£1.5 Million for Innovative Improvements to Health Care Delivery

The health foundation - Inspiring improvementThe Health Foundation has launched a £1.5 million Innovating for Improvement fund to help 20 teams test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health care delivery in the UK.

The health Foundation are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.

The programme is looking to support clinical teams to develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality.

The aims of this programme are to:

  • Encourage health care services to develop innovative approaches and ideas to improve health care quality.
  • Build a portfolio of well-described, real-life examples readily available to other health care organisations.
  • Contribute to the evidence base of what can be done to improve quality.
  • Generate solutions for further testing and demonstration at scale in health care.

Each team will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project. The funding for each project within this programme will run for up to 15 months, including a recommended three month set-up phase beginning in May 2015.

Applications are welcome from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where health care services are delivered free at the point of delivery, and educational bodies are eligible to take part as a partner organisation.

For further information please visit the Health Foundation website.

There is a two stage application process for this programme (see How to apply) and the deadline for the first stage of applications is 12 noon, Tuesday 5 August 2014, with full applications due on 24 November 2014. 

Please note that the Health Foundation reserve the right to close ahead of this deadline date if the programme is oversubscribed.

BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) Joint Funding of Research


Co-funded support for research projects involving international collaboration between the UK and Brazil in any areas of science within the remits of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) have agreed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-fund and support collaborative research projects by UK/Brazilian partnerships.

The MoU aims to encourage and support collaborative projects that cut across national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams. Both agencies are charged with fostering and supporting academic research for their respective nations and recognise that the best research in all countries may be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally.

The research proposals can be in any area of science within both of the BBSRC and FAPESP remits – principally food security, bioenergy and industrial biotechnology.

Further information: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/internationalfunding/fapesp-joint-funding-research.aspx

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Applications Open for Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe!

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The Creative Encounters joint initiative supports collaborative artistic and creative projects that bring together arts organisations and artists from Asia and Europe. A key objective is the cultivation of sustainable partnerships between Asian and European arts organisations. Funding of up to 25,000 SGD (around €14,000) is available for projects exploring issues of cultural mobility and community engagement. The theme can be addressed through any artistic discipline (performing/literary/visual arts, film, new media etc) or through cross disciplinary or cross-sectoral approaches. Projects should take place between 1 April and 30 November 2015 and should include result-oriented activities that facilitate collaborations, co-productions, exchanges and dialogues between artists and cultural professionals. Applications must be proposed jointly by a minimum of two partner organisations, with at least one partner each from Asia and Europe. Applications with multiple partners are welcomed. Applicants and project participants should come from ASEM member countries and events should only take place in ASEM countries. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2014 (6pm Singapore time). Shortlisted projects will be announced on 1 November 2014 and shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a detailed proposal by 30 November 2014. Successful projects will be announced on 15 January 2014.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Funding to encourage and develop collaborative partnerships between Higher Education Institution departments and non-academic organisations, focussed on arts and humanities.

Extended Description

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is the UK’s national funding agency for research across both arts and humanities.

The AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Awards are designed to facilitate collaboration between Higher Education Institutions and non-academic organisations. This will take the format of a project which can provide demonstrable benefits to all parties. The project will be carried out by a research student (or multiple students where required), who will be jointly recruited and supervised by the partner organisations, and who will gain a doctoral qualification by the end of the award.

The proposal can relate to any aspect of the AHRC’s remit, and proposals relating to the AHRC’s strategic research themes are especially encouraged.

Funding calls for cohorts beginning in 2015 are subject to two highlight notices, supporting up to five additional awards:

  • Design: Under this highlight notice the AHRC are especially interested in receiving proposals for PhD research within AHRC remit that examines the part played by design in service and social innovation.
  • Connected Communities: This highlight notice seeks proposals for PhD research on communities, and which connects communities with research, bringing together community-engaged research across a number of core themes, including community health and wellbeing, community creativity, prosperity and regeneration, community values and participation, sustainable community environments, places and spaces, and community cultures, diversity, cohesion, exclusion, and conflict.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications must be made jointly by a department in a UK based HEI, and by a non-academic partner organisation from the voluntary, public or private sectors.

Where justified, the partner organisation does not need to be UK-based.

Additional Information

The AHRC expects to make up to 45 awards in the 2015 round.

Awards can be full time for three years, or part time for six years.

Value Notes

The award constitutes a standard doctoral studentship (full time, part time or fees only at the maintenance/fee levels set for 2015/16). Award holders also receive an additional payment of £550 per annum. Additionally, partner organisations will be expected to contribute £1,000 per annum to the student in the form of a maintenance grant.

The award is valid for three years full-time, or six years part-time.

A single application may support up to four studentships running concurrently, subject to capping levels.

Match Funding Restrictions

The non-HEI partner is required to provide supervisory time and desk space for the student as in-kind contributions. In addition to this, the collaborating organisation will also be required to make a cash contribution to the student over and above the maintenance grant provided by the AHRC.

The non-HEI partner cash contribution should be used to cover the costs incurred by the student in undertaking the collaborative project. Where the studentship is held by a fees-only student, the collaborating organisation can choose to pay this cash contribution at their discretion.

Full details of the non-HEI partner cash and in-kind contributions must be provided within the proposal.


Organisations deemed to be ‘spin-offs’ from HEIs (eg galleries) are eligible to apply, except in partnership with their parent organisation.

The maximum number of applications which any one organisation may make is limited to two, or three if one or more of the applications is made under a highlight call, or four if the proposals are submitted under both active highlight notices.

Terms and Conditions

Projects can relate to any topic within the AHRC’s domain, and selection is not subject to area-based quotas, although applications focussed on the AHRC’s strategic themes (below) are especially encouraged:

  • Care for the Future
  • Digital Transformations
  • Science in Culture
  • Translating Cultures

Applications must be designed to:

  • Support excellent collaborative research training.
  • Provide opportunities for doctoral students to acquire first hand experience of work outside an academic environment.
  • Allow doctoral students to undertake research that could not be completed without the proposed collaborative framework.
  • Encourage and develop collaboration between HEI departments and non-academic bodies and organisations.
  • Establish links that can have benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise and which also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.
  • Encourage collaborations from any area within the AHRC’s subject remit and with a full range of organisations, bodies and businesses.

Applications will be assessed on their capacity to satisfy these requirements, as well as on more general criteria relating to the quality of support, monitoring, resourcing and the proposed outcomes and legacy of the award.

Previous Successes

Recent successful applications to this award include:

  • Dr Bernadette Buckley Goldsmiths College & Museum of London
    The vibrant museum: applying ‘vibrant matter’ theory at the Museum of London
  • Professor Laura Brooks University of Southampton & National Trust
    The Making of the Modern Harpsichord
  • Ms Jo Volley University College London & Winsor & Newton
    The Materials Research Project: From Landscape to Colour

Application Procedure

Applications for this funding call should be made through the Joint Electronic Submission – (JE-S) System. Assistance in using this system can be found by contacting the JE-S helpdesk on 01793 444164, or viaJesHelp@rcuk.ac.uk.

Applications for the next funding round should be submitted by the closing date of 4pm, 9 July 2014.

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£75 Million R&D Fund for Low Carbon Propulsion Technologies

A £75 Million TSB R&D Fund for Low Carbon Propulsion Technologies Is Now Open for Applications!

The Advanced Propulsion Centre: Creating UK Capability in Low-carbon Automotive Technologies (Competition 2) is intended to develop technologies that are primarily ‘on-vehicle’, rather than those that reside off the vehicle, such as charging infrastructure. The projects are expected to strengthen UK capability and develop and grow the UK’s propulsion systems supply chain.

Additionally, projects must demonstrate technologies that deliver significant reductions in vehicle CO2 or other emissions compared to current best-in class technologies.

The programme has a total budget of £75 million to fundcollaborative R&D projects. Successful applicants can attract grantfunding towards their eligible project costs. The total costs should be between £5 million and £40 million. The funding will be split between industrial research, with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs), and experimental development, with a business partner attracting 25% funding (35% for a medium-sized company and 45% for small enterprises).

Funding will be available to support capitalcosts for new pilot production processesto support the research into a proposedmanufacturing solution. Test-rigmodifications and mule vehicles todevelop and prove the performance of thenew system will also be eligible.

The projects need to demonstrate the development of powertrain technologies based around one or more of the following technology areas:

  • Internal combustion engines.
  • Lightweight powertrain structures.
  • Electric machines and power electronics.
  • Energy storage and energy management.
  • Other propulsion systems.

Projects must be business-led andcollaborative. Each projectmust include a vehicle manufacturer and an SME. The sponsors are encouraging companies working outside the automotive sector that can bring technical knowledge and expertise to a consortium to participate in this competition.

Only UK-based companies and research organisations are eligible to apply.

Please note that you will need to pre-register your intent to submit. The deadline for registration is at noon on 25 June 2014 and the deadline for full applications is at noon on 2 July 2014.

For more information, including background and eligibility criteria, please visit the TSB website or contact your Research Support team.