Gerry Czerniawski from the University of East London has written an excellent blog giving his top tips for career development for ECRs. Whist it is aimed at researchers in Education (it is written for the British Education Research Association, or BERA for short) many of the tips can be applied to other disciplines.
As UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council (ERC), UKRO is holding two events for researchers interested in applying for the 2018 ERC Starting Grant call. There will be an event at the Natural History Museum in London on 19 July from 10.45-13.30 and another identical event at the University of Edinburgh on 26 July from 10.00-13.00.
The events are free but registration is essential. You can sign up on the UKRO website.
The 2018 Starting Grant call is likely to open on 18 July and close on 17 October. These grants offer flexible, generous funding to researchers with an excellent track record at the stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. To be eligible for the 2018 call, the PI must be 2-7 years from their PhD on 1 January 2018, which is extendable in certain limited cases.
Individual Fellowships (IF) are aimed at individual fellows who already have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. They enable researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States 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 compulsory 12 month return phase in a Europe host organisation.
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.
UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding two information events on the call to be held in Liverpool on 5 May and Bristol on 23 May. These events will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the IF scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. Attendance is free but you must register on the UKRO website to reserve a place.
If you are thinking about developing an application, please contact your relevant Research Funding and Policy Manager who can advise and support you through the application process as well as share resources such as previously successsful applications.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures 2017 call which opens in early December, Dr Katie Ward, UK H2020 National Contact Point, will be giving an overview of the call at Newcastle University’s Institute of Genetic Medicine on 12 December at 14.00. For more information on how to register, please contact me directly.
We will be holding the monthly Wednesday afternoon funding drop-in in the staff room on the ground floor of CCE1 this week from 2.30-4.00.
Questions regarding divorce, child custody, and child support all fall under the expertise of a family lawyer. This is an opportunity to ask any funding-related questions, big or small, or to get advice on funding opportunities, draft proposals and bid ideas from Emma Batey (Business and Engagement Manager), Louise Wyers (Pre-Award Co-ordinator) and me (Research Funding and Policy Manager).
The event will introduce the content of the forthcoming calls, present insights and priorities from the European Commission, provide information on the support available to UK applicants and offer networking opportunities to help find new project partners. In addition, National Contact Points (NCPs) from the UK, Ireland, Poland and Cyprus will be present to answer questions and help develop new collaborations. There will also be an opportunity to pitch ideas and expertise to representatives of industry and research organisations.
The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. More info is available on the event website.
The day will feature presentations from a number of speakers including the European Commission, National Contact Points from the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Poland, Enterprise Europe Network and the Knowledge Transfer Network. The event will give lots of useful information about the themes of the upcoming calls under Societal Challenge 5 as well as related priorities under Societal Challenge 2. The day will also include a best practice UK SME speaker, and an opportunity to pitch your project idea or collaboration opportunity.
The event is free to attend but you must register in advance.
Emma Batey, the Faculty’s Business and Engagement Manager, and I (Research Funding and Policy Manager for B&L) will hold the monthly Wednesday afternoon funding drop-in in the staff room on the ground floor of CCE1 this week from 2.30-4.00.
This is an opportunity to ask any funding-related questions, big or small, or to get advice on funding opportunities, draft proposals and bid ideas. To book a specific time, please email me or Emma.
There has been a good amount of faculty interest in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships lately and Emma is happy to focus this session on developing KTPs, identifying deadlines, building relationships with external organisations and any other KTP-related questions but please feel free to come along to talk about other funding issues too.
ITNs are the main strand of funding in Horizon 2020 aimed at supporting Early Stage Researchers (doctoral researchers). The scheme supports joint training and/or doctoral programmes implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses and other socio-economic actors. There are three different strands to apply for: European Training Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) and European Joint Doctorates (EJD).
UKRO, in its capacity as MSCA National Contact Point, is organising an ITN Information event at the University of West London on 12 October 2016. If you’re interested in attending, register online here.