Latest statistics on UK participation in Horizon 2020

UKRO has just flagged up a report from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the UK’s participation in Horizon 2020. The key message is positive: the UK remains one of the strongest participating countries in Horizon 2020 and our funding success rate has remained at about 15%. The UK ranked second in terms of the overall number of participations in Horizon 2020 projects and also in terms of EU funding received with the UK share of all participations and EU funding awarded equalling 12.6% and 14.9% respectively.

The data release also provides details of the UK’s totals across Horizon 2020 in terms of participations and EU financial contributions; a breakdown of UK participation and financial contributions by organisation type, across the different programme parts and by region of the UK; and the top 50 participating Higher Education Institutions in the UK.

To read the report click here!

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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Call 2018: Information Event

The UKRO has arranged an information event for those who are interested in applying to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Research and Innovation staff Exchange (RISE) Call, which will open on 22 November 2017 and has a deadline of 21 March 2018.

The Information Event will take place on Tuesday 9 January 2018, at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Conference Centre in London. It will include talks from successful previous applicants, and will equip attendees with an overview of the call and the proposal format. To register for the event (allocated on a first come first served basis) visit the UKRO’s events page.

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Royal Society – Research Grants: Deadline 19th December 2017

Do You Remember the Future by JD Hancock CC BY 2.0
Do You Remember the Future by JD Hancock CC BY 2.0
Do You Remember the Future by JD Hancock CC BY 2.0

The Royal Society has recently launched the latest round of their Research Grants scheme, with a closing date of 19th December 2017.

These awards provide up to £20k of ‘seed corn’ funding for early stage researchers for the purchase of specialised equipment, consumable materials and/or travel and subsistence for field research. The scheme covers all disciplines in the life and physical sciences (this includes engineering, computer sciences, earth sciences, and environmental sciences).

Find out more about the scheme and how to apply here:

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/research-grants/

Northumbria staff: please send a near final draft of your proposal to your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager by 7th December 2017 at the latest so that we have time to do a basic review and check costs before sending for Faculty approval on the 12th December. If you are proposing to use the grant to purchase equipment, then please obtain a quote from a supplier (including VAT and any shipment costs) and include that in the documents you send over. You should also discuss any proposed equipment purchase with the relevant technical team.

Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria outlined below before you start working on a proposal. If you are unsure or wish to discuss further, please get in touch:

  • Hold a PhD or equivalent qualification.
  • Be based at an eligible UK organisation and a UK resident at the time of application
  • Be within the first five consecutive years, at the time of application, of either:
    • their first permanent independent academic research post
    • a named limited-tenured/fixed-term academic research post, obtained in open competition (Note that tenure must cover the duration of the award).
  • Be fully independent researchers with access to their own lab space (in other words post-doc researchers funded by a grant on which someone else is PI are not eligible)

Northumbria staff can have a look at a few previously successful proposals here (though please note these were prepared in eGap, so the forms will look a little different to the new Flexi-Grant system): https://one.northumbria.ac.uk/service/rbs/Pages/Research-Resources/Applying-for-Funding/Developing-Costing-Proposals/Northumbria-Research-Bid-Repository/Royal-Society.aspx

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ERC Consolidator Grant Call 2018, Information Sessions – Registration Reminder

Just a reminder about these two ERC Consolidator Grant call information sessions – registration is still open!

The UK Research Office, in partnership with hosting institutions, is holding two events for researchers who are interested in applying for the 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant call. The events are scheduled as follows:

Further information and registration are available via the links above and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The sessions are aimed at researchers based in the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to the ERC Consolidator Grant call.

The 2018 Consolidator Grant call opened on 24 October 2017 and will close on 15 February 2018. Applicants are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of excellent research. To be eligible for the 2018 call, the PI must be 7-12 years from their PhD on 1 January 2018, which is extendable in certain limited cases.

Those Northumbria staff who are considering applying should contact their Research Funding and Policy Manager in the first instance.

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ERC Consolidator Grant Information Session – Leeds, 29th November

The ERC National Contact Point are running an information session on the 2018 Consolidator Grant call at the University of Leeds on 29 November, running from 14.00 to 17.00. There are still spaces available in this workshop, and if you are interested in applying for the Consolidator Grant call (either this year or in future), you can register for the Leeds workshop at the UKRO ERC event page.

The session will provide participants with a detailed practical overview of the ERC Consolidator Grant scheme. Participants should gain a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues they are required to address in planning, writing and costing a proposal. There will also be ample opportunity to ask questions. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.

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Newton Fund: Call for Applications – Newton Advanced Fellowship and Newton Mobility Grant

The British Academy has released details of the following funding opportunities from the Newton Fund:

Newton Advanced Fellowship
This fellowship supports mid-career group and network leaders in partner countries to develop their research with groups and networks in the UK; by supporting the development of a research community, strengthening research excellence and links between the UK and partner country and establishing long term professional links.  The partner countries are listed below, and these countries are offering similar opportunities for UK researchers wishing to visit:
– Brazil (in partnership with CONFAP)
– Mexico (in partnership with CONACYT)
– South Africa (in partnership with the National Research Foundation)
– Turkey (in partnership with TUBITAK)
Grants for these countries are offered up to a maximum of £37,000 for two years. Applications must be submitted using the British Academy’s Grant Management System by 17.00 (UK time) on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

For further information have a look here.

Newton Mobility Fund
This fund will strengthen the research capacity and capability of the partner country by facilitating training and skills transfer from the UK, as well as supporting excellent research and links between the UK and partner country and establishing long term professional links.  The partner countries are listed below, and these countries are offering similar opportunities for UK researchers wishing to visit:
– Brazil (in partnership with CONFAP)
– Mexico (in partnership with CONACYT)
– South Africa (in partnership with the National Research Foundation)
– Turkey (in partnership with TUBITAK)
Grants for these countries are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 for one year. Applications must be submitted using the British Academy’s Grant Management System by 17.00 (UK time) on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

For further information have a look here.

 

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Horizon 2020 New Societal Challenges calls published

With thanks to UKRO for their summaries, the European Commission has published a raft of new Horizon 2020 calls for proposals for the period 2018-2020. This will include a number of Societal Challenges calls which are listed below. For further information click the links to the full call information on the H2020 Participant Portal. Northumbria staff who are considering applying should contact their Research Funding and Policy Manager in the first instance.

Regarding Brexit, please note that there will be no immediate changes to the UK’s participation in Horizon 2020 and the UK Government has reconfirmed that it guarantees to underwrite awards where the application is submitted before the UK’s departure from the EU and is subsequently approved. This includes proposals which are informed of their success but, at the point of exit, have not signed a grant agreement, and proposals which have been submitted before exit and that are only informed of their success following exit.

Societal Challenge 2: Food Security

Call: Sustainable Food Security

The Sustainable Food Security call is Horizon 2020’s main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Its commitment to sustainability implies that particular attention is given to the interfaces between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of food production. The call advocates for food system approaches to tackle the inherent links between ecosystems, food production, the food chain and consumer health and wellbeing.

– CE-SFS-25-2018: Integrated system innovation in valorising urban biowaste.
– DT-SFS-14-2018: Personalized Nutrition.
– LC-SFS-03-2018: Microbiome applications for sustainable food systems.
– LC-SFS-15-2018: Future proofing our plants
– LC-SFS-19-2018-2019: Climate-smart and resilient farming (two-stage)
– SFS-01-2018-2019-2020: Biodiversity in action: across farmland and the value chain (two-stage)
– SFS-05-2018-2019-2020: New and emerging risks to plant health (two-stage)
– SFS-06-2018-2020: Stepping up integrated pest management (two-stage)
– SFS-07-2018: Making European beekeeping healthy and sustainable (two-stage)
– SFS-08-2018-2019: Improving animal welfare (two-stage)- SFS-11-2018-2019: Anti-microbials and animal production (two-stage)
– SFS-16-2018: Towards healthier and sustainable food (two-stage)
– SFS-27-2018: Monitoring food R&I investments and impacts (two-stage)
– SFS-28-2018-2019-2020: Genetic resources and pre-breeding communities
– SFS-29-2018: Innovations in plant variety testing (two-stage)
– SFS-30-2018-2019-2020: Agri-Aqua Labs (two-stage)
– SFS-32-2018: Supporting microbiome coordination and the International Bioeconomy Forum
– SFS-33-2018: Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security & Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)
– SFS-38-2018: Highly efficient management of soil quality and land resources (two-stage)

The deadlines for single stage topics is 13 February and two-stage topics is 13 February and 11 September 2018.

Call: Rural Renaissance

The Rural Renaissance call will enhance the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas (the term “rural” is understood in a wide sense and also includes peri-urban, remote, mountain and coastal areas, unless otherwise specified in the topic description) and support policy coherence. It will boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. This will be achieved by building on diversification and modernisation strategies, improving governance models, supporting innovative food and non-food (non-food chains include wood) value chains, and capitalising on local assets, including human, natural and cultural capital.

– CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020: Closing nutrient cycles (two-stage)
– DT-RUR-12-2018: ICT Innovation for agriculture – Digital Innovation Hubs for Agriculture
– RUR-01-2018-2019: Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement
– RUR-01-2018-2019: Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement (two-stage)
– RUR-02-2018: Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas (two-stage)
– RUR-03-2018: Contracts for effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental public goods (two-stage)
– RUR-04-2018-2019: Analytical tools and models to support policies related to agriculture and food (two-stage)

– RUR-09-2018: Realising the potential of regional and local bio-based economies
– RUR-13-2018: Enabling the farm advisor community to prepare farmers for the digital age
– RUR-14-2018: Digital solutions and e-tools to modernise the CAP
– RUR-15-2018-2019-2020: Thematic networks compiling knowledge ready for practice

The deadline for single stage is 13 February and for two-stage, 13 February and 11 September 2018.

Call: Blue Growth

The Blue Growth Call aims at sustainably harvesting the potential of resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. It supports sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors through a responsible management of marine resources for healthy, productive, safe, secure and resilient seas and oceans, which are essential for thriving ecosystems, climate regulation, global food security, human health, livelihoods and economies.

– BG-01-2018: Towards a Baltic and North Sea research and innovation programme
– BG-02-2018: Blue Bioeconomy Public-Public Partnership
– BG-08-2018-2019: All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Flagship
– BG-08-2018-2019: All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Flagship (two-stage)
– DT-BG-04-2018-2019: Sustainable European aquaculture 4.0: nutrition and breeding
– LC-BG-03-2018: Sustainable harvesting of marine biological resources (two-stage)

The deadline for single calls is 13 February and for two-stage topics, 13 February and 11 September 2018.

Societal Challenge 3: Secure, clean and efficient energy.

Call: Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future

Achieving climate neutrality in the energy sector – while ensuring at the same time more efficient energy use, a secure supply of energy, affordable prices and low environmental impact – is a complex endeavour which requires R&I activities on multiple fronts.

– LC-SC3-JA-4-2018: Support action in preparation of a Joint Programming activity
– LC-SC3-RES-11-2018: Developing solutions to reduce the cost and increase performance of renewable technologies (two-stage)
– LC-SC3-RES-4-2018: Renewable energy system integrated at the building scale (two-stage)

Deadlines on 31 January 2018 for the single stage and 31 January and 23 August 2018 for two-stage.

Societal Challenge 4: Smart, green and integrated transport.

Call: Building a Low-Carbon, Climate resilient future: green vehicles

The Calls will focus on the most critical aspects supporting a massive introduction of electrified vehicles: 1) advances in electric batteries (production of elementary cells and pack assembly), 2) new architectures, concepts and components to support the advent of the 3rd generation of electrified vehicles, 3) improve the recharging experience from the view-point of the end-users, 4) supporting the competitiveness of European industries through the development of digitalised production environments and the use of advanced material, 5) addressing the urban dimension of introducing electrified vehicles.

– LC-GV-01-2018: Integrated, brand-independent architectures, components and systems for next generation electrified vehicles optimised for the infrastructure.
– LC-GV-02-2018: Virtual product development and production of all types of electrified vehicles and components.

Both topics are single stage and the deadline for submission of proposals is 4 April 2018.

Call: 2018-2020 Mobility for growth

Transport is changing at an accelerating pace as a result of several factors in many diverse but interconnected fields. In order to address these new challenges, targeted efforts are needed to develop and validate new solutions that can be rapidly deployed. They will address in a systemic way means of transport, infrastructure and operation models and integrate them into a user friendly European transport system of smart connected mobility for passengers and freight with significantly reduced impact on climate and environment.

– LC-MG-1-1-2018: InCo flagship on reduction of transport impact on air quality (two-stage)
– LC-MG-1-2-2018: Sustainable multi-modal inter-urban transport, regional mobility and spatial planning.(two-stage)
– LC-MG-1-3-2018: Harnessing and understanding the impacts of changes in urban mobility on policy making by city-led innovation for sustainable urban mobility (two-stage)
–  LC-MG-1-4-2018: Hardening vehicle environmental protection systems against tampering (two-stage)
– LC-MG-1-3-2018: Harnessing and understanding the impacts of changes in urban mobility on policy making by city-led innovation for sustainable urban mobility
– MG-2-1-2018: Human Factors in Transport Safety (two-stage)
– MG-2-2-2018: Marine Accident Response (two-stage)
– MG-2-3-2018: Airworthiness of mass-market drones
– MG-2-4-2018: Coordinating national efforts in modernizing transport infrastructure and provide innovative mobility services.
– MG-2-5-2018: Innovative technologies for improving aviation safety and certification in icing conditions (InCo flagship)
– MG-3-1-2018: Multidisciplinary and collaborative aircraft design tools and processes (two-stage)
– MG-3-2-2018: The Autonomous Ship (two-stage)
– MG-3-3-2018: “Driver” behaviour and acceptance of connected, cooperative and automated transport (two-stage)

– MG-4-1-2018: New regulatory frameworks to enable effective deployment of emerging technologies and business/operating models for all transport modes
– MG-4-2-2018: Building Open Science platforms in transport research
– MG-4-3-2018: Demographic change and participation of women in transport
– MG-4-4-2018-2019: Support for dissemination events in the field of Transport Research
– MG-BG-01-2018: Unmanned and autonomous survey activities at sea

All two-stage topic deadlines are 30 January and 19 September 2018 and single stage ones 4 April 2018.

 

Call: 2018-2020 Digitising and Transforming European Industry and Services: Automated Road Transport

The previous call on “Automated Road Transport” in the Transport Work Programme 2016/17 focused on vehicles with functions for automated driving level 3, which are expected to enter the market in the next few years. The overall objective of this call is to promote a wide market introduction of highly automated driving systems towards SAE level 4 (“the driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even if a human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene”).

– DT-ART-01-2018: Testing, validation and certification procedures for highly automated driving functions under various traffic scenarios based on pilot test data
– DT-ART-02-2018: Support for networking activities and impact assessment for road automation

The deadline for this call is 4 April 2018.

 

 

 

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ERC Consolidator Grant 2018, Information and Proposal Writing Events – November 2017

The UK Research Office, in partnership with hosting institutions, is holding two events for researchers who are interested in applying for the 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant call. The events are scheduled as follows:

Further information and registration are available via the links above and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The sessions are aimed at researchers based in the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to the ERC Consolidator Grant call.

The 2018 Consolidator Grant call opened on 24 October 2017 and will close on 15 February 2018. Applicants are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of excellent research. To be eligible for the 2018 call, the PI must be 7-12 years from their PhD on 1 January 2018, which is extendable in certain limited cases.

Those Northumbria staff who are considering applying should contact their Research Funding and Policy Manager in the first instance.

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Horizon 2020: Final Work Programme Published

On Friday the European Commission published the final work programme in Horizon 2020 which details all calls closing between 2018-2020, though the 2020 calls are indicative at the moment. These are across all topic areas, from nanotechnology to bioeconomy, clean energy to security. You can find them here (under 2018-2020 > Main WP):

Horizon 2020 Work Programmes: 2018-2020

The deadlines will be published on the Calls for Proposals section of the Participant Portal as they are released. This is also where you’ll be able to access the guidance for applicants and the submission portal when available:

Horizon 2020: Calls for Proposals

UKRO reports that:

“The 2018-2020 Work Programme will include fewer topics with bigger budgets, directly 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.”

Please get in touch with your Research Funding and Policy Manager if you would like to discuss.

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H2020 Research Infrastructure Work Programme 2018-20 – Information Event 22 November

An Information Event about the RI Work Programme has been arranged for 22 November, 10.00-3.00 at Newcastle University.  The event will cover:

  • An overview of the 2018-2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme and calls (This will be a video playback from the event in London on 14 November where a European Commission speaker gave a presentation. There will hopefully be a live video link to Brussels for a question and answer session with the Commission).
  • How to put together a winning proposal – a recent success story
  • An overview of services offered by the UK Research Office
  • A presentation of the call timetable (by Katie Ward, UK National Contact Point)
  • Lunch and networking

Although attendance at the event is free, you will need to register here.

Details of the RI work plan can be found here (pdf document, use the pdf compressor), and a full list of call topics can be found here.

 

 

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