In preparation for the University’s involvement in the next Collective Fund Call a workshop, hosted by Professor Steve Flint (Associate Vice-President for Internationalisation), will take place on Friday, 9 June from 11:45 to 14:00 in the Dalton Room, University of Manchester Innovation Centre. The workshop will aim to identify the key areas for University engagement in the second Collective Fund call. The workshop will also aim to identify areas of strength for future cross-council or individual council GCRF calls. Registration is required.
Two GCRF funding calls have been announced in the last week. The British Academy have issued a call for applications to its Cities & Infrastructure Programme which aims to address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries. Awards will be in the region of £300k for a period of 16 months with projects expected to start in September. Applications are required by 14 June.
The MRC are leading on a £10m cross-Council call, in partnership with the Department of Health, on Antimicrobial Resistance in a Global Context. There are two stages to the call, with a Development stage (deadline 11 July) preceding a Full stage (deadline Mid-January 2018). During the development stage grants will be available to enable the broadening and deepening of interdisciplinary partnerships and research ideas. Funds will be for 6-8 months for £80k and projects must start by 1 October 2017. It is expected that up to 10-12 development grants will be supported. The Full stage will be open to open to development grant awardees and funds will be available to support 3-4 consortia at £2-3m each for up to three years.
Paul Burrows, the BBSRC Executive Director, Corporate Policy and Strategy, recently paid a visit to the University. He mentioned that for the time being the BBSRC GCRF presence will remain focused on sustainable agriculture and intensification but there are plans to extend to industrial biotechnology. He advised that if we have links to eligible countries in areas such as bioenergy these should now be readied in anticipation of future calls.
With the deadline for applications to the AHRC-MRC Global Public Health Partnership Awards due on 8 June, AHRC have now made available the video of the network and information event that took place on 12 April.
A number of GCRF delivery partners have guidance on completing ODA compliance statements. NERC’s advice to PI’s is also available.
The Academy of Medical Sciences has used its GCRF allocation to run a number of workshops. In November last year it jointly organised one with the the InterAcademy Partnership for Health with the output being a report ‘Improving the development and deployment of rapid diagnostic tests in LMIC’s’
Innovate UK have issued a £3m call for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to improve cities in Malaysia. Innovate UK and PlaTCOM Ventures, Malaysia are funding this competition and projects should address one or more of the following urban challenges: urban mobility, urban waste and urban water management. The deadline for registration is 30 August.
Peru has now joined the Newton Fund and a couple of calls are expected in this financial year, with a scale up of activity over the next three years starting with £1m from the UK side in 2017/18 increasing to an expected £4m per year in 2020/21. Indications are that early priority areas for Newton in Peru will be health (focusing on infant mortality), water (focusing on the water cycle), and Peru’s involvement in the wider Latin American biodiversity programme.
The British Council and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) will be launching a call this week for PhD placements. These allow for UK-China two way mobility for PhD students, and their supervisors (optional). It is likely that the call will remain open until September. The priority areas will be: health and life sciences, food and water security, environmental technologies, energy, urbanisation, education and creative economy (for economic development and social welfare). In addition, the British Council plan to launch Newton-Bhabha PhD placements with India in early June. These will be two way mobility, and priority areas will be STEM related.