Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Call 2018: Information Event

The UKRO has arranged an information event for those who are interested in applying to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Research and Innovation staff Exchange (RISE) Call, which will open on 22 November 2017 and has a deadline of 21 March 2018.

The Information Event will take place on Tuesday 9 January 2018, at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Conference Centre in London. It will include talks from successful previous applicants, and will equip attendees with an overview of the call and the proposal format. To register for the event (allocated on a first come first served basis) visit the UKRO’s events page.


ERC Consolidator Grant Call 2018, Information Sessions – Registration Reminder

Just a reminder about these two ERC Consolidator Grant call information sessions – registration is still open!

The UK Research Office, in partnership with hosting institutions, is holding two events for researchers who are interested in applying for the 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant call. The events are scheduled as follows:

Further information and registration are available via the links above and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The sessions are aimed at researchers based in the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to the ERC Consolidator Grant call.

The 2018 Consolidator Grant call opened on 24 October 2017 and will close on 15 February 2018. Applicants are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of excellent research. To be eligible for the 2018 call, the PI must be 7-12 years from their PhD on 1 January 2018, which is extendable in certain limited cases.

Those Northumbria staff who are considering applying should contact their Research Funding and Policy Manager in the first instance.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: Innovative Training Networks – 2018 Call for Proposals open

The European Commission has opened the MSCA ITN 2018 call for proposals.

This scheme is aimed at supporting ECRs in joint training and/or doctoral programmes, and there are three different strands to apply for: European Training Networks, European Industrial Doctorates and European Joint Doctorates. Applications are to be made using the EU Participant Portal by 17.00 (Brussels time) on 17 January 2018.

Click here for the Guide for Applicants (please note that this call is still to be officially endorsed by the EC so this document may be subject to changes).

The UK Research Office has organised two Information Events concerning this call – to register click on the links below:
Tuesday 24 October – Sheffield
Wednesday 25 October – London


Brexit: what we know so far

Our UKRO advisor, Jon Brookes, will be visiting Northumbria for the day on Wednesday 5 April. As UKRO subscribers we are entitled to an annual visit which we can plan according to our EU funding needs.

As part of his visit, Jon will be running a session on Brexit: the EU referendum and implications for EU funding from 10-11am, NB116, Northumberland Building, City Campus. This will be an opportunity to hear what we know so far about the UK’s status and participation in EU funding over the next few years and also what happens next in the Article 50 negotiations. There will be plenty time for Q&A.

If you would like to come along, please sign up here:



Commission launches pilot to open up publicly funded research data

I heart Open AccessInformation produced by researchers in many EU-funded projects will be shared freely as a result of a Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020. Researchers in projects participating in the pilot are asked to make the underlying data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications and other scientific information available for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens. This will lead to better and more efficient science and improved transparency for citizens and society. It will also contribute to economic growth through open innovation.

For 2014-2015, topic areas participating in the Open Research Data Pilot will receive funding of around €3 billion. The Pilot involves key areas of Horizon 2020:

  • Future and Emerging Technologies
  • Research infrastructures – part e-Infrastructures
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Information and Communication Technologies
  • Societal Challenge: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy – part Smart cities and communities
  • Societal Challenge: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials – with the exception of topics in the area of raw materials
  • Societal Challenge: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies
  • Science with and for Society

The Commission has produced a Fact Sheet on Open Access in Horizon 2020.


Horizon 2020 first calls launched today

open by Tom Magliery CC BY-NC-SA 2.0The EU’s new R&D programme, Horizon 2020, has finally been launched today. The first calls for proposals have been published on the Participant Portal.

We are not yet sure if the European Commission’s promise to simplify call information and application processes holds true. If you need help finding your way around this programme and identifying which calls for proposals are relevant to your research area, please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager for support.


Getting closer to Horizon 2020 – work programmes published

EU flag at the European Parliament by European Parliament CC BY-NC-ND 2.0The European Commission has started to make work programmes available for the various thematic strands of the new research, development and innovation programme Horizon 2020. They are still draft workprogrammes but it is likely that they are close-to-final versions and will give a fairly accurate indication of the content of the calls to be published over the next two years.

The European Parliament voted to approve the Horizon 2020 programme earlier this week which means that the Council of the EU member states now needs to give its approval. It is expected that this will happen in the next couple of weeks, meaning that the first calls should be published on 11 December 2013 as planned, with the official programme start date of 1 January 2014.

Future Horizon 2020 calls for proposals will be will be published on the Commission’s Research Participant Portal, which will be re-launched and updated for the start of Horizon 2020.