EPSRC Expressions of Interest: Building a Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Community & Physical Sciences ECRs

Laser diffraction monofotogrammetry by Jorma Palmen CC BY-SA 4.0
Laser diffraction monofotogrammetry by Jorma Palmen CC BY-SA 4.0
Laser diffraction monofotogrammetry by Jorma Palmen CC BY-SA 4.0

EPSRC have recently issued two calls for expressions of interest for workshops:

  1. Building a Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Community: “The workshop will be highly multidisciplinary as well as bringing together those who are developing platforms and standards with researchers deploying and evaluating in real world environments. Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (PUC) is the fundamental and applied research that aims achieve the integration of computing into any device in any location that interacts with our lives… This will require novel computer science and engineering while incorporating research from the social sciences, humanities and law.” If you would like to attend the workshop then complete the short EOI form on the webpage: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/puccommunityworkshopeoi/ Deadline: 14th Feb 2018
  2. Physical Sciences Early Career Researchers Workshops: “The workshops will provide an update to EPSRC and Physical Sciences strategies and will communicate recent and upcoming policy changes, such as the New Investigator Awards. The workshops will be attended by a number of EPSRC staff but also by experienced academics and current or previous Early Career Fellowship holders from across the Physical Sciences portfolio who will provide guidance and mentoring.” If you’re not sure which research areas are included in EPSRC’s Physical Sciences remit, you can check here. The process for applying to attend is the same as above – complete the short EOI form on the webpage: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/psecrworkshopseoi/ Deadline: 31st Jan 2018



Royal Academy of Engineering: Research Fellowships 2017/18

A day at BCIT aerospace technology campus by Mike CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Royal Academy of Engineering offers seven Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early career engineering researchers, who are hosted by a UK higher education institute/university. These highly prestigious five-year Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering by providing support for high-quality candidates to become future research leaders.

A day at BCIT aerospace technology campus by Mike CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A day at BCIT aerospace technology campus by Mike CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This year, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious Research Fellowships scheme will open 30th June and close at 4pm on 6th September 2017. As the number of bids per institution is restricted, Northumbria University has an internal selection process for this call – see below for further information and note this has an internal deadline of 13th July 2017.

The Academy will award 7 Research Fellowships and, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund, up to 4 additional Engineering for Development Research Fellowships. The latter fellowships must positively impact social and economic development in one or more DAC list countries.

Who can apply?

Applicants must have been awarded a PhD within the four years prior to the submission deadline. Existing PhD students can apply but only if they will complete their PhD prior to the take up of the award. Applicants must not hold a permanent academic position, but fixed-term postdoctoral staff would be eligible. If you’ve applied previously but were unsuccessful, you can re-apply assuming you still meet the other eligibility criteria. There are no nationality restrictions.

Which disciplines do the fellowships cover?

The fellowship must be in the broad area of  ‘engineering’, which for RAEng encompasses: civil, construction and environmental engineering; materials and mining; chemical and process engineering; aerospace; transport and mechanical engineering; manufacturing and design; electrical and electronic engineering; energy and power; medical and bioengineering; computing and communications. More detail on all of these areas is given in the scheme guidance.

How much funding is available?

For the standard Research Fellowships, applications are capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the 5-year period, at 80% of full economic costs. For the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships, an additional £25k per annum is ring-fenced for the development of international collaborations in order to deliver the research outputs and build pathways to positively impact or contribute to the
sustainable economic or social development of a country or countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

Are there limits on the number of proposals?

Yes. Each university is only permitted to submit a maximum of three applications*, with an additional application permitted if the applicant is a member of a group which has been evidenced as persistently underrepresented within engineering (i.e. women and black & minority ethnic groups). Northumbria University is therefore adopting an internal selection process for this call:

  • All potential applicants should submit i) a two-page outline describing the proposed project and ii) up to three-page CV by 13th July 2017 to researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk (please make sure these are two separate attachments – Word or PDF – and please include applicant surname in the filename for both documents).
  • The two-page outline should include the following information: title, abstract, subject area, objectives, timeliness/novelty, beneficiaries and impact, ambitions & career plans (further information about what to include under each of these headings can be found in the scheme guidance, though note that the word limits don’t apply here as long as you keep the outline under two pages A4).
  • The CV is left to the applicant’s discretion, but should include a list of publications, any grants awarded, and any postdoctoral positions. You may wish to indicate which publications you deem most significant. The CV should be no more than three sides A4.
  • An internal review group consisting of senior academics from relevant disciplines and Faculties will be convened and will make a decision about which applications will be supported by the 21st July giving the selected applicant(s) 6 weeks to work on the full proposal before the deadline.

Please contact your Departmental Research Funding and Policy Manager to discuss any potential application.

* RAEng updated this from two to three on 20th June 2017.


Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

The Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotechnology YES) is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience ideas among early career researchers. The competition, funded by sponsorship, aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture for the benefit of the UK economy.

Closing date – 17 May 2016

For further details see the Biotechnology YES website.


EndNote workshops – November 2015 to February 2016

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Suzie Kitchin, Skills Development Librarian at Northumbria University Library:

The Library provide Endnote Introduction and EndNote Advanced workshops for postgraduate research students, early career researchers and staff. Sessions are held at Coach Lane and City Campus libraries.

You can book online now. The workshops run throughout the year and sessions are now available for November through to February. Due to high demand we have scheduled additional workshops for January. Places are limited, so please book early!


SET for BRITAIN 2016 Poster Competition for Early Career Researchers

Godwin Yeboah SET for BRITAINSET for BRITAIN is an annual poster competition held at the House of Commons which encourages, supports and promotes Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians. Competition winners will be invited to present their poster to parliamentarians and other policy makers. Up to 60 early-career researchers (PhDs and postdocs) will be able to present their posters and the winners receive Gold (£3,000), Silver (£2,000) or Bronze (£1,000) Awards.

SET for BRITAIN 2016 takes place on Monday 7th March 2016 and applications are now open for the poster competition. The deadline for entries is Monday 21st December 2015 at 5pm. To enter, simply fill out the online application form, provide an abstract of your work and a reference.

Godwin Yeboah, a PhD researcher from Northumbria, has previously presented at this event and you can read his account of the 2013 event on his blog: http://godwinyeboah.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/northumbria-university-academic-takes_18.html


Lister Institute Prize 2015

The Lister Institute invites applications for their 2015 Research Prizes. These prizes offer £200,000 to outstanding young researchersin any area of biomedical research. The award may be used in any apprpriate way to support research, other than the provisionor augmentation of personal salary. However the award may be used to free the recipients from teaching or administrative duties by funding a replacement lecturer etc.

Candidates should have more than 3 and less than 10 years post-doctoral experience on 1 October 2015 and must have guaranteed emploment for the first 3 years of the 5 year award.

Closing date for application is 12 December 2014.

To apply see the Lister Institure website.