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EU Research Funding: UKRO Day at Salford

31 May 2016

EU Research Funding: UK Research Office (UKRO) visit day at Salford

Information sessions with Ian Devine, European Adviser at UKRO, and the Research & Enterprise Development Team, University of Salford

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Newton Building, Room 233

The Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme is the EU’s primary research & innovation funding mechanism. The programme is hugely popular and many calls are extremely competitive. We have therefore invited our UKRO European Advisor, Ian Devine, to visit Salford on 15 June to give the view from Brussels on how to develop your proposals in order to have the best possible chance of success.

With a budget of €80bn covering the period 2014-2020, Horizon 2020 is the key source of research funding available from the EU and offers opportunities for international research collaboration, European and international fellowships, individual research grants, feasibility studies and research for SMEs, doctoral training and much more.

Book your place now for the following sessions:

10:30am-12pm: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships scheme

The session will include an introduction to the scheme and the application process and tips on writing a successful proposal. It will also include personal reflections from recently successful applicants based here at Salford.

Reserve your place

2pm-3pm: Writing a successful Horizon 2020 proposal

The session will cover a range of issues to consider when developing a proposal, including finding partners, key policy issues to address, and evaluator feedback, including pitfalls to avoid and tips for writing a winning proposal.

Reserve your place

Places are limited, so please follow the links above to book now.

Individual Consultations

In addition, individual consultations on EU funding proposals on any topic can be arranged for a limited number of colleagues on a first come first served basis at various points throughout the day by contacting Stephen Parkinson.

For additional queries about the event please contact Stephen Parkinson as above or on extension 52265.

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Newton Fund calls for international activities

22 April 2016

The Newton Fund has three new calls open, all with a deadline of 4pm GMT on 27th June.

All proposals should address one of the following challenge areas in order to meet the Overseas Development Assistance criteria: Agriculture, Climate and environment, Sustainable energy for all, Education research and innovation for development, Economic growth, Health,  Water and sanitation, Food and nutrition,  Demographic change and migration,  Rural and urban development,  Infrastructure,  Humanitarian disasters and emergencies, disaster risk reduction,  Resilient and connected communities,  Governance, society and conflict, Development-relevant data collection, quality and access.

However, each partner country has its own specific thematic priorities that can be found in the guidelines (links below).

Institutional Links

Institutional Links grants are designed to support the development of sustainable links between research groups in the UK and overseas through awards of between £50,000 and £350,000.

Partners are eligible from the following countries: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Thailand (Mexico‘s participation will be confirmed by the end of April 2016).

Check the guidelines (Annex 1 – Country-specific guidance p13 onwards) for the specific thematic priorities of partner country funders. Please contact the funding team if there are questions about eligibility of particular ideas.

Researcher Links

Researcher Links Travel Grants are designed to support stays in partner countries of between one and six months for early career researchers. Visits should enable the development of enduring links and collaborations, capacity building in the host country, and career development.

Visits by researchers to and from the following countries are eligible: Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Turkey.

Check the guidelines (Annex 1 – Country-specific guidance p9 onwards) for the specific thematic priorities and conditions of partner country funders. Please contact the funding team if there are questions about eligibility of particular ideas.

Workshop grants

Workshop grants support the attendance of early career researchers at workshops in partner countries in order to make international connections that improve the quality of their research.

Partners are eligible from the following countries: Brazil, Egypt, India, Turkey and South Africa (Mexico may participate  – notification will be posted on the schemes’ website).

Check the guidelines (Annex 1 – Country-specific guidance p11 onwards) for the specific thematic priorities and conditions of partner country funders. Please contact the funding team if there are questions about eligibility of particular ideas.


For further information please follow the links above, check the Newton Fund website, or contact your Funding Team representative.

 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships call now open

20 April 2016

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships is the EU’s flagship fellowship scheme, as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. Open to all fields of research, applications are welcomed from postdoctoral researchers, with no upper limit on career stage. Fellowships can last between 12-24 months and the Fellow must move from any other country to their chosen host institution to take up the Fellowship.

Fellowships can be based either entirely within the EU (‘European Fellowship’) or include a period in a third country followed by a return phase in a European host institution (‘Global Fellowship’).

Features

Individual Fellowships have the following features:

  • Available in all fields of research, with no set priorities
  • Can last for 12-24 months and in most cases should be 100% research-focused
  • Fellows must move to the host institution from any other country (‘mobility rule’)
  • Fellow must be post-doctoral (or equivalent experience); there are no age or career stage restrictions
  • The track record of the proposed Fellow is an important consideration
  • Two types of Fellowship are available: European Fellowships or Global Fellowships
  • Applications are welcomed from those wishing to return and reintegrate into Europe who have previously worked here, or who wish to restart a research career.

Structure

Fellowships should be based on ‘training-through-research’, with a clearly defined research project and appropriate training/career development activities. Applicants are encouraged to include a secondment phase in the non-academic sector within the proposed fellowship. Inclusion of relevant public engagement activities is also important.

Funding

Funding is provided to cover the Fellows’ salary, a research and training budget, and management costs, based on fixed unit costs.

Application Process

Applications are made jointly by the researcher and a named supervisor at the proposed host institution. It is a single-stage application process, with a max. 10 page main proposal covering Scientific Excellence, Impact and Implementation.

Submission deadline: 14 September 2016

Expected start date: 8 months from submission (i.e. May 2017)

More information

Call Page

Guide for Applicants

Call Information Events

The UK Research Office (UKRO) are hosting two information events to provide participants with an in-depth overview of the Individual Fellowships scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

The events are as follows:

  • Edinburgh, 11 May 2016 (register here)
  • London, 27 May 2016 (register here)

Note: An UKRO user account is required in order to register for these events. University staff can create an account using their Salford email address.

Funding Team Contacts

Please follow the call links for more information or contact your funding team representative to discuss:

Funding Opportunity: Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2016

18 March 2016

The European Commission Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive agency (ECEA) recently announced a call for proposals for its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme.

The scheme offers up to 5 years funding for projects that:

…promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa […]  The programme’s specific objective is to improve the skills and competences of students and staff through enhanced intra-African mobility. Strengthening cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa will increase access to quality education and will encourage and enable African students to undertake postgraduate studies in the African continent. Furthermore, mobility of staff (academic and administrative) will enhance the international cooperation capacity of HEIs in Africa.

Target fields of study include:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Engineering including Infrastructure and Energy
  • Education Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Marine Sciences and the Blue Economy
  • Social Sciences and Governance

Consortia will consist of African HEIs with a technical partner from an EU country.

The deadline for the call is 15 June.

For further information see the call document or contact your funding team representative :

ELS, CSE – Stephen Parkinson, s.d.parkinson@salford.ac.uk, ext. 52265

SAM, SHS, SBS – Dr Deborah Woodman, d.woodman@salford.ac.uk, ext. 55876

NMSWSS – Dr Chris Coey, c.coey@salford.ac.uk, ext. 55385

SoBE – Stephen Parkinson or Dr Chris Coey

Funding opportunity: EU Aid Volunteers initiative for strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable and disaster affected communities and implementing organisations

18 March 2016

The European Commission Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive agency (ECEA) recently announced a call for proposals for its EU Aid Volunteers initiative Deployment.

The call is designed to fund the deployment of volunteers to target countries, in order to:

…provide needs-based humanitarian aid aimed at strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in third countries by focusing on disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and enhancing the link between relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD). In addition, these projects may also strengthen the capacities of implementing sending and hosting organisations participating or intending to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, including in tools and methods of early warning for disasters.

There are two rounds of funding, with deadlines for proposals on 17 May and 1 September.

For further information see the call document or contact your funding team representative :

ELS, CSE – Stephen Parkinson, s.d.parkinson@salford.ac.uk, ext. 52265

SAM, SHS, SBS – Dr Deborah Woodman, d.woodman@salford.ac.uk, ext. 55876

NMSWSS – Dr Chris Coey, c.coey@salford.ac.uk, ext. 55385

SoBE – Stephen Parkinson or Dr Chris Coey

Early career mobility opportunity in gender and maternal health, UK Malaysia

29 February 2016

Please follow the link here to a Newton Fund international workshop opportunity: Advancing Maternity Protection in Malaysia: Meeting Social Welfare and Business Needs, and Contributing to Economic Development.

The workshop will take place in Penang, Malaysia, between 27 and 31 July 2016, with funding available for up to 20 Early Career (PhD+10) Researchers in the areas of:

  • economic development,
  • gender, work and organisation
  • women and empowerment
  • gender, law and policy-making
  • maternal health
  • action research