Northumbria Research Support


Guidance, advice and analysis on specific research funding issues.

Some upcoming Northumbria researcher training opportunities

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The RBS Research team run a number of sessions in Northumbria’s HR Research Development Programme. We are running two “bite-size” sessions in the next few weeks which may be of interest to early career researchers and those in an early stage of thinking about research funding and research impact. Hints and Tips for Bid-Writing aims to…

RBS Drop-In for Arts, Design and Social Sciences staff- 1st October


Our second drop-in session for members of staff in Arts, Design and Social Sciences will be held in Lipman Cafe 2-3.30 on 1st October. On hand will be the Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager, a Business Development Manager and Pre-Award co-ordinator. Staff with a research idea, a draft application, an application nearing completion, a…

David Young

Andy Pearce and I will be in Pandon Building room 217 this afternoon (Tuesday 23rd September) from 2-5pm to discuss any and all research bidding issues as usual. See our main post for more details.

Alona Welby

As part of the HR staff researcher development programme, we are running a bite-size session on Friday 26th September for ECRs. It will give early career researchers and academic staff who are in the early stages of a research career an overview of the  research support available here at Northumbria. It will introduce key contacts in Research and Business Services and the Library Research Support team and will give an overview of some of the sources of research funding for ECRs and how to find them. There will also be information available on the Northumbria Early Career Researchers Forum. The session will be held from 12-1. Sign up through the HR research development page.



Alona Welby

Signpost by the picturedrome CC BY-NC-SA 2.0The Expert Advisory Group on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” has published its recommendations for the European Commission on the content of the next work programmes, which will detail the funding priorities and calls for 2016-2017. This is a particularly multi-disciplinary challenge with a strong role for contributions from social sciences and humanities. The recommendations suggest that the challenge should be designed as a more coherent programme focused on five inter-related thematic priorities which aim to develop a “Resilient Europe”. These are:

  • Overcoming inequalities by developing Europe’s human and social capacities
  • Facing the turbulence of regional and global changes
  • Understanding Europe: the changing role of European culture and society
  • Promoting a collaborative, creative and sustainable economy
  • Building an open, engaging and innovative public sector

The Advisory Group suggests that these priorities should be seens as a flagship programme designed to support important and urgent research and innovation activities to be undertaken by Europe’s best researchers. The current more “piecemeal” approach is rather disparate and results in activities with less impact than intended.

The report also suggests that these areas could also be supported by other EU funding streams such as Marie Sklowdowska-Curie innovative training networks, Future and Emerging Technologies and some of the Industrial Leadership actions as well as education programmes. This would make more of a difference in achieving the overall aim of fostering greater understanding of a culturally and socially rich and diverse Europe.

To access the report click on the link and the click on the “Additional Information” tab. The report is at the top of the list.

Sam King

Check out the new look NIHR website which brings all parts of the NIHR together into a more user friendly, stakeholder focused design.

The funding section lists all opportunities for funding research and career development opportunities, including how to apply and how NIHR can help.



Kerri Jude

The UK Research Office, in its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, is holding information and proposal writing events on the 16 October & 22 October 2014. The events will be based in Manchester and London and are aimed at researchers who are interested in applying for the 2015 Innovative Training Networks call which opened on 02 September 2014 (closing date for applications is the 13 January 2015.)

The Innovative Training Networks scheme supports joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions, industry (incl. SMEs) and other non-academic organisations. The research training programmes are intended to provide early stage researchers with excellent research skills, coupled with experience outside academia, hence developing their innovation capacities and employability prospects.
Further details and how to register for the event can be found here. Draft programmes can be found by selecting your preferred location above.