call and information and networking event
The UKPRP funders have announced that a second funding call will be launched on 3 September 2019 for proposals for new Consortium and Network awards.
Under the second call, UKPRP are looking to complement the current portfolio of UKPRP investment and anticipate proposals in the areas listed below
preventing poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing
reducing health inequalities (where this forms the primary focus of the application)
social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing
food systems, unhealthy diets and obesity (We are aware of existing research funding schemes on food systems and influences on diet. Given the importance of this research challenge, the UKPRP would welcome proposals addressing this area.)
developing interventions in specific ages including on issues relating to ageing, and in occupational settings
fostering the use of evidence in decision making in local government
urban environment, including transport systems and air quality
using green and blue space for improving population health and preventing NCDs
using digital technologies and social media to deliver interventions, and exploiting large-scale datasets and linkage to routine datasets.
This month we're pleased to open bookings for a new suite of NCCPE training opportunities, aimed at supporting the development of high quality engagement. We've also just published a blog post outlining our thoughts on the new Concordat for the Advancement of Knowledge Exchange - we'd love to know what you think.
Read on to find out more about the Engage Researchers' Academy, Engaging Libraries funding and our school-university Perspectives on Partnership tool, as well as a blog post by Heather Doran on how she shares her expertise with researchers...
The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity invites proposals from eligible UK higher education institutions (HEIs) for collaborative projects in the cybersecurity of devices and networks at the edge of the internet research to be undertaken jointly with user partners.
Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), this second phase of the PETRAS programme (https://www.petrashub.org) aims to strengthen an already established and successful platform which, since 2016, has coordinated and convened 11 universities and 110 industrial and government User Partners in cross-disciplinary collaboration. PETRAS has created a dynamic shared research agenda that incorporates social and physical science challenges in equal measure and has worked across a broad range of Technology Readiness Levels. Our new ambition is to make a step change in scope, enabling trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) embedded in IoT networks to deliver safe and highly functional solutions.
This call provides an opportunity for the Centre to build upon this foundation to establish an inclusive national centre open to all and to identify and execute the best and the most transformative and impactful projects in this area, which will enable it to continue actively engaging with the user community and effectively responding to the Internet of Things (IoT) developments.
You can see the full document attached (PDF format) and on the PETRAS Website: https://www.petrashub.org/srf12019/
If you have any questions relating to the call, please get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coeliac UK, the charity for people who need to live gluten free, along with Innovate UK have £180,000 available for research and are inviting applications from UK businesses and researchers.
They are launching a second research call to industry and researchers to make improvements for people living with the autoimmune condition, coeliac disease. Projects must underpin and support Coeliac UK's top ten research priorities, which include:
improving diagnostics for coeliac disease, refractory coeliac disease and/or gluten related neurological conditions
developing tools for the long-term management of coeliac disease
enhancing the quality of staple gluten free food
- Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector
- Read more here
An information and advice session to support applications to this year’s European Research Council Advanced Grant scheme will take place on Thursday 6 June from 10.00am to 11.00am in lecture room A0.23 on the ground floor of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
ERC Advanced Grants support ambitious, large-scale projects of up to five years duration and up to €2.5M in value. They are non-thematic and are aimed at senior academics at or near the Professorial level. More information on the scheme can be found here.
If you'd like to come along please register.
This month we're really excited to launch a new school-university partnership training day for public engagement professionals. The course has been developed using NCCPE partnership resources and is run by the brilliant Ellie Cripps (University of Bristol) and Kirsty Ross (University of Strathclyde).
Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 (call pre-announcement and information day)
The UKRI GCRF Health and Context call is seeking proposals for interdisciplinary research addressing wider contextual factors contributing to the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These factors may include social, cultural, historical, and religious beliefs and practices, or wider biological, ecological and environmental factors. They are seeking to fund consortia conducting ambitious research that:
- goes beyond description to determine causal relationships between contextual influences and health
- develops or tests feasible interventions that are sensitive to or mitigate contextual influences on health.
Via the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UKRI will support impactful, three-year research projects of value between £1-2 million (at 80% FEC for UK costs, 100% FEC for overseas costs). This call is being led jointly by the Medical Research Council, Economic & Social Research Council, Arts & Humanities Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and applications may fall within the remit of any of, or across, these councils.