Key steps for submitting a grant proposal to the UK Research Councils (RCUK)

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Writing a good funding application is both a science and an art.

by Seema Sharma

In this post, we will guide you through key steps for grant submission to one of the UK Research Councils (RCUK). RCUK is made up of seven individual grant bodies that have some shared core principles, alongside differing council-specific criteria for applications that need to be followed closely. We’ll be using the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as an example.

Each year the UK Research Councils invest around £3 billion of public money in research and associated training in the UK, covering the complete range of academic disciplines. An essential function of the Research Councils is to demonstrate the economic, societal and cultural impact of the research it funds. As a result, your application needs to go beyond stating the academic advances you will make and how this translates to progress in your…

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Nutritionist vs. Dietitian, who should be called what?

There is still an ongoing debate about who should be called a “nutritionist” and who should not, and the difference between a Nutritionist and a Dietitian. Clearly, some countries (North America and the UK) have been struggling with the number of unqualified people giving advice about health and nutrition under the claim that they were qualified nutritionists, some organisations even make it ironically easy to pass for a nutritionist, as demonstrated by Ben Goldacre in his TED talk.Read More »

Obesity will soon be illegal

An article published lately in the Public Library of Science on attitudes of medical students towards overweight and obesity analyzed the ind of prejudice that obese people are subjected to. Discrimination against overweight and obese people is not a new thing,  but when it is noticed in a health-care environment where it shouldn’t be (not that it should be elsewhere) and when a number of scholars take the time and effort to write about it, then it is just a matter of time before things get serious.

Yesterday I stumbled upon a blog article discussing this very same issue, and boy, was I surprised when it turned out that it was an airline company that fired the first bullet. Was it expected? Of course! We all have a skinny friend pointing out the issue every time he or she takes the plane.

The fact is obesity costs money, and not only in air travel; a study showed that the total direct costs attributable to overweight and obesity were $6.0 billion in 2006 in Canada, another one estimated that the total health-care costs attributable to obesity/overweight would double every decade to 860.7–956.9 billion US dollars by 2030. And with the lawsuits raining over the Fast-food companies, it is just a matter of time before someone takes the first step into making obesity illegal. When you think about it, this isn’t a new concept, Hollywood has been preparing us for this day by illustrating obesity being illegal; I can particularly recall an episode of Sliders (Sci-Fi TV show) and another movie of which I can’t remember the title.

With a little perspective, this turn of events was inevitable. However, I can’t help but wonder, what does this mean for those for whom obesity is not an inevitable outcome, but rather a personal choice.