Je-S System Unavailable: 21st – 26th March

From 17:00 GMT on Thursday 21st March to 08:30 GMT Tuesday 26th March 2019 the Je-S system will be unavailable.
Working  closely with UKRI, UK SBS will be renewing and moving the IT infrastructure that supports the grant administration services for UKRI and their Councils, known as Je-S.
 
To complete this work, the Je-S system will be unavailable for a 4 day period, including the weekend. This is mainly an infrastructure change and there will be no effect on the functionality or look and feel of the Je-S system itself.
 
There will be a change to the email address associated with Je-S which will become JeSHelp@je-s.ukri.org . After the 26th of March, any email to the Je-S service should be sent to JeSHelp@je-s.ukri.org but any mail using the current email will be redirected.
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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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Coming soon! Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10am – 12pm

This is an introductory course on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

You will learn what the protected characteristics are within the Equality Act 2010.

It will give you an insight into the consequences of organisations and individuals getting things wrong and the benefits of adopting the right approach to equality and diversity within the workplace.

Aims and Objectives

  • To give an understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and why it is important.
  • To provide an overview of the key legislation including looking at different forms of discrimination.
  • Provide examples of the ways in which organisations can create inclusive cultures
  • Give a brief insight into unconscious bias

Book your places here.

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Need research participants? ‘Call for Participants’ is the answer!

Did you know Northumbria University has an alliance with Call for Participants? This is an international service that allows researchers at the University to recruit participants for their research through a central website as opposed to social media channels and the university mailing lists. It gives researchers at the University a much wider recruitment pool to draw on through a site aimed at and appealing to the general public. There are a huge variety of research studies on the site actively recruiting participants already from Universities across the globe.

www.callforparticipants.com

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Coming soon! Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff

Don’t miss out on our varied training offer. The sessions below are coming soon, but you can view our full programme here.

Overview of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018  3pm-4pm

The session will put the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in context, providing the background to the exercise, a brief overview of the outcome from REF2014, and information on known changes to the guidance for REF2021.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand changes between REF2014 and REF2021
  • Plan the next steps in your REF involvement

UK Higher Education Insights

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2pm-3.30pm

This session will explore the UK Higher Education landscape, including challenges and opportunities relating to academic and non-academic roles within institutions.  This aims to provide delegates with the knowledge to effectively plan their higher education career and to apply it successfully within applications and at interviews.

This session aims to develop researcher knowledge of the higher education landscape so that they can have a better understanding of the broader context and trends relevant to their role, team and institution.

By the end of the session delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the key trends that will impact higher education in the future, including issues of policy, governance, funding and research
  • Recognise the variety of academic and non-academic roles and how these work with one-another
  • Reflect on the top things those new to higher education need to know
  • Develop a knowledge of higher education acronyms
  • Know where to look for further support

Evidencing research Impact

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12pm-1pm

You’ve made an impact, how can you prove it? This bite size session looks at what makes good evidence of research impact with ideas on planning to generate, gather, analyse and use evidence.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand how you might evidence impact
  • Access resources to further develop their knowledge of research impact
  • Have a plan to generate and use evidence of impact

Understanding Open Access

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1pm-2pm

Open Access publication is now integral to scholarly communication and many research funders now require publications developed through their funding to be freely available online. In addition, HEFCE requires all journal articles and conference proceedings to be made Open Access within three months of acceptance for publication.

Aims and Objectives

  • The open access requirements that academics need to comply with
  • Support available at Northumbria to ensure OA compliance

Writing Retreat

Monday, April 23, 2018 9.30am-4pm

This is a session dedicated to writing, whether that be grant writing or writing for publication. It will allow people a space away from their office where they can come along and write free from distraction. There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!). This will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university.

Please note that you must must bring your own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Developed your academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned your next writing aim

Developing research impact in funding bids

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1pm-2pm

Many funders, including the UK Research Councils and European Commission, ask applicants to address the likely impact of their research as part of the application for funding.

Aims and Objectives

  • Think through the contribution that their research might make to the society or the economy
  • Identify the pathways to demonstrable impact

Book your places here.

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Academic Development and Researcher Training Programme for University staff – April 2018

Don’t miss out on our varied training offer. The sessions below are coming soon, but you can view our full programme here.

Overview of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018  3pm-4pm

The session will put the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in context, providing the background to the exercise, a brief overview of the outcome from REF2014, and information on known changes to the guidance for REF2021.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand changes between REF2014 and REF2021
  • Plan the next steps in your REF involvement

UK Higher Education Insights

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2pm-3.30pm

This session will explore the UK Higher Education landscape, including challenges and opportunities relating to academic and non-academic roles within institutions.  This aims to provide delegates with the knowledge to effectively plan their higher education career and to apply it successfully within applications and at interviews.

This session aims to develop researcher knowledge of the higher education landscape so that they can have a better understanding of the broader context and trends relevant to their role, team and institution.

By the end of the session delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the key trends that will impact higher education in the future, including issues of policy, governance, funding and research
  • Recognise the variety of academic and non-academic roles and how these work with one-another
  • Reflect on the top things those new to higher education need to know
  • Develop a knowledge of higher education acronyms
  • Know where to look for further support

Evidencing research Impact

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12pm-1pm

You’ve made an impact, how can you prove it? This bite size session looks at what makes good evidence of research impact with ideas on planning to generate, gather, analyse and use evidence.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand how you might evidence impact
  • Access resources to further develop their knowledge of research impact
  • Have a plan to generate and use evidence of impact

Understanding Open Access

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1pm-2pm

Open Access publication is now integral to scholarly communication and many research funders now require publications developed through their funding to be freely available online. In addition, HEFCE requires all journal articles and conference proceedings to be made Open Access within three months of acceptance for publication.

Aims and Objectives

  • The open access requirements that academics need to comply with
  • Support available at Northumbria to ensure OA compliance

Writing Retreat

Monday, April 23, 2018 9.30am-4pm

This is a session dedicated to writing, whether that be grant writing or writing for publication. It will allow people a space away from their office where they can come along and write free from distraction. There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!). This will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university.

Please note that you must must bring your own writing instruments/electronic writing device.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Developed your academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned your next writing aim

Developing research impact in funding bids

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1pm-2pm

Many funders, including the UK Research Councils and European Commission, ask applicants to address the likely impact of their research as part of the application for funding.

Aims and Objectives

  • Think through the contribution that their research might make to the society or the economy
  • Identify the pathways to demonstrable impact

Book your places here.

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