Posts from May 2016

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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Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarships 2016-17

17 May 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship scheme 2016-17 is now open for applications.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship is a one year scheme that offers focussed support to promising early career researchers across the university. All scholars will become members of a network that will meet on a regular basis to discuss research ideas and share expertise. These meetings will offer scholars the opportunity to discuss new developments in their research area. Furthermore, a tailored training programme and a dedicated support for bid writing activities will be provided.

In addition to membership of the network, the scheme involves support from various directions:

  • A one year scholarship with a bursary of £1,000 to meet research expenses
  • A minimum of 20% workload allocation for research over the award period
  • Full membership of a Research Centre
  • Mentor support underpinned by an explicit Learning Agreement
  • A training programme

By the end of the scholarship all award-holders will be expected to be in a position to submit a research bid to an external funding body  through a competitive call for proposals.

You will submit an end of award report and at the end of the year three scholars who have shown outstanding potential will be awarded a further £1,000 to develop their research profile.


The main eligibility criteria for this scheme is that candidates should demonstrate outstanding research potential and can develop a research bid to a key funder (with an indicative value of £50k or above) at the end of the Scholarship.  Eligibility to be deemed an early career researcher will be determined by when you were awarded your PhD and/or your post-doctoral research experience (defined here as within 4 years) or by your eligibility to apply for either a relevant UK Research Council or other external funding body as an Early Career Researcher.

Please contact a member of the R&E Development Team if you need any advice on this.

How to Apply

Before applying you will need to identify an academic mentor in your subject area who is suitably experienced and willing to take on this role. In the first instance, please contact your Research Centre Director or Associate Dean of Research who will be able to advise you further.

Download the application form.

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2016. Successful candidates will commence their scholarships on 1 August 2016.


For further information and advice about applying, please contact your Research Centre Director or Deborah Woodman in Research & Enterprise.

The application form will also be available shortly via the R&E Development Team’s Internal Funding Support pages.

Launch of 2016-17 Internal Research Funding Scheme

16 May 2016

The Research & Enterprise Development Team are pleased to announce that the internal research funding scheme for 2016-17 is now open and accepting applications.

Following a review of all schemes, we have revised our internal funding provision and now offer funding support for a range of research activity via a single application process.  Details and guidance can be found in the application form (see below).

Please note that the Research Impact Fund will continue to be run as a separate scheme. For details and queries about this scheme, please contact Chris Hewson.

The new scheme will run on a call basis with four deadlines spread across the year as follows:

  • 1 July 2016
  • 1 October 2016
  • 5 January 2017
  • 1 March 2017

For applications to the first deadline, all proposed activity should be from 1st August 2016 onwards.

Download the Internal Funding Application Form 2016-17.

For support and any questions regarding the scheme, please contact Deborah Woodman.