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  • 10 October, 2017 - 14:35
    WMAHSN Masterclass: Intellectual Property
    This free-to-attend three hour session will aim to give attendees an overview of intellectual property, looking at the di erent forms of intellectual property, its protection, how it applies to your ideas and how MidTECH can help you take those ideas forward. The session will have interactive elements and will also include guest speakers who have worked with MidTECH in the past. 
    Learning Outcomes: 
    1. Understand what we mean by Intellectual Property
    2. Understand how to protect your intellectual prop- erty rights
    3. Understanding your options
    We will be joined by Marks & Clerk, Intellectual Property specialists.

    Please note this masterclass is only open to WMAHSN Premimum Members ONLY. If you are unsure please contact Tammy Holmes (tammy.holmes@wmahsn.org) who will be able to advise.

    To book your place please click here.
  • 6 October, 2017 - 06:56
    ​EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellowships
    EPSRC is inviting Outline Proposals for EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellowships. Applications are sought in alignment with the Industrial Strategy, in areas that have been identified as relevant to EPSRC or recognised priority areas at the interface of engineering and physical science research. This call is focussed towards innovative individuals in the early stages of their research career either in academia or industry, including, but not limited to: experienced postdoctoral researchers, those with a junior academic post or researchers within industry who wish to transition to academia. Duration of the fellowship will be a maximum of three years.
     
    Deadline for proposals: Thursday 9th November (for outlines); 23rd January 2018 (for full proposal)
    Find out more here.
  • 6 October, 2017 - 06:54
    Latest NIHR Funding Calls and other opportunities
    HS&DR – new commissioned calls
    Details: The HS&DR Programme funds research to produce rigorous and relevant evidence on the quality, access and organisation of health services. This includes evaluations of how the NHS might improve the delivery of services. The audience for this research is the public, service users, clinicians and managers. The HS&DR Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream.
     
    The following commissioned calls are now open: Deadline for proposals: 13:00 on Thursday 4th January 2018
    Find out more here.

    NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) Competition 20 
    Title / area of focus: Applications are invited for NIHR Programme Development Grant funding. Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Programme Grant application.
     
    Individual awards are for a maximum of £100k over a period of six to eighteen months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted.
     
    Deadline for proposals: 13:00 on Wednesday 22nd November 2017
    Find out more here.
     
    EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellowships
    Title / area of focus: EPSRC is inviting Outline Proposals for EPSRC-UKRI Innovation Fellowships. Applications are sought in alignment with the Industrial Strategy, in areas that have been identified as relevant to EPSRC or recognised priority areas at the interface of engineering and physical science research. This call is focussed towards innovative individuals in the early stages of their research career either in academia or industry, including, but not limited to: experienced postdoctoral researchers, those with a junior academic post or researchers within industry who wish to transition to academia. Duration of the fellowship will be a maximum of three years.
     
    Deadline for proposals: Thursday 9th November (for outlines); 23rd January 2018 (for full proposal)
    Find out more here.
     
    NIHR Funding deadlines calendar
    For an overview of the year’s NIHR calls and ongoing opportunities, please view the online calendar: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/current-funding-opportunities/
  • 4 October, 2017 - 06:01
    Smart Cities - Working Together to Create Advanced Urban Services
    Digital Birmingham, Future Cities Catapult and GBSLEP look forward to welcoming you to Innovation Birmingham’s iCentrum on Tuesday 31 October, 2017.

    Attendees will learn about the key initiatives pushing innovation forward in the region, how the set of national ‘smart cities’ guides and standards can help shape the places of the future, and where opportunities exist for funding and collaboration in identifying and addressing some of the common challenges that different city stakeholders face.

    A draft workshop agenda is available via this link. Speakers will be announced soon.
  • 4 October, 2017 - 05:57
    Webinar: Continuous Improvement – ‘The RICOH Way’ (30 Minutes)
    Tuesday 10th October at 9am GMT / Midday in the UAE

    At Ricoh UK Products Ltd they say that everyone has two jobs, their functional role and their continuous improvement role.  Their continuous improvement philosophy is about ‘everyone, every day, doing something a little bit better than yesterday’.  
     
    Ricoh will be sharing their philosophy and their tools during day 2 of the ideasUK conference so dial in for an introduction!
     
    Details:
    No need for advanced registration, but dial in a few minutes early as we will start promptly!
    NB: You may be requested to download CISCO webex to view the slides, however you can avoid this by opening the webinar in your browser - please allow enough time to complete this process.

    Please join our meeting by computer or smartphone: https://my.webjoin.com/dolby/?passcode=15936978 
    If this is your first time joining, you may be prompted to download the BT MeetMe with Dolby Voice plugin or mobile app. Use your stereo headset or earbuds for the best sound quality.

    Or join by phone with the dial-in numbers and passcode below:
    Participant passcode: 15936978 then #
    United Kingdom Freefone: 0800 012 1176 
     
  • 2 October, 2017 - 08:53
    Opinions requested in treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
    Pyms; Market Access for Health and Social Care are currently conducting a research study on behalf of NuVision Biotherapies, a spin-out company from the University of Nottingham. They are seeking the opinions of specialist professionals in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers through a 3 minutes online survey.
     
    They are aiming to gain a clearer understanding of the views and opinions of UK specialists in the field of Diabetic Foot Care, as to the potential use of amniotic tissue for the treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers.  Amnion derived protocols have become part of standard practice within the United States, with some evidence of improved healing times and outcomes.  They are currently investigating if this may become the case in the UK, and if so, what might be required in order for products to become available at different NHS Trusts.
     
    If anyone would be able to answer an online survey which takes 3 minutes could they please click on this link their opinion would be greatly valued.
     
    If you or any of your clinicians would like to discuss this in more depth and are available for call please contact Kate Pym on 
    Tel: 0800 5642286/ 0203 8110496/ 01529 469596 or email kate@pymsconsultancy.co.uk
  • 29 September, 2017 - 08:48
    Funding Opportunities
    Funding – ERDF priority 1 three-LEP call workshop
    In anticipation of the ERDF Priority 1 (Innovation) call in November, the Black Country, C&W and GBS LEPs welcome you to a workshop being held at Baskerville House, Birmingham on 10 October from 12–4pm. The aim of the workshop will be to encourage projects across the three LEPs/WM Combined Authority geography that address the findings of the WM Science and Innovation Audit.  The workshop will provide a great opportunity to catalyse cross-LEP discussions and network with colleagues and partners from across the West Midlands. An agenda is attached.
     
    Funding – GBSLEP ERDF Roadshow
    There is also a workshop taking place this Thursday 28 September for delegates interesting in applying to ERDF funds in the current GBSLEP calls associated with priorities 1 (innovation), 4 (low carbon) and 6 (environment and resource efficiency). A flyer containing more information is attached.
     
    New funding programme to support digital health technologies
    Digital health technologies, which allow patients to manage their medical conditions from home, can greatly reduce reliance on GPs and hospitals whilst improving patient quality of life. Innovate UK is to invest up to £8 million in projects that develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges in Round 1 of the Digital Health Technology Catalyst competition. The deadline for applications is 11th October 2017. You can find out more about the competition briefings here.
     
    Digital Health Technology Catalyst 2017 - Round 1
    Application deadline: midday on 11.10.17
    Innovate UK is to invest up to £8 million in projects that develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges. Projects must focus on the development of digital health or digitally-enabled medical technologies, and have the potential to achieve one or more of the following: improve patient outcomes; transform healthcare delivery; enable more efficient delivery of healthcare. An SME must lead the project. Feasibility projects must range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £75,000 and you must complete your project within one year. Industrial research and experimental development projects must range in size from total project costs of £500,000 to £1 million and you must complete your project within 3 years.  Read more here.
     
    Biomedical Catalyst 2017 Round 3: Early Stage
    Application deadline: midday on 11.10.17
    Micro, small or medium-size UK companies can apply for a share of £10 million to work alone or with others on solving healthcare challenges. The Biomedical Catalyst has 4 types of funding award designed to support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that are developing a product or process. With the early-stage competition they are looking to fund projects that enable SMEs to complete a data package sufficient to support the subsequent testing of their product or process in a clinical setting (or other relevant environment). The early-stage project can include:
    • experimental evaluation (lab scale)
    • use of in vitro and in vivo models (but not studies in humans or patients) to evaluate proof of concept and safety testing to appropriate regulatory standards
    • exploration of potential production mechanisms
    • early-stage prototyping
    • product development planning
    • intellectual property protection
    Read more here.
     
    NIHR Global Health Research - Call 2
    Application deadline: 13:00 on 20.10.17
    A call has been issued to commission internationally-outstanding applied global health research, inviting a second round of applications from existing specialist academic groups who wish to expand into the field of global health. These are intended to be multi-disciplinary groups, led by a specialist academic group at a UK university or research institute in collaboration with partners in ODA-eligible low and middle income countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. The research should be directly and predominantly relevant to improving the health needs of patients and the public in these countries.  Read more here.
     
    -Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Calls for Proposals
    Application deadline: 24.10.17
    The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is Europe's largest public-private initiative aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients. IMI has launched IMI2 - Call 11, on the exploitation of IMI project results, and IMI2 - Call 12, with topics on Alzheimer’s, data, Sjögren’s Syndrome, vaccines, the blood-brain barrier, & a European Screening Centre.  Read more here.
     
    Medicines Manufacturing Round 1: Challenge Fund
    Application deadline: 01.11.17
    Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in medicines manufacturing to be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Projects should focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. There are 2 parts to this competition: (1) Feasibility projects; (2) Industrial research and experimental development projects.  Read more here.
     
    Funding for Innovation seminar
    EEF is organising a free breakfast seminar bringing together experts in their own fields to provide an overview of four valuable funding mechanisms for innovative SMEs, to generate value and return from their innovation ideas.  The event is taking place on 3 October, 08:00 at the EEF Technology Hub in Birmingham.
     
    Developing personalised medicine technologies: apply for funding
    Organisations can apply for a share of £6 million to develop precision medicine technologies that better target patient treatments.  Read more here.
     
    Health and Life Sciences Round 3 Innovate UK Competition Briefing Event
    Thu, 12 Oct, London
    UK businesses can apply for a share of £15 million for projects that support small and medium sized enterprises to develop innovations in health and life sciences. Projects must show significant innovation in one of Innovate UK's priority areas: increasing agricultural productivity; improving food quality & sustainability; advanced therapies (cell & gene therapies); precision medicine; medicines discovery; preclinical technologies; advanced biosciences.  Read more here.
     
    Funding – Inspiring New Products and Services
    UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million to work on innovative technologies, future products and services. The aim is to support technologies that have the potential to transform commercial markets or that could make a difference to UK economic growth across many different sectors.
      
  • 29 September, 2017 - 08:41
    Upcoming events...
    Invitation to the Coventry Life Festival Conference
    Monday 2nd October – 10am – 5pm, Fargo Village, Coventry
    Lunch and refreshments from Backhaus Coffee & Co will be provided.  There is an exciting programme of presentations in the Box as well as a full workshop schedule, a range of interactive activities around the site and a marketplace of information stalls.  Please email to register.
     
    Innovate 2017 – a reminder
    At Innovate 2017, you can “meet global creators, thinkers, investors and entrepreneurs. It is a place where ideas collide and a place to do deals, be inspired, network and discover the future of industry.” This year, on 8 and 9 November, it is taking place in Birmingham at the NEC.  There will also be workshops on various topics including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
     
    46th Intelligent Sensing Program – Sensing the Air Quality and Emissions
    Tue, 10 Oct, Birmingham
    To support business innovation development, KTN is organising a one day networking workshop on air quality sensing. The workshop will bring together end-user communities, technology providers, researchers, regulatory and funding agencies and other key stakeholders in the UK. If you are interested in having an exhibition space, please contact Liquan.  Read more here.
     
    Black Country Business Festival
    Taking place from 23rd April to 4th May 2018, this brand new initiative will drive business engagement, encourage collaboration, promote inward investment and support economic growth across the Black Country.  Here's how you can get involved:
    • Become a sponsor or partner of the Festival;
    • Host an event;
    • Promote the Festival to your professional networks;
    • Offer your venue as an event space during the Festival;
    • Attend one or more of the many events on offer.
    Read more here.
     
    School of innovation – the role of mentoring in innovation
    Thursday 28 September at 10:00 – 13.00, Serendip, Innovation Birmingham
    Can you innovate on your own? Do you know where to start?  Learn more at this forthcoming event with guest speakers, which will also be accessible via a webinar.  Further details are available here.
     
    Breakfast Briefing: Manufacturing future healthcare technologies
    There are numerous challenges surrounding the translation of medical devices to clinical trial and market including regulatory safety and usability.  Led by medical devices experts the breakfast briefing on the 29th November with address some of these challenges and highlight the support the University can provide in this area.  Register here.
     
    Can we bring the mind and the body together again? 
    An inaugural lecture
    Aston University, Tue 17 October 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
    Professor George Tadros will explore the issues in dealing with mental ill-health, demonstrating the link between the mind and the body. He will also explain the Rapid Assessment Interface Discharge (RAID) model of liaison psychiatry and how digital technology and local collaboration can be effective in supporting patients and their families. He will examine the effect of dementia on our ageing population and how current and future research could have a significant impact on this generation and generations to come.  Read more here.
     
    Children and Young People Mental Ill-health Prevention Workshop
    by West Midlands Mental Health Innovation Network
    Thu 28 September 2017, 12:00 – 17:00 BST
    The West Midlands Mental Health Innovation Network (and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network) are pleased to invite you to the Prevention of Mental Ill-health of Children and Young People Workshop to take place on 28 September 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for young people/young ambassadors (suggested age 16 - 25 years), healthcare providers, businesses, third sector/charities, commissioners, education and other key stakeholders involved in children and young people's lives to influence the services created and offered with regard to mental health prevention strategies.
     
    The workshop will be discussing the "Getting It Right, First Time", Mental Illness Strategy, developed by Forward Thinking Birmingham and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network on behalf of the Mental Health Systems strategy board in Birmingham, as well as next steps in our current project of work. You will also hear from Norman Lamb MP, who will give an update on the current national perspective.  Register to attend here.
     
     
  • 27 September, 2017 - 09:34
    Latest funding calls and other opportunities
    NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme – new commissioned calls
     
    Title / area of focus: The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research that evaluates non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public, and reduce inequalities in health.  The scope of the programme is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a range of public health interventions.
     
    The following commissioned calls are now open:
     
    17/101 - Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health
    Which interventions are effective* in improving health through improvement in outdoor air quality?

    17/102 - Household or community resources: impact on health and health inequalities
    Which interventions or assets increase, or mitigate the reduction of, resources in households or communities and are effective in promoting health?

    17/103 - Prevention of unintentional injury in the home in children under 5 years
    What are the most effective and cost-effective interventions aimed at reducing unintentional injury of children under 5 years old in the home, and how do such interventions impact on inequalities?
             
    17/104 - Community-wide interventions for physical activity
    What community-wide interventions are effective in promoting physical activity?

    Deadline for proposals: 13:00 on Tuesday 20 March 2017 
    Find out more here
     
    NIHR Research Professorships Round 8 
    Area of focus: NIHR Research Professorships aim to fund leaders in the early part of their careers to lead research, promote effective translation of research ('bench to bedside [T1] and 'campus to clinic' [T2]) and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.
     
    The posts aim to:
    ·         Enable outstanding early career academics to spend a fixed 5 year period dedicated to translational (T1 or T2) research at Professorial level;
    ·         Facilitate strong research leadership and develop research capacity in areas critical to accelerating the transfer of research ideas into improved health.
     
    These awards are open to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in partnership with NHS organisations, based in England only, to nominate health researchers and methodologists with an outstanding record of clinical and applied health research and its effective translation for improved health.
     
    Deadline for proposals: 13:00 on Wednesday 29 November 2017
    Find out more here
     
    MRC UK-Vietnam Partnerships for Infectious Disease Research
    Details: This is the second UK Medical Research Council (MRC) -Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Infectious Diseases Partnership initiative and provides substantive support for joint Vietnamese-UK working in the area of infectious disease research.
     
    Areas of particular research interest within the infectious disease space include, but are not limited to:
    ·         HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections
    ·         Tuberculosis
    ·         Malaria
    ·         Respiratory Infections
    ·         Neglected Tropical Infections
    ·         Antimicrobial Resistance (excluding epidemiological and surveillance activities)
     
    The MRC will make up to £2million available for this scheme to fund the UK collaborators.  MOST will make approximately £750,000 available to fund the Vietnamese collaborators.  It is intended that approximately five joint projects will be funded subject to quality.  Projects may be up to 3 years in length.
     
    Deadline for proposals:
    ·         Intention to submit proposal deadline: Tuesday 7 November 2017
    ·         Proposal submission deadline: Tuesday 12 December 2017
     
    Find out more here
     
    The Health Foundation: Evaluation of the “Exploring Social Franchising and Licencing Programme”
    Details: The Health Foundation has set up a programme, working with the International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF), to examine if social franchising and licensing approaches could be used as a successful method to scale healthcare innovation and improvement.
     
    The programme will support a small number of projects based at their originator sites to test franchise and licensing approaches in a number of implementer sites.
     
    The Health Foundation is looking for an experienced team to lead on both:
    • the delivery of a process evaluation to understand how social franchising and licensing works to support replication, and
    • the design of an evaluation framework to support a mixed method, qualitative and quantitative, summative evaluation of the impact of social franchising and licensing on the replication of health improvements across sites. 
    It is anticipated that bids will be up to a maximum of £200,000.
     
    Deadline for proposals: Friday 27 October 2017
    Find out more here
     
    NIHR Funding deadlines calendar
    For an overview of the year’s NIHR calls and ongoing opportunities, please view the online calendar: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/current-funding-opportunities/
     
     
  • 25 September, 2017 - 07:50
    ideasUK - Webinar Registration & Leadership Award
    1. ideasUK 2017 Leadership Award:
     
    Do you have a senior leader within your organisation who provides great support for both yourself and your ideas scheme or innovation program?  We are taking ONE nomination / organisation and the closing date to upload your nomination onto the dedicated platform is this Friday, 29 September so upload your submission today!
     
    2. Webinar: School of Innovation – The Role of Mentoring in Innovation (30 minutes)
     
    Can you innovate on your own? Do you know where to start? 
     
    We believe that people and organisations benefit from mentoring in order to unleash their innovation potential. In this webinar, a joint partnership between ideasUK and Wazoku, we will discuss the role of mentoring in innovation, including:
    Are innovators born or made? How do you change the mind-set of organisational leaders? How do you create a culture of innovation?
     
    Join us this Thursday, 28 September, 10:00 GMT / 13:00 in the UAE
     
    Click HERE to register and dial in details will be sent directly to your inbox