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Research funding and policy news

What’s going on with Horizon 2020’s budget?

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The European Commission has cut the Horizon 2020 budget to fund the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) which aims to stimulate economic development and growth across the EU. After negotiation with MEPs, the cuts are not quite as big as originally expected and do not affect the Excellent Science pillar of the programme…

New UKRO website launched


Take a look at UKRO’s new website. If you are already a subscriber you should still be able to access the subscriber services. To sign up, click on “register” on the home page. UKRO is the Brussels office of the UK Research Councils representing UK HE to the European institutions and working to maximise UK engagement…

LIFE Programme call for proposals open

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The 2015 call for the LIFE programme action grants is now open. LIFE is the EU’s funding programme for environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. There are two sub-programmes: Environment covering Nature and Biodiversity, Environment and Resource Efficiency and Environmental Governance and Information; Climate Action covering Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Governance…

EPSRC to launch academic networking features

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EPSRC have announced they will be shortly launching “EPSRC Communities”. It includes a suite of features that allow academics to set up profiles, manage subscriptions, set up email alerts and bookmark pages for others to see. It will also allow some functionalities to customise your experiences on the site. The system changes are being rolled…

Women in Academia event, Northumbria, 17 June

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Women in Academia June 17th 11-1.30 Northumbria University (location tbc; lunch will be provided) ALL WELCOME. The role of women in academia continues to be a disputed, often troubling, and unsatisfactory subject.  On June 17th, Professor Reba Soffer and Professor Karen Ross will consider the paths they have travelled. They will discuss the particular issues…

Alona Welby

Today’s Guardian has an interesting piece in the Higher Education Network entitled “How to apply for research funding: 10 tips for academics“. There are useful tips and things to think about from funders, peer reviewers and academics. If you are new to bidding for research funding, take a look!