H2020 Research Infrastructure Work Programme 2018-20 – Information Event 22 November

An Information Event about the RI Work Programme has been arranged for 22 November, 10.00-3.00 at Newcastle University.  The event will cover:

  • An overview of the 2018-2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme and calls (This will be a video playback from the event in London on 14 November where a European Commission speaker gave a presentation. There will hopefully be a live video link to Brussels for a question and answer session with the Commission).
  • How to put together a winning proposal – a recent success story
  • An overview of services offered by the UK Research Office
  • A presentation of the call timetable (by Katie Ward, UK National Contact Point)
  • Lunch and networking

Although attendance at the event is free, you will need to register here.

Details of the RI work plan can be found here (pdf document, use the pdf compressor), and a full list of call topics can be found here.




Research Funding 101: Developing successful grant applications

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Piggy bank with coins by 401k CC BY-SA 2

If you’re interested in finding out more about research funding but not sure where to start, or if you’ve applied for a grant but have been unsuccessful, this workshop could be for you.

Developing Successful Grant Applications – Tuesday 21st October, 1.30pm-5pm, Squires Annex 208

Participants will:

  • Understand the institutional, national and international context of funded research;
  • Be able to identify selected sources relevant to their own research and discipline;
  • Know how to submit an application and what support is available;
  • Understand the characteristics of good grant applications and know how to avoid common pitfalls;
  • Be able to take the first steps in developing a proposal for research funding.

Although this is part of the PG-HEP programme (Post-graduate certificate in Higher Education practice), it is open to all academic staff. Please register on the HR Staff Development pages.


Leverhulme Trust to visit Northumbria

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Calendar by DafneCholet CC BY 2.0All interested Northumbria staff are welcome to attend a presentation from Jean Cater, Assistant Director of the Leverhulme Trust at 2.30 on Monday 23rd June in the Corry Room at Sport Central, Northumberland Road. It will be a great opportunity to get an overview of the work of the Trust and to ask any questions you may have about Leverhulme’s various funding programmes.

The Leverhulme Trust is a major charitable funder that supports a range of research projects. They do not fund research which is of direct relevance to clinicians, medical professionals and/or the pharmaceutical industry OR policy-driven research where the principal objective is to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives. For information on the funding streams available, please click here.

Please confirm your attendance to kerri.jude@northumbria.ac.uk as soon as possible.



Horizon 2020 first calls launched today

open by Tom Magliery CC BY-NC-SA 2.0The EU’s new R&D programme, Horizon 2020, has finally been launched today. The first calls for proposals have been published on the Participant Portal.

We are not yet sure if the European Commission’s promise to simplify call information and application processes holds true. If you need help finding your way around this programme and identifying which calls for proposals are relevant to your research area, please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager for support.


European Research Council calls forecast

erc_logoThe European Research Council (ERC) (part of Horizon 2020) provides attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/ high-risk research. Proposals are judged solely on the basis of scientific excellence and applications can be made in any field of research. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

The draft European Research Council (ERC) Work Programme for 2014 has been published on the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 website.  Although it is not the final version, it has been approved by EU Member States and is not expected to change substantially.

The planned call publication and deadline dates in 2014 dates are:

  • Starting Grants: call published on 11 December 2013, deadline on 25 March 2014
  • Consolidator Grants: call published on 11 December 2013, deadline on 20 May 2014
  • Advanced Grants: call published on 17 June 2014, deadline on 21 October 2014

To be eligible for a Starting Grant, applicants must have held a PhD for between 2-7 years at the publication date of the call for proposals. Consolidator Grant applicants should have held their PhD for more than 7 but less than 12 years. There are no specific eligibility criteria for an Advanced Grant.

Starting Grants are designed to support excellent PIs at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicants must demonstrate the ground breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of 1 500 000 euro for a period of 5 years.

If you are interested in developing a proposal, contact the Research Funding and Policy Managers in RBS.



Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant opportunities

exclamation mark by Leo Reynolds CC BY-NC-SA 2.0The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced 3 new funding opportunities.

1. The Grand Challenges Explorations programme call for proposals is now open. Applicants can be at any experience level,  and from any discipline and organisation, including universities. Proposal topics include the following:

  • Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development
  • Inciting Healthy Behaviours
  • Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of Interventions for Severe Diarrhoea and Enteric Dysfunction
  • Develop the Next Generation of Condom
  • The “One Health” Concept: Bringing Together Human and Animal Health

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive up to US $1 million additional funding. The deadline is 12 November.

2. The Grand Challenges India partnership launched Reinvent the Toilet Challenge – India, to support the development of sustainable sanitation solutions for urban and rural populations in India and the developing world. Grants will be to Indian researchers, but partnerships with researchers in other countries are encouraged. The application process requires a letter of inquiry to be submitted by 15 November.

3. The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana has created the Noguchi Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, which seeks to train young African scientists in control methods for poverty-related diseases, equip them to compete effectively for international funding for research work in Africa, offer them international exposure, and facilitate their networking and collaboration with other institutions. The applications deadline is November 30, 2013.


Horizon 2020 Information Days and Brokerage Events

horizon2020In preparation for the launch of the new EU research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, there are a number of information days and partner brokerage events coming up in the fields of key enabling technologies, energy and under Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials.

Details are below. We will continue to add details of future events of potential interest to Northumbria researchers as we receive them.

EU Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies in Horizon 2020, 29 November 2013, Strasbourg

The EU Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in Horizon 2020 will focus on:

  • Nanotechnologies
  • Advanced materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Processing
  • Energy efficiency in Buildings
  • Factories of the Future
  • Sustainable process industries

Participants will have the opportunity to present their own project concepts and to meet representatives from companies/SMEs, universities and research organisations in order to exchange ideas during pre-arranged meetings. In your profile you can state what kind of technology/product/expertise you are offering, what kind of cooperation you are looking for and which ideas you would like to discuss with potential collaboration partners.

The aim is to pave the way for future co-operations and European projects including Horizon 2020 call topics for 2014 and 2015. More information and registration details are available from the workshop website.

Horizon 2020 Energy Information Day for 2014 and 2015 calls, 5 December 2013, Brussels.

This event will give essential information on the calls for proposals which will be open in 2014 and 2015. These calls are expected to cover Energy Efficiency, Competitive Low Carbon Energy and Smart Cities and Communities. Activities extend from research to market including activities build on the experience of the previous Intelligent Energy Europe Programme in facilitating market uptake of energy technologies and services, fostering of social innovation and accelerating the cost effective implementation of the Union’s energy policies.

It will be an excellent networking opportunity for potential participants as well as a chance to understand the new rules for participation under Horizon 2020.

The deadline for registration is 28 November 2013. Please note that this event is expected to be heavily over-subscribed. You can register here. https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fmi/scic/ENERINFO13/start.php

EU Brokerage Event for the first Horizon 2020 Energy calls, 6 December 2013, Brussels

To support participation in the calls outlined in the event above, on the following day a Brokerage Event for the first Horizon 2020 Energy calls will be held. It aims to target a wide spectrum of companies, universities and researchers from Europe and beyond and will support the creation of consortia for the upcoming Horizon 2020 Energy calls on the 3 focus areas:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Competitive Low Carbon Energy
  • Smart Cities and Communities

The event is free of charge. The deadline for registration is 20 November.

Information day on Horizon 2020 2014 calls in Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, 17 November 2013, Brussels.

The European Commission is holding an InfoDay on 12 November on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. The event aims to explain the 2014-2015 Work Programme and will provide guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals under the 2014 calls.

Registration for this event has closed but if you are interested, you can watch the event online. More information



ESRC – Social Science Research Supporting Dementia

As part of a national dementia initiative, ESRC and the National Institute for Health Research will be working together to support social science research on dementia with up to £13m funding available.

The Prime Minister has announced plans to tackle what he is calling a ‘national crisis’ posed by dementia, including a doubling of research funding into dementia to £66 million per year by 2015. As part of the funding being made available, the ESRC and National Institute for Health Research will be working together to support an initiative with up to £13 million funding available for social science research on dementia.

It is estimated that around 800,000 people in the UK currently have dementia, with 670,000 family and friends acting as primary carers. The Government initiative is set not only to look at cures and early diagnosis, but also the health and social care systems and community initiatives in place to deal with this growing problem.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “One of the greatest challenges of our time is what I’d call the quiet crisis, one that steals lives and tears at the hearts of families, but that relative to its impact is hardly acknowledged. Dementia is simply a terrible disease. And it is a scandal that we as a country haven’t kept pace with it. The level of diagnosis, understanding and awareness of dementia is shockingly low. It is as though we’ve been in collective denial.”

“Dementia is a major challenge for our society, and it is imperative to develop an understanding of the needs of those with dementia, their families and the communities they live in,” ESRC Chief Executive Paul Boyle commented. “Funding social science research in this area could provide much-needed evidence for changes in future health and social care policy, as well as practical guidance for charities and third sector organisations working with sufferers of dementia.”

**UPDATE 01/06/2012** ESRC has just released more information on the timetable for the call, which will include a meeting in mid-late June. If you’re interested in this call you are strongly advised to register to attend the meeting.