Research Councils in 2013, Part 1: Harmonisation, Demand Management and Early Career Researchers

This is part 1 of a 2-part series. I’ll post the second part tomorrow. Polaris House, Swindon was the location of the latest joint ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) RCUK “Study Tour” which took place yesterday. We’ve been to these kinds of events before, but this was a little different. All previous Study …

NERC introduces Demand Management for Responsive Mode Schemes

Following consultation with the NERC community, in July 2011 NERC Council approved the introduction of demand management measures for responsive mode proposals submitted from 1  April 2012. The measures will be applied to applications submitted to the following NERC responsive mode schemes: Urgency, Large and Standard grants (including those lead by new investigators). The measures will NOT …

The Health Foundation – Behavioural Insights Research Programme

The Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK, has launched its Behavioural Insights Research Programme. They are inviting researchers to submit ideas rooted in ‘behavioural insights’ or ‘nudge theory’ that have the potential to increase efficiency and reduce waste within health care services …

New Civitas call for sustainable urban mobility in cities to launch 19th Sept

Civitas, an EU-funded initiative to create better, cleaner transport, has announced a second call for the promotion of sustainable urban mobility in cities. €80,000 per project is available to encourage knowledge transfer between “pioneer” cities and “take-up” cities, aligned to four of the Civitas thematic priorites. Further details will be available when the call is …

Notes From Rick Rylance’s Recent Policy Seminar at Northumbria

Professor Rick Rylance (AHRC Chief Executive and Chair of RCUK Executive Group) recently visited Northumbria University to deliver a research policy seminar in which he outlined his vision on the future of research, gave some insight into current government policy on research, and outlined several principles which guide research council investments. The following are brief …

AHRC Study Tour 2012 – Peer Review and Fellowships

This is the third part of a series on the AHRC 2012 Study Tour. Dr Sue Carver gave a short overview and update on the AHRC’s peer review process. A bit of background first: The AHRC Peer Review College (PRC) was established in 2004 with 460 members, and now has over 1,300 across five different groupings: academic, knowledge …

AHRC Study Tour 2012 – Mark Llewellyn on Future Strategic Directions

This is part 1 of a series on the AHRC 2012 Study Tour: First up was Professor Mark Llewellyn, AHRC’s new Director of Research with a wide-ranging talk covering most of what AHRC currently does as well as future directions for the funder. And when we say “new”, we mean it! It turns out Mark …

Accessing European Funding – from FP7 to Horizon 2020

Last Thursday Sam and I travelled down to London for ModernGov’s Accessing European Funding Seminar. It was an early start but worth it for some useful insights into the likely shape of Horizon 2020 (the successor funding programme to FP7), as well as crowd sourced hints and tips on developing a high quality Marie Curie …