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Latest update on UK participation in EU funding programmes

13 August 2018

The UK government recently published an updated note on UK participation in the EU research funding programme, Horizon 2020. The update includes details on the current negotiation status on future UK participation as part of Brexit discussions, as well as confirmation of the recently announced extension of the Underwrite Guarantee for UK participants in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome.

The updated note follows previous updates issued following the EU referendum and outlines the current position in relation to the proposed Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU, the UK government’s Underwrite Guarantee (including the newly announced Post-EU Exit Guarantee Extension), and the UK government’s aspirations for UK participation in Horizon 2020’s successor programme, Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

Withdrawal Agreement

The note outlines the position in the draft of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU that UK participants in on-going EU funded projects will continue to receive an uninterrupted flow of EU funding for the lifetime of the project. Furthermore, it envisages that UK participants will be eligible to bid for Horizon 2020 funding for the duration of the programme, including after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as both partners and in coordinating consortia.

Underwrite Guarantee

As previously announced in August 2016, the UK government is committed to underwriting all bids for EU funding submitted by UK participants whilst the UK remains a member of the EU. The underwrite covers both on-going projects and all bids submitted prior to the date the UK leaves the EU (29 March 2019) but for which the outcome is not known by that date. This includes Stage 1 bids that have been submitted for calls operating a two-stage process, where the Stage 2 deadline falls after the exit date. Operation of the Underwrite Guarantee would only be necessary in a scenario in which the Withdrawal Agreement is not signed (i.e. a ‘no deal’ outcome).

On 24 July, the government announced an extension to the Underwrite Guarantee (the ‘Post EU Exit Guarantee Extension’). The extension means that the government is now committed to funding UK participants on all successful collaborative Horizon 2020 bids made after exit day and until the end of Horizon 2020, thus including all bids submitted both before and after the date the UK leaves the EU.

The extension to the guarantee means that, in a no deal scenario, UK participants will be able to continue to apply to Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participants (which the UK will be at that point), safe in the knowledge that their participation will be funded for the lifetime of the project, even if this extends beyond 2020.

For more details of which parts of the Horizon 2020 programme are open to third countries, please contact the Research Development Team (see below).

UK participation in Horizon Europe

The note also sets out the government’s aspirations for UK participation in the successor programme to Horizon 2020 – Horizon Europe – which will run from 2021-2027. In the recently published white paper on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the government set out that it would like to explore association to Horizon Europe and other European science and innovation programmes. Such association – in the government’s view – would involve an appropriate UK financial contribution linked to a suitable level of influence in line with the contribution and benefits the UK brings to such programmes.

Link: UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

If you have any questions about any aspect of applying for EU research funding, please don’t hesitate to contact either Stephen Parkinson or Adrian Duckworth in the Research Development Team.

Update on UK participation in EU funding programmes

29 January 2018

Given the on-going uncertainty and widespread misapprehensions about the eligibility of UK-based applicants to participate in EU research and higher education funding programmes, Universities UK (UUK) have issued a briefing note summarising the current position.

The key message is that, despite the UK’s decision to leave the EU, nothing has changed in terms of the UK’s status in EU programmes including Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. UK-based applicants are therefore encouraged to continue to work with collaborators across the EU in developing applications for funding under both programmes.

The agreement on Phase One of the negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU – announced in December 2017 – clarifies that the UK will continue to pay into the EU budget up until the end of the current budget period in 2020 and therefore there will be no change in the UK’s status in relation to these programmes until 2021 at the earliest.

Even in the event of a “no-deal” scenario at the end of the second phase of negotiations, the UK Government has committed to underwrite UK participants on all successful bids made by UK applicants to Horizon 2020 (and all Erasmus+ grant agreements signed) while the UK remains in the EU.

A full copy of the briefing note is available to download below. Please feel free to pass this information on to your EU-based collaborators, especially if they are in any doubt about UK-based applicants’ eligibility to apply for EU funding.

UUKi Briefing note on HE&R collaboration through EU programmes

If you have any questions about any aspect of applying for EU research funding, please don’t hesitate to contact Stephen Parkinson in the Research Development Team.

Horizon 2020: Opportunities for the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

18 December 2017

UKRO have today released the following notice regarding H2020 and the social sciences and humanities:

Net4Society, the network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 6, has published a document entitled “Opportunities for Researchers from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020“. The document lists the current funding opportunities with relevance to socio-economic sciences and humanities in the ‘Societal Challenges’, ‘Industrial Leadership’ and ‘Excellent Science’ parts of Horizon 2020.

This publication is designed to help applicants to find SSH-related topics across the different parts of Horizon 2020 in the 2018-2020 Work Programme.

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.

 

Brexit and UK applicants’ eligibility to receive funding

We understand that some confusion may still exist about UK applicants’ eligibility to apply for and receive funding from Horizon 2020 in light of the Brexit process. The key message at the moment, both from the UK Government and the European Commission, is that the status of the UK as an EU Member State will not change until such time as the UK actually leaves the EU and that UK participants should continue applying for Horizon 2020 and other competitive EU funds.

Furthermore, the UK Government has issued a statement guaranteeing funding for UK applicants on proposals that submitted up until the date on which the UK formally leaves the EU (even those for which the outcome is not known at that date).

More information on the current situation is available on the UK Research Office’s (UKRO) website.

The 2018-2020 Work Programme

Some of the key calls in the new Work Programme that are likely to be of interest to Salford academics include (each call contains a link to the relevant call page on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal):

PILLAR 1: EXCELLENT SCIENCE

European Research Council (ERC)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

PILLAR 2: INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – ICT

Call – Information and Communication Technologies

Technologies for Digitising European Industry

5G

Next Generation Internet (NGI)

Call – Digitising and transforming European industry and services: digital innovation hubs and platforms

Support to Hubs

Platforms and Pilots

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – NANOTECHNOLOGIES, ADVANCED MATERIALS, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND PROCESSING, AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (NMBP)

Call – TRANSFORMING EUROPEAN INDUSTRY

2.1. FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE (FOF)

Call – INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY

3.4. CULTURAL HERITAGE

3.5. ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGS (EEB)

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – SPACE

Call – Space 2018-2020

Space technologies, science and exploration

PILLAR 3: SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 1: HEALTH, DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE & WELLBEING

Call – Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems

1.3 Infectious diseases and improving global health

1.5 Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being

Call – Digital transformation in Health and Care

Call – Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care

Focus Area on Digitising and transforming European industry and services

DT-TDS-01-2019: Smart and healthy living at home

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 2: FOOD SECURITY, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY, MARINE, MARITIME AND INLAND WATER RESEARCH AND BIOECONOMY

Call – Sustainable Food Security

From functional ecosystems to healthy food

Environment and climate-smart food production and consumption

Call – Blue Growth

Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 3: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY

Call – BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY

Energy efficiency

Upgrading buildings’ energy performance and smartness

Energy efficiency is an energy source

Global leadership in renewables

Renewable energy solutions for implementation at consumer scale

Smart and clean energy for consumers

Smart citizen-centred energy system

Smart Cities and Communities

Cross-cutting issues

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 4: SMART, GREEN AND INTEGRATED TRANSPORT

Call – 2018-2020 Mobility for Growth

  1. BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: LOW-CARBON AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
  1. ACCOUNTING FOR THE PEOPLE

Call – Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Green Vehicles

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 5: CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND RAW MATERIALS

Call – Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement

Climate adaptation, impacts and services

Inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Water for our environment, economy and society

Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience

Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting

Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Heritage alive

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 6: EUROPE IN A CHANGING WORLD – INCLUSIVE, INNOVATIVE AND REFLECTIVE SOCIETIES

Call – MIGRATION

Call – SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 7: SECURE SOCIETIES – PROTECTING FREEDOM AND SECURITY OF EUROPE AND ITS CITIZENS

Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union – Focus Area

Call – Protecting the infrastructure of Europe and the people in the European smart cities

Call – Security

Disaster-Resilient Societies

Fight against Crime and Terrorism

Call – Digital Security

SU-DS02-2020: Management of cyber-attacks and other risks

SCIENCE WITH AND FOR SOCIETY

Call – Science with and for Society

Strategic orientation 1. Accelerating and catalysing processes of institutional change

Strategic orientation 2. Stepping up support to Gender Equality in Research & Innovation policy

Strategic orientation 4. Exploring and supporting citizen science

Strategic orientation 5. Building the knowledge base for SwafS

Further Information

This is just a small selection of the total number of calls that have been announced for period 2018-2020. Details of all calls, with a range of search tools to help identify those that are relevant to you, are available on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

The Research Development Team is on hand to provide further guidance and advice on all aspects of Horizon 2020, including proposal development. Initial contact points within the Team for all Schools are available on the Contact Us page.

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

16 December

ESRCMethodological research projects

20 December

British Academy and others Newton Advanced Fellowships / Newton Mobility Grants


2018

4 January

NIHR commissioned work stream on perinatal mental health

NIHR Organisation of services and workforce interventions for the assessment and management of older adults with cognitive impairments in generalist health and care services

NIHR Health and social care services support for transition of Looked After children and Young people (LAYP) leaving care

9 January

Wellcome Trust Investigator awards in humanities and social sciences

Wellcome Trust Collaborative awards in humanities and social science

Leverhulme Trust Leverhulme research centres

11 January

NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Programme: standard researcher-led

NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Programme researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

Wellcome Trust Research fellowships in humanities and social science

Wellcome Trust University awards in humanities and social science

Wellcome Trust Research awards for health professionals

12 January

Wellcome Trust Longitudinal Population Study Grants

18 January

Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust senior research fellowships (forecast deadline)


20 February

Department for International Development Open call for partnerships (forecast deadline)


2 March

Leverhulme Trust Early-career fellowships

20 March

NIHR Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health

NIHR Community-wide interventions for physical activity

NIHR Prevention of unintentional injury in the home in children under 5 years

NIHR Household or community resources: impact on health and health inequalities

22 March

Wellcome Trust Seed Awards in Science

RCUK Cross-disciplinary mental health network plus awards

23 March

Royal Society Newton advanced fellowships (forecast deadline)


4 April

Department of Health/NIHR Invention for innovation (i4i) challenge awards (forecast deadline)


11 May

Leverhulme Trust Major research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences

19 May

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship/ESRC Research and knowledge exchange fund (RAKE) (forecast deadline)

31 May

AHRC UKRI innovation fellowships – AHRC leadership fellows


6 June

British Academy/Leverhulme Small research grants


6 September (forecast)

Academy of Medical Sciences Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

Department of Health/NIHR Cochrane programme systematic reviews scheme


No deadline / various deadlines

ESRCResearch Grants

ESRCNew Investigator Grants

ESRCKnowledge Transfer Partnerships

NIHR – Programme Grants for Applied Research

Global Challenges research fund

Newton Fund current opportunities

European Research Council Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants

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.

(Links below lead to Research Professional; the programmes associated with the calls are currently in the draft phase.)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie innovative training networks.
This aims to raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training, extending the traditional academic research training setting. Grants are worth €39,240 a year for up to 36 months.
Closing date: 17 Jan 18
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1975181

H2020-MG-2018 mobility for growth. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that develop new solutions regarding transport challenges, such as addressing transport means, infrastructure and operation models and integrating them into a user friendly European transport system of smart connected mobility with low impact on climate and environment. Grants are worth between €2m and €20m each.
Expected to open on 31 October 2017. Closing date: 30 Jan 18
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1971204

H2020-LC-SC3-2018 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that focus on research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 31 January 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981425

H2020-LC-SC3-2018 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that focus on research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage. Grants are worth between €2m and €5m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 31 January 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981427

H2020-SC1-BHC-2018 better health and care, economic growth and sustainable health system. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that reconcile better health and healthy ageing with the need to develop sustainable health and care systems and growth opportunities for the health and care related industries. Grants are worth between €5m and €10m each.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 6 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1982021

H2020-BG-2018 blue growth. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim at sustainably harvesting the potential of aquatic resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. Grants are worth up to €9m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018. http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981054

H2020-SFS-2018 sustainable food security. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to deliver healthy food, increase resource efficiency of food systems, understand the impact of climate change on agriculture or reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production. Grants are worth up to €10m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981058

H2020-SFS-2018 sustainable food security. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to deliver healthy food, increase resource efficiency of food systems, understand the impact of climate change on agriculture or reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production. Grants are worth up to €10m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018. http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981060

H2020-BG-2018 blue growth. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim at sustainably harvesting the potential of aquatic resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. Grants are worth up to €9m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981064

H2020-RUR-2018 rural renaissance. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to raise the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas and to foster policy coherence and to boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. Grants are worth up to €6m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981070

H2020-RUR-2018 rural renaissance. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to raise the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas and to foster policy coherence and to boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. Grants are worth up to €10m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981072

H2020-LC-SC3-2018 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that focus on research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage. Grants are worth between €1m and €20m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981429

ERC-2018-CoG consolidator grants Horizon 2020: Excellent Science
These grants support principal investigators who are at a career stage at which they may be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Grants are worth up to €2 million each over five years, plus an additional €750,000 start-up grant.
The next call is expected to open on 24 October 2017 with a deadline on 15 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1850545

H2020-LC-CLA-2018 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future – climate action in support of the Paris Agreement. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to produce solutions for the achievement of the PA’s mitigation and adaptation goals, and to further relevant scientific knowledge for the implementation of the nationally determined contributions and in advance of key PA-related milestones. Grants are worth between €5m and €10m.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 27 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1980634

H2020-SC5-2018 greening the economy in line with the sustainable development goals. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to improve the efficiency of resource use to minimise the production of waste and increase the use of resources originating from secondary sources while avoiding adverse health effects and to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the medium term. Grants are worth up €5m.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 27 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1980640

H2020-SC5-2018 greening the economy in line with the sustainable development goals. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to improve the efficiency of resource use to minimise the production of waste and increase the use of resources originating from secondary sources while avoiding adverse health effects and to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the medium term. Grants are worth between €3m and €15m.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 27 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1980642

H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2018 socioeconomic and cultural transformations of the fourth industrial revolution. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects related to the challenges linked to the compounded socioeconomic and cultural origins and effects in Europe of the fourth industrial revolution in a context of globalisation and digitisation. Grants are worth between €1m and €5m each.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 13 March 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1973156

H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2018 migration. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects related to the global and European governance of migration as well as offering innovative solutions for the successful integration of migrants into European host societies. Grants are worth between €3m and €4m.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 13 March 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1973158

H2020-SC6-GOVERNANCE-2018 governance for the future. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects related to key constitutional and institutional areas such as social rights in Europe, trust, citizenship, differentiation in the EU, open innovation, security and defence policy, digital democracy, governance of the digital single market and European cloud infrastructure. The indicative budget is worth €40.5 million. Grants are worth up to €9m each.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 13 March 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1973164

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 Marie Sklodowska-Curie research and innovation staff exchange. Horizon 2020: Excellent Science
This call supports international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market.
The next call is expected to open on 22 November 2017 and have a deadline on 21 March 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1975185

 

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.

University of Salford staff are free to book places at any of the following sessions:

Session 1: Proposal Writing for Horizon 2020

The session will cover a range of issues to consider when developing a Horizon 2020 proposal, including finding partners, key policy issues to address, and evaluator feedback, pitfalls to avoid and tips for writing a winning proposal.

Date/Time Venue Registration
1 November 2017

10:00-11:30

Room 3.08, MediaCityUK Campus, University of Salford Reserve your place

 

Session 2: The 2018-20 Work Programmes and The Future of the European Research Funding Programme after 2020

Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multi-annual work programmes and this session will provide an overview of what to expect in the 2018-20 Work Programme as well as discussing the future of European research funding after 2020.

Date/Time Venue Registration
31 October 2017

09:45-10:50

Lecture Theatre 6, Geoffrey Manton Building,, MMU Reserve your place
1 November 2017

13:00-14:30

Lecture Theatre 1.15, Maxwell Building, University of Salford Reserve your place
2 November 2017

10:30-12:00

Zochonis Lecture Theatre A, Zochonis Building, University of Manchester Reserve your place

Session 3: Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions 2018 Work Programme

This session will focus on the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme of Horizon 2020, and in particular the following calls:

  • Individual Fellowships (IF)
  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

The session will include an introduction to the schemes, details of the application process, and hints and tips on developing a successful proposal.

Date/Time Venue Registration
31 October 2017

11:00-12:00

Lecture Theatre 6, Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU Reserve your place
1 November 2017

15:00-16:30

Lecture Theatre 1.15, Maxwell Building, University of Salford Reserve your place

 

Session 4: Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Networks 2018 Call

Innovative Training Networks (ITN) are joint research training programmes implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions, industry and other non-academic organisations. The research training programmes are intended to provide doctoral students with excellent research skills, coupled with experience outside academia to develop their innovative capacities and employment prospects. This session will provide an overview of the 2018 call and hints and tips on planning and writing an application.

Date/Time Venue Registration
2 November 2017

13:00-14:30

Zochonis Lecture Theatre A, Zochonis Building, University of Manchester Reserve your place

For further information or queries about any of the sessions please contact Stephen Parkinson from the Research Development Team on s.d.parkinson@salford.ac.uk or extension 52265.

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

Leverhulme Trust International academic fellowships

14 November

NIHR Promoting independence in older people

NIHR Digital interventions for sexual health promotion

NIHR Changing drinking behaviours

15 November

Wellcome Trust Collaborative awards in science

16 November

British Academy/Leverhulme Trustsenior research fellowships

21 November

NIHR Public health research programme researcher-led work stream – including complex health and care needs in older people

Department of Health Health and Wellbeing Fund – social prescribing

28 November

NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme Researcher-led

NIHR Virtual and augmented reality technologies for treating psychological disorders

NIHR Mechanisms of action of health interventions

29 November

Department of Health/NIHR Programme grants for applied research

30 November

ESRC EqUIP (EU-India) call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections

RCUK Newton-Colciencias UK-Colombia research partnerships

 16 December

ESRCMethodological research projects


2018

9 January

Wellcome Trust Investigator awards in humanities and social sciences

Wellcome Trust Collaborative awards in humanities and social science

Leverhulme Trust Leverhulme research centres

11 January

Wellcome Trust Research fellowships in humanities and social science

Wellcome Trust University awards in humanities and social science

Wellcome Trust Research awards for health professionals

18 January

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11 May

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19 May

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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.

Changes from First Grant scheme

There are a number of important changes to the eligibility criteria and other aspects of the scheme from the First Grant scheme. The following criteria no longer apply:

  • The time-based restrictions on applicant eligibility (within 10 years post-PhD and within 3 years of first appointment at Lecturer level or equivalent within the UK);
  • The maximum project duration (2 years) and grant size (£125k at 100% fEC) restrictions.

In their place, the following criteria now apply:

  • Applicants should not have previous experience of leading an academic research group or grant – they cannot have been PI on a previous EPSRC application;
  • Applicants should not have previously been in receipt of funding which provided either: PDRA time, equipment valued >£10k, or any research grant with a value >£100k;
  • Projects proposed under the scheme should be self-contained and comprise a single research vision with clearly defined objectives and outcomes. The duration of the project should be appropriate to deliver these. Complex, multi-facetted research projects with many objectives are not appropriate for this scheme;
  • EPSRC expect career development to be an inherent part of proposals. As such, university support should be appropriate to the foundation of a research group, including allocation of resources (e.g. students, access to facilities, PDRA time etc.), commitment to an applicant’s initial and ongoing professional development and opportunities to maximise the impact and communication of their research. Levels of support should be proportional to the scale of the grant and offer greater levels of career development than expected on a standard application, including beyond the duration of the grant.

Further Details

Full details on the New Investigator Award scheme, including full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply, are available on the EPSRC website.

Application support

Academic staff considering applying for the scheme should contact Stephen Parkinson in the Research Development Team in the first instance for help and advice.