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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.

INTERNAL RESEARCH SUPPORT FUNDS 2017/18: Special Call for Applications

11 April 2018

We are inviting high quality applications to a special call of the internal research support fund. A condition of this call is that awards must be spent by 31 July 2018. The form can be found on Research development website, here.

Form and Guidance Notes

Overview

This form enables you to apply for internal research funding, which supports a range of activity based on the following criteria:

  • Sustainability of research, e.g. demonstrably leading to further research bids, collaborative projects, significant publications, or access to new research funds;
  • The contribution that the application will make to the research strategy of both the Research Centre / School and wider University;
  • Evidence of the applicant’s research and career ambitions.

What can be Funded?

The Research Support Fund will support a range of research-related activity such as participation at conferences of international standing, the preparation of large-scale bids (in general over £150,000, depending on the discipline) for external research funding, or lead to outputs of REFable quality. It will cover direct costs such as travel and accommodation, teaching time buy-out and research assistance, and conducting preparatory research trials. Under normal circumstances 50% matched funding must be evidenced, either from internal or external sources (above 50% matched funding will be at the discretion of the review panel, except for conference participation). There are limit to what funds are available and conference participation will be capped at £750 and for other activity such as bidding development or a pilot project a maximum of £3,000. There is no set format for your visit or project and examples of activity that could be funded include:

  •  Undertaking small-scale or pilot projects that will lead to the submission of larger research bids.
  • Presenting at conferences or similar events that are of international standing.
  • Research at archives and libraries (or other similar institutions), both UK and overseas.
  • Projects incorporating a research mobility component and leading to a research bid or output.
  • Specialised equipment (that is non-standard to what the University provides).
  • Small-scale buy-out of teaching.
  • Research assistance.

Please provide sufficient information in your application to allow the panel team to fully consider your application. All applications will be scored and ranked based on scientific, strategic merit and value for money. Applications that contain insufficient detail are unlikely to be funded.

How to Apply

The deadline for this Special Call is Wednesday 25 April 2018.

In line with financial regulations, all awarded funds must be spent by 31 July 2018. You will be notified of the outcome within 2 weeks of these deadlines. Applications should be completed on the attached form and emailed to Deborah Woodman, R&E Development Officer via RI-internalfunding@salford.ac.uk.

Successful applications

All applicants will be notified within 2 weeks from the call deadline date on the outcome of their application. All successful applicants will be required to submit a short report on the final outcome(s) from receiving internal funding, which should be submitted to:

RI-internalfunding@salford.ac.uk

Professor Laurence Kenney on Research Professional

6 March 2018

As reported earlier this year, a team from Salford led by Professor Laurence Kenney from the School of Health Sciences, recently secured a £1.4m grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund. The grant is for a project researching the potential for use of body-powered prostheses in low- and middle-income countries.

The project, a collaboration with the Universities of Southampton, Greenwich, UCL along with the University of Jordan and Makerere University in Uganda, is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The aim of the project is to develop a body-powered prosthesis that is optimised for adoption by prosthetic services in developing countries and which, crucially, is acceptable for users in those countries.

Laurence recently spoke to Research Professional about his experience of applying for, and winning, a major grant of this type from the Global Challenges Research Fund. In the interview, he reflects on the importance of building partnerships even before you have identified a source of funding to support the collaboration, and on how researchers from non-Russell Group universities can position themselves to win such a prestigious grant.

The full interview is available here*

*Research Professional is free to access for all users whilst on campus. If attempting to access off campus, you will need to either log-in to your Research Professional account or, if you don’t have an account, create one using your @salford.ac.uk email address.

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.

NIHR Themed Calls: Mental Health

16 January 2018

The NIHR currently has five open calls on the theme of mental health with deadlines in late March/early April. These are:

Applications to the EME Programme may test interventions for the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of mental ill health, or the promotion of good mental health. Applications should examine the efficacy of interventions, and may explore the mechanisms underlying possible efficacy. Applications may investigate novel or repurposed interventions and technologies, but studies of incremental or minor improvements to existing technologies or the discovery of new biomarkers are not within the remit of the EME Programme.

Particular areas of interest include personalised or stratified care, and the use of novel study designs or existing data where their use can help deliver robust findings more quickly or with better value for money.

As part of this wider call for research for the ‘promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ the HTA Programme is particularly interested in receiving applications that address the issues identified as priority areas for research by relevant James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships. The HTA Programme also has a number of specific mental health commissioning briefs, currently open or planned, which may be applied to separately from this themed call.

The PHR Programme evaluates non-NHS public health interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The programme is keen to consider proposals that operate at a population level and which focus on environmental and social determinants of mental health. We are interested in scalable interventions to promote good mental health or prevent mental ill health across the life-course. We are also interested in population interventions aimed at reducing the impact of poor mental health and/or the health inequalities characteristic of mental health issues. Where justified proposals may focus on populations that are defined by social determinants, rather than by mental health disease. Health economic evaluations are of interest and we recognise that interventions may be multi-component and that long term follow-up may be necessary to demonstrate effect.

The HS&DR Programme funds research to produce evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services. Robust mixed methods studies are invited for the following topics with a focus on organisation and delivery of services, costs, quality and patient experience. Issues of particular interest include services for people of any age with an eating disorder (including the integration of tertiary care with local services); service models to improve the assessment and management of individuals with serious mental health problems presenting to emergency services in the community, and service models and interventions for the assessment and management of  PTSD in armed forces veterans in the UK.

For further information please contact your Funding Team representative.

SAMSHSSBS – Dr Deborah Woodman

CSE, ELS – Stephen Parkinson

CARe, SoBE – Dr Chris Coey

Santander Staff Travel Awards

9 January 2018

The next round of Santander funding opens on Friday 12 January. Here you can apply for £500, £1,000 or £5000 to assist with travel costs for an international visit or project.

Further details, criteria and link to the application form can be found at:
https://www.salford.ac.uk/santander/santander-universities-travel-award-information-for-staff

Deadline 6 April 2018.

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.

L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science

7 December 2017

The L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science are awards offered by a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, to promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland in the fields of the life and physical sciences.

The National Fellowships are offered under the umbrella of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme, which has promoted women in scientific research on a global scale since 1998.

Five Fellowships will be awarded in 2018 to outstanding women scientists in the early stages of their career to facilitate promising scientific research. The Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of early career research in any area of life, physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Who is Eligible?

Candidates must be female early career researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate in the fields of life, physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Candidates must have no more than 10 years’ active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).

Candidates must not currently hold a permanent academic post, or have ever held a permanent academic post in the past, or have received, before the start date of the award, the promise of a permanent academic post.

Candidates must be undertaking research in the life or physical sciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics. Psychology, science education and social sciences are not eligible for this Fellowship.

Candidates must be conducting their research at a UK or Irish university or research institute.

Candidates can be citizens of any country. However, applicants must already have a confirmed contract covering the 12-month period of the Fellowship at a University or Research Institute within the UK or Ireland. Applicants must already be residing within the UK or Ireland at the time of application.

Online Application Procedure and Deadline

We can only accept applications made online. In order complete an application; please create an account by clicking Register at the top of the page. By registering for an account, you are beginning an application for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.

Before beginning your application you must read the 2017 Applications Terms & Conditions; this document also contains some Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful. On winning a Fellowship, you will be asked to accept the Winner’s Terms & Conditions – which you can review here

You do not have to complete your application in one sitting; you may log back into your application and add to it or edit it as many times as you like up until the point you submit it. You are able to click through the different sections of the application form, and you can print your application at any stage.

The application form is straightforward, split into the following sections: Personal Details, Qualifications, Awards, Publications, Research, Languages, Proposed Research, Research Budgets and References.

We ask candidates to arrange for us to receive two letters of recommendation from those who have personal knowledge of your qualifications and suitability for the Fellowship. You will be asked to fill in contact details for your two referees on the application form and it is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and submitted before the deadline which is Noon on the 16th February 2018 including letters of recommendation.

Judging Process

A panel of multi-disciplinary scientists will review all applications. The top 20 applications selected by this panel will be forwarded for final review and selection for interview by the Jury Panel. Both panels will shortlist candidates for interview based on equal weighting given to:

• Intellectual Merit of Candidate

Taking into account academic records, ability to plan and conduct research, ability to interpret and communicate research findings, evidence of originality, initiative and productivity, and strong recommendation in reference letters.

• Clearly Articulated Research Proposal

Taking into account the relevance of the research and its impact, the originality of the research proposal, and whether it is presented in a clear and compelling way.

• How The Fellowship Will Enhance The Candidate’s Career and/or Assist With a Successful Return to Scientific Career

Taking into account whether the candidate has made a convincing case for the difference that this flexible fellowship will make to her

2018 Fellowship Interviews and Awards Ceremony will be held in London on 23rd and 24th May 2018. Successful candidates must take up the Fellowship within 6 months of the announcement of the award. The offer will otherwise lapse. Only in exceptional circumstances will a later start date be considered.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the Fellowships, please contact us.

Key Dates 2018
Applications open: Monday 4th December 2017
Applications close: Friday 16th February 2018
Shortlist published: Monday 30th April 2018
Interview Day and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018

Research Internal Support Fund / Santander Travel Fund

6 December 2017

Please be aware that the Research Internal Support Fund is currently open for applications. The following types of project are sought:

  • Undertaking small-scale or pilot projects that will lead to the submission of larger research bids.
  • Presenting at conferences or similar events that are of international standing.
  • Research at archives and libraries (or other similar institutions), both UK and overseas.
  • Projects incorporating a research mobility component and leading to a research bid or output.
  • Small-scale buy-out of teaching.
  • Research assistance.

Projects should be supported by match funding from an additional source.

Applications should be submitted to RI-internalfunding@salford.ac.uk by the deadline, 15th January 2018. Further information and the application form can be found here.

Please note also that applications are open for the Santander travel fund.

Nesta: ShareLab Fund

15 November 2017

Nesta has launched a call for expressions of interest to its ShareLab fund. The fund offers grants of between £15,000 and £30,000 for ‘projects that develop and apply collaborative digital platforms to tackle real world challenges’.

EOIs are especially invited on the theme of ‘prevention‘, e.g.:

  • Connecting the elderly
  • Addressing transport poverty
  • Sharing community resources
  • Reducing waste and improving sustainability
  • Supporting communities to help themselves
  • Supporting people with low-level care needs
  • Encouraging children to learn and play
  • Addressing anxiety and mental health issues in young people
  • Tackling homelessness

The call deadline is 5 January 2018.

 

Please contact the funding team with enquiries.