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.
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.
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.
There’s an infoday on ICT-enabled public sector innovation in Horizon 2020 on 10th Feb 2014 in Brussels. This includes discussion of mobile e-government and privacy. There will also be networking sessions to enable participants to share their ideas. The deadline for registration is 6th Feb.
The 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:
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.
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
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
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.
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:
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
Science in Culture
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.