Trans-Atlantic “Digging into Data” funding available

Digging a hole by Adam Bindslev CC BY-NC
Digging a hole by Adam Bindslev CC BY-NC
Digging a hole by Adam Bindslev CC BY-NC

The AHRC have recently announced the launch of the fourth “Digging into Data” challenge, funded by a consortium of funders known as the Trans-Atlantic Platform (including AHRC and ESRC in the UK):

Trans-Atlantic Platform: Digging into Data

What’s it about?

The funders are looking for projects that address social science and/or humanities research questions through the development and innovative application of tools and methods for capturing and analysing “big data”.

Who can be involved?

This time the challenge has been expanded to incorporate new funders in new countries: ESRC and AHRC will fund UK partners, but it will also be possible to work with partners in Canada, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Brazil and a number of European countries (Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal). For the full list of countries and funders, see:

Proposals must include “teams from at least three member countries, and must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic. Projects must address any research question in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using large-scale, digital data analysis techniques, and show how these techniques can lead to new insights. Successful applicants will receive funding from their own national funding agencies for projects that can last for up to 36 months.”

Anything else?

Applications should be submitted through the Digging into Data website, and you can find out more about the call there. The submission system will be available after 15th April. The deadline for proposals is 29th June 2016. Please get in touch with your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager at an early stage if you are interested in applying.


Science of Risk Prize 2015

Numbers - Dave Bleasdale(CC by 2.0)
Numbers – Dave Bleasdale(CC by 2.0)

Lloyd’s invites entries for its science of risk research prize.This recognises the best research paper on big data analytics and machine learning, and cyber risk. The prize aims to identify published research that contributes to innovation and better understanding of risk in insurance.

The winners in each category receive £5,000, and a prize of £1,000 is awarded to the best runner up in each category as well. Successful candidates are expected to present their work at a conference at Lloyd’s prior to the awards dinner.

Closing date 25 Sep 2015

More information available here


Big Data and Media & Content Workshop, 24th September 2014, Brussels

Tony Dowler - Sketchpad (CC by 2.0)
Tony Dowler – Sketchpad (CC by 2.0)

This workshop will provide an opportunity for European stakeholders to contribute to this topic and to influence future activity in Europe.The synergy between Big Data technologies and the media is one of the most promising dimensions of ICT applications. Big Data technologies enable Media companies to develop new customer strategies based on audience, build journalistic stories from public and private databases tools, manage relevant content from user generated contributions in social media, develop targeted advertising, etc.

While the huge potential of Big Data and Media integration is uncontested, Media & Content industries in Europe seem to be lagging behind in terms of Big Data competencies and technology adoption.

The aim of this workshop is the analysis and the identification of current and future challenges for Big Data and Media & Content industries to be tackled in future European Innovation initiatives.

You can find more information and register here


Horizon 2020 ICT Proposers’ Day 2014: Presentations Available

D Social Networking by StockMonkeys CC BY 2.0

The presentations, agendas and notes from the recent Horizon 2020 ICT Proposers’ Day 2014 are now available to view. From Learning and Teaching to Big Data, from Factories of the Future to Active and Healthy Ageing, this was the largest information and networking day in Europe for ICT themed calls in Horizon 2020. Find out more here:


Mathematics: big data, advanced measurement and hearing aids

Mathematics by Tom Brown CC BY 2.0
Mathematics by Tom Brown CC BY 2.0
Mathematics by Tom Brown CC BY 2.0

There have been several opportunities relating to mathematics announced this week and I thought I’d wrap them up in a single post:

EC Consultation on Mathematics and Big Data/HPCAn EC consultation, open until 30th September 2014, is seeking views on how mathematics can help science to better address the big data and HPC (high performance computing) challenges. Included as part of this is an opportunity to suggest a topic for the next (2016/17) Future and Emerging Technologies work programme on HPC and e-infrastructures.

To contribute to the consultation you need to register for an ECAS account (this is the same account you’d use to prepare and submit H2020 proposals, so it’s worth getting one) and log in on the consultation web page.

EPSRC Centre for Advanced Metrology seeks mathematics feasibility studiesThis University of Huddersfield-based, EPSRC-funded centre researching the next generation of manufacturing metrology technologies seeks feasibility studies on mathematics for advanced metrology: “Mathematics plays an important role in the science of metrology and new fundamental mathematical methods and analytical tools are required to bridge the technological gaps and address the challenges in future surface manufacturing.”

Potential applicants should consult the guidance [PDF] and note that feasibility studies should be emailed to the named contact, and be no more than four sides of A4. Applications are due by 12.00 on 22nd September 2014.

Transforming approaches to hearing aid technology: This last call is open to all engineering and physical sciences researchers, including mathematical sciences and ICT. EPSRC aims to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to “disruptive technology” for hearing aids. Three specific challenges to address are: optimising hearing aid devices for individuals; speech-in-noise performance for hearing aids; and new methods of signal transduction.

The call will open on 16th September and close on 27th November 2014 (these dates are approximate at this stage), so further information on how to apply will be available then.


An integrated future for cities: TSB call

Shibuya in Blue by Les Taylor CC BY-NC-ND 2.0The Technology Strategy Board have recently released a call under their SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) scheme on “an integrated future for cities“.

Up to £2M is available over 3 years for projects which will develop prototypes and demonstrators which link up different kinds of city models, both “hard” (e.g. transport, buildings, water) and “soft” (health, education, crime, community wellbeing). Solutions should enable users to interact with multiple models to tackle different city problems.

While SBRI is normally targeted at companies who wish to deliver solutions to tackle public sector challenges, universities are also eligible to apply but they must demonstrate a clear route to market. The deadline for applications is 14th January 2015, but applicants must register with the TSB by 7th January at the latest to be able to apply.



Samsung Global Research Outreach Call Open

Digital drugs binaural beat by digitalbob8The 2014 Samsung Global Research Outreach call is now open. The call is open to all “world-class university researchers” and there are a range of themes relevant to Samsung and its products, see below for a sample and check the website for the full list:

2014 Samsung GRO Program

The deadline for submission of applications is 13th June 2014, 9AM (Korea Standard Time, UTC+9). Awards are usually in the region of $70K-$100K.

Sensor Technology Non-invasive mobile sensor and platform
Mental Healthcare / User Interface by Brain Wave Information
IPS (Indoor Positioning System) Algorithm Technique
Machine Learning & Recognition Cognitive Scene Understanding and Applications
Authentication by User Behavior
Predictive Analysis to Influence Behavioral Change using Biometrics Data
Fast Parallel and Distributed Framework for Deep Learning
Robust Face Recognition Algorithm in Surveillance
Next Generation Computing High-Speed Graphics Modeling&Simulation
Ultra-Low Power Computing Platform for Wearable IoT Devices
Big Data and Networks Massive QAM Scheme for 100Gbps Wireless Communication
Device Centric Data Stream Management for Wearable/IoT Devices
Data Processing Algorithm for Large-Scale Data Visualization
Data Reduction during Network Transfer using New Deduplication/Compression Method
Low Cost Scalable Content Delivery Architecture
Security Secured Media – Seamless D2D/D2S Media Security
Functional Materials 2D Material
Thermal Management Materials
Anti-reflection Coating Technology
Self Healing Materials
Antifouling Coating Materials
Lead-Free Piezoelectric Materials for Actuator Applications
Hexaferrite Particle of Single Magnetic Domain Size
Premold Leadframe Substrates for MEMS Sensor Packaging
Novel Hard coating Materials on Optical Substrate


Horizon 2020: Consultation On ICT-Driven Public Sector Innovation

Code by Lindsey Bieda CC BY-SA 2.0Last week the European Commission announced an online public consultation on research and innovation in ICT-driven public sector innovation. The responses to this consultation will feed into the forthcoming Horizon 2020 work programmes around ICT. Contributions are welcomed from all stakeholders including researchers, academia, innovators, national administrations and businesses:

Consultation on directions for ICT-driven public sector innovation in the EU

The consultation document highlights some key drivers and trends, including open government based on open data, open services and participation, as well as basic technological tools and enablers, including big data which is open to being searched, analysed and mashed up with other tools and data sources to create innovative services. On the basis of this, the document identifies several possible focus areas for research and innovation which may form the building blocks for Horizon 2020 work programmes. These are:

In relation to the drivers and trends:

  • Open governance systems and how the public sector can create open ICT-supported platforms for public value creation.
  • ICT-supported co-created, personalised and high impact public services, including the use of social media and smart mobile devices.
  • Open participation and engagement supported by ICT across all areas of public sector operation.
  • Experiments with ICT-supported open, bottom-up and social innovation involving large numbers of actors.

In relation to basic technology tools and other enablers:

  • Infrastructures, processes and interoperability integrating different parts of the public sector, and linking the public sector with other actors.
  • The innovative use of open and big data by the public sector and together with other actors, including policy modelling tools.
  • Measurement and monitoring tools for use by the public sector itself or other actors.
  • Further development of Web 2.0 tools and the introduction of Web 3.0 methods.
  • Empowering the civil servant and making work processes more efficient and effective.
  • Identity management, personal data protection and data security.

The consultation is open until April 15th. If this is an area of research interest for you – and particularly if you are keen to explore future possibilities for EC funding under Horizon 2020 – you should seriously consider engaging with this consultation.


Digging Into Data: International Research Funding

Big data water wordscape by Marius B CC BY 2.0Round 3 of the Digging into Data Challenge opened yesterday.

This international research funding competition, representing funders from 10 countries including JISC, AHRC and ESRC, has been held every two years since 2009 and seeks to “explore how computationally intensive research methods can be used to ask new questions about and gain new insights into our world.” This year’s Challenge focuses on how “big data” changes the research landscape for humanities and social sciences.

“Now that we have massive databases of materials available for research in the humanities and the social sciences–ranging from digitized books, newspapers, and music to information generated by Internet-based activities and mobile communications, administrative data from public agencies, and customer databases from private sector organizations-—what new, computationally-based research methods might we apply? As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these materials. Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st-century scholarship.”

Projects must involve international collaborations between research teams in two to four countries. The deadline for applications is 15th May 2013. UK teams can be composed of individual or multiple universities and the award limit reflects this: for a single institution awards for the UK component of activity range from £15,000 to £100,000; if the team consists of members from two or more institutions then this limit is raised to £150,000. The UK element must be costed using FEC methodology in the same way as a standard JISC application. Institutions from other countries in the consortium must follow the rules of the relevant national funder, all of which are available on the Digging into Data website, alongside the main call [PDF].

Please get in touch with RBS if you would like to discuss an application to this call.