|Funding Opportunities (Projects and Programmes)
1. NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) – Challenge Awards (Closing Date: 29 May 2013, 1pm)
The NIHR i4i Challenge Awards seeks to identify those medical technologies with the greatest potential clinical benefit, along with how they might be integrated into clinical decision and treatment pathways and be implemented on a large scale. Research proposals are invited from NHS organisations or other providers of NHS services in England, in cooperation with commercial and Higher Education Institution (HEI) partners as appropriate, to develop non-pharmaceutical, implantable technologies for sight or hearing loss.
2. DH Academic Health Science Centres competition (Closing Date: 31 May 2013)
The Department of Health has launched a new, open, two-stage competition to designate Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England.
The role of the newly designated AHSCs will be to increase strategic alignment of NHS providers and their university partner, specifically in world-class research, health education and patient care, in order to improve health and healthcare delivery, including through increased translation of discoveries from basic science into benefits for patients. AHSCs will be able to realise their potential as drivers of economic growth through research partnerships with commercial life science organisations. Designation will be for five years from 1 April 2014.
The closing date for submission of the Pre-qualifying Questionnaire by NHS provider/ university partnerships in England that are interested in being considered for AHSC designation is 31 May 2013 at 1.00pm.
The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is managing the call and designation process on behalf of the Department of Health.
3. NIHR/MRC EME Programme – Commissioned work stream (Closing Date: 3 June 2013, 1 pm)
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme invites research proposals to evaluate innovative and novel healthcare treatments and tests delivered through industry-academia-NHS collaborations, which address priority areas of unmet need in the following areas:
• Alcohol and substance misuse in younger people (to exclude nicotine)
• Radionuclide imaging in non-malignant disease
4. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme – Commissioned call for proposals (Closing Date: 29 August 2013, 1pm)
The NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme invites research proposals in the following area: Multiparametric MRI in planning epilepsy surgery.
5. NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme – Primary care research Commissioned calls (Closing Date: 29 August 2013)
The NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme invites research proposals on the following areas:
• Immunisation of Children and Young People Looked After By the State
• Feasibility of psychosocial interventions for preventing blood borne virus infection in people who inject drugs
• Peer support for breastfeeding maintenance
• A prognostic tool to aid clinical management decisions in acute ankle sprain
• Prognostic models for people with advanced cancer
• Suspected acute pulmonary embolism in pregnancy
• Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation devices for assisted cough in neuromuscular disease
• Early pulmonary rehabilitation after an exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Interventions to enhance engagement in exercise referral schemes
• Non-neuroleptic mood stabilising medication for challenging behaviour in adults with intellectual disability
The deadline for submission of outline proposals is 29 August 2013 by 1pm.
| Funding Opportunities (Fellowships)
The Royal College of Radiologists invites applications for the Constance Thornton fellowship. This supports a research project or furthers a radiological interest in the UK or abroad. Preference will be given to applications centred either on cross-sectional imaging or paediatric radiology, and especially to projects likely to lead to publication.
Application is open to members and fellows of the college’s faculty of clinical radiology who hold a clinical radiology post in the UK.
The fellowship is worth £3,000.
The Medical Research Council invites applications for its population health scientist fellowship. This fellowship provides support for research and specific training for pre- and postdoctoral researchers and clinical scientists, including specialist trainees, general practitioners, dentists, nurses, midwives and members of the allied health professions. Disciplines relevant to the scheme include: social, clinical, life course and genetic epidemiology; biostatistics; health demography; medical sociology; health psychology; medical anthropology; human geography; health economics. The research fellowship provides the opportunity to spend time in an overseas research centre, a second UK research centre or UK industrial centre. MRC would normally support with justification one visit, which may be no longer than 12 months.
Science graduate applicants should hold a PhD or DPhil in a relevant discipline. Applicants who hold a research-oriented master’s degree will also be considered. Medical or dental graduates should be post-registration up to and including specialty registrar grade. Nurses, midwives and members of the allied health professions must have completed their professional training and hold a master’s degree, or equivalent postgraduate research-oriented qualification. Fellows may be based at UK universities, medical or dental schools, Research Council institutes and units, charity-funded research centres, or other approved academic institutions.
The fellowship lasts for up to three years. At the postdoctoral level, the award covers salary, training costs, consumables, travel costs and capital equipment, and all other relevant costs under full economic costs. At the predoctoral level, the fellowship includes salary up to NHS consultant level, and a research training support grant of up to £15,000 per year.
The Medical Research Council invites applications for its early career fellowship in economics of health. The scheme enables individuals to undertake challenging projects in excellent research and training environments in the UK. MRC aims to strengthen capacity in health economics by attracting early postdoctoral researchers trained in economics research methods to apply their skills to health economics problems. The fellowship helps individuals begin to establish a research track record in the field and to undertake further training.
The competition is open to applicants with some advanced training in any field of economics who can demonstrate the transferability of their research skills to the field of the economics of health. It is also open to applicants who have recently transferred to health economics and require further advanced training. Those with prior training in econometric methods are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must either have a PhD or expect to do so by the time of take-up of the award, and must not have more than four years’ postdoctoral experience.
The fellowship is for a period of up to three years.
4. Medical Research Council Methodology research Fellowship (Closing Date: 19 June 2013)
The Medical Research Council invites applications for its methodology research fellowship. The scheme is aimed at researchers with a grounding in health research, not necessarily in a methodological discipline, to enable them to move from postdoctoral scientist to an independent researcher in their chosen research field.
The scheme is open to applicants who wish to pursue development, validation and application of innovative methodologies in one or more of the following disciplines:
•biostatistics and bioinformatics;
•modelling, decision sciences and epidemiology;
•qualitative methodologies and mixed methods;
Science and social science graduates should hold a PhD or DPhil in a relevant discipline and have between three and six years’ postdoctoral experience. Applicants who hold a relevant research-orientated master’s degree will also be considered. Other relevant disciplines include those that support clinical research directly, as well as nurses, midwives and members of the allied health professions. Medical or dental graduates should be post registration, including specialty registrar. Applications from MRC fellows and postdoctoral researchers returning from overseas are particularly welcome. Fellows may be based at UK universities, medical or dental schools, hospitals, general practices, research council institutes and units, charity-funded research centres, or other approved academic institutions.
The fellowship lasts up to four years and provides the fellow’s competitive salary and necessary research and other costs allowable under full economic costs. The fellowship also provides the opportunity to spend time in an overseas research centre, a second UK research centre or UK industrial centre.
The Medical Research Council invites applications for its career development award in biostatistics. This aims to support outstanding individuals who have recently completed their PhDs and who are working in, or seeking to move into, statistically based health-related research in the UK. It provides up to four years of support for the development and investigation of innovative statistical methods and their application in clinical research. The award also provides the opportunity to spend time in an overseas research centre, a second UK research centre or UK industrial centre in year two or three of the award.
The scheme is open to individuals with PhDs in statistics, biostatistics or a related discipline and less than four years of postdoctoral experience. Candidates without medical statistical experience are welcome to apply. Applicants have no residential restrictions and may come from any country. The fellowship covers salary, research training support costs, annual travel or overseas costs, equipment, and all other relevant costs under full economic costs.
|Funding Opportunities (Studentships)
1. Alzheimer’s Society PhD studentship grants (Closing Date: 31 May 2013)
The Alzheimer’s Society invites applications for its PhD studentships. These provide funding for new PhD studentships in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of dementia. Applications should be made by the prospective supervisor. Up to £85,000 may be requested to cover a fixed stipend, fees, materials and consumables.
Parkinson’s UK invites applications for its PhD studentships. These are offered to outstanding students undertaking research into Parkinson’s. Funding is available over three years to students based at UK higher education institutions and provides:
•a stipend of £15,000 per year (or £16,000 per year if in London);
•full PhD tuition fees at the UK/EU rate;
•a contribution of up to £10,000 per year towards research costs.
Students from outside the EU are welcome to apply for this scheme on a full fee-paying basis. Home and overseas students must have a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject. Applications must be made by the potential student’s supervisor, who must hold a tenured position at a UK university, hospital or research institute.
3. Arthritis Research UK PhD studentships (Closing date: 7 Aug 2013)
Arthritis Research UK invites applications for its PhD studentships. These are awarded to university departments for projects that have clear relevance to the aims of Arthritis Research UK and provide training in research in a multidisciplinary environment.
Applications may include a named student or, alternatively, students may be recruited after the studentship is awarded. Proposals may also be submitted for collaborative studentships by universities with an industrial sponsor. Awards consist of a tax-free incremental stipend, worth a maximum of £23,673 per year, UK tuition fees and limited running costs over three years.
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