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”.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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/HPC: An 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 studies: This 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.
The 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.
The 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:
Last 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:
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.
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.