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Cambridge Call: Cambridge/UNC Gillings Partnership, public health (Deadline 14Oct16)

Open to Cambridge University researchers public health funding call

Cambridge/UNC Gillings Partnership, funding call for exploration of new research collaborations or enhancement of existing links

(Deadline 14 Oct 2016)

University of Cambridge through the Cambridge Institute of Public Health has a partnership with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, established in 2012.

The partnership aims to build on the two Universities’ complementary strengths in areas including biostatistics, epidemiology, obesity, non-communicable diseases, ageing, health behaviours and global health.

Following reciprocal visits of senior investigators/faculty between the two Universities, the partnership initially committed pilot research funding to four areas: dementia, obesity, tobacco/alcohol control policies, and health data gaps that limit our understanding of disease progression and treatment (see http://sph.unc.edu/anglo-u-s-research-partnership-forged/ for details). These pilot projects have been very successful and have led to a variety of publications, new linkages and ongoing collaborations.

We are now looking to expand this partnership and seek new opportunities for potential research collaborations as well as the possibility of enhancing existing linkages through the funding mechanism described below.

If you have any queries, would like to discuss a possible bid or would like any assistance in finding a suitable collaborator from the other University please contact Paula Frampton at paula.frampton@medschl.cam.ac.uk , Christin Daniels at christin_daniels@unc.edu or Julie MacMillan at julie_macmillan@unc.edu.

Call for proposals: Funding is available for planning meetings, workshops, or short-term researcher (graduate student, post-doc or faculty) exchanges at the other University to explore collaborations that could ultimately lead to significant external funding and impact. In particular, we will be seeking applications that include interdisciplinary approaches, world-class research proposals and teams, and anticipated benefits to the two Universities beyond each investigator’s own research (e.g., building capacity within a Department, creating new data sets, linking to wider University strategic priorities).

Eligibility:  Applications are invited from faculty members with primary appointments at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health or University of Cambridge. In the case of researcher exchange, researchers must still be active in those roles upon return from the exchange.

Funding:  We seek individual proposals in the region of £10,000-15,000. Smaller proposals for initial exploratory work or visits are also welcomed.  The total funding pool, to be shared among proposals selected for funding, is £60,000.

Application procedure:  In your application, please describe the following -

  • Brief introduction/background to the research area/s your proposal aims to address.
  • University of Cambridge expertise.
  • UNC Gillings School expertise.
  • Previous collaborative links/discussions between the two groups, if any.
  • Details of proposed activities using this award e.g. joint meetings, workshops, visit/s, short-term researcher/student exchange. In the case of an exchange, please specify names and positions of those carrying out the exchange (if known, and give an indication of the planned activities during the visit/s).
  • How this collaboration between University of Cambridge and UNC Gillings School could enhance research capabilities and public health impact in this area.
  • Outline of budget requested including supplemental/matching funding that might be available, if any (NB: supplemental funding is not mandatory).
  • Provisional plans for next steps at the end of this award, including exploring potential future benefits for the Universities beyond the research project in question.

Proposal length:  up to 1000 words maximum.

Due date:  October 14, 2016.  Please email your application as a Word document to Paula Frampton at paula.frampton@medschl.cam.ac.uk  and Julie MacMillan at Julie_macmillan@unc.edu.