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The purpose of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is to improve health and promote economic growth through the adoption of innovation that meets the defined needs of the West Midlands health economy.  

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NIHR: Research for Patient Benefit - Social care call

Details: The NIHR is pleased to announce that the Research for Patient Benefit Social Care Competition has now launched. This initiative seeks to fund high quality research ideas which come from the front line of social care, and to support partnerships between social care researchers and practitioners. This applies across a wide spectrum of topic areas for research, which has the potential to improve adult social care practice. It will be open to universities, local authorities and NHS bodies or other providers of NHS services in England with individual project awards up to £350,000 available.

Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 4th July 2018.
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Stroke Association: Priority Programme Awards

Details: These awards are aimed at addressing critical gaps in stroke research evidence. The 2018 round of the Priority Programme Awards is on the psychological consequences of stroke. Priority Programme Awards offer up to £410,000 over 3 to 5 years.

Deadline for proposals: 5pm on 13th June 2018.
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MRC: The aetiology of self-harm and eating disorders

Details: The Medical Research Foundation and MRC will make available up to £2.5 million for new high-quality, internationally competitive research to investigate the aetiology and underpinning mechanisms of self-harm or eating disorders, including the underlying bio-psycho-social mechanistic and environmental drivers, in children, adolescents and young adults (up to 25 years).

Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 26th July 2018.
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MRC: Methodology research programme: June 2018

Details: The MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Programme (MRP) is co-funded by the MRC and the NIHR. For the purposes of obtaining funding from MRP, methodology research must include at least one of the following:
  • Research primarily targeting underpinning methodologies, to create generalizable learning. Research must extend beyond a single case-study or application.
  • Methods in research', the development of methods for their implementation in research standards, with the aim of improving quality and consistency in practice, for example consensus statements.
  • Research framed within a pathways to disseminate the developed methodology, or associated learning, such as to maximise implementation and adoption. This can be comparative to test and evaluate methodology or translational to create step changes in utility or uptake.
  • Research that is led by the methodological needs of a breadth of researchers, where research outputs are designed to maximise the informative value and utility across this breadth.
Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 20th June 2018.
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MRC: UK-São Paulo/Brazil: Neglected Infectious Diseases Joint Centre Partnerships

Details: The MRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation are pleased to invite proposals to the UK-São Paulo/Brazil Neglected Infectious Diseases Joint Centre Partnerships Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund. This initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative Joint Centre Partnerships focused on addressing Neglected Infectious Diseases in Brazil.

MRC will make up to £3.5m funding available for this initiative, with equivalent effort matched by FAPESP. The funders wish to support proposals with the aim of:
  • existing partnerships and developing new partnerships between the UK and São Paulo-Brazil in the area of Neglected Infectious Diseases
  • supporting collaborative research
  • supporting the mobility and exchange of UK and Brazilian researchers to enhance links between researchers in both countries
  • strengthening the strategic relationship between the UK and Brazil.
Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 19th July 2018
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