Posts from May 2013

EPSRC reviewing research programmes

31 May 2013


EPSRC have announced that they are reviewing two of its research programmes: Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARCC) and Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE)


The aims of the review are:

  • to determine the extent to which the UK is maintaining international excellence in research related to the area of making infrastructure, the built environment & transport systems resilient to environmental change, more sustainable, less energy intensive and more socially acceptable, economically advantageous and environmentally harmonious
  • to determine the extent to which high quality current and future research leaders are successfully identified and supported in this area
  • to determine the extent to which research activities have delivered impact for the UK economy and society in absolute terms and relative to the maximum possible, including fostering global performance, economic competitiveness and enhanced quality of life, health and creative output

The outcomes of the review will be used to inform policy and strategy in the area in the future.

As part of the review process, EPSRC are inviting interested parties to complete an online questionnaire and provide details of their experience or awareness of ARCC and/or SUE-funded activities. There are three separate questionnaires, aimed at ARCC/SUE grant recipients, research users in this area, and international academics working in the field.

The results of the review will be published on the EPSRC website later in the year.

For more details, and to access the questionnaires, please visit:


New EU Marine Strategy for the Atlantic

22 May 2013
The European Commission has published a new ‘Action Plan for the Atlantic Ocean’, the main aim of which is to help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the “blue economy” while also preserving the environmental stability of the Atlantic. This article summarises the key references to research, including on the link with Horizon 2020.


EU Budget Discussions: Latest Developments

22 May 2013

On 14 May, EU finance ministers agreed to commit an extra EUR 7 billion to cover outstanding payments under the 2013 annual EU budget. This mainly concerns money for EU-funded infrastructure projects, but also some research projects funded through FP7. This agreement was a precondition for the European Parliament to begin formal ‘trialogue’ talks with the European Commission and national governments on finalising the 2014 to 2020 budget.

2014 to 2020 EU Budget and Horizon 2020
The first formal trialogue meeting on the 2014 to 2020 EU budget (known as the Multi-Annual Financial Framework) has also taken place this week. In a press release, the EU Budget Commissioner, Janusz Lewandowski, stated that a final agreement “should be reachable by the end of June”. In this case, a final budgetary allocation for Horizon 2020, and final approval for the programme, could also be agreed upon around this time.

It is understood that the European Parliament is not expected to demand changes to the overall spending limit agreed by EU leaders in February (EUR 960 billion), but will seek for greater flexibility to enable unspent money to be moved from one budget line to another (as well as a legal review of the spending levels after the European elections in 2014).

The next formal trialogue meeting is scheduled to take place next week, and UKRO will keep subscribers updated on these developments.