Digging Into Data: International Research Funding

Big data water wordscape by Marius B CC BY 2.0Round 3 of the Digging into Data Challenge opened yesterday.

This international research funding competition, representing funders from 10 countries including JISC, AHRC and ESRC, has been held every two years since 2009 and seeks to “explore how computationally intensive research methods can be used to ask new questions about and gain new insights into our world.” This year’s Challenge focuses on how “big data” changes the research landscape for humanities and social sciences.

“Now that we have massive databases of materials available for research in the humanities and the social sciences–ranging from digitized books, newspapers, and music to information generated by Internet-based activities and mobile communications, administrative data from public agencies, and customer databases from private sector organizations-—what new, computationally-based research methods might we apply? As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these materials. Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st-century scholarship.”

Projects must involve international collaborations between research teams in two to four countries. The deadline for applications is 15th May 2013. UK teams can be composed of individual or multiple universities and the award limit reflects this: for a single institution awards for the UK component of activity range from £15,000 to £100,000; if the team consists of members from two or more institutions then this limit is raised to £150,000. The UK element must be costed using FEC methodology in the same way as a standard JISC application. Institutions from other countries in the consortium must follow the rules of the relevant national funder, all of which are available on the Digging into Data website, alongside the main call [PDF].

Please get in touch with RBS if you would like to discuss an application to this call.


EPSRC release raft of new calls

Over the past couple of weeks, EPSRC has released a raft of new calls for proposals across its research remit. The calls range from expressions of interest to attend early stage scoping workshops to large scale centres of excellence. I’ve summarised the key points for each below with a link to find out more. If you’re a Northumbria researcher interested in any of these calls, you should get in touch with RBS at an early stage.

Energy and International Development: Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions in Developing Countries

Full details: Link

Type of call: Expressions of interest to attend a workshop

Summary: The call has been released in conjunction with DfID. The selected workshop participants will get a chance to refine research priorities in the area of sustainable energy and international development. The overarching goals of the programme are to increase access to clean energy as well as to improve resilience and wealth creation in developing countries. This research will be multidisciplinary and will create transnational research partnerships. Only those who attend the workshop can submit full proposals, which will be due 8th February 2013.

Deadline: 28th September – the workshop takes place 12-14 December in Nairobi, Kenya. The application form is online at the URL above, and is not submitted via Je-S.

Towards an Intelligent Information Infrastructure: Call for Expressions of Interest

Full details: Link

Type of call: Expressions of interest to attend a workshop.

Summary: The theme of intelligent information infrastructures (TI3) has been identified as a priority by EPSRC. This is about planning for a future in which ubiquitous computing, transfer of large amounts of data, and mobile computing are all increasingly prevalent. The workshop is an opportunity to help shape the theme TI3 at a very early stage. It is likely that this would put you in a good position to bid for future funding opportunities which arise in this area, as well as develop networks and partnerships with others in this emerging field. There will be a £5M call for funding in early 2013.

Deadline: 10th October – the workshop takes place 3-4 December in Birmingham. The application form is online at the URL above, and is not submitted via Je-S.

Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

Full details: Link

Type of call: Centre of excellence award.

Summary: This is a joint call with GCHQ. This follows the first round in 2011 which announced the first centres of excellence in cyber security in March this year. The purpose is to identify institutions where cyber security research is a particular strength, and to highlight any gaps in this area. Centres of excellence are expected to work closely with government stakeholders and the award will raise a successful institution’s profile in cyber security among government and business. Successful applications will receive funding of £40K to support activities associated with their status as a recognised centre of excellence.

Deadline: 12th December – note that the application must be structured according to the template in the guidance. It is emailed, rather than submitted via Je-S.

New Economic Models in the Digital Economy

Full details: Link

Type of call: Intention to submit form in advance of a full proposal via Je-S, to be released on 2nd October.

Summary: The call, part of the cross-council Digital Economy theme (DET), will build research collaborations between the DET and the research communities in economics and management while also supporting transformative, cross-disciplinary research. The call will include input from ESRC-related disciplines. Several research challenges have been identified which successful applications will need to address. These include: business model adaptation; identity, privacy, regulation and trust; value; the role of ‘big data’; societal economic impacts. Proposals must develop both research and people-based activities, described in detail in the call document.

Deadline: Intention to submit must be completed by 19th November 2012. The full proposal, released on 2nd October, must be submitted via Je-S by 11th December 2012.

NSF/EPSRC Chemistry proposals 2012

Full details: Link

Type of call: Collaborative proposals with US-based researchers in chemistry

Summary: The call is joint with the US-based National Science Foundation, and is for US investigators who wish to collaborate with UK counterparts on a joint research project. Submitted proposals must fall within the remit covered by the NSF’s Division of Chemistry and should also be within the remit of the EPSRC Physical Sciences programme. Proposals must be submitted first to the NSF and then to EPSRC. The two funding bodies will jointly decide which proposals are funded.

Deadline: The NSF proposal must be submitted by 1st October or 31st October (depending on which NSF program is relevant). This must then be submitted to EPSRC by 7th November. The NSF proposal must include a Je-S form and Justification for Resources pertinent to the UK investigator.

EPSRC Frontier Engineering Awards

Full details: Link

Type of call: Major institutional level award – up to £25M is available for 5 awards

Summary: Frontier Engineering Awards are institutional awards with a central thematic research focus. Proposals should include a programme of research-led activities, as well as flexible approaches that facilitate collaborations across disciplines. The research theme must be drawn from the EPSRC’s Shaping Capability map for engineering. The central focus must be ambitious, innovative, novel or creative application of principles and processes. An institution can only be named on one bid. Multi-institutional bids are allowed, but the lead must be in receipt of over £30M of current EPSRC research funding. All institutions must demonstrate a strong track record in the relevant thematic area.

Deadline: Outline proposals must be submitted by 2nd October. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit full stage proposals by 4th December and finally invited to interview in early March 2013.