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All change at Bradford’s
National Media Museum – p5
CCS Research down but not out – p6

Welsh woes Former HEFCW chief Philip
Gummett on proposed budget cuts – p20

BIS slammed for ‘hasty’
reform plans
Many of the department’s higher education policy jobs at risk

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has
been accused of basing its BIS 2020 restructuring programme on undisclosed evidence, as observers consider
the implications of the closure of BIS’s Sheffield office.
On 28 January, BIS announced that it was closing the
office, which is responsible for further and higher education, apprenticeships and skills, and employs 247 people.
The move is the first major step in implementing the radical reforms first revealed in October 2015, which aim to
slash the number of the department’s sites from 80 to
just seven or eight centres and to cut operational costs
by between 30 and 40 per cent.
In an internal update to the plan, sent out in January
and seen by Research Fortnight, the department proposed six business centres outside London. They are:
an institutional and research funding centre in Swindon
and Bristol; a business-facing centre in South Wales; two
higher education student-finance centres in Glasgow
and Darlington; a further education funding centre in
Coventry; and a regulation centre in Birmingham.
At the moment BIS has core offices in two of these
locations—Glasgow and Darlington—as well as in
Billingham near Darlington and Cardiff in South Wales.
The department’s other four core offices outside London
are in Nottingham, Watford, Runcorn and Manchester.
A senior union source says that the Manchester office
could be next in the firing line.
Meanwhile, the department has been criticised for
not thinking through the timing of the Sheffield closure, which is now processing more than 600 responses
to the consultation on the green paper for higher education. The office is due to close by 2018, which would
coincide with the second iteration of the proposed
Teaching Excellence Framework.
“We are going through the biggest change in higher
education regulation for probably 25 years and at the
very same time BIS is telling the civil servants dealing
with it that they haven’t got job security and their offices are being shut down,” says Nick Hillman, director of
the Higher Education Policy Institute and special adviser to universities minister David Willetts from 2010-13.
“It is a particularly unfortunate moment to do it.”

by Cristina Gallardo


It is also likely that not all of the staff’s expertise
will be transferred to the main policy centre that BIS
is planning for London; union representatives say that
the vast majority of staff are not interested in moving,
especially as BIS is not offering support for relocation.
Koen Lamberts, vice-chancellor of the University of
York, says that having policymakers in Sheffield allowed
northern universities and civil servants to develop richer working relationships. “BIS needs to make sure that
it does whatever it takes to go on working very closely
with higher institutions in the north,” he says. Both he
and Hillman say that it is likely that northern universities will be watching the situation closely, and may take
advantage of the closure by recruiting some senior civil
servants from the Sheffield office.
Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central,
says that Javid’s motivation is to reverse the decentralisation of policymaking that began in the Thatcher
years. He adds that it is not clear whether the plan
is based on sound evidence. The department has
repeatedly refused to publish the report by the
consultancy company McKinsey on which the BIS
2020 plan is understood to be based. A Freedom of
Information request by the Campaign for Science and
Engineering was declined last year, and a similar call
from the House of Commons Science and Technology
Committee was also not successful. Blomfield says that
he wrote to prime minister David Cameron last week,
urging him to publish the documents.
“Javid is somebody who praises himself for being an
evidence-based policymaker,” says Blomfield. “If we
got the evidence out into the open,
I hope it would lead us to conclude
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BIS declined to provide further
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data on staff numbers or the running costs of the Sheffield office,
and said that it would not comment
on the restructuring process.

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Greatest challenge
The UK can—and should—open its doors to more
refugees fleeing Syria
Last week the UK hosted a critical conference of international funders
assisting refugees escaping the crisis in Iraq and Syria. The event resulted
in pledges of an additional $11 billion (£7.7bn) in aid up to 2020, the largest amount ever pledged to a humanitarian cause in a single day.
Of this, our own Conservative government pledged £1.2bn up to 2020, on
top of an existing commitment of £1.1bn. Germany said that it would spend
€2.3bn (£1.8bn) up to 2018, while the US pledged $900 million for 2016.
The funds are to be spent in refugee camps in the countries bordering Syria that are absorbing, in some cases, thousands of arrivals daily.
Desperate for assistance, the governments of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
are receiving the aid to help refugees move out of overcrowded camps and
into more secure housing. The money will also be used to ensure that a
million refugee children can go to school, and to give adults opportunities for employment or further education.
But, whereas Germany has committed to housing a million refugees on
top of its aid pledge, the UK will take no extra refugees. Beyond what has
previously been promised—entry for 25,000 people in a five-year period—
the UK’s borders will remain closed to victims of the Syrian conflict.
Resettling traumatised people is hard for any society. Resettling people
from a culture that is radically different to one’s own makes it harder still.
Germany is a case in point. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s pledges are testing the nation’s liberal sensibilities. Nonetheless—notwithstanding some
disgruntled local authorities and a small but revived far-right—large
numbers of Germans remain solidly behind their head of government.
The same could have been said for the UK. Had he wanted to, prime minister David Cameron could have trusted his citizens’ better instincts and
offered to house more refugees, as so many of his predecessors have done.
In previous years the UK has shown generosity to many hundreds of
thousands of the world’s persecuted. From the 1960s, the UK invited
members of the Ahmadiyya, a small minority religion declared heretical
by Pakistan’s government. In the 1980s and 1990s the UK gave sanctuary
to those fleeing violence and wars in Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and the
former Yugoslavia. And in the 2000s, the UK was at the forefront of resettling the survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
That record is what makes the government’s refusal to receive more refugees so out of step with the UK’s past. Looking further back there are more
examples still. In the 1930s and 1940s, tens of thousands of British people
opened up to families fleeing Nazi persecution, including hundreds of refugee academics organised through CARA, the Council for At-Risk Academics.
More than 70 years later the world is once more faced with a group, the
so-called Islamic State, looking to conquer using the most brutal means
imaginable. The taxpayer-funded donations to Syrian refugee camps are
generous, certainly. But the government should know that many of those
taxpayers will not flinch if asked to go the extra mile to help with resettling more refugees in the UK.
All the government need do is ask.

“If we are fortunate and Zika turns out to
be less dangerous than feared, then no
one should look back next year with the
benefit of hindsight and accuse the world
of overreacting.”
An editorial in the Financial Times says that
the World Health Organization is right to
move quickly to tackle the outbreak of the
tropical disease. Financial Times, 31/1/16.
“If we want to be competitive to get funding and if we want people to believe our
data, we need to be serious about the data
that we generate.”
Having proper quality-assurance systems
can and does help you secure grants, says
University of Minnesota virologist Montserrat
Torremorell. Nature, 28/1/16.
“Once upon a time we thought of MPs as
saints. Then we were shocked when they
turned out not to be spared the peccadilloes common to man. This shock, and the
ensuing disgust, has spawned a rancid
political culture that makes zeros out of
heroes, casting the likes of obscure George
Freeman as geeky, boring even—though
our lives depend on him.”
Amol Rajan, editor of The Independent, waxes
lyrical about the UK life sciences strategy
and the man responsible for implementing it.
Evening Standard, 28/1/16.
“The criticism is important, that big institutions are subject to criticism—to whom
much is given, much is expected.”
Bill Gates says that he is happy for people to
challenge his foundation’s decisions. Desert
Island Discs, BBC Radio 4, 31/1/16.
“Unfortunately, Cameron seems to be
labouring under the illusion that when he
is in Britain he is protected by some kind
of reflective mirror that means he can be
seen only by those inside the country.”
Tim King, who writes Politico’s Brussels
sketch, says that David Cameron’s assertions
that the UK is getting a better deal makes
him his own worst enemy in European Union
talks. Politico, 2/4/16.

“It will produce an element
of uncertainty, but
uncertainty isn’t necessarily
a bad thing.”
As the NHS moves toward making its
research funding more competitive,
Stephen Smith, principal of Imperial
College London’s faculty of medicine,
says that the revamped system could
have its benefits.
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what’s going on  3

what’s going on
Zika first priority for global challenges fund
The UK government is fast-tracking £1 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund for
work to research diagnostics and potential treatments for the Zika virus, which the World Health
Organization has declared a public health emergency. The funding call opened on 3 February
and will close on 22 February. The call, which is the first use of the global challenges fund, will
be managed by the Medical Research Council.
Supergroup to map UK research
Research Councils UK has said that it hopes to make better funding decisions with the help of
a high-level group to analyse research activity across the country. The group will be made up of
representatives from each of the seven research councils, Innovate UK, the Higher Education
Funding Council for England and representatives from government. The group will develop a
five-year strategy to create a comprehensive picture of the UK’s R&D landscape.
MSPs concerned about environment cuts
The Scottish Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee has said that the
Scottish government must explain why it plans to reduce the budget for environment research
by nearly £8 million in 2016-17, to £66m. The MSPs said that they were worried that the
decision could be shortsighted and could damage innovation and development in the country.
University leaders told to release diversity data
The government has said that universities will have to publish admissions and student
retention data, by gender, ethnic background and socioeconomic class in certain disciplines.
This information will be available to prospective students to help inform their decisions. The
government said that the duty, which is to be enshrined in legislation, is part of wider reforms
to higher education in the UK.
Scottish Science Advisory Council relaunches
Paul Boyle, vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester and former chief executive of the
Economic and Social Research Council, has been appointed to lead a “revitalised” Scottish
Science Advisory Council. A further six academics, all of whom are based in Scotland, and three
scientific advisers to the Scottish government will make up the rest of the council.
CBI launches group to shadow Northern Powerhouse
Leading industry figures from the north of England have launched a group to monitor and
challenge the government’s Northern Powerhouse policies. Business North, set up by the
business lobbying firm CBI, held its inaugural meeting on 1 February. The move follows the
resignation of Claire Braithwaite from her position as head of Tech North, the organisation
created to champion digital development in the north of England.
BIS seeks views on home for Innovate UK
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has launched a consultation on its proposal
to bring Innovate UK under the same umbrella body as the research councils. The survey asks
for input on the main benefits and risks of having the agency overseen by Research UK. The
department said that it expected to hear from businesses of all sizes and from respondents in
higher education. The consultation will close on 19 February.

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Research Fortnight, 10 February 2016


UK needs ‘responsive and
agile’ space programme
Universities, research councils and private companies
have said that the UK must invest in a national space
programme distinct from the European Space Agency’s
activities to remain competitive.
Responses to the House of Commons Science and
Technology Committee’s inquiry on the subject of satellites and space have said that the UK risks losing its ability
to compete for ESA bids and projects and to attract partners from elsewhere in the world, unless it forms its own
programme to work to specific national strengths, such as
the miniaturised satellites known as cubesats.
The UK Space Agency does invest in UK-focused
programmes, such as the National Space Technology
Programme, which launched in 2011 with a £10-million
budget, but such investments are generally made with
the aim of securing additional ESA funding. In 2014-15
the UKSA spent about £2.7m on ESA membership and
just over £40m on national grants.
In a joint response, the Science and Technology
Facilities Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council and the Natural Environment Research
Council said that working with the ESA was vital, but
without a strong national space programme, the UK
would be less able to contribute to European projects
and would have less influence on ESA programmes.
A UKSA spokesman told Research Fortnight that balancing national investments in space technology with

by James Field


ESA investment was “a fine line to walk” but that French,
German and Italian national programmes—which more
or less equal their respective ESA spend—focus on stateowned facilities, whereas the UK’s smaller investment was
used to help the UK industry maintain its edge.
But a number of respondents, including Innovate UK,
said that a nationally coordinated space programme would
be more responsive and agile than large international
efforts. They argued that such a fast-moving national programme would put the UK in a better position to make use
of novel technology and move into emerging markets.
Andy Lawrence, regius professor of astronomy at the
University of Edinburgh, says that the responses signal
a growing impatience with the government’s reluctance
to invest more heavily in space technology. “When the
UKSA was launched there was a lot of bold talk about multiplying the UK investment in space several fold, but it got
warm smiles and no money,” he says. “Helping to maintain our edge within ESA is clearly good but it’s not what
the original fanfare for the UK Space Agency was about.”
But a national programme of investment must not be at
the expense of contributions to the ESA, says Peter Hulsroj,
director of the European Space Policy Institute. “It is not a
zero-sum game,” he says. “And the UK’s potential to take
advantage of its ESA membership is far from exhausted.”

Slow take-up of gene editing expected
Academics welcome the ruling of the Human Fertilisation
and Embryo Authority on gene editing in human embryos, but have said that although this sets a precedent, it
may be a while before similar applications are made.
On 1 February, a team from the Francis Crick Institute
led by Kathy Naikan received HFEA approval to use the
gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 on human embryos.
The aim is to improve understanding of early embryo
development and why some women miscarry, to establish better infertility treatments. Jim Smith, director of
research at the Crick, says that using gene editing means
that the experiments can be done more efficiently with
fewer embryos. He adds that he would like the decision to
prompt others to do similar work and that he expects to see
more researchers interested in using the technique.
Robert Lechler, president of the Academy of Medical
Sciences, says that he is pleased with the HFEA’s ruling
but doubts there will be a sudden increase in research
teams making similar applications because there aren’t

by Anna McKie


that many groups fully set up to do this kind of research.
Jonathan Montgomery, professor of health-care law
and chairman of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, says
that the result is a reassuring if small step in gene-editing research, as it is very specifically limited to Naikan’s
group’s research. “I hope the decision will encourage
researchers to make responsible applications if it is scientifically important to do so, and to not be put off by fear of
regulatory bodies turning it down or of an adverse public
reaction,” he says, adding that he believes it shows the
UK has a “robust but proportionate” regulatory system.
Lechler agrees, saying that the UK should be proud of
its record of considered regulation and making mature
ethical judgements. “There is an ethical issue around
doing anything with embryos and people will of course
have views about that,” he says, “but this is a purely
research-based decision—and that is how it should be.”

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Research Fortnight, 10 February 2016

National Media Museum refocuses on
science as name change mooted
The National Media Museum in Bradford has announced
plans to move away from the arts and to concentrate on
science and technology.
The museum is also understood to be considering
changing its name, a move that might see it lose its
‘national’ label. A spokesman confirmed the museum was
reviewing its name to assess the best way to reflect the
change of focus, but would not be drawn on whether one
of the names in the running was Science Museum North.
The museum will develop a gallery on the technology of
light and sound with £1.5 million awarded from its managing body the Science Museum Group. The change in the
museum’s focus will also see it lose more than 400,000
objects from its collection to the Victoria and Albert
Museum in London. This includes the Royal Photographic
Society collection, which charts the invention and development of photography in the last two centuries.
“It’s a great loss for Bradford,” says Jeffrey Geiger,
director of the Centre for Film Studies at the University of
Essex. However, he says that he hopes the photographic
collection will have more space and financial backing at
the V&A than in Bradford, as well as being accessible to
more researchers. Michael Terway, head of collections
and exhibitions at the National Media Museum, says
that the museum will work to minimise disruption for
researchers who are already working on the collection.
But local politicians are not so positive. Judith
Cummins, Labour MP for Bradford South, has criticised the Science Museum Group for what she sees as
“a complete lack of transparency or consultation” in a
decision-making process led by “the great and the good
in London”. Cummins also called for reassurance that
the name of the museum would not be changed.

in brief

MPs demand more detail in
productivity plan
The government’s productivity
plan is a “vague collection of existing policies” and lacks specific measures of performance,
the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills
Committee has said. In the committee’s response to the
plan, published on 1 February, it called on the government to explain how it would implement and evaluate
each policy it included.
HEFCW criticises England-focused reforms
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales has
said that transferring responsibility for quality-related
funding for English universities to Research UK—the
proposed umbrella body for the research councils—
could skew the perspective of the UK-wide body towards

by Lindsay McKenzie


The Science Museum Group, which also manages
the Science Museum in London, the National Railway
Museum in York and the Manchester Museum of Science
and Industry, has had budget cuts of nearly 30 per cent
in real terms since 2010. In 2013, the National Media
Museum—which was called the National Museum of
Photography, Film and Television before that point—was
threatened with closure. The museum avoided this by
cutting jobs and running costs, and securing a loan of
£780,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport to upgrade its Imax theatre.
The museum’s director Jo Quinton-Tulloch said in a
blogpost on 4 February that the museum had needed to
“clarify its focus” during the last 18 months. She added
that its switch from the arts to technology would make it
a better fit with the managing group’s portfolio.
But the decision to shift the photography collection
to the V&A and to focus solely on science has sparked
concern among researchers, who question the logic of
separating art and science in such institutions. “It’s a
very quaint idea that you can separate these things out,”
says Ian Christie, a professor of film and media history at
Birkbeck, University of London. “We should be aiming
for more integration, not less.”
However, Terway says that the landscape of national
museums in the UK shows a clear distinction between
the sciences and the arts. “There are institutions that are
dedicated to art, but the Science Museum Group is dedicated to science,” he says. “When you get down to where
you put resources—and money and focus—we have to
make pragmatic managerial decisions.”
England. The comments were made in response to the
government’s green paper on higher education.
Universities back plans for data collection changes
The Higher Education Statistics Agency has said that
more than 90 per cent of respondents to its consultation
on plans for a wholesale redesign of the way it collects
statistics support its “direction of travel”. The agency
wants to make data collection faster and more efficient.
Medical innovation bill passes to Lords
The controversial Access to Medical Treatments
(Innovation) bill, has gained cross-party support from
MPs and passed to the House of Lords. The MPs accepted
a series of amendments, including to remove a clinical
negligence clause that had been criticised for adding
unnecessary complexity to existing laws.

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i n t e r v i e w    j o n g i b b i n s

Carbon neutral
The government’s decision to cancel a £1-billion carbon capture and storage
competition has ruffled many feathers, but Jon Gibbins, director of the UK Carbon
Capture and Storage Research Centre, tells James Field that all is not lost.
The director of the UK’s Carbon Capture and Storage
Research Centre is the last person you’d expect to be
calm about the government’s decision to cancel its
£1-billion competition to commercialise the technology.
But Jon Gibbins remains stoic.
“Things were different when the CCS competition
started four years ago,” he says. “The Department of
Energy and Climate Change wasn’t looking ahead and
thinking ‘what do we really want?’”
News of the cancellation leaked out via a regulatory note to the London Stock Exchange, shortly after
the chancellor delivered his autumn statement on
25 November. Prime minister David Cameron has said
that the cost of CCS technology has not dropped as
much as the government had hoped. The move has been
condemned by academics, lobby groups and MPs, but
Gibbins says that “to some extent these projects weren’t
asking the best questions”.
The two projects being considered in the competition
were ‘full-chain’ initiatives that would have involved the
construction of power plants equipped with CCS technology, as well as pipelines for transferring captured
carbon dioxide to storage sites in the North Sea. Both
projects had enthusiastic industry backers and were
ready, according to those involved, to be rolled out at
the government’s word. But, Gibbins says, they were
stand-alone projects that held few clues as to how the
UK might develop a national CCS infrastructure.
“You had proposals earlier in the competition that if
you’d plotted them on a map would have been within
miles of each other,” he says. “But they were forbidden,
by the rules of the contest, from collaborating. People
seemed to think you could build the first CCS chain and
everything else would follow—it doesn’t work like that.”
Gibbins is confident that, despite the cancellation of
the competition, CCS will not slip off the
agenda. “What’s really important now is
that we focus on what needs to be done
and don’t get distracted by the handling
of the CCS competition,” he says.
The Committee on Climate Change,
which advises the UK government, has
said that meeting the UK’s obligation
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
80 per cent by 2050 compared with 1990
levels, will be twice as expensive without

’The CCS
weren’t asking
the best

CCS technology. Gibbins says that to deliver the carbon
budgets set by the committee, then the UK ought to start
capturing carbon dioxide in the early 2020s and keep on
steadily building its efforts from there. “The same drivers
remain,” he says.
If the UK is to be ready for a steady roll-out of CCS
technology in the 2020s, in step with the construction
of gas-fuelled power stations, Gibbins says that the government must state a clear direction of travel—if not a
formal strategy—before the end of 2016. He adds that
an indication of where the UK’s next generation of gasfuelled power stations might be situated, as well as who
will pay for what, will be vital if industry is to be given
enough time to prepare for the clusters of power stations
and the carbon-intensive industry that would make CCS
infrastructure cost-effective.
Gibbins also thinks that a national carbon-storage
authority—an idea proposed by the Conservatives when
they were in opposition—might be needed to take responsibility for transport and storage. He says that while the
government doesn’t have to take responsibility for everything, it must ensure that the technology can progress. He
cites the National Grid as an example of a regulated company making the sort of infrastructure investments that a
CCS roll-out would require.
In the meantime, there is plenty to be getting on with.
Despite his misgivings about the competition, Gibbins
acknowledges that the projects would have answered
valuable questions about the viability of the technology. For instance, the projects would have assessed how
useful the UK’s North Sea storage sites were—something
that still needs to be investigated. They would also have
answered questions about cost-cutting measures. This
could now be addressed by adding a slipstream unit to
the flue of an existing power plant.
Gibbins says that he hopes his centre, which launched
in 2012 with funding from the Department of Energy and
Climate Change and the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council, will be able pick up some of the slack, but
adds that such projects are outside the centre’s planned
budget. “The government is going to have to come up with
funding for those,” he says. “But they’re several orders of
magnitude cheaper than the projects the competition was
considering, so one would hope they can afford that.”
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Research Council and
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applications for funding
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agreement. Grants worth
up to £1 million are
available at 80 per cent
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Antarctic Survey Institute
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call on synthetic biology
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British Association of Aesthetic
Plastic Surgeons/British Association of Plastic Reconstruction and
Aesthetic Surgeons aesthetic fellowships 1187219
Humane Slaughter Association
Dorothy Sidley memorial award
International Glaucoma Association
nursing research awards 1171660
International Society of Blood
Transfusion Jean Julliard prize
NERC/BBSRC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club
(SARIC) sandpit 1188186
Parliamentary Office of Science and
Technology/Nuffield Council on
Bioethics fellowship 1176841
Royal Society for Asian Affairs JPT
Family Trust medical science award
Universities Federation for Animal
Welfare student scholarship
Wellcome investigator awards in
biomedical science 1159096
British Small Animal Veterinary
Association Petsavers clinical
research project grants 259993
British Society for Plant Pathology
travel fund 1171888
CERN openlab summer student
programme 1162212
CRUK/British Association for Cancer
Research student travel awards
European Respiratory Society
research award – innovation in nontuberculous mycobacteria science
and medicine 1183561
European Respiratory Society Sir
John Vane grant for pulmonary
vascular research 1161538
European Society of Endocrinology
European Journal of Endocrinology
prize 193980
European Society of Endocrinology
Geoffrey Harris prize 192708
Guarantors of Brain support for
short meetings and conferences
Guarantors of Brain visiting lecturer
bursary scheme 207671
Institute of Physics environmental
physics essay competition 1171987
Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund programme and project grants 212833
Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund
research support awards 212835
Newlife Foundation for Disabled
Children start-up grants 204227
PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC research
grants in green chemistry 1177485
Physiological Society public engagement grants 1171613
Physiological Society research
grants 1171619
Primate Society of Great Britain
Born Free Foundation grant
Primate Society of Great Britain
conservation grants 212839
Royal College of Nursing Barbers'
Company clinical nursing scholarship 1173341
Royal Society of Edinburgh research
visitors to Scotland 257486


8  funding opportunities
New opportunities from UK-based funders.

AHRC UK-US collaboration
The Arts and Humanities Research Council,
in collaboration with the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Directorate
of the US National Science Foundation,
invites applications for funding under
their lead agency agreement. This supports interdisciplinary research and facilitates the peer-review and joint funding of
US-UK collaborative research. Grants are
worth up to £1 million each.
Web id: 1188536
Contact: Allie Brown
Email: a.brown@ahrc.ac.uk
No deadline [1]

Film development awards
The British Film Institute invites applications for its programming development
fund. This helps film programmers and
exhibitors put together programmes of
films that will be enhanced or underpinned by curation, interpretation or
education activity. The total budget is
worth up to £1.4 million per year.
Web id: 1187955
Email: progdev@bfi.org.uk
No deadline [2]

Research Fortnight, 10 February 2016
Heritage grants
The Heritage Lottery Fund invites applications for its Sharing Heritage and Our Heritage grant programmes. These support
projects related to national, regional or
local heritage in the UK. Grants are worth
up to £100,000 each.
Web id: 1187891
Email: enquire@hlf.org.uk
No deadline [7]

MS nursing education
The Multiple Sclerosis Trust invites applications for the John Harrison bursary
fund. This enables clinical nurses, who are
working with people with MS, to undertake higher education or attend courses,
conferences, study days or masterclasses,
in order to develop their clinical expertise
or expand their skills base. The fund pays
up to 65 per cent of course costs, up to
£2,000 per individual per year.
Web id: 1188098
Email: education@mstrust.org.uk
No deadline [8]

NERC polar research

The Bromley Trust invites applications
for its grants. These support projects
on human rights, prison reform or the
environment. Grants are typically worth
up to £20,000 each.
Web id: 1180445
Email: info@thebromleytrust.org.uk
No deadline [3]

The Natural Environment Research Council's British Antarctic Survey Institute
invites applications for its polar ship
research opportunities – marine facilities planning. These support scientists
who have secured research funding and
require access to work onboard polar
research ships. Scientists may apply for
access to NERC ships, the National Marine
Equipment Pool, and the National Marine
Facilities Sea Systems technical staff and
equipment support facilities.
Web id: 1187899
Contact: Beth Woodward
Email: beod1@nerc.ac.uk
No deadline [9]

Optometry award

ScotGov development grants

Social issues grants

The College of Optometrists invites applications for its postdoctoral research
award. This enables members at postdoctoral level to be principal investigators
on a research project. Awards are worth
£20,000 each.
Web id: 1187880
Email: researchteam@
No deadline [4]

Design history symposium
The Design History Society invites applications for its day symposium grant. This
enables members to host a symposium,
with the aim of discussing and disseminating advanced design history research.
Grants are worth up to £750 each.
Web id: 1188055
Contact: Michaela Young
Email: designhistorysociety@gmail.com
No deadline [5]

Knowledge acquisition grants
The Foyle Foundation invites applications
for its learning grants. These support
projects that facilitate the acquisition
of knowledge and that have a long-term
strategic impact, in particular projects
from libraries, museums and archives, or
that involve special education needs, and
projects that encourage sustainability by
reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue.
Web id: 1188075
Email: mgs@foylefoundation.org.uk
No deadline [6]

The Scottish Government's Chief Scientist
Office invites applications for its development work grants. These support shortterm projects that aim to provide key
supporting evidence in order to underpin
subsequent applications to other research
funders related to applied or translational
health research. Grants are worth up to
£35,000 each over six months.
Web id: 1188719
Email: tom.barlow@gov.scot
No deadline [10]

Socio-legal mentoring
The Socio-Legal Studies Association
invites applications for its mentorship
scheme. This enables members to visit,
and spend up to a week working with, a
chosen socio-legal mentor. Each award
covers travel and accommodation costs.
Web id: 1188122
Email: admin@slsa.ac.uk
No deadline [11]

Spinal muscular atrophy
The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Trust invites
applications for its research grants, which
may be either operating grants or postdoctoral fellowships. These support resesarch that aims to cure spinal muscular
atrophy, or that halts or alleviates the
disease. Standard grants are usually
worth up to £150,000 each over two years.
Web id: 1188399
Contact: Vanessa Christie-Brown
Email: vanessa@smatrust.org
No deadline [12]

Vascular anaesthesia

DFID social protection

The Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great
Britain and Ireland invites applications
for its departmental awards. These support research and audit projects in the
field of vascular anaesthesia undertaken
by anaesthetic trainees. Awards are worth
up to £10,000 each for up to two years.
Web id: 1188010
No deadline [13]

The Department for International Development invites tenders for a study on
the effectiveness of social accountability
in the delivery of social protection. The
tenderer will bring together and generate
evidence on the effectiveness of the social
accountability mechanism on the delivery
of social protection programmes and systems, and on precipitating state society
relational change. The total budget is
worth up to £121,000 for 10 months.
Web id: 1188639
Contact: Margaret Faddes
Email: m-faddes@dfid.gov.uk
Deadline: 18 March 2016 [20]

DH policy evalutaions
The Department of Health invites outline
proposals for the following policy evaluation calls:
•creating dementia friendly communities, with a total budget worth £450,000.
Web id: 1188624
•supporting a culture of openness
in the NHS, with a total budget worth
£475,000. Web id: 1188621
Email: prp@prp-ccf.org.uk
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [14]

Defra TB in badgers
The Department for Environment, Food
& Rural Affairs invites tenders for a study
on the prevalence of tuberculosis in
found dead badgers in the edge areas of
England. The tenderer will undertake a
study of badgers killed during road traffic
accidents and other found-dead badgers
to assess the prevalence and geographic
distribution of TB in badgers in the edge
area of England. The contract is worth
£550,000 over one year.
Web id: 1188686
Email: aman.sharma@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Deadline: 2 March 2016 [16]

Science lecture awards
The British Science Association invites
nominations for its award lectures. These
promote open and informed discussion
on issues involving science, and actively
encourage scientists to explore the social
aspects of their research.
Web id: 1183386
Email: rosie.waldron@
Deadline: 4 March 2016 [17]

MOD UK-France PhD
The Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the
Direction Générale de l'Armement invite
expressions of interest for their joint PhD
programme. This aims to develop research
in key areas of mutual interest to France
and the UK, such as autonomous underwater vehicles, meta-materials, synthetic
biology, sensors, vehicle armour, and
human and social sciences.
Web id: 1188698
Email: phds@dstl.gov.uk
Deadline: 4 March 2016 [18]

DFID social protection system
The Department for International Development invites tenders for a study
on social protection system capacity
strengthening. This aims to accomplish a
significant improvement in the efficiency
and effectiveness of the department,
other donors and partner government
support to social protection system capacity strengthening. The contract is worth
up to £250,000 for up to 12 months.
Web id: 1188723
Contact: Steven O'Raw
Email: s-oraw@dfid.gov.uk
Deadline: 11 March 2016 [19]

Oncology nursing events
The European Oncology Nursing Society invites applications for the following
•novice dissemination awards.
Web id: 1188693
•Teenage Cancer Trust nursing leadership summit grant. Web id: 1188694
Deadline: 31 March 2016 [21]

UK-Malaysia maternity collab
The British Council, via the Newton Fund's
researcher links scheme, invites applications for attendance at its workshop
on advancing maternity protection in
Malaysia. Funding enables early-career
researchers from the UK and Malaysia to
attend a workshop on advancing maternity protection in Malaysia, meeting
social welfare and business needs, and
contributing to economic development,
to be held from 27 to 31 July 2016 in
Penang, Malaysia.
Web id: 1188669
Contact: Mark Houssart
Email: m.houssart@mdx.ac.uk
Deadline: 1 April 2016 [23]

Men's health nursing grant
The Burdett Trust for Nursing invites applications for its men's health and emergent
longer-term conditions research grants.
These support nurse-led projects that
help to define proactive strategies and
interventions that seek to promote better self-care and self-management and
reverse the negative impact that undetected and untreated men's longer-term
health challenges may impart. Grants
are typically worth up to £200,000 each.
Web id: 1188709
Deadline: 2 April 2016 [24]

MOD synthetic biology
The Ministry of Defence's Centre for
Defence Enterprise and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory invite
proposals for their call on synthetic biology for novel materials. Funding supports
synthetic biology approaches that produce novel materials to address defence
challenges, including novel adhesives,
enhanced resistance to corrosion, and
protective applications, such as novel
armour solutions. The total budget for
phase one is worth up to £750,000. Each
project may receive up to £130,000.
Web id: 1187805
Email: cde@dstl.gov.uk
Deadline: 14 April 2016 [25]

MOD hearing loss
The Ministry of Defence's Centre for Defence
Enterprise and the Defence Science and
Technology Laboratory invite proposals for

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their competition on detecting and treating
hearing loss and tinnitus. Funding supports
new solutions and technologies that detect
hearing loss and tinnitus early, and explore
interventions that aim to minimise loss and
treat or restore hearing capacity. The total
budget for phase one is £500,000, which
aims to fund lower-value projects worth up
to £150,000 each.
Web id: 1187808
Email: cde@dstl.gov.uk
Deadline: 21 April 2016 [26]

AHRC development research

Master scholarship geriatrics
The British Geriatrics Society invites
applications for its master’s scholarship
for trainees. This enables postgraduate
students to obtain a degree in geriatrics,
gerontology, medical education, medical
ethics or health services research. The
scholarship is usually worth up to £7,000.
Web id: 1186295
Email: scientificofficer@bgs.org.uk
Deadline: 30 September 2016 [33]

Rheology doctoral prize

The Arts and Humanities Research Council
invites applications for the following calls
under its highlight notice for international development:
•follow-on fund for impact and
engagement, with grants worth up to
£100,000 each. Web id: 1188569
•research networking scheme, with
grants worth up to £30,000 each.
Web id: 1188564
Email: enquiries@ahrc.ac.uk
Deadline: 31 May 2016 [27]

The British Society of Rheology invites
applications for the Vernon Harrison
annual doctoral prize. This recognises
excellence, creativity and novelty in
research and is awarded to the postgraduate student who has made the most
original and significant contribution
to any branch of rheological research
leading to the award of a PhD. The prize
is worth £500.
Web id: 1188661
Email: secretary@bsr.org.uk
Deadline: 30 September 2016 [34]

Research protocol bursaries

Digital humanities

The Obstetruc Anaesthetists' Association invites applications for its student
bursaries. These enable medical students
to execute a research protocol related
to obstetric anaesthesia during their
student elective abroad. Bursaries are
worth up to £1,000 each.
Web id: 1182501
Email: gary.stocks@virgin.net
Deadline: 1 June 2016 [29]

NIHR experimental facilities
The National Institute for Health Research
invites applications for its competition
to select clinical research facilities for
experimental medicine. Funding aims
to meet the necessary recurrent NHS
infrastructure costs and NHS support
costs of funded, world-class, early translational research that needs to be undertaken in dedicated, purpose-built, clinical
research facilities in England. The total
budget is worth £112.5 million.
Web id: 1188677
Deadline: 22 June 2016 [30]

AHRC African descent
The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under its research networking scheme,
invites applications for the highlight
notice for the UN international decade for
people of African descent. This encourages research networking proposals that are
relevant to the UN international decade
for people of African descent. Grants are
worth up to £30,000 each over two years.
An additional £15,000 full economic cost
may be provided.
Web id: 1188561
Email: enquiries@ahrc.ac.uk
Deadline: 30 June 2016 [31]

Australia scholarship
The Britain-Australia Society, on behalf
of the Northcote Trust, invites applications for the Northcote graduate scholarships. These enable students resident in
the UK to undertake a higher degree at
an Australian university for up to three
years. The scholarship covers airfare to
Australia, compulsory fees and charges,
and a subsistence allowance.
Web id: 1188634
Email: adm@britain-australia.org.uk
Deadline: 24 August 2016 [32]

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations invites applications for the Lisa
Lena Opas-Hänninen young scholar prize.
This enables candidates to host conferences and recognise a young scholar
who has contributed in a significant way
at a humanities conference using digital
technology. Up to two prizes, worth €750
(£580) each, are available.
Web id: 1182082
Email: web@digitalhumanities.org
Deadline: 1 October 2016 [35]

Rheumatic diseases
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow invites applications for
the Walker Trust fellowship. This enables
a researcher or a group of researchers to
undertake training in clinical rheumatology and clinical research methods at the
Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, Glasgow
Royal Infirmary. The fellowship is worth
up to £20,000 over one year.
Web id: 1187245
Contact: Shona McCall
Email: scholarships@rcpsg.ac.uk
Deadline: 30 April 2018 [36]

Travel medicine scholarship
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow invites applications
for its Faculty of Travel Medicine triennial scholarship. This supports a travel
medicine-related project, preferably
conducted overseas. The scholarship is
worth £2,000 over one year.
Web id: 1187244
Contact: Shona McCall
Email: scholarships@rcpsg.ac.uk
Deadline: 31 August 2018 [37]

Renewed opportunities from funders based
in the UK.

ESRC Europe research
The Economic and Social Research Council
invites applications for its UK in a changing Europe initiative commissioning fund.
This aims to promote high-quality social
scientific research into the nature of the

relationship between the UK and EU,
with a particular emphasis on making the
findings of this research easily available
to non-academic stakeholders. Grants are
worth up to £9,999 each.
Web id: 1183731
Contact: Anand Menon
Email: esrceurope@kcl.ac.uk.
Deadline: 3 March 2016 [39]

Medical research grants
The British Medical Association invites
applications for its research grants. These
support medical research in a variety of
subject areas, ranging from rheumatism
and arthritis to cardiovascular disease,
cancer and neurological disorders. Grants
are worth up to £60,000 each.
Web id: 194232
Email: info.sciencegrants@bma.org.uk
Deadline: 7 March 2016 [40]

Hearing loss research 1
Action on Hearing Loss invites applications for its international project grant.
This aims to generate scientific discoveries that will lead to new treatments to
protect, improve or restore hearing, or
to silence tinnitus. The grant is worth up
to £160,000 over three years.
Web id: 198200
Email: research@hearingloss.org.uk
Deadline: 10 March 2016 [41]

Hearing loss research 2
Action on Hearing Loss invites expressions of interest for its translational
research initiative for hearing grant. This
supports the translation of fundamental
research towards patient benefit. Grants
are worth up to £300,000 each.
Web id: 1175049
Email: trih@hearingloss.org.uk
Deadline: 14 March 2016 [42]

NERC large grants
The Natural Environment Research Council invites applications for its large grants.
These support adventurous, large-scale
and complex research tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed
through other funding opportunities
from the council. Grants are worth up to
£3.7 million per project.
Web id: 254869
Email: researchgrants@nerc.ac.uk
Deadline: 15 March 2016 [44]

Hearing loss research 3
Action on Hearing Loss invites applications for the Pauline Ashley new investigator grant scheme. This supports the
career development of new investigators
in the field of hearing research. The award
is worth up to £60,000 over one year.
Web id: 1175050
Email: research@hearingloss.org.uk
Deadline: 16 March 2016 [45]

Bone and soft tissue cancer
Sarcoma UK invites applications for its
research grants. These support research
on bone and soft tissue cancers. Grants
are worth up to £120,000 each.
Web id: 1179993
Email: research@sarcoma.org.uk
Deadline: 17 March 2016 [46]

STFC laboratory access
The Science and Technology Facilities
Council invites applications for its innovations technology access centre chal-

10  funding opportunities
lenge competition. Funding provides
free access to the innovation technology
access centre's laboratory space, facilities and expertise. The highest scoring
entry will be awarded six months, the
second highest scoring entry will receive
three months access to a self-contained
laboratory and the third highest scoring
entry will receive one month of access to
the multi-user laboratory and associated
Web id: 1161003
Email: itac@stfc.ac.uk
Deadline: 18 March 2016 [47]

ScotGov healthcare
The Scottish Government's Chief Scientist
Office invites applications for its clinical
academic training fellowship scheme.
This encourages research-led clinical
academics to lead development in their
discipline by enabling them to undertake
a PhD. Projects must address patient care
or healthcare-oriented research. Fellowships cover salary, research costs of up
to £30,000 over three years, PhD registration fees, and costs of up to £2,000.
Web id: 1161514
Email: karen.ford@gov.scot
Deadline: 18 March 2016 [48]

ESRC knowledge exchange
The Economic and Social Research Council
and the Future Cities Catapult centre
invite expressions of interest for their
mid-career fellowship. This enables fellows to work as part of the Future Cities
Catapult on projects relating to new business models, innovation and governance
of urban infrastructure investment. The
fellowship is worth up to £135,000.
Web id: 1179016
Email: tim.pank@esrc.ac.uk
Deadline: 19 March 2016 [49]

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station programme. This allows researchers from the UK and their international
collaborators to carry out environmental
research relevant to the NERC remit at
the Ny-Ålesund station on the Svalbard
Web id: 209468
Contact: Nick Cox
Email: arctic@bas.ac.uk
Deadline: 31 March 2016 [55]

Anthropology awards
The Royal Anthropological Institute
of Great Britain and Ireland invites
applications for the Emslie Horniman
anthropological scholarship fund. This
encourages postgraduates to pursue
fieldwork in order to develop their careers
and make significant contributions to the
study of the growth of civilisations, habits and customs, religious and physical
characteristics of non-European peoples,
and of prehistoric and non-industrial
man in Europe. Awards are worth up to
£7,000 each.
Web id: 202838
Email: admin@therai.org.uk
Deadline: 31 March 2016 [57]

Radiology grants
The Society for Radiological Protection
invites applications for its educational
resource development grants. These support the development of educational
resources in the field of radiological
protection. Grants are worth up to £3,000
Web id: 1174260
Email: admin@srp-uk.org
Deadline: 31 March 2016 [59]

London healthcare bursary

The Biochemical Society invites applications for the Krebs memorial scholarship.
This enables individuals to study for a PhD
in biochemistry or an allied biomedical
science. The scholarship is worth £18,500.
Web id: 251982
Email: anna.carver@biochemistry.org
Deadline: 20 March 2016 [50]

The Worshipful Company of Curriers
invites applications for its millennium
bursary. This enables primary healthcare
professionals to enhance the healthcare
of disadvantaged, high-risk individuals
and families in inner London through pilot
research projects or personal development. The bursary is worth up to £10,000.
Web id: 211280
Contact: David M Moss
Email: millennium@curriers.co.uk
Deadline: 31 March 2016 [60]

Ecological research

Pathology research

Biochemistry scholarships

The British Ecological Society invites
applications for the following grants:
•outreach grants, worth up to £2,000
each. Web id: 1168904
•research grants, worth up to £20,000
each. Web id: 1168900
Email: info@britishecologicalsociety.org
Deadline: 21 March 2016 [51]

Maritime history fellowships
The Institute of Historical Research
invites applications for the Pearsall fellowship in naval and maritime history.
This supports postdoctoral research in
naval and maritime history from the fall
of the Roman Empire in the west up to
the present day. The fellowship is worth
£23,000 for one full academic year.
Web id: 211538
Email: ihr.fellowships@sas.ac.uk
Deadline: 24 March 2016 [53]

NERC Arctic research
The Natural Environment Research
Council's British Antarctic Survey invites
applications to access its Arctic research

The Pathological Society of Great Britain
& Ireland invites applications for the
following opportunities:
•career development fellowship, worth
up to £100,000. Web id: 1165547
•educational grants, worth up to
£5,000 each. Web id: 1160282
•small grants, worth up to £10,000
each. Web id: 212260
•fellowships, worth up to £5,000 each.
Web id: 252533
Email: admin@pathsoc.org
Deadline: 1 April 2016 [63]

Radiology professorships
The Royal College of Radiologists invites
applications for the Roentgen professorships. These enable researchers to visit
a minimum of five UK training schemes
for the purposes of stimulating and
encouraging research in clinical radiology. Professorships are worth up to
£3,000 each.
Web id: 211517
Email: research@rcr.ac.uk
Deadline: 1 April 2016 [67]

French studies research
The Society for French Studies invites
applications for its visiting international
fellowship award. This encourages the
internationalisation of French studies
in the UK and Ireland by enabling an
overseas academic in the field to spend
time at a UK or Irish university or HEI. The
fellowship is worth up to £2,500.
Web id: 1178297
Email: edward.welch@abdn.ac.uk
Deadline: 1 April 2016 [70]

Microbiology development
The Society for General Microbiology
invites applications for its research visit
grants. These enable researchers from the
UK or Republic of Ireland to visit another
laboratory worldwide, or international
researchers to visit a laboratory in the
UK or ROI, to carry out a defined piece of
microbiology research, whether within an
established or new collaboration initiative. Grants are worth up to £3,000 each.
Web id: 211455
Email: grants@microbiologysociety.org
Deadline: 1 April 2016 [71]

Wellcome archives access
The Wellcome Trust invites applications
for its humanities and social science
research bursaries. These support small
and medium-scale research projects
based on library or archive collections
supported by the trust. Bursaries are
usually worth up to £25,000 each.
Web id: 1183662
Email: r.resources@wellcome.ac.uk
Deadline: 1 April 2016 [73]

Engineering scholarships
The Institution of Engineering and Technology invites applications for the following scholarships:
•the Hudswell international research
scholarship, worth £5,000.
Web id: 188392
•the Leslie H Paddle scholarship, worth
£5,000. Web id: 188390
•postgraduate scholarship for an outstanding researcher, worth £10,000.
Web id: 1158279
•postgraduate scholarships, worth
£2,500 each. Web id: 188397
Email: awards@theiet.org
Deadline: 7 April 2016 [75]

Hellenic research
The British School at Athens invites
applications for the MacMillan-Rodewald
studentship. This supports advanced
doctoral or postdoctoral research in all
disciplines pertaining to Greek lands,
from fine art to archaeometry and in all
periods to modern times. The studentship
is funded at the AHRC's London-based
rate for postgraduate awards.
Web id: 201542
Contact: Tania Gerousi
Email: school.administrator@bsa.ac.uk
Deadline: 8 April 2016 [79]

CRUK cancer treatments
Cancer Research UK invites applications
for the following opportunties:
•drug development project award.
Web id: 1182009
• new agents committee trial grants
and endorsements, worth up to £150,000.
Web id: 201936
Email: kate.searle@cancer.org.uk
Deadline: 8 April 2016 [80]

NIHR health technology
The Department of Health's National
Institute for Health Research invites
expressions of interest for its researcherled workstream call for primary research,
under the health technology assessment
programme. This supports research that
is immediately useful to patients, clinical
practice, and policy and decision makers,
assessing the effectiveness of technologies within the NHS.
Web id: 255825
Email: htacet@soton.ac.uk
Deadline: 8 April 2016 [82]

Philosophy conferences
The Mind Association invites applications for its conference grants. These
provide financial support to those wishing to organise conferences in any field
of philosophy. Grants are worth up to
£2,000 each.
Web id: 1173210
Contact: Julian Dodd
Email: mindassoc@gmail.com
Deadline: 8 April 2016 [83]

Science books prizes
The Royal Society invites submissions for
the Winton prize for science books. This
recognises the books that contribute
best to making science more accessible
to public adult audiences. The authors of
up to five shortlisted books receive £2,500
each, and the author of the winning book
receives £25,000.
Web id: 1161915
Email: sciencebooks@royalsociety.org
Deadline: 8 April 2016 [84]

Wellcome fellowships
The Wellcome Trust invites applications
for the following fellowships:
•Science Foundation Ireland and
Health Research Board research career
development fellowships in basic biomedical science. Web id: 253970
• the Sir Henry Dale fellowships.
Web id: 1164964
Deadline: 12 April 2016 [85]

Biology events
The Company of Biologists invites applications for its scientific meeting grants.
These support the costs associated with
hosting meetings, workshops and conferences within the field of biology, the
attendance of young scientists at the
proposed event and hosting the visits
of plenary or keynote speakers at the
meeting. Grants are generally worth up
to £6,000 each.
Web id: 1173309
Email: charity@biologists.com
Deadline: 13 April 2016 [87]

NIHR health services
The National Institute for Health Research
invites proposals for the researcher-led
workstream of its health services and
delivery research programme. This supports research into the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of health services,
including evaluations of how the NHS
might improve delivery of services. NIHR
funds HEIs at up to 80 per cent of full
economic cost, and non-HEIs at 100 per
cent FEC.
Web id: 1166293
Email: hsdrinfo@southampton.ac.uk
Deadline: 14 April 2016 [90]

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Policy, Management & Support – plus Expert Committees

Research Associate (SIMPAFY)
Starting from £31,656, rising
to £37,768
Department of Mechanical
Engineering, University of Bath
Closing date: 14/02/2016
Contact: Marcelle McManus
Email: m.mcmanus@bath.ac.uk
Research Post-Award Officer
£34,336-£40,448 (inc LW)
Research & Enterprise, SOAS
Closing date: 14/02/2016
Details: www.soas.ac.uk/jobs
Grants Manager
Sanger Institute's Genome
Campus, Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 14/02/2016
Details: https://jobs.sanger.ac.uk
Training Manager
International and Scientific
Affairs Department,
Centre for Genomic Regulation
Closing date: 15/02/2016
Details: Please submit a cover
letter addressed to Dr Michela
Bertero, a CV and references, at
Research Director
Health & Biomedical Department,
NatCen Social Research
Closing date: 15/02/2016
Contact: Rachel Craig
Email: applications@natcen.ac.uk
Research Director
Questionnaire Development and
Testing Department,
NatCen Social Research
Closing date: 15/02/2016
Contact: Jo d'Ardenne
Email: applications@natcen.ac.uk
Research Grants Co-ordinator
Research and Innovation Office,
Cranfield University
Closing date: 22/02/2016
Email: hr@cranfield.ac.uk
Research Development Officer
£31,656, rising to £37,394
Research & Enterprise Services,
University of Sussex
Closing date: 22/02/2016
Email: d.mcguchan@sussex.ac.uk
For more details and the complete
list of jobs, please visit:

10 February 2016

Badge your credentials
Even in the digital age, it is commonplace to
share our skills and credentials with paper
certificates and two-page résumés—but to some
this is starting to seem archaic.
That’s why many are championing Open Badges
as a digital way to share professional achievements.
Much like your school’s 1,000m swimming badge,
Open Badges must be earned by fulfilling an awarding
body’s criteria. But instead of sewing them onto your
swimming costume, Open Badges can be shared on
platforms such as LinkedIn, WordPress and Moodle.
Developed by the Mozilla Foundation in 2010,
Open Badges are unique, with your name, the name
of the body that awarded the badge, and what you
had to do to get it embedded as metadata.
Doug Belshaw, an open-education consultant and
self-confessed Open Badge evangelist, says, “They
aren’t just claims of what you have done, they are
evidence.” As they’re unique, they can’t be copied or
stolen. “It’s an open standard,” Belshaw says. “That
means Open Badges can be used across the world.
And you can credit anything—from turning up to an
event, all the way to obtaining a PhD.”
Although you could try awarding badges to
yourself, Belshaw says that employers would quickly
spot such practice. They will also be able to see how
much work you had to do for each badge. “There
are good badges and bad badges,” says Gráinne
Hamilton, programme director at the not-forprofit organisation DigitalMe. The best, she says,
are those that use carefully considered criteria.

by Lindsay McKenzielmnews@ResearchResearch.com

Open Badges have been slower to take off in
universities than in large corporations. Hamilton
puts this down to concerns about quality assurance.
“That being said, quality assurance can be built
into the badge creation, issuing and validation
processes,” she says. “There are certainly a lot of
universities that have started pilots, and are using
the badges in very different ways.”
The University of Edinburgh is one institution
that is giving them a go. It is using Open Badges
to recognise student representatives’ work, giving
reps formal recognition that they can show to
potential employers. Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka,
academic engagement coordinator at the Edinburgh
University Students’ Association, says that there is
an element of gamification in earning badges, with
students keen to start collecting.
David Walker, head of technology-enhanced
learning at the University of Sussex, has used
Open Badges as an incentive for staff to take part
in professional development workshops. Although
Walker says that he sees benefits in the badges,
he adds that a cross-institutional discussion will
be necessary to help projects move beyond the
pilot stage and also to ensure that badges are
used consistently. “The development of Open
Badges is ongoing and evolving,” he says. “What’s
interesting is that they haven’t disappeared.
People still see a value in them.”

The Race Equality Charter awards are not a quick win
Success in the Equality Challenge Unit’s
framework to improve the representation and
career progression of minority ethnic staff and
students depends on top-level support, diversity
managers have said.
The first formal round of applications to the
unit’s Race Equality Charter opened at the end of
January, after a year-long pilot.
Fiona McClement, equality and diversity
manager at University College London, which was
one of the 21 trial institutions, says that her team
wanted to get involved because the charter offered
a “structured, cohesive, focused way” of building
on the efforts that staff were already making.
Just eight of those 21 fulfiled the criteria
for a bronze award, and UCL was one of them.
McClement says that buy-in from the top was
“absolutely crucial” for success. “Our provost was
very supportive and immediately offered to chair
the self-assessment team,” McClement says.
Nona McDuff, director of equality, diversity and
inclusion at Kingston University, which also obtained
a bronze award, agrees that high-level support is
vital. “If you don’t have your vice-chancellor on
board, the process is harder,” she says.
Like the bronze Athena SWAN award for gender
equality—which is also run by the Equality

by Lindsay McKenzielmnews@ResearchResearch.com

Challenge Unit—the bronze award for race equality
requires an action plan and careful scrutiny of your
institution’s diversity data.
Patrick Johnson, head of equality and diversity
at the University of Manchester—another bronze
award-winner—says that collecting the data
required and finding the right way to present it is
tough. “Some universities will have headline data
about their staff and students’ ethnicity, but this
is really about breaking that down into a lot more
detail,” he says. For example, having ‘black and
minority ethnic’ as one category is not sufficient
and recruitment practices and the pipeline of
progression for students and staff needs looking at.
Johnson says that potential applicants will need
up to 18 months to prepare their proposal—rushing
to collect data, make the surveys and get feedback
would risk treating the charter as a tick-box exercise.
“It’s the process that’s really important.”
The deadline for this round of applications is
15 July, but McClement advises that if you haven’t
started preparing by now, you should wait at least a
year. “This is not about winning an award,” she says.
“The purpose is to make a long-term, sustained,
impactful change within your institution.”

12  jobs
Director of the Joint
Translational Cardiovascular
Queen Mary University
Closing date: 13/02/2016
Email: recruitment@qmul.ac.uk
Associate Director Research
Natural Environment Research
Council (NERC)
Closing date: 14/02/2016
Details: Please visit topcareers.
jobs and search for IRC216717
Contracts Manager
School of Economics, Finance and
Management, University of Bristol
Closing date: 14/02/2016
Email: recruitment@bristol.ac.uk
Science Portfolio Adviser/
Developer – Clinical Research
Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 14/02/2016
Email: hr@wellcome.ac.uk
Interdisciplinary Research
Development Officer
University of Sheffield

Closing date: 05/02/2016
Email: e-recruitment@sheffield.

Closing date: 18/02/2016
Details: Please visit topcareers.
jobs and search for IRC206339

Business Development
Sunergos Innovations,
University of Edinburgh
Closing date: 15/02/2016
Email: lorraine.jackson@

Senior Contracts Manager/
Business Development (three
Research Operations,
University of Cambridge
Closing date: 20/02/2016
Email: hrenquiries@


Contracts Manager
Research & Enterprise Services,
Newcastle University
Closing date: 15/02/2016
Contact: Andrea Wright-Watkinson
Tel: 0191 222 3507

Orthopaedic Research Manager
University of Glasgow
Closing date: 21/02/2016
Email: recruitment@gla.ac.uk

Business Development Manager
Manchester Metropolitan
Closing date: 15/02/2016
Email: resourcing@mmu.ac.uk

CPRD Head of Observational
Medicines and Healthcare
Products Regulatory Agency
Closing date: 21/02/2016
Details: Applications are available
on the Civil Service Jobs website

Strategic Partnerships Manager
– Population, Environment &
Wellcome Trust
Closing date: 17/02/2016
Email: hr@wellcome.ac.uk

Institute Business Manager
£32,600-£38,896, plus £2,323
King's College London
Closing date: 22/02/2016
Tel: 020 7848 4756

Business Development Manager
National Oceanography Centre,

Corporate Partnerships
Faculty of Engineering,

Imperial College London
Closing date: 29/02/2016
Email: rb.recruitment@
Research & Business Development
Manager, Physical Sciences
£41,030-£48,548 (inc LW)
Royal Holloway University of
Closing date: 29/02/2016
Email: recruitment@
Director of InvEST
Faculty of Business and Society,
University of South Wales
Closing date: 02/03/2016
Email: hradministration@
Tel: 01443 483244
Business Development Manager
Loughborough University
Closing date: 08/03/2016
Email: webrecruitment@
Chair in Economics
University of Bristol
Closing date: 30/06/2016
Contact: Sarah Smith
Email: sarah.smith@bristol.ac.uk

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NatCen Social Research is Britain’s largest,
independent social research agency.
We carry out qualitative and quantitative research
across a range of policy areas, including health and
wellbeing, children and young people, politics,
communities and work. We mainly work for clients in
the government and charity sectors.
Some examples of our work:
• British Social Attitudes
• Health Survey for England
• Understanding the August Riots in England
For more information, please visit

We are recruiting Researchers,
Analysts and Statisticians
We are currently recruiting:
Research Director – Questionnaire Development
Research Director – Health and biomedical
Researchers – Children, Families and Work
Data Analyst
We are looking for talented research professionals
who are passionate about understanding society
and improving the lives of people in Britain. The
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All our researchers can benefit from an extensive research training programme and will have opportunities
to work across policy areas and methods where possible.
Benefits include a generous holiday entitlement and a
defined contribution pension scheme.

Research funding available
in health economics
The Health Foundation is seeking a provider to undertake
a programme of research into health and social care funding
trends, innovations and public acceptability in the UK.
£300,000 available for research completed over two years.
Are you interested?
The closing date for applications is
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1. Creating dementia friendly communities
– a policy evaluation
2. Supporting a culture of openness in the
NHS – a policy evaluation

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Central Commissioning Facility website at
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and closing dates for the above calls.

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Research Fortnight, 10 February 2016
Leukaemia fellowships
The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund invites
applications for its intermediate research
fellowships. These enable biomedical
scientists to gain experience in an international centre of excellence prior to
establishing an independent research
group of their own. Fellowships are tenable for up to four years.
Web id: 197388
Email: info@kklf.org.uk
Deadline: 14 April 2016 [91]

Arabian studies
The British Foundation for the Study of
Arabia invites applications for its research
grants. These support research relating to
the Arabian Peninsula. Grants are worth
up to £4,000 each.
Web id: 1170353
Email: grants@thebfsa.org
Deadline: 15 April 2016 [92]

Building service engineering
The Chartered Institution of Building
Services Engineers invites applications for
the Ken Dale travel bursary. This enables
young building services engineers to
experience technical, economic environmental, social and political conditions
in another country and to examine how
these factors impact the practice of building services engineering. Bursaries are
worth up to £4,000 each.
Web id: 1170127
Contact: Grace Potthurst
Email: gpotthurst@cibse.org
Deadline: 15 April 2016 [93]

HEFCE/BIS partnerships
The Higher Education Funding Council for
England and the Department for Business,
Innovation and Skills invite expressions
of interest to tender for their UK research
partnership investment fund. This supports large-scale projects that can attract
substantial co-investment from private
sources, building on the research excellence in the higher education sector. Each
project may receive up to £50 million.
Web id: 1167582
Email: researchpartnership@hefce.ac.uk
Deadline: 15 April 2016 [94]

Wellcome medical calls
The Wellcome Trust invites applications
for the following opportunities:
•research resources call in medical
humanities, with grants typically worth
up to £150,000 each. Web id: 210623
•translation fund. Web id: 257867
Deadline: 15 April 2016 [95]

Horticulture travel bursary
The Society of Chemical Industry invites
applications for the David Miller travel
bursary. This enables young plant scientists or horticulturists to travel overseas
in connection with their horticultural
careers. Bursaries are worth £500 each.
Web id: 1177565
Email: awards@soci.org
Deadline: 18 April 2016 [97]

Jacobite history
The Institute of Historical Research
invites applications for the Jacobite
Studies Trust fellowships. These support
historical research into the Stuart dynasty
in the British Isles and in exile, from the
departure of James II in 1688 to the death
of Henry Benedict Stuart in 1807. Fellow-

ships are worth £15,000 each.
Web id: 1160615
Email: ihr.reception@sas.ac.uk
Deadline: 20 April 2016 [98]

Teaching research awards
The British Council invites proposals for its English language teaching
research awards. These support innovative research that benefits the learning
and teaching of English throughout the
world. Awards are worth up to £20,000
each over one year.
Web id: 1184579
Email: eltra@britishcouncil.org
Deadline: 22 April 2016 [99]

Skin disease projects
The British Skin Foundation invites applications for its small grants. These support
small or pilot projects on skin disease conducted in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
Grants are worth up to £10,000 each for
up to one year.
Web id: 210875
Email: admin@britishskinfoundation.
Deadline: 22 April 2016 [100]

History fellowships
The Institute of Historical Research
invites applications for the Scouloudi,
Thornley, and Royal Historical Society
doctoral fellowships . These support students engaged in the completion of a PhD
in history. Fellowships are worth up to
£15,726 each for up to one year.
Web id: 260011
Email: ihr.fellowships@sas.ac.uk
Deadline: 27 April 2016 [102]

Industrial design awards

Radiography grants
The Society and College of Radiographers
invites applications for its industry partnership scheme research grants. These
support projects related to any aspect of
the science and practice of radiography.
Grants are worth up to £10,000 each.
Web id: 1170286
Contact: Valerie Asemah
Email: valeriea@sor.org
Deadline: 29 April 2016 [106]

Australia/UK scholarships
The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies invites applications for its Australian
bicentennial scholarships and fellowships. These promote scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and
understanding between the UK and Australia by enabling UK graduates to study in
approved courses or undertake approved
research in Australia, and Australian graduates to study or undertake research in
the UK. Each grant is worth up to £4,000.
Web id: 182792
Email: menzies.centre@kcl.ac.uk
Deadline: 29 April 2016 [108]

New opportunities from European funders,
excluding funders based in the UK.

Structural biology facilities

Cardiothoracic awards

Orthopaedic professorship

STFC public engagement

Philology bursaries

The Royal Society of Chemistry invites
applications for its outreach fund. This
supports the development of projects that
raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people's everyday lives, and that
develop science communication skills
of people who are already highly trained
in chemistry. Grants are worth up to
£25,000 each.
Web id: 1165016
Email: outreach@rsc.org
Deadline: 29 April 2016 [105]


The British Association for Japanese
Studies invites applications for the John
Crump studentship. This supports postgraduate research students enrolled in a
UK university research degree programme
during the final stages of the writing-up
period. The studentship is worth £3,000.
Web id: 1172041
Email: applications@bajs.org.uk
Deadline: 30 April 2016 [109]

Japanese studies

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 invites applications for its
industrial design studentships. These aim
to stimulate industrial design capability
among UK engineering or science graduates. Funding covers tuition fees up to the
normal level for UK students, a stipend of
£10,000, plus £2,500 London weighting
where applicable, and an allowance worth
£850 for materials.
Web id: 1166015
Contact: Nigel Williams
Email: royalcom1851@imperial.ac.uk
Deadline: 28 April 2016 [103]

Chemistry grants

The Society of Chemical Industry invites
applications for its scholarships. These
support PhD students approaching their
second year of research in chemical industry and related subjects across the scientific and engineering spectrum, including
industrial biotechnology, food science,
chemical engineering, horticulture, environmental sciences, polymers, drug discovery and cement science. Scholarships
are worth £5,000 each over two years.
Web id: 1183892
Email: awards@soci.org
Deadline: 30 April 2016 [118]

Instruct and the Infrastructure for NMR,
EM and X-rays for Translational Research
(iNEXT) invite proposals for access to
structural biology facilities. Funding enables candidates to access iNEXT facilities
in order to undertake structural biology
research. Projects must be translational,
meaning they must relate to structural
biology research with applications in
biomedical, biotechnological, biomaterial, food or environment research.
Web id: 1188296
Contact: Hans Wienk
Email: info@inext-eu.org
No deadline [119]

The European Association for CardioThoracic Surgery invites abstract submissions for the following awards:
•the C Walton Lillehei young investigator award, worth US$10,000 (£6,900).
Web id: 183963
•the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
award, worth €2,000 (£1,500).
Web id: 1183493
•the Hans G Borst award for thoracic
aortic surgery, worth €5,000.
Web id: 183961
•young investigator awards, worth
€3,000 each. Web id: 183957
Deadline: 30 April 2016 [110]

The Science and Technology Facilities
Council invites proposals for its public
engagement small awards scheme. This
supports small, local or pilot projects promoting science and technology. Awards
are worth up to £10,000 each.
Web id: 257085
Email: stfcpubliengagementteam@stfc.
Deadline: 28 April 2016 [104]

Chemistry scholarships

The Philological Society invites applications for its master's bursary scheme. This
supports postgraduate students in the
areas of linguistics or philology. Bursaries
are worth £4,000 each.
Web id: 1171401
Email: bursary@philsoc.org.uk
Deadline: 30 April 2016 [114]

Surgery awards
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow invites applications for
the following opportunities:
•travelling fellowships, worth up to
£2,000 each. Web id: 1184398
•the Davies Foundation travelling fellowships, worth £10,000 each.
Web id: 257527
•the Lachlan McNeill scholarship in
ophthalmology, worth up to £5,000 over
one year. Web id: 257529
Contact: Shona McCall
Email: scholarships@rcpsg.ac.uk
Deadline: 30 April 2016 [115]

The International Society of Orthopaedic
Surgery and Traumatology invites applications for the Charles Sorbie professorship.
This aims to evaluate and improve training
in a SICOT education centre by enabling
an internationally respected individual
to spend at least one week at the centre.
Travel expenses are covered up to €3,000
(£2,300) and local costs are covered by
the education centre.
Web id: 1188285
Email: fellowships@sicot.org
No deadline [120]

EU Italian export
The Directorate-General for Economic
and Financial Affairs invites tenders for a
study on firm-level drivers of export performance and external competitiveness in
Italy. The tenderer will conduct a study to
provide insight into the microeconomic
underpinnings of Italy's external competitiveness in recent years. The contract
is worth up to €80,000 (£61,400).
Web id: 1188620
Email: ecfin-call-2015-010-e@ec.
Deadline: 29 February 2016 [121]

EU bioenergy
ERA-Net BESTF3, with support from the
European Commission, invites proposals
for its joint call for proposals – bioenergy sustaining the future. This supports
pre-commercial bioenergy projects that
demonstrate collaboration, innovation
and industry focus. The total budget is
worth up to €22.3 million (£17.1m).
Web id: 1188627
Email: megan.cooper@decc.gsi.gov.uk
Deadline: 29 February 2016 [122]

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EU inequality dynamics
ERA-Net NORFACE invites applications
for its research programme on dynamics of inequality across the life-course.
This supports transnational research
focused on understanding the dynamics
of inequalities as they unfold over the
life course, casual processes in relation
to these inequalities, the impact of these
inequalities on social cohesion and the
identification of opportunities for policy
interventions to increase possibilities for
social mobility and to reduce inequalities. Funding is worth up to €1.5 million
(£1.15m) per project for a maximum
period of 36 months.
Web id: 1188046
Email: dial@nwo.nl
Deadline: 30 March 2016 [123]

EU nutrition and health
The JPI A Healthy Diet for a Healthy
Life invites proposals for its ERA-NET
cofund call for biomarkers in nutrition and
health. This supports multidisciplinary
transnational research consortia that will
develop and validate biomarkers for nutrition and health, including nutritional
intake, nutritional status, physical activity related health, diet-related health and
risk of developing diet-related diseases.
Funding varies according to respective
funding organisations' regulations.
Web id: 1178988
Deadline: 19 April 2016 [124]

Orthopaedic fellowships
The International Society of Orthopaedic
Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) and
the Khoula Hospital invite applications
for their fellowship. This enables four
surgeons to spend 12 weeks at the Khoula
Hospital in Muscat, Oman. Accommodation is provided by Khoula Hospital and
SICOT reimburses up to €1,000 (£770)
for travel expenses.
Web id: 1188287
Email: fellowships@sicot.org
Deadline: 30 June 2016 [125]

Neuro-oncology workshops
The European Association of NeuroOncology invites applications for its workshop and symposia grants. These support
the organisation of short workshops or
symposia on any area directly related to
neuro-oncology. Grants are worth up to
€25,000 (£19,200) per workshop.
Web id: 1188577
Contact: Magdalena Mara
Email: office@eano.eu
Deadline: 1 July 2016 [126]

Bayer agro scholarship
The Bayer Foundation invites applications for the Jeff Schell scholarship. This
enables students and young professionals
with up to two years' work experience to
attend special study courses, summer
classes and conduct research projects in
the field of agro sciences, agronomy, crop
sciences, green biotechnology, environmental sciences or sustainability. Projects
should have a duration between two and
12 months.
Web id: 1188707
Deadline: 10 July 2016 [127]

Orthopaedic travel grant
The European Orthopaedic Research Society invites applications for its exchange
travel grant. This enables individuals to

Research Fortnight, 10 February 2016
visit a participating member institution
to work or study. The grant is worth up
to €1,000 (£770) over two to four weeks.
Web id: 1188341
Email: awards@eors.info
Deadline: 30 September 2016 [128]

Renewed opportunities from European
funders, excluding funders based in the UK.

Greek research grants
The Alexander S Onassis Public Benefit Foundation invites applications for
its foreigners fellowship programme.
This encourages the promotion of Greek
language, history and culture abroad,
thereby creating and encouraging ties
of friendship and cooperation between
members of the foreign academic community and their Greek counterparts.
Web id: 157906
Email: ffp@onassis.gr
Deadline: 26 February 2016 [129]

Respiratory awards
The European Respiratory Society invites
applications for its award for lifetime
achievement in pulmonary arterial hypertension. This recognises members who are
taking part in a research project in the
field of pulmonary arterial hypertension
and who have achieved advances and
research in the field. The award is worth
€10,000 (£7,700).
Web id: 261084
Deadline: 28 February 2016 [130]

EU water innovation
Acqueau, the EUREKA cluster for water,
invites project outlines via its open call.
This supports collaborative R&D technological projects, with strong market and
exploitation orientation, in the following
areas of water innovation: water resources, water treatment, water distribution,
customers, agriculture, industry, urban
drainage and wastewater collection,
wastewater treatment, and bio solids
and other sludge.
Web id: 1170705
Email: capucine.beunesdevauze@
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [131]

Web id: 197951
Email: fems@fems-microbiology.org
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [133]

Nutrition fellowships
The European Society for Clinical Nutrition
and Metabolism invites applications for
its research fellowships. These support
researchers in training within the fields
of nutritional and metabolic sciences.
Fellowships are worth up to €50,000
(£38,400) each.
Web id: 1171323
Email: pcc@soton.ac.uk
Deadline: 4 March 2016 [135]

Immunology meetings
The European Federation of Immunological Societies invites applications for the
following opportunities:
•meeting support grants.
Web id: 1183250
•short-term fellowship, worth up to
€5,250 (£4,000). Web id: 1173049
•world fellowship, worth up to
€10,500. Web id: 1177162
Contact: Thomas Wiley
Email: office@efis.org
Deadline: 7 March 2016 [136]

Hematology exchange
The European Hematology Association
and the Japanese Society of Hematology
invite applications for their joint fellowship exchange programme. This enables
European and Japanese research institutes to exchange scientists and clinicians, in order to facilitate and strengthen
collaborations and networking. Each
fellowship is worth €10,000 (£7,700) over
a maximum of four months.
Web id: 1167325
Email: fellowships.grants@ehaweb.org
Deadline: 7 March 2016 [139]

EU social innovation
The European Investment Bank invites
applications for its social innovation
tournament. This rewards European
entrepreneurs whose primary purpose
is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact. First prizes are worth
€50,000 (£38,400) each and second
prizes are worth €20,000 each.
Web id: 1172395
Email: institute@eib.org
Deadline: 15 March 2016 [140]

Biochemistry grants

Balzan prizes

The Federation of European Biochemical Societies invites applications for
its workshop grants. These support the
organisation of workshops on topics
of high scientific interest in the fields
of biochemistry, genetics, biophysics,
molecular, cellular and developmental
biology as well as systems and quantitative biology. Grants are worth up to
€20,000 (£15,400) each.
Web id: 212967
Contact: Kinga Nyíri
Email: knyiri@enzim.hu
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [132]

The International Balzan Prize Foundation
invites nominations for the Balzan prizes.
These recognise individual achievements
in literature, the moral sciences and the
arts, medicine, and the physical, mathematical and natural sciences. Each prize
is worth CHF750,000 (£515,300).
Web id: 198678
Email: balzan@balzan.it
Deadline: 15 March 2016 [141]

Microbiology meetings
The Federation of European Microbiological Societies invites applications
for its meeting grants. These support
scientific conferences, laboratory workshops and training courses held within
Europe. Grants are worth up to €15,000
(£11,500) each.

Luxembourg research
The National Research Fund Luxembourg
invites applications for the following
•AFR PhD programme grants, worth up
to €160,616 (£123,300) each.
Web id: 1159901
•AFR public private partnerships programme grants, worth up to €248,764
over four years. Web id: 1159906
Email: afr@fnr.lu
Deadline: 17 March 2016 [142]

Innovative science award
The European Chemical Industry Council, in collaboration with other funders,
invites applications for the long-range
research initiative innovative science
award. This supports promising research
in the field of novel approaches to the
characterisation of molecular initiating
events, or other key events, in pathways
of human and environmental toxicity.
The prize is worth €100,000 (£76,700).
Web id: 261055
Email: lri@cefic.be
Deadline: 18 March 2016 [144]

Social sciences fellowships
The European University Institute invites
applications for the Fernand Braudel
senior fellowships. These enable established academics with an international
reputation to conduct research at the
institute. Fellowships are worth up to
€3,000 (£2,300) over three to 10 months.
Web id: 207344
Email: applyfellow@eui.eu
Deadline: 30 March 2016 [146]

Switzerland clinical research
The AO Foundation invites applications
for the CID clinical research fellowship
programme for surgeons. This enables
surgeons to gain training and experience
in all phases of clinical research, including study planning, monitoring, data
analysis and publication, by spending
three months at the foundation’s Clinical
Investigation and Documentation branch
office in Switzerland.
Web id: 1173199
Contact: Alexander Joeris
Email: aocidfellowship@aofoundation.
Deadline: 31 March 2016 [147]

Novel drugs grants
Bayer invites applications for its Grants4Targets initiative. This encourages
research on novel targets and diseaserelated biomarkers in the fields of
oncology, gynaecology, cardiology, haematology and ophthalmology. Grants
for early-stage research are worth up to
€10,000 (£7,700) each, grants for more
mature ideas are worth up to €125,000
Web id: 254984
Contact: Heidrun Dorsch
Email: grants.for.targets@bayer.com
Deadline: 31 March 2016 [148]

Operational research
The Association of European Operational
Research Societies invites applications
for its general support funds. These support activities related to the association,
which cannot be covered by the association's other instruments. The total budget
is worth €10,000 (£7,700).
Web id: 1167699
Contact: Jesper Larsen
Email: secretary@euro-online.org
Deadline: 1 April 2016 [149]

Molecular biology
The European Molecular Biology Organisation invites applications for its young
investigator programme. This provides
extensive networking opportunities
for young independent researchers in
Europe, as well as other financial and
practical support. Young investigators
receive a financial award worth €15,000

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(£11,500) in their second year. All current
investigators may also apply for small
grants of up to €10,000.
Web id: 206990
Contact: Gerlind Wallon
Email: yip@embo.org
Deadline: 1 April 2016 [150]

EU Erasmus entrepreneurs
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises invites proposals
for its Erasmus for young entrepreneurs
call. This aims to strengthen the existing
network of intermediary organisations
which act as local contact points for newly
established or experienced entrepreneurs
in participating countries. Grants are
worth up to €800,000 (£615,500) each.
Web id: 1159232
Email: easme-cosme-eye-call@
Deadline: 5 April 2016 [151]

Turkish fellowships
The Scientific and Technological Research
Council of Turkey invites applications for
its research fellowship programme for foreign citizens. This enables PhD students
and young postdoctoral researchers to
pursue research in Turkey in the fields
of natural sciences, engineering and
technological sciences, medical sciences,
agricultural sciences, social sciences
and humanities. Fellowships provide a
monthly living allowance of up to TL2,250
(£530), travel costs worth up to TL2,250
and health insurance worth up to TL2,250.
Web id: 1171010
Email: bideb2216@tubitak.gov.tr
Deadline: 7 April 2016 [152]

Alcohol research
The European Foundation for Alcohol
Research invites applications for the following opportunities:
•exchange visit grants, worth up to
€2,500 (£1,900) each. Web id: 252262
•printing grants for PhD theses, worth
up to €1,500 each. Web id: 1158860
•research grants, worth up to €50,000
per year over one to two years.
Web id: 202268
•travel awards, worth up to €750 for
travel within Europe or up to €1,500 for
travel outside Europe. Web id: 252258
Email: dewitte@uclouvain.be
Deadline: 11 April 2016 [153]

Humanities & social sciences
The Netherlands Institute for Advanced
Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) invites applications for the
following fellowships:
•fellowships for non-Dutch scholars,
worth up to €3,800 (£2,900) per month
over a maximum period of one academic
year. Web id: 205808
•theme group fellowships.
Web id: 1177334
Email: info@nias.knaw.nl
Deadline: 15 April 2016 [157]

Dermatology awards
The European Academy of Dermatology
and Venereology invites applications for
the Michael Hornstein memorial scholarship. This provides free registration to
the academy congress, to be held from
19 to 22 May 2016 in Athens, Greece.
The scholarship is worth €1,000 (£770).
Web id: 1160711
Email: scholarship@eadv.org
Deadline: 17 April 2016 [159]

Gastroenterology events
United European Gastroenterology invites
applications for its financial support for
educational meetings and events. This
funds educational programmes in the
form of onsite meetings and educational
events, and endorses teaching activities
in which attendees are taught the management of gastroenterological diseases
to improve the standard of care. Grants
are worth up to €25,000 (£19,200) each.
Web id: 1179537
Contact: Julia Kasper
Email: j.kasper@medadvice.co.at
Deadline: 20 April 2016 [160]

Luxembourg research funding
The National Research Fund Luxembourg
invites applications for its CORE programme. This aims to strengthen the
scientific quality of public research in
Luxembourg’s priority research areas.
The budget is worth €17 million (£13.1m).
Web id: 1188578
Email: core@fnr.lu
Deadline: 21 April 2016 [161]

Surgery fellowships
The International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology invites
applications for the Makerere College of
Health Sciences at Mulago Hospital SICOT
fellowships. This enables surgeons to
undertake a fellowship at Mulago Hospital
in Kampala, spcialising in arthroplasty,
spine surgery, trauma and paediatric
orthopaedics. Fellowships cover travel
and accommodation costs of up to €2,500
(£1,900) each for a period of up to six
Web id: 1188607
Email: dean@chs.mac.ac.ug
Deadline: 30 April 2016 [162]

Electrochemistry prizes
The International Society of Electrochemistry invites applications for the
following prizes:
•electrochemical materials science
prize, worth €1,000 (£770).
Web id: 192924
•the ISE-Elsevier green electrochemistry prize, worth €2,000. Web id: 192875
•the ISE-Elsevier applied electrochemistry prize, worth €2,000. Web id: 192926
•the Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora
Foundation young author prize, worth
US$2,000 (£1,400).
Web id: 212888
Email: info@ise-online.org
Deadline: 1 May 2016 [163]

Logic and language prize
The Association for Logic, Language and
Information (FoLLI) and the EW Beth
Foundation invite nominations for the
EW Beth dissertation prize. These support outstanding PhD dissertations in the
fields of logic, language and information.
The prize consists of €2,500 (£1,900) and
an invitation to submit the dissertation
for publication.
Web id: 1178907
Contact: Ian Pratt-Hartmann
Email: ipratt@cs.man.ac.uk
Deadline: 9 May 2016 [168]

NATO awards
NATO invites applications for its grants for
advanced research workshops. These support advanced level discussions among
experts from different countries with the

aim of addressing contemporary security
issues. Grants are typically worth up to
€40,000 (£30,800).
Web id: 208571
Email: sps.applications@hq.nato.int
Deadline: 15 May 2016 [169]

rest of world
Opportunities from funders outside of the
UK, Europe and the US.

Mobility grants
The Mexican Academy of Sciences and the
National Council for Science and Technology invite applications for the following
calls under the Newton international
collaboration programme:
•short-term mobility grants, worth
£4,000 each. Web id: 1183427
•advanced fellowships, worth up to
£19,000 per year each. Web id: 1183425
•international fellowships, worth up to
£22,000 per year each. Web id: 1183413
Contact: Renata Villalba
Email: aic@unam.mx
Deadline: 29 February 2016 [170]

UNU fellowships
The Institute for the Advanced Study
of Sustainability at the United Nations
University invites applications for the
JSPS–UNU postdoctoral fellowships.
These enable young scholars and policymakers to pursue advanced research and
training in selected priority areas in the
field of sustainability. Fellowships provide
a monthly stipend worth JPY362,000
(£2,100) over 24 months.
Web id: 197701
Email: fellowships@unu.edu
Deadline: 29 February 2016 [173]

Small-scale mining research
The East Africa Research Fund invites
tenders for its call on understanding the
economic contribution of small-scale
mining in East Africa. The tenderer will
conduct research to provide an evidence
base on small-scale mining in Kenya,
Uganda and Rwanda, and maximise
the potential of the sector to promote
inclusive economic growth and poverty
reduction. The total budget is worth up
to £250,000 (£192,200).
Web id: 1188690
Email: ea.researchfund@ke.pwc.com
Deadline: 4 March 2016 [174]

Surgical fellowship
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons invites applications for the Rowan
Nicks UK and Republic of Ireland fellowship. This enables surgeons from the UK
or Ireland to take up a fellowship in Australia or New Zealand, in roder to promote
international surgical interchange at the
levels of practice and research, and to
raise and maintain the profile of surgery
and increase interaction between surgical
communities in Australia, New Zealand,
the UK and Ireland.
Web id: 1158605
Email: international.scholarships@
Deadline: 6 June 2016 [175]

Opportunities from the National Institutes
of Health. Recurring NIH calls include the
next closing date only.

Environmental influences on child
health outcomes paediatric cohorts
NIH ref: RFA-OD-16-004
Web id: 1187967
Deadline: 15 April 2016 [176]
Exploratory/developmental bioengineering research grants (R21): Aids-related
NIH ref: PA-16-040
Web id: 166829
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [177]
Data analysis and statistical methodology applied to genome-wide data (R03):
NIH ref: PAR-16-070
Web id: 260704
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [178]
Drug discovery for nervous system disorders (R21) Aids-related
NIH ref: PAR-16-042
Web id: 258271
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [179]
Applying metabolomics to drive biomarker discovery in symptom science
(R21): Aids-related
NIH ref: PA-16-029
Web id: 1187494
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [180]
Innovative questions in symptom science and genomics (R21): Aids-related
NIH ref: PA-16-023
Web id: 1187451
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [181]
Personalised strategies to manage
symptoms of chronic illness (R21) Aidsrelated
NIH ref: PA-16-008
Web id: 1187263
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [182]
Behavioural and integrative treatment
development programme (R01): Aidsrelated
NIH ref: PA-16-072
Web id: 180449
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [183]
Behavioural and integrative treatment
development programme (R03): Aidsrelated
NIH ref: PA-16-074
Web id: 169466
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [184]
Behavioural and integrative treatment
development programme (R34): Aidsrelated
NIH ref: PA-16-073
Web id: 259054
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [185]
Clinical development of minimally invasive bioassays to support outpatient
clinical trials of therapeutics for substance use disorders (R01): Aids-related
NIH ref: PA-16-075
Web id: 1168760
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [186]
Clinical development of minimally invasive bioassays to support outpatient
clinical trials of therapeutics for substance use disorders (R01): Aids-related
NIH ref: PA-16-076
Web id: 1188377
Deadline: 7 May 2016 [187]

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US funding opportunities available to UK

American Heart Association one brave
idea award
Web id: 1188611
Deadline: 14 February 2016 [200]
Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation NARSAD young investigator grant
Web id: 196413
Deadline: 24 February 2016 [201]
Sigma Theta Tau International/National
League for Nursing grants
Web id: 1167681
Deadline: 25 February 2016 [202]
American Gastroenterological Association Moti L and Kamla Rustgi international travel grants
Web id: 202695
Deadline: 26 February 2016 [203]
International Essential Tremor Foundation research grants
Web id: 191872
Deadline: 28 February 2016 [204]
Myotonic Dystrophy Fondation development of endpoints to assess efficacy of
new therapeutics for myotonic dystrophy
Web id: 1187775
Deadline: 29 February 2016 [205]
National Multiple Sclerosis Society commercial opportunities for neuroprotection and neurogeneration in MS
Web id: 1183276
Deadline: 29 February 2016 [206]
University of Louisville Grawemeyer
award in psychology
Web id: 194266
Deadline: 29 February 2016 [207]
Deparment of Defense minerva initiative
research awards
Web id: 1188480
Deadline: 29 February 2016 [208]
American Nuclear Society Landis young
member engineering achievement award
Web id: 190038
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [209]
American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME medal
Web id: 198953
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [210]
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Edward F Obert award
Web id: 199136
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [211]
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Henry Hess award
Web id: 199135
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [212]
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Holley medal
Web id: 199013
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [213]
Folger Shakespeare Library short-term
research fellowships
Web id: 201195
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [214]
Sigma Theta Tau International/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation
Web id: 210722
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [215]
Sigma Theta Tau International/Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation grant
Web id: 258205
Deadline: 1 March 2016 [216]

Research Fortnight, 10 February 2016

policy diary
23 AMRC: Developing New Funding
Schemes, London.
  • Universities UK: Developing
Your Access Agreement 201718, London.
25 WBF: The Future for Biometric
Data and Technology in the UK,
  • WHEF: Extending the Global
Reach of UK Universities, London. http://rsrch.co/1MOMiX9
  1 AMRC: Research Managers
Working Group, London.
  • HEFCE: UK Interdisciplinary
Research Landscape Workshop,
  • WHEF: The Future for the Catapult Network, London
  • EPSRC: Council Meeting,
London. To 2.
15 HEPI: Challenger Institutions –
Useful Competition or Unhelpful Disruption? London.
  7 WHEF: Next Steps for Postgraduate Research: Funding, Student Experience and Transition
to Post-Doctoral Roles, London.
12 WHEF: Improving Graduate
Employability, London.
14 WHEF: The Future of STEM
Subjects in HE, London.
18 WHEF: Implementing the Teaching Excellence Framework, London. http://rsrch.co/1ZRYgH2
21 CSaP: Behaviour and Health
Research Unit Annual Lecture
2016, Cambridge.
27 Universities UK: Universities,
Communities and Business:
Collaborating to Drive Growth
and Power Innovation, London.
28 WHEF: The Future of Enterprise
and Entrepreneurship in HE,
  4 Universities UK: Innovation
and Excellence in Teaching and
Learning, London.

UK needs more behavioural
research, says Davies
Chief medical officer Sally Davies has told MPs that the UK must
invest heavily in behavioural research to tackle important
health issues such as obesity and alcohol-related deaths.
Speaking to the House of Commons Science and Technology
Committee on 2 February, Davies said research should focus
on whether behavioural approaches to health have worked, for
instance on the effects of calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks.
Crop scientist appointed NERC science director
The Natural Environment Research Council has appointed
Tim Wheeler, a professor of crop science at the University
of Reading, as its next director of science and innovation.
Wheeler, who has been seconded to the Department for
International Development as its deputy chief scientific
adviser for the past six years, will take up his post in April 2016.
NIHR offers £112.5m for clinical research facilities
The National Institute for Health Research has launched
the next round of five-year funding for its clinical research
facilities for early-stage medical research projects across
the UK. The NIHR said on 28 January that it would provide a
total of £22.5 million each year up to 2022 for 19 facilities.
Applications are open until June 2016.
EPSRC focuses on digital world, resilience and health
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
has said that its 2016-20 delivery plan will focus on four
outcomes—productivity, connectedness, resilience and
health. The full plan is expected in March, but a document
published on 2 February outlined the topics and a set of
ambitions for each area. The council said it was committed
to a similar balance of challenge-driven and investigator-led
research as in previous delivery plans.
NERC downsizes international opportunities grants
The Natural Environment Research Council has said that,
from this year, the maximum amount of funding researchers
can request through the International Opportunities Fund
will be reduced from £320,000 to £250,0000. There will also
be a single announcement of opportunity every year, rather
than two. The total amount available through the fund will
remain the same, NERC said in a statement on 3 February.
Airbus to open £37m R&D centre
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced it will be opening
an aircraft-wing development centre at its Filton site, near
Bristol. The Wing Integration Centre, due to open in 2017,
will be funded through a joint investment of £37 million,
half from Airbus and half from the UK government.
EPSRC seeks views on photoelectron spectroscopy
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has set
up a survey on the need for capital investment in photoelectron
spectroscopy. Responses can be submitted until 14 March.

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ERC leaves door open to more
multimillion-euro grants
The European Research Council’s president Jean-Pierre
Bourguignon has suggested that the ERC could reinstate
the massive interdisciplinary Synergy Grants that were
piloted under Framework 7.
In a speech to the European Parliament’s budgets committee on 27 January, Bourguignon said that sceptical
members of the ERC scientific council had been convinced
of the scheme’s value by a recently completed evaluation.
Funding for the programme would need to be tripled to
about €400 million (£310m) a year to make it viable, he
said, in light of the pilot’s “unacceptable” 2 per cent success rate. This means that a decision on the programme’s
future could depend on the outcome of negotiations on
the Horizon 2020 budget for 2017-20, due later this year.
The grant was billed as a way to advance cutting-edge
science by bringing together several principal investigators from different fields. In 2012 and 2013, 24 projects
won a total of €274m; several won nearly €15m, by far
the largest sum the ERC awarded for an individual grant.
Grant recipients extol the freedom the grants brought.
Miguel Beato, a group leader at the Centre for Genomic
Regulation in Barcelona, won an award for a project on
the role of genome structure in gene expression. He says
that it was “incredible” for the groups involved. “It was

in brief

by Craig Nicholson


the perfect type of funding for our purpose, which was
to have interdisciplinary groups tackle a new ambitious
question. We got new space, we bought a new sequencer
and we hired 16 people from all kinds of backgrounds.”
The scheme was “absolutely unique”, says Heino
Falcke, an astronomer at Radboud University in the
Netherlands who leads a project on black hole imaging.
“I don’t know of anything of that size with those possibilities, either nationally or internationally. There is a
need for funding at this scale,” he says.
The pilot came under fire, however, for its low success
rates—and there were suggestions that the money could
be better spent as a greater number of smaller grants.
Nils Stenseth, an ecologist at the University of Oslo
and a member of the ERC scientific council, says that
there is “general enthusiasm” about the scheme after
the evaluation, which involved visits by scientific council members to recipients, as well as external input.
Stenseth says that a decision on the programme’s
future will likely be made this year. “The conclusion we
have thus far is that this is a very, very promising mechanism for funding science.”

US data deal replaced
The European Union has reached
an agreement with the United
States on the transfer of personal
data. The EU-US Privacy Shield, agreed on 2 February, will
replace the Safe Harbour framework that the European
Court of Justice ruled invalid in 2015. The loss of Safe
Harbour led to uncertainty on how European businesses
and universities would meet data-protection rules.

Emissions testing plan announced
The European Commission has proposed changes to
vehicle-emissions testing procedures that will give the
Joint Research Centre power to test cars already on the
market. In the 27 January proposal, the Commission also
recommended that individual member states be allowed
to take action against vehicles that have been approved
in other countries. The changes follow concerns that
emissions tests don’t mirror real-life driving conditions.

Moedas wants emergency €10m for Zika
Research commissioner Carlos Moedas has asked member states to approve an emergency budget of €10 million
(£7.7m) to fund research on the Zika virus. The money,
from the Horizon 2020 budget, will be used to develop diagnostics and treatments. On 1 February, the World Health
Organization announced that the neurological disorders
linked to the virus constituted a public health emergency.

Socialists call for faster trials reform
The European Commission needs to speed up the introduction of revamped clinical trials rules following the
death of a participant in a trial in France in January, the
Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
group has said. The updated rules will require researchers
to publish the results of phase I trials, to avoid repeating
dangerous or ineffective studies, MEPs said.

Innovation visa floated at Competitiveness Council
Former EU digital commissioner Neelie Kroes has proposed a European start-up visa to make it easier for small
businesses to operate in several member states through
a single authorisation. The idea was put to research
ministers at an informal meeting of the Competitiveness
Council in Amsterdam on 27 January.

EU bank highlights spending deficit
The European Investment Bank has said that Europe would
have to boost its R&D investment by more than 50 per
cent—€130 billion (£100bn) a year—to meet its spending
target of 3 per cent of GDP. This includes increasing public
investment by €20bn for software, €15bn for basic lifesciences research and €15bn for semiconductors, it said.

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v i e w f r o m t h e t o p    p h i l i p g u m m e t t

Welsh budget cuts threaten to
unravel a decade of progress
The Welsh government, which funds higher education
in Wales, faces extraordinarily difficult choices. The
government has been underfunded since devolution in
1999, compounded now by Westminster’s austerity. Not
surprisingly, Welsh higher education has not been as
well funded as that in the rest of the UK.
Last December, this debate was electrified when the
Welsh government proposed a 32 per cent budget cut
for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
Research funding is £79 million a year. If HEFCW sticks
to its policy of maintaining research funding levels, the
proposed cut will leave it just £8m for other strategic
priorities in the 2016-17 academic year, compared with
£70m in 2015-16.
HEFCW has said, with exceptional bluntness, that such
a cut would threaten Welsh government priorities of economic growth and public services, including health care.
Complicating the issue has been the Welsh government’s decision, since 2012, to award grants to
Welsh-domiciled students for the difference between
pre-2012 fees and­the—typically—£9,000 fees at any UK
university, not just Welsh ones.
Supporting Welsh students wherever they study is
admirable, and popular. But the costs have fallen on
HEFCW’s teaching grant. Higher fees have increased
Welsh universities’ absolute income but they are still
less well funded than UK competitors, who have not
suffered an equivalent loss of grant. It is this relative
position that matters, because of its impact on competitiveness in teaching and research.
In 2014-15, fee grants paid to non-Welsh—overwhelmingly English—higher education institutions cost £89m,
or about 40 per cent of the total fee grant. The figure for
2015-16 will probably be higher. It has been, in effect,
the first call on HEFCW’s budget—and it is uncontrollable.
In 2014, Ian Diamond began a review of higher education and student finance in Wales. Its final report is due
in September 2016, well after the Welsh assembly elections in May. Diamond’s December 2015
interim report found little support for the
status quo. But there is no consensus on
any changes, which anyway could not bite
until at least 2018.
HEFCW will wish to protect the quality-related (QR) block grant, for the usual
reasons: to enable Welsh universities
to leverage other research funds and to
enable medium-term staffing decisions
in strategically important areas.

‘As for job
losses, HEFCW
puts the
figure at more
than 1,000.’

But the Welsh government will also expect HEFCW to
support other priorities, including teaching in Welsh,
part-time students and expensive subjects such as medicine, dentistry and musical performance. These will
generate much political heat if threatened.
By 2000, it was widely recognised that Welsh research
was lagging behind the rest of the UK. A concerted effort
by universities, HEFCW and the Welsh government,
with research council support, began to address the
issue. University mergers, cross-institutional research
partnerships, sharper research management and the
introduction of schemes such as Sêr Cymru—a Welsh
government programme, co-funded by HEFCW, to recruit
world-leading researchers—have achieved a remarkable turnaround. Citation data and the 2014 Research
Excellence Framework show Welsh research to be efficient and of high quality.
QR funding, comparable to the rest of the UK and stable
over time, and providing the base for leverage under the
dual-support system, is critical to this. Hence the concerns
across the UK about proposals in the green paper on higher
education and the Nurse review that QR funding in England
might pass to the research councils’ umbrella body.
Augmenting other funding streams, such as Sêr Cymru,
would be welcome but not a substitute for reduced QR.
It took a decade for Wales to reach its present research
strength. But if leading researchers lost confidence,
this could unravel very fast. It is almost unthinkable
that this could be allowed to happen: reducing Welsh
universities’ standing, their attractiveness to students
and hence their income, reducing spending in the Welsh
economy, and reducing the appeal for inward investors,
and with it the economic activity that spins out from
higher education. As for job losses, HEFCW conservatively puts the figure at more than 1,000; more than those
recently announced at the iconic Port Talbot steelworks.
It takes exceptional leadership to revise a government budget, especially just before an election. But we
must hope that ministers will take a searching look at
the advice behind the HEFCW settlement and consider
whether they are really prepared to undo a decade’s
progress, weakening Welsh higher education and the
nation’s economy and society more generally. Its government often calls Wales a “small, smart country”. We
will soon see how serious it is about the “smart”.
More to say? Email comment@ResearchResearch.com
Philip Gummett was chief executive of the Higher
Education Funding Council for Wales from 2004-12.

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Revealing the iceberg of
academics’ commercial activity
How should universities contribute to the wider economy? What kind of links do we want between research and
business? And what policies will get us there?
To answer these questions we need to know where
we stand—the present levels of knowledge transfer and
commercialisation. But getting such a picture is difficult.
Universities now offer help with patenting, start-ups and
consultancy contracts, but academics are not obliged to
channel their commercial activities through their institutions, so the full extent is not known.
My colleagues and I have been working to fill in the gaps,
building a data set of all the engagement and commercialisation activity of the 10,000 or so scientists who have
worked at Imperial College London in the last 15 years.
We have found that university data captures only onetenth of the companies, just over half of the consultancy
work, and two-thirds of the patents involving Imperial
researchers. The rest happens independently.
This pattern is likely to be qualitatively similar at
other research-intensive universities. One implication is
that assessments such as the annual Higher EducationBusiness and Community interaction survey (HEBCI),
which is based on university records, will significantly
underestimate academics’ commercial activity.
Over the past few years, we have compiled a single data
set with all the professional activity of Imperial scientists.
We pooled the university’s data and augmented it with
outside sources—Companies House for records of new
firms naming Imperial academics as directors and the
European Patent Office for patents that named an Imperial
academic but were not assigned to the university.
We also conducted a survey, to which 60 per cent of
Imperial researchers responded. This revealed the extent
and value of consulting activity and, importantly, researchers’ attitudes to engagement and commercialisation.
Adding these data to university records raises the consulting income per researcher from £1,330 a year to an
estimated £3,615, and the proportion of staff involved
from 5 per cent to 26 per cent. The number of patents per
100 staff per year rises from 2.7 to 3.9, and the same figure
for founding company directorships rises from 0.3 to 3.6.
As well as revealing the iceberg of researchers’ commercial activities, our search found some differences
between university-supported and independent work.
For example, although most academics who start compaMarkus Perkmann is associate professor of technology
and innovation management at Imperial College London.
See also Research Evaluation vol. 24, p. 380-391 (2015).

nies do so without their university’s involvement, most
of this independent entrepreneurship involves small ventures, such as medical practices or consultancies.
These companies are not usually based on intellectual property, which suggests that universities will not
miss out on money or opportunities due to independent
entrepreneurship. The more ambitious start-ups, with
the greatest potential for growth and job creation, tend
to launch with university support.
We also found that younger researchers were less
likely to route their consultancy work via Imperial’s consultancy company than more senior scientists, who tend
to be working on larger, more complex contracts and so
have more call for the university’s bureaucratic resources.
Independent consultancy may offer younger researchers a
chance to try their hand before taking on a larger project.
It should be noted that our dataset is a tool for
research, not performance management, and all data
were anonymised. It is, however, impossible to ignore
the potential value of this information to university
administrators and policymakers.
Integrated systems for recording and analysing
these data would both aid university decision-making
and improve the quality of research metrics. Indeed,
our project sounds very much like the effort to “bring
together and link existing, often fragmented and partial, databases that seek to go some way in capturing
different measures of research excellence” advocated in
the recent higher education green paper.
We should, though, be careful about how such measures
are interpreted. It is impressive that Imperial researchers
are so much more commercially active than we first suspected. But we must remember that this is not impact as
recognised by the Research Excellence Framework; filing
a patent is not the same as bringing a product to market,
and founding a start-up does not mean that it will be the
next Circassia, the pharmaceutical company spun out of
Imperial that floated on the stock market in 2015.
Incentivising such activities by making them performance indicators risks
creating perverse effects. For now, the
REF’s narrative model of describing and
recording impact better captures the
genuine changes that research brings.
Impact case studies might not seem
terribly scientific, but they do have the
advantage of being holistic.
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academics who
start companies
do so without

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v i e w f r o m t h e t o p    j a v e d j a b b a r

Pakistani universities must fight
in the battle of ideas
The attack by the Pakistani Taliban on the Bacha Khan
University at Charsadda on 20 January is an appalling
reminder of external threats to the country’s campuses.
But there are also internal threats—overt, covert, a few
already fatal, several ominous—that threaten freedom
of academic inquiry and intellectual exploration in
Pakistan’s higher education institutions.
Such threats are presently limited in scale. But if they
are left unchallenged, they could turn universities into
places where minds are suffocated and ideas perish.
Pakistan, the world’s second-largest predominantly
Muslim country, excels in paradoxes. It is ranked 146 out
of 187 countries on the UN’s Human Development Index,
but since the turn of the millennium the country has broken the record for the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified
Professional at least three times. The present record-holder, Ayan Qureshi, who is now a British Pakistani, achieved
this distinction in 2014 aged 5 years and 11 months. In
2015, Pakistan was the first country outside Europe to
become an associate member of the European particle physics laboratory Cern. About 20 years earlier, the
immense shields for Cern’s Large Hadron Collider were
built by a company based in Taxila, near Islamabad.
At 58 per cent, the literacy rate in Pakistan is markedly
lower than other nations such as Egypt at 75 per cent,
Iran at 82 per cent, Turkey at 98 per cent and Indonesia at
93 per cent. Many young people are still not in school and
for those who are the drop-out rates are higher than one
would wish. Even so, in recent decades, the emergence
of a large middle class and a growing urban population—Pakistan is the most urbanised country in South
Asia—have fuelled demand for education at all levels.
Two striking trends are the increasing visibility of higher
education in provincial towns and cities away from the
main metropolitan centres, and the increasing number
of female students taking courses in business and media
studies, medicine, natural and social
sciences, and information technology.
The size, diversity and geographical
spread of Pakistani universities give
the system some robustness against
malign cultural trends. But despite
this, universities have not been
immune to the creeping religiosity and conspicuous piety that were
instigated in the 1980s by the military government of Muhammad Zia-ul
Haq and have spread like an infection
ever since.

‘All societies
have sacred
cows; in
Pakistan, some
have become
heavily armed
stalking beasts.’

Whenever I visit my alma mater, the University of
Karachi, I am struck by the profusion of beards, hijabs
and burqas in comparison with my own student days in
the mid-1960s. On one level, this is an understandable
response to the bewildering pace of technological and
cultural change. And to be fair, when speaking on the
campus, I have never faced a hostile reaction. Myself
and others have candidly condemned religious extremism. There, and nearby, there are centres of specialised
study that encourage fairly frank debate and discourse.
And at campuses across the country, courses on subjects
such as physics, business studies, engineering and IT
are not restricted by orthodoxy.
So can the medieval and the modern co-exist? They
can, up to a point.
In 2014 and 2015, two University of Karachi academics
were assassinated. One, Shakeel Auj, was dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies; the other, Waheed ur Rehman, was
an assistant professor in mass communication. Both were
said to hold progressive views, which may have led to
their murder by extremists. Their killers have not yet been
found, and may be walking around the campus every day.
A graduate of a neighbouring institution is also accused
of killing the courageous peace activist Sabeen Mahmood
and of participating in a communal massacre.
All societies and states, and even universities, have
sacred cows of varying kinds. In Pakistan, some of these
sacred cows have become heavily armed stalking beasts.
It would not be surprising if this prompted academics into deliberate, if unacknowledged, self-restraint in
intellectual inquiry. This would be understandable as a
survival measure, but self-censorship and the reluctance
to roam beyond the acceptable horizon will eventually
curb research. Pakistani universities cannot allow the
reflexive resort to seeking an explanation for all phenomena within a religious perspective alone to take hold.
The fight against terrorism is not just a matter for
Pakistan’s armed forces. Thousands of civilians, including students and teachers, have taken up the cause;
many have already been injured or killed. But the military
struggle will not succeed unless the battle of ideas is won.
And in this battle, university leaders and administrators
need to show more grit in confronting the enemy within.
More to say? Email comment@ResearchResearch.com
Javed Jabbar is a visiting professor in social sciences at
the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, and
lectures at civil and military universities in Pakistan.

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g r a e m e r e i d    v i e w f r o m t h e t o p

Do scientists make the best
science ministers?
“Good heavens! I don’t think he knows anything about
science,” Stanley Johnson said on hearing that his son
Jo had been appointed minister for universities and science after the 2015 general election. Politicians are put
in charge of defence, foreign affairs and the economy
without previous careers in these fields. Should science be treated differently? Should science ministers
be experts in science? And if not, what characteristics
should we ask for in a science minister?
Looking back at the past 25 years, the model for a
science minister is elusive. In that period, at least 11 ministers in five government departments have had science
as part of their headline responsibilities. Many have
overseen other areas too: defence procurement; cities;
universities; the Duchy of Lancaster; and business innovation. Science has been interpreted widely, covering the
full span of academia, including the arts and humanities.
Most science ministers have served for around two
years, although some have lasted less than half that
time, thanks to general elections, reshuffles and other
events. By these standards, three years counts as long
service and the terms of David Sainsbury, 1998-2006,
and David Willetts, 2010-14, were exceptionally long.
Some passed through the job quietly and went on
to pursue other interests. A few, including Sainsbury,
Willetts and Ian Taylor, 1995-97, continue to make
substantial contributions to science and research even
now. Only one, Paul Drayson, 2008-10—who has a PhD
in robotics—had worked in science.
I find no obvious correlation between the career
origins of science ministers and their record in, say,
winning financial support from the Treasury, negotiating agreements with international partners, or engaging
political colleagues and the wider public on scientific
issues. Insofar as international comparisons are possible, a skim through other nations that are strong on
science—such as Japan, Switzerland and the United
States—reveals broadly similar pictures.
A science minister’s success is determined far more by
his or her personal strengths and the political environment than by choice of degree subject or earlier career.
Nick Hillman, special adviser to David Willetts during his
time as science and universities minister, told me that
“You don’t have to be a pensioner to be a good pensions
minister or ill to be a good health minister so why should
you have to be a scientist to be a good science minister?”
Professor Graeme Reid is chair of science and research
policy at University College London.

Indeed, there are at least five arguments in favour of
science ministers who do not have a scientific background.
First, they must debate scientific issues with political colleagues and journalists. Having no specialist knowledge
makes them better placed to develop robust, plain-language arguments rather than hide behind jargon.
Second, they are less vulnerable to unintended bias
for or against particular areas. Third, a scientist minister
arguing for more science funding might look like a specialinterest lobbyist to political colleagues. A non-scientist
may be more convincing as a voice of objective evidence.
Fourth, in the ministerial seat many capabilities matter more than scientific prowess: negotiating skills,
consensus-building, political antennae, media handling
and networking in parliament—not to mention the stamina and resilience to cope with a ministerial schedule.
Fifth, experts can advise on the details: chief scientific advisers, academic specialists and research council
leaders can support a science minister. The relationship
between professional adviser and political decisionmaker gets muddled if the minister is a specialist too.
In other words, the characteristics of a strong science
minister look like those for many other ministerial positions. In its 2011 report The Challenge of Being a Minister,
the Institute for Government described an effective minister as one who has clear goals and objectives, builds
constructive relationships and gets the best out of people.
James Wilsdon, director of policy, impact and engagement at the University of Sheffield, adds another point
for science ministers: “A genuine intellectual curiosity
across a wide range of subject fields, an openness to
novel ideas and an appetite to read widely; this is the
best route to winning the respect—and even affection—
of the research community.” Rick Rylance, chairman of
Research Councils UK until recently, adds a further point
that a minister should be someone who “doesn’t mind
asking questions when he doesn’t understand
things: Jo Johnson has that quality ”.
Two final characteristics are also a must:
surviving long enough to get things done
and the good fortune to encounter the right
challenges. A minister arriving shortly after
a major policy review may find their portfolio
nailed down and scientists busy reacting to
their predecessor’s policies. In such circumstances, a lively minister may be rather more
likely to break things than fix them.
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interesting if true
N orth S windon It seems that, despite murmurings
around Whitehall for months, news of the Department
for Business, Innovation and Skills’ plans to dramatically
reduce how many sites it has by 2020 hasn’t quite filtered
up to Leeds. In the city region’s devolution deal bid was
the proposal to “relocate a research council” to the region.
We’re not convinced that splitting up the seven councils
and spreading them across the country would quite fit
into business secretary Sajid Javid’s downsizing efforts.
White-out At the Campaign for Science and Engineering’s
annual lecture last month, Jo Johnson was quizzed on
how to improve diversity in academia, with the questioner saying it was especially relevant given most audience
members were white and male. The minister didn’t have
many hard solutions, but one commentator on Twitter
had an idea for him: not reserving the front row of the
event for his all-white, all-male team of advisers.
No politics During a one-off evidence session in front
of the House of Commons Science and Technology
Committee last week, chief medical officer Sally Davies
was nearly left a little hot under the collar by one line
of questioning. Chris Green, Conservative MP for Bolton
West, opened his query for Davies with the somewhat
confusing statement: “The European Union debate is

raging—and we all want to be part of it.” Fellow Tory
MP Tania Mathius nudged a clarification out of her colleague, whispering: “The debate, yes?”.“The debate,
yes!” he replied hastily. “Phew,” said Davies, “I am glad
you didn’t ask me about my politics.”
O pen exchange The last session at a conference on
research-data management came to a show-stopping
conclusion last week, when chemist Peter Murray-Rust
took on Lesley Thompson, director of academic and government strategic alliances at Elsevier. Saying that some
researchers had become physically ill after their stressful negotiations with the publishing giant, Murray-Rust
said there was “no point” in entering into the process.
Thompson replied that she was not “offering that sort of
process, and actually the conversation now is making me
feel physically ill”.
Early riser Last week, life sciences minister George
Freeman gave his support to the innovative medicines
bill—he was so keen that he tweeted about the early start
he’d made to prepare for the bill’s third reading in the
House of Commons. But was his reveille sufficiently early
to impress the boss? Perhaps not, as the tweet was sent
at the not exactly ungodly hour of…7.45am. Oh, for the
life of a parliamentary undersecretary of state.

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