About BENNETT Margaret

External Projects Officer in External Projects Team since January 2012.

Call for methodological research projects

The Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development invite proposals for the National Centre for Research Methods call for methodological research projects that will undertake cutting-edge methodological research development, within the context of substantive research problems.

This supports projects that undertake methodological research in one or more of the following areas:

  • digital devices and mobile technologies for data collection;
  • participatory approaches;
  • analysis of online digital and big data;
  • bio-social data analysis;
  • policy-relevant research synthesis;
  • small area estimation.

The aim of the call is to increase the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, to enable new or existing social science research questions to be addressed more effectively.

Applicants are encouraged to focus their research in ways that are likely to add value to existing data resource investments. Projects must demonstrate a connection between methodological developments and the social scientific questions, data and theory they relate to.

The total budget available from ESRC is £5 million at 80% full economic cost. Projects may receive up to £825,000 each at 80% FEC for up to 36 months. Funding may cover part of the salary costs for a principal investigator and other directly allocated staff costs, costs for supporting administrative, technical and research staff, and costs of equipment, travel, subsistence and project-specific consumables.

Projects should commence on 1 January 2016.

Closing date 16 Jun 15

For further information go to: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/34169/ncrm-methodological-research-projects-2015-call.aspx



Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professors


The Royal Academy of Engineering invites applications for its visiting professors scheme. This industry-into-academia initiative is intended to utilise the experience of senior industry practitioners from engineering disciplines to enhance student learning as well as the employability and skills of UK engineering graduates.

The visiting professor would deliver teaching and mentoring at the host university and contribute to postgraduate teaching, curriculum development and strategy development.

Applications must be made by UK host universities.

Funding is worth up to £10,000 per year over three years to support the visiting professor through honoraria and travel expenses.

Closing date 16 Jun 15

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Healthcare technologies challenge awards

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites outline proposals for its healthcare technologies challenge awards. These will enable early-career researchers to develop new research groups and capabilities that address long-term health challenges and will have the potential to become new centres of critical mass in multidisciplinary health technologies research.

Proposals must align with one of the following grand challenges:

  • developing future therapies
  • frontiers of physical intervention
  • optimising treatment
  • transforming community health and care.

In addition, proposals should further the following crosscutting research capabilities:

  • advanced materials
  • disruptive technologies for sensing and analysis
  • future manufacturing technologies
  • medical device design and innovation
  • novel computational and mathematical sciences
  • novel imaging technologies

Principal investigators should be academics working in and holding a permanent academic post for up to eight years at an HEI, a research council institute or an independent research organisation. Applications may include a limited number of co-investigators from a complimentary discipline, provided that their participation is crucial to the interdisciplinary nature of the work.

The total budget of £10 million will fund approximately 10 awards. Funding should enable the PI to devote 35 per cent of his/her time to the project. Other eligible costs include staff time, consumables and equipment, user engagement, impact and dissemination activities, and partner collaborations and exchanges.

For further information go to: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/healthcaretechchallengeawards/

Closing date: 14 May 15

BBSRC Responsive mode research grants

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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its responsive mode scheme, on any topic within it’s portfolio.

Applications should be made to the appropriate committees according to the research topic:

  • research committee A evaluates proposals related to animal disease, health and welfare
  • research committee B evaluates proposals related to plants, microbes, food and sustainability
  • research committee C evaluates proposals related to genes, development, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics approaches to biology
  • research committee D evaluates proposals related to molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology

Grants may be used for research projects, technology development, equipment or use of existing facilities, new facilities or infrastructure provision, research networks and coordination and summer schools. Small pilot projects, proof-of-concept studies etc may also be supported.

Principal applicants must be resident in the UK and hold an academic staff appointment, lecturer level or equivalent, at a higher education institution, research council institute or a BBSRC approved research organisation.

Grants are tenable for up to five years.

Closing dates:  28 April 2015, 23 September 2015

For further information go to: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/apply/deadlines/

Major Research Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, which can be completed within two or three years. Candidates should state explicitly what the proposed outcomes of the award will be. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.

The Fellowships fund the salary costs of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.

A Major Research Fellow may also request research expenses up to an annual maximum of £5,000. If such funds are required they must be requested as part of the application procedure.

The duration of a Fellowship is for two or three years, to start at the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year.

Closing date: 7 May 2015

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AHRC Highlight notice for cross-disciplinary research networks

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its highlight notice for cross-disciplinary research networks exploring emerging areas of cross-council enquiry. This supports cross-disciplinary proposals addressing boundary-crossing engagement in relation to emerging issues in science and technology. The following topics are particularly encouraged:

  • risk
  • conflict, transnational organised crime and cybersecurity
  • cities, urbanisation, urban living and smart cities
  • valuing nature
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • wellbeing
  • emerging areas of science and technology, such as the internet of things, robotics and autonomous systems, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and wearable technologies

Applications should be lead by arts or humanities researchers and include a plan for significant participation by science researchers, a commitment to cross-disciplinary working and an interest in emerging areas where there has been little collaboration between the arts and sciences.

Closing date: 31 Jul 15

For further information go to: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Cross-Disciplinary-Research-Networks-Exploring-Emerging-Areas-of-Cross-Council-Enquiry-Highlight-Notice.aspx

Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowships

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The Royal Academy of Engineering invites applications for its Enterprise Fellowships. These enable aspiring entrepreneurs to commercialise technology-based business ideas from academic institutions into spinout companies.

Applicants must be working in engineering departments or engineering-focused research areas at UK higher education institutions, at postdoctoral level or above. PhD students may apply, but must have received their PhD before they start the fellowship. The proposed technology must be an innovation or invention in engineering or technology.

Each Fellow is provided with up to £85,000 to enable them to spend 12 months establishing their own business. In addition to the financial support, training will be provided to develop business skills. Mentors will be allocated to each fellow to provide additional support, advice and access to their entrepreneurial and venture capital networks during the enterprise fellowship.

Closing date 01 Sep 15 (Forecast)

(The information on the website relates to last year’s scheme but remains available for reference until the 2015 call is announced: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-entrepreneurs/enterprise-fellowships).

Arts Council England, Research grants programme 2015-18

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The Research Grants programme seeks to build our collective knowledge and deepen our understanding of the impact of arts and culture and to promote greater collaboration and co-operation between the arts and cultural sector and research partners.

The lead applicant must be an arts or cultural organisation based in England, with experience in delivering relevant programmes. Companies, charities, trusts and statutory bodies may apply. Applications must be made in collaboration with an England-based partner experienced in delivering a high standard of research. Consortia may also apply. The arts and/or cultural organisation must be the lead organisation.

Five key areas or themes of interest have been identified: cultural impact, economic impact, impact on education, impact on health and wellbeing and impact on society.

Projects may include but are not limited to, primary and/or secondary data analyses; psychological studies that take place in clinical or non-clinical settings; third-party evaluations of an arts project or programme’s value and impact; statistically-driven meta-analyses of existing research so as to provide a fresh understanding of the value and/or impact of the arts and culture; practice-based research; action-based research projects and comparative studies of the effectiveness and efficacy of an arts and cultural intervention/activity compared to or complementing other interventions/activity.

Actions must take place between 1 June 2015 and 31 March 2018.

A total of £700,000 is available for 2015-16, with indicative budgets of £900,000 available for 2016-17 and 2017-18. Applications can be made for grants between £50,000 and £100,000 per year.

Deadline: Thursday 12 March 2015

For more information go to: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/apply-for-funding/research-grants-programme-2015-18/#sthash.6wa8fgXc.dpuf

Horizon 2020: Fast Track to Innovation Pilot


The Fast Track to Innovation pilot supports projects from the demonstration stage through to market uptake.

A wide range of activities will be supported including piloting, test-beds, systems validation in real world/working conditions, validation of business models, advanced R&D, standard-setting and advanced performance testing.

The scheme targets relatively mature new technologies. Concepts, processes and business models that need a last development step to reach the market and achieve wider deployment are the focus.

The total budget for FTI in 2015 is EUR 100 million, which will be divided equally among the three cut-off dates in April, September and December. The EC plans to fund 50-70 projects each year and it is expected that the scheme is going to be extremely competitive.

FTI is open to all types of participants, including universities, RTOs, SMEs, large companies, incubators, first time applicants, etc.

Consortia must be comprised of three to five beneficiaries from different Member States or Associated Countries, with significant industry participation.

No typical commercial activities (including marketing activities) will be supported due to EU competition rules but funding can be used to improve an existing marketing strategy to help maximise impact (i.e. developing the marketing strategy to include more countries, etc).

All proposals must include a business plan that clearly describes the market potential and business opportunities for participants, in addition to measures to enhance the probability of potential commercial take-up as well as a credible commercialisation strategy.

Maximum project duration will be 36 months with a maximum EU contribution of EUR 3 million. The Commission expects that the average project duration will be 12-24 months.

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For further information go to: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/fast-track-innovation-pilot-2015-2016