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NIH: Arts-Based Approaches in Palliative Care

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has opened a call for clinical studies aimed at understanding the impact of arts-based approaches in palliative care for symptom management.

The main objective is to understand the biological, physiological, neurological, psychological, and/or sociological effects of the arts on symptom management during and throughout palliative care. Funded projects should contribute to an evidence-base to support the uptake of arts-based therapies in palliative care settings, among individuals across the lifespan, with a wide variety of serious chronic conditions and their accompanying symptoms.

More details are below:

  • Funding: Up to $300,000 (USD) per year in direct costs
  • Duration: Up to 3 years
  • Deadline: 5 October 2016

If interested, please take a look at the call website and contact the ARU Research Services Team.

#TuesdayTip: Easing your NIH funding fears

Obtaining funding from the US National Insitutes for Health (NIH) can seem daunting, and when it comes to the application process – like a downright mystery. But there’s no need to fear foreign funding, or flounder woefully out there on your own!

Did you know that the NIH provides a comprehensive guide to help you develop a strong application? Below is a summary of the ideal steps to take when writing your bid, as suggested by the NIH itself:

  1. Understand the system: The NIH application system has many components, which makes it seem a bit complicated. However, once you take a look at the breakdown provided in their guide, you’ll understand how it functions. This foundational knowedge will help you find and intrepret funding calls, and most importantly – determine which opportunity is most appropriate for your project.
  2. Write your application: Once you get the practicalities down and have identified a call to apply to, it’s time to buckle down and write. This process is pretty similar across the board for research funding, but the NIH does have some particulars you’ll want to check out. The NIH guide provides details about all the bits and bobs – from developing your budget to putting together your research plan.
  3. Submit, track and review your application: This is the exciting part! Finally done and ready to submit. Obviously this comes after you’ve had assistance from Research Services to put your application through internal approvals, but you already knew that, right? :) Because of the NIH’s complex set of systems, submission can be slightly tricky. In general, submission is performed in Grants.gov, with options to track and review in eRA Commons. For more detail, check out the corresponding section of the guide.

Bing, bang, boom and you’re all done. See? Not as hard as you thought. When you have time, check out the whole guide, and if questions come up, the ARU Research Services Team is only an email away.

Eni Awards: Energy and Sustainability

The Eni Awards are international prizes for the best research projects in the field of energy and sustainability. The awards are aimed to encourage a better use of conventional energy sources, to promote the gradual decarbonisation of the energy system through the use of renewable sources, as well as to encourage research on environmental protection and to help new generations of researchers to emerge.

Each year Eni will give:

Deadline: 25 November 2016

All the competition regulations and requirements necessary to apply for the 2017 edition are available via the links in the above list. For general rules for the competition, please see the regulations and feel free to reach out to the ARU Research Services Team.

Fulbright Commission: Police Research Fellowships

The Fulbright Commission Police Research Fellowships, generously supported by the Metropolitan Police Service and Police Scotland, offer up to three grants to active UK police officers to conduct research, pursue professional development and/or assess best practice affiliated with any US institution for a period of three to five months.

Candidates choose and make arrangements with US host institutions directly and independently. In exchange for serving as host, Police Research Scholars can be a resource for US institutions by offering to speak to students and faculty about policing and criminal justice in the UK.

Deadline: 6 November 2016

If interested in applying, please visit the scheme website, where you can review profiles of current and past scholars, a list of FAQs, and all the information you need to put together a proposal.


Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations: Young Scholar Prize

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) offers a Young Scholar Prize in honor of Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen, the late European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) chair (2009-2012).

This prize is open to students, graduate students, or postdoctoral
 researchers who have contributed in a significant way to scholarship at a humanities conference using digital
 technology. Applicants cannot be scholars with academic positions, whether tenured or untenured.
 Papers, posters, 
software demonstrations, and other scholarly contributions for
 conferences taking place in 2017 may be considered, and individual members
 of any ADHO constituent organization may submit proposals to the Awards Committee chair by 1 October 2016.

The award includes €500 for travel, lodging and 
conference registration and up to €250 (one prize) or €500 (two prizes) for a reception.

For more information or to apply, please see the ADHO website.

#TuesdayTip: Managing Risks like a (Research) Boss

Let’s face it – if this post was titled “Why you need a Risk Management Plan,” you probably wouldn’t have clicked through, and even if you did, you might have dozed off by the end of this sentence. That’s because Risk Assessment and Risk Management, although epically important, have often been considered (dare we say it?) – B-O-R-I-N-G.

But you know what’s not boring? Arriving to Heathrow to fly to your international data collection site, saddled with equipment and that gleam of researcher curiosity in your eye, all to find out your non-refundable flight was cancelled and you have no travel insurance to cover the reimbursement. Grant funds down the drain. Or finding out that your Co-Investigator is dropping out of the world of academia to finally pursue that career as an underwater basket weaver, and no one at his institution is available to take his place on the project. Loads of weavin’, no data analysin’.

We’re sure you can see the point by now – sometimes BORING is BEST. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be faced with the above situations, and know exactly what to do? To have some sort of guidance to rely on in times of distress? Then the Risk Management Plan is for you! These are required by many funders upon application, but also highly reccommended for best practice in research, and for good reason. If you are thinking about the potential risks to your project before you even begin it, you can build in solutions and make back-up plans, and then voilà – you’re free to actually do your research. Imagine that!

If you’re an ARU researcher, Anglia Ruskin’s Research and Innovation Development Office (RIDO) will provide you with a Risk Assessment template prior to application submission, with the following steps:

  1. Identify potential Risk Are you recruiting staff and might take longer than expected? Do you have partners and fear the complexities of financial management? If the funds you’re receiving are being converted from a different currency, is there a chance the exchange rate will be unfavourable?
  2. Consider the ReasonWhy is this a risk to your project? Thinking about this can help you figure out solutions or other options for management.
  3. Clarify the Result How will this risk affect your project? Will it delay milestones? Cost the project money?
  4. Rate Impact and LikelihoodHow serious is this risk, and how likely is it to occur? The combined ranking and traffic light color (Red – high, Amber – medium, Green – low) assigned to these factors will help you see the urgency for management.
  5. Make a PlanThink of ways you can both head off these risks in the actual construction of the project, and back-up solutions in case these prescriptive actions fall through.

After performing the above steps, you’ll have an organised, thought-out plan to turn to in your time of need. Of course we all hope research projects will run with immaculate perfection and these plans won’t ever be consulted, but life is messy, and therefore, research can be messy. As the Boy Scouts say – Be Prepared. And when that doesn’t work, please feel free to reach out the ARU Research Services Team for more suggestions and assistance.

NIHR HTA: Seeking Deputy Board Chair

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is now seeking a leader in the field of health technology assessment or related applied clinical research! If this description applies to you, have a look at the exciting opportunity detailed below.

One of the main NIHR HTA grant-awarding Boards is seeking to appoint a new Deputy Board Chair, to support the board by chairing around one third of all applications at board meetings, and making recommendations for commissioning a large portfolio of research.

Interested? Please check out the post description and visit the NIHR website.

The closing date for applications is 9 September 2016, so you even have the Bank Holiday weekend to prepare your submission!