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Physiotherapy could be done at home using Virtual Reality

Dr Mark Elliott, Principal investigator on the project at WMG, University of Warwick added: 

“There is huge potential for consumer VR technologies to be used for both providing guidance to physiotherapy exercises, but also to make the exercises more interesting. This study has focused on the crucial question of how well people can follow a virtual guide.”

Thu 05 Mar 2020, 08:22 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

BBSRC CTP for bioeconomy call open

The BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership call is open with a deadline of 5th May:


The UKRI-BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP) scheme is a doctoral training programme directed at industrial research challenges and delivered by consortia led by businesses in collaboration with Research Organisations. Its ambition is to build capacity and address strategic skills challenges in the UK bioeconomy[1] at doctoral level and provide candidates with the research, innovation and transferable skills needed to be competitive for high-quality jobs in the labour markets of the bioeconomy, academia and beyond. Bioeconomy is defined as:

“All economic activity derived by bio-based products and processes which contributes to sustainable and resource-efficient solutions to the challenges we face in food, chemicals, material, energy production, health and environmental production.”

CTPs must be led by industry and have a UK research and/or manufacturing base and the lead applicant should not be eligible for UKRI-BBSRC grant funding.

It is anticipated that up to 10 CTPs will be awarded. Total funding of £22.5M is available to support up to 75 four-year studentships per annum, for three consecutive intakes, the first being in 2021-2022 and the final cohort commencing in 2023-2024.

If you are involved in a bid for this call, please let the RIS team know at .

Tue 11 Feb 2020, 11:36 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

Rosetrees Trust 2020 Enterprise Fellowships

Rosetrees Trust Enterprise Fellowships are aimed specifically at recently qualified postdoctoral researchers primarily in the fields of engineering, computer science, maths and physics who wish to develop a long-term programme of biomedical research within a UK university or research institution. Successful projects will be truly innovative and not merely an extension of your current research. Find out more.

Thu 30 Jan 2020, 11:47 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

Warwick-Wellcome Translational Partnership

Call for applications for Translational Fellowships and Translation and Innovation Grants

Warwick has been awarded £600,000 from the Wellcome Trust for a Warwick-Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership award. Warwick is supporting the Translational Partnership with £180,000 from HEIF. The Warwick-Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership will focus on investing in fellowships and projects aimed at exploiting emerging impact in the science of early life, tissue models of human disease and disease control and prevention. The Warwick-Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership will provide supporting expertise in impact delivery and will strengthen links to partner institutions in industry and the local hospital network.


Funding Programmes  

Two funding programmes are available to support people, translational funding and embedding of a biomedical translational research culture and are now open for applications: 

Translation Fellowships to provide the opportunity for researchers to engage with translational research activities and take forward opportunities. Longer term funding (1-2 years) is available for a dedicated researcher to drive forward translational research arising from their own research or that of the research group. It is anticipated that around 3 awards will be made.

Translation and Innovation Grants to provide project-focussed pump priming awards to overcome specific barriers and/or directed towards later stage projects that need support to move to the next technology readiness level. Applications to buy out UHCW clinician’s time for a translational project would also be welcome. It is anticipated that around 8 awards will be made.



Applicants should normally be a University academic employee, or be the holder of a personal research fellowship awarded competitively, with a contract lasting the duration of the project. UHCW-employed clinicians are also eligible and applications must provide an accompanying letter from the Clinical Director confirming support for the project. If funding is requested for buy-out time for clinicians a signed letter of support and commitment to the dedicated research time from the Clinical Director is required. 

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted on the Warwick-Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership Application Form to by 1 February 2020

Further information can be found on Wellcome Translational Partnership

Fri 20 Dec 2019, 09:09 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

WMAHSN - Bridging the Gap Midlands

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.

Wed 23 Oct 2019, 11:28 | Tags: GPP GRPNews Health GRP

WMAHSN - October 2019

Latest news, event and funding information from the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

Tue 08 Oct 2019, 10:54 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP funding

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.

Wed 02 Oct 2019, 13:28 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP funding

Warwick GCRF Funding Call (2019/2020)

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.

Fri 13 Sep 2019, 10:54 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP funding

NIHR Funding Opportunities

Take a look at the latest NIHR funding opportunities here.

Fri 02 Aug 2019, 09:05 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP funding

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.

Tue 09 Jul 2019, 14:22 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

NCCPE - June Newsletter

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...

Wed 26 Jun 2019, 13:01 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity

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 ( 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:

If you have any questions relating to the call, please get in contact at 

Wed 26 Jun 2019, 11:07 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

Applications open for coeliac disease research treatment grants

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:

Tue 11 Jun 2019, 08:35 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

Innovate UK Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up


    • Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector
      Tue 11 Jun 2019, 08:26 | Tags: GRPNews Health GRP

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