UK info events on Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships call

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Brukselka by Barbiez – CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

As UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), UKRO is holding information events for anyone interested in applying to this year’s MSCA Individual Fellowships call (deadline 14 September 2016).

There will be an event at the University of Edinburgh on 11 May and another in London, hosted by the University of Greenwich on 27 May 2016.

The events will give participants an overview of the application process, the aims of the scheme and key considerations related to planning, writing and submitting proposals. These events are free of charge but you must register to secure a place.

Individual Fellowships are for researchers who already have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. They provide attractive funding to enable researchers to develop their careers through training, international mobility and optional intersectoral secondments. European Fellowships are held in 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 European host organisation.

If you’d like more info on the individual fellowships scheme or advice on developing an application, please contact your faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.



Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – 2016 COFUND call opens

logo_Marie_CurrieThe 2016 call for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND programme has opened with a deadline of 29 September. COFUND supports new or existing regional, national or international programmes to open up international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research training. Co-funding is available for post-doctoral fellowship programmes and for doctoral training programmes. Co-funding is given for 3-5 years for large projects of up to € 10 million.

Further details are available on the Participant Portal. UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding an information day on the call and how to apply. This will be held at the University of Birmingham on 25 May. Further information available here.


Find Out About Marie Curie Fellowships: 11th May 2016

Information Kiosk by Max Sparber CC BY-NC 2.0
Information Kiosk by Max Sparber CC BY-NC 2.0

Are you interested in applying to the 2016 round of the European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships call?

What are they? Marie Curie Fellowships provide funding to host a fellow (a researcher at any career stage with a doctorate) from anywhere in the world for up to 2 years, plus research expenses and a small amount for management costs. They help experienced researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. UK-based academic staff can also apply for a Global Fellowship to go to another research institution anywhere in the world for up to 2 years, plus a 1 year reintegration back into the EU. This year the deadline is 14th September 2016.

How do I find out more? The UK Research Office, the UK’s national contact point for Marie Curie schemes, is holding an information event on 11th May 2016 at the University of Edinburgh. The day will provide an overview of the Individual Fellowships scheme. “Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format and the key considerations related to planning, writing and submitting proposals.” There will also be a case study from a successful Marie Curie applicant.

Register: If you’d like to attend this event, you can book a place for free on the registration page.

For more information about this scheme and to access examples of successful proposals, please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.


Public consultation on the European Innovation Council

The European Commissioner for Research, Carlos Moedas has launched a public consultation and call for ideas for a European Innovation Council. The ukro3survey is open until 29 April and responses will feed into eventual proposals for the new EIC. There are also various background documents on European Commission discussions to date on the EIC which give useful context.

The idea for the EIC is to create more high-profile, disruptive market-creating innovation to turn the best ideas in Europe into jobs, businesses and opportunities. At the moment, Europe is good with coming up with new ideas and research but less successful at taking these to market.

The European Research Council has been a big success in supporting excellent science and early information suggests that the EIC would be based on a similar model, sitting alongside it to enable breakthrough innovations to be scaled up more quickly with fewer market access barriers, better co-ordinated policies and flexible financial support. There are some suggestions that the EIC should operate as a venture capitalist rather than a funding body, supporting groups of companies and universities that are willing to work in multi-disciplinary teams on high-risk, high-gain projects.

The plan seems to be to develop an EIC pilot as part of the Horizon 2020 mid-term review in 2017.


Social Sciences and Humanities in the H2020 2016-17 work programmes

Net4Society, the international network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” has published a report on the opportunities for social sciences and humanities (SSH) research across Horizon 2020. It analyses all the SSH-relevant topics that have been identified in the Horizon 2020 2016-17 Work Programmes and is a useful guide for SSH researchers looking to find an entry point into H2020 and the Societal Challenges in particular. You can download the document here.




Innovative Training Networks call open

In the new round of 2016 Horizon 2020 calls that opened last week, the EC launched the latest call under Marie Curie Actions for Innovative Training Networks (ITNs). ITNs supports joint training and/or doctoral programmes implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, businesses and partners from other sectors. There are three different strands: European Training Networks (ETN); European Industrial Doctorates (EID) and European Joint Doctorates (EJD). The differences are essentially about the number of non-academic partners and whether joint or multiple degrees are awarded to the doctoral researchers at the end of the programme.

The deadline is 12 January 2016. Full call details are available on the Participant Portal. If you’d like advice on ITNs or a project idea then contact the Research Funding and Policy Manager for your faculty.


Info Day on Smart Cities & Communities – Horizon 2020 Work programme 2016-2017 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’

This event will take place on Friday 6th November 2015 in the Charlemagne building, Brussels.  Presentations will cover the Smart Cities & Communities part of the Work Programme for 2016-2017, the application procedure and detailed information on the calls. Participants will have networking opportunities throughout the event.

Free and compulsory registration for the event will open soon.

Note: Due to the limited number of seats available, a maximum of two people from the same organisation will be registered.

Further information can be accessed here.



Draft 2016/17 Horizon 2020 Work Programmes Published

The EC has published draft versions of the 2016-17 work programmes for Horizon 2020: These are not officially endorsed yet but if you are planning an H2020 bid in the coming year they are well worth reading to get some advance intelligence on the likely themes and topics in the calls. Formal adoption of the WPs is expected in the next month.


UKRO Annual Visit: Everything you ever wanted to know about EU research funding.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, we have our annual UKRO visit on Friday 18 September. This is a good opportunity to refresh your knowledge of EU funding, particularly the current €80 bn framework logoprogramme Horizon 2020 and to start thinking about the upcoming 2016 calls for proposals.  Most of the sessions will be led by our UKRO advisor, Alex Berry. We also have a session led by Jude Kirton-Darling, one of the North East MEPs. You will also be able to sign up for 15 minute clinic sessions if you have any specific EU funding queries you would like to discuss with Alex.

Details are below. Click on the links to sign up for the sessions. You won’t receive any confirmation but you can go back into the poll at any time to check it or amend your entry.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Time Session Venue Register*

Applying for EU funding – top tips and lessons learned from the first round of Horizon 2020 calls


CCE1-410 Register here

Jude Kirton-Darling, North East MEPs – how Europe benefits the North East, including through research and innovation funding


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Opportunities for academics to work with industry in Horizon 2020 – FET, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges


CCE1-410 Register here

Clinic appointments – These are 15 minute slots and your chance to ask questions about EU funding and to start preparing for the upcoming 2016 Horizon 2020 calls


CCE1-410 Register here




Horizon 2020: Innovative Training Networks Information Event

MCAUKRO, in its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), is holding two information events on the 2016 ‘Innovative Training Networks’ (ITN) call for proposals, which will have a deadline in mid-January 2016.

The ITN scheme supports joint research training and/or doctoral programmes run by partnerships of universities, industry and other non-academic organisations.

The events will be held at the University of York and at the Royal Veterinary College in London on Wednesday 7 October. They will give participants a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to UKRO subscribers. If you don’t yet subscribe to UKRO then you can do so here.