Posts from August 2013

NCRM Autumn School 2013 for Early Career Researchers: International and comparative research

29 August 2013

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) will hold ninth residential training event for early career researchers on 6-8 November 2013. This year’s Autumn School will be an exploration of international and comparative research, focusing particularly on methodological issues and innovations relating to researchers engaged in projects that span national boundaries. Participants will be introduced to a range of examples of methodological developments using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, and will be encouraged to think about what these might potentially offer to their own research and to their career development. read more

What will the new EU Programme for Research and Innovation look like?

28 August 2013

h2020 visualHorizon 2020 is the new EU’s new programme for research and innovation with a key aim of creating new growth and jobs in Europe though knowledge generation and innovation. The Programme promises major simplification from its predecessor (Framework Programme 7, ‘FP7’), especially in the areas of budgetary preparations, costing models, audits, proposal submissions and the contract negotiation process.

Running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget, the proposed programme will consist of 3 pillars: read more

Revised costing template supports research and enterprise funding bids

27 August 2013

Researchers and members of Professional Services who are involved in preparing research or enterprise funding bids are asked to use a new spreadsheet template for calculating the Full Economic Costs (fEC) of their bids.

For most funding applications, we are required to provide detailed information about the resources needed and the cost of these resources. The new fEC template supports bidders to prepare their bids in the best way possible and this, in turn, shows that the project has been thought through and this gives credibility to the bid. read more

EU Commission Study on Open Access Released

22 August 2013

A recent study, funded by the European Commission, suggests that around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 are made available via open access.

Open access will be mandatory for all scientific publications produced with funding from the new EU research funding programme Horizon2020.

The study, undertaken by Science-Metrix, looked at the availability of scholarly publications in 22 fields of knowledge in the European Research Area, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States. Two further reports by the same group have also been released, one examining open access policies and the second focusing on issue surrounding open access to data. The research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free. This is about twice the level estimated in previous studies, explained by a refined methodology and a wider definition of open access. The study also estimates that more than 40% of scientific peer reviewed articles published worldwide between 2004 and 2011 are now available online in open access form. The study looks at the EU and some neighbouring countries, as well as Brazil, Canada, Japan and United States of America. read more