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Postgraduate Researcher Award

The Postgraduate Researcher Award provides up to £1,000 to support a research student in the pursuance of their research degree programme at the University of Northampton.

The Award is available to full-time or part-time postgraduate research students at the University of Northampton. DBA and DProfPrac students must have completed the facilitated modules and be eligible for registration on the Professional Research Module.

The intention of the award is to support and enhance research activity of various kinds (for example, additional travel costs, purchase of specialist equipment, researcher development). Funds awarded must be spent by 31st March 2019.

To find out more and to make an application download this document:

Research Councils UK announcement: the future of J-eS

If you’ve ever applied to a Research Council for funding, you’ll be familiar with J-eS,  RCUK’s joint submission system.  However we’ve recently been informed that things will be changing from next year.

The Je-S system has come to a natural end, and in the words of RCUK:

‘This is a fantastic opportunity to design a smarter, simpler more user friendly service in line with the latest digital standards. Work is already underway to design the new awards service. This work is based on extensive user research to ensure that when the changes come into effect you will find they better meet your needs.

So what sort of improvements can you expect?

As an applicant, peer reviewer, research manager or administrator you will no longer use the Je-S system to apply for grants, submit reviews or manage your research organisations grants activities. There will be an entirely new external portal. In future the whole grant application form will be digitised which means in the majority of cases no more uploading of attachments. And there are other improvements such as in built formatting for font size and word count, improved dashboards to help you manage your grant activities as well as guidance relevant to a particular funding opportunity close at hand all on the one screen while you are applying’

We can expect to see the new system being piloted in March 2017, parallel running of both systems from May 2017 and the new system being used for all submissions and reporting by early 2018.

The RSB office will be able to pass on more information about the new system once we’ve seen it demonstrated in June, but if you are planning to submit a new RCUK application from may 2017 onwards, you probably won’t be using J-eS. Watch this space, and don’t forget the RSB team can help with applying to the Research Councils for funding, as well as anyone else you might be thinking of so do get in touch if you need support with an application.



Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship – £500

The deadline for applications for the Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship is the 15th May 2015. Find out how you can apply.

Dr Mike Daniel was Pro Rector (Academic Quality) from 1993​-2002 and played a major role in guiding the institution towards taught degree awarding powers and university college designation. At his untimely death in 2002 he was preparing the case for full university designation, friends and colleagues raised sufficient funds to create a research degree scholarship to be named after him.

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ESRC announces new research data policy

ESRC 50th AnniversaryEarly last week the Economic and Social Research Council published a new research data policy.  Aligned with the RCUK Common Principles on Data Sharing, the policy outlines the obligations of ESRC grant holders and their institutions with respect to the collection, management and re-use of research data.  A specific requirement is that grant holders should “generate scientifically robust data ready for further re-use” (ESRC).

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Workshop: Preparing Bids for Small Grants

Aims of the workshop:

This workshop supports all staff who wish to develop their skills at preparing small bids. However, this event is specifically aimed at staff who wish to apply for the Learning Enhancement and Innovation Fund (deadline: 22 September).

Day 1: Monday, 8 September, 10.00 to 12.00, Cottesbrooke 303

Day 2: (optional) Monday, 15 September, 9.00 to 12.00 (30-minute, individual consultations) Read the rest of this entry

Internal scholarships now advertised

The following scholarships are now being advertised:

T D Lewis – UG and PG – deadline 19 May
Mike Daniel – PG – deadline 12 May
Sir John Lowther – PG Arts – deadline 2 June

The application forms are available on the website at  

Good luck!

Wellbeing of Women Research Awards

The next round of research funding applications from the Royal College of Midwives and Wellbeing of women. The link below will take you directly to the WoW awards site. The closing date for submissions is 31st March 2014

Previous unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply providing they meet the criteria for submission.

Tips on how to fund a PhD

PhD funding is probably the thing I am asked about most of all. This article comes up with 10 tips!

Research Council requirements for data management – workshop and clinic

Don’t forget this Wednesday’s workshop featuring the Research Council requirements for data management, to be hosted by the School of Social Sciences:

Research Council requirements for data management

Many research funders have issued policies that require researchers to effectively manage, and where possible, share their data. The main expectations are reflected in a set of common principles, released by RCUK in 2011. This workshop aims to demystify funder requirements and provide practical guidelines on how to meet them.

  • Hosted by: School of Social Sciences
  • Intended audience: Research active staff and research students in social sciences
  • When: Wednesday 27th February 10am – 12 noon
  • Where: Naseby N25
  • Contact: Miggie Pickton

There will also be an opportunity for individuals to chat through the data management aspects of their latest funding bids, or to discuss any other data management issues.  Contact Miggie for a one-to-one appointment.  Half hour slots are available from 1pm to 3pm in F39.

Funding opportunity: British Federation for Women Graduates’ Fund for Women Graduates

British Federation of Women Graduates, Foundation Grants

The British Federation for Women Graduates’ Fund for Women Graduates invites applications for its foundation grants. These help women graduates with their living expenses while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain.

Women from Britain and overseas are eligible to apply; there is no upper age limit. Any subject or field of study will be considered.

Grants will not normally exceed £6,000, and contribute towards the living expenses of one year’s academic study or research.

Closing Date:  3 May 2013