As part of the HR staff researcher development programme, we are running a bite-size session on Friday 26th September for ECRs. It will give early career researchers and academic staff who are in the early stages of a research career an overview of the research support available here at Northumbria. It will introduce key contacts in Research and Business Services and the Library Research Support team and will give an overview of some of the sources of research funding for ECRs and how to find them. There will also be information available on the Northumbria Early Career Researchers Forum. The session will be held from 12-1. Sign up through the HR research development page.
The 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.
If you are new to Northumbria or new to a research career at Northumbria, come along to a lunchtime workshop on Thursday this week from 12-1 to meet some of the research support contacts and learn about how they can support you. “An Introduction to Research Support at Northumbria” will be led by Research and Business Services and the Library Research Support team. As well as meeting key contacts, attendees will also gain an overview of the types of support available.
The ESRC has launched a new call for proposals for their early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders. This supports outstanding early career researchers to undertake excellent research and to develop their research and knowledge exchange skills. Proposals can be in any topic within the ESRC’s remit. Applicants can have up to a maximum of four years and four months postdoctoral experience and must have the support of their UK institution. Awards are worth up to £350,000 over 3 years at 100% FEC. The deadline is 20 January 2015.
Just one week left until the Society for Educational Studies close their small grants scheme! Available for Early Career Researchers, no more than five years postdoctoral. Up to four grants worth up to £10,000 for one year are available.
UKRO is running two information and proposal writing events on ERC Starting Grants aimed at researchers interested in applying to the 2015 ERC Starting Grants call. The sessions will be held at the Natural History Museum on 3 October and here at Northumbria on 7 October. Both events will run from 11.00 to 14.00 and they…
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!)
The Royal Academy of Engineering is about to launch the latest round of its Research Fellowships scheme for early career researchers in engineering. The deadline for outline applications is 6th October 2014. “Applications are welcomed from outstanding engineering researchers who are about to finish their PhD or have up to three years postdoctoral research experience. The…
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…
If you are interested in applying for ERC funding next academic year, take a look at the newly-published workprogramme for 2015. This details the calls, deadlines and funding available as well as the expected applicant profile for each of the grants available.