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Healthy Minds for Adolescent Mothers: Achieving Healthy Outcomes for the Family (deadline: 8th November 2017)

The Gates Foundation and the Grand Challenges Canada organisation are jointly offering funding for research that meets the mental health needs of the poorest and most vulnerable adolescent and young mothers in low- and middle-income countries. They are specifically looking for innovative approaches that make use of technology, social groups, and social media.

BBSRC/GCRF Sustainable Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa (SASSA) (deadline: 8th November 2017)

BBSRC has announced a call for collaborative proposals to address research challenges relating to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa. This is part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which requires projects to meet Official Development Assistance criteria alongside their scientific objectives.

UK-Vietnam Partnerships for Infectious Disease Research (expression of interest: 7th November 2017; proposal deadline: 12th December 2017)

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC), and Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) are inviting research proposals to the UK-Vietnam Partnership on Infectious Disease Research, through the Newton Fund. This initiative will provide funding for high-quality collaborative research projects focused on Infectious Diseases.

STFC Challenge-Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) (deadline: 7th November 2017)

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) External Innovations runs a Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) to support the application and commercialisation of STFC research in the key global research challenge areas of energy, environment, healthcare and security. Individual annual calls are aligned to specific challenge areas.

MRC Confidence in Concept scheme - Flexible institutional awards for preliminary translational work (deadline: 7th November 2017)

The Confidence in Concept scheme is a key part of MRC’s translational research strategy and provides annual awards of £250k-£1.2m to institutions, to be used flexibly to support the earliest stages of multiple translational research projects. It is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.

Antimicrobial Target Discovery and Validation (EoI deadline: 3rd November 2017; full proposal deadline: 4th December 2017)

As the capabilities required to address antimicrobial target validation and drug discovery cover multiple disciplines, including basic bacteriology, computational biology, chemical biology etc., it is expected that successful collaborative proposals will draw on expertise across these disciplines.

DfID Maintaining Essential Services after Natural Disasters (MAINTAINS) (deadline: 2nd November 2017)

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK government’s effort to fight global poverty. Natural disasters such as floods, droughts and cyclones already force 26 million people into poverty and cost an estimated $60 billion every year. They disproportionately affect the poor and most vulnerable, such as children, women, people with disabilities and the elderly. Shocks disrupt essential services, including DFID programmes, and lead to higher poverty rates, reduced economic development and poorer human development outcomes.

EDCTP Targeting control and elimination of NIDs through product-focused implementation research (deadline: 2nd November 2017)

The objective of this Call for Proposals is to provide funding for product-focused post-registration implementation studies for NIDs (1) in sub-Saharan Africa.

BBSRC GCRF Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (deadline: 1st November 2017)

The GCRF-STARS call aims to build a portfolio of sustainable and timely training resources to up-skill and develop researchers, graduate students and DAC citizens to help tackle global challenges.

Restricted call: ESRC Transformative Research call 2017-18 (Cambridge internal deadline: 31st October 2017; EPSRC deadline: 7th November 2017)

The aim of this call is to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme (deadline: 31st October 2017)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are pleased to invite applications to the AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowships scheme. The scheme will provide the opportunity for each intake of fellows to be seconded into the FCO to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers. Fellows will bring fresh thinking, depth and breadth of expert knowledge and apply their learning to policy challenges. This is not a scheme to support research projects about the FCO. It will build new capacity in the FCO and across the UK research base.

EDCTP Targeting control and elimination of NIDs through clinical trials (deadline: 31st October 2017)

The objective of this Call for Proposals is to provide funding for clinical trials to accelerate the development of new or improved therapeutics for NIDs(1) in sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals that are in line with EDCTP’s strategic research agenda are encouraged.

AHRC-MRC GCRF Global Public Health: Partnership Awards Call 2 (deadline: 26th October 2017)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers a unique opportunity for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the MRC to launch a global public health initiative that responds to the challenge of bringing together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with arts and humanities research bringing an understanding of local knowledge and history, cultural and historical contexts and dynamics, community engagement, and trust.

Department of Health/ UK Vaccine Network/ BBSRC "One Health" Approaches to Accelerate Vaccine Development (deadline: 25th October 2017)

BBSRC, on behalf of the Department of Health and the UK Vaccine Network, has announced a £5 million call for ‘One Health Approaches to Accelerate Vaccine Development’. This call forms part of the UK government’s commitment to Official Development Assistance (ODA).

BBSRC/GCRF Translation Award (deadline: 25th October 2017)

The GCRF Translation Awards call will fund activities that aim to achieve outcomes that deliver impact. The call aims to enable research outputs of current or previous BBSRC-funded (or other research council-funded research activity that falls within BBSRC remit) to be further developed into practical application, which delivers benefit and impact in developing countries.

Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants - UK and Peru (deadline: 25th October 2017)

Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher's career opportunities.

UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call on pulses and oilseeds (deadline: 24th October 2017)

The Newton Bhabha Fund uses the UK’s strengths in research and innovation to support greater scientific research capacity in India and build research partnerships between British and India research institutions leading to joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare. BBSRC and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) announce a call for research into pulses and oilseeds, supported by the Newton-Bhabha Fund and the government of India.

NERC/AHRC Exploring & Understanding Colombian Bio Resources (deadline: 24th October 2017)

NERC and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are inviting research proposals under the Exploring & Understanding Colombian Bio Resources call. The overarching aim of this call is to gain a better understanding of socio-ecological systems in the Colombian regions of Boyacá and Cundinamarca, and their response to environmental change, including climate, land use and social or political change, and the underpinning role and value of biodiversity in these ecosystems.

International Centre for Humanities and Social Change - Humanities/ social science-led projects (Phase 1 deadline: 23th October 2017)

The Centre has announced a competition to Cambridge academics, working in collaboration with scholars, policymakers and practitioners from across the globe, to develop innovative projects that will ultimately provide Humanities-led solutions to the pressing societal problems of our age.

RAE GCRF Africa Catalyst (deadline: 23th October 2017)

This capacity-building programme is under the remit of the Royal Academy of Engineering as a delivery partner for the Global Challenges Research Fund. The aim of GCRF Africa Catalyst is to strengthen professional engineering bodies in sub-Saharan Africa so that they can effectively promote the profession, share best practise and increase local engineering capacity, to help drive development.

Newton Fund/ BEIS Researcher Links Biodiversity Travel Grants - Latin America (deadline: 20th October 2017)

These grants are funded by the Newton Fund and managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) together with partner funders from around the world. They provide financial support for researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher's career opportunities.

Newton UK-China Agritech Challenge 2017 (registration deadline: 13th September 2017; application deadline: 20th September 2017)

Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are investing up to £8 million (£4 million each) in projects that use cutting-edge technologies to solve agricultural challenges in China.

British Academy Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects (deadline: 11th October 2017)

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers across all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities to develop international interdisciplinary research projects with development impact, in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences.

British Academy The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK's International Challenges (deadline: 11th October 2017)

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences to develop interdisciplinary projects which bear on our understanding of the UK’s international challenges and opportunities (past, present and future). Proposals which relate to the themes of Conflict, Stability & Security; Europe’s Futures; Justice, Rights & Equality; and Urban Futures are particularly welcome. This call for proposals is the second round of this scheme, following a first round last year.

BBSRC Follow-on Funding Call (deadline: 11th October 2017)

A Follow-On Grant enables researchers who have a sound understanding of the market opportunity for their intellectual assets to execute a defined programme of work of up to two years in length that has clearly defined and complementary technical and business plan development milestones. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic benefits of their research.

Innovate UK/ BBSRC/ EPSRC/ Newton Bhabha UK-India Industrial Waste Challenge 2017 (registration deadline: 11th October 2017; application deadline: 11th October 2017)

Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are investing up to £8 million in projects that use cutting-edge solutions to reduce industrial waste in India, as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund.

BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) joint funding of research (deadline: 4th October 2017)

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and FAPESP, the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation, have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to welcome, encourage and support applications that may cut across their national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams.

Restricted call: Leverhulme Research Centres 2018 (Cambridge's internal deadline: 1st October 2017; Leverhulme Trust deadline: 9th January 2018)

The aim of this call is to encourage new approaches that may establish or reshape a field of study and so transform our understanding of a significant contemporary topic. Applicants are therefore invited to be bold in compiling their bids. The Trust has a reputation for encouraging higher-risk research which is often therefore fundamental or curiosity-driven – so-called 'blue skies' – and pan-disciplinary.

Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme (deadline of different geographically-focused calls: October)

This scheme is for scientists based in the UK (or US for the Kan Tong Po programme) who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.

Singapore National Research Foundation’s Intra CREATE seed funding grant call (deadline: 30th September 2017)

The Intra-CREATE (Singapore National Research Foundation’s Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise) Grants aim to generate an impetus for forming collaborations between researchers from the CREATE Partner Institutions co-located in Singapore in order to exploit the potential of CREATE and achieve greater impact from their collaborative research efforts.

Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) Flexible Funding Scheme (deadline: 30th September 2017)

 
Opportunity for Leading and Established Researchers in Systems Analysis - UK-South Africa (deadline: 29th September 2017)

The British Council, under the Newton Fund, has partnered with the National Research Foundation South Africa to support and expand its SASAC (Southern African Systems Analysis Centre)/ IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) PhD programme.

GCRF Collective Fund Interdisciplinary Research Hubs (Cambridge internal deadlines: 29th September, 18th October, 27th October, 30th October 2017; RCUK/GCRF deadlines: 29th September, 9th of November)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a 5-year £1.5Bn fund and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy: tackling global challenges in the national interest. Research Councils UK invites proposals from eligible UK research organisations to establish and lead a number of challenge-led and impact-focused GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs - 12-15 Hubs will receive between £8M and £20M (full economic cost) for 5 years starting in December 2018.

NERC/DfID/ESRC Building resilience to natural disasters using financial instruments (deadline: 26th September 2017)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Department for International Development (DfID), and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) invite proposals to address the topic building resilience to natural disasters using financial instruments. Funding is available to apply environmental and social science research to inform the design, development, refinement and validation of financing instruments to help developing countries respond and recover from extreme weather and natural disasters.

IDRC Strengthening engineering research and training in Africa (expression of interest deadline: 24th September 2017)

This call for proposals challenges universities as well as public and private stakeholders to develop and implement novel ways of delivering quality and relevant training and research in engineering and applied science fields.

India-UK Water Centre: Open Calls for Workshops and Researcher Exchanges (deadline: 22nd September 2017)

The India-UK Water Centre is inviting proposals from members of its Open Network of Water Scientists.

Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants (deadline: 19th September 2017)

Applications are open for Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

British Council Cultural Protection Fund - Large Grants (Cambridge deadline for letter of support: 18th September 2017; EoI deadline: 3rd November 2017)

The Cultural Protection Fund is an initiative of the UK government, which has dedicated £30 million in overseas development assistance (ODA) funding between 2016 and 2020 to support cultural heritage in conflict-affected countries. The Cultural Protection Fund is now accepting applications for Large Grants (over £100k).

Anticipated EPSRC 2018 CDT Call: Expression of Interest (deadline: 15th September 2017)

In early 2018, the EPSRC is likely to announce a call for the next round of funding for Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). The School of Technology and the School of Physical Sciences are seeking early expressions of interest (EoI) for potential new CDTs in order to gain a clear idea of likely demand, to provide initial feedback on the scope of the proposal and whether the topic is already well addressed.

DfID/ MRC/ NIHR/ Wellcome Trust Global Health Trials scheme (deadline: 14th September 2017)

This partnership between the UK Department for International Development (DfID), the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research and the Wellcome Trust funds late-stage trials of interventions that will provide evidence to help improve health in low- and middle-income countries.

Pre-call announcement: BBSRC-FAPESP Joint Pump-Priming Awards for Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and Insect Pest Resistance in Agriculture (non-mandatory workshop deadline: 29th August 2017; call opens early December 2017)

BBSRC in the UK and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil have pre-announced a joint Newton Fund call for collaborative research proposals focussing understanding and managing resistance, including novel methods, for pathogen and pest control. Applications for a preparatory workshop are open.

EDCTP Clinical trials to reduce health inequities in pregnant women, newborns and children (deadline: 13th October 2017)

The objective of this call is to accelerate the adaption and/or optimisation of treatment and prevention products (excluding vaccines) for PRDs in sub-Saharan Africa for use in pregnant women, newborns and/or children. This call is restricted to the following diseases: HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoeal diseases and lower respiratory infections.

UK (RCUK/Newton Trust)-India (DBT) Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative (deadline for mandatory sandpit: 11th September 2017)

Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils, and the Indian Department for Biotechnology (DBT) have launched a joint initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance funded by the Newton Fund.

Human Development Innovation Fund of Tanzania – Phase 3 (deadline: 8th September 2017)

Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is a challenge fund providing grants for innovations in education, health, early childhood development and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania.

NERC Call for ideas for strategic research (cut-off date for strategic programme areas (SPAs) ideas: 7th September 2017)

NERC invites ideas for scientific advances that will, over time, contribute to addressing some of these major challenges of the 21st century: benefiting from natural resources, resilience to environmental hazards, and managing environmental change. The ideas will be used to inform the development of new strategic research investments through either highlight topics (HTs) or strategic programme areas (SPAs).

Newton Advanced Fellowships (deadline: 6th September 2017)

This scheme provides established international researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. The skills and knowledge gained should lead to changes in the wellbeing of communities and increased economic benefits.

RCUK-CIAT Newton-Caldas Fund Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems Programme (expression of interest deadline: 6th September 2017)

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have announced a new UK-Colombia programme in sustainable tropical agricultural systems supported by the Newton-Caldas Fund.

EDCTP - Treatment innovations for poverty-related diseases (deadline: 5th September 2017)

The purpose of this Call for Proposals from consortia comprising a minimum of three independent legal entities is to provide funding for the clinical evaluation and development of new and innovative drug candidates for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoeal infections or lower respiratory infections, including co-infections.

STFC/ GCRF Foundation Awards 2017 (deadline: 5th September 2017)

This call is supported through Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) allocation for projects with the aim of accessing the untapped potential of STFC’s community to contribute to addressing challenges in developing countries.

GPSDD Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development (deadline: 1st September 2017)

The World Bank’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB), in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), is seeking proposals to encourage collaboration, experimentation, learning and capacity development for sustainable production, dissemination, and use of data.

Mission Innovation – Off Grid Access to Electricity (deadline: 31st August 2017)

The objective of this Call is to promote affordable and accessible access to clean energy derived from off grid electricity through the development of systems that integrate innovative technologies (components, sub-systems etc.) at high readiness level, demonstrate their technical feasibility and cost effectiveness in diverse social contexts of countries requiring off-grid access to electricity, including India.

Restricted call: NIHR Global Health Research Groups (Cambridge's internal deadline: 24th August; NIHR deadline: 20th October 2017)

New NIHR call for internationally-outstanding applied global health research to benefit people’s health in low and middle-income countries across the globe and build research capacity.

Newton RCUK-CONICYT Broadening Impact Call 2017 - Energy-Food-Water-Environment Nexus (deadline for intention to submit: 18th August 2017)

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and National Commission for Scientific Research and Technology (CONICYT) are pleased to invite applications to the Newton RCUK-CONICYT Broadening Impact Call 2017.

EPSRC/GCRF Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries (mandatory EoI deadline: 17th August; application deadline: 21st September 2017)

The aim of this activity is to support an internationally leading programme of research to tackle the energy distribution challenges faced by developing countries; proposals to this call must focus on sustainable local energy networks, including off-grid to grid transitions.

Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises Programme (R2HC) - ‘Open Call’ (deadline: 16th August 2017)

R2HC aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. This ‘Open Call’ encourages research that informs the prioritisation of public health humanitarian interventions and maximising value for money.

DfID Developing Effective Private Education in Nigeria Challenge Fund (deadline: 12th August 2017)

The Fund will support ambitious innovations designed by Lagos’ private schools’ proprietors, service providers and other entrepreneurs. The concept at the heart of the Fund is ‘innovation’.

Restricted call: Medical Research Council/ GCRF Global Nutrition and Health Research institutional "pump-priming" awards (Cambridge's internal deadline: 4th August 2017; MRC deadline: 14th September 2017)

The “Confidence in” schemes are used to demonstrate MRC’s support for institutional development in key strategic areas. The “Confidence in Global Mental Health Research” scheme is part of its suite of activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): it provides institutional “pump-priming” funds that will lay the grounds for future large scale, multi-disciplinary, cross-country global mental health research bids to address issues of primary relevance to Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Medical Research Council

Restricted call: Medical Research Council/GCRF Global Mental Health Research institutional "pump-priming" awards (Cambridge's internal deadline: 4th August 2017; MRC deadline: 14th September 2017)

The “Confidence in” schemes are used to demonstrate MRC’s support for institutional development in key strategic areas. The “Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research” scheme is part of its suite of activities under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): it provides institutional “pump-priming” funds that will lay the grounds for future large scale, multi-disciplinary, cross-country global mental health research bids to address issues of primary relevance to Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).

Internal funding opportunity: EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund grants (deadline: 31st August 2017)

Applications are invited for research projects and knowledge exchange activities compliant with the ODA guidelines, i.e. research primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries and where establishing economic development and welfare of developing countries is the main objective of research.

2017 Global Alliance funding call (expression of interest deadline: 31st July 2017; call deadline: 11th September 2017)

The Global Alliance was formed in 2016 as a tripartite agreement between University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley), the University of Cambridge (Cambridge) and National University of Singapore (NUS) in order to develop innovative research across the three universities to address research questions that could not be answered by one institution alone. Within the Global Alliance there are three themes: Precision Medicine, Cities, and Smart Systems.

EPSRC/RCUK Inclusion Matters - furthering equality, diversity and inclusion in Engineering and Physical Sciences research (deadline: 7th November 2017)

EPSRC is launching an open, competitive call to fund projects aimed at improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the engineering and physical sciences. This call is the first of its kind in the Research Councils and is being managed as a pilot by EPSRC as part of the Research Councils’ collective approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion during the transition to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

OpenPlant Fund (deadline: 30th June 2017)

The OpenPlant Fund supports innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant Synthetic Bioloy over 2015-19. Up to 20 six-month projects per year will receive £4k each, with an additional £1k awarded on completion for follow-on and outreach.

Restricted call: Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships and GCRF Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2017/18 (Cambridge's internal deadline: 21st July 2017; RAE deadline: 6th September 2017)

The RAEng Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide support for high-quality engineers and encourage them to develop successful academic research careers.

SARIC/BBSRC/NERC Third Call to support sustainable agriculture (deadline for SARIC Sandpit 2017: 11th September 2017)

BBSRC and NERC invite applications to attend an interactive strategic workshop (Sandpit) to develop proposals for research and research translation projects. Successful projects will bring together multidisciplinary teams to address challenges facing the sustainable intensification of agriculture in the UK.

Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems (deadline: 8th November 2017)

Diagnostic services are essential to guide patient treatment and care for a variety of health conditions. A well-implemented centralized laboratory has the potential to achieve high throughput testing with multi-purpose platforms, often at low cost. This is often not possible in the developing world, where diagnosis remains difficult and time-consuming. The Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada seek to change that.

Novel Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunization Birthdose and Healthcare Worker Skill in Low-Resource Settings (deadline: 8th November 2017)

The key aim of this Gates Foundation/Grand Challenges Canada call is to reduce child mortality through novel approaches that improve quality of care in primary health facilities and prevention of vaccine-preventable deaths.

EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellowships (deadline: 9th November 2017)

Innovation Fellowships will nurture future leaders in both industry and the research base, promote greater mobility between them and ensure that a variety of UK industrial sectors have a supply of skilled researchers. Applications are sought in alignment with the Industrial Strategy, in areas that have been identified as relevant to EPSRC or recognised priority areas at the interface of engineering and physical science research.

Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowships (deadline: 9th November 2017)

Enabling established researchers based at a UK higher education institution to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas.

NERC/EPSRC/ESRC/BEIS/STFC Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere (deadline: 10th November 2017)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Met Office Hadley Centre and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are inviting research proposals for a new four-year research programme on Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) from the Atmosphere.

DfID Funding for development research – Research to improve the quality of teaching and learning inside Syria (deadline: 10th November 2017)

The purpose of the research is to better understand the teaching and learning environment in schools and non-formal learning spaces inside Syria and to identify examples of best practice to address some of the barriers to safe, quality, inclusive education.

NIHR Policy Research Programme Call on Epidemiology for Vaccinology (deadline: 14th November 2017)

The NIHR is offering £1.5m for an in-depth research investigation into the use and development of epidemiological models, tools, and technologies to aid deployment and clinical trialling of vaccines in outbreak situations for the twelve diseases listed as high-priority by the UK Vaccine Network. As a secondary focus, they are supplying £3.5m for multiple projects assessing and aiding the development of other relevant tools, technologies, and methodologies in this field. The focus of this research should be on low- and middle-income countries as seen on the OECD’s DAC list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients.

Newton Fund CSSP Brazil research - Estimating methane fluxes through inverse modelling (deadline: 15th November 2017)

The Climate Science for Service Partnership (CSSP) Brazil is seeking submissions on methane flux estimation using inverse modelling to better understand Brazil’s CH4 budget from available observations.

British Academy/DfID Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme (deadline: 15th November 2017)

The British Academy is inviting proposals from researchers based anywhere in the world to develop interdisciplinary projects which enhance the development of more effective policies and interventions aimed at reducing corruption in developing countries. This programme is supported by a British Academy's partnership with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).

Newton Fund CSSP Brazil research - Meteorological driving data for offline land surface and impacts simulations (deadline: 15th November 2017)

The Climate Science for Service Partnership (CSSP) Brazil is seeking submissions on developing methods and datasets of meteorological forcing data for land-surface model simulations to span historical and future periods.

Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Science (deadline: 15th November 2017)

Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. We fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

EPSRC call for Supergen Solar Network+ expansion (deadline: 16th November 2017)

Based on the success of the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council )'s Supergen Solar Hub, the Council has provided up to £1 million for the strengthening of the Supergen network to support a hub, core research into solar power, and engagement, communication, and networking activity within the wider solar power community.

BBSRC International Workshops (deadline: 16th November 2017)

This call aims to to stimulate joint working in topics important to BBSRC’s strategy; to match numbers of scientists from the UK with other countries to identify areas of commonality and explore the potential for international collaboration; to receive applications involving collaborations with any other country, although they are particularly interested in promoting further links with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU Member States, India, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the USA.

Newton Fund/ STFC-NARIT Thailand Capacity Building in Software and Hardware Infrastructures and Data Handling through Astronomy (deadline: 16th November 2017)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) have announced a call aimed at capacity building in software and hardware infrastructures and data handling through astronomy.

BBSRC Other Countries Partnering Awards - Brazil, China, India, Japan, USA and Taiwan (deadline: 16th November 2017)

The Other Countries Partnering Awards will provide funding to support the development of long-term collaborations with overseas scientists in countries not currently offered though our existing partnering award schemes.

Restricted call: RCUK IAA Innovation Fellowship (Cambridge's internal deadline: 17th November)

This Research Councils UK (RCUK) fellowship is intended to support social science postdoctoral students in transferring their knowledge into industry, enhancing their skills, and building their understanding of industry. It is part of the Impact Acceleration Account programme (IAA).

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) – Catalyst grants (bid outline deadline: 21st November 2017; full proposal deadline: 10th April 2018)

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) is a new international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development, NERC and the Economic & Social Research Council. The overall SHEAR programme focuses on four areas: disaster risk assessment (mapping and analyses), sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, disaster risk monitoring, and the integration of these into practical decision making.

OpenPlant Fund (deadline: 24th November 2017)

The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach, policy work and training. For this round applications focused on training and knowledge exchange are especially encouraged.

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (deadline: 27th November 2017)

This scheme enables researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish themselves as leading investigators in their scientific field. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

WSUP research call: Analysing lessons from the sanitation surcharge experience in Mozambique (deadline: 28th November 2017)

This work will be an analysis of experience to date with collection of the sanitation surcharge in the Mozambican cities of Quelimane and Beira. The primary aim of this work is to generate detailed information for CRA (the Mozambican water and sanitation services regulator), and for other relevant actors in the Mozambican water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector. It is supported by Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a partnership between private sector, NGOs, and research institutions working on WASH sector challenges.

EqUIP call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections (deadline: 30th November 2017)

The EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) has announced its first research funding call to bring together social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (deadline: 30th November 2017)

This scheme helps mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries establish independent research programmes in those countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

Wellcome Trust Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (deadline: 30th November 2017)

This scheme offers research experience and training to early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

2017/18 Evelyn Trust Grants Medical Research Grants (deadline: 30th November 2017)

The Trust seeks to support medical research projects in Cambridgeshire, usually in the range of £10,000 up to a maximum of £250,000. Grants must benefit charitable or non-profit making organisations, not individuals.

AHRC Heritage in Changing Environments Call (deadline: 30th November 2017)

The Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change has announced a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals in the area of Heritage in Changing Environments. The call is designed to support the development of new, research-based ideas and knowledge in response to the rapidly and widely changing context with which heritage and heritage practice is faced. It invites research projects that help cultural heritage to meet societal challenges and contribute to the development of society.

Isaac Newton Trust/University of Cambridge Early Career Support Scheme for the Schools of Physical Sciences and Technology (deadline: 30th November 2017)

The Isaac Newton Trust/University of Cambridge Early Career Support Scheme is for new lecturers, those appointed between 1 October 2014 and 31 December 2017. It is designed to support academics in beginning their research careers, and is intended for use on projects that will lead to further external funding in the future.

WHO-AFRO/TDR/EDCTP Small Grants Scheme for implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty (deadline: 30th November 2017)

This call is for applications for implementation research that can cover a range of diseases, conducted through close collaboration between researchers and national disease programmes.

Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships Call 2017 (call opening 28th September 2017; deadline: 30th November 2017)

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia (Colciencias) have announced that they will soon invite applications to the Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships Call 2017.

Arts and Humanities Impact Fund (Cambridge internal deadline: 27th November 2017; deadline: 5th March 2018)

The Arts and Humanities Impact Fund provides flexible funding for impact projects in arts and humanities disciplines, as broadly defined within the remit of the AHRC. Applications are invited from any researcher active within arts and humanities who holds a current contract of employment as a senior independent researcher – at the point of application – with the University. Relevant non-school institutional staff (such as from Museums or Libraries) on academic-related contracts are also eligible to apply.

USAID call for Innovations in assessing Feed the Future (concept paper deadline: 1st December 2017)

USAID, the Bureau for Food Security, Office of Strategic Planning and Program Management, and Monitoring and Evaluating Division together seek to support organisations that are developing, testing, or applying innovative methods in monitoring and/or evaluating the Feed the Future initiative and the overarching U.S. Global Food Security Strategy.

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Partnership Development Awards (deadline: 1st December 2017, 6th April, 3rd August, 7th December 2018)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Partnership Development Awards will pump-prime collaborations with industry partners. The fund is open to research projects within EPSRC remit, and linked to previous EPSRC-funded research, which will kick-start collaborations with companies who have significant potential to become new business partners for the University.

NERC/ Newton Fund Understanding of the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards in South East Asia (deadlines: 4th December 2017, 21st February 2018)

NERC invites proposals to five research programmes to improve understanding of the impacts of hydrometeorological hazards, such as floods, droughts, landslides and storm surges, in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

Newton Fund CSSP Brazil research - Processes and predictability associated with sub-seasonal rainfall variability in Brazil (deadline: 4th December 2017)

The Climate Science for Service Partnership (CSSP) Brazil is seeking submissions from UK researchers on the analysis of the processes and predictability of rainfall variability over Brazil in GCMs.

Isaac Newton Trust/ Wellcome Trust ISSF/ University of Cambridge Joint Research Grants Scheme (deadline: 4th December 2017)

This scheme is aimed at newly independent principal investigators appointed at University of Cambridge between 1st January 2015 and 31st January 2018. The primary aim of the scheme is to provide support for newly appointed individuals to allow them to develop projects which will lead to a full application for external funding (e.g. project grant from a Research Council or equivalent).

STFC/ MoHE/ Newton Fund call for Collaborative research for higher level STEM skills in Malaysia proposals (deadline: 5th December 2017)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) have announced a call to fund high quality research projects stemming from nuclear physics, particle physics & particle astrophysics, astronomy & space science, and accelerators & computing in support of these or from STFC Laboratories/Facilities. These research projects will deliver transferable skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to raise skills levels in the Malaysian academic research community.

RCUK Transformative Research Technologies (deadline: 5th December 2017)

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are co-funding the Tools and Resources Development Fund (TRDF). This fund aims to pump-prime research technologies that can transform the impact of life sciences research in the future.

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