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H2020 Societal Challenge 2 and 5 info days in the UK

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The Horizon 2020 work programmes are due to be published in early October and a number of new funding calls will be launched over the coming weeks. To prepare for this, the UK National Contacts Points for Societal Challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy)…

Alona Welby

The European Commission has published some findings on the first Horizon 2020 calls, including the participation of Member States/Associated Countries and third countries, their success rates and number of applications submitted. It also includes information about the grants agreements signed and types of organisations participating in the first projects. It makes interesting reading for anyone considering applying to Horizon 2020 and should be read alongside the H2020 project information available on CORDIS which includes summary data for every H2020 project funded.

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Become an H2020 evaluator

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The European Commission is still looking for experts to assist with various Horizon 2020-related research and innovation assignments, including evaluating proposals and programmes and monitoring projects. Some Northumbria colleagues were involved in evaluating the 2014 H2020 calls and some others are on the database for future evaluations. This is a great way to see first-hand what…

ISBE Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund Call for Applications 2015

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The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund has launched its 2015 call for applications. The fund is an initiative supported by the ESRC, Lloyds Banking Group, the Federation of Small Business (FSB) and the British Academy of Management (BAM). It is administered through ISBE and aims to encourage and support research activities from…

David Young

Research Councils UK have this week released their response to the Burgess review of the RCUK Open Access policy implementation. Rick Rylance, Chair of RCUK Executive Group, confirmed that they accept and will implement all of the recommendations, including the formation of a Practitioner Group, making ORCID a requirement, and a review of the algorithm to apportion OA block grant.

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2016 ERC Starting Grants call launched

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The European Research Council has launched the 2016 call for Starting Grants, with a budget of €485 million and deadline of 17 November 2015. This scheme offers very attractive and prestigious funding and is open to excellent researchers from any discipline with 2 to 7 years of post-PhD experience and a promising track record. The rules have also…

Sam King

The Newton Fund Scoop.It page is now live, collating press coverage, news and media relating to the fund in one accessible place:

http://www.newtonfund.ac.uk/

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