NIHR event at Staffordshire University – March 19th 2014




We are delighted to be hosting a full day of information and discussion devoted to the opportunities offered by the National Institute for Health Research,, and are looking forward to welcoming specialists in the research fields of Public Health, Health Technology Assessment and Patient Benefit as well as the Research Design Service.This will be a great opportunity to network with colleagues within and external to the University.

 Please book your place via

 NIHR funding opportunities in Public Health and Patient Benefit

 Weds 19th March 2014 – Ashley Centre Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent

 09-30 -10-00 Coffee/ Networking -All

 10-00 – 10-10 Introduction to NIHR and Overview of the day- Prof. Tony Stewart, Staffordshire University

 10-10 – 11-40 Public Health Research and Health Technology Assessment funding opportunities –Phil Taverner, Assistant Director, NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies  

 11-40 -12-20 Round Table discussion – All

 12-20 – 13-30 Lunch/ Networking

 13-30- 14-30 Research for Patient Benefit –Bob Scott, NIHR Programme Manager West Midlands; Eleanor Garratt, NIHR Programme Manager East Midlands

 14-30- 15-00 NIHR Research Design Service- Roger Beech, Keele University

 15-00 -15-40 Round Table discussion – All

 15-40 – 16-00 Concluding remarks- Prof Tony Stewart, Staffordshire University

 16-00 CLOSE


Joint Action on Health Inequalities – final conference reports[1]

The Equity Action final conference took place on the 23rd of January 2014 in Brussels. It brought together international experts on health inequalities, officials and policy makers from Member States and the EU and a range of key stakeholders.

Who was this for?

This conference was for leaders and champions at European and Member State and Regional level who are responsible for producing or shaping policies and strategies that address the social determinants of health such as housing, environment, education and employment, and those from NGOs and academia who are seeking to influence the uptake of policies to reduce health inequalities.

Key points

Equity Action has worked to strengthen the effectiveness of policy making and strategic actions to reduce health inequalities at member state, regional and EU levels. Work has included:

  • developing expertise in Health Impact Assessment and Health Equity Audit
  • improving the impact that Structural and Investment Funds have on tackling health inequalities
  • strengthening regional strategies to tackle health inequalities
  • broadening the evidence base on key issues such debt and financial insecurity
  • sharing good practice on stakeholder engagement to tackle health inequality together

Learn more about Equity Action

Public health research programme – commissioned calls for proposals: 13/90, 13/91, 13/93

The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research invites proposals for commissioned research projects under its public health research programme.

The following commissioning briefs are now available.

13/90 – Interventions to maintain or increase physical activity in adolescents

13/91 – Interventions to prevent elder abuse

13/93 – Social and emotional wellbeing in early years

Closing Date: 18th December 2013

For guidance notes and application information:



EPSRC-NIHR Healthcare Technology Call


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are inviting network proposals to enable collaborations between academia and the 8 National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) funded Healthcare Technology Cooperatives (HTCs). Each network proposal must be led by an academic at an eligible institution and can be up to £150K (80% FEC) for a maximum duration of 3 years – an investment of up to £1.2M from EPSRC to fund up to 8 EPSRC – NIHR HTC partnership awards.

Each proposal must have support from at least one of the HTCs (but no more than 3). The closing date is the 7th January 2014.  The funding avaliable is £150k for a maximum of 3 years at 80% FEC.

For more information Click HERE

Dementia Project Suitable for Faculty of Health or FACT

This fund from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is looking to change the way people think about dementia. There are a number of different angles the research could be looked at leaving it open for work from both the Faculty of Heath and the FACT. One of the themes they are interested in includes languages, images and stories around dementia.

Funding Body: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Scheme: Reframing dementia in the 21st century: challenging thinking and stimulating debate

Overview: This call supports one or two projects to influence how people think, talk, write about and portray dementia. Projects are for a duration of 18 to 22 months. The aim is to challenge attitudes, understanding and behaviours around dementia that reinforce stigma, isolation and exclusion. The foundation seeks to support the future development of policy, practice and research, and to improve societal attitudes and ultimately the quality of life of people with dementia.

Budget: Projects will be supported with a budget of up to £50,000

Deadlines: 06 Nov 13

Further Information:


Rapid evidence review on the health risks of bathing

Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs invites tenders for a rapid evidence review on the health risks of bathing. The aim is to carry out an evidence review on the evidence around bathing water standards and the impact on human health to highlight any significant new research and evidence gaps.

For further information go to:

Closing date 02 Oct 13

Call for Tenders: Training Packages for Health Professionals

The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers has published a call for tenders concerning training packages for health professionals to improve access and quality of health services for migrants and ethnic minorities, including the Roma.
The work to be prepared under this call for tender is to review, develop, test and evaluate training for health professionals in order to facilitate the access and improve the quality of health services for migrants and ethnic minorities such as the Roma in the European Union.
The deadline to submit tenders is the 27 September 2013
For additional information go to:

NESTA’s new Social Innovation Fund

The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund is a £14 million Fund to support the growth of innovations that mobilise people’s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services. This fund is an open call and will be here for two years, so even if you don’t have a project now, make a note of it for future reference.

Funding Body: NESTA

Fund: The Centre for Social Innovation Fund

Overview: As part of the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, Nesta will run a £14 million Innovation Fund.

We will provide financial and non-financial support to help grow the impact and reach of innovations that mobilise people’s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.

Over the next two years the ambition is to:

Find innovations that harness different types of social action to make a positive difference across a range of outcomes

Support the most promising innovations to have more impact, including building evidence of what works

Enable a small number of proven innovations to achieve impact at significant scale, by reaching and benefiting many more people

The Innovation Fund will focus on a small number of big social challenges, like helping older people to age well or supporting young people to get into work, where there is a plausible account of how social action can make a difference and is under-exploited by the existing approach of public services.

Current priorities

  • Helping people to age well, particularly by supporting people over 50 to have a purpose, a sense of well-being and to be connected to others
  • Enabling people with long-term health conditions to have a better quality of life, particularly through the use of peer to peer networks and groups
  • Supporting and encouraging young people to succeed and find employment, for example through mentoring, coaching, and peer-to-peer networks

Using new approaches to “impact volunteering” to mobilise volunteers to increase and enhance the outcomes achieved by public services

Budget: £50,000 to £500,000 to individual ventures or programmes, funding usually needs to be matched from other sources.

Deadlines: Open call, just fill in an expression of interest form on the website



MQ: Transforming Mental Health fellowships



MQ: Transforming Mental Health invites applications for its fellow awards. MQ is seeking talented researchers with bold ideas who aspire to be the next generation of research leaders in mental health. With this new Programme, they aim to support the most promising early career scientists and clinicians who are asking the difficult and challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research.

The programme is open to researchers from all sciences and the proposed research must address a question relevant to mental health.

In supporting researchers at an early stage of their career, MQ aims to build and ensure capacity in academic research in mental health for the future. Awardees will join the community of MQ supporters and friends championing research progress across all sectors of mental health research.

The Programme will provide £75,000 (or $110,000 or €85,000) per year for up to three years.

The award may be used as start-up funding for a specific project or as bridging funding for a current project. Funds may be used for salary support and/or direct research costs. Salary support may be either for the applicant themselves, or for research assistance staff as appropriate. Please see Guidelines for Applicants for more information on how funding may be used and other currencies.

These awards are open to individuals from any country.

Applicants must be early career researchers with a PhD, MD or equivalent, who have recently established their own independent research career or are about to become independent. The Programme is open to basic scientists, clinically qualified researchers (such as medical graduates and clinical psychologists) and social science researchers. Please see FAQs on Eligibility and Suitability for more information on Applicant selection.

Research can be based in the laboratory, clinic or field, and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches, but must be relevant to the cause, treatment or prevention of mental illness.

Applications for this Programme are to be considered annually.  MQ anticipates making up to four awards in 2013.

Application deadline: 10 June 2013



NIHR – Board and Panel Members Sought

 Board and Panel vacancies

We have a number of vacancies for funding board members, panel members and panel chairs for the following health research programmes

• Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
• NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
• NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

Applications are welcomed from people with a wide range of expertise, including clinical staff, service managers, health and public health professionals, subject experts and academics.

For further information and how to apply, please visit our vacancies page.
The closing date for applications is 1pm on 07 June 2013.