ERC Starting Grant Information Events in September

UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council, is holding two events for academics interested in applying to the next ERCERC Starting Grants call (which will have an October 2016 deadline). The events will be held at the University of York on Monday 5 September from 13:30 – 17:00 and at King’s College London on  Tuesday 6 September 2016 from 10:00 – 13:00. Attendance is free but you must register to confirm your place.

ERC Starting Grants are for early career researchers who completed their PhD between 2-7 years prior to 1 January 2017. The grants are extremely attractive (offering up to € 1.5 million) funding promising researchers with a great track record to undertake an excellent and innovative research project.


Health Foundation – Improvement Science Fellowships

The Health Foundation will support up to five Senior Research (post-doctoral) fellowsips in the field of improvement science in the UK. The Improvement Science Fellowship includes a unique leadership development programme and facilitated action learning sets.

This senior post-doctoral fellowship offers three years’ funding to lead original, applied research dedicated to improving health care in the UK. The Improvement Science Fellowship includes a unique leadership development programme and facilitated action learning sets, enabling Fellows to develop their potential to become leaders in the field and build practical knowledge about what works to improve health care.

Closing date – 5 July 2016

For further details see the Health Foundation website.


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.



Independent Social Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowships- 19th February

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The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to do interdisciplinary work unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies. It is interested in original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions to real world social problems. 

This award is intended to enable a scholar at the mid-career stage to pursue his/her research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £60,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

The applicant should normally hold a salaried position at an institution of higher education and research, and be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award. However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career. Deadline is 19th February.

Grant Competitions

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Interested in applying for a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship?

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There will be a short information event on Tuesday 1st December at 4pm in Ellison Building A Block room 101 (EBA101) on the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme. Victor Toom from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences will give an overview of the scheme and the application process. Victor is coming to the end of his Leverhulme-funded fellowship and will share his insights and experience with any colleagues considering applying. RBS colleagues will also be on hand to answer questions and support bid development.

This meeting is very timely as the 2016 application round opens on 1 January and will have a deadline of 10 March.

Leverhulme Fellowships provide an opportunity for those at an early stage in their academic careers to develop a sustained piece of research subsequent to their doctoral period. They involve a match-funding arrangement between the Leverhulme Trust and a hosting institution. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university and must have had their doctoral viva after 10 March 2011.

There is no need to sign up, just come along if you’re interested. In the meantime, if you have any questions on this fellowship scheme, please contact your faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.


2016 ERC Starting Grants call launched

ERCThe European Research Council has launched the 2016 call for Starting Grants, with a budget of €485 million and deadline of 17 November 2015. This scheme offers very attractive and prestigious funding and is open to excellent researchers from any discipline with 2 to 7 years of post-PhD experience and a promising track record.

The rules have also changed slightly. If you applied to the 2015 call and scored a “B” in the evaluation you are now able to reapply under the 2016 call whereas under the 2015 rules you had to wait a year before reapplying.

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to develop an application, please contact your Research Funding and Policy Manager for advice. You might also be interested in attending one of the two information days for applicants to be held in Edinburgh and London in September.

The European Commission has also just adopted the ERC Work Programme for 2016. This gives details of other funding calls to be launched over the next few months.

The next Consolidator Grants call (for researchers with 7-12 years of post-PhD experience) will be launched on the 15th October with a deadline of 2 February 2016 and the next Advanced Grants call (for established research leaders) will be launched on 24 May next year with a deadline of 1 September 2016.



Royal Academy of Engineering: Research Fellowships
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If you’re an outstanding early career researcher about to finish or recently finished your PhD in engineering, this scheme from the Royal Academy of Engineering could kickstart your academic career.

The RAEng Research Fellowships (information will be updated on scheme launch) provide five years’ full-time equivalent salary for the applicant, plus travel and subsistence and other research expenses. The proposed project must be in an engineering subject area, defined in the broadest sense (including computing).

Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no more than three years prior to submission, but employment status does not effect eligibility to apply (so those with a permanent academic contract can apply, as can those without a current contract). Previously unsuccessful applicants are able to re-apply.

This year the scheme will be launched on 27th July and the stage 1 application deadline will be 14th September 2015. Stage 2 proposals are due by 23rd November and the sift panel will take place in February 2016. For those who make it through to the final interview round, interviews will take place in the week of 14th March 2016.

There is an application limit for each institution so Northumbria cannot submit more than 2 applications to this call. Therefore it is important that you contact us at an early stage in order to ensure your application has the support of the University.



Newton Advanced Fellowships and Mobility Grants
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Newton Advanced Fellowships and Mobility Grants calls from British Academy and Royal Society are now live with a 16th September 2015 deadline.

The Advanced Fellowships enable early-mid career international researchers to develop their research strengths and capabilities through training, collaboration and visits with a partner in the UK. Countries covered are Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand (plus China for the Royal Society).

Both the British Academy and Royal Society are running this scheme so it covers most disciplinary areas. There are some differences in countries between the two funders – please check the links for further details and get in touch with us if you have any questions.

The Newton Mobility Grants provide support to international researchers to establish and develop collaboration with UK researchers by providing funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for short visits. Countries covered are Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand. The British Academy currently has a call open to this scheme.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: new call information

A revised version of the Guide for Applicants for the 2015 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Actions call has beeMCAn published by the European Commission. This gives greater clairty around the mobility requirements for fellows, particularly in relation to Global Fellowships. It also lists the areas to be covered in the CV of the proposed fellow.

Please let us know asap if you plan to apply to this call. We will then be able to support you in developing your application and ensure it is reviewed and approved before submission to the EC. Your first point of contact is your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.


REMINDER: Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships info session on Monday 18th May

EPRSCJust a reminder that we are holding an information session on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships on Monday 18th May from 10.00-11.00 in the MEA House auditorium. The aim of the session is to present the scheme and the application process to colleagues who are thinking about applying to the 2015 call which closes on the 10 September. Nikos Mavroudis from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, who has been a MSC fellow and is currently an evaluator for the programme, will give some hints and tips from his own experience.

See my earlier post and the EC website for more details on the scheme. Please let me know if you would like to attend. We hope to see you there!