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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

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.

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

ERC Consolidator Grant and UKRO Information/Writing events

26 September 2016

The 2017 call for ERC Consolidator Grants is expected to open on 20 October 20116 and close on 9 February 2017.

The grants are aimed at researchers with 7-12 years post-PhD experience, and are designed to support the development independent research leaders. Grants are worth up to €2m over 5 years. Applicants should have an appropriate track record of research and publishing.

UKRO is hosting two information/grant writing events in the run up to the call.  The first is at the University of Glasgow on 26 October, the second is yet to be announced and will be in London.

Further information on the Glasgow event, and the signing up form, can be found on the UKRO website here.

Newton Fund calls for international activities

22 April 2016

The Newton Fund has three new calls open, all with a deadline of 4pm GMT on 27th June.

All proposals should address one of the following challenge areas in order to meet the Overseas Development Assistance criteria: Agriculture, Climate and environment, Sustainable energy for all, Education research and innovation for development, Economic growth, Health,  Water and sanitation, Food and nutrition,  Demographic change and migration,  Rural and urban development,  Infrastructure,  Humanitarian disasters and emergencies, disaster risk reduction,  Resilient and connected communities,  Governance, society and conflict, Development-relevant data collection, quality and access.

However, each partner country has its own specific thematic priorities that can be found in the guidelines (links below).

Institutional Links

Institutional Links grants are designed to support the development of sustainable links between research groups in the UK and overseas through awards of between £50,000 and £350,000.

Partners are eligible from the following countries: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Thailand (Mexico‘s participation will be confirmed by the end of April 2016).

Check the guidelines (Annex 1 – Country-specific guidance p13 onwards) for the specific thematic priorities of partner country funders. Please contact the funding team if there are questions about eligibility of particular ideas.

Researcher Links

Researcher Links Travel Grants are designed to support stays in partner countries of between one and six months for early career researchers. Visits should enable the development of enduring links and collaborations, capacity building in the host country, and career development.

Visits by researchers to and from the following countries are eligible: Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Turkey.

Check the guidelines (Annex 1 – Country-specific guidance p9 onwards) for the specific thematic priorities and conditions of partner country funders. Please contact the funding team if there are questions about eligibility of particular ideas.

Workshop grants

Workshop grants support the attendance of early career researchers at workshops in partner countries in order to make international connections that improve the quality of their research.

Partners are eligible from the following countries: Brazil, Egypt, India, Turkey and South Africa (Mexico may participate  – notification will be posted on the schemes’ website).

Check the guidelines (Annex 1 – Country-specific guidance p11 onwards) for the specific thematic priorities and conditions of partner country funders. Please contact the funding team if there are questions about eligibility of particular ideas.


For further information please follow the links above, check the Newton Fund website, or contact your Funding Team representative.

 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships call now open

20 April 2016

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships is the EU’s flagship fellowship scheme, as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. Open to all fields of research, applications are welcomed from postdoctoral researchers, with no upper limit on career stage. Fellowships can last between 12-24 months and the Fellow must move from any other country to their chosen host institution to take up the Fellowship.

Fellowships can be based either entirely within the EU (‘European Fellowship’) or include a period in a third country followed by a return phase in a European host institution (‘Global Fellowship’).

Features

Individual Fellowships have the following features:

  • Available in all fields of research, with no set priorities
  • Can last for 12-24 months and in most cases should be 100% research-focused
  • Fellows must move to the host institution from any other country (‘mobility rule’)
  • Fellow must be post-doctoral (or equivalent experience); there are no age or career stage restrictions
  • The track record of the proposed Fellow is an important consideration
  • Two types of Fellowship are available: European Fellowships or Global Fellowships
  • Applications are welcomed from those wishing to return and reintegrate into Europe who have previously worked here, or who wish to restart a research career.

Structure

Fellowships should be based on ‘training-through-research’, with a clearly defined research project and appropriate training/career development activities. Applicants are encouraged to include a secondment phase in the non-academic sector within the proposed fellowship. Inclusion of relevant public engagement activities is also important.

Funding

Funding is provided to cover the Fellows’ salary, a research and training budget, and management costs, based on fixed unit costs.

Application Process

Applications are made jointly by the researcher and a named supervisor at the proposed host institution. It is a single-stage application process, with a max. 10 page main proposal covering Scientific Excellence, Impact and Implementation.

Submission deadline: 14 September 2016

Expected start date: 8 months from submission (i.e. May 2017)

More information

Call Page

Guide for Applicants

Call Information Events

The UK Research Office (UKRO) are hosting two information events to provide participants with an in-depth overview of the Individual Fellowships scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

The events are as follows:

  • Edinburgh, 11 May 2016 (register here)
  • London, 27 May 2016 (register here)

Note: An UKRO user account is required in order to register for these events. University staff can create an account using their Salford email address.

Funding Team Contacts

Please follow the call links for more information or contact your funding team representative to discuss:

MRC Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND)

19 April 2016

The Medical Research Council has published details of its Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND). The PHIND is designed to support the development of novel and high risk interventions in areas of importance to public health in the UK or globally.

The emphasis is on proposals which aim to ‘develop the necessary evidence to underpin the later development and evaluation of novel public health interventions’. These can be quantitative or qualitative primary research, theory development and intervention design. Proposals addressing complex, population level problems in non-healthcare settings (transport, education, employment, leisure and the built environment) are welcomed.

Funding of up to £150,000 for 18 months is available.

Applications are through J-eS/MRC by 12th July.

Please see the website or contact  your Funding Team representative for further details.