National Contact Points for Horizon 2020

Telephone by plenty.r CC BY SA 2.0The role of the UK Horizon 2020 National Contact Points is to provide advice and assistance to UK participants within specific areas of the programme and to support the UK’s continued success in EU research funding.

The NCPs are able to advise on required documentation, administrative procedures and rules and they can give feedback on proposals and assist in partner searches. They are also keen to hear what we think is missing in the 2014-2015 work programmes so they can inform  BIS and the European Commission what the academic community wants to see included in the 2016-2017 versions.

Full contact details below:


Excellent Science
European   Research Council – NCP helpdesk UKRO 0032 2289
ICT and FET   – NCP Peter Walters 01243 430 3700777 198 2248
Marie Curie Actions – NCP UKRO 0032 2 230
Research   Infrastructures – NCP Katie Lambert 01235 445 6220782 731  
Industrial Leadership
SMEs – NCP Steve Bradley 0750 146
Space – NCP Robert Lowson 0797 384  
Societal Challenges
Europe in a   changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies – NCP ESRC 0179 341
Food   Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and   Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy – NCP Jane Watkins 0130 232 2633
Health – NCP Octavio PernasAlex Harris 0777 558 395   2214
Industrial   Biotechnology and Eco-innovation – NCP Ewa Bloch 0777 137
Climate   Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials – NCP Catherine Holt 0130 232 2633
Energy –   NCP Kerry YoungHelen Fairclough 0845 600
Transport –   NCP Cliff Funnell 0781 330
Nanotechnologies,   Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMP) – NCP Craig Sharp 01355
Other aspects
Legal and   financial – NCP Stephen Alexander 01355 593
Science   with and for Society – NCP 0179 341 3159swafs&
Secure   Societies – NCP Derek Gallaher 0785 255
Spreading   excellence and widening participation – NCP Alexa Mills 0179 341 3159SWAFS&


National Libraries Day 8th February: What does the University Library do to support researchers?

This is a guest post by Michelle Walker, Research Support Librarian:

“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.”

Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007) awarding winning playwright, TV and movie screenwriter, and best-selling novelist.

library“It is National Libraries Day on 8th February and while many of you may no longer visit the University Library physically, you are likely to be accessing our collection and services online from your offices.  You might also not have heard all the latest about what your Library is doing to support researchers.

The Libraries at Coach Lane and City Campus  provide designated research space in our Research Zones.  Access to a quiet space with resources and refreshments available or a place to discuss and collaborate with other researchers.

Beyond a physical space the Library contains far more than its walls could ever hold.  The explosion of digital content and services around these allow researchers to access materials 24/7 via key databases, such as Web of Science and MLA International Bibliography.  Our electronic journal collection allows access to millions of articles and we are expanding this collection through targeted purchases to key journals such as Nature and JSTOR Arts and Science II and V.

The newly expanded inter library loan service allows even faster delivery of journal articles directly to your desktop  – effectively you are able to access over 10,000 libraries worldwide.  We are purchasing more ebooks to boost our collections providing instant access to monographs, enabling research to take place anywhere and anytime.

Our services in training and support for researchers are well known around campus.  The highly successful Researcher Development Weeks in November and March offer workshops designed to support the development and training on key researcher skills identified by Vitae.   Keeping up to date using RSS feeds, Measuring your research performance using citation metrics, Literature reviews and Copyright are just some of the workshops available.  All of our materials are available 24/7 via Skills Plus and extra videos and materials enable further personal development in a variety of ways.

The Research Support team also support the referencing software, EndNote, and offer monthly training sessions, training materials on Skills Plus and individual support to researchers.

And once the skills are developed, the ideas generated, the research undertaken and finally published, the Library provides Northumbria Research Link (NRL).  NRL showcases Northumbria research, making it discoverable  online to a global audience, enhancing impact and the chance of citation.  We actively develop NRL to better promote you research and most recently have enabled ORCID numbers to be added to NRL records to enable a researchers complete body of work to be easily identified. We are also working as part of a Research and Innovation Committee working group to establish the Northumbria approach to Open Access (OA).

As Sidney Sheldon remarked – ‘Libraries do change lives for the better’ – and even more so when we can support you to create new knowledge which changes the world.”


Now On Twitter

The Twitter bird by eldh CC BY 2.0I’ve recently created a Twitter account which I’ll be using to discover and share news and opportunities relevant to researchers at Northumbria.

I’ll still be blogging regularly with in-depth posts here on the Northumbria Research Support blog, but Twitter allows me to share information more quickly, as well as to engage with researchers, funders and others who work in research management and administration across the UK and beyond.

I’ve embedded my Twitter feed in the right-hand sidebar on the blog, and also below in this post so you can have a quick look at what’s been catching my attention lately right here on the blog:

Follow @davidyoungres on Twitter and say hello!


Preparing for ARMA 2012

A few of us from RBS are heading down to Southampton tonight for this year’s Association of Research Managers and Administrators conference, subtitled “Making a Difference!”. Taking place over 12th-13th June, the conference provides an opportunity to hear from our peers on a range of topics related to research management, from ways to improve pre-award support to increasing the impact from funded research.

I’m also involved in co-delivering a parallel session on Using Social Media in Research Support, alongside Julie Northam (Bournemouth), Adam Golberg (Nottingham), and Phil Ward (Kent). We’ll be looking at how to use different types of social media in our professional lives and hopefully demonstrating that Twitter isn’t just about discussing what you had for breakfast. There’ll also be an opportunity to take part in a practical demonstration of the value of social media when we invite feedback and comments on the session via our blogs!

Here’s our session abstract:

Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Wikis, and LinkedIn are all examples of ‘social media’ – methods of internet communication that allow the exchange of ideas, sharing and collaborative creation of resources, and making new contacts with people with common interests. How might universities make use of social media in research support? What works, what doesn’t, and why? This session will include an introduction to social media, and presentations of case studies about university research offices who are already using social media, particularly blogs, and from individuals using social media to expand their own professional networks.


Welcome to the Northumbria Research Support Blog

Welcome to the new blog from the Research Support team at Northumbria University. We are part of the Research & Business Services department and we provide research funding support, advice, and guidance across the University.

On this blog, we’ll be writing about research funding news, opportunities, events, hints, tips, and policy analysis. Our aim is to help you stay on top of the research funding game and to provide you with the information you need to prepare and submit high quality applications. You can stay up to date by subscribing to the RSS feed via feed reader or email.

There’s not much to see here at the moment, but this will become one of the main routes of communication and dissemination for the Research Support team in RBS and we’ll be updating regularly. In the meantime, why not have a look at our bookmarks on Delicious or some of the other useful blogs and sites linked in the sidebar on the right hand side?

We’d love to know what you think about the blog and the support offered by Research & Business Services more generally. Please drop us a line or pop in for a chat – our details are on the Contact page.