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Applications for Women in Innovation Awards now open

02 Sep 2021

Innovate UK have announced that nominations are now open for the Women in Innovation Awards with at least 20 monetary prizes available. Each winner will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. Projects must start on 1 April 2022 and will last for one year. The aim of…

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New research platform aims to transform scientific publishing

16 Aug 2021

Research England has announced funding of £650,000 to help build a new global platform for scholarly communication where research will be published as it occurs. The platform, to be called Octopus, is aimed to transform the publication of scientific research into eight elements, unlike a traditional journal article, with free access for all. The eight…

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Survey reveals effects of COVID-19 pandemic on researchers’ mental health and career prospects

09 Aug 2021

A survey funded by UKRI and carried out by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre has revealed the impacts of COVID-19 on researchers. The survey which was conducted in March and April was responded to by staff who had returned to pre-COVID-19 working hours. Despite this working change, the results reveal that the pandemic was…

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Unveiling the structural secrets of COVID-19

06 Aug 2021

Research Complex at Harwell provides support in identifying the replication cycle of COVID-19 Research conducted by Central Laser Facility, Diamond Light Source and the Universities of Pittsburgh, Oxford, and Cambridge in examining how the COVID-19 virus reproduces. This study, published in Nature Communications, is the first to examine how the virus’s replication cycle is structured…

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Research Complex and Diamond Light Source Achieve Efficient Fragment Screening at XChem Facility

19 Jul 2021

Fragment-Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) is a commonly used strategy for finding lead compounds as part of the drug discovery process. Since its emergence 25 years ago, it has delivered five drugs for clinical use and more than 40 molecules have been advanced to clinical trials. Fragments are small chemical entities usually with a molecular weight…

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Applications open today for new UKRI funding model

06 Jul 2021

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced that applications are open from today for a new funding model for universities and institutions to help maximise the impact of their research. The new Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) model has a single application and focuses on reporting and monitoring  to improve strategic planning. ‘The model is in…

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UKRI celebrates Pride Month

29 Jun 2021

June is Pride Month, an annual event celebrating LGBTQ+ communities around the globe. Pride Month marks years of struggle for civil rights and highlights the ongoing pursuit of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. It also recognises the accomplishments and influence of LGBTQ+ people around the world. Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart…

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Research Complex enables progress towards a greener future

23 Jun 2021

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place this November 2021 and in preparation, the Harwell campus is coming together to commit towards sustainability and a greener economy. The UK has a strong record of investment in research and innovation for clean growth and environmental sustainability and recent publications from Research Complex has seen…

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UKRI announces funding for reducing plastic waste

26 May 2021

UKRI has announced a Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) challenge by launching a £7 million competition. This competition is to fund innovative research and development projects that are well developed, but not yet at large commercial demonstration scale. These projects focus on solving the well-known issues with the sustainability of plastic packaging with an aim…

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MRC announces applications open for Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2021

19 May 2021

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced that applications are open for their Max Perutz Science Writing Award. The award aims to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication by MRC PhD students. It challenges students to explain why their research matters in 1,100-words for a non-scientific audience. The award is in partnership with The Observer…

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