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Latest update on UK participation in EU funding programmes

13 August 2018

The UK government recently published an updated note on UK participation in the EU research funding programme, Horizon 2020. The update includes details on the current negotiation status on future UK participation as part of Brexit discussions, as well as confirmation of the recently announced extension of the Underwrite Guarantee for UK participants in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome.

The updated note follows previous updates issued following the EU referendum and outlines the current position in relation to the proposed Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU, the UK government’s Underwrite Guarantee (including the newly announced Post-EU Exit Guarantee Extension), and the UK government’s aspirations for UK participation in Horizon 2020’s successor programme, Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

Withdrawal Agreement

The note outlines the position in the draft of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU that UK participants in on-going EU funded projects will continue to receive an uninterrupted flow of EU funding for the lifetime of the project. Furthermore, it envisages that UK participants will be eligible to bid for Horizon 2020 funding for the duration of the programme, including after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as both partners and in coordinating consortia.

Underwrite Guarantee

As previously announced in August 2016, the UK government is committed to underwriting all bids for EU funding submitted by UK participants whilst the UK remains a member of the EU. The underwrite covers both on-going projects and all bids submitted prior to the date the UK leaves the EU (29 March 2019) but for which the outcome is not known by that date. This includes Stage 1 bids that have been submitted for calls operating a two-stage process, where the Stage 2 deadline falls after the exit date. Operation of the Underwrite Guarantee would only be necessary in a scenario in which the Withdrawal Agreement is not signed (i.e. a ‘no deal’ outcome).

On 24 July, the government announced an extension to the Underwrite Guarantee (the ‘Post EU Exit Guarantee Extension’). The extension means that the government is now committed to funding UK participants on all successful collaborative Horizon 2020 bids made after exit day and until the end of Horizon 2020, thus including all bids submitted both before and after the date the UK leaves the EU.

The extension to the guarantee means that, in a no deal scenario, UK participants will be able to continue to apply to Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participants (which the UK will be at that point), safe in the knowledge that their participation will be funded for the lifetime of the project, even if this extends beyond 2020.

For more details of which parts of the Horizon 2020 programme are open to third countries, please contact the Research Development Team (see below).

UK participation in Horizon Europe

The note also sets out the government’s aspirations for UK participation in the successor programme to Horizon 2020 – Horizon Europe – which will run from 2021-2027. In the recently published white paper on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the government set out that it would like to explore association to Horizon Europe and other European science and innovation programmes. Such association – in the government’s view – would involve an appropriate UK financial contribution linked to a suitable level of influence in line with the contribution and benefits the UK brings to such programmes.

Link: UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

If you have any questions about any aspect of applying for EU research funding, please don’t hesitate to contact either Stephen Parkinson or Adrian Duckworth in the Research Development Team.

INTERNAL RESEARCH SUPPORT FUNDS 2017/18: Special Call for Applications

11 April 2018

We are inviting high quality applications to a special call of the internal research support fund. A condition of this call is that awards must be spent by 31 July 2018. The form can be found on Research development website, here.

Form and Guidance Notes


This form enables you to apply for internal research funding, which supports a range of activity based on the following criteria:

  • Sustainability of research, e.g. demonstrably leading to further research bids, collaborative projects, significant publications, or access to new research funds;
  • The contribution that the application will make to the research strategy of both the Research Centre / School and wider University;
  • Evidence of the applicant’s research and career ambitions.

What can be Funded?

The Research Support Fund will support a range of research-related activity such as participation at conferences of international standing, the preparation of large-scale bids (in general over £150,000, depending on the discipline) for external research funding, or lead to outputs of REFable quality. It will cover direct costs such as travel and accommodation, teaching time buy-out and research assistance, and conducting preparatory research trials. Under normal circumstances 50% matched funding must be evidenced, either from internal or external sources (above 50% matched funding will be at the discretion of the review panel, except for conference participation). There are limit to what funds are available and conference participation will be capped at £750 and for other activity such as bidding development or a pilot project a maximum of £3,000. There is no set format for your visit or project and examples of activity that could be funded include:

  •  Undertaking small-scale or pilot projects that will lead to the submission of larger research bids.
  • Presenting at conferences or similar events that are of international standing.
  • Research at archives and libraries (or other similar institutions), both UK and overseas.
  • Projects incorporating a research mobility component and leading to a research bid or output.
  • Specialised equipment (that is non-standard to what the University provides).
  • Small-scale buy-out of teaching.
  • Research assistance.

Please provide sufficient information in your application to allow the panel team to fully consider your application. All applications will be scored and ranked based on scientific, strategic merit and value for money. Applications that contain insufficient detail are unlikely to be funded.

How to Apply

The deadline for this Special Call is Wednesday 25 April 2018.

In line with financial regulations, all awarded funds must be spent by 31 July 2018. You will be notified of the outcome within 2 weeks of these deadlines. Applications should be completed on the attached form and emailed to Deborah Woodman, R&E Development Officer via

Successful applications

All applicants will be notified within 2 weeks from the call deadline date on the outcome of their application. All successful applicants will be required to submit a short report on the final outcome(s) from receiving internal funding, which should be submitted to:

Professor Laurence Kenney on Research Professional

6 March 2018

As reported earlier this year, a team from Salford led by Professor Laurence Kenney from the School of Health Sciences, recently secured a £1.4m grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund. The grant is for a project researching the potential for use of body-powered prostheses in low- and middle-income countries.

The project, a collaboration with the Universities of Southampton, Greenwich, UCL along with the University of Jordan and Makerere University in Uganda, is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The aim of the project is to develop a body-powered prosthesis that is optimised for adoption by prosthetic services in developing countries and which, crucially, is acceptable for users in those countries.

Laurence recently spoke to Research Professional about his experience of applying for, and winning, a major grant of this type from the Global Challenges Research Fund. In the interview, he reflects on the importance of building partnerships even before you have identified a source of funding to support the collaboration, and on how researchers from non-Russell Group universities can position themselves to win such a prestigious grant.

The full interview is available here*

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Update on UK participation in EU funding programmes

29 January 2018

Given the on-going uncertainty and widespread misapprehensions about the eligibility of UK-based applicants to participate in EU research and higher education funding programmes, Universities UK (UUK) have issued a briefing note summarising the current position.

The key message is that, despite the UK’s decision to leave the EU, nothing has changed in terms of the UK’s status in EU programmes including Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. UK-based applicants are therefore encouraged to continue to work with collaborators across the EU in developing applications for funding under both programmes.

The agreement on Phase One of the negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU – announced in December 2017 – clarifies that the UK will continue to pay into the EU budget up until the end of the current budget period in 2020 and therefore there will be no change in the UK’s status in relation to these programmes until 2021 at the earliest.

Even in the event of a “no-deal” scenario at the end of the second phase of negotiations, the UK Government has committed to underwrite UK participants on all successful bids made by UK applicants to Horizon 2020 (and all Erasmus+ grant agreements signed) while the UK remains in the EU.

A full copy of the briefing note is available to download below. Please feel free to pass this information on to your EU-based collaborators, especially if they are in any doubt about UK-based applicants’ eligibility to apply for EU funding.

UUKi Briefing note on HE&R collaboration through EU programmes

If you have any questions about any aspect of applying for EU research funding, please don’t hesitate to contact Stephen Parkinson in the Research Development Team.

NIHR Themed Calls: Mental Health

16 January 2018

The NIHR currently has five open calls on the theme of mental health with deadlines in late March/early April. These are:

Applications to the EME Programme may test interventions for the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of mental ill health, or the promotion of good mental health. Applications should examine the efficacy of interventions, and may explore the mechanisms underlying possible efficacy. Applications may investigate novel or repurposed interventions and technologies, but studies of incremental or minor improvements to existing technologies or the discovery of new biomarkers are not within the remit of the EME Programme.

Particular areas of interest include personalised or stratified care, and the use of novel study designs or existing data where their use can help deliver robust findings more quickly or with better value for money.

As part of this wider call for research for the ‘promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ the HTA Programme is particularly interested in receiving applications that address the issues identified as priority areas for research by relevant James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships. The HTA Programme also has a number of specific mental health commissioning briefs, currently open or planned, which may be applied to separately from this themed call.

The PHR Programme evaluates non-NHS public health interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The programme is keen to consider proposals that operate at a population level and which focus on environmental and social determinants of mental health. We are interested in scalable interventions to promote good mental health or prevent mental ill health across the life-course. We are also interested in population interventions aimed at reducing the impact of poor mental health and/or the health inequalities characteristic of mental health issues. Where justified proposals may focus on populations that are defined by social determinants, rather than by mental health disease. Health economic evaluations are of interest and we recognise that interventions may be multi-component and that long term follow-up may be necessary to demonstrate effect.

The HS&DR Programme funds research to produce evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services. Robust mixed methods studies are invited for the following topics with a focus on organisation and delivery of services, costs, quality and patient experience. Issues of particular interest include services for people of any age with an eating disorder (including the integration of tertiary care with local services); service models to improve the assessment and management of individuals with serious mental health problems presenting to emergency services in the community, and service models and interventions for the assessment and management of  PTSD in armed forces veterans in the UK.

For further information please contact your Funding Team representative.

SAMSHSSBS – Dr Deborah Woodman

CSE, ELS – Stephen Parkinson

CARe, SoBE – Dr Chris Coey

Nesta: ShareLab Fund

15 November 2017

Nesta has launched a call for expressions of interest to its ShareLab fund. The fund offers grants of between £15,000 and £30,000 for ‘projects that develop and apply collaborative digital platforms to tackle real world challenges’.

EOIs are especially invited on the theme of ‘prevention‘, e.g.:

  • Connecting the elderly
  • Addressing transport poverty
  • Sharing community resources
  • Reducing waste and improving sustainability
  • Supporting communities to help themselves
  • Supporting people with low-level care needs
  • Encouraging children to learn and play
  • Addressing anxiety and mental health issues in young people
  • Tackling homelessness

The call deadline is 5 January 2018.


Please contact the funding team with enquiries.

Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

14 November 2017

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020, covering the final three years of the EU’s current research & innovation funding programme, was officially announced at the end of October. The Work Programme contains details of all of the proposed calls across all three pillars of Horizon 2020.

The list of calls announced runs in the hundreds and therefore can seem to be overwhelming to navigate. In this post therefore, we wanted to provide a brief overview of the structure of the Work Programme, a selection of some of the calls that may be of particular interest to Salford academics, along with details of where to go to find out more and to search through all of the available opportunities.

Horizon 2020 Structure

The Horizon 2020 programme is structured into three main ‘pillars’ (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges). Each of these pillars focuses on a different type of research & innovation action: bottom-up, curiosity-driven research (Excellent Science); applied and close-to-market research & innovation actions with an industry focus (Industrial Leadership); challenge-driven collaborative research & innovation actions addressing some of the grand themes affecting both the EU and the wider world (Societal Challenges). Within each pillar there are sub-categories, all of which have their own part of the Work Programme.


Brexit and UK applicants’ eligibility to receive funding

We understand that some confusion may still exist about UK applicants’ eligibility to apply for and receive funding from Horizon 2020 in light of the Brexit process. The key message at the moment, both from the UK Government and the European Commission, is that the status of the UK as an EU Member State will not change until such time as the UK actually leaves the EU and that UK participants should continue applying for Horizon 2020 and other competitive EU funds.

Furthermore, the UK Government has issued a statement guaranteeing funding for UK applicants on proposals that submitted up until the date on which the UK formally leaves the EU (even those for which the outcome is not known at that date).

More information on the current situation is available on the UK Research Office’s (UKRO) website.

The 2018-2020 Work Programme

Some of the key calls in the new Work Programme that are likely to be of interest to Salford academics include (each call contains a link to the relevant call page on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal):


European Research Council (ERC)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)



Call – Information and Communication Technologies

Technologies for Digitising European Industry


Next Generation Internet (NGI)

Call – Digitising and transforming European industry and services: digital innovation hubs and platforms

Support to Hubs

Platforms and Pilots








Call – Space 2018-2020

Space technologies, science and exploration



Call – Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems

1.3 Infectious diseases and improving global health

1.5 Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being

Call – Digital transformation in Health and Care

Call – Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care

Focus Area on Digitising and transforming European industry and services

DT-TDS-01-2019: Smart and healthy living at home


Call – Sustainable Food Security

From functional ecosystems to healthy food

Environment and climate-smart food production and consumption

Call – Blue Growth

Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions



Energy efficiency

Upgrading buildings’ energy performance and smartness

Energy efficiency is an energy source

Global leadership in renewables

Renewable energy solutions for implementation at consumer scale

Smart and clean energy for consumers

Smart citizen-centred energy system

Smart Cities and Communities

Cross-cutting issues


Call – 2018-2020 Mobility for Growth


Call – Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Green Vehicles


Call – Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement

Climate adaptation, impacts and services

Inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Water for our environment, economy and society

Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience

Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting

Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Heritage alive





Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union – Focus Area

Call – Protecting the infrastructure of Europe and the people in the European smart cities

Call – Security

Disaster-Resilient Societies

Fight against Crime and Terrorism

Call – Digital Security

SU-DS02-2020: Management of cyber-attacks and other risks


Call – Science with and for Society

Strategic orientation 1. Accelerating and catalysing processes of institutional change

Strategic orientation 2. Stepping up support to Gender Equality in Research & Innovation policy

Strategic orientation 4. Exploring and supporting citizen science

Strategic orientation 5. Building the knowledge base for SwafS

Further Information

This is just a small selection of the total number of calls that have been announced for period 2018-2020. Details of all calls, with a range of search tools to help identify those that are relevant to you, are available on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

The Research Development Team is on hand to provide further guidance and advice on all aspects of Horizon 2020, including proposal development. Initial contact points within the Team for all Schools are available on the Contact Us page.

Key funder deadlines, health and social science: October 2017 update

3 October 2017

Please see below for a list of upcoming deadlines from funders of interest to researchers in CARe. Please note not only deadlines but also when calls opened, and be aware that it can take several months to develop a viable proposal.

All calls are included in the fortnightly Research Professional Bulletins soon after they open.

1 November

British Academy/Leverhulme Trust small research grants

3 November

NERC Unconventional hydrocarbons in the UK energy system – environmental and socio-economic impacts and processes

9 November

Leverhulme TrustResearch fellowships

Leverhulme Trust International academic fellowships

14 November

NIHR Promoting independence in older people

NIHR Digital interventions for sexual health promotion

NIHR Changing drinking behaviours

15 November

Wellcome Trust Collaborative awards in science

16 November

British Academy/Leverhulme Trustsenior research fellowships

21 November

NIHR Public health research programme researcher-led work stream – including complex health and care needs in older people

Department of Health Health and Wellbeing Fund – social prescribing

28 November

NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme Researcher-led

NIHR Virtual and augmented reality technologies for treating psychological disorders

NIHR Mechanisms of action of health interventions

29 November

Department of Health/NIHR Programme grants for applied research

30 November

ESRC EqUIP (EU-India) call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections

RCUK Newton-Colciencias UK-Colombia research partnerships

 16 December

ESRCMethodological research projects


9 January

Wellcome Trust Investigator awards in humanities and social sciences

Wellcome Trust Collaborative awards in humanities and social science

Leverhulme Trust Leverhulme research centres

11 January

Wellcome Trust Research fellowships in humanities and social science

Wellcome Trust University awards in humanities and social science

Wellcome Trust Research awards for health professionals

18 January

Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust senior research fellowships (forecast deadline)

2 March

Leverhulme Trust Early-career fellowships

 4 April

Department of Health/NIHR Invention for innovation (i4i) challenge awards (forecast deadline)

11 May

Leverhulme Trust Major research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences

19 May

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship/ESRC Research and knowledge exchange fund (RAKE) (forecast deadline)

6 September (forecast)

Academy of Medical Sciences Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

Department of Health/NIHR Cochrane programme systematic reviews scheme

No deadline / various deadlines

ESRCResearch Grants

ESRCNew Investigator Grants

ESRCKnowledge Transfer Partnerships

NIHR – Programme Grants for Applied Research

Global Challenges research fund

Newton Fund current opportunities

European Research Council Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants

Funding Opportunities: Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness

14 October 2016

Please see the page here for funding opportunities from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness.

Awards include:

Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowships, deadlines 31 October 2016 (for an early 2017 start) and  31 March 2017 (for a mid-2017 start)

Postgraduate international conference travel awards, deadlines 31 October 2016 and  1 April 2017

Research grant development awards, deadlines 1 November 2016 and 1 March 2017

Symposium or workshop support grants, deadlines 1 November 2016 and 1 March 2017

For further information please see the call page or contact your Funding Team representative.

SAMSHSSBS – Dr Deborah Woodman

CSE, ELS, SoBE – Stephen Parkinson

NMSWSS – Dr Chris Coey

College of Occupational Therapists Awards 2017

14 October 2016

The 2017 College of Occupational Therapists award scheme is now open. A number of awards are available for members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT).

Please see the available awards here, and further details here.

Deadlines for applications is 2nd December 2016.

For further information please see the call page or contact your Funding Team representative.

SAMSHSSBS – Dr Deborah Woodman

CSE, ELS, SoBE – Stephen Parkinson

NMSWSS – Dr Chris Coey