UK Nutrition Research Partnership (UK NRP) – Nutrition Hot Topics Workshops

The UK Nutrition Research Partnership (UK NRP) for health and disease is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which resulted as a direct implementation of the recommendations of the OSCHR Review of Nutrition and Human Health Research (PDF, 3.00MB)..

Following the publication of this review, the UK NRP wishes to strengthen the UK nutrition research base by attracting new expertise and new partners into the field. The overall objective is to provide novel and robust insights into human nutrition, with the potential of transforming the long-term health of the population.

Hot Topics workshop: the rationale

This call has been developed to accelerate progress by encouraging new thinking on important challenges in the nutrition field. Focused workshops will enable specific nutrition “hot topics” needing urgent attention to be addressed in an agile and timely manner. The aim is to support new linkages between different disciplines and to build research capacity by encouraging the formation of new multidisciplinary research teams able to address these challenges, with a view to build a strong pipeline of ideas and collaborative projects that could be competitive for response mode funding in the near future.

Researchers based within the UK are now invited to respond to a UK NRP Call for funds to organise hot topic workshops, each addressing an important multidisciplinary challenge in nutrition research.

Broad hot topic areas have been identified by the UK NRP (see Section 2). Applicants should either propose a workshop clearly related to one of the identified topics, or may suggest a hot topic of their own. All workshop topics proposed must be highly relevant to human nutrition.

Co-leadership (designated as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator) of each workshop is required, one of which should be an early career researcher.

Awards will provide up to £10k of funding per workshop. The UK NRP expects to fund up to eight workshops in total on different topics related to human nutrition.

The workshop must take place before 31 July 2020

This is a single-stage call; applications will be assessed by the UK NRP in November 2019.

This call is part of a long-term approach to build research capacity and partnerships through phased and strategic development. It is anticipated that the workshop funding will enable groups to apply for future funding to lead new multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral research proposals.

For further details including guidance on the application process click here

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