Posts from December 2013

EU Horizon 2020 Programme officially launched

20 December 2013



Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) launched its first calls on 11 December, detailing the Work Programmes and topics that will be open for submissions in 2014 and 2015.

The official Horizon 2020 webpages can be accessed here:

All of the 2014-15 Work Programmes can be accessed here:

The Horizon 2020 online manual offers:

  • an overview of all steps you need to know for the electronic management of proposals or grants;
  • easy navigation by process steps;
  • brief descriptions of how to complete your tasks.

Links and references to:

  • Guidance notes, templates
  • User manuals of the relevant tools
  • Frequently asked questions

You can also apply to join the database of independent experts for European research and innovation. The European Commission appoints independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of proposals, monitoring of projects, and evaluation of programmes, and design of policy.

For all queries on the new programme, please do not hesitate to contact Vera Barron on or extension 53538.

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

EU Creative Europe – First calls published

19 December 2013

First ‘Creative Europe’ Calls Published 

The first calls in the new ‘Creative Europe’ programme have been published, with more expected over the coming weeks. There are calls under two ‘sub-programmes’, the Culture Sub-Programme and the MEDIA Sub-Programme.

Nearly EUR 170 million is available through the first calls to be published. Calls already open are as follows:

Culture Sub-Programme

  • European co-operation projects – deadline 5 March 2014
  • European platforms – deadline 19 March 2014
  • European networks – deadline 19 March 2014
  • Literary translation projects – deadline 12 March 2014
MEDIA Sub-Programme

  • Support for the development of single projects and slate funding – first deadline 28 February 2014; 2nd deadline 6 June 2014; Slate funding deadline 28 March 2014; Video Games deadline 28 March 2014.
  • Support for Television Programming of Audiovisual European Works – deadlines 28 February 2014 and 2 July 2014.
  • Support for the transnational distribution of European Films – the ‘Cinema Selective’ Scheme – deadlines 28 February 2014 and 2 July 2014;
  • Support to Film Festivals – deadlines 28 February 2014 (for activities starting between 1 May 2014 and 31 October 2014) and 4 July 2014 (for activities starting between 1 November 2014 and 30 April 2015.)

Forthcoming calls include support for the development of video games, cinema networks and audience development.

Applications should be made through an e-form which is created via the Education, Audiovisual, Culture, Citizenship and Volunteering Participant Portal. The Portal is also how you apply for schemes under ‘Erasmus +’, ‘Europe for Citizens’ and ‘EU Aid Volunteers’.

Additional Information

EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme Workshop for ELS Staff

18 December 2013



Dear ELS Colleagues,

Further to last week’s sessions on the EU HORIZON2020 research programme at the School of Environment and Life Sciences, please find attached:

Futhermore, I also wanted to make you aware of an information day organised by Defra, BBSRC, NERC and FSA that is currently open for registration – places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The day is aimed at academic and business organisations interested in exploring funding opportunities in two key areas  –

  • Societal challenge 2 – Food Security, Sustainaible Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bioeconomy
  • Societal challenge 5 – Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

The event will feature presentations from the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation. Furthermore, the UK National Contact Points for the above Societal Challenges will be available on the day to provide advice and support for business and academic organisations on participation in Horizon 2020.  This event is also an excellent opportunity to network with others interested in EU collaborative projects.

The application form is here:Info-Day-registration. The deadline for registration is January 14, but as the places are allocated on a first come first served basis, I would submit asap!

ERASMUS+ – Programme Guide and Call for Proposals

18 December 2013

Following the publication of the Call for Proposals and Programme Guide by the European Commission, Ecorys have launched a new How to Apply page on the Erasmus+ website.

Here you can find out more about the application process and next steps for UK organisations.

The Call for Proposals and the Programme Guide set out all the application information on the new programme including:

  • Deadlines
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Funding levels
  • Project activities and durations
  • Application process

In order to help beneficiaries prepare their applications in time for the 2014 deadlines, which are from mid-March onwards, the European Commission has also made available reference copies of the application forms. The online forms are expected to be available from the end of January next year.

Please contact Mary McManus in the R & I Development Team to discuss potential bids on 53086 or


EU – Erasmus Mundus: Final call for Proposals (Action 2 – Partnerships)

3 December 2013


Erasmus Mundus: Final call for Proposals (Action 2 – Partnerships)


European Commission


3rd March 2014


Funding is available to support the implementation of the consortium and the costs of the mobility. The maximum duration for a project is 48 months, minimum duration varies by ‘Lot’. The overall budget available for this call is €78.657m, allocated according to third country/region as follows:

Strand 1

  • Syria €  3m – total projects funded – 2
  • Western Balkans  €12m - total projects funded – 4
  • Iran, Iraq, Yemen €2.4 – total projects funded – 1
  • Asia Regional €24.4m – total projects funded – 8
  • Central Asian Republics – €0.3m – total projects funded – 1
  • Latin America Regional – €18.97 – total projects funded – 6
  • Brazil – €5.587 – total projects funded – 2
  • South Africa – €6.8m – total projects funded – 3

Strand 2

  • Pacific – €1.8m – total projects funded – 1
  • East Asia €1.8m – total projects funded – 1
  • Newly industrialized Asian countries and territories – €1.6m – total projects funded – 1


The final call for proposals under the Erasmus Mundus Programme has just been announced. The overall aims of the Programme are to:

  • Promote European HE
  • Help improve and enhance the career prospects of students
  • Promote intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries

Erasmus Mundus supports collaboration between HEIs within the EU and HEIs from third countries in the form of Joint Programmes (masters and doctorates); Partnerships for structured cooperation; and Activities designed to promote European HE.

For this final call, only applications for Partnerships (Action 2) are sought, as detailed below.

Purpose of this call

Action 2: Erasmus Mundus Partnerships

This action aims at fostering structured cooperation between European and third country HEIs through the promotion of mobility at all levels of study, for students (undergraduate and masters), doctoral candidates, researchers, academic and administrative staff.

The action is divided into two strands:

Strand 1

Partnerships with countries covered by the following instruments and agreements

  • ENPI – European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
  • DCI – Development Cooperation Instrument
  • IPA – Instrument of Pre-accession Assistance
  • ICI – Industrialised Countries Instrument

Strand 2

Partnerships with countries and territories covered by the Industrialised Countries Instrument (ICI)

Funds are allocated under this Action in a series of ‘Lots’ relating to the third countries involved. The minimum requirements for consortia composition vary depending upon the third countries partnered, but the minimum is 5 HEIs from at least 3 EU countries and 1 HEI (but in most cases more) from the third country/region. Overall the call is open to projects in all subject areas, however, some countries/regions have specified priority subjects targeted. Institutions are advised to read all Programme documentation carefully to ensure that the activities planned in their proposal are eligible not only under each strand but also for each ‘Lot’ (country/region).

Earliest start date: 15 July 2014

Financing Grant is allocated in the form of lump sums to support the organisation of the mobility elements and the coordination of joint activities by the partners; and in the form of individual scholarships to support staff and student mobility (travel, living expenses etc), based upon unit costs


Maximum project duration generally 48 months


Minimum number of partners varies by Strand and region/country (the minimum is five HEIs from at least three EU countries and one HEI (but in most cases more) from the partner country/region


Leverhulme Trust – Early Career Fellowships

2 December 2013


Early Career Fellowships


Leverhulme Trust


6th March 2014


Up to £29,000 per year


Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline.

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Fellows may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.


3 years


Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment.


Conchological Society of GB & Ireland – Research Grants

2 December 2013


Research Grants


The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland


1st November 2014


Up to £1,000


Grants will be made for projects promoting the objectives of the society, and preference will be given to projects which focus on molluscan biogeography, ecology, taxonomy, conservation  or palaeontology.


Not stated


Applications are invited from both members and non-members. The latter will be encouraged to join the Society. Professional malacologists shall still be eligible to apply for grants. Grants will not pay for staff time on projects but are intended to cover only costs of equipment and reasonable expenses.