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Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

14 November 2017

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020, covering the final three years of the EU’s current research & innovation funding programme, was officially announced at the end of October. The Work Programme contains details of all of the proposed calls across all three pillars of Horizon 2020.

The list of calls announced runs in the hundreds and therefore can seem to be overwhelming to navigate. In this post therefore, we wanted to provide a brief overview of the structure of the Work Programme, a selection of some of the calls that may be of particular interest to Salford academics, along with details of where to go to find out more and to search through all of the available opportunities.

Horizon 2020 Structure

The Horizon 2020 programme is structured into three main ‘pillars’ (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges). Each of these pillars focuses on a different type of research & innovation action: bottom-up, curiosity-driven research (Excellent Science); applied and close-to-market research & innovation actions with an industry focus (Industrial Leadership); challenge-driven collaborative research & innovation actions addressing some of the grand themes affecting both the EU and the wider world (Societal Challenges). Within each pillar there are sub-categories, all of which have their own part of the Work Programme. read more

Key funder deadlines, health and social science: November 2017 update

7 November 2017

Please see below for a list of upcoming deadlines from funders of interest to researchers in CARe. Please note not only deadlines but also when calls opened, and be aware that it can take several months to develop a viable proposal.

All calls are included in the fortnightly Research Professional Bulletins soon after they open.

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British Academy and others APEX Awards for cross-disciplinary research read more

Upcoming European Funding Opportunities, 2018

25 October 2017

Please see below for a number of European funding opportunities are coming up in the first quarter of 2018. Target areas include:

  • researcher training, staff exchange, and career development
  • transport
  • energy
  • migration and integration
  • aging and sustainable health care
  • aquatic biodiversity and resources
  • agriculture and food systems
  • climate change and greenhouse gases
  • rural economies and culture
  • globalisation, digitisation, and the fourth industrial revolution

For further information on any of the opportunities please contact your funding team representative, or come along to the UKRO EU Research Funding day on Wednesday 1 November.

The UK government has committed to funding all successful applications for EU funding made prior to the UK’s formal exit from the  EU. Moreover, the European Commission has issued assurances that bids led by or involving UK partners will be treated equally. read more

Research Development Funding Training Sessions

17 October 2017

Please see the Funding Team pages for information and bookings on the following upcoming training events:

Designing a successful research application

Starts: 8 Nov 2017 1:00 PM Finishes: 8 Nov 2017 2:00 PM Venue: Chapman Seminar Rooms 1-2 Remaining places: 16 This session goes through the different aspects of a research bid, and the basic principles in writing each aspect, such as the case for support and justification of resources. It will offer insights into how best to structure your bid to gain the maximum chance of success.

Opportunities with Innovate UK & the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Starts: 15 Nov 2017 1:00 PM Finishes: 15 Nov 2017 2:00 PM Venue: Chapman Seminar Rooms 1-2 Remaining places: 35 This session will look at how to maximise opportunites with the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and Innovate UK.

EU Research Funding UK Research Office (UKRO) visit days at Salford, Manchester and MMU

12 October 2017

Our annual EU Research Funding day takes place on Wednesday 1 November 2017. In addition, this year we are coordinating our event with those being held by MMU and University of Manchester on 31 October and 2 November, allowing Salford staff to register for sessions on whichever day is most suitable for them.

The Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme is the EU’s primary research 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 the 3 Manchester universities to give an insider’s view on the how give your proposals the best possible chance of success, to coincide with the announcement of the latest Work Programme, covering 2018-2020.

With a budget of nearly €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. read more

Key funder deadlines, health and social science: October 2017 update

3 October 2017

Please see below for a list of upcoming deadlines from funders of interest to researchers in CARe. Please note not only deadlines but also when calls opened, and be aware that it can take several months to develop a viable proposal.

All calls are included in the fortnightly Research Professional Bulletins soon after they open.

1 November

British Academy/Leverhulme Trust small research grants

3 November

NERC Unconventional hydrocarbons in the UK energy system – environmental and socio-economic impacts and processes

9 November

Leverhulme TrustResearch fellowships read more

EPSRC New Investigator Award replaces the First Grant Scheme

26 July 2017

EPSRC have this week re-launched their grant funding scheme targeted specifically at Early Career Researchers.

The New Investigator Award scheme (which replaces the First Grant scheme) includes a number of changes from the previous scheme of which researchers who are considering applying should be aware.

The changes also mean that some researchers who may have previously been ineligible to apply for the First Grant scheme may now be eligible to apply for the New Investigator Award.

Scheme Overview 

The New Investigator Award scheme is designed to support individuals who have recently acquired their first academic lectureship position, have not previously led an academic research group or been the recipient of a significant grant. There are no closing dates and the scheme can only be applied to once. Applications are reviewed only alongside other New Investigator Award applications. read more

AHRC/EPSRC Immersive Experiences session

11 July 2017

The Research Development Team have organised a session to run through the AHRC/EPSRC Immersive Experiences call for proposals, and follows on from an RCUK event that took place on Friday 7 July at MMU where the call was announced and explained. Anyone who may be interested in the call is welcome to attend, and please do feel free to pass to colleagues that may be interested.

This session will be held Wednesday 19 July 2:00 – 3:30pm in Chapman Seminar rooms 1-2.

We wish to convene all those interested so that we can fully support your project proposals and help to facilitate potential interdisciplinary collaborations. We will run through the call specification and then invite anyone who has an idea to present it via a two minute pitch and one powerpoint slide to generate ideas for collaboration and a starting point for further discussion.  This is not compulsory, but if you wish to take part do let us know and, if possible, send your Powerpoint slide in advance of the session. We will then run through the call timetable and finally end with coffee and networking so you get chance to begin the conversations to develop your bid. read more

Post-referendum position on EU research funding

2 March 2017

In light of a number of queries received from academic colleagues in recent weeks, it is clear that there is still some uncertainty about the position of UK researchers in relation to applying for EU research funding in light of the referendum result and the UK’s impending departure from the EU. The Research Development Team therefore thought it would be useful to summarise the current position and to point colleagues towards additional sources of information about post-referendum related issues.

The over-arching message is that, at least until the UK officially leaves the EU (currently expected to be in March 2019), there is no change in UK-based applicants’ ability to bid and be awarded funding from the main EU research & innovation funding programmes (Horizon 2020, but also Erasmus+). Those colleagues interested in applying for funding from these sources should continue to pursue these opportunities and work with their partners across Europe to develop and submit their proposals as normal. read more

EPSRC Future Calls 2017/18

15 February 2017

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has released details of funding calls it plans to launch in 2017/18.

The list of calls contains only very high-level information at this stage, including the call title, relevant thematic area and proposed call issue date. Further details on each call will be available when they are officially launched.

Colleagues can sign up for weekly email alerts on new/upcoming EPSRC calls here.

EPSRC Future Calls 2017/18