Posts about: international

Santander Universities Travel Award

17 October 2017

The Santander Universities Travel award is currently open, with a deadline of Friday 24th November 2017.

The award will support travel to the following countries (other countries could be considered), preferably at a Santander University Partner.

  • In the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA
  • In Europe: Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK
  • In Asia: China, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, UAE
  • In Africa: Ghana

The programme offers awards of £500, £1,000 & £5,000.

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from all current University of Salford staff.

How to apply

To apply for funding applicants must submit an online application detailing their project and the need for funding. The criteria will be checked and a judging panel will determine if funding is awarded. read more

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 Thursday 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

ERASMUS+ KA2 Information session Wednesday 18th October

11 October 2017

Please note the information session next week on Erasmus + and Research Opportunities in Key Action 2. The session will provide an overview of the opportunities for funding within Erasmus + KA2.

Starts: 18 Oct 2017 1:00 PM
Finishes: 18 Oct 2017 2:00 PM
Venue: Chapman Seminar Rooms 1-2

Places can be booked via the Salford Advantage pages

The full list of training and information sessions for 2017-2018 can be found on the Training section of the Research and Knowledge Exchange website

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

Top Tips for International Collaboration

19 December 2016

In a recent post on Research Professional, Phil Ward (Deputy Director of Research at the University of Kent) outlines a top ten of tips on making, developing and sustaining international research collaborations. These tips make a great starting point for anyone looking to expand their international connections, which are increasingly important in the age of the Global Challenges Research Fund and Newton Fund.

See below for the ten tips. The full article is available to view here.

(Note: you will need to log in to your Research Professional account if you want to access the article off-campus. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it, your username is your Salford email address.)

Top Tips for International Collaboration

1. Start small, as they have as little spare time as you do

Starting an international collaboration is a considerable undertaking for both partners. Both of you are exploring links that have considerable potential, but take a lot of work and time to develop. It is therefore worth starting small. You don’t have to collaborate on, say, a global challenges bid immediately. Rather, consider joint authorship on a paper, a joint conference session, or a short exchange. read more

UK in a Changing Europe – Brexit Priority Grants

2 December 2016

Pre-call announcement

The ESRC will shortly be launching a call under the UK in a Changing Europe initiative for Brexit Priority Grants. These are to support additional activity (including research synthesis and potential new short-term research activity) related to the process of the UK leaving the European Union.

The grants will be between £100,000 and £300,000 (100 per cent fEC, with the ESRC contributing 80 per cent fEC) and for a duration of up to 18 months. The ESRC expects grants to commence on 1 April 2017. read more

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.

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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. read more

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. read more

ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers Research Fund 2016-17

26 October 2016

Please see here for information on an ESRC-DFID call for

exploratory, small-scale projects with a view to developing ideas, collaboration, and research capacity for future larger grants for other calls

The aim of the funding is to support

innovative, interdisciplinary research that is focused on new ways to tackle the challenges encountered at the intersections between poverty, environmental sustainability and conflict/fragility in specific developing country contexts

The focus countries are:

West Africa
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, Togo read more