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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…

“Europe in a Changing World” Societal Challenge update

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The revised 2015 work programme for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge “Europe in a Changing World: Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies” is now available. Although social sciences and humanities research is meant to be “mainstreamed” in Horizon 2020, this is the part of the programme where there is most obvious scope for SSH involvement. The new…

Alona Welby

A new Horizon 2020 pilot programme has been launched. The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) programme will fund close to market, business driven projects in any area included in Horizon 2020. Consortia must have between 3-5 members established in at least three countries. High impact proposals will receive funding of 1-2 million euro. A call for proposals will open in January 2015 with three cut-off dates in 2015-16.

Alona Welby

The EC has announced five inducement prizes in the areas of health, ICT and environment. These are funded through Horizon 2020 and aim to deliver breakthrough solutions to problems of societal interest in Europe. Each competition will open at the beginning of 2015.