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Welcome to the EU section of the blog! Paul Lynch and Emily Cieciura (BU’s Research Facilitators – EU and International), Jo Garrard (Funding Development Manager) and Giles Ashton (Funding Development Co-ordinator) together try to take the pain out of finding and applying for EU funding by horizon scanning many sources and placing the most important information on this page.
We blog as often as possible on everything from calls for proposals and partner searches, to networking event opportunities, all the latest on Horizon 2020 and international funding. We also use the blog to disseminate information on EUADS (BU’s EU academic training initiative), how to write brilliant proposals, how to find partners and other top tips!
Through the ERASMUS mobility fund, I shall be visiting the Universidade da Beira Interior in Portugal, in May this year. The purpose of the trip is to share best practice in relation to sustainable development, explore how attitudes to energy conservation and ‘green behaviours’ differ from the UK, and through collaboration, build capacity for change.
The Univeridade da Beira is located in the North of Portugal. They have undertaken quite unique projects in relation to conserving their estates - which comprise former factories and even a monastery - but they have done far less in terms of educating students for sustainable development. Previous collaboration with Portugal has resulted in a number of papers in relation to the green agenda; current work is focusing on energy and Fairtrade.
ERASMUS offers a great opportunity to develop relationships with European partners; it is also very useful for academics who wish to develop their langauge skills.
Congratulations to Emma Mosley, a ST PhD student in Sport, who has been successful in gaining a substantial Santander Mobility Award. Emma will be venturing to Germany for one month in spring to research at the prestigious German Sport University Cologne within the Institute of Psychology.
Emma’s thesis, supervised by Dr Ian Jones and Dr Jo Mayoh, aims to discover the psychophysiological effects of approaching athletic competition stress in a positive manner through the use of heart rate variability (HRV).
In Germany, she will be researching under the supervision of Dr Sylvain Laborde who is an expert in the area of psychophysiology and HRV and works in a large team of internationally renowned sports psychologists.
Whilst at the University Emma will gain experience in HRV data collection, data analysis and the writing of scientific papers in relation to HRV. She will have the opportunity to join on-going research projects as well as conducting her own research.
Dr Tim Breitbarth, the Coordinator for Internationalisation of Sport at BU, said, “The visit offers Emma the chance to start engaging with leading and well-connected experts in her field while receiving first-class training in the most modern equipment at the same time. Also, her visit will help to deepen our established international research, teaching and student exchange partnerships from which BU benefits in terms of reach and reputation.”
For details about her research and international endeavour contact Emma at Emma.Mosley@bournemouth.ac.uk
Just a reminder for Erasmus Mundus Action 2 submissions, please get in touch with Paul Lynch or Sarah Katon as soon as possible if you wish to apply for this call. Partners must now be reviewed as part of our new mandatory internal processes at application stage so If you are approached to be part of an Erasmus Mundus proposal, or would like to coordinate one then you will need to complete the Partnership Development Proposal form and return it to us by 27th January 2014.
If you wish to participate in an Erasmus Mundus and have not notified R&KEO by 27th January then you must make an appeal to your Deputy Dean Research & Enterprise and PVC Research and Innovation Professor John Fletcher.
Please refer to Corrina Osborne’s blog post back in October which details this new process.
Now that the calls for Horizon 2020 have been released, I have been asked by several people how to find partners to participate in the calls. I always recommend partnering with at least one person you already know, either through previous projects, publications or simply having met at a conference. The lifespan of a project can be many years and you need to be confident that your approach to work is complementary and that you feel you can trust your partners to deliver.
It’s not always possible to partner up with people you already know and below are some of the resources you can utilise to help for all subject areas:
National Contact Points – these figures are the main contacts who can provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020 including searching for partners. There is an NCP for each subject area and also one for Marie Curie Fellowships.
CORDIS Partner Service – one of the largest databases of partner profiles (self-registered profiles). It has a list of Partnership Requests and you can also launch your own.
UKRO- BU subscribes to the UKRO service which is a fantastic information resource and which can help you find partners.
Previously awarded bids: all proposals funded under FP7 are available to view on line and have the PI listed. Many people have found emailing the PI from a relevant project to outline their own area of expertise and request a collaboration, very successful.
There are also several subject specific searches, such as:
ICT Idealist Partner Search – the service includes advice on creating your profile by your local National Contact Point and there is a quality control of all the published data.
Net4Society – this features partner search requests in the socio-economic sciences and humanities
Fit for Health – this is a quality checked database contains expertise profiles of researchers and SMEs acting in the Health / Life sciences sector. The service includes partner search activities advice on all aspects related to a research project, starting with help in first orientation and strategy development to proposal preparation, implementation, exploitation and promotion.
Innovative Medicines Initiative Partner Search – the IMI supports collaborative research projects and builds networks of industrial and academic experts to boost pharmaceutical innovation and this site displays the partner searches which includes SMEs, large organizations and Universities.
An information day organised by Defra, BBSRC, NERC and FSA is open for registration – places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The day is aimed at academic and business organisations interested in exploring funding opportunities in two key areas of the new European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme – climate change and society & culture.
The event will feature presentations from the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation on funding opportunities in the 2014 work programmes for the Societal Challenges; information on the opportunities available in other Horizon 2020 and European Research Area activities, including under the ‘Excellent Science’ and ‘Industrial Leadership’ Pillars; and a presentation by the Technology Strategy Board on European funding sources for business organisations (SME Instrument) and business-academia collaboration opportunities under Horizon 2020.
UK National Contact Points will be available on the day to provide advice and support for business and academic organisations on participation in Horizon 2020. This event is also an excellent opportunity to network with others interested in EU collaborative projects.
The application form is here: Info Day registration. The deadline for registration is January 14, but as the places are allocated on a first come first served basis, I would submit asap!
This week the European Commission outlined its support for Open Access (OA) as part of its Horizon 2020 fund launch. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe’s knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people’s lives.
The Horizon 2020 model agreement (p.58, Section 29.2) requires researchers to ensure open access (free of charge, online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications. Researchers must either:-
deposit an electronic copy of the published version or final peer-reviewed manuscript in a repository e.g. BURO (Green OA)
ensure open access — via the repository — to the bibliographic metadata that identifies the deposited publication on a publisher website (Gold OA)
There is also a useful Open Access Factsheet which summarises expectations for Green and Gold Open Access and suggests that there will be some kind of mechanism for paying some of the Article Processing Costs (APCs) incurred after the end of a grant.
Erasmus+ is theEU’s largest programme of support for education and training worth a mega €14.7bn. Projects usually run 2-3 years and they all have the aim of improving the level of key competencies and skills, improving the innovation and internationalisatoon of education and supporting the modernisation of education and training.
There are 11 programmes of funding available:
Asylum & Migration: People flows and management of migration
Creative Europe: Support for European cinema and the cultural and creative sectors
EaSI: Programme for social change and innovation
Erasmus+: Programme for education, training, youth and sport
Europe for Citizens: Strengthen remembrance and enhance capacity for civic participation at Union level
Health for Growth: Improving the quality, efficiency and sustainability of health systems
Internal Security Fund: Support for the EU’s Internal Security Strategy
Justice: Ensuring proper access to justice in cross-border legal cases
COSME: Improving the business environment and the competitiveness of European enterprises.
LIFE: Environmental and climate change action projects
Rights, Equality & Citizenship: Promote the rights deriving from European citizen
The most generically applicable programme sunder the new organisation for BU staff is the Erasmus Mundus programme which is now found under Erasmus+ under :
Key Action 2 ‘Cooperation for Innovation & Exchange of Good Practice’
If you wish to make an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 submission, please get in touch with Paul Lynch or Sarah Katon a minimum of 5 weeks before the deadline of 3 March 2014 as Partners must be reviewed as part of our internal processes.
The EC has published proposals for Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the form of Joint Technology Initiatives. As these PPPs have academics, industry and other key stakeholders involved, they are a great way to get into EU funding. Linking up with those involved in JTIs will also help you set the direction of future funding calls. It is anticipated that calls will be made in Spring 2014 and the Joint Technology Initiatives are below.
Aeronautics and Air Transport (Clean Sky 2): focuses on developing a new generation of aircraft with noise reduction and lower emissions.
Innovative Medicines: focuses on developing the next generation of vaccines, medicines and treatments.
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2: focuses on significantly reducing the cost of fuel cell systems for transport and increase efficiency of fuel cells for power production.
Electronic Components and Systems for EU Leadership: focuses on securing the supply of key technologies underpinning innovation in all sectors of the EUs economy and ensuring the best use of such technologies to accelerate economic growth.
Bio-Based Industry: focuses on developing new high value bio-based end products from raw materials.
Single EU Sky ATM research: focuses on modernising air traffic management in Europe, overcoming current fragmentation.
Santander Mobility Network Fusion Funds allowed me to visit King Juan Carlos University (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, URJC) in Madrid, Spain, a few weeks ago. After being hit by the parvovirus 24hr after arriving in Madrid I finally managed to pull myself together and visit Dr Marcos Mendez at the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, who had arranged for me to meet the Head of the Department, the Head of the Postgraduate School, some academics and undergraduate students. I introduced them to (and left them with several hard copies of) BU’s Summer Schools and our Master’s courses; we also discussed placement opportunities for BU and URJC students. One of them (from URJC) will be visiting us in the New Year funded by Erasmus placement funds. Academics at URJC Department of Biodiversity and Conservation are extremely keen in receiving BU students to work on the wealth of terrestrial and aquatic conservation projects that are running in the Department.
Overall, it was a very productive visit and we now are exploring funding opportunities to develop further this collaboration. If you know of any student looking for a placement, URJC can offer a great opportunity… in the wonderful town of Madrid. Drop me an email (Genoveva Esteban, School of Applied Sciences – firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get it organised.
Horizon 2020 is now seeking Evaluators. Don’t worry, they don’t expect you to be an expert in the calls or even to have won funding. Just to be an expert in your subject area.
Registering to be an expert has lots of value – you could get paid to evaluate and monitor projects or evaluate calls for proposals under the schemes. Indeed, becoming an EC evaluator is a fantastic experience; it not only helps you learn what the EC are looking for in proposals, but also enables you to travel to Brussels and network with other reviewers to start forming collaborations yourself.
It’s really simple to sign up, you just pop your details in the form (which isn’t very long) and when an appropriate call or proposal comes up, they will ask if you can review it. If you can’t, you simply let them know and you are not obliged to. You also get until December 2020 to sign up to be a reviewer if you aren’t quite ready yet!
You will get paid a day rate to do the review plus travel and subsistence and you can also still apply for the funding scheme if you are registered as a reviewer (although for a specific call you apply to, you would have to declare a conflict of interest).
The first calls for Erasmus Mundus have been released. This call is for Action 2 of the Programme which is aimed at fostering structured cooperation between EU and third-country higher education institutions through the promotion of mobility at all levels of studies for students (undergraduate and masters), doctoral and post-doctoral candidates, researchers, academic and administrative staff (not all regions and lots may include all types of mobility flow).
Action 2 of the Erasmus Mundus partnerships call is divided into two strands:
Erasmus Mundus Action 2 — STRAND 1 — Partnerships with countries covered by the ENPI, DCI, IPA and ICI (ICI +) instruments;
Erasmus Mundus Action 2 — STRAND 2 — Partnerships with countries and territories covered by the Industrialised Countries Instrument (ICI).
The countries to be targetted and the number of projects likely to be selected and the budget available can all be found in the Guidance Document. The deadline for proposals is 3 March 2014. You may also recall that over the summer a new process to manage Erasmus Mundus submissions was implemented at BU whereby partners on these proposals must be approved by the International & UK Partnerships Committee (IUPC). To ensure the approval is a speedy process, a bespoke proposal form, template and process has been developed for Erasmus Mundus applications. Once approved by this committee, this will help ensure the Contract Agreement Form is produced much faster.
If you are approached to be part of an Erasmus Mundus proposal, or would like to coordinate one then you will need to complete a Partnership Development Proposal form a minimum of five weeks before the deadline – this will be the 27 January . The full process and timescale can be obtained by contacting Paul Lynch or Sarah Katon who will guide you through this.
Most of the big draft Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 have now been made available! These documents are critical to read if you are thinking of making a submission to Horizon 2020 as they give information on the the planned calls for proposals and deadlines. Remember that the official calls will be amde on December 11th, so this gives you a good head start!
Do let Paul Lynch or Sarah Katon know if you intend on making an EC submission as they can help guide you through this.
Another reason I am very grateful BU subscribes to Research Professional is that they really listen to what universities need. Starting this week, they will publish the Horizon 2020 calls on their database, based on the draft proposals. Make sure you don’t miss a single one, by customising your account - its takes one minute and you will receive one email a week. If you get stuck when trying to customise it, just give your RKE Operations Officer or Jo Garrad a call and we will talk you through it.
Bournemouth University contributed to the successful Cost Action Training School 2013 earlier this month (see: www.um.edu.mt/events/costactiontraining2013/). The Training School ‘Writing for maternity services research, theory, policy and practice: Integrating new theoretical insights from the iR4B COST Action’ was held at the University of Malta.
The 24 trainees who were successful in their application came from a wide-range of European countries. At the Training School each trainee was linked to one of six experienced trainers, three from Ireland: Prof. Declan Devane, Dr. Valerie Smith, and Prof Cecily Begley, and three from the UK: Prof. Soo Downe, Dr. Lucy Firth, and BU Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen. These trainers brought to the Training School not only their extensive experience as writers, but also that of scientific editors, reviewers for academic journals, and PhD supervisors.
(photo by Mário Santos, Portugal).
The Training School included presentations on how to incorporate notions of salutogenesis and complexity into maternity care and midwifery publications, issues around writing academic English as a non-native English speaker, plagiarism, how to start writing an academic paper for a MSc or PhD thesis, and many more related topics.
In their feedback some trainees stressed that this is the kind of helpful information every postgraduate student and budding academic should know about. Others said “I wish I had known that before as no one ever addresses these issues.” The trainees discussed the outlines of their papers, and they were given ample time to draft papers under the watchful eye of their trainer. All trainees have committed to submit a paper derived from the Training School by early Spring 2014. COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is one of the longest-running European frameworks supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. For further information on OST in general see: http://www.cost.eu/ ).
Bournemouth University was represented by Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen based at the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health in the School of Health & Social Care.
UKRO have created a very helpful and short guide to Horizon 2020 which is available on their portal. BU subscribes to the UKRO services and therefore all BU staff have access to this (simply register for an accout if you haven’t already and you will also get very useful updates from them too!).
This hyperlink should take anyone with an account straight to it, but if you have any problems, just log in and go to ‘Future Funding’ in the left hand navigation. The three thematic areas all have their own pages and the useful over view of all contains the guide.
As you any of you regular EU section readers will know, attending the info days for EU funding is essential. Not only do you get the insider knowledge on what’s coming up, but you get to mingle with the National Contact Points and other useful source of information and help but also you get to network with loads of other people with similar research interests!
There are a few info days coming up and I recommend that if you are thinking of submitting to any of the related themes, that you dedicate the time to going.