The Healthcare technologies (HT) theme would like to support between six and eight ‘NetworkPlus’ grants to allow development of HT research and communities in new healthcare areas of national and global importance.
The NetworkPluses could undertake a variety of activities including workshops, events, feasibility studies, secondments or horizon scanning. It is essential that user engagement is considered in the wider network membership.
Each proposal must explain the fit to the chosen challenge area and demonstrate evidence of how they will connect with on-going excellent research in the UK to grow and develop the network.
NetworkPlus proposals should complement current research activities and existing networks and may build on new opportunities highlighted by previous networking activities.
There is up to £5 million available to fund a balanced portfolio of awards.
The principal investigator and up to four co-investigators (Co-Is) can request funds to cover their salary costs for the time spent on setting up and leading the NetworkPlus. The salary costs of NetworkPlus participants should not be included in the proposal and we would not expect these individuals to be Co-Is.
Travel and subsistence
Travel and subsistence enabling members of the NetworkPlus to meet together to exchange ideas and expertise. This may include visits by or to experts overseas.
A sufficient level of administrative support should be requested to help in the co-ordination and management of the NetworkPlus and ensure smooth running of the NetworkPlus.
Organisation of activities
Funding can be requested for costs involved in running activities such as networking events, expert working groups, debates, virtual discussion forums, lectures, seminars, problem solving workshops.
Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about the range of activities that could support the delivery of the NetworkPlus goals. Funds can be requested for PDRA staff, consumables, travel and subsistence and any other costs eligible under ‘directly incurred’ headings.
This is likely to include a budget for feasibility studies that can be allocated to researchers at other universities, in this case applicants will need to think carefully about how this budget will be managed.
Equipment is not available through this call.