CROS & PIRLS – There’s still time to participate

Until Wednesday 5 April 2019, Northumbria is participating in two biennial national surveys of researchers, the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). These surveys gather important, anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions.

Eligible staff have been sent an email with a link to the relevant survey. The surveys are totally anonymous and confidential and analysis will be used to inform Northumbria’s researcher development training programmes and other activities in support of our research-active staff. They will also be used to benchmark us against the rest of the sector. Click on the links for more information about CROS and PIRLS or contact researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk if you have any questions about the surveys.

 

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Royal Society Fellowships Workshop – 6 September 2018

 

Royal Society covers life & physical sciences including engineering but excluding medical

Lucy Saddleton and Katie Lisanti @Royal Society

Katie Saddleton- Scheme Manager, UK Grants (particularly Fellowships)

Fellowships – they are really flexible, encourage shared parental leave, can accommodate sick leave, parental leave etc. You are all humans and RS will support you.

There are additional free training opportunities available for RS Fellows, workshops, training, mentoring, MP pairing scheme. Funding schemes include:

  • University Research Fellows can apply to have a PhD student included in the Fellowship
  • ECR Fellowships
  • Senior Research Fellowships
  • Industry & Innovation – Fellowships & New Short Industry Fellowships
  • Industry & Innovation – APEX Award, Paul Instrument Fund
  • Research Capacity & Infrastructure – Research Grants

Lucy Lisanti – International Exchanges Manager

International Collaboration & Travel – International Exchanges, JSPS Postdoc Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship (ECR from Newton Countries), Newton Advanced (Early to Mid from Newton Countries), Royal Society Newton Fund (International Fellowships)

GCRF – International Collaboration (bolstering current collaborations), Challenge Led Grants (one off award), FLAIR Fellowships (African researchers to work in sub Saharan /Africa Universities

 Application Process – Flexi-Grant – Flexi grant deadline is now 3pm not midnight

 What are we looking for?

Think of it like a job interview, track record, creativity, excellent scientific merit

Royal Society don’t mind if you stay at your institution or if you move, and you can transfer your grant/fellowship if you move.

 Tips for the Interview

  • For ECRs – how is this a route to independence
  • Why do you want to stay at institution – having family nearby is a valid reason.
  • Need to do an Elevator Pitch
  • Hold mock interviews before hand
  • There are videos about the interview process on RS website
  • Need a really good lay summary, understandable by someone who does not have a discipline specific knowledge.

Scheme notes can change between rounds!! Make sure you are accessing the most up to date version.

 Other things to Note

RS do not publish success rates due to variation of award year on year – for some schemes success rates are not high so don’t want to put people off!!

Limited feedback at each stage – further down process you get the more feedback that you get.

Can apply again if unsuccessful (except Henry Dale which is joint with Wellcome Trust, where you need to complete a pre-application pro-forma).

 Fellowship Case Studies

Claudia Schneider – Newcastle

University Research Fellowship

Leave lots of time for application

View another person’s proposal

Good to do a mock interview

Route to independence – how is work different to what you have been doing before,
how can you expand your group, what is your next publication

Lars Erik Holmquist- Northumbria

Wolfson Research Merit Award

Salary increase to help recruit someone you might not have been able to recruit otherwise

Biggest benefit is being part of RS network & accessing training

Digital Disruption Network

Del Atkinson – Durham

Royal Society Industry Fellow (can be either way, industry to academic or academic to industry)

Having a great idea and why you are the right person to do this at this time – why you, why now – what are you skill sets?

Working with industry, start small and build, be flexible

Don’t do it if you’re not interested

PANEL SESSION – Q&A

RS are not risk averse, they expect a project to have ambition and stretch the applicant.

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Horizon 2020 and beyond…Notes from UKRO Visit

Our UKRO Representative Jon Brookes visited Newcastle yesterday, here are some notes from the presentation:

Average success rate across all H2020 Programmes was 14.9% so far. This varied from scheme to scheme with some of the ERC fellowships at 4%. £4.6 billion came to the UK, of which 2/3 goes to HEIs.

There is now a dashboard on the Participant Portal that you can use to look at success rates by organisation.

For the remaining 2 years of H2020, calls will be clustered around 4 focus policy areas, you will need to reference the relevant policy area in your proposal, as well as referring to the relevant SDG. In Horizon Europe (FP9) this will be more prevalent. UKRO have a Factsheet on the Role of SDGs https://www.ukro.ac.uk/subscriber/Factsheets/factsheet_sdg.pdf

The remaining calls will be clustered around supporting the Commission’s political priorities:

  • A low-carbon, climate resilient future: €3.3 billion;
  • Circular Economy: €1 billion;
  • Digitising and transforming European industry and services: €1.7 billion;
  • Security Union: €1 billion; and
  • Migration: €200 million.

The new Horizon Europe Programme will have a budget of €100 billion and will be formed around 3 pillars:

  • Open Science – Building on the success of the European Research Council, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the Research Infrastructures, the pillar adds more resources for projects with higher impacts.
  • Global Challenges and industrial competitiveness – It consists of clusters that aim at exploiting European strengths and assets by generating new knowledge and translating it into useful innovations, developing and applying digital and key enabling technologies along with a new mission approach.
  • Open Innovation – This new pillar will offer a one-stop shop for high potential innovators, aiming to put Europe at the forefront of market-creating innovation through a “bottom-up” approach.

There will be a new European Innovation Council with funding instruments for companies:

  • Pathfinder – risky projects & early stage ideas
  • Accelerator – taking existing ideas and bringing them to market

Horizon Europe will have a ‘Mission Orientation’ with different strands of the programme uniting to pursue Grand Challenges such as curing cancer, eliminating dementia, carbon neutral cities, plastic free oceans. It will therefore be essential that you read and reference the relevant European policy documents in your applications.

There was some discussion about Brexit and what that could mean for the UK. There are a number of documents on the UK Govt website detailing what will happen if there is no deal: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal–2

The UK Government guarantees that it will cover all of the UK successful bids budgets submitted right up to the end of H2020. This only covers the UK element of the budget. This guarantee covers any bids put in on a competitive basis up to the end of 2020, including COST Actions, Erasmus etc.

Bear in mind that if there is a No Deal and the UK ends up as a Third Country then you will need to make sure that you have the minimum 3 Member States on the grant to ensure eligibility. Third Party countries CAN coordinate collaborative projects so the UK could still lead projects in the event of a No Deal.

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European Brokerage Event on Fight against crime and terrorism 2019 – 2nd October 2018

An information day, brokerage event and workshop for those interested in the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls related to the fight against crime and terrorism will be held in Paris on 2 October 2018.

The event will focus on:

  • Security for smart and safe cities, including for public spaces (SU-INFRA02-2019);
  • Understanding the drivers of cybercriminality, and new methods to investigate cybercriminality (SU-FCT01-2019 );
  • Trace qualification (SU-FCT02-2019 );
  • Any project helping to fight crime and terrorism (SU-FCT02-2019 – open sub-topic);
  • Information and data stream management to fight against (cyber)crime and terrorism (SU-FCT03-2019); and
  • Pan-European networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security in two specific areas of specialisation: 1) the protection of public figures; 2) the handling of hybrid threats” (SU-GM01-2019)

Participation is free of charge, however registration is mandatory and will close 27 September 2018. A draft agenda is available on the registration page.​

 

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Invitation to Royal Society Grants Promotion Event 6th Sept in Newcastle

You are invited to a Royal Society grants promotion visit on the 6th of September, hosted at Newcastle University (and open to academics at Northumbria, Durham, Teesside, Sunderland Universities)

Within this session you will gain:

  • insight into the range of grants, awards and fellowships the Royal Society supports
  • perspectives  from current Royal Society Research Fellows based in the North of England
  • the chance to ask Royal Society representatives and current Royal Society Fellows questions

This event will include a networking buffet lunch.

When: 11:00 – 15:30,  Thursday 6th September

Location: G21/22, Devonshire Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU

Please confirm your attendance no later than the 29th of August 2018 by filling in the following online form

https://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=2464186

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Two FREE Science Writing Workshops in Newcastle, 15th August – a chance to enhance your skills…

Workshop by Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung CC BY-SA 2.0

…In digital communications to find out about social media as a pathway to impact and how to optimise your tweets, and to get the best out of communicating by newsletter.

Join Professor Mark Reed (Fast Track Impact) and Anne Liddon (Science Communications Manager, Newcastle University) on Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Digital Academic from 13.00 to 15.00

To book your free place use the password “Newsletter” and follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-academic-workshop-tickets-47260919683

Science Writing Workshop from 15:30 to 17:00

To book your free place use the password “Newsletter” and follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/science-writing-workshop-tickets-47262769215

 

 

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FACULTY OF HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCE ​ANNUAL CONFERENCE – 29th June 2018

The Health and Life Science Conference at Northumbria University; aims to create an interdisciplinary platform for all researchers, at any stage, working in different aspects of history, theory and practice.This conference provides researchers with a unique opportunity to present their study and engage with a network spanning a wide range of disciplines.

Our hope is the conference will stimulate and drive forward your interests within your field and help establish life long connections and networks. We look forward to working with you and providing you with a platform to raise your profile and engage with others.

​The inclusive nature of the conference welcomes abstract submissions on any aspect, topic or area related to Health and Life Science. The following themes are among the topic areas relevant to the conference but this list is not exhaustive.

  • Applied Science
  • Public Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health
  • Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Registration for the conference is now open. Find out more here.

Please register to ensure you are able to fully participate in the conference which is wholly collaborative.

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