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Arjan Gosal one of our RKEO Research Reflections event presentation joint winners!

At our recent RKEO Research Reflections event at the Festival of Learning it was really interesting to hear about the amazing variety of research taking place at BU and to have them presented with such enthusiasm and different styles.

A big congratualtions to Arjan Gosal who was one of the joint winning presenters – please see below for a taste of his presentation – ‘Losing sight of the trees for the honey’.Arjan Gosal photo (2)

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment highlighted the importance of quantifying ecosystem services as being pivotal to the allocation of environmental resources though robust policy creation and implementation. Whilst biophysical and economic values are often used in conservation planning by decision makers, community ecosystem values are rarely quantified or defined clearly. Recreation, aesthetics and cultural ecosystem services are primary to this work.


Arjan Gosal Slide (2)A multifaceted approach using various techniques, including participatory GIS, spatial mapping, GPS tracking of visitors and use of existing data sets are explored in relation to the New Forest. Situated on the South Coast of England, it is a prime example of a historic natural landscape, from being a medieval hunting ground to a commoning system that survives to the current day. England’s most recently designated national park has over 34,000 residents and many more visitors each year. With a clear need to understand the dynamics of how people value the various habitats and areas of this national park; this work aims to provide a strong methodology for inclusion of peoples shifting views on habitats and changing landscapes.

Although a substantial amount of research has examined the connections between biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services, much of this has been conducted at relatively Arjan Gosal Presenting at Research Reflections (2)small scales, and with a limited number of species. There is therefore a need to understand how these relationships translate to a landscape scale, at which environmental management decisions need to be undertaken. Thus it is important we don’t lose sight of the wider landscape when assessing cultural services, not just looking at the honeypot sights, so that we do not lose sight of the trees.

Please contact Arjan if you would like to receive further information relating to his research.


Small Event Grants – Contemporary European Studies UACES

Are you a member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies? Successful applicants for Small Event Grants will receive up to £1,000 of funding for one-off events, typically conferences or workshops. Closing date Friday 18th September 2015. Proposals are welcome on any aspect of contemporary European Studies, particularly interdisciplinary proposals which encourage the participation…

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Digital Project Grants – Awards up to £40,000

Digital Project Grants – Awards up to £40,000

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art invites applications for its digital project grants. These provide institutions and individuals help to support a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project which will lead to a digital or online project. Closing date 30th September 2015. Projects may include: online exhibition or curation…

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Funding Opportunities

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

Silicon Photonics for Future Systems programme innovation fund

The EPSRC‐funded Programme Grant “Silicon Photonics for Future Systems (SPFS)” includes an innovation fund to enable the inclusion of additional partners to bring additional value to the programme.

Initial engagement will be via short research projects that support the aims of the programme. Therefore, proposals from UK‐based academic researchers are invited for projects valued up to £100k to support the research areas of the Programme Grant.

Closing Date: 26 August 2015 at 5pm


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB and other funders

Synthetic biology applications for protective materials

The EPSRC Engineering theme, in partnership with Dstl and the BBSRC, are inviting proposals that explore research in the area of Synthetic Biology applications for Protective Materials. Funds of up to £2.5 million are available. We expect to support between four and five research projects, up to three years in duration, subject to the quality of the proposals received. Under this partnership, funding is available to support cutting-edge, novel academic research on new applications for Synthetic Biology with regard to protective materials. Proposals will be assessed through external peer review followed by a panel meeting.

Applicants must complete the Intent to Submit survey on this page by 28 August 2015; applicants who do not do this will be ineligible for the call.

The closing time and date for full proposals is 16:00 on 01 October 2015.

By submitting a full application to this call you give Dstl, EPSRC and BBSRC the right to show it to other Government departments in confidence.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB and other funders

High Value Manufacturing Catapult fellowships

High Value Manufacturing Catapult fellowships aim to strengthen relations between academics and manufacturers, and accelerate the transition of research from the laboratory to industry.

Funded by EPSRC and coordinated by the University of Sheffield AMRC, the fellowship programme aims to increase academic involvement in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Academic fellows will carry out research at one or more of the seven centres that form the HVM Catapult, a national network backed by Innovate UK.

The fellowships will enable academic staff to spend six-month research visits, spread over one to four years, in one or more of the HVM Catapult centres. The projects must be aligned to work previously funded by EPSRC.

EPSRC and Innovate UK are now inviting proposals for the third round of fellowships. For more information and to apply, please visit the High Value Manufacturing Catapult fellowships website, or email:

Closing Date: 28th August 2015



Arts and Humanities Research Council, GB and other funders

Cultural heritage and rapid urbanisation in India

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) are pleased to announce a joint call for Research Networking projects addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’. Funding of between £30,000-£45,000 per project for UK applicants is available on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC.  Matched resources are available from ICHR for Indian applicants. Awards should have a duration of up to 6 months and will be expected to start between 1st December 2015 and 1st February 2016. It is expected that 4-5 awards will be made under this call.

Awards will be funded through the Newton Fund – a 5 year programme that aims to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies.​

Closing Date: 22 September 2015 at 4pm

Innovate UK, GB and other funders

Connected and autonomous vehicles

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million* in collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies (delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of BIS) to stimulate developments in autonomous vehicles and connected transport systems.

Building on the government’s ‘Introducing driverless cars to UK roads’ collaborative research initiative, this competition aims to encourage development of connected and autonomous vehicles, focusing on three themes – connectivity, autonomy and customer interaction – along with catalysing new business models. Proposals must be led by a business and be collaborative. We are primarily seeking to fund collaborative research and development (industrial research). Small business partners could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.
We welcome consortia led by any sized company and particularly encourage proposals from medium-sized companies. Research organisations may participate as collaborators in a consortium but business partners must incur at least 70% of the total eligible project costs. We expect collaborative R&D projects to range in size from total costs of £1 million to £5 million. We encourage overseas-based partners to participate in consortia by conducting their R&D in the UK. Up to £2.5 million of the total funding will be available for smaller-scale feasibility studies. These are open to companies working alone or collaboratively. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%. We expect feasibility studies to range in size from £50,000 to £250,000.
The deadline for applications is at noon on 30 September 2015.
There will be a briefing in London for potential applicants on 4 August 2015.

Leverhulme Trust, GB

Research fellowships

Offering up to £50,000 over three to twenty-four months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £50,000. The awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 24 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2016 and 1 May 2017.

Closing Date: 12 November 2015


Leverhulme Trust, GB

International academic fellowships

Enabling established researchers based at a UK higher education institution to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. Up to £40,000 is available for a period of three to twelve months. 

International Academic Fellowships provide established researchers with a concentrated period based in one or more research centres outside the UK. The intention of the scheme is to provide opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas, and may for example be used for the following:

  • observing and learning ground-breaking techniques or practices
  • developing new lines of research through overseas collaboration
  • making “discipline-hopping excursions” into new areas of research
  • developing innovations in teaching
  • exchanging ideas

If you wish to dedicate a period abroad entirely to a research project you should apply to the Trust’s Research Fellowships scheme.

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £40,000. Eligible costs include: reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas; travel to and within the overseas country or countries; a maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas; and essential research costs.

Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 12 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2016 and 1 May 2017.

Closing Date: 12th of November 2015.



Medical Research Council, GB and other funders

Methodology for eliciting expert opinion

MRC and NIHR invite applications (through the Methodology Research Programme) to conduct research into methodology for expert opinion elicitation. A vignette (PDF, 206KB)commissioned by the Methodology Advisory Group provides more background information. Applications are particularly sought on the following:

  • A short project to compare the available expert elicitation protocols and software and to identify strengths and weaknesses with the aim of identification of the most important aspects of “good” expert elicitation. This could lead into a longer-term project to propose and validate an optimally efficient protocol and software.
  • Investigation of whether the mode of expert opinion elicitation affects results. It would be valuable to validate individual elicitation methods/protocols, and to conduct head to head comparisons of different elicitation methods/protocols. Are different/more reliable answers achieved with an elaborate, structured method versus a streamlined one?  E.g. comparison of face-to-face vs online methods.
  • Methodology to identify and understand the range of opinions that are being obtained from an elicitation exercise, particularly where they may be conflicting.
  • Methods for synthesis of elicited expert opinion with other strands of evidence, to inform e.g. HTA or diagnostic decision making.

Applications for projects are invited through the normal MRC funding grant schemes (research grant, new investigator research grant etc.) and will be considered at the regular Methodology Research Programme Panel meetings, to this competition’s usual deadlines. These will be in competition with other applications received, but the Panel will be mindful of the strategic importance of this area.

Closing date: 19 Nov 15


Leverhulme Trust, GB

Emeritus fellowships

Providing research expenses of up to £22,000 over up to two years to enable senior researchers who have retired from an academic post to complete a research project and prepare the results for publication. The 2016 round opens on 1 September 2015. The maximum value of a Fellowship is £22,000.

  • Travel and subsistence costs for periods away from home
  • The employment of a research, clerical or secretarial assistant to support (rather than conduct) the work of the applicant
  • Photocopies
  • Photographic expenses
  • Office or laboratory consumables.

There is no provision for a personal maintenance allowance or remuneration for the applicant under this scheme. Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.

Closing Date: 4th February 2016



HEFCE Open Access Policy – Adjustments and Qualifications

hefce-logoOn Friday (24 July 2015), HEFCE announced a number of adjustments and qualifications to its policy for open access (OA) in the next REF following consultation with HEIs. The key adjustment is that:


  • From 1st April 2016, authors will have until 3 months after publication to deposit outputs in our Institutional Repository (BURO) via BRIAN.  This is a temporary measure for the first year of the policy, to allow time to transition to a new way of working.


  • From 1st April 2017, the transition period will end, and in order to comply with the Open Access policy, authors will be expected to deposit outputs in (BURO) via BRIAN within 3 months of acceptance.


In light of these adjustments, it is recommended that authors still deposit outputs as soon as possible after acceptance to ensure continued compliance with all OA policies.

The circular and updated policy are available through the links below, if you have any queries or require further information on Open Access at BU including the Open Access Publication Fund, please contact Peng Peng Hatch at

View this circular letter on the HEFCE website at:,202015/

View the full updated HEFCE policy at:

Introducing Katie Breadmore: Event Organiser in the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team

katieHi! My name is Katie Breadmore and I am currently working towards my degree in Events and Leisure Marketing. The third year of my course involves a yearlong work placement (until the end of July, 2016) in which I am working for the Knowledge Exchange and Impact team in the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office as an event organiser. My role involves the planning and co-coordinating of BU’s annual Festival of Learning as well as supporting a variety of other public engagement events over the course of the year. I am excited to see the events that I will be planning come to light and am ready for the challenge!

Having mainly had experience of working in pubs, I am excited to be working in a completely different environment. Outside of work I enjoy eating out, trips to the beach and walking my nutty but very cute cocker spaniel pup.

Impact case studies: what are they and why are they important?

Impact is fast becoming a new buzzword in higher education as demonstrating impact becomes more and more of priority in the context of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and requirements of funders. Precisely because of its associations with REF and funding bids, the term ‘impact’ can be off-putting, but really it means no more than showing how research is making a difference – something that many researchers do instinctively but perhaps wouldn’t think to classify as ‘impact’.


HEFCE defined impact as “an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.”  Impact then, can be seen as the effect and research the catalyst for change. HEFCE have identified four particularly outstanding impact case studies from the last REF, which they believe represent all the different ways that research can make a difference. These are:


Under the 2014 REF, impact counted as 20% of a unit’s overall quality score and there have been suggestions that in the next REF it may count for even more.  Panels took into account the research’s ‘reach’ and ‘significance’ and gave a rating of between 4* and unclassified for each profile.  Last year’s results showed that 97% of BU’s research is having an outstanding, very considerable or considerable impact on society – a fantastic achievement. You can read examples of our REF case studies here.


As well as being an opportunity to show how our research is making a difference, impact case studies can influence the make-up of our overall REF submission profile.  For example, if two impact case studies were submitted to a unit each would count for 10% of the profile’s overall score – a significant part of each submission.  The number of case studies submitted also determined the number of staff that can be returned within each unit of assessment.  Up to 14.99 (FTE) staff required 2 impact case studies, with each additional case study allowing the inclusion of another 9.99 (FTE) staff.  The contribution of each case study author to the overall unit result was therefore very significant. Their contribution went beyond that of REF, as the materials gathered have also been used to highlight BU’s research excellence as part of a University Alliance project as well as being used to persuade future students to study at BU.


Although it seems only a short period of time since the last REF results were published, preparations for the next REF – thought to be in 2020 – are already underway.  The submission date is likely to be late 2019, which means that researchers who are currently working to connect their research results with people or organisations that could benefit from their knowledge are excellent candidates for future impact case studies. While research impact needs to take place within the specific REF timeframe, the underpinning research could be recent or date back several years, with impact building on years of previous work.


To find out more about research impact and the support on offer from BU, please contact the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team in the Research Knowledge and Exchange Office.


To find out more about the impact element of the REF, you can read analysis reports of REF 2014 from King’s College London and RAND Europe.

Call for Papers: Media Representations of ‘Antisocial Personality Disorder’, 16th September.

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Call for papers:

Media Representations of ‘Antisocial Personality Disorder’

Wednesday, 16th September 2015

Bournemouth University

ESRC Seminar Series: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder

This day-event is being organised as part of the ESRC sponsored seminar series ‘Cross Disciplinary Perspectives on antisocial personality disorder’ ( and is being run in association with the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University and the ‘Media and the Inner World’ research network.

We are using ‘Antisocial personality disorder’ as a shorthand for a range of labels used to describe individuals who seem to act in very antisocial ways but who otherwise appear to have a clear understanding of the world. A central thesis of this series is that the kinds of difficulties that are likely to involve the use of labels like ASPD need to be understood within broader historical, cultural and socio-political contexts than many psychological and psychiatric constructs allow.

This event is designed to explore the ways in which the meanings of ASPD have been shaped by the representations of ‘antisocial’ or ‘deviant’ identities in wider culture – in art, literature, film, television and news media. One can find such representations in classic literary depictions of antiheroes like Heathcliff in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights or Camus’s L’etranger. Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel and later film adaptation, We Need to Talk about Kevin provides a more contemporary example of a portrayal of an antisocial individual that provoked discussion about the gendered dynamics of the family and maternal ambivalence. Cinematic representations of psychological disturbance can be found in the ‘outsider’ despair and destructiveness of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976), or in representations of jealous women in films such as Fatal Attraction (Lyne, 1987) or Gone Girl (Fincher, 2014). On TV, the proliferation of forensic detective dramas such as CSI (CBS, 2000) or legal dramas such as Silk (BBC1, 2001), often trouble the boundaries of ASPD and its meanings as a psychological condition.In news media, representations of mental health are also widespread in efforts to understand the subcultural shaping of individuals such as Dylann Roof, Timothy McVeigh, Mohammad Sidique Khan and others committing acts of ‘terror’.

Whilst such images contribute to the cultural shaping of ASPD, they in turn can have influence on legal and psychiatric debates about the nature of dangerous individuals. As the role of Taxi Driver in the trial of John Hinckley (who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan) illustrated, the interaction of media, psychiatry and law can be very direct and can have powerful implications. It is important therefore to explore the ways in which images of ASPD in popular culture also influence the fields of forensic psychotherapy, psychiatry and the law.

We are therefore inviting submissions from people who have an interest in media representations of ‘antisocial personality disorder’ and their significance to psychiatry and socio-legal contexts.

As this is sponsored by the ESRC we be able to pay modest travel and accommodation costs for speakers.

If you are interested in contributing, please send a 300 word abstract to:

· Dr David W Jones, Reader in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London (

Closing Date: 7th August (we will let people know soon after)

The organisers

· Dr David W Jones, Reader in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London (
· Dr Chris Scanlon, Group Analyst and Principal Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London. (
· Professor David Gadd (University of Manchester)
· Candida Yates, Professor of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University (

Policy Update



The National Union of Students will support a major demonstration against austerity and for free education, in a reversal of a decision which was taken over just a month ago. NUS backs national fees demonstration and censures president (THE).


Student Debt

In a new report, The Institute for Fiscal Studies says the loss of maintenance grants which was announced by the chancellor of the Exchequer in this month’s Budget, will see the poorest 40 per cent of students in England leave university with debts of up to £53,000, rather than up to £40,500. You can view the report here.


An article in the Guardian Higher Education Network discusses the new responsibilities that universities will face regarding stopping events happening that could potentially draw people into terrorism. The article suggests that the vague guidelines will perpetuate stereotypes and limit debate. The article also mentions that placing such a heavy responsibility on lecturers will subvert the pedagogic relationship between lecturers and students in the university setting. How do you spot a student extremist in a university? (Guardian Higher Education Network).

EU Membership

Universities need more positive and persuasive arguments for EU membership, according to Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute.  He has argued that universities should focus on benefits of international collaboration and the importance of big research projects. The pro-EU case must be about more than just funding (Research Fortnight).


Consultation- Alternative Providers

The outcome of the ‘Alternative Providers of Higher Education: Improving Quality and Value for Money’ consultation led by BIS has been published. Some key outcomes reveal that the government will require all alternative providers to provide KIS data from 2016/17 as well as requiring students at alternative providers on courses eligible for student support to have their English language skills assessed at minimum international level B2 on starting the course. You can view the consultation outcome here.



The inability of universities to demonstrate the effectiveness of initiatives aimed at improving participation, retention and student success is “increasingly untenable” as the teaching excellence framework approaches according to HEFCE. Hefce to ask for data on outcomes of access and attainment schemes (THE).


The Institute of Economic Affairs, has published a report calling for the abolition of the Research Excellence Framework, used by the funding councils to allocate an annual £1.6 billion of quality-related research funding to UK universities. The authors argue that the REF “uses significant resources and distorts resource allocation within the higher education sector away from teaching and knowledge dissemination”. News blog: right-wing thinktank close to Sajid Javid calls for scrapping of REF (THE).


Graduate Employment

Female graduates are more likely to find jobs after they leave university than their male peers, but those men who do find work enjoy higher starting salaries, the latest statistics on graduate employment show. Female graduates find more jobs, while men win higher pay (The Guardian).

Understanding Open Access workshop








Following the Finch Report, the Open Access movement has gained significant momentum in the UK. Most major funders now have open access policies and mandates. HEFCE’s post-REF2014 policy states – ‘To be eligible for submission in the post-REF2014, journal articles and conference proceedings (with ISSN) accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be made open access.

RKEO currently provides a series of Open Access and BRIAN development workshop to help academics understand Open Access and what needs to be done to comply. In this ‘Understanding Open Access’ workshop, you will:
– Gain a background and understanding of Open Access
– Understand what it means for Bournemouth University
– Know how to comply with the Open Access Policies (via BRIAN)

The next workshop will take place on 4th August, from 10am to 11am, at EB202, Lansdowne.

To book a place, please send an email to Organisational Development.

For queries about the workshop, please direct them to Pengpeng Hatch at RKEO.

Association for Events Management Education (AEME) Annual Forum at Falmouth University in Cornwall

Dr Caroline Jackson, Head of Events & Leisure Department, Faculty of Management was selected Chair of the Association for Events Management Education











Martin Robertson, Jules Hecquet, Caroline Jackson, Debbie Sadd, Mary Beth Gouthro & Lénia Marques from the Department of Events & Leisure, Faculty of Management

Academics from the Department of Events and Leisure, Faculty of Management, attended the Association for Events Management Education (AEME) Annual Forum at Falmouth University in Cornwall, where Dr Caroline Jackson was elected as Chair of the subject association for the next three years. The Association was officially formed in 2004 to advance events education and research. Whilst mainly a UK Higher Education member organisation, there are industry and international members. Caroline, representing Bournemouth University, was one of the founding members of AEME and developers of events education and research.

Dr Debbie Sadd, Dr Mary Beth Gouthro, Martin Robertson and Jules Hecquet presented ‘Creative approaches to learning being used at Bournemouth University’ and Dr Lénia Marques presented ‘The Intercultural Classroom’. Dr Caroline Jackson presented with Dr James Morgan and Chantal Laws from Westminster University about the early stages of a research project being undertaken for the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) on Events being part of the Creative Industries. Over 50 Event Management educators attended alongside industry representatives. The theme of the conference this year was ‘Creative Risk’ which proved to be a lively topic to debate.




Brazil – BU collaboration continues

The Statistical Research Centre at Bournemouth University (BU) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC) in Brazil have an MoU for research collaboration, knowledge exchange and student exchange. The MoU was a product of the connection established between BU’s world renowned experts in Singular Spectrum Analysis; Dr. Hossein Hassani and Dr. Mansi Ghodsi, and PUC’s world renowned researcher in utility forecasting Prof. Reinaldo Castro Souza. The team from BU which involves Dr. Hassani, Dr. Ghodsi and their PhD student, Emmanuel Sirimal Silva is involved in an ongoing Brazilian national project which has been outsourced to PUC under the care of Prof. Souza. The project aims at producing 5-year-monthly scenarios for artificial natural energy (water available for hydroelectricity generation) in Brazil where 70% of the electricity relies solely on hydro power plants which in turn are largely dependent on rainfall. Given the high volatility and uncertainty associated with the problem, it is not viable to generate a single forecast in this case. Instead the problem requires a more complex approach which is where BU’s expertise in the time series analysis and forecasting method of Singular Spectrum Analysis comes into play. The project relies on Singular Spectrum Analysis for decomposing Brazil’s artificial natural energy and extracting the signal and noise for each of the four Brazilian sub-systems. The team from BU and PUC have exchanged several visits including a research stay of Emmanuel in Rio de Janeiro, whereby there has been considerable knowledge exchange via workshops and research collaboration. Professors Souza and Cyrino were in Bournemouth for a three-day visit to discuss developments and complications which required BU’s input. There was also an informal request to further engage with the BU team on a second Brazilian national project which could benefit from BU’s expertise in Singular Spectrum Analysis. The Head of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department at BU, Prof. Jens Hӧlscher hosted the guests to exchange views on expanding the existing connection between the two Universities further in the future.

Prof. Reinaldo Castro Souza, Emmanuel Sirimal Silva, Prof. Jens Holscher and Prof. Fernando Cyrino at the Luncheon meeting.

Prof. Reinaldo Castro Souza, Emmanuel Sirimal Silva, Prof. Jens Holscher and Prof. Fernando Cyrino at the Luncheon meeting.

Latest Funding Opportunities

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Money Bear Funding

The following funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:


Healthcare impact partnerships

Funding supports projects that progress previous EPSRC-funded research in the crosscutting capability areas of disruptive sensing and analysis, and medical device design and innovation, towards impact within a healthcare application. Proposals must address at least one of the following healthcare technologies grand challenges:

  • developing future therapies;
  • frontiers of physical intervention;
  • optimising treatment;
  • transforming community health and care.

Award amount max: Total budget – £5 million, unspecified for each project Closing date: Intent to submit – 27/8/2015, Full submission deadline – 24/9/2015

Academy of Medical Sciences

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers offer funding of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables. The grants allow research-active Clinical Lecturers to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding.

Award amount max: £30,000 over 1-2 years for consumables Closing date: 1/9/2015

Royal Society

University Research Fellowships

The scheme provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and any researcher addressing a direct biomedical research question.

Award amount max: Up to £39,389.64 in salary, up to £13,000 for research expenses, estates & indirects for first year and specified amounts thereafter for 5 years. Closing date: 3/9/2015


Joint US–UK workshop on improving understanding of potential environmental impacts associated with unconventional hydrocarbons

NERC and the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the Environment Sustainability & Energy Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (ESED), are inviting applications from UK scientists to attend a jointly organised workshop on Improving Understanding of Potential Environmental Impacts Associated with Unconventional Hydrocarbons in Washington DC on 5-6 November 2015.

The deployment of hydraulic fracturing technology to exploit shale oil and gas reservoirs in the USA and now potentially in the UK has raised a number of environmental concerns.

Award amount max: All reasonable travel & accommodation expenses Closing date: 9/9/2015

Highlight Topics

NERC invites proposals for the second round of highlight topics, a route for funding strategic research. Highlight topics focus strategic research on defined subject areas, and will be delivered through independent projects.

The highlight topics in this call are:

  • Evolutionary biotic response to environmental change: limits to adaptation.
  • Coastal morphology: coastal sediment budgets and their role in coastal recovery.
  • Quantifying climate risk for adaptation and resilience planning.
  • Closing the global methane budget.
  • Reducing uncertainty in the integrity of potential carbon capture and storage sites.

Award amount max: Total call budget – £16 million, maximum per highlight topic – £4 million Closing date: Notification of intent to submit – 21/9/2015, Full submission deadline – 8/9/2015

Innovate UK

Internet of Things cities demonstrator

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to invest up to £10 million* in a single collaborative R&D project to demonstrate the capability of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a city region. The aim of this demonstrator is to show how the large-scale deployment of IoT – where everyday objects are connected to a network in order to share their data – can benefit citizens by offering environmental improvements, economic opportunities, and more efficient and effective delivery of services such as transport, healthcare and energy.

Award amount max: £10 million Closing date: Registration of interest – 23/9/2015, Full submission deadline – 30/9/2015

Stratified medicine: connecting the UK infrastructure

This SBRI competition aims to accelerate and/or increase the development and adoption of innovative diagnostic tools in order to offer better targeted treatment to patients within the UK healthcare system.

Award maximum: Up to £10 million Closing date: Registration – 28/10/2015, Full submission – 4/11/2015


Flexible interchange programme

Our FLexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills, developing bioscience research/researchers and addressing our strategic priorities.

Award amount max: Up to £150,000 Closing date: 15/10/2015

Modular training partnerships

Modular Training Partnerships (MTPs) fund the development of industrially-relevant short training courses at Masters level. Training should be developed in close collaboration with industry, and evidence of industrial demand is a key requirement for funding.

Award amount max: Unspecified Closing date: 15/10/2015

Wellcome Trust

Seed Awards provide responsive, flexible funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they would be able to be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust, or another source.

Their exploratory nature gives scope for the use of bold or innovative methodologies, and a broad range of possible activities; from pilot and scoping studies, to preliminary data gathering and proof-of-principle studies, to planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. They are not intended to fund discrete projects with no follow-on plans. We encourage applications which propose to carry out interdisciplinary research across our Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Innovations funding.

Award amount max: Up to £100,000 for up to 2 years Closing date: 22/10/2015

Medical Research Council

Skills Development Fellowships

Quantitative expertise: support training for very early career researchers in, or individuals changing disciplines to, areas covering mathematics, statistics, computation and informatics applicable to any biomedical or health-related data sources.

Expertise at the social science interface: with a focus on areas of health economics and/or mixed methods research.

Award amount max: Unspecified Closing date: 16 June 2016

Please note that some funders specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your  RKEO Funding Development Officer

You can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in  RKEO or view the recent blog post here.

If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on Research Professional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.

The Midwifery quilt online- URA scheme funded project

As part of my EdD thesis on ‘The essence of the art of a midwife..’    I created a reflexive textile quilt, with each of the squares representing an entry in my research diary. Whenever I have been to conferences with my quilt the question has always been asked ‘what do the squares mean’? Though I anticipate that anyone looking at it will gather their own interpretation of the squares my stories behind them are now accessible online. In the spring of this year I applied, and was pleased to receive, funding from the BU Undergraduate research assistantship scheme in order to create a web site for the quilt. For the past six weeks George Upson undergraduate student from the BA (Hons) Media Production course has been active in designing and creating the web site with me and learning about the world of academia in a small way. I am indebted to him for his creative abilities and to Garratt Lynch and Richard Wallis for their early support in the process, and also for the URA scheme!

The Midwifery quilt maybe accessed here

Dr Jenny Hall

Results of RKEO pre-award survey

The RKEO restructured in September 2014 and part of this was the newly formed Funding Development Team (FDT), who administer all things pre-award.  As there was disruption to the team in the summer of 2014 and the majority of the team were new to RKEO (and some were new to BU), we recognised that our service levels needed improving.  As a result, we have asked academics who have submitted applications to complete surveys so that we can seek to improve our service and have a way of monitoring this.FDT

The last survey was run in June and the general response was positive and recognised that we were making great improvements.  There were recommendations on what we could do further and we will take these forward.  The academics were asked to score our performance on a variety of topics and the results are given below:

Scores on the doors (1 = poor and 5 = excellent)

Demonstrate a good knowledge of the funder/ client 4.47
Have a good understanding of the bidding/ contract process – 4.69
Generate the costings and explain how the costs were derived 4.71
Demonstrate a high level of expertise 4.47
Answer all of your questions 4.63
Provide timely information 4.38
Keep you informed of progress 4.5
Respond quickly to your calls and emails 4.35
Help you to submit your bid/proposal on time 4.69
How would you rate the service provided by RKEO 4.4
Overall, would you say that your expectations were met – All said ‘yes’
Were you aware of the internal processes and timescales when applying for funding before you approached RKEO? 13 out of 17 said yes

These are great results which were also backed up with positive comments about our service.  Some of these are given below:

General comments

‘Regarding RKEO I think the team works great; I can just say thank you very much and please keep it up. I do apologize for the time and complexity constraints which were out of my hands.’

‘When I was contacted by my colleagues I expected that it may be a bit complicated because the time frame was short, yet it was a unique chance I should not miss. I was concerned on that and I wasn’t sure if it would be possible at all in the end. Thanks to the RKEO team work, it was possible.’

‘We are really lucky to have colleagues here to help us in such a professional manner. Applying for funding can be really stressful so what you need is someone to guide you and explain the process to you. Jenny and Ehren were so good, I am indebted to them.’

‘Excellent –  Jason was very professional and knowledgeable’

Considerable improvement over the last nine months.’

 (A score of) 5 what else? They were there for me and couldn’t ask for more.‘

‘As a result of this experience of submitting a bid (and particularly because of the support offered by RKEO) I definitely feel more confident about submitting larger bids in the future. I’ve seen how much support RKEO will be able to give me.’

Timeframe for processing applications comments:

‘It was processed much quicker than I expected and the RKEO team work, in particular the work of Ms Kerri Jones was great; not only met my expectations but exceeded them by large margins. If the submission was successful it is primarily thanks to her.’

‘Extremely quickly – it exceeded my expectations.  I’d left everything to the last minute (I’d almost decided not to bother bidding) but Ehren was able to process my application extremely quickly to enable me to meet the deadline.’

 ‘It has been great and grateful that Dianne and her colleagues helped out with very short notice and handled the requests in a professional and efficient manner.‘

This feedback helps the team to know that what they are doing is appreciated and worthwhile and we thank the academics for their support and recognition.  We don’t rest on our laurels though and we will be making changes to the process over the summer.  These will aim to speed up the process and ensure that procedures are clearer.  More information will follow on this and so watch this space.

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