Horizon 2020 Energy Infodays

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If you are interested in applying to any of the recently opened calls relating to Energy Efficiency you should check out the presentations and video recordings from two recent Horizon 2020 Information Days.

On Monday 19th September, there was an infoday on calls in the 2017 Work Programme on Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy. The infoday was structured around 8 sessions relevant to different stakeholders and interests: Industry, ICT, Public Authorities, Consumers and products, Financing, Project Development, Heating and Cooling and Preparing and Excellent Proposal. You can find all of the presentations on the Executive Agency for SMEs website.

On Tuesday 20th September, there was an Energy Research Virtual Information Day on remaining calls for proposals for Competitive Low-Carbon Energy. The presentations covered topics such as: Renewable Energy Technologies, Energy research with social sciences and humanities, All you need to know about evaluation, and some tips on preparing and submitting proposals. You can find all of the presentations on the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency website.

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Virtual Information Day on Horizon 2020 Energy Societal Challenge Calls, 20th September

clean fuelA virtual information day will be held on 20th September for potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’. Presentations by European Commission speakers will cover:

  • Relevant Horizon 2020 topics that will open for submission in 2016, in particular the novelties and changes in the updated Work Programme;
  • Submission and evaluation process;
  • Best practices from successful applicants.

The Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy Challenge is based on the following research areas:

  • Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint
  • Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply
  • Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
  • A single, smart European electricity grid
  • New knowledge and technologies
  • Robust decision making and public engagement
  • Market uptake of energy and ICT innovation.

You need to register in advance in order to participate in the info day.

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Mentoring Essentials – New workshop for Northumbria researchers, 15 September on City Campus

As part of our commitments to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and HR Excellence in Research Award, two research mentoring workshops will be held on Thursday 15 September.

Effective mentoring involves not only knowledge and expertise grounded in research and organisational experience, but also the fundamental skills of effective listening and questioning and an ability to generate insight and convert that into accountable action.

This workshop is an opportunity to:

o   Understand the context for research mentoring at Northumbria

o   Hear from successful mentors and mentees

o   Share good practice with peers and colleagues

o   Work practically through some core mentoring approaches including:

o   a practical model for mentoring conversations

o   setting accountable actions

Whether established or new to mentoring at Northumbria you are encouraged to attend one of the workshops. This is also a good way to meet other mentors and refresh or learn new mentoring techniques. If you are still in the early stages of your research career and are interested in developing your mentoring skills, you are also welcome to attend. 

Workshop Dates and Times:

Thursday 15th September 2016, 09.30 – 12.00, City Campus

Thursday 15th September 2016, 13.00 – 15.30, City Campus

If you wish to attend please email hr.development@northumbria.ac.uk or ring extension 4343.

A Research Mentoring Framework has been developed as part of the Researcher Development Programme to ensure all research-active staff have access to mentors. As part of the framework, regular training opportunities are provided for existing mentors and those interested in developing their mentoring skills or becoming a mentor in the future.

 

 

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Research, Impact and the UK Parliament

A training event aimed at researchers at any stage of their careers is being held in Newcastle on 23 September, 10-1.30 run by the UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement Service.

Houses.of.parliament.overall.arpThis interactive session will help you:

  • understand Parliament’s role and processes
  • learn how research is used in the UK Parliament
  • be able to identify opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work
  • learn tips and advice on communicating your research at Parliament

There is an attendance fee of £40 and the event is being held at Newcastle University’s Business School. For more information: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/education-programmes/universities-programme/academic-research/ 

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H2020 Innovative Training Networks info events in Sept and Oct

As National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, UKRO is holding two info events on the current Innovative Training Networks call. This call will open on 15 September and will close on 10 January.

The events will be held on 26 September at the University of Manchester and 12 October at the University of West London. They  are aimed at those interested in applying to this call and will take participants step by step through the proposal format and issues to consider when developing an application.

In both cases attendance is free but registration is essential. This can be done on the UKRO website. If you are not an UKRO member, you can sign up here.

Innovative Training Networks support joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions, industry and other non-academic organisations. The research training programmes are intended to provide doctoral students with excellent research skills, coupled with experience outside academia, hence developing their innovation capacities and employability prospects.

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Webinar on impact in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6

Net4Society, the Network of National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, has recorded a webinar on impact in Societal Challenge 6 projects, focusing on how the impact of proposals is assessed by evaluators. It is an hour long but worth a watch if you are developing an application to this Societal Challenge or have a H2020 project proposal with a significant Social Sciences and Humanities element.

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H2020 Innovative Training Networks info event, Manchester, 16 September 2016

question mark by Leo Reynolds CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (2)As UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), UKRO is holding an information event for those interested in applying to the 2017 MSCA Innovative Training Networks call, which has a deadline of 10 January 2017.

The event will be held from 10.30 – 16.00 on Friday 16 September at the University of Manchester. It will give participants an overview of the call, the proposal format and the aims of the Innovative Training Network programme. Attendance is free but registration is essential. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register on the UKRO website. If you are not already an UKRO subscriber, you can sign up here.

Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) train early stage researchers (typically PhD students) and provide skills development and experience in the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility. ITNs are collaborative research projects run by consortia of academic and non-academic partners across EU Member States and Associated countries.

UKRO has stated that there will be another similar event to be held in London during October. We will share more info here when we have it.

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ERC Starting Grant Information Events in September

UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council, is holding two events for academics interested in applying to the next ERCERC Starting Grants call (which will have an October 2016 deadline). The events will be held at the University of York on Monday 5 September from 13:30 – 17:00 and at King’s College London on  Tuesday 6 September 2016 from 10:00 – 13:00. Attendance is free but you must register to confirm your place.

ERC Starting Grants are for early career researchers who completed their PhD between 2-7 years prior to 1 January 2017. The grants are extremely attractive (offering up to € 1.5 million) funding promising researchers with a great track record to undertake an excellent and innovative research project.

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The European Commission is holding an info day in Brussels on 23 September on the ‘Smart cities and communities’ calls of the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work Programme ‘Cross-cutting activities’. Presentations will include details on the 2017 call and the application procedure. Registration is free of charge but essential in order to confirm your place.

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