Open Access Policy Changes for REF

There have been some changes to HEFCE’s schedule and policy for the next REF  assessment and Staffordshire University’s Library would like to inform staff about a series of drop-in sessions showing how they can help staff fulfil the requirements by placing their academic research in STORE (Staffordshire University Online Repository).

The requirement to make the content of research articles available via Open Access with 3 months of an article being accepted by a publisher will now be postponed until April 2017.   Instead authors and institutions are now expected to place the full text of their ‘Author’s final  copy’ (Post-print) in their institutional repository within 3 months of publication for any articles/chapters/proceedings published after 1st April 2016.

Any articles/chapters/conference proceedings published between January 2015 and April 2016 will be able to be submitted to the next REF without needing to adhere to the above criteria – so there is no panic about anything already submitted!

Details of the HEFCE policy changes can be found at:,202015/

The Library have a new guide on depositing research to STORE and can help with any queries about publishing or Open Access  – please contact   There are also some other drop-in sessions running in the iLab at Thompson Library on the following dates for staff seeking advice:

  • Wednesday 2nd  March 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 16th  March 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 13th  April 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 27th  April 2-4pm

Latest funds on Research Professional 12/02/2016

Bi-weekly highlight of new funds posted on Research Professional.

You can see the full list here: All new funds from the last two weeks, or set up your own Opportunities Alert to highlight when funding in your research area comes up.

Supporting a culture of openness in the NHS – a policy evaluation

Department of Health including NIHR, GB

The tenderer will conduct a single research project on supporting a culture of openness in the NHS, on creating a culture of prioritising care, improving openness, detecting poor care and ensuring clear accountability. The total budget is worth £475,000 over a period of 30 months.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 01 Mar 16


UK-France joint PhD programme

Ministry of Defence, GB

This aims to develop research in key areas of mutual interest to France and the UK, such as autonomous underwater vehicles, meta-materials, synthetic biology, sensors, vehicle armour, and human and social sciences. Five PhDs are expected to be funded.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 04 Mar 16


Research grants

British Ecological Society, GB

These support innovative ecological research and pump-priming projects, and help early-career ecologists to establish an independent research career. Grants for small projects are worth up to £5,000 each, and early-career ecologists’ grants are worth up to £20,000 each.

Maximum award: £20,000

Closing date: 21 Mar 16 (recurring)


Emslie Horniman anthropological scholarship fund

Royal Anthropological Institute, GB

This encourages postgraduates to pursue fieldwork, to develop their careers and make significant contributions to the study of the growth of civilisations, habits and customs, religious and physical characteristics of the non-European peoples and of prehistoric and non-industrial man in Europe. Awards are in the range of £500 to £7,000.

Maximum award: £7,000

Closing date: 31 Mar 16 (recurring)


Men’s health and emergent longer-term conditions

Burdett Trust for Nursing, GB

These aim to support nurse-led projects that will help to define proactive strategies and interventions that seek to promote better self-care and self-management and reverse the negative impact that undetected and untreated men’s longer-term health challenges may impart. Grants are typically between £10,000 and £200,000.

Maximum award: €200,000

Closing date: 02 Apr 16


Hudswell international research scholarship

Institution of Engineering and Technology, GB

This is awarded to assist members with advanced research work leading to the award of a doctorate at an internationally recognised university or research establishment in the field of electrical, electronic, manufacturing or information engineering. One scholarship worth £5,000 is available.

Maximum award: £5,000

Closing date: 07 Apr 16 (recurring)


Programming development fund

British Film Institute, GB

This helps film programmers and exhibitors put together programmes of films which will be enhanced or underpinned by curation, interpretation or education activity. The total budget is worth up to £1.4 million per year.

Maximum award: £200,000

Closing date: None


UK research partnership investment fund

Higher Education Funding Council for England, GB

This supports large-scale projects that can attract substantial co-investment from private sources, building on the research excellence in the higher education sector. Each project may receive between £10 million and £50m. The fund may support between four and 20 projects.

Maximum award: £50,000,000

Closing date: 15 Apr 16


Erasmus for young entrepreneurs

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, EU

This aims to expand and strengthen the existing network of intermediary organisations which act as local contact points for newly established entrepreneurs as well as experienced entrepreneurs in the participating countries. The maximum grant amount per specific agreement is €800,000 with a reimbursement of up to 90 per cent of eligible costs. Between 20 and 30 framework partnership agreements are expected to be signed.

Maximum award: €800,000

Closing date: 05 Apr 16

Latest funds on Research Professional 28/01/2016

Bi-weekly highlight of new funds posted on Research Professional.

You can see the full list here: All new funds from the last two weeks

Schools finance health competition

Innovate UK, GB

Funding supports phase two projects that aim to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators, which offer practical solutions to enable improved financial health and efficiency savings in schools, without harming outcomes for pupils. The total budget for phase two is £200,000, including VAT. Each project may receive up to £100,000 over a maximum period of one year.

Maximum award: £100,000

Closing date: 24 Feb 16


Research associateships

Modern Humanities Research Association, GB

These support the completion of research projects through the provision of part-time research assistance. Up to three awards of £23,000 each are available for one year only.

Maximum award: £23,000

Closing date: 29 Feb 16 (recurring)


Small research study funding scheme

Posture and Mobility Group, GB

Funding supports research projects that promote best practice, provide training, collate information and advise stakeholders on posture and wheeled mobility services. Grants are worth up to £7,500 each and cover the replacement salary costs as well as other research expenses.

Maximum award: £7,500

Closing date: 29 Feb 16 (recurring)


International fellowship for midwives

Wellbeing of Women, GB

This fellowship enables midwives to further develop research interests in midwifery, maternity services, pregnancy, childbirth and women’s health from an international perspective. Each fellowship is worth up to £20,000, which is available to contribute to salary, research and travel costs.

Maximum award: £20,000

Closing date: 07 Mar 16


Awards for travel to Canada – academic staff and doctoral students

Canada-UK Foundation , GB

These enable faculty and doctoral students pursuing Canadianist research in UK universities to make a research visit to Canada. Awards are worth £1,000 each for visits lasting a minimum of one week.

Maximum award: £1,000

Closing date: 15 Mar 16 (recurring)


Efficacy and mechanism evaluation programme – researcher-led workstream

Department of Health including NIHR, GB

This supports research into interventions based in or used by the NHS and its partners, including clinical trials and evaluative studies of novel and repurposed interventions. There is no fixed limit on project duration. All funding should be clearly justified, but there is no upper limit.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 15 Mar 16 (recurring)


Environmental risks to infrastructure – knowledge exchange fellowship call

Natural Environment Research Council, GB

This aims to support infrastructure owners, operators, regulators and policy-makers to enable them to access and use environmental science to identify, quantify and manage environmental risks to infrastructure. The award is worth up to £40,000.

Maximum award: £40,000

Closing date: 17 Mar 16


Four year PhD studentships

British Heart Foundation, GB

These allow universities in the UK to recruit up to four students per year for four years into the cardiovascular research programme. The studentship includes a student stipend at the standard BHF rate, university PhD tuition fees at the home rate only and consumable costs of £8,000 for the first year and £14,000 per year thereafter.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 31 Mar 16

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Nachi Chockalingam and Aoife Healy will provide an introduction to Mendeley software on Wednesday 20th January from 1 – 1.45pm.


They will demonstrate how the software can be used to store and organise research articles and how it can be used to create citations and bibliographies.


Places are limited, to attend the event please register at:


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New Call: Cross-Platform Production in Digital Media


Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative R&D projects that stimulate innovation in the UK’s creative industries.

This competition aims to support projects that address convergence in digital media technologies. It covers film, television, online video, animation and video games, and includes pre- production, production and post- production processes, particularly for visual effects technologies.

Projects must be collaborative and led by a business. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium- sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.

We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £300,000 to £750,000, although we may consider projects outside this range.

This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 9 November 2015. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 6 January 2016.

There will be a briefing event for potential applicants in London on 11 November 2015.


Production is at the heart of this competition, and successful applications will address the technical challenges of producing creative content across a range of media and devices, and on different platforms. With consumers accessing content in an increasing variety of ways, we are interested in applications that address the fragmentation brought about by new devices and networks, as well as the fresh contexts in which content can be consumed. This competition also encourages exploration of the production opportunities arising from new digital technologies in audio and visual effects production.


Please click here for full details

If you are interested please let know ASAP



Personalised Diabetes Education and Care Plan – a systemic approach

A new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition is being launched by the Scottish Government and Scottish Diabetes Group, in association with Scottish Enterprise, Innovate UK and NHS Scotland, to find innovative new solutions focused on diabetes education and mobile health.

The competition will have two phases.

Award: Up to £150,000

Opens: 19 Oct 2015, 00:00

Registration closes: 30 Dec 2015, 12:00

Closes: 06 Jan 2016, 12:00

Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 6 months and up to £30,000 (inc. VAT) per project. A total of up to £150k (inc VAT) is allocated to phase 1.

Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators from the more promising technologies in Phase 1, and it is anticipated that funding will be up to £150,000 (inc VAT) per project. A total of up to £300k (inc VAT) is allocated to Phase 2 . At this stage contracts will be let for Phase 1 only.

Phase 2 is dependent upon successful completion of Phase 1 and may be awarded to selected Phase 1 contractors.

Applicants should state their goals and outline plan for Phase 2, as an explicit part of the path to full commercial implementation, in their Phase 1 proposal.

Click here for the full competition brief

If you are interested in this call please contact: