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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…

Alona Welby

UKRO, the UK Research Office in Brussels, is looking for feedback and information on first experiences of Horizon 2020. If you would like to respond to their questionnaire, see the link on the UKRO website (you need to be a subscriber). The completed questionnaires will be discussed with the European Commission and used to inform the topics to be covered in an autumn workshop for UKRO subscribers. The deadline for feedback is the 1 October.

Applications are invited to join the ESRC Governing Council 2014


ESRC is seeking applications from senior academics in the area of economics/finance or experienced individuals from the voluntary sector, to fill two vacancies on its governing Council.  These vacancies are for part-time, fixed term membership and the total time commitment would be approximately 20 – 25 days per year. All reasonable travel and subsistence expenses to…

Lucy Jowett

The Policy Institute at King’s College London and Digital Science will be analysing the case studies submitted to the REF to illustrate the impact of research beyond academia. The analysis has been commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and its partners in the REF exercise. The work aims to maximise the value of the 6,975 case studies as a separate resource, analysing them and identifying what they can show about the wider impact of the research conducted by UK universities. The case studies will be made freely available for analysis in a database to be hosted on the HEFCE website. The outputs will be a well-curated, readily searchable database of the case studies, an overview report describing the strength of UK science, and a view on how the case study approach works in assessing and auditing impact.

The exercise will not affect the quality-related block funding awarded to institutions by the government, as the case studies have already been incorporated into that process.

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AMRC – Charity Funding Report


Every year the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) collects data about the grants its members fund, to help better understand how medical research charities spend their money, and to inform the work of AMRC. See more at the AMRC website. Together, medical research charities support over a third of publicly funded medical research in the UK,…

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.

Royal Society – International Exchange Schemes


Looking for funding to explore new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel?? Look no further, the Royal Society has an International Exchanges Scheme to stimulate new collaborations between scientists in the UK and overseas. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding…

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.