Thursday, March 31, 2011

Academy of Medical Sciences Budget 2011 Announcement

Academy statement in response to the announcement in the 2011 Budget ‘Plan for Growth’ that the Government will set up a new health research regulatory agency.

The statement includes comment from Academy President Professor Sir John Bell PMedSci and Professor Sir Michael Rawlins FMedSci, Chair of an Academy of Medical Sciences working group that prepared the report, ‘A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research’.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Yesterday's budget contains good news for researchers.  George Osborne announced an investment of £100 million into science infrastructure.  £70 million of this is going towards innovation centres in Norwich and Babraham.  For details and reactions see the BBSRC site.

The Technology Strategy Board is also investing in innovation.  They have just announced that they will fund feasibility studies, allowing small companies to take more risks with innovative research.  One of the key areas they will fund is Biosciences.  For more details see the TSB site.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Join the RDFunding Network on LinkedIn to talk to researchers and keep up to date with the latest news:


Monday, March 21, 2011

INVOLVE Draft Strategic Plan Consultation

INVOLVE Draft Strategic Plan Consultation We would like your views on our Strategic Plan for 2012 - 2015

INVOLVE are developing their new Strategic Plan for 2012-2015. The plan, when finalised, will provide the overall direction for thier work over the next three years. They would like to hear from the many groups and individuals who share interest in public involvement in research. Your responses will help them in shaping the Strategic Plan and identifying areas of work to prioritise.

Consultation: Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research and Innovation Funding

The Commission is seeking the views of all interested individuals and organisations on these proposed changes and on the specific questions set out in the Green Paper. The deadline for contributions is Friday 20 May 2011. In parallel, a competition for the name of the Common Strategic Framework is being organised.

Friday, March 18, 2011


European Working Group on Psychosocial Aspects of Children with Chronic Renal Failure are looking for someone who would like to run a workshop on EU funding for Collaborative research at a conference in Eastwood hall Conference centre Nottingham 5th-7th May 2011. The conference is the 42nd meeting of the European Working Group on Psychosocial Aspects of Children with Chronic Renal Failure (EWOPA). The group is multidisciplinary and the conference is small and friendly.  Any help would be gratefully received please contact Dr Dot Mackinlay on  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Getting into Medical Research

There's an interesting article on the Guardian website about getting into medical research and developing your career:


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Research Councils and Government Sign an Agreement

It was announced today that a concordat has been signed by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).  More information on this agreement to share knowledge and support future research can be read on the RCUK website:


Monday, March 07, 2011

Weekly Funding News

A round up of the week's funding news

£775m is to be made available for translational research over five years the Health Secretary has announced:
Department of Health

The NIHR has issued a call for research on dementia. Applications must be submitted by 20 May 2011:

The BBSRC has announced changes to its postgraduate training and fellowships:

A call has opened for HRB/SFI Centres of Excellence in Neuroscience:
Science Foundation Ireland

For up to date funding news you can follow us on twitter @RDInfoteam

Friday, March 04, 2011


The Health Service Research (HSR) programme funds research which improves the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the NHS. The programme is now accepting applications for its research-led workstream. The closing date for applications is 5th May 2011. For more information please see website

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

NIHR School for Public Health Research Launched

A new NIHR school for public health research was launched today by Public Health Minister Anne Milton with the overall objective of building closer relations between researchers and practitioners. Emphasis will be placed on what works practically and can be applied countrywide in England.

The school will comprise of leading academic centres of applied public health research. The competition for funding will be open to academic institutions who have a proven record in applied research and evaluative practice in public health. Members of the school will receive up to £500,000 annually.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

National Institute for Health Research Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) News

NIHR TCC is launching of a new round of NIHR Research Methods Fellowships and Internships. Applications are invited from NIHR Senior Investigators to host a NIHR Research Methods Fellow and Intern. The closing date for applications is 30th March 2011 (5:00 pm). For further information please see their website:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Research Funding News

In an interview with Times Higher Education, the head of the MRC Sir John Savill, discusses blue skies research, protecting research funding and boosting the success rates of young researchers applying for grants.
Times Higher Education

The government has approved the MRC’s £300m funding plan for the UK Centre for Medical Research & Innovation (UKCMRI). UKCMRI will provide space for 1250 scientists.

Following a review, the BBSRC have decided to focus on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy as one of the three high-level strategic priorities.

EU research funding is discussed in an interview with the EU research commissioner Máire Geogheghan-Quinn. The commissioner discusses the recent green paper, a possible increase in and the balance between funding basic science and innovation.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekly Funding News

NIH Dementia Themed Call
Application forms will be available from Tuesday 1 March 2011. Completed forms must be submitted by 20 May 2011.

The Danish Council for Independent Research, Call for Proposals, Spring 2011 - Medical Sciences

ESMO Award; Lifetime Achievement Award; Hamilton Fairley Award Deadline to submit nominations: 15th May 2011

EDCTP New calls for proposals launched: Senior Fellowship, Senior Fellowship NoE and Ethics Review Boards

RCPSYC The deadline for entries to the RCPsych Awards 2011 has been extended to 9 March. Get your nominations in now

Just launched: RCS - Fulbright Research Award. Apply online by 31 May 2011. Further details on

The next phase of the £10m Health Innovation Challenge Fund is now open, calling for 'Smart Surgery' applications

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

RDInfo Service Statement

As you are aware, the current National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding for RDInfo ceases on the 31st March 2011.

The team has been working hard to find alternative sources of funding, and to develop RDInfo into a financially sustainable service. This work is ongoing.

In view of the current need to focus on the sustainability of the service and the update of the RDFunding site, you may experience some delays or limitations in service levels until a solution is found.

Many thanks to all those who have supported RDInfo over the past 13 years - any continued support will be welcomed.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Academy of Medical Sciences Report

In spring 2010 the Academy of Medical Sciences was invited by Government to review
the regulation and governance of health research involving human participants, their
tissue or their data. A working group chaired by Sir Michael Rawlins FMedSci was
convened to undertake the review. The group received over 300 submissions from
across industry, academia, the NHS, charities and public sector bodies, as well as from
regulators themselves. There was a broad consensus about the key problems, and a
clear desire from those consulted to see the position improved.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

UK's biomedical research institute gets green light

The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, due to open in 2015 in London, will be the most advanced such facility in the country, perhaps in the world. It is a highly ambitious joint project driven by four of the UK's most influential medical research organisations: Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, University College London, and the Wellcome Trust.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

AMS review of the regulation and governance of health research

The Academy of Medical Sciences has launched its new report 'A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research'.

The report proposes five key principles that should underpin the regulation and governance framework around health research in the UK, and makes recommendations to:

1. Create a new Health Research Agency (HRA) to rationalise the regulation and governance of all health research.
2. Include within the HRA a new National Research Governance Service to facilitate timely approval of research studies by NHS Trusts.
3. Improve the UK environment for clinical trials
4. Provide access to patient data that protects individual interests and allows approved research to proceed effectively.
5. Embed a culture that values research within the NHS.

Feasibility studies for responsible development of nanoscale technologies

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have jointly allocated up to £400,000 to stimulate business led innovation with technologies that can address the potential environmental, health and safety (EHS) aspects of development of nanoscale technologies.

Revised process for handling amendments to NIHR CSP studies

The process for handling amendments for studies that have gained approval through the National Institute for Health Research Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (NIHR CSP) has been revised

European Union Innovation Strategy

The European Union has published its innovation strategy "innovation Union"

Musculoskeletal Ageing Centre

Arthritis Research UK and the MRC propose to establish a Collaborative Centre in Musculoskeletal Ageing which will become an international centre of excellence in research into the causes and mechanisms of musculoskeletal ageing, aiming at development of interventions which enhance musculoskeletal health.