Reminder: Finding Research Funding, 9th July

Magnifying glass by Rafael Anderson Gonzales Mendoza CC BY-NC-SA 2Reminder: Sam and I are running training on Finding Research Funding using Research Professional and other online resources, such as UKRO, next Tuesday, 9th July from 2-4pm. If you’d like to attend, please email Donna Smith in HR (donna.c.smith@northumbria.ac.uk) to book a place.

We will cover how to use both Research Professional and UKRO in detail, which are the two most comprehensive online sources of funding information for UK and EU funding opportunities. The session will be practical so you’ll get the chance to try out your own searches and refine them to get the information you need. We will be on hand to provide 1:1 advice and guidance where required.

There are a maximum of 20 places available per session allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We will be running a number of these sessions over the next academic year, so if you can’t make it in July, just book onto the next one. The full list was given in the original post.

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Finding Research Funding: How to use Research Professional and other online resources

Magnifying glass by Rafael Anderson Gonzales Mendoza CC BY-NC-SA 2If you want to find out how to search for and find funding opportunities which match your research interests quickly and efficiently, why not book onto one of our Finding Research Funding training sessions. This will give you a practical guide to setting up funding searches and alerts to make sure you stay up to date with relevant opportunities as they are released.

We will cover how to use both Research Professional and UKRO in detail, which are the two most comprehensive online sources of funding information for UK and EU funding opportunities. The session will be practical so you’ll get the chance to try out your own searches and refine them to get the information you need. We will be on hand to provide 1:1 advice and guidance where required.

The next session takes place on Tuesday, 9th July from 2-4pm. To book you need to email Donna Smith in HR (donna.c.smith@northumbria.ac.uk). There are a maximum of 20 places available per session allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We will be running a number of these sessions over the next academic year, so if you can’t make it in July, just book onto the next one.

Here are the full details:

Delivered by: Samantha King, David Young (Research Funding and Policy Managers, Research and Business Services)
Who should attend? Academic and Postdoctoral researchers, PGR students
Aims and objectives: This workshop will give researchers the tools they need to search for and find funding opportunities relevant to their research interests. We will focus particularly on how to use Research Professional, including creating an account, developing targeted and personalised searches, and setting up funding alerts. We will also cover how to use UKRO to stay up to date with EU funding information.
Times and dates: Tuesday, 9th July 2013 (2-4pm)

Tuesday, 5th November 2013 (10am-12pm)

Thursday, 9th January 2014 (2-4pm)

Friday, 11th April 2014 (10am-12pm)

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Off to ARMA… Back Soon!

back soon by Jeremy Grites CC BY-NC-ND 2It’s that time of year again – most of us are off to the ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) conference next week in Nottingham, so the blog will be a bit quiet for a week or so.

This year’s highlights include a session on public engagement and impact by our very own Alexandra Robson and Samantha King. I’ll also be taking part in a “Special Interest Group” on the whys and wherefores of Research Development (look out for an article soon in Research Professional on this topic written by Phil Ward), and there’ll be plenty to get our teeth into on Horizon 2020 and looking beyond the REF.

Hardy soul that she is, Sam’s going from ARMA straight to the UKRO conference in Edinburgh to learn even more about European funding. The idea is that we’ll all gain some insights and intelligence on research funding and related issues which we will feed back to you via the blog and in briefings and workshops over the summer.

The blog will be back up and running in mid-late June as usual.

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Starting and Advanced Investigators: ERC information and bid writing events

UKRO has issued a reminder about three remaining information and bid writing events for ERC Starting and Advanced Investigator grants:

  • University College London (UCL), Wednesday 5th September 2012
  • University of Glasgow, Wednesday 12th September 2012
  • Natural History Museum (NHM), London, Tuesday 16th October 2012 (Advanced Grants only)

The deadline for the Starting Grants is 17th October while the Advanced Grants call closes on 22nd November. If you’re planning on submitting a bid to either of these schemes you’re strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions if you haven’t already. You can book online via the UKRO NCP portal:

Each session will provide participants with an overview of the ERC Starting Grants orAdvanced Grants schemes. Participants should gain a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues they are required to address in planning, writing and costing an ERC Grant proposal. There will also be an opportunity to ask some questions. Attendance will be free of charge, thanks to the support from the organisations hosting the events.

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Finding Research Funding: New Training Opportunity!

If you want to find out how to search for and find funding opportunities which match your research interests quickly and efficiently, why not book onto one of our Finding Research Funding training sessions. This will give you a practical guide to setting up funding searches and alerts to make sure you find relevant opportunities as they are released.

The next session takes place on Wednesday 27th June from 1-3pm. To book you need to email aimee.stonehouse@northumbria.ac.uk. There are a maximum of 20 places available per session allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here are the full details:

Delivered by: Samantha King, Teresa Kirby, David Young (Research and Business Services)
Who should attend? Academic and Postgraduate research staffResearch administrators
Aims and objectives: This workshop will give researchers and administrators the tools they need to search for and find funding opportunities relevant to their research interests. We will focus particularly on how to use Research Professional, including creating an account, developing targeted and personalised searches, and setting up funding alerts. We will also cover how to use UKRO to stay up to date with EU funding information.
Times and dates: Wednesday, 27 June 2012 (1.00-3.00pm)Tuesday, 18 September 2012 (1.00-3.00pm)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 (1.00-3.00pm)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 (1.00-3.00pm)

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FP7 People: Fellowships Results Published!

UKRO reports that the preliminary results for the Framework Programme 7 People Programme Individual Fellowships have been published by the Commission. The full lists for all three types of fellowships (incoming, outgoing and intra-european) are available on the FP7 Participant Portal, under Additional documents for each call:

FP7 People: 2011 Individual Fellowships Preliminary Results

The preliminary results assign one of five categories to each submitted project. Category A proposals are on the main funding list and prospective fellows will already have been contacted by the Commission to begin negotiations. Category B proposals are on the reserve list and applicants need to wait until the first round of negotiations with category A projects has concluded to know whether there is sufficient budget for them to go ahead. This can happen for example when a category A applicant withdraws. Categories C, D and E have been rejected for various reasons, either because of funding constraints or where the proposal was below the quality threshold or not evaluated. You’ll need to know the proposal acronym or proposal number in order to check where your project appears on the list.

Individual fellowships from the People Programme – also called Marie Curie Actions – enable researchers based in Europe to spend 1 – 2 years carrying out a research project in another EU member state (intra-european fellowships), or outside of Europe (outgoing fellowships). The international incoming fellowships fund researchers based outside of Europe to come into a European research institution. The fellowships are attractive both because they offer a relatively high reimbursement for fellows and because they are “bottom up” in the sense that the applicant and host institution jointly decide the topic and plan the research programme.

Northumbria University staff should contact Teresa Kirby, European Strategy Manager to find out more about Individual Fellowships and for assistance with any proposals.

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