Academic Health Network – Project call for the Improving Health & Standards Work Programme

health wealthThe Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) are inviting project submissions under the following Work Programme:

Innovation, Industry and Wealth Creation Improving Health and Standards Knowledge and Information Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

The remit of the AHSN NENC is to work with the Trusts, Universities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, who are our member organisations, to improve the health and wealth of the region.

The objectives of this project call are to:

  • Identify and fund projects that deliver health outcome improvements and wealth creation opportunities in the region through partnership working
  • Support the adoption and dissemination of best practice and proven innovations at pace and at scale throughout the NHS
  • Provide support for projects that have the potential to generate wealth creation and a clear return on investment

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 17th January 2014.

For further details see the North East and Cumbria Academic Health Network website.


TSB Funding Opportunity – Data Exploration―creating new value and insight

digitalThe Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative research and development that addresses the technical challenges and business opportunities presented by the huge growth in data.

This competition will focus on innovations in the data exploration techniques of analytics, modelling and visualisation to generate new insight and value from large amounts of complex data.

Additional funding of up to £2.5m in total may be available from the following UK research organisations: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

Proposals must be collaborative and business-led and include at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). The competition will fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).

Projects will range in size from total costs of £100k to £500k, although projects outside this range may be also be considered, and they should last between six and 24 months.

The deadline for registration is at noon on 26 February 2014 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 5 March 2014.

A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 7 January 2014.

Further details are on the TSB website.


A look at the first Horizon 2020 funding opportunities

Now we have recovered from the excitement of the Horizon 2020 calls being published yesterday, we have had a further look at the funding available.

There are calls across the full spectrum of the programme, including all of the Societal Challenges and the European Research Council starter and consolidator grants open to any discipline. The total call budget for 2014 is €2 billion.

In the EC’s press release, 12 focus areas for this round of calls have been named. In brief, these are:Fireworks by bayasaa CC BY 2.0

  • Personalising health and care
  • Sustainable food security
  • Blue growth: unlocking the potential of seas and oceans
  • Digital security
  • Smart cities and communities
  • Competitive low-carbon energy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Mobility for growth
  • Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials
  • Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe
  • Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe
  • Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

The work programmes have useful indexes summarising the headings and themes of each call. There are also a growing number of resources on the UKRO website and a detailed overview of how to apply for funding can be found in the Horizon 2020 online manual.

For any Horizon 2020-related query, you can also contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Managers.




Horizon 2020 first calls launched today

open by Tom Magliery CC BY-NC-SA 2.0The EU’s new R&D programme, Horizon 2020, has finally been launched today. The first calls for proposals have been published on the Participant Portal.

We are not yet sure if the European Commission’s promise to simplify call information and application processes holds true. If you need help finding your way around this programme and identifying which calls for proposals are relevant to your research area, please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager for support.


Round 3 of the NIHR New Media Competition

cameramanRound 3 of the NIHR New Media Competition was launched on 27th November 2013.

If you are involved in NIHR Research (as a researcher, a patient or a member of the public) the NIHR New Media Competition enables you to:

  • Communicate the clinical/applied health/social care research that you are involved in
  • Enthuse audiences about the research that you are involved in (the target audience may be for example patients, researchers, colleagues, your friends and family, children, the elderly, the general public)
  • Get creative and use your media skills to get the NIHR message about research out.
  • Win prizes


In this round, there are two categories of the competition:

  • Researchers You should be a member of the NIHR Faculty or have recently completed your NIHR research and the research should meet the remit below.
  • Patients and the Public You should be involved in NIHR funded research, either as a participant in research studies and trails, or through being a member of a committee or panel, or advising NIHR funded researchers on ways to improve their research proposals.

To enter you need to make a video, a short one, up to a maximum of 6 minutes and upload it to YouTube

Closing date – midnight on 30th March 2014

  • The research should be clinical or applied health research, including social care research. It could also be research into medical education.
  • The research should have clear potential for benefiting patients and the public within 5 years of its completion.
  • The research can involve: patients; samples or data from patients; people who are not patients; populations; health technology assessment; or health services research.
  • NIHR does not support basic research or work involving animals or their tissue

For full details of the competition see the NIHR website.


Presentation Slides and further information on Horizon 2020


Following the H2020 briefing held for Arts, Design and Social  faculty on 27th November, the slides from the session with accompanying notes are being put up here. There are also links to some further documents that may prove useful to those who are interested in applying for funding under Horizon 2020. (Also, a thanks to all who attended!)

The slides from the meeting are below, if you click the ‘SlideShare’ icon at the bottom left you can download the presentation using ‘save’ via the main site, and the speaker notes will be on your downloaded copy.

Of particular interest to ADSS will be the Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies and Secure Societies draft work programmes, click the highlighted links to be taken straight to them.

The other draft work programmes for all University faculties can be found here

Further workshops focusing on Horizon 2020 are planned, and will be communicated in due course.

If you identify a project or topic in the draft work programmes you would like to take forward please contact your Faculty Research and Funding Policy Manager



EU Graphene Project Calls for Additional Partners

Model of graphene structure by CORE-Materials CC BY-SA 2.0The FP7-funded FET Flagship project Graphene has recently announced a call for additional project partners.

The deadline for applications is 5th Feb 2014 (16:00 Brussels time). The purpose is to attract strong new partners with complementary expertise.

There are 12 research topics, plus an additional coordinating topic:

  1. Standardisation
  2. Chemical sensor, biosensors and bio-interfaces
  3. Membrane technologies: from nanofluidics to nanoresonators
  4. Catalysts for energy applications
  5. Functionalized materials for composites and energy applications
  6. Functional coatings and interfaces in high-performance, low-weight technological applications
  7. Integration of graphene and related materials (GRMs) with semiconductor devices: a scalable back-end approach
  8. New layered materials and heterostructures
  9. Passive components for RF-applications
  10. Integration with Si photonics
  11. Prototypes based on graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems
  12. Open topic, dedicated to bottom-up blue sky research
  13. Updating the Science and Technology roadmap for graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems

Full descriptions of each of these topics, as well as instructions on how to apply, are available on the call documents page.

The expected average EC contribution is €708K for each topic except for 13, where the contribution is limited to €250K. Standard FP7 participation and financing rules apply: so 75% of total costs (direct plus indirect) for HEIs.

This call and other recent calls for additional participants to other projects are some of the few remaining FP7 funding opportunities available in advance of the launch of Horizon 2020.


Conference Funding – Association of Commonwealth Universities


To mark its Centenary, the ACU is offering 100 Early Career Academic Grants to staff at ACU member universities (Northumbria is a member) to attend relevant conferences or academic meetings in another Commonwealth country. The scheme is aimed at early career academics who have not yet had the opportunity to work, study, or travel outside their own country.

  • Grants can be used to cover travel costs, conference fees, accommodation and subsistence, and, where appropriate, small-scale purchases of materials for use in future teaching or research.
  • Round 2 of applications is now open.
  • Each Early Career Academic Grant will be up to GBP 2,000 in value.

The closing date for applications is 7 February 2014.

For further details, see the Association of Commonwealth Universities webpage

If you wish to make an application please contact your relevant faculty Research and Funding Policy Manager.

Some tips when writing:

* Applicants must not have attended any overseas conferences in the last 5 years. Use the section of the application that asks you this to state some you would have liked to attend but did not have the opportunity.

* The overarching aim of the scheme is to help ‘grow and support the next generation of researchers, lecturers and university leaders’ In your 300 word free text section identify how attendance at your chosen conference can help you achieve this. You will obviously need to be brief. (This applies to the other sections where there is no world limit. ACU will receive alot of applications to read!)

* Is there someone else attending you would want to meet/listen to? Try to identify people you can build connections and exchange ideas with. If you have had some correspondence with people attending the conference already you can add it as an attachment to your applcation. This shows existing links and how the grant might strengthen them.

* Finally, try and calculate how much you will need for attendance and itemise where possible in section 17. Itemise perhaps into flight, accommodation, registration and subsistence. This shows you have adequately considered what your grant will cover, and will be able to attend the conference if successful.