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What's happening in Sci4Dev this week? 03/03/2017

Weekly update of news and funding including new blogs on the the Research Excellence Framework, Research Fairness Initiative and a range of funding opportunities.

2 March 2017

Announcements and News

  • The deadline for the consultation on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 2021 is fast approaching (17 March). UKCDS' briefing paper provides a summary of the REF2014 process and proposed changes in REF2021 of particular relevance to development research.
  • Lauranne Botti and Prof Carel IJsselmuiden share with us What is the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) and how was it created?
  • UKCDS’ Yaso Kunaratnam delivered a Research2Action webinar discussing the findings from our Striking the Balance report
  • Wellcome Trust have announced their five goals for 2017 including ensuring the world is better prepared for the next epidemic and pushing R&D for health up the global political agenda.
  • For the 6th edition of Global Strategic Trends the team would like to hear from authors for original papers on: Energy, food & food security, Macroeconomics, finance & markets; Resources & Materials, Water & water security and waste. Email dcdc-strategictrendsatmod [dot] gov [dot] uk (DCDC’s Futures team )
  • UK aid and research funding is helping to transform lives in Bangladesh, MPs told – ESRC News

Funding

  • ESRC, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India, Department for International Development (DFID), and the Medical Research Council (MRC), are inviting proposals under a call to fund global health research addressing the health needs of women and children globally. Deadline 12 April 2017. Register for the webinar on 8 March about the call.
  • NERC and ESRC are looking to appoint a Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellow for the Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards (IRNH) in Earthquake-prone & Volcanic Regions research programme. Deadline 27 April.
  • The BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) joint funding for research programme is open for applications. Deadline 27 April.

Reports and Events

Other news and interesting links

  • An online tool that helps researchers and public health workers track epidemics in real time has won the Open Science Prize. – Wellcome Trust
  • Unleashing the power of the private sector (Tackling climate change) – The Daily Star
  • 12 top tips for writing a grant application – MRC blog
  • New research shows that the performance of students who accessed higher education through social inclusion policies in Brazil was equal and sometimes even better than that of their peers – SciDev.net
  • Jennie Dodson