Internal Research and Impact Funding

The University of Birmingham offers a number of internally-managed funds to support research, impact, and knowledge-exchange activities.

Internally-managed funding is often allocated through internal competitive processes and various funding streams. Funding may be either institutional external awards that are then internally distributed through competitive processes, or funding directly from the University itself. 

Impact Acceleration Accounts 

Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) support impact, knowledge-exchange, and translational activity within each respective funder's remit. Funding is awarded to the University as an institution by each research council and then distributed via internal competition through various funding streams.

Other internally-managed funds

Gender Equality Research Funding

About

The IGI's Gender Inequality research theme has launched an open call for seedcorn funds of  up to £7,500. Projects must be interdisciplinary, align with or be complementary to existing Gender Inequality them research and take place by July 2023.  The deadline for applications is 28 October 2022.

Scope

We welcome proposals for new research ideas that tackle gender inequality. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects that bring together our six research topics of interest in new ways. For example:

  • Respectful maternity care, from patient and health workers’ perspectives
  • Gender equality over the life-course, especially education and careers
  • Understanding ‘hard to observe’ aspects of gender inequality through data
  • Changing attitudes to sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights (especially miscarriage and abortion) and service provision
  • Women’s experiences of migration and incarceration
  • Traditional, indigenous, and cultural knowledge and gender roles
  • The changing role of technology in gender-based violence (in causation, reporting, access to justice or survivor support)

Queries

If unsure, please get in touch, we’d love to work with you on your ideas. Questions regarding the fund can be directed to Leah Fitzsimmons.

How to apply:

A maximum of £7,500 per project is available. Further details are available in the scheme application form, linked below. Completed application forms should be sent to Leah Fitzsimmons.

The deadline for applications is 28 October 2022.

Full details and application form

IAS Workshops and Fellowships

IAS Workshops

The Institute of Advanced Studies and Institute for Global Innovation are pleased to make support available to University of Birmingham researchers to bring together expertise from across the breadth of our university. Workshop topics should be interdisciplinary and include substantial input from at least two Colleges. Consideration should be given to what might eventually be the benefits to UoB in terms of engagement, impact, high quality publications and grant income generation.

How to apply

To apply for a Workshop, please complete the IAS Workshop Proposal Form

Deadlines

17.00 on 5 September 2022; 18 October 2022; 29 November 2022; 27 February 2023; 20 May 2023.

IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellows

This programme aims to attract outstanding researchers, operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines, to work collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Birmingham. We hope to support new collaborations on topics that are timely, relevant, address national and international priorities, and cross disciplinary boundaries. Fellows are normally expected to spend a period of between 4 and 8 weeks on campus, depending on the panel’s assessment of the proposed activity. We particularly welcome visits that enable new, rather than already established collaborations. Consideration should be given to what might eventually be the benefits to UoB in terms of engagement, impact, high quality publications and grant income generation.

Proposing an IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Please complete the IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Proposal Form.

Deadlines

17.00 on 5 September 2022; 18 October 2022; 29 November 2022; 27 February 2023; 20 May 2023.

IAS Vanguard Visiting Fellows

This programme aims to attract outstanding early and mid-career researchers, operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines, to work collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Birmingham. We hope to support new collaborations on topics that are timely, relevant, address national and international priorities, and cross disciplinary boundaries. Fellows are normally expected to spend a period of between 4 and 8 weeks on campus, depending on the panel’s assessment of the proposed activity. We particularly welcome visits that enable new, rather than already established collaborations. Consideration should be given to what might eventually be the benefits to UoB in terms of engagement, impact, high quality publications and grant income generation.

Proposing an IAS Vanguard Visiting Fellow:

Please complete the IAS Vanguard Visiting Fellow Proposal Form.

Deadlines

17.00 on 5 September 2022; 18 October 2022; 29 November 2022; 27 February 2023; 20 May 2023.

Please contact Sue Gilligan if you have questions about these programmes.

Institutional Research England QR Funding

Internal grants up to a maximum of £100,000 are available to support research culture, research that informs policy, and participatory research.  Eligible research projects must deliver and spend during the period 1 January 2023 to 1 June 2024. Three different funding streams are available and applications are invited on a short online application form which should be submitted by 5pm Friday 4 November.

Find out more about Institutional Research England QR funding

MRC Proximity to Discovery

The MRC Proximity to Discovery Industry Engagement Fund (P2D) aims to support individual mobility and discovery days to enable early engagement with industry, as well as proof of principle projects with businesses that could accelerate the translational potential of your work.

All work supported by the P2D fund should be aligned to biomedical science areas of interest to the MRC, as stated on the MRC website.

There are several streams within P2D:

Rapid Response Mobility (RRM)

RRM supports flexible funding requests for individual mobility to enable early engagement with industry. Researchers may visit companies anywhere in the world for face-to-face meetings to pursue early interactions. 

Up to £2,000 per project. RRM is an open call with no submission deadlines (spend must be incurred before 31st March 2023).

Knowledge Exchange & Dissemination (KE&D)

KE&D can support a discovery day seminar programme on discoveries, technologies and methodologies to transfer knowledge between companies and academic institutions to inspire new collaborations.

Up to £2,000 per activity. K&ED is a competitive funding call with quarterly deadlines.

Exchange & Explore (E&E)

E&E supports flexible interactions with businesses and industry partners that could accelerate the translational potential of your work and support longer-term relationships, through delivery of short term, initial proof of principle work around mutual areas of interest.

Up to £6,000 per project. E&E is a competitive funding call with quarterly deadlines.

 

How to Apply

KE&D and E&E submission deadline: 12 noon, Wednesday 19th October 2022

RRM: Open call (spend must be incurred before 31st March 2023)

The P2D institutional fund is managed by the Translational Research Team, part of the MDS Research & Knowledge Transfer Office. General enquiries should be directed to TranslationalResearch@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Find out more about translational research at Birmingham

Birmingham International Engagement Fund (BIEF)

The Birmingham International Engagement Fund (BIEF) offers travel awards to facilitate collaboration with international partners. Further information about the scheme and details about how to apply can be found on the Birmingham Global intranet pages.

Wellcome Trust Translational Development Fund

The Wellcome Translational Development Fund (TDF) is now open to new applications. 

Projects supported by the Wellcome Translational Development Fund seek to address early-stage translational development barriers, enabling projects to take the first step from discovery research towards identification or initial validation of clinical, practical, commercial or non-commercial outcomes.

All disease areas and modalities of intervention are eligible for support from the scheme, including small molecules, peptides, antibodies, vaccines, gene therapy, devices, surgical techniques and engineering / medical technology, bioinformatics and data science, epidemiology and evidence- based approaches. The most important aspect of the award is that the project will progress to a higher stage of translational development.

Please note, this round is a single stage application. Applicants must complete an Intention to Submit (ItS) form which will shape the discussion of the project with a Translational Research Project Manager prior to submission, to ensure the intended project is within the remit of the scheme.

The Wellcome institutional fund is managed by the Translational Research Team, part of the MDS Research & Knowledge Transfer Office. General enquiries should be directed to TranslationalResearch@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

How to Apply

The funding call is now a single stage process following an initial Intention to Submit (ItS) online form. Applicants should read the full guidance notes before submitting an Intention to Submit form:

Read the Wellcome TDF Guidance

Access the Intention to Submit Form

Download the Wellcome TDF Application

Deadline

The deadline for submitting Intention to Submit forms is 5pm on Wednesday 25th January 2023.

 

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