Funding ~ #ICURe (Innovation-to-Commercialisation of University Research) @QUBelfast ‏

The ICURe (Innovation-to-Commercialisation of University Research) Programme trains, funds and supports teams led by university early-career researchers (ECRs) to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research, science or technology. Up to £35,000 of funding is available to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate these commercially-promising ideas in the marketplace.

In the year to 31 March 2019, SETsquared Partnership, the University of Warwick and Queens University Belfast, supported by Innovate UK, are delivering the ICURe programme nationally across the UK.  The ‘North by Northwest’ ICURe programme, led by Queen’s, has a regional emphasis covering Northern Ireland, Scotland and the north of England.

The ICURe process

  1. Business Model Generation
    3-day residential bootcamp for the whole team to form a hypothetical business model, a budget and an action plan for the next stage, Market Validation.
  2. Market Validation
    3 months for the ECR to test the business model through conversations with at least 100 prospective market contacts. £35k buys out the ECR’s time and provides sufficient funds for the ECR to travel and for the team’s incidental expenses.
  3. Options Roundabout
    Presentation of the results of Market Validation stage to a panel of experts and investors. The panel feeds back on the commercial options for the project.
  4. Business Planning
    3 months to prepare business plans, but only for those teams with the potential for licensing or spin-out. Up to £15k of additional funding available. Opportunity to apply for ring- fenced grant funds from Innovate UK.

Each team comprises the ECR as “Entrepreneurial Lead”, his or her Senior Researcher, an external business adviser and a member of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO). The TTO’s skills and expertise regarding understanding university process and policy are essential to getting the best out of the programme.

NxNW ICURe Cohort A Programme timeline

  • Application deadline
    6th July 2018
  • Notification of successful applicants
    30th July 2018 
  • 3-day bootcamp
    6th August 2018 (Belfast)
  • Options Roundabout Training days
    w/c 15th October 2018 
  • Options Roundabout
    w/c 22nd October 2018


For more information, contact




VICTOR – making Visible The Impact of Research @NIHRCRN_yorks #CLAHRC_Impact @MYorksResearch @NHSRDForum #Findoutmore @OfficialNIHR

New research impact tool to be trialled in Yorkshire and Humber

Date: 01 June 2018: 

How can researchers capture and show the impact of their research in NHS organisations?

It is a question with which the research community wrestles on a daily basis.

Now, NHS Trusts working on a joint venture with two NIHR bodies in Yorkshire and Humber are hoping VICTOR holds the key to solving the riddle.

VICTOR – making Visible The Impact of Research – is a resource being developed to allow Trusts to capture and show how research projects at their sites have had an impact. Information will be captured in 6 different key fields:

  • Knowledge generation and exchange
  • Patient and carer experience
  • Service and workforce changes such as changes to guidelines or new staff skills
  • Research profile and capacity building which enables the organisation to be better placed to do more research in future
  • Influence, such as having a reputation for high quality research
  • Economic impact such as cost savings

The project is co-funded by CRN Yorkshire and Humber and the region’s CLAHRC.

Project leads have been working with 10 local NHS trusts to determine how the tool will work and ensure that relevant information is captured and shared in a clear way.

Judith Holliday, Head of Research and Innovation at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, is a research fellow the project. She explained why it was important to the NHS.

“It can be hard to identify and show the impact of research in an NHS trust,” she said. “Despite the obvious benefits of doing research, such as better quality of care and improved staff recruitment and retention, it’s sometimes difficult to have the right information to share in a clear and understandable way about the difference research can make in a Trust. Particularly when this is set against how busy the NHS is treating patients.

“We have been speaking to colleagues across the region, studied the research impact literature, and we now have some case studies which show how research has made positive differences to patients and the organisation itself at two NHS trusts.”

Those two trusts are Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, with more to case studies to come in trusts across Yorkshire and Humber.

“As well as highlighting the reasons why research is important to the NHS, Victor can be used to inspire researchers and NHS sites about the types of impacts that could be planned into new research studies,” added Judith.

Amanda Tortice, Chief Operating Officer at the CRN Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Impact has to go hand-in-hand when we’re looking at the effectiveness of our research.

“We’re excited by the potential of this project and hope that VICTOR will have the key to making research impact in the NHS more visible.”

Jo Cooke, Capacity Lead at NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber, added: “It’s been really insightful, and exciting, co-producing the VICTOR tool with senior managers in NHS trusts. It helps to capture where research can make a difference to patients, staff and services, and strengthens the message that research should be core business for the NHS.

Judith presented the VICTOR project at the 2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum at the Celtic Manor resort in Wales on 14 May.

Look out for VICTOR Research Fellow, Nat Jones at 


Find out more 

PhD ~ 3x scholarships with bursary School of Human and Health Sciences @researchisace @HuddersfieldUni

PhD Scholarships within the School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield (September, 2018)

Three PhD scholarships with a bursary of £6000 per year plus fee waiver are available for outstanding researchers across the health, social and behavioural sciences.  A fourth PhD scholarship with a bursary of approximately £14,800 per year plus fee waiver is offered as part of the University Alliance Social Policy Doctoral Training Alliance Scheme.

The bursaries are for three years and are open to competitive application for September 2018 entry, with a closing date of July 7th 2018. Current PhD candidates are not eligible. Successful applicants will be required to assist with undergraduate teaching and/or staff research (6 hours per week average) and will be expected to play an active role in developing the research community of the School.

Applicants are required to submit a research proposal and applications are particularly welcome from those proposing research in the following areas:

Child protection*

Child and family health and well-being*

Participation and active citizenship of children and young people*

Cognitive Neuroscience

Judging Deception

Cognition and Decision Making

Tackling sexual violence in UK universities*

Addressing inequalities in health and healthcare*

Relationships between work and health*

The self-management of mental and/or physical health problems

Experiences of healthcare

Maintaining police investigator wellbeing

Exploring the secondary benefits of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

Working with sex offenders in the community

Issues of political identity

Gender, sexuality and sexual identity

Applications for the Doctoral Training Alliance bursary should focus on asterisked topics and should include a strong social policy focus.

Further information about the school, the scholarships, eligibility, the research themes, contacts and how to apply is available here

Pausing for Breath ~ Conference #Smokefree #Smokefreementalhealth @SHSCFT @PHE_YorksHumber ‏@breathe2025


Pausing for Breath: Challenges of implementing smoke free mental health inpatient wards and working together to find solutions

FREE partnership conference: Yorkshire & Humber & North East
Thursday 7th June 2018 10.00 to 4.30
Venue: Sheffield United Conference Centre, S2 4SU

 Share research results on staff experiences of smoke free implementation
 Address the challenges of smoke free implementation on inpatient wards
 Bring together ward and senior Trust managers, plus national policy, academic and partner leads

Who is this conference for?
 A guaranteed 12 places for each mental health Trust in Yorkshire & Humber & the North East
 Representatives from PHE England, Health Education England, Academic Partners , the Care

Quality Commission and Fire and Rescue Services colleagues from YH and NE are invited.
 Aim: at least fifty per cent of participants to be ward/deputy ward managers; to ensure the event is informed by those responsible and leading day to day implementation

 Presentations
 Mix of round table discussions/workshops/world cafes
 Education and training activities and information stands
 Plenary

Event sponsors include:
 Public Health England Yorkshire and Humber (Funders for event)
 NIHR CLAHRC YH: Mental Health and Comorbidity Theme
 North East and Yorkshire and Humber Mental Health Chief Executives Forum
 Breathe 2025

Mental Health Trust colleagues: to register please contact your Trust Smoke Free Lead
Other colleagues: please contact or

ADAPT to Grow? #OnlineTraining @NIHR_trainees ‏@ucl_slms

The NIHR Infrastructure has partnered with the UCL Academic Careers Office to offer a number of places on the ADAPT to Grow scheme – a resilience building programme for early career researchers. Please circulate this to eligible trainees so they can register if they have an interest in this course. We have a limited number of places available but if we know the level of demand we can better plan for the future.

The scheme is open to trainees (doctoral and post-doctoral) from any professional background who are fully or partly (above 25%) funded by the BRCs, CLAHRCs and PSTRCs. If you have any queries on eligibility contact us on

What’s ADAPT to Grow?

This is an online training programme in resilience skills based on cognitive behavioural coaching for early career academics. The programme is proactive and collaborative in its approach and focuses on maximising your potential for a successful career.

We all encounter difficulties and setbacks as our careers progress; learning how to manage these and building resilience will help you reach your potential more quickly. This course has been particularly useful for individuals in a period of transition.

What are the benefits?

This programme will empower you to:

  • Boost your leadership skills and confidence
  • Successfully navigate the interface of the clinic and research
  • Build an effective and supportive network
  • Develop techniques that will help you cope with and manage work-related stress and anxiety

“I have been taught principles of self-coaching, time management, self-ownership and stress management which I will aim to use on an everyday basis in my work as a clinician and researcher.” ADAPT to Grow participant

“The sessions has equipped me with a useful framework to think through challenges and set-backs – which being an academic, there are many.” ADAPT to Grow participant

How will the sessions work?

You will be allocated four one-hour Skype sessions with a coach trained in a proactive and collaborative cognitive behavioural coaching approach. You will have six months starting in July 2018 to complete your four sessions and you can space them out however you wish.

It’s entirely up to you to decide which work or career related topics you want to bring to the discussions. Prior to each session, some brief planning to identify the topic(s) you would like to focus upon will ensure that the time is used optimally and you obtain the maximum benefit from your session.

The programme is free for eligible participants. For more information about the programme, please visit

How can I apply?

The scheme is currently open to trainees from any professional background who are fully or partly (above 25%) funded by the BRCs, CLAHRCs and PSTRCs. All candidates will be asked to say which part of the NIHR infrastructure, i.e. which BRC/CLAHRC/PSTRC, they are part of.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply by completing this short registration form –

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2018.

Best wishes

NIHR Infrastructure team, TCC


NIHR CLAHRC circulation #GDPR have you resubscribed? DEADLINE 25/05/2018

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Call for abstracts ~ 2nd Yorkshire Breast Cancer Symposium, Leeds @WhiteRoseUC

2nd Yorkshire Breast Cancer Symposium, Leeds

13th September 2018

Call for Abstracts and Attendees

Supported by the White Rose University Consortium.

The aim of this one-day symposium is to provide a forum to share research and innovation across breast cancer researchers in Yorkshire (and beyond!). We aim to provide a friendly environment for academics, clinicians and charities at every level to hear about and discuss their latest research.

The meeting is free (with lunch), but attendees / presenters must register.

We invite submissions for oral or poster presentations on any aspect of breast cancer research. Ideally, presentations will be delivered by early career researchers, including doctoral students, post-docs and clinical fellows or lecturers, to give them an opportunity to highlight their work.

Abstract submissions will be considered by a panel and we will advise you if you have been selected to present by Wednesday 1st August 2018.

Please submit your abstract (250 words maximum; identify the presenter and tell us his/her career stage) before 12.00 noon on Monday 25th June to Joanne Hutchings,

All attendees (including those submitting abstracts) must register by Wednesday 1st August 2018:

If you have any questions please contact Thomas Hughes,, Ingunn Holen,, or Will Brakenbury,

Register Here to Attend