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!



Library workshops at Northumbria Research Conference

Workshop by Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung CC BY-SA 2.0

This is a guest post by Suzie Kitchin (University Library):

Workshop by Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung CC BY-SA 2.0
Workshop by Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung CC BY-SA 2.0

Members of the Library’s Research Support team are delivering workshops and providing a library stand at Northumbria’s Research Conference on Wednesday 20th May. This is to encourage to find out how the University Library can support your research. Details about the Conference can be found at

The team will be on hand throughout the event:

  • We are delivering two workshops on Maximising your research profile
  • There will be an information stand in City Campus East foyer throughout the Conference
  • Find out about new collections 2014-15, how to request new resources and information on special collections.
  • Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions about the University’s new Open Access Policy.
  • A £50 Eldon Square voucher will be awarded to one lucky researcher who visits the Library stand before the lunchtime prize-giving.

We encourage you to register for the conference, attend one of our workshops and join us at our stand.

Our workshop will run twice during the event in room CCE 011:

  • 10.45-11.45am
  • 2.30-3.30pm

Do come along and chat with us about how we can support your research.


Info session on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

MCAWe 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.

If you are not familiar with it, this programme is a mobility grants scheme offering very attractive funding for researchers, regardless of their nationality or discipline, to support both a research project and the skills and career development of the fellow. Fellowships are either European or Global. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries 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 mandatory 12 month return period to a European host.

There are also fellowships to enable individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave. Researchers are also encouraged to include a secondment phase in Europe, notably in the non-academic sector, within the overall duration of their fellowship.

This is a great way to bring in experienced researchers (with a doctorate and/or 4 years full-time research experience) to Northumbria for up to two years. Applications must be submitted by the supervisor in the host institution.

If you would like to find out more, come along to the session. It would be helpful if you could let me know in advance by email.


CROS and PIRLS national researcher surveys now open

pirls logoThe University participates in two biennial national surveys of researchers – Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).

The surveys, which are managed by Vitae and run through Bristol Online Surveys, gather anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions.

cros-logo-web-large-2011-vitaeBoth surveys will be open at Northumbria from Tuesday 21 April until Tuesday 12 May. Eligible staff should have received an email invitation with a link to the survey they are invited to complete.

Participants in the CROS survey can also enter a prize draw to win up to £1,000 to be spent on research-related activities such as conference attendance.

Professor George Marston, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), said: “At Northumbria University we have recently demonstrated through our REF performance that we are truly becoming a research-rich university. However, we also recognise that we have more to do and the importance of supporting, developing and rewarding research staff in enabling the University to achieve its goals.

“The surveys provide valuable sector-wide and institutional data regarding HE research policy drivers and trends. The findings and analysis will be used to inform Northumbria’s researcher development training programmes and other activities in support of our research-active staff. They will also be used to benchmark us against the sector.”

If you have any questions on the surveys, please contact me or my colleague Gill Drinkald in Research and Business Services.


Next Faculty of Business and Law Research Funding Drop-In on Wed 22 April

We’re holding our next research funding drop-in for the Faculty of Business and Law on Wednesday 22 April between 2-3.30pm. Louise Wyers (Pre-Award Coordinator) and I (Research Funding and Policy Manager) will be available in the CCE1 staff room on the ground floor to discuss draft research proposals or any ideas for future funding opportunities. You don’t need an appointment but if you’d like to reserve a specific time slot, please email me in advance.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships update

The EC has published some Frequently Asked Questions for the 2015 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Individual Fellowships call. This call is currently open with a closing date of 10 September.

If you are interested in applying to this call as either a host or a visiting fellow, we are holding an information session for Northumbria applicants on Monday 18 May at 10am. More information on this session will be published here soon.



Call for presenters for a Social Media Research Conference to be held in Newcastle Business School on Wednesday 6 May 2015

This is a guest post from Raffaele Filieri, Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Newcastle Business School.picture social media conference

I am running a Social Media research event in Newcastle Business School to bring together people from different disciplines with research interests in social media and digital communications to teach the top factors of search engine optimization everyone must know. The main aim of the event is to get a better understanding of who is doing what across the University and also in other regional universities, with a view to developing a community of practice on social media research.

We are keen to get a broad range of participants attending from a range of disciplines. The event will be held on May 6th (from 09.30 am) at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, room 403, fourth floor. It would be great if participants were willing to deliver a short presentation (15 minutes) on their recent research in these areas. This could be around:

–                 Review of the literature on a topic that you know well and discussion of future research directions

–                 A theoretical paper and potential avenues for future research

–                 A paper recently accepted for publication

–                 Works in progress

–                 A rejected paper

If you are interested in participating, please contact me by email before April 6th by providing me with a tentative title for your presentation.


Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Individual Fellowships call open

This year’s Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Individual Fellowships call has been launched with a deadline of 10 September 2015. Full call details, including the Guide for Applicants can be found on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal.MCA

Individual fellowships (IFs) enable researchers from one institution to spend up to two years fully funded at an institution in another country. Fellowships can be “European” i.e. moving to an institution in an EU Member State or Associated Country or “Global” i.e. the fellow moves to a third country that is neither an EU Member State nor an Associated Country.

Applications are developed jointly between the fellow and their intended host organisation. As well as a strong programme of research, the application needs to describe the benefits of the fellowship to both the researcher and the host institution and how the programme of research and training for the fellow will be implemented and managed. Industrial secondments can also be included.

Applications are evaluated by different panels according to the academic discipline and there is also scope to apply for a fellowship to restart your research career after a break or to return to a research career in Europe after time away. The overall aim is to to enhance the experience and skills of the fellow through advanced research, training and international mobility.

If you are interested in applying as either a fellow or as a host, then contact the Research Funding and Policy Manager for your faculty to discuss your idea, set a timeline for developing an application and access resources and support for your application.



Humanities in Horizon 2020

RCUK National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 have held a series of information days around the UK. A recent event in Swindon focused on European funding opportunities for Arts and Humanities researchers. Presentations covered some of the key Horizon 2020 opportunities:

Humanities researchers might also want to consider applying for the international funding that the AHRC offers. International Co-Is are eligible in various funding schemes including Research Grants, Research Networking, Follow-On Fund and some other thematic calls.

Getting involved in HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) or applying to the Newton Fund are other ways of developing international research partnerships.

Following the AHRC’s international team’s blog, Research beyond borders, is a useful way of keeping an eye on funding opportunities for international research collaboration specific to UK arts and humanities researchers.