Posts about: Training Events

ERC Consolidator Grant and UKRO Information/Writing events

26 September 2016

The 2017 call for ERC Consolidator Grants is expected to open on 20 October 20116 and close on 9 February 2017.

The grants are aimed at researchers with 7-12 years post-PhD experience, and are designed to support the development independent research leaders. Grants are worth up to €2m over 5 years. Applicants should have an appropriate track record of research and publishing.

UKRO is hosting two information/grant writing events in the run up to the call.  The first is at the University of Glasgow on 26 October, the second is yet to be announced and will be in London.

Further information on the Glasgow event, and the signing up form, can be found on the UKRO website here.

UKRO Events/Training: ERC Starting Grants

20 July 2016

UKRO is hosting two Starting Grants Information and Proposal Writing Events for researchers interested in applying for the European Research Council’s Starting Grants.

ERC Starting Grants are designed for researchers with between two and seven years post-PhD experience on 1st January 2017 .

The events are:

  1. University of York, 5th September 2016. You can register for this event via the UKRO website here.
  2. Kings College, London, 6th September 2016. You can register for this event via the UKRO website here.

For further information please follow the links above or contact your Funding Team representative.

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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Events to celebrate International Open Access Week

14 October 2015

19-25 October is International Open Access Week.  The University of Salford is offering a series of events to mark this and to support researchers to increase the reach and impact of their research by making it more openly accessible.  It is increasingly common for researchers to make the outputs of their research freely available online, including releasing published papers and the data sets that underpin the findings.

Making research open access is becoming more important for researchers, both in increasing the visibility and impact of research and to comply with funders’ policies.

During International Open Access Week, we will be running workshops for staff and postgraduate research students covering ORCID, Open Access Publishing and Research Data Management.

For more information and to book, please visit

Workshop – Managing Your Research Data

17 April 2014

Managing Your Research Data – Thursday 22 May 2014

The Library, working with Research & Innovation, has invited the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to the University of Salford to present an afternoon workshop about data management planning for your grant applications, and managing your data throughout the project lifecycle. This workshop has been designed around the needs of our academic staff who are actively engaged in research projects, or developing project bids. 

Session overview

Research Councils, the EU Commission and many other funding bodies are increasingly requiring evidence of adequate and appropriate provisions for research data management (RDM) & storage in new grant funding applications.

This half-day workshop provides an introduction to research data management and the range of activities and roles that we need to consider when preparing research applications, as well as implementing new projects.

The session will also provide an overview of a range of tools that can assist with your data storage and management activities in order to make your grant applications and subsequent awards a success.

More importantly, the workshop will bring together researchers from different Schools to enable you to share & learn from each other’s experiences and identify key issues or problems regarding Research Data Management that you are facing, and which the University needs to take into account when developing its RDM strategy and implementation plans.

Learning Objectives  

  • understand funders’ requirements for data management and sharing
  • learn how research data management and curation can facilitate data sharing and help to increase citations
  • understand what a data management plan is and how to go about completing one
  • be aware of some of the free services and tools available  


12:30 Welcome and institutional objectives
12:45 – 13:00 Quick quiz on RDM requirements
13:00 – 13:30 Overview of the RDM and data sharing landscape
13:30 – 14:00 Data sharing exercise
14:00 – 14:45 Coffee
14:45 – 15:00 Overview of data management planning
15:00 – 15:30 Data management planning exercise
15:30 – 15:45 Demo of DMPonline
15:45 – 16:00 Questions and wrap up



To book your place at the workshop, please visit:

For any questions about the event please contact Hannah Baker ext. 56707,

Research Publication Completion Retreat: bring a draft, take home a submission for publication

13 March 2014

A three day writing retreat, led by Professor Brenda Cooper
Wednesday to Friday 2-4 July 2014, 09:00-16:00

Open to all disciplines and all career stages, from lecturer to professor levels

We would like to cordially invite academic staff to take part in a three day writing retreat scheduled for July 2014. The retreat is dedicated to the completion of a designated work-in-progress. It will provide colleagues with space outside of work to devote to completing this work and an opportunity to receive feedback from both their peers and from external consultant Prof Brenda Cooper.

This retreat is aimed at Academic staff who are currently working on a research paper.


Help to develop your Data Management Plans for research proposals

6 February 2014

A service aimed at supporting UK-based researchers with all aspects of research data management and curation has a number of free tools available to support with the development of your research Data Management Plans, and is hosting a series of webinar training events. The first session focuses on its online Data Management Plan creation tool.


EU Horizon 2020 – Social Science and Humanities information events

19 December 2013

If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities that the new EU research programme HORIZON2020 has to offer for researchers in social sciences and humanities, there will be several  events taking place in the New Year:

1)  Achieving Impact: Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020” Athens, 26th and 27th of February 2014

The two-day event will appeal to members of the SSH research community who are looking for networking and funding opportunities within Horizon 2020. It will be of particular interest to researchers from universities and research organisations in the field of SSH, Civil Society Organisations & Non-governmental Organisations. SSH-relevant industries involved in Research and Innovation activities are also among the target audience. Established networks such as ERA-NETs will be invited to attend.

2)   Info Day – Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Expertise and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Actions for ICT-Related Topics in Horizon 2020’s Work Programmes 2014-2015

This Info Day will take place on January 21, 2014 on the premises of the Commission, Brussels.

Draft agenda:
10.00-13.00 – Commission presentations – presentation by the commission services of the funding opportunities for SSH expertise and RRI actions across the WP
13.00-14.00 – networking lunch
14.00-17.00 – Participants’ pitches – participants interested in presenting pitches on a topic of their choice will be given this opportunity so as to facilitate the build-up of partnerships looking to submit proposals together.

3)  ICT Research and Innovation for Creative Industries and Cultural Heritage: Horizon 2020 Information and Networking Day

This event will take place on January 23, 2014 in Luxembourg.

This event addresses potential applicants for the first Calls under Horizon 2020 in the fields of ICT research & innovation supporting the Cultural and Creative Industries and Cultural Heritage:

• ICT 2014 – Information and Communications Technologies, H2020-ICT-2014-1

• Reflective Societies: Cultural Heritage and European Identities, H2020-Reflective-7-2014

In line with the security rules, only registered participants can access the conference centre. Please fill in the registration form which will be available until 15 January.

4)  Europe Research Council (ERC) Starting grants: information and proposal writing event

The sessions are aimed at researchers based in, or moving to, the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to an ERC Starting Grants call. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

5)  Conference and Matchmaking – Horizon 2020 Connections- 22 January 2014

Brokerage event in Bratislava, Slovak Republic

6)   NET4SOCIETY e–newsletter

7)   Face the Challenge, make a Difference! HORIZON 2020 and its Impact on Science Communication and Policy Making in Europe

Strategy workshop invitation – 21st – 22nd January 2014, Quadriga-Forum, Berlin

UKRO presentation slides on Horizon2020 Programme

31 October 2013

Following the presentation of Dr Sobia Aslam last week, you can download her slides from the Research intranet on:

Please contact Vera Barron on ext. 53538  if you have any problems with accesing the presentation slides.

UPDATE: Specialist Training & Development sessions for staff in SoBE

28 October 2013

We would like to draw your attention to two specialist training & development workshops that will be run for members of staff in the School of the Built Environment (SoBE) this semester.

UPDATE: Full details of both sessions are now available.

Research funding opportunities within the current climate
Trainer: Stephen Parkinson, Mary McManus and Vera Barron, R&I Development Team + School guest speakers
Date: Friday 22 November 2013, 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: Council Chamber (G05), The Old Fire Station
Target Audience: Academic and research staff interested in bidding for externally funded projects – beginner to experienced level
Overview: The aim of this session is to provide you with an introduction to the current external funding environment, and to outline both UK and international funding opportunities for your research or teaching & learning activities. The session will further touch upon support available for your bidding activities both at School level and within the Research & Innovation Division, and highlight key aspects you should be considering when positioning yourself to bid for funding, such as building partnerships, the impact agenda, and aligning your proposals with funders’ priorities and objectives. Finally, we will touch on hints and tips for successfully designing a research project & developing a good application and provide details of relevant web-based resources.The session will include information on key funding streams, including:

  • EU HORIZON2020 and ERASMUS+ Programmes
  • Technology Strategy Board & industry
  • Funding opportunities within EPSRC and cross-Research Council initiatives
  • International funding opportunities
Booking: Please contact Nathalie Audren-Howarth


Designing a winning proposal
Trainer: Stephen Parkinson, and Vera Barron, R&I Development Team + School guest speakers
Date: Friday 6 December 2013, 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: Council Chamber (G05), The Old Fire Station
Target Audience: Academic and research staff new or to bidding for external funds or new to the university; beginner to mid-career level; suitable for colleagues who have previous experience of bidding but would like to refresh their bid writing skills or revise previously unsuccessful proposals.
Overview: This session will go through the entire proposal development process in detail, outlining the key points for effective bid writing, whilst taking into account relevant external research policies and the current funding climate. It will also outline the University’s internal approval and submission processes.We will also review evaluators’ comments from previous proposals, both successful and unsuccessful, in order to identify some key issues and areas for improving proposals. Finally, the session will provide tips for understanding Calls for Proposals correctly and for identifying the most relevant sources of funding for your proposed projects. Participants are encouraged to bring their own proposals, which they would like to revise / (re)submit.

This session will include:

  • Tips and key issues for improving bidding success
  • Processes and institutional support around bid submission and fEC costing methodology
  • Importance of the impact agenda and interdisciplinary partnerships for your research proposals
Booking: Please contact Nathalie Audren-Howarth