Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

Next Generation Science Communicators

Monday, May 18th, 2015

“Experience in presenting research findings and participating in the scientific dialogue are important aspects to the professional development of researchers early in their careers. Advancing scientific discovery relies on scientists at all career levels to clearly communicate their results, their rationale for working on a project and more.”

“To recognize their efforts and support their growth as science communicators, PLOS is offering up to ten travel awards to early career researchers to communicate their work at an upcoming conference. To be eligible researchers must have published with PLOS, be presenting work at a scientific conference, and currently be part of a graduate program or have received a graduate degree within the last five years.”

“If you are an early career researcher, we invite you to share your thoughts on what is the biggest hindrance for communicating science and what you or your peers can do to address this issue. Apply for a chance to win $500 to offset travel expenses associated with presenting work at a scientific conference taking place between August – December 2015.”

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2015. Further details are available at:

[Source PLOS blog: ]

BBSRC and RSE renew commitment to Enterprise Fellowships

Monday, March 16th, 2015

“The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) have renewed their commitment to entrepreneurship within life sciences by re-entering into an agreement to support Enterprise Fellowships for three years.”

“Funded by BBSRC and delivered by RSE, Enterprise Fellowships encourage the development of new businesses building on previously funded BBSRC research.”

“Fellows receive a year’s salary providing time to gain business skills and training to develop a full business plan, access to mentors, business experts and professional advisors in order to seek investment successfully.”

“The scheme has been renewed until 2018, with the option to extend it for a further two years.”

“The next deadline for Fellowship applications is 27 April 2015.”

[Source BBSRC news: ]

Wellcome Trust-MRC Newton Fund Collaboration

Monday, March 16th, 2015

“The Newton Fund is a new UK government initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. In partnership with the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust will deliver Newton Fund research activities within its funding remit in South-east Asia.”

“We welcome applications that fall within the remit of the Newton Fund for the following schemes:

  • Collaborative Awards in Science
  • Collaborative Awards in Medical Humanities
  • Collaborative Awards in Society and Ethics
  • Portfolio Awards”

“Applications under this initiative should address research priorities which will meet the health needs of vulnerable communities in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam or Thailand. Applications must propose innovative world-class research programmes, and can include plans to strengthen research training and build career pathways for researchers in the region.”

[Source MRC news: ]

2015 Applications now open for the L’Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science.

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

“The L’Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society. From 2015, Five Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. Each worth £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland), the Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.”

“The Fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed whatever they may need to continue their research.”

“Another important part of the Fellowship programme is the support, training and networking opportunities that it provides. Fellows make valuable friendships and connections that can lead to interesting collaborations, publications and wider appreciation of their work.”

Applications close on Friday the 13th March 2015.

[Source Science and Technologies Facilities Council: ]

Being Human festival returns for second year

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, is back for another year and is now inviting applications from across the country for public event funding. The festival will once again bring together leading academics, artists, writers, filmmakers and others for eleven days of events in November to celebrate the richness and diversity of the humanities and their place in the national culture of the UK.”

“The festival, now in its second year, offers a vibrant mix of discussions, performances, talks and exhibits to uncover the breadth of research in the humanities. It will run from 12–22 November 2015 and is led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy (BA). In 2014, the festival involved over 50 universities and hosted more than 160 events across the country.”

“Academics stepped outside the classroom last year to share their work and engage with the public. From philosophers in pubs, historians in coffee houses, classicists on social media, linguists prowling town centres – Being Human demonstrated the wealth and variety of humanities research in some unusual locations. In 2015, the festival promises to take over even more venues across the UK.”

“Grants are now available to fund creative programming which engages the public with leading humanities research, including debates, performances, virtual activities and exhibitions. All UK universities and independent research organisations are invited to apply for these small grants to participate in the festival by holding their own public events and activities to showcase humanities research.”

[Source SAS news: ]

The EU is recruiting post-doc researchers

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

“If you are a scientist interested in supporting EU policies with your research, this is your chance. The JRC has just launched a call to recruit on fixed-term contracts. As the Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre provides the science for EU policy making, providing a unique opportunity to make your work count. Successful candidates will work in one of the JRC sites, located in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.”

“The selection is open to applicants from the EU Member States or from one of the countries associated with the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme [] who have a University degree or a doctoral diploma in one of the scientific fields listed in the call.”

“The selection process includes practical tests on the basis of which the successful candidates will be placed on a reserve list and can be called for an interview according to the needs of the services. The call is open until further notification.”

For further information go to:

[Source Heritage Portal: ]

Wellcome Trust research bursaries

Monday, February 9th, 2015

“We are delighted to announce a new Wellcome Trust Research Bursaries scheme.”

“This scheme is for small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the Wellcome Trust. Projects must focus either on Wellcome Library holdings or on any collection supported by a previous Research Resources grant, but they need not be historically grounded.”

“These awards can support experienced researchers based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Applications may also be made from scholars based outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland who wish to carry out research on a collection supported by the Trust.”

“Awards are not limited to academic researchers. Applications may also be submitted by conservators, artists, performers, broadcasters, writers, public engagement practitioners and others working in the creative arts.”

More information on the scheme is available on the Wellcome Trust website:

[Source Wellcome Library website: ]

£4M boost for hearing research

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“Charity Action on Hearing Loss and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) [have] announced that they will invest a much-needed £4M into hearing research.”

“This new funding will support 13 projects in total, investigating how the inner ear develops, and how it and our hearing changes as we get older. These investments will also go towards supporting research into treatments for tinnitus, identifying genetic causes of hearing loss and developing more accurate hearing tests.”

For further details go to the ‘lifecourse of the auditory system’ call page at:

[Source BBSRC news: ]

Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in a Developing Megacity Announcement of Opportunity: Research funding

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the UK (with input from the Newton Fund) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are investing in a strategic research programme on urban air pollution in the megacity Beijing and impacts on health. NERC, MRC and NSFC are inviting Expression of Interest applications for a call under this programme.”

“The programme is split into four themes:

  • sources and emissions of urban atmospheric pollution
  • processes affecting urban atmospheric pollution
  • exposure science and impacts on health
  • interventions and solutions.”

“All applications must be collaborations between UK and Chinese researchers. Applications to this call must be in English.”

“The closing date for applications: 8:00 (GMT) and 16:00 (CST) on Friday 6 March 2015.”

For further information go to:

[Source NERC news as above]

Is it time for you to join the Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“Interested in becoming a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow? Find out what we’re looking for, and what makes this scheme different from the average academic fellowship. With the deadline for applications for the 2015 Engagement Fellowships coming up, Tom Ziessen from our Engaging Science team explains the scheme and answers some frequently asked questions…”

“At the Wellcome Trust, we’re not only interested in funding scientists and researchers to do science, we also want to encourage the public to explore health and wellbeing through the lens of scientific, historical and social research. We do this by funding public engagement projects (both directly and indirectly connected to research we fund), supporting the development of communities of artists, science communicators, researchers and others who deliver such projects and by directly delivering public engagement activity such as our exhibitions and events at the Wellcome Collection or our major education initiatives such as In The Zone.”

“We consider it important to connect and engage the public with the conversations around science and health. The Public Engagement Fellowship aims to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science. We want to support future leaders to make a step change in their careers – helping them bridge the gap to something new.”

To find out more go to:

[Source Wellcome Trust blog as above]