Northumbria Research Support


Research funding and policy news

Alona Welby

As part of our UKRO membership we have an annual visit from our European advisor. Alex Berry will visit us on Monday 6 October. We are working on the programme for the day with her and will publish more details here when we have them. There will probably be sessions on Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions, a session on social sciences and humanities in H2020 and a clinic session where people can sign up for a  short slot to discuss their H2020 project ideas. These will be open to all staff and will be a great opportunity to find out more about different parts of Horizon 2020 and see where your project ideas fit best. We will keep you posted!


Monthly Research Drop-In Sessions for Arts, Design and Social Sciences Staff


Members of the ADSS Faculty Bidding Support Group have arranged research funding ‘Drop-In’ sessions for Arts, Design and Social Sciences staff to be regularly held in the Lipman Building, Room 026. These will be held on the first Wednesday afternoon of every month 2-3.30pm, with the first one this coming Wednesday, 2nd September. Members of…

Keep up to date with the Newton Fund for International Development

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund has been up and running since April and announcements are now picking up pace with a series of fresh funding calls on science partnerships between the UK and its 15 partner countries. The £375 million international research programme has an official website, but the UK Higher Education International Unit (one of the…

BA Mid-Career Fellowships open and dates for 2014/15 deadlines

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  The British Academy have opened their 2014-15 Mid-Career Fellowships scheme for applications. The deadline is 5pm on 17th September 2015, and is available for applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences who have had their PhD for between 5-15 years. More information on the requirements of the scheme can be found here along with…

Mathematics: big data, advanced measurement and hearing aids

Mathematics by Tom Brown CC BY 2.0

There have been several opportunities relating to mathematics announced this week and I thought I’d wrap them up in a single post: EC Consultation on Mathematics and Big Data/HPC: An EC consultation, open until 30th September 2014, is seeking views on how mathematics can help science to better address the big data and HPC (high performance…

Scott McGee

It seems to be consultation season lately, and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS for short) are joining the fun. While preparing the UK’s 2014 Science and Innovation Strategy, a consultation has been opened where parties with an interest in where funds for research are invested in the future are invited to share their views.

Consultations of this kind are a vital way of influencing policy, and where future funding for R+D will go. The consultation is here.  (And if your response isn’t polite don’t tell them I sent you!)

2015 ERC Work Programme Released- Important Change to Eligibility Criteria


The European Research Council have released the 2015 Work Programme for their Starter, Consolidator and Advanced Grants, and an important change has been made to the eligibility criteria that has stood in previous application rounds. Eligibility to apply is determined by how long an applicant has held their PhD prior to applying, (2-7 years for…

EU Marketplace for eHealth & European Innovation Partnership on Active Health & Ageing

Happy Old Man by Marg CC BY 2.0

The Commission is organising an open innovative event aimed at bringing together action groups and reference sites from the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging, connected health ecosystems, SMEs, innovators, public officials, patient groups, academics, entrepreneurs and buyers. The EU Marketplace for eHealth & European Innovation Partnership on Active Health & Ageing will…

Alona Welby

The European IPR Helpdesk is holding a free IP training event on 11-12 September in Oxford. Horizon 2020 stresses the importance of systematic IP exploitation strategies to protect innovation and to reap commercial and economic benefits from EU-funded research. Day 1 will focus on IP and innovation management aspects at the proposal phase and day 2 will look at practical issues of IP exploitation during and after the project, including best practice in capturing and assessing IP as well as successful commercialisation of research results. More info and registration details. 

Northumbria researcher leading ESRC crowd-funding project

Crowdfunding by Rocio Lara CC BY-SA 2.0

Well done to Dr Jo Briggs, Anniversary Research Fellow at Northumbria University and an expert in the impact of digital technologies on cultural practices, who is leading an ESRC/EPSRC/DSTL funded project investigating crowdfunding from the perspectives of the “Project Founder” and the “Project Funder”. The research was awarded £100,000 from the ESRC’s Empathy and Trust in…