Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Funding Event, 28 June at Newcastle University

Representatives from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are visiting Newcastle University on 28 June. JSPS is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS funds a number of fellowship programmes for researchers at all stages of their career and in all fields, including humanities and social sciences. These programmes provide opportunities for excellent UK researchers to go to Japan to conduct academic collaboration with Japanese researchers and can be used to build wider institutional relationships.

Northumbria colleagues are welcome to attend. Please see the flyer for further info and register here, also check the merge pdf if you need to get all of them into one document.

The programme for the day is as follows:

10.30-10.40: Welcome by Prof. Nick Wright, PVC R&I, Newcastle University

10.40-11.45: Presentation by JSPS

11.45-12.15: Case study by Dr. Adam Brandt, Newcastle University

12.15-12.45: Round up, questions and next steps

12.45-13.45: Lunch



Writing retreat for Northumbria researchers, Friday 23 June at the Northern Design Centre

Lots of people have told us how difficult it is to find space and time to write away from their offices. We’ve decided to run a writing retreat day where you can come along and write free from distraction at the Northern Design Centre.

There will be a quiet room to work in (with no talking and phones on silent please!) and a space outside where there will be free refreshments and lunch as well as an opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from across the university. The retreat will run all day on Friday 23 June from 9.30-4 but feel free to come along at the times that suit you best. We don’t care what you’re writing. It can be an article or a grant application or something else related to your research.

For catering purposes and to make sure we have enough seating, please sign up on this doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/adcvq7b29tbn3v5t

If you haven’t been to the Northern Design Centre before, it isn’t that hard to find nor is it that far away. The address is Abbott’s Hill, Gateshead NE8 3DF. It is a couple of minutes walk from the Baltic.  

We’re hoping that this will be well attended and that we can then set some dates for regular writing retreats next academic year. We hope to see you there – please forward this on to any other colleagues that may be interested in coming along, regardless of department, faculty or job title.




Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships call open, deadline 14 Sept

This year’s call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships has launched with a deadline of 14 September 2017. Full call information, including the Guide for Applicants, is available on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

Individual Fellowships (IF) are aimed at individual fellows who already have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. They enable researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a compulsory 12 month return phase in a Europe host organisation.

Applications are developed jointly between the fellow and their intended host organisation. As well as a strong programme of research, the application needs to describe the benefits of the fellowship to both the researcher and the host institution and how the programme of research and training for the fellow will be implemented and managed. Industrial secondments can also be included.

UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding two information events on the call to be held in Liverpool on 5 May and Bristol on 23 May. These events will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the IF scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. Attendance is free but you must register on the UKRO website to reserve a place.

If you are thinking about developing an application, please contact your relevant Research Funding and Policy Manager who can advise and support you through the application process as well as share resources such as previously successsful applications.


ECR event on the HEFCE consultation on the next REF, Tues 14 Feb

As you have no doubt heard, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has launched a consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework. This includes proposals intended to streamline the REF process and make it less burdensome for UK universities whilst maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence.  It includes recommendations relating to: the submission of staff and outputs, the approach to the assessment of impact, and the introduction of an institutional level assessment.

Northumbria University is preparing a response and would like to give the ECR community an opportunity to feed into this. We are holding an event on Tuesday 14th February from 1.00-2.30 in room 209, Sutherland Building, City Campus. If you are able to attend, please sign up on this doodle poll to reserve your place: http://doodle.com/poll/fdkxmmr7mvaw8mee

Responses to the consultation must be submitted by midday on Friday 17 March 2017. Full details of the consultation can be found on the HEFCE website here.



Opportunities for Early Career Researchers – Women in STEM

Institution of Engineering and Technology Conference

(Deadline for submissions 23 January 2017)

The most recent Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) annual ‘Skills and Demand in Industry’ Survey showed that, despite a rise in demand for engineering staff, UK employers find many new engineering graduates have significant skills deficiencies.There have been new initiatives proposed and implemented addressing these deficiencies through disruptive innovation, namely making engineering higher education more appropriate for the needs of industry and attractive to students.
The Institute of Engineering and Technology is inviting key educational pioneers to give presentations about new degree programmes or innovative approaches in undergraduate engineering courses.

If you would like to highlight the work of your educational institution at the IEC conference on 22 May, please contact Stephanie Fernandes (SFernandes@theiet.org).

The 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship Awards Programme

(Deadline for submissions is 25 January 2017)

Awarding five outstanding female post-doctoral scientists a bursary of £15,000.  The fellowships are open to female early-career researchers working in the fields of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences.

Apply online at www.womeninscience.co.uk and contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.

Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 

(Deadline for nominations 30 January 2017 at 18.00)

The Rosalind Franklin Award is made annually to support and promote women in STEM, the winner receives a £30,000 grant to implement a project to raise the profile of women in STEM.

This Award is for anyone but particularly early and mid-career researchers. Nominees should have been resident in the UK for three years and be actively engaged in research in a university, research institute or in industry.

If you have any questions contact awards@royalsociety.org (+44 20 7451 2609) and contact Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.


Faculty of Business and Law funding drop-in on Wed 23 Nov, 2.30-4.00

question by cesar bojorquez CC BY 2.0We will be holding the monthly Wednesday afternoon funding drop-in in the staff room on the ground floor of CCE1 this week from 2.30-4.00.

Questions regarding divorce, child custody, and child support all fall under the expertise of a family lawyer. This is an opportunity to ask any funding-related questions, big or small, or to get advice on funding opportunities, draft proposals and bid ideas from Emma Batey (Business and Engagement Manager), Louise Wyers (Pre-Award Co-ordinator) and me (Research Funding and Policy Manager).

To book a specific time, please email me.


Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 National Information Day, 23 Nov, Birmingham

kbbe-illu-smThe UK National Contact Point for EU Horizon 2020 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials (Societal Challenge 5) is holding an information day on 23 November in Birmingham.

The day will feature presentations from a number of speakers including the European Commission, National Contact Points from the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Poland, Enterprise Europe Network and the Knowledge Transfer Network. The event will give lots of useful information about the themes of the upcoming calls under Societal Challenge 5 as well as related priorities under Societal Challenge 2. The day will also include a best practice UK SME speaker, and an opportunity to pitch your project idea or collaboration opportunity.

The event is free to attend but you must register in advance.


Faculty of Business and Law funding drop-in, Wed 26 Oct, 2.30-4.00

Question Everything by Thomas Galvez CC BY 2.0
Question Everything by Thomas Galvez CC BY 2.0

Emma Batey, the Faculty’s Business and Engagement Manager, and I (Research Funding and Policy Manager for B&L) will hold the monthly Wednesday afternoon funding drop-in in the staff room on the ground floor of CCE1 this week from 2.30-4.00.

This is an opportunity to ask any funding-related questions, big or small, or to get advice on funding opportunities, draft proposals and bid ideas. To book a specific time, please email me or Emma.

There has been a good amount of faculty interest in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships lately and Emma is happy to focus this session on developing KTPs, identifying deadlines, building relationships with external organisations and any other KTP-related questions but please feel free to come along to talk about other funding issues too.



Early Career Researchers Forum next week, 12.10.16 3.00-4.30 EBA 002

We are holding the first ECR Forum of this academic year on Wednesday 12 October from 3.00-4.30 in room EBA 002 in Ellison Building A Block.

This will be a cake, coffee and networking event which, as well as allowing you an opportunity to network with colleagues from other disciplines, will provide an update on HEA accreditation, training and development opportunities for ECRs, the Staff Doctorates Forum and an introduction to the ECR working group for this academic year.

There is no need to sign up, just come along if you can. Feel free to forward this to colleagues who may be interested in attending, regardless of whether they fit a funder or other definition of ECR. The ECR Forum is open to anyone who feels they are in the early stages of their research career.