The first awards under the India-Europe research grants scheme for the social sciences have been made.
The Open Research Area (ORA) scheme is a multi-funded (including the ESRC) EU focused programme which supports collaborations between researchers in India and Europe. This year, the three-year research projects will each include an Indian partner alongside researchers from UK, French, German or the Netherlands. They will study areas such as ageing and wellbeing, the global accessibility of medicine and the cultural authority of science. You can read about the funded projects on the DFG (German funders) website.
The funding scheme is designed to provide top-up resources to established working groups, to enhance collaborative efforts as part of a cross-continent social sciences network. A new call for proposals will be launched in September and close in January 2013.
Registration is now open for the ‘Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) and Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) General Information and Proposal Writing’ events, organised by the Marie Curie National Contact Point. One is in Edinburgh on 17th September and the other in Warwick on September 27th.
The aim of the sessions is to provide participants with an overview of the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks scheme (ITNs), including the European Industrial Doctorate (EID) Programme and the Innovative Doctoral Programme (IDP), and Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways scheme (IAPP), and with a deeper understanding of the key issues they are required to address in planning and writing a proposal. The Marie Curie ITN call closes on 22 November 2012 and the IAPPs will open on 2 October 2012 and close on 16 January 2013.
You may remember that earlier this month I posted an update you on the latest Erasmus for All plans. Last week, the official draft of the Erasmus for All programme was published. It pretty much confirms what my previous blogpost suggested, but in case you want to read it in all its glory, you can do so here: Erasmus For All draft report 20.07.12
Finally just a reminder that the Erasmus Student Network survey is still open for responses until the end of the month if you wish to get involved, as per my previous blogpost.
If you are thinking about applying for a Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) related call under FP7 and missed the info day, fear not I have some useful tips from the day to share with you. The European Commission SSH Unit representative said that proposals should:
- include a range of partners from different countries and show added value for each of these
- use both qualitative and quantitative methods
- look at projects funded on the website between 2007-10
- not replicate previously funded projects
- pay attention to dissemination plans (give specific info on the journals, conferences, etc)
- demonstrate interaction between the different Work Packages
- support Policy.
There were several other presentations on the day which you can access using via UKRO the links below:
There are 2 events coming up in Brussels focused on connecting with audiences and public engagement of research findings.:
FP7 Science in Society Networking Event 2012 will be hosted in Brussels on September 19th. The free event will allow stakeholders including universities, civil society organisations, companies and public authorities to share project ideas on the engagement of society with scientific research and innovation. The event will include presentations from the Commission on the detail of the calls and will focus on:
- Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Activities (MMLAs);
- Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) on tackling societal challenges;
- Gender in science and research; and
- New developments in science and education.
European Audiences 2020 and Beyond will be held in Brussels 16-17th October. The event will provide inspirational examples of audience development by cultural organizations and foster European exchange of practice on audience development strategies. Around 22 speakers will debate in four different panels, dedicated to empowering the audience, engaging the audience, diversifying the audience and hosting the audience. The speakers are project promoters from the EU Culture and MEDIA programmes, as well as other good practices from the cultural sector.
Don’t forget if you need help or advice on public engagement, speak to our BU expert Rebecca Edwards!
Attending info days are a key way to meet potential partners and to find out more about a call, but for some busy academics there just isn’t enough time to go. Thankfully if you missed the FP7 Transport infoday, you can download the presentations, see minutes of the Q&A for surface transport and air transport and also take a peek at the Brokerage session presentations and partner profiles.
There is also a lunchtime webinar tomorrow on the Transport Systems Catapult. Join the live, interactive webinar chaired by Andrew Everett , Head of Transport at the Technology Strategy Board and hear an update from Daniel Ruiz , Project Manager for the Transport Systems Catapult, on the analysis of the survey results of a study to inform the enhanced business casefor the Transport System Catapult and explaining what the next steps in the process will be.
If you have been having a scan over my summarised Security Work Programme and a call has caught your eye, you can find people looking for Partners on this fantastic Security Research Projects Database, developed by the European Commission National Contact Points. A total of 251 legal entities from across Europe have so far registered on the Database, which includes 15 organisations from the UK, so it is a great opportunity for you to get your foot in the door for a FP7 Cooperation call!
You can also sign up to attend the free Infoday in Brussels in September on the EC website.
If you get a bit cheesed off with the EC and want to have your say, then consultations are definately a great opportunity for you. There is one currently running on the follow-up to Framework 7’s “integrating activities” for research infrastructure which aims to widen access and enhance the use of research facilities that are already running in Europe and beyond. The consultation is gathering input until 22 October on possible specific topics for these activities under Horizon 2020 in 2014-20. Now’s the chance to have your say
My blog post on Friday didn’t go out in the DailyDigest so for any of you who weren’t aware, as the story below verifies the EU Work Programme summaries are now available!
Well, as I promised last week when the Work Programmes were released, I have taken the pain out of reading these for you and created summary documents. These are bookmarked so you can jump straight to the section you are interested in, see the call aims and objectives and deadline and the type of project it is without trawling through the Work Programme.
You can then look up more specifics such as the assessment criteria in the Work Programme for those calls you are interested in.
Over 1, 000 pages have been compressed in to these documents which are in subject order and on our I drive. We are the only university to offer this service so hopefully you will find this a useful one.
The Work Programme Summaries can be found in the folder: I:\R&KEO\Public\RDU\Final Work Programme Summaries 2012
The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) has published its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) at a recent conference in The Hague. The JPI HDHL has also announced some pilot activities to be undertaken. This area will be really important in furture EC calls, so it would be useful for you to get a flavour of what the EU’s thinking is, so you can see if you are able to fit in anywhere with it.
The SRA is built around three main areas:
- determinants of diet and physical activity;
- diet and food production; and
- diet-related chronic diseases.
The three pilot actions are as follows:
- a project on determinants of diet and physical behaviour;
- a roadmap initiative for biomarkers for nutritional/health claims; and
- a European nutrition phenotype data sharing initiative.
You can read more on the JPI website.
Creative Care Dorset is working in partnership with Arts and Health South West to build a more comprehensive overview of the arts and health activity taking place inDorset. Funding for this project comes from Arts Council England and Dorset County Council. The information gathered from this research project will feed into a larger research project that is taking place across the South West as well as support the arts and health development work taking place inDorset.
Creative Care Dorset are seeking an experienced and self motivated researcher with the skills to gather the information we seek efficiently as well as the ability to present the information generated in a user friendly manner. For further details about this commission and how to apply please read the Research Brief . Deadline for applications is: 13th August 2012.
Just as a reminder to any of you who have submitted previously to the EC, but a new system is being introduced for the 2013 calls. The new system is going to replace the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). Currently, all open calls under the 2013 Work Programmes apart from the European Research Council (ERC) calls require submission of proposals via the new system. Don’t worry if you are going for this year’s Marie Curie’s however as calls still open under the 2012 Marie Curie Work Programme will use the old EPSS system.
The new system is integrated into the Participant Portal; so you need to make sure you have a European Commission Authenticated Service (ECAS) account (and make sure you do this in plenty of time). There is a user guide for the system on the EC website.
In short, to start a proposal submission, go via the link provided on the specific Call page in the Participant Portal. In the section Electronic Proposal Submission, the call topic is selected from a drop-down menu. Applicants will have to input their ECAS account information in a separate window before they can continue with their application. Once logged into ECAS, applicants are automatically directed to the Participant Portal submission system screen, and then have to complete “Step 3″ (with Step 1 being the login and Step 2 the selection of the funding scheme).
In order to progress from Step 3, the Participant Identification Code (PIC) of the co-ordinating institution is absolutely needed. From here, proposal submission is quite similar to the previous EPSS system. It is important to note however, that a PIC code is now needed for every partner in the consortium in order to be able to add their data. There are also a number of technical requirements details of which you can find in the Commission guide.
Once the first registration is completed, you can go back into the system via the Participant Portal. As in EPSS, it is possible to resubmit drafts of proposals until the deadline. Our resident EU submission experts Paul Lynch and Alex Peirce in RKEO are on hand to give you further advice if you need it.