Co-ordinated University Bids

Some funders and schemes place a limit on the number or type of proposals that may be submitted from each institution. Some may require an institution to send in a ranked/priority list. Normally Research Services will liaise with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and he in turn with Heads of Academic Divisions where institution-wide decisions need to be made. This web page contains information about internal Oxford processes and timelines for research proposals of this kind.

A special protocol/procedure applies in responding to calls by third parties for doctoral scholarship programme bids. These include, but are not limited to: calls by the Wellcome Trust for doctoral programmes or centres; by RCUK for DTCs, CDTs, etc; the Newton Fund for international PhD partnering; or the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships. Oxford protocol - calls by third parties for doctoral programme bids (276kb)  

MRC GCRF Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research (deadline: 7 August 2017)

The Medical Research Council have launched an institutional pump-priming call for Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) projects in Global Nutrition and Health Research. The University can submit a single bid, which will contain projects that lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global nutrition and health research bids addressing issues of primary relevance to LMICs. £200k per institution is available and the MRC deadline is Thursday 14 September 2017.

PIs with potential projects for this call are required to fill in the MRC GCRF Confidence in Global Nutrition internal EOI (12kb)  and return it to research@medsci.ox.ac.uk by noon on Monday 7 August 2017. EOIs will be reviewed by a group chaired by the Deputy Head of the Medical Sciences Division to identify a lead PI to develop project ideas into a coherent institutional bid. 

MRC GCRF Confidence in Global Mental Health Research (deadline: 7 August 2017)

The Medical Research Council have launched an institutional pump-priming call for Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) projects in Global Mental Health Research. The University can submit a single bid, which will contain projects that lay the grounds for future large scale, multidisciplinary, cross-country global mental health research bids addressing issues of primary relevance to LMICs. £200k per institution is available and the MRC deadline is Thursday 14 September 2017.

PIs with potential projects for this call are required to fill in the MRC GCRF Confidence in Mental Health Research internal EOI (12kb)  and return it to research@medsci.ox.ac.uk by noon on Monday 7 August 2017. EOIs will be reviewed by a group chaired by the Deputy Head of the Medical Sciences Division to identify a lead PI to develop project ideas into a coherent institutional bid. 

NIHR Global Health Research (2nd call) (deadline: 21 August 2017)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is inviting applications to establish Global Health Research Groups which can deliver measurable benefits to patients and the public in low and middle income countries (LMICs). This call complements UK-funded ODA health research programmes supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the BEIS Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which aim to meet the health challenges faced by developing countries.  

This is the second NIHR Global Health Research Group call. There were no successful Oxford bids in the first round. NIHR welcomes resubmissions that address feedback. There is a particular interest in funding applications that address under-funded or under-researched areas. Research Group awards of £2m over three years are available to specialist academic units who wish to expand into the field of global health.

In this second round, the University is limited to submitting two applications.

Please complete the internal EOI form and return with a CV from the proposed director and proposed joint lead (if applicable) by 21 August 2017. 

NIHR Global Health Research EOI form (93kb)

2018 Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore, January 2018 (nominations to attend deadline: noon, Friday 8 September 2017)

Introduction

Oxford has been invited to nominate up to five (5) ‘young scientists and researchers’ (PhD students and post-docs) as potential participants to attend the 2018 Global Young Scientists Summit, an international multi-disciplinary research summit, in Singapore, 21-26 January 2017.

The organisers stipulate that nominees should be doctoral students or postdoctoral researchers who are 35 years old or below (at the time of the Summit), drawn from ‘any field of Science & Technology’ (which they define as: chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, and related disciplines). The final selection is made by the GYSS Organising Committee.

The theme for GYSS 2018 is “Advancing Science, Creating Technologies for a Better World, similar to that of the earlier Summits. Colleagues from Oxford have taken part in each one. Each year, about 280 international and local young scientists engage closely with peers and invited speakers, over a specially curated 5-day programme, to discuss key areas of science and research, technology innovation and society, and solutions to global challenges.

Singapore will provide the hospitality for the participants in Singapore, which will include accommodation, summit conference costs, social activities, meals and local transportation between accommodation, conference sites and social activities. Oxford departments who put forward nominees must meet the travel expenses to and from Singapore.

Nomination Process

If you wish to be considered for selection as one of the Oxford nominees, please complete and email the Nomination Form and required attachments by 12 Noon, Friday 8  September 2017 to Research Services (glenn.swafford@admin.ox.ac.uk). The email subject line must be ‘GYSS Nomination - [insert family name of the nominee].’

A department may make only one (1) nomination.

Nominations will be considered by a panel convened by the PVC (Research and Innovation), Professor Ian Walmsley.

Further information

Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research (deadline: noon, 13 September 2017)

The University of Oxford has been invited to submit one application for the Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research. Each year the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust offers a single award for an outstanding quality researcher in the early years of an established research and academic career. Funding of up to £1.5 million is available over a maximum of five years to support a programme of translational biomedical research.

Projects must involve patients and have a clear strategy defining how the research will translate into patient benefit. The award will not support cancer or HIV/AIDS-related research. There must be a clear specification of the hypothesis based on pre-clinical experimental data supporting the rationale of the clinical study, arising from the applicant’s own work. The award may not be used to meet the salary costs of the applicant(s) who should be in institutionally-funded posts for the duration of the grant. 

Further details about the specifications relating to the scheme and a list of previous award winners can be found on the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust website.

Those wishing to apply should submit their expression of interest to research@medsci.ox.ac.uk by noon on Wednesday 13 September. The expression of interest should consist of the following:

  • no more than 2 pages of A4 summarising the proposed research, explaining why it would be suitable for a translational study, the timescale for clinical applicability, the unmet need which is to be investigated and how the research will meet that need
  • a one-page CV for the principal investigator, including main publications

The successful nominee will be notified by 2 October. They will then be required to submit their preliminary application to the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust by 1 November 2017.

Questions about the application process should be directed to research@medsci.ox.ac.uk.

Sir Jules Thorn Biomedical Award guidance notes 2018 (119kb)

BBSRC Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Seminars (No deadline)

Summary

This initiative provides universities and institutes with funding to deliver seminars on knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC). The aim of these seminars is to raise awareness of how knowledge exchange and commercialisation of BBSRC bioscience research can deliver benefits to the economy, the public and has an impact on society.

The BBSRC will support a maximum of one seminar per year per institution, and therefore coordination across the institution is essential.

Please contact Phil Clare (phil.clare@admin.ox.ac.uk) in the first instance if you are interested in applying to this scheme.

More details can be found here on the BBSRC website.

Recommended seminar format and content

  • A half day, with networking or debate
  • Involve senior academic staff and academic-related colleagues in developing the programme and encouraging attendance
  • Speakers could include university industrial liaison staff, knowledge exchange professionals, technology transfer specialists, patent lawyers, KTP advisors, KTP office, business development staff and senior managers
  • Success stories by academic colleagues demonstrating the benefits and impact of KEC

Possible sessions

  • Highlight the principles underlying BBSRC KEC policy
  • What are intellectual assets?
  • What is the university strategy with regards to intellectual assets management?
  • University knowledge exchange strategy and policies
  • What is IP and its relation to intellectual assets?
  • Understanding patenting of IP in biological research
  • Licensing and collaboration agreements
  • When to disclose or disseminate to achieve greater impact?

Costs

We will contribute up to £2,000 in grants towards costs of external speakers, room booking, time spent in organising the event and other reasonable costs. The cost of lunch and refreshments is not eligible.

A BBSRC speaker may be available, free of charge, on request.

Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges in Developing Countries (intention to submit deadlines: internal 4 Sept; external 29 Sept

The call for GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries, is now open. It is mandatory for applicants intending to submit an outline proposal to complete a short ‘Intention to Submit’ survey by midnight on 29th September 2017. The survey is intended as a guide for RCUK as to the potential number and diversity of proposals likely to be submitted to this call, and is for RCUK planning purposes. The survey can be accessed here http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/O3I1I/.

The scale, scope and interdisciplinary nature of potential Hubs is indicated by the value (between £8M and £20M) and duration (over 5 years) available. It is expected that the largest hubs will address the broadest and/or most complex challenges and involve the greatest breadth of partnerships.  RCUK expect a substantial and dedicated contribution from all organisations involved in the proposed hub. This might include contribution towards capital, infrastructure, studentships. Contributions should reflect ability to resource.

There is a stated need to meet the aims of ODA (Overseas Development Aid) and UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and demonstrate institutional commitment and contribution to the Hubs, as described in the supporting organisational letter of commitment. It is important that the University of Oxford is aware of all potential applications, both in order to better support applications, but crucially to provide in a timely manner, the required organisational letter of commitment from the Pro-Vice Chancellor for the outline submission. Therefore, the University is asking researchers to notify us of their intention to submit.

Could you please complete this form GCRF Hubs call 2017 (13kb) and return it to Tristan.Eagling@admin.ox.ac.uk (cc gracey.remmington@tss.ox.ac.uk) by Monday 4th September 2017.