GCRF Networking Grants Now Available

The Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society have jointly launched a new call for Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants.

The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. We expect that these new networks will then be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF programme and other funding initiatives.

This is an excellent opportunity for those who are starting to build networks with researchers and stakeholders in DAC List countries. The awards provide up to £25,000 over one year to hold networking events, supporting these collaborations.

The deadline for applications for this round is 21st March 2018. Successful projects must start between 1st July and 30th September 2018 and last for one year. Further details are available on the call page. Please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in applying.


Partnering Tool for ICT Topics in Health Societal Challenge

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A new networking tool is now available for parties interested in applying for topics in 2016-2017 Societal Challenge 1 (Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing) that meet the following conditions:

  • Are listed under the calls that opened in October 2015 with a closing date in 2016;
  • Are ICT-centred (managed by DG CONNECT).

The tool can be used to help you find potential partners or present your project idea.

If you have a specific interest in these topics and want to know more about this competitive call, DG Connect have created the following video.


Horizon 2020 ICT Proposers’ Day 2014: Presentations Available

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The presentations, agendas and notes from the recent Horizon 2020 ICT Proposers’ Day 2014 are now available to view. From Learning and Teaching to Big Data, from Factories of the Future to Active and Healthy Ageing, this was the largest information and networking day in Europe for ICT themed calls in Horizon 2020. Find out more here: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/events/cf/ictpd14/agenda.cfm


Next Northumbria ECR Forum

Save the date! The next meeting of the Northumbria ECR Forum will be on the 15 October from 4-6pm in the Great Hall of the Sutherland Building on City Campus. This will be the first meeting this academic year and will be a chance for an informal meet-up, networking and a drink or two. More details will be posted on the blog next week.


Horizon 2020 ICT Proposer’s Day: 9-10th Oct – Places Still Available

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The ICT Proposer’s Day is a networking and information event for anyone interested in the ICT agenda in Horizon 2020.

It takes place on 9th – 10th October 2014 in Florence, Italy – some satellite events are also being planned for the 8th October. Registration is still open, and I strongly encourage researchers interested in this agenda to register for a place.

The event includes.

    • Information sessions on how to prepare and submit a proposal
    • Topic information stands where European Commission officials provide up-to-date information on the research and innovation topics of the Work Programme 2015 and the content of the calls for proposals
    • A European Commission ICT information desk to supply information on relevant topics, along with other information stands
    • Networking sessions organised according to the Pillars and Topics of the Work Programme 2015 where potential proposers present their project ideas
    • Booths, organised per villages, which serve as meeting points for people interested in the same research topics
    • Ample space for informal networking and bilateral pre-arranged meetings between participants

For Northumbria staff, RBS has some internal funding available to support EU proposal development and networking activities such as this. Please contact us to discuss how you might use this.


Social Media for academics: TODAY at 3pm

My Social Networks by Gavin Llewellyn CC BY 2.0Alex Hope (@DrSustainable) is running a session on social media and networking for academics and researchers today at 3pm:


There is massive potential to use social and digital media to develop a highly effective network but there is so much information on the Internet, where do you start?

Dr Alex Hope (Faculty of Engineering and Environment) will give a presentation of using social media tools to develop his research profile and his network of contacts.

The session will cover:

  • Making sense of social media tools
  • How to engage with social media
  • Examples of good and bad practice
  • How to develop a personal social media action plan

Workshop Dates and Times:
Wednesday 24th April 2013, 15:00 – 17:00, Board Room 2, Sutherland Building, City Campus

To register, Northumbria staff should go to this webpage:


** UPDATE 25/04/2013 ** Alex has made the full presentation available via Prezi. Click here to view.



Creative Partnerships for Video Games: European Workshop – Last Chance To Book A Place

1234 by KalasMannen CC BY-SA 2.0The AHRC is one of the organisers of a one-day workshop for games developers and researchers from the arts and humanities to explore creative ways of working together. The workshop will take place on 20th March from 9am until 4.30pm in at Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London, with a drinks reception and networking event on the evening of the 19th for those who are arriving earlier and staying overnight. However, if you’re interested in attending you’ve only got until 1st March to book a place.

Why should I attend?

The workshop will provide:

  • Opportunity for game developers and researchers from the arts and humanities to explore creative ways of working together
  • Create synergies and partnerships between complementary areas of expertise
  • Identify priority areas where academic/business collaboration can support for the future development of the video games industry
  • Identify appropriate funding streams to support follow up
  • Inform the development of the UK Creative Industries Strategy (Technology Strategy Board)

Who are they looking for?

Priority will be given to arts and humanities researchers in the following areas:

  • Interactive storytelling
  • Creative writing
  • Artistic design
  • Interactive performance
  • Cinematography
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Communities and audience interaction

The event follows an AHRC funded project which led to the development of the innovative storytelling-focused computer game Dear Esther in 2012. That game demonstrated that there is a market for games whose focus is on interactive storytelling, and this workshop gives arts and humanities researchers and games developers the chance to explore these possibilities further.


If you’re interested in attending you’ll need to act soon – registration closes at the end of this week on the 1st March. Visit the workshop page on Eventbrite to register and find out more.


Reminder – Charity Connections Event – Monday 10 September 2012

A reminder that we are running a Charity Connections Event on Monday 10 September 2012

There are still places left so please book a place here if you’re interested.

Venue: Lecture Theatre 149, Northumberland Building, Northumbria University

Come and meet charities involved in medical and health research. Find out what their priority research areas are, hear about their work in those fields and find out more about how you can help them meet their objectives through research grant funding & fellowship opportunities.

We have speakers from some of the leading research charities in the UK

    • Age UK
    • Diabetes UK
    • Bupa Foundation
    • Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

The event will run from 10.00am to 15.30pm. A lunch will be provided with plenty of opportunities for networking.

Registration & Refreshments from 10.00am
Lunch 12.15pm
Close & Refreshments 15.30pm

For those interested we will be offering a tour of some of the facilities for research here at Northumbria during the lunch break.

For more information and to register for your free place, please click here.

For any other queries contact: samantha.king@northumbria.ac.uk


AHRC Extends Highlight Notices for Networks

The AHRC has recently extended highlight notices on proposals submitted to their Research Networking scheme to 30th October 2012. Previously these were due to expire on 31st July. Proposals to the Fellowships scheme can be submitted under a highlight notice until the end of December this year. There’s a highlight for Care for the Future under the bigger Research Grants scheme until the end of October also:

AHRC Highlight Notices

What’s a highlight notice?

Highlight notices relate to five research themes which the AHRC has selected to rapidly advance thinking in a particular area. The current highlight notices are:

  • Care for the Future
  • Digital Transformations
  • Translating Cultures
  • Science in Culture
  • Connected Communities

How does a highlight notice work?

Highlight notices are attached to a number of existing and ongoing funding schemes run by the AHRC. There are occasionally special calls for a particular highlight notice – such as when AHRC wants to develop a certain theme – but in general a potential applicant can “highlight” a proposal to one of the specified schemes at any time. Currently these are:

  • Research Networking (until Oct 30th 2012)
  • Fellowships (until Dec 31st 2012)
  • Research Grants – only for Care for the Future at present (until Oct 30th 2012)
When highlighting a proposal to one of the available themes, an applicant will typically need to include an introductory paragraph in the Case for Support describing how this piece of research addresses the specified theme. However, you shouldn’t limit it just to that one paragraph: it should be clear from the whole text of the proposal how your application fits to the research area selected.

How are highlighted proposals assessed?

Highlighted proposals are assessed together with non-highlighted ones and ranked according to their research quality and other standard criteria. Supplementary funding will be made available to support additional high quality applications addressing one of the highlighted themes. As a result, AHRC say that proposals submitted under a highlight notice “may have an increased chance of funding, but only if they fully meet the excellence criteria for the scheme and high international standards of scholarship, originality, quality and significance as judged through peer review.”

Please contact us if you’d like further support with proposals to any of the above schemes.