As UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), UKRO is holding an information event for those interested in applying to the 2017 MSCA Innovative Training Networks call, which has a deadline of 10 January 2017.
The event will be held from 10.30 – 16.00 on Friday 16 September at the University of Manchester. It will give participants an overview of the call, the proposal format and the aims of the Innovative Training Network programme. Attendance is free but registration is essential. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register on the UKRO website. If you are not already an UKRO subscriber, you can sign up here.
Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) train early stage researchers (typically PhD students) and provide skills development and experience in the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility. ITNs are collaborative research projects run by consortia of academic and non-academic partners across EU Member States and Associated countries.
UKRO has stated that there will be another similar event to be held in London during October. We will share more info here when we have it.
Presentations from a recent EC info day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing are available to watch on the event website. The first set of presentations cover ‘ICT for Health, Infectious Diseases, Personalised Medicine and Non-communicable Diseases’ and the second, ‘Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Therapies’.
They give details of the 2017 calls, the rules of participation, key legal and financial issues, and information on opportunities for business. The introduction also highlights the main changes to the text of the 2017 calls from the original 2016-2017 Work Programme. These include:
- PM-07-2017 (on promoting mental health) now makes specific reference to migrants;
- PM-20-2017 is now called ‘Development of new methods and measures for improved economic evaluation and efficiency measures in the health sector’;
- HCO-07-2017, a topic on the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) has now been developed to focus on mental health;
- A new co-ordination and support topic is included on providing support to the ‘World RePORT’ mapping project and tracking research outcomes; and
- An additional €48 million has been added to the 2017 budget. €35 million of this will go to the SME Instrument in order to allow high-quality applicants from the last call to bid again for funding; the remaining €13 million will be split between topics PM-02, PM-08 and PM-10.
- There is a new topic SC1-HCO-17-2017: CSA for support for large-scale uptake of Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing.
- Topic PM-15 on Personalised coaching for well-being and care of people as they age has had a budget increase of €1.5 million.
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:
- challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
- strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
- providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.
Below are some slides summarising what we know so far…
The European Commission has launched a consultation on the content of the Horizon 2020 ‘Food Security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ work programme for 2018-2020. If you are interested in this area of funding, this is your chance to have your say on the strategy, scope, objectives, and expected impacts of the 2018-2020 work programme. The online questionnaire is available on the European Commission’s website and should take about 15 minutes to complete. The consultation is open until 28th August.
Contributions will feed into preparation of the next Societal Challenge 2 work programme. The EC expects to develop the content of work programme during the fourth quarter of 2016 and first semester 2017, with adoption and publication of calls for proposals in the autumn of 2017. A short summary report on the consultation, including a complete analysis of the replies, will be published online in early September.
Newcastle Business School and Department of Psychology are holding a joint seminar on “Enhancing Employability” on Thursday 23rd June from 13.00-16.30 at City Campus East CCE1-224c to which all interested staff are welcome.
The seminar will examine developments in the conceptualisation and theorisation of employability from empirical research. It also aims to question the established orthodoxy of employability as the acquisition and possession of capabilities which can be transferred directly into employment.
There will be presentations from diverse perspectives from across the disciplines of business, law, education and psychology. The seminar will conclude by inviting all participants to consider the way forward for collective research into employability.
For further information or to register your attendance, please email email@example.com
A call for papers has been launched for a research seminar being run collaboratively between Newcastle Business School and the Department of Psychology on 23rd June, 2016 from 1400-1600, in CCE1-221.
The seminar will examine development in the conceptualisation and theorisation of employability through empirical research across the career stages: from early through to later-career.
Interested colleagues from across Northumbria’s 4 faculties are invited to present empirical or theoretical research in the field of employability and to pose challenging questions to engage delegates in dialogue to question the established orthodoxy of employability as the acquisition and possession of capabilities which can be transferred directly into employment.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on 2 June, 2016. If you would like to present your work, please email a brief proposal (max. 300 words) by the same deadline.
The Seminar Convenors are: Kate Black (NBS), Vicki Elsey (Psychology), Neill Thompson (Psychology) and Russell Warhurst (NBS)
You might be interested to note that UKRO has set up a page listing all the ongoing EU consultations related to Horizon 2020, including the preparation of future work programmes, the interim evaluation of H2020 and developments related to the next framework programme such as the creation of the European Innovation Council.
There are currently a number of ongoing consultations on the next work programmes for different parts of H2020. These are good opportunities to feed in your ideas and shape the future content of work programmes and specific calls for proposals. You can find these listed here but will need an UKRO account to access this page.
As we are a subscribing organisation, any Northumbria colleague can set up an UKRO account which will enable you to receive daily update emails on EU funding opportunities, events, and policy developmens relevant to UK-based academics.
The European Commission will hold an information week from 27 to 29 June on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 ‘Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy‘.
This will provide opportunities to hear about successful FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects in these areas, to learn about the upcoming Societal Challenge 2 calls and to participate in “brokerage” sessions to meet potential project partners.
Participation is free but you must register by 10 June. If you have an idea for a project in one of these areas and would like to attend this event, please contact your faculty research funding and policy manager. We also have small “EU networking” fund to support academics to attend events such as these.
The 2016 call for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND programme has opened with a deadline of 29 September. COFUND supports new or existing regional, national or international programmes to open up international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research training. Co-funding is available for post-doctoral fellowship programmes and for doctoral training programmes. Co-funding is given for 3-5 years for large projects of up to € 10 million.
Further details are available on the Participant Portal. UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding an information day on the call and how to apply. This will be held at the University of Birmingham on 25 May. Further information available here.
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.