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Global Challenges and Beacon Seed-corn Funding

We are looking to invest seed-corn funding in new research ideas at the intersection of health and climate/environment.

CONTEXT: Increasingly, societies are looking to research for solutions to the many challenges to our health and wellbeing arising from changes to the environments we live in and the climates we experience. These challenges are wide-ranging e.g., overheating, pollution, food security, flooding, decaying infrastructures, and often impact on vulnerable groups such as those living in poverty, with underlying health conditions or older populations disproportionally. As we witness the effects of climate change, combined with a rise in non-communicable diseases among ageing populations, we experience increased pressure on our health and social care systems.

OPPORTUNITY: Loughborough University’s research is well-placed to make significant and far-reaching impact on issues which arise at the nexus of health and climate/environment. We want to support researchers to develop new avenues of research or to build on previous work to address some of these. With this aim in mind, three of the University’s Global Research Challenges: Health and Wellbeing; Changing Environments, and Infrastructures; and Secure and Resilient Societies have joined forces with the Built Environment Beacon to pool some resources to support validation and development of early-stage research ideas with some seed-corn funding (up to £4k) and the support of Research Development Managers. We are keen that this investment will help researchers establish the need for the research, develop their consortium and work towards a credible funding proposal to an identified funder. This call is aimed at all researchers and research teams, from any discipline, with a relevant project idea. Unfortunately, Doctoral Researchers are not eligible to lead an application, but they can be co-applicants.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants are invited to complete this short MS Form giving an indication of what you want to do, and how you might develop your idea/team to attract research funding and develop a substantive piece of research / future grant application (max 200 words for each question). The deadline for applications is 10th December 2021.

The idea(s) with the greatest potential will be awarded the seed corn funding but we hope that this process will identify other new strands of research which can be nurtured through the research development support that the global challenges and beacon can offer.

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The University’s Global Research Challenges: Health and Wellbeing; Changing Environments, and Infrastructures; and Secure and Resilient Societies and the Built Environment Beacon

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