The workshops will provide an update to EPSRC and ICT Theme strategies and policies, and guidance on applying for grants. The workshops will be attended by a number of EPSRC staff but also by experienced academics from across the ICT portfolio who will provide guidance and mentoring throughout the two days. The events will include a number of facilitated sessions covering topics such as impact from research, career development and a number of new ICT Theme priorities. They will also include opportunities for networking with other ECR colleagues and the previously mentioned mentors.
All prospective attendees will need to complete a short EoI form to register interest in attending. This includes a short biography of career aspirations, primary area of research, why the workshop is of interest, and how you will disseminate information to colleagues at your institution. Each of these sections is a maximum of 100 words. You will need to complete the EoI by 24th November 2016 in order to be considered for a place at the workshops. EPSRC is looking for a balance between research organisations, areas, expertise and career stage, although they are primarily targeting this at “early career” researchers, which is usually up to 10 years post-doctorate, and typically those who have not yet been PI on a grant.
EPSRC will notify successful applicants in the w/c 12th December. The Research Council will cover costs of accommodation, but it will be up to participants to cover their own travel and subsistence costs.
Please get in touch with your Faculty RFPM if you’d like to discuss.
Up to £250K is available which may be split among several proposals or awarded to a single proposal. Funding is based on usual EPSRC rules of 80% FEC. Proposal is via a two page application emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The priority areas for the hub are:
High-performance silica optical fibres
Light generation and delivery
Large-scale manufacture of metamaterials and 2D materials
EPSRC has recently announced a two-day workshop on new opportunities in signal processing. The idea is to open up research in signal processing into new areas and to gain insights from new disciplines. The list of topics they are looking it is very broad and covers many of the disciplines in Northumbria’s Faculty of Engineering and Environment:
Communications signal processing in particular in relation to the Internet of Things, 5G and beyond
Mathematics and statistics
Data science (including formation and enhancement, representation and modelling, and, understanding from data)
Image processing and computer vision
Visualisation and immersive technologies
Psychoacoustic and visual perception
audio (music, speech, environmental)
They are also looking for participants connected to application domains:
Healthcare (biostatistics, processing of medical data, data from sensors)
Earth sciences and remote sensing
Robotics and autonomous systems
Those interested in attending need to apply on the web form which asks how your research area fits with the theme of the workshop, and how it might be applied. EPSRC will provide funding for accommodation and subsistence, but not travel to attend the workshop, which will need to be covered from internal research funding (either PI’s personal research accounts or via UoA lead funding).
It is likely that attendance will be beneficial in terms of building academic networks and helping to shape the direction of funding policy in this area in future through EPSRC. Please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager if you require assistance with the application form, or if you have any questions about the scheme.
Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are joining forces to fund industrially relevant research on robotics and autonomous systems.
The call is open now and the deadline for applications is 26th October 2016 (but be aware that as with most Innovate UK calls, you need to register a week beforehand, by the 19th October).
Robots that are independent of human control can learn, adapt and take decisions. These could revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. Disruptive technologies related to robotics and autonomous systems include mobile internet, automation of knowledge work, advanced robotics, and automated and autonomous vehicles.
We are particularly interested in projects that address one or more of the following:
system and system-of-systems engineering
system verification, validation and certification
design and manufacturing of robotic systems
multi-sensor system integration, data fusion and perception
control systems for remotely controlled or unmanned system operation
cognitive systems for autonomous system behaviour
dependability, longevity and safety
actuation and locomotion
navigation, task and motion planning
software systems, architectures and tools
There are two funding streams:
Stream 1 is for projects of up to £100k and must be SME-led thought they can be collaborative with other businesses and research organisations (e.g. universities).
Stream 2 is for projects of £100k + and can be led by a larger business or SME. At least one SME must be involved in the consortium and research organisations can also take part.
In both streams the maximum contribution for research participants is 30% of the overall costs. If there is more than one research organisation participating this must be split between them. There are varying levels of contribution depending on the type of project (earlier stage technical feasibility or closer to market experimental development) and the size of business. Research organisations get the standard 80% of FEC as per normal Innovate UK/RCUK rules. Further details are in the competition guidance. There’s also a briefing webinar on 27th July which interested applicants should register to attend (only 20 tickets remaining at the time of posting!).
Northumbria staff: please get in touch if you are interested in applying.
Forum members will be expected to attend two events per year, where there will be a number of interactive sessions on topics such as understanding funding opportunities, the peer review process, accelerating impact and building leadership.
EoI is via a web based form on the EPSRC website and you’ll need to apply by 30th June 2016. Eligibility is not strictly defined in the guidance, but EPSRC state that they are keen to hear from people who are in the process of applying for, or recently awarded, a First Grant.
The criteria you’ll need to address to be selected are below:
Rationale for wishing to join the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Mathematical Sciences.
How does the applicant’s research fit within the scope of the Mathematical Sciences theme?
How does the applicant envisage using membership of the Early Career Forum in Mathematical Sciences to develop as an independent researcher?
Evidence of inspiring and giving a lead to fellow researchers.
This is an excellent opportunity to play a part in deciding how the EPSRC allocates its budgets, and will give an invaluable insight into the process of review and decision-making for EPSRC grant applications. It is highly recommended that any academic staff who have already been successful with EPSRC funding or who are applying/planning to apply in the near future consider applying to join the College.
Membership of the Associate Peer Review College is unpaid and represents a commitment to peer review up to 8 EPSRC proposals in a year. The Associate Peer Review College is the first step on the route to becoming a full Peer Review College member for EPSRC. Graduation to full College membership will depend upon the individual “completing a set number of usable reviews, completing on-line training and maintaining an up to date personal profile to help identify them”. After a member gains experience of reviewing proposals they may be approached to participate in assessment panels, but this is likely to be after substantial experience has been gained.
Criteria used to select members includes academic track record in EPSRC research areas (in journals with high impact factor) and background with business in a relevant sector (including collaborative research with business).
EPSRC have announced they will be shortly launching “EPSRC Communities”.
It includes a suite of features that allow academics to set up profiles, manage subscriptions, set up email alerts and bookmark pages for others to see. It will also allow some functionalities to customise your experiences on the site. The system changes are being rolled incrementally as beta testing is completed, and more information can be found at the links below…
EPSRC is inviting outline proposals which will look at opportunities for how humans will interact with ICT technology in the future which will involve areas such as wearable devices, autonomous systems and an internet of things.
The call is being run in parallel with the “Making Sense from Data” call, which is being issued simultaneously by the ICT Theme.
Deadline information: Outline proposals due by 4pm, 6 January 2015; full proposals due by mid June 2015.