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.


Materials Science and Engineering Network Issues Calls for Proposals

M-Era.net is a European network of public funding organisations and funding programmes in the areas of materials science and engineering research. The network provides a coordinated approach to these topics by issuing calls for transnational research proposals to support the exploitation of knowledge from basic research to applied innovation.

The first joint call for proposals was opened in late September 2012 and covers the following topics:

  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)
  • Secondary raw materials
  • Design of new interfaces, surfaces and coatings
  • Hybrid composites
  • Materials for energy systems

The call is a two-stage process and the pre-proposal deadline is 27th November 2012, 12 noon Brussels time.

UK involvement is funded through the Technology Strategy Board and is limited to applied research in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering; Design of new interfaces, surfaces and coatings; and Hybrid composites. Other countries may focus on basic or applied research in these areas and other criteria may apply so please be sure to check each country’s funding regulations.

Full details about these thematic priorities are given in Annex 1 of the call for proposals document [PDF] alongside expected impact and target groups.

Project consortia consisting of at least 3 parties from 2 different participating countries in the M-ERA.NET call 2012, or 2 regions in different countries can apply for funding. The consortia may involve as many partners as necessary to carry out the project.