Posts from November 2016

EURAXESS: Funding Search Resources

28 November 2016

EURAXESS, the European researcher jobs and mobility portal, has recently had an update. It is now much more user friendly, with the facility to search for funding opportunities.

The search pages can be found here.




Funding Call: APEX Awards

15 November 2016

Please see the following call from the British Academy for interdisciplinary collaborative projects:

In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society (‘the Academies’), the APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.

The objectives of this scheme are to:

* support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes

* promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities

* support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines

* enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding.

Am I eligible to apply?

Applications should be within the remit of more than one of the Academies.

You can apply for this scheme if you are:

* an exceptional researcher with a strong track record as an established independent researcher.

* based at a UK University or not-for-profit research institution for at least the duration of the project.

Applicants will be expected to collaborate with a research partner from a different discipline from their own or a different university in the UK.

Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes. Please also refer to the FAQ for further guidance.

What is the scheme’s value and duration?

This scheme provides:

* an award of up to £100,000 to fund staff costs of which no more than 25% may be used for associated research costs.

* This can include consumables, equipment, collaborative travel expenses

* Costs of a teaching replacement to relieve the applicant and/or collaborator from some of their teaching and administrative duties

* Grants can be held for up to 24 months.

Note, requests for any other salary costs e.g. for research assistants, post-docs or studentships etc. cannot be included in the application. Note that awards under this scheme will not pay indirect and estate costs.

All awards must start between 01 September 2017 and 01 November 2017.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s electronic grant application system (e-GAP2). Applications will be peer-reviewed and assessed by a cross-disciplinary panel with broad ranging expertise drawn from the fellowship of all three Academies.

Further details about the award, including information on how to apply and the assessment criteria, can be found in the scheme notes.

The deadline for this call is 13th January 2017.


UK Information Day on Societal Challenge 5 2017 Calls for Proposals

14 November 2016

Please see the following announcement from UKRO:

The Enterprise Europe Network, in partnership with Innovate UK, is organising a National Information Day and official launch event to introduce the 2017 round of calls for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials on 23 November in Birmingham.

The event, which is free to attend, will introduce the calls for proposals in 2017, present insights and priorities from the European Commission, provide information on the support available to UK applicants and offer numerous networking opportunities to help forge the winning partnerships for future applications. In addition, National Contact Points (NCPs) from the UK, Ireland, Poland and Cyprus will be present to help broker potential collaborations.

The programme includes presentations from the European Commission, relevant NCPs and Innovate UK, as well as an opportunity to pitch ideas and expertise in front of leading research organisations and cutting-edge innovators from across industry.

Further information and registration is available on the event website.

Digital Economy Crucible 2017: Call for Applications

4 November 2016

Please see the following call for applications in the field of Digital Economy, relevant to early career researchers in the fields of health and social care, resource constrained communities, and cyber security and cyber safety.

CHERISH-DE – Digital Economy Crucible 2017

The EPSRC-funded CHERISH-DE (Challenging Human Environments and Research Impact for a Sustainable and Healthy Digital Economy) Centre is inviting applications for its UK Digital Economy Crucible 2017.

The Crucible is an exclusive development opportunity for aspiring young academics working in the field of Digital Economy research to understand the wider context of their work and to develop a broader perspective of how they might progress within their career and, crucially, to build a network for work-related collaboration and peer support.

The Crucible programme will include distinguished guest speakers, a series of seminars, intensive skills sessions and the opportunity to bond and collaborate with the other participants.

A total of 25 participants will be selected for the 2017 Crucible. Applicants must be able to commit to attend all of the Crucible events (3 skills labs and an alumni gathering), on the following dates:

  • 18-19th May 2017 (Swansea)
  • 22-23rd June 2017 (Edinburgh)
  • 27-28th July 2017 (London)
  • 3rd Nov 2017 (Cardiff)

Costs covered include accommodation and meals on the event days. Successful applicants will need to fund their travel independently.

Eligibility: Early Career Researchers with between 1-7 years postdoctoral experience working in a Digital Economy-related discipline are invited to apply. Successful applicants in previous years have included those working in Computer Science, Law, Engineering, Social and Human Science, Media, Business Management, Arts & Humanities and Health. However, applications from ECRs working in other disciplines are also encouraged.

The call for applications is now open and will close on 5th March 2017.

Crucible details:

How to Apply:


NORFACE upcoming call

2 November 2016

In December NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe) is expected to announce a new call, Transformations to Sustainability (T2S), in December 2016.

The call themes are:

  1. Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
  2. Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
  3. Well-being, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability

Proposals for innovative research addressing one or more of these themes are invited. The description of the three themes gives a clear indication of areas that are considered priorities. However, it is expected that applicants will develop and add to these areas. In addition, applicants are encouraged to consider linkages across the themes and invited to reflect upon one or both of the following cross-cutting issues: (1) conceptual aspects of transformation processes and (2) methodological innovation. Co-production of knowledge and research problem formulation is considered to be critical to the process of societal transformation. Therefore, proposal applicants are strongly encouraged to include stakeholder or community-based partners in their projects.

Application rules

  1. A project team must involve at least three national research teams, eligible for the funding from three different T2S funders.
  2. Researchers from at least two eligible European funders (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and one non-European funder (Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Japan, USA) should be involved in a consortium.
  3. Inclusion of stakeholder or community-based partners is encouraged.
  4. National teams are subject to budget limitations set by their national funding agency/agencies.
  5. Researchers in non-European countries (Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Japan, USA) may be consortium leaders.
  6. Each consortium should be led by a social scientist and should also include researchers from other disciplines including e.g. natural sciences and technical sciences insofar as it is relevant for the research questions and the researchers are eligible for funding according to national eligibility requirements.
  7. Each proposal can request up to 1.5m euros for a maximum project duration of three years.
  8. Applicants (regardless of country base) may participate in no more than two proposals and in only one proposal as Main Applicant.
  9. Each submitted proposal will go through a two-stage (Outline Proposal and Final Proposal) evaluation process.
  10. All submissions must be made online via the Belmont Forum online proposal portal (BFGO).

Interested parties are invited to join the LinkedIn group Multilateral Joint Call: Transformations to Sustainability (T2S).

For further information please see the announcement or contact your Funding Team representative.

SAMSHSSBS – Dr Deborah Woodman

CSE, ELS, SoBE – Stephen Parkinson

NMSWSS – Dr Chris Coey