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.