Unleash your ingenuity: BiotechYES and EnvironmentYES

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Are you an early career researcher? Do you want to diversify your life experience and professionally develop your range of attributes? If so, say yes to taking part in YES!

YES is an innovative competition which aims to raise awareness of the commercialisation of scientific ideas among the research community. YES has been running for 20 years this year and has a track record of inspiring postgraduates to take their careers somewhere they may not have previously imagined.

How does YES work?

A team of 4 or 5 members work together to devise a business plan for a company based on hypothetical science. Places are provided FREE of charge to most researchers.

The process

  • Form a team and apply by Friday 29 May
  • Part of the team attend a briefing session on Monday 3 August in Nottingham
  • Decide upon an innovative idea that could work as a business and think about which areas of the business each team member be responsible for and undertake some market research
  • All team members attend a three day residential workshop encompassing presentations and mentoring sessions from leading figures in industry. Workshops held in October and November
  • Teams with the best business plan are selected to go forward to the final on Thursday 10 December in London

Benefits of taking part

You will:

  • develop enterprise skills
  • cultivate business acumen
  • create new knowledge
  • think creatively to produce innovative solutions to major challenges
  • collaborate with peers and industry experts using a range of networking skills
  • discover how to communicate research with impact to diverse audiences
  • gain project management skills in the context of business planning
  • learn about ethical, legal and health and safety aspects
  • understand how funding is sourced and managed
  • win £2,500 and an opportunity to go to the Rice Business Plan Competition in Texas

Find out more and APPLY by visiting:

www.biotechnologyyes.co.uk

or

www.environmentyes.org

Biotechyes EnvironmentYES

New opportunities for Healthcare Scientists

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The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) www.mahse.co.uk is currently developing a new funded career development programme, which will offer healthcare scientists in the North West region the opportunity to become further involved in research and innovation focused projects. More than £250,000 will be available through the programme to enable research projects carried out in conjunction with a Higher Education Institute, commercial enterprise or research active service laboratory or department. The programme will be formerly launched later in 2015.

In order to develop the programme to meet the requirements of the North West, MAHSE is looking to build a North West Healthcare Research Directory. The directory will identify active healthcare scientists and research trends in the region, and will help MAHSE to:

  • understand how research and innovation is developed in the Healthcare Scientist setting
  • identify current innovative projects involving Healthcare Scientists
  • identify centres of innovative activity
  • develop relationships with research and innovation champions within the Healthcare Scientist community The output from this project will enable MAHSE to learn from examples of good practice and develop a community of interested and active researchers with which they can engage with through the funded career programme.

We need you!

We are looking for healthcare scientists who are currently involved in innovative research activities outside the remit of their normal day-today role to complete a short survey. The survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes, will help us to identify:

  • where innovative research activities are being undertaken
  • in what disciplines
  • by whom
  • whether commercial or academic partners are involved

COMPLETE THE SURVEY NOW

 http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2014729/MAHSE-Research-Innovation-Survey

Weekly prize draw

Each week one person who has completed the survey will be selected at random to win a £50 Amazon gift voucher. The draw will take place on Friday afternoons whilst the survey is open and winners will be notified using the contact details provided.

Your area of research can fall anywhere on the healthcare research spectrum, from Life Sciences through to Physical and Physiological Sciences. Your data will only be used internally by MAHSE and will not be shared.

UMI3 Ltd retains Investors in People accreditation

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The University of Manchester’s Innovation Company, UMIᶟ Ltd, incorporating its Innovation Centre, UMIC, and agent for intellectual property commercialisation, UMIP, is pleased to announce that it has retained its Investors in People (IiP) accreditation following assessment at the beginning of this year. This most recent recognition builds on the IiP status of both UMIC and UMIP prior to creation of UMIᶟ in August 2011.

IiP specialises in transforming business performance through people by helping companies achieve the results they want by focusing all their work on companies’ business objectives, and acting as a critical friend in order to maintain continuous improvement.

Joanne Hamilton, IiP assessor, commented: “Through its forerunners, UMI³ has been accredited with the Investors in People Standard since 2002. The organisation has always valued the external and objective feedback that the assessment process provides around the organisation’s people practices and workplace culture and their impact on organisational performance. The organisation continues to use the process as a means of continuous improvement.”

UMI³ was evaluated against its business objectives of being a world-class university technology transfer organisation by achieving a balance between sustainable growth in reputational and financial terms.

Claire McKenzie, UMI³ Compliance and HR Manager, commented: “I am delighted that all our hard work in supporting and developing our staff to maintain high performance as a company has been recognised through continued IiP accreditation. Everyone has put a real effort into working on continuous improvement and this has really paid off in terms of our ever growing reputation and in our business performance. IiP accreditation is recognised worldwide as a mark of excellence so this really is an achievement to be proud of.”

UMI3 IiP accreditation 2015

Claire McKenzie, UMI³ Compliance and HR Manager

MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme 2015: Call now open for applications

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In the past 2 years, The University of Manchester has funded 30 translational research proposals of up to £100K each under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme. The University has been successful in securing funding from the third round of the MRC CiC scheme providing approximately £1.1M in total funds available. This allocation will provide awards up to £100k (at 80% FEC) and we anticipate projects will have a duration of 6-9 months although we will consider a maximum of 12 months.

The call is now open for applications via submission of a 1-page Expression of Interest.

Deadline: Friday 27th February 2015 (midnight).

For further guidance about the call and the application process please click here.

MRC CiC scheme 2015 launch event4th Feb: Register now

Places are still available for the CiC 2015 launch event on 4th Feb (2-5pm) to share our experience from the previous rounds of the program and provide guidance to potential applicants on how to prepare a competitive CiC proposal.

The launch event will include an overview of the scheme from an MRC representative, an industry perspective on the program, a series of brief presentations about previously-funded projects and details about the process for applications this year. The meeting will end with a drinks reception giving an opportunity for networking and getting advice on your CiC proposal ideas from panel members, Research Deanery, UMIP and business engagement.

Please note that this event is for principal investigators eligible to apply for grant funding.

Read more about this event (including agenda): http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/research/support/deanery/cic3launchevent

Register for this free event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mrc-confidence-in-concept-cic-funding-uom-internal-scheme-launch-event-wed-4th-feb-2015-2-5pm-registration-15203402787

Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Over £1M funding available under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme

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Do you have an interesting translational research idea? Over £1M funding available under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme

In the past 2 years, the University of Manchester has funded 30 translational research proposals of up to £100K each under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme. We are holding a launch event for CiC 2015 on 4th Feb to share our experience from the previous rounds of the programme and provide guidance to potential applicants on how to prepare a competitive CiC proposal.

The launch event will include an overview of the scheme from an MRC representative, an industry perspective on the programme, a series of brief presentations about previously-funded projects and details about the process for applications this year. The meeting will end with a drinks reception giving an opportunity for networking and getting advice on your CiC proposal ideas from panel members, Research Deanery, UMIP and business engagement.

Read more about this event (including indicative agenda): http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/research/support/deanery/cic3launchevent

Please register for this free event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mrc-confidence-in-concept-cic-funding-uom-internal-scheme-launch-event-wed-4th-feb-2015-2-5pm-registration-15203402787

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