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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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Internal funding opportunity: ESRC Impact Fund (deadline: 14th November 2017)

The Impact Fund provides flexible funding for impact projects in social science disciplines, where impact activities could not have been foreseen or from newly emerging insights in social science research and collaborations.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Newton Fund WCSSP SE Asia - Tropical Error Covariances for Data Assimilation (deadline: 17th November 2017)

The Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership Southeast Asia (WCSSP SE Asia) is seeking submission on the investigation of the dynamic, flow-dependent relationships implicit within convective-scale tropical error structures and their interactions with larger scales (e.g. Tropical Cyclones, Cold surges, etc).

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.

Arts and Humanities Impact Fund (deadline: 27th November 2017)

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.

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.

WSUP Urban sanitation costs and low-income consumers’ willingness-to-pay (deadline: 1st December 2017)

This research project, commissioned under WSUP’s Urban Sanitation Research Initiative, aims to assess the extent to which slum-dwellers can be expected to bear thefinancial costs of high-quality sanitation, and at the same time to generate information of specific value for sanitation planning in three cities in Bangladesh, Ghana and Kenya.

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.

AHRC Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India (deadline: 7th December 2017)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) have announced a joint call for research proposals addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’.

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.

BBSRC-FAPESP Joint Pump-Priming Awards for AMR and Insect Pest Resistance in Livestock and Agriculture (deadline: 6th December 2017)

BBSRC in the UK and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil have announced a joint Newton Fund call for collaborative research proposals focussing on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and insect pest resistance in livestock and agriculture. Although this call is being managed by BBSRC, all disciplines are welcomed to consider how they might address the aims of the call.

NIH Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) - Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues Collaborative Centers (deadline: 6th December 2017)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications to establish Collaborative Centers to study ethical, legal and societal issues (ELSI) of human genome and environmental health research across the African continent. Of particular interest are projects that propose bioethical, legal, and social science analyses of new or emerging issues that affect multiple communities across the continent of Africa. These awards will support 3-5 collaborating research projects at three or more African institutions working together as a partnership to accomplish more than each project could accomplish on its own.

NIH Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa): Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues Research Program (deadline: 6th December 2017)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications to study the ethical, legal and societal issues (ELSI) of human genome research in African populations. Of particular interest are projects that propose focused bioethical, legal, and social science analyses of new or emerging issues.

Environmental Research & Education Foundation call for Sustainable Solid Waste Management Research Programme (deadline: 6th January 2018)

The US-based Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is looking for applicants to their Sustainable Solid Waste Management Research Programme, which will ideally provide academic analysis of waste management practices, targeted research for increasing industry knowledge and understanding, as well as scholarships and internships for high-potential students.

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships (deadline: 8th January 2018)

Offering maintenance and research expenses to allow applicants to spend a period of 12 to 24 months on advanced study or research at a centre of learning in any overseas country (excluding the USA). Non-UK residents are not eligible.

ESRC GCRF: New Models of Sustainable Development (deadline: 11th January 2018)

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced a new call under the mandate of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This call, New Models of Sustainable Development, aims to fund new interdisciplinary and innovative research which examines how new models of economic development (broadly defined) can help address the development challenges reflected in the UN's Agenda 2030

CIFAR Global Call for Ideas (deadline: 21st January 2018)

The Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) invites the global research community to submit proposals for new programs that address complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Ideas must be novel, bold, and potentially transformative to warrant the creation of a sustained, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research program.

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Follow-On Fund (deadlines: 26th January, 25th May, 28th September 2018)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Follow-on Fund helps fund the early stages of commercialisation of technologies, to make ideas more attractive for commercial investment. Projects must arise from EPSRC-funded research, must be aimed solely at commercialisation (i.e. may not include further research), and will be supported based on individual project needs. Up to £60,000 is available per project.

Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Research Grant outline deadline: 30th January 2018, Foundation Grant deadline: 5 June 2018)

This programme is intended to generate world-class, cutting-edge research which addresses key questions on strengthening and and improving health systems in developing nations. It is part of the Health Systems Research Initiative, funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust (WT).

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funding (deadline: 5th February 2018)

The Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) aims to increase the application of social science research from the University. The IAA Impact Fund provides flexible funding for impact projects in social science disciplines, while the IAA Follow-on Fund supports projects (with continuing impact) that have previously received IAA funding.

Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize 2018 (deadline: 28th February 2018)

The Rosetrees Trust seeks to foster interdisciplinary research work in tackling medical issues that affect significant proportions of the population. This prize is intended to support a collaborative project between Medicine and either Chemistry or Physics.

Wellcome Trust Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (deadline: 26th March 2018)

This scheme provides junior researchers from low- and middle-income countries with the opportunity to gain research experience and training at Master's degree level. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

GCRF New social and cultural insights into mental, neurological and substance use disorders in developing countries (deadline: 11th January 2018)

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is pleased to invite proposals for new research grants that qualify for funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This call aims to fund a portfolio of innovative and interdisciplinary research that provides social and cultural perspectives on mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders in developing countries.

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