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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

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. read more

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. read more

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. read more

Royal Academy of Engineering Calls

7 April 2016

The Royal Academy of Engineering currently have two calls open, both closing on 31 May 2016:

Visiting Professors

This industry-into-academia initiative aims to utilise the experience of the Visiting Professors to enhance student learning as well as the employability and skills of UK engineering graduates.

Under the scheme, senior industry practitioners deliver face to face teaching and mentoring at the host university. They may also contribute to postgraduate teaching, curriculum development (such as the development of new modules/programmes) and strategy development. This award provides up to £10,000 per year over three years for a Visiting Professor to support the university with these activities. read more

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

5 April 2016

The current round of funding for the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants in the social sciences and the humanities has just been announced.

Awards of between £500 and £10,000 will be made for projects lasting up to 24 months.

Deadline for the call is 5pm on 11 May.

For further information please see the funder’s page or contact your funding team representative .

ELS, CSE – Stephen Parkinson, s.d.parkinson@salford.ac.uk, ext. 52265

SAM, SHS, SBS – Dr Deborah Woodman, d.woodman@salford.ac.uk, ext. 55876 read more

Santander Funding – latest round

18 March 2016

The Santander Funding Scheme is now open for its third round of applications for this academic year.  This fund facilitates mobility for a range of research activity that you may be engaged with and offers different levels of awards – £500 and £1,000.  Full details of the scheme, including criteria and how to apply can be found at:

http://www.salford.ac.uk/santander/santander-universities-travel-award-information-for-staff

The deadline for applications is 27 May2016.

Please contact d.woodman@salford.ac.uk if you have any questions. read more

Funding Opportunity: Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2016

18 March 2016

The European Commission Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive agency (ECEA) recently announced a call for proposals for its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme.

The scheme offers up to 5 years funding for projects that:

…promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa […]  The programme’s specific objective is to improve the skills and competences of students and staff through enhanced intra-African mobility. Strengthening cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa will increase access to quality education and will encourage and enable African students to undertake postgraduate studies in the African continent. Furthermore, mobility of staff (academic and administrative) will enhance the international cooperation capacity of HEIs in Africa. read more

Funding opportunity: EU Aid Volunteers initiative for strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable and disaster affected communities and implementing organisations

18 March 2016

The European Commission Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive agency (ECEA) recently announced a call for proposals for its EU Aid Volunteers initiative Deployment.

The call is designed to fund the deployment of volunteers to target countries, in order to:

…provide needs-based humanitarian aid aimed at strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in third countries by focusing on disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and enhancing the link between relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD). In addition, these projects may also strengthen the capacities of implementing sending and hosting organisations participating or intending to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, including in tools and methods of early warning for disasters. read more

Horizon 2020 Secure Societies European Info Day and Brokerage Event

16 March 2016

Please see here the link to a Secure Societies Network information and networking day which will take place in Brussels on 5-6 April. The event will focus on the recently announced (15 March) H2020 calls on Secure Societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Disaster Resilience: Safeguarding and securing society
  • Fight Against Crime and Terrorism
  • Border Security and External Security
  • General Matters on Security
  • Digital Security
  • read more