Funding opportunities: a glance at MRC and NERC

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Calls

1 February 2017

In the final post of this mini-series looking at the Research Councils, I'll show you some of the funding calls currently open from the Medical Research Council (MRC), and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). This follows posts on BBSRC and EPSRC, and AHRC and ESRC.

The MRC encourages and supports research to improve human health. NERC 'is the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK'.


1) 2016 MRC-KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Awards

Apply by: 4pm, 31 January 2017

As part of the MRC's goal to increase international collaboration, ten awards of up to £20,000 are available to partnerships of Korean and British researchers, funding some or all of:

  • travel for one or more investigators in either direction
  • visits/access to facilities
  • workshops and networking
  • researcher exchanges
  • exploratory talks
  • other collaborative activities.

While interdisciplinary projects are strongly encouraged (as are projects building on "national strengths"), any scientific area within the remit of MRC and KHIDI is eligible for this call. Note that the funding will not cover research activities, salaries, consumables etc, but is entirely built around creating international links. This is an exciting chance to bring people together!

2) Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases prevention and management of mental disorders

Apply by: 4pm, 11 April 2017

This call will generate new knowledge on interventions, and implementation of interventions, for prevention and management of mental disorders in low or middle-income cuontries (LMICs). This call has been created in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD).

Topics considered by the funders include scale-up of family/community engagement in treatment, empowering of patients or their carers, and early detection and diagnosis of disorders.


1) Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) call

Compulsory expression of interest by: 4pm, 10 February 2017

Formal application deadline: 4pm, 2 March 2017 (to Je-S and NSFC)

Via the Newton Fund, this call will award up to £4 million in total to UK researchers, and up to 3 million Yuan per project to Chinese researchers. By combining the resources of UK money with contributions from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), it is hoped that projects will tackle key questions in engineering of offshore renewable energy technology, as well as:

  • consideration of environmental science can optimise deployment
  • consideration of environmental impact or benefit
  • consideration of social, economic and politcal issues.

More information can be found through the EPSRC call page for this opportunity.

2) Green Infrastructure (Urban) KE Fellow call

Apply by: 4pm, 27 April 2017

Invitational 2nd stage (Interview) date: 20 June 2017 in Birmingham

NERC is excited to invest in work around aspects of green infrastructure (GI), however the uptake of such research in construction and design can be low. This call seeks to create a knowledge exchange fellowship, whereby an academic can spend some of their time working with stakeholders to understand barriers to uptake.

"One of the key features that prevent GI being a fundamental part of the decision making and planning process is the challenge around planners obtaining robust evidence that the GI works and will yield long term benefits. As part of this they will need to be able to assign a 'value' to the GI that can offset other costs elsewhere."

By enabling knowledge exchange activities, the fellow should increase the rate of uptake of outputs of NERC research. NERC say, 'Candidates are encouraged to devise their own programme of work and to demonstrate how that will generate long term impact.'


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