Fusion supports Euro PR History Network advance

Delegates to the EPRHN Planning Meeting

With financial support from the Fusion Investment Fund, the European Public Relations History Network (EPRHN) held its first planning meeting at BU on Wednesday June 26.

The network was founded virtually in 2012 by Prof Tom Watson of the Media School and drew interest from 33 academics and practitioners in 11 European countries. It was approved.as a project by EUPRERA (Europe’s PR education and research association) in autumn last year.

Its aims are to develop and produce information about the history and historiography of public relations in Europe through the identification and formation of archives, transnational research, joint research bids and the production of publications in print and online formats.

The meeting of EPRHN’s core group brought seven historical researchers from Germany, Romania, Spain, Scotland, Turkey and Bournemouth. Fusion assisted their attendance through travel bursaries.

Among the actions to be progressed are a bid to the EU’s COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) scheme, which was facilitated on Wednesday by Paul Lynch of RKE; a second edition of its Archives Record publication; and a panel session on ‘developing the history of European public relations’ at EUPRERA’s annual conference in October.

Prof Watson, who was supported by Dr Tasos Theofilou in the organisation of the meeting, said it had been highly productive. “There’s a limit to what we can achieve by email and Skype. The EPRHN made a big forward step because FIF helped bring key members together”. It will also assist Prof Watson and Dr Theofilou to fully launch the group at the October conference.

“At present, 13 countries are represented in the network. We hope to widen that base and engage many more historical researchers in its activities”, said Prof Watson.

For more information about EPRHN and BU’s contribution to the burgeoning field of PR history, go to: http://historyofpr.com.

Marie Curie 2014-2020: The new structure

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

I know many of you are preparing your Marie Curie applications for August and can’t bear to think about 2014! For those of you who are interested in making an application to the Marie Curie scheme in 2014 and beyond, an insight into how these will look will be helpful.

So far Britain has had the most success with the scheme so far receiving  almost €800m in funding covering almost 3, 000 successful applications in a range of subjects.  BU is amongst this number and we hold more than 10 Marie Curie grants.  We have seen the benefits of Marie Curie Fellowships, just as other successful award holders have; with a recent study finding that 95% of Marie Curie fellows stay in touch with their international hosts actively after 5+ years.  86% confirmed that participating in Marie Curie projects had strengthen existing collaborations with the international partner organisation, so this scheme really is a great one to be involved in.

The  good news is that the strands will pretty much exist as they are, although the overarching labels and title are changing slightly which may leave you confused! The Marie Curie Scheme will be called Marie Skłodowska- Curie Actions in 2014 and will fall under the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar of Horizon 2020; this represents a new increased focus on the excellence of the host and candidate in Marie Curie actions moving forward. The aims of the scheme will remain the same and the budget is a healthy €5.75b (2014-2020).

The COFUND and ITN schemes will remain unchanged and the other schemes will be condensed into two – Individual Fellowships and RISE.

  • The ITN scheme is dedicated to early-stage researchers and involves a wide partnership of institutions from academic and non-academic sectors. It addresses the triple ‘I’ dimension of mobility – international, innovative, interdisciplinary – and combines scientific excellence with an innovation orientated approach. It focuses on developing entrepreneurship and skills matching research and innovation labour market needs and aims to enhance the employability of researchers in their chosen career.
  • Individual Fellowships will provide opportunities’ for international and intersector mobility of researchers to facilitate career moves. It encompasses intra-European, incoming, outgoing mobility as well as re-intergration and under Horizon 2020 there will the opportunity to undertake inter-sector secondments.
  •  The Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) scheme is a new type of exchange action to stimulate knowledge transfer. The scheme will be flexible allowing European and international exchanges of highly skilled research and innovation staff based on a common research project.
  • COFUND has regional, national and international programmes designed to foster excellence by spreading best practices of Marie Curie actions in terms of international mobility, research training and career development. It will be extended to doctoral training and will build on the experience of FP7 COFUND.

When I receive more information on this scheme, I will share it but in the meantime if you have any questions on the Marie Curie scheme, do get in touch.

1-2-1s with Martin Pickard now available 10th July 2013 – Book Now!


A few spaces are still available for 1-2-1 appointments with Martin Pickard on Wednesday the 10th of July 2013 - *Please note: these are being held at the Talbot Campus in DL104 (opposite the Octagon in the Library).

If you feel you would benefit from a ‘face to face’ meeting with Martin either in relation to any bid/proposal or Marie Curie application you are currently working on please contact me Dianne Goodman ASAP with your time preferences.

Appointments are approx 45 minutes long. You will also have unlimited telephone and email support to progress your application after meeting with Martin.

With a career background in both Academia and Industry Dr. Martin Pickard of Grantcraft is a specialist in writing and supporting research grant applications and tenders as well as providing administrative and management support services for ongoing projects. During the last 20 years Martin has worked extensively across Europe with a large number of universities, and research institutes as well as industrial firms, ranging from small SME’s to major international companies.

Martin is providing individual 1-2-1 surgeries with any BU academic staff member and works individually and confidentiality with each Principal Investigator as the project is structured and prepared in order to optimize the application documentation from every aspect of the Funders perspective; guiding, steering and showing how to optimize the application throughout the bid process.

Academics at BU who have undertaken his guidance have stated his support and direction was invaluable – Martin gave me some pragmatic suggestions which really helped to shape the bid. His eye for detail made the document much easier to read and the message much clearer. I was very grateful for his input’  Assoc. Prof Heather Hartwell, School of Tourism.

The process, although labour intensive, works; with a proven historical average success rates of close to 1 in 2 against norms of 1 in 8 to 1 in 10.

Martin is at BU on the following dates and times:

  • 10th July 2013, 9:15am- 5pm (Talbot Campus) – some afternoon appointments available
  • 4th September 2013, 9:15- 5 (Lansdowne Campus)


Insight into what will be funded under ‘Health’ in Horizon 2020

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

Focus of Funding – what’s different? : Europe 2020 marks out the goal to increase the number of healthy life years by 24 months by 2020 and Horizon 29020 funding will be geared towards this, focusing on health and quality of European citizens, the growth and expansion of EU industry in this area and long-term sustainability and efficiency in health and social care systems. The health focus   of Horizon 2020 will therefore be the challenge of an ageing population across Europe and in particular the health inequalities within this. Horizon 2020 will seek to transform the challenges into opportunities, focusing on active ageing, integrated care, large efficiency gains of new care modules and looks at the financial aspect that the health care market is worth €3000bn and has 85 million consumers which is ever increasing. Horizon 2020 marks a paradigm shift of ageing from a societal challenge to a major opportunity; from a burden to an asset; from acute reactive care to preventative, proactive care; and from a focus on curing diseases to improving functioning. There will be an increased focus on dissemination; not just discovering new ways to help people live longer, but getting this to ordinary EU citizens so they can begin to change their lifestyle. Involving end users will be key.


Types of funding: The main areas of funding are addressing major age-prevalent chronic diseases; innovation in integrated care delivery systems and innovation in independent living and social inclusion. The approach to health care will be focused on combining demand and supply sides of innovation; building on existing instruments and new ones where necessary; ownership of key stakeholder willing to invest; large-scale deployment and awareness and best-practice sharing across Europe.   It looks as though calls will be issued under 6 themes:

  • Better adherence to medical treatment
  • Prevention of falls
  • Prevention of functional decline and frailty
  • Integrated care models
  • Independent living and active ageing
  • Age-friendly buildings, cities and environments


How can I prepare – finding Partners: The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is the first attempt to bring together interested parties from public and private sectors to deliver innovative solutions for an ageing society. The EIP website is currently being revamped, but this is a key time to sell your research expertise to others through this virtual marketplace. Advertising your areas of knowledge and skills can help you gain partners to submit for calls under Horizon 2020.


Fund an EU meeting with COST

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne
COST  funds pan-European, bottom-up networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields. These networks, called ‘COST Actions’, promote international coordination of nationally-funded research, but mot the research itself. Proposals for actions are now open and those which play a precursor role for other European programmes and/or initiated by early-stage researchers are favoured.
COST is organised in nine broad domains (Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences; Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies; Earth System Science and Environmental Management; Food and Agriculture; Forests, their Products and Services; Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health; Information and Communi­ation Technologies; Materials, Physics and Nanosciences; Transport and Urban Development). To make a submission, you must have a minimum of five EU countries involved and you should choose one domain where possible or if it is truly interdisciplinary then there is a possibility of a trans-domain proposal application.  All info on the current call can be found here.

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We don’t want you to miss out on an EC submission!

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

Back in March,  a 4-week internal deadline for all EC submissions was implemented. This timeframe was implemented in order for us to fully support you in your submission buy building in enough time to have your proposal costings done correctly and get you the help of an external bid writer if you need it, as well as ensuring the APF has been signed and the CAF produced.

This means if you want to submit for the Marie Curie deadline, you must notify Paul or Sarah in RKE ops by July 18th at the latest (it is advised you notify them before this to ensure we can give you support with templates of successful grants etc however). You then need to provide all of the info to them by 25th July, which then leaves 2 weeks for Legal Services to produce the CAF based on your draft application and for the APF to be signed. The final week will include RKE Ops gaining sign off in your School for the proposal, and several days for you to submit this online.

If you need any help or advice about the EC deadline or the forthcoming Marie Curie call, do get in touch with myself, Paul or Sarah and we will be happy to talk you through this

Contacts in Brazil? Funding is available but you need to act super fast!

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

The Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the British Council are jointly funding a series of workshops to promote research collaboration between Sao Paulo Estate and the UK with a deadline of 14 July 2013 .

The main themes for the workshops are in the areas of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities (Sports Events and their legacy for the local community could be one of interest at the moment). Each workshop must be coordinated by two leading researchers, one from each country, and target up to 20 early career researchers from each country. Detailed information on the call can be found here .

Wondering what Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus Mobility and other schemes will look like in Horizon 2020

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

Well, wonder no more!  You will know from my previous blogposts that the ‘Erasmus for All’ Programme will combine schemes under the Lifelong Learning Programme such as Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus, as well as Youth in Action, Sport and others.

The EC has published updated its webpages on this programme and you can find a very helpful Erasmus for All factsheet  as well FAQs

Researching ICT? This EU conference could be VERY beneficial for you

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne
More than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians are expected to attend ICT 2013 in November.The event will focus on Horizon 2020 and includes conference presentations, networking sessions, investment forums. This is a key way to gather more info on what to expect under ICT Horizon 2020 calls and to network and gain a collaborative group. You can register for the event here.

Fantastic British Council funding for international research collaboration – but with a fast approaching deadline!

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

I was really excited to see this week the British Council have launched a new five-year programme to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious young researchers from the UK and eighteen countries around the world. Initially the countries involved are Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

The call is aimed at ‘leading researchers’ who can propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of these countries which will bring together early career researchers to discuss research and start to build international relationships. The call guidelines and application form can be found here and the deadline is 14 July.

Auditors declare EU English is ‘a vocabulary that differs from that of any recognised form of English’!

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

The EU Auditors recent publication ‘Brief list of misused English terms in EU publications’ it is recognised that the EU uses a rather unique blend of English terms, not actually used by many folks with English as their first language. Indeed it begins by stating the EU and EC uses ‘a vocabulary that differs from that of any recognised form of English. It includes words that do not exist or are relatively unknown to Native English speakers…and often even to standard spellcheckers/ grammar checkers’. So if you ever feel like you need a dictionary when reading an EU paper or call for proposals, then  this list of translated ‘English’ terms may be very useful.

Get extra brownie points in your Marie Curie application with 6 little words…

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

If you are writing a Marie Curie submission ready for the August deadline, don’t forget to include in your application that BU has the EC HR Excellence in Research Badge status. This will win you extra brownie points with the Commission so make sure you pop it in your proposal and do get in touch with me if you would like further details to help with this.

CEMP Research & Innovation Funding Bulletin

Here is the latest CEMP Research & Innovation Funding Bulletin. CEMP Cluster bulletin and agenda 30.5.13

The next R&I cluster meeting – where we will review these opportunities and monitor current projects – is on Thursday 6th June 10-12 in the CEMP office.

All are very welcome – just drop in – and if you can’t make the meeting but would like to discuss any of the funding opportunities here, or another research proposal, please let me know.

For info – the ‘think-tank’ part of the cluster meetings will now take place separately, under the re-brand ‘CEMP conversations’ and the next one will be Thursday 13th June. More information to follow.

‘The help and advice was invaluable’

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

This is a quote from just one of the BU staff who submitted their Marie Curie draft to our specialist RPRS last year. Our successful grant holders will review your application and give you their feedback on how to further strengthen your application. As in my last blogpost on the Marie Curie RPRS for this year, simply send your draft to me by noon on June 3rd.

If you can’t make this deadline, don’t worry we still have plenty of resources to help. If you woudl like to have the help of expert bidwriter Martin Pickard, let me know and I will put you in touch with him to help you; he also still has some 1-2-1 appointments available with him on the afternoon of the 30th May. Contact Dianne Goodman for an appointment. We also have the top 10 tips for bid writing here and some generic EU template wording here. We also have previously awarded Marie Curie proposals available for you to look at  as well as training material here.

If you need any other help or advice, get in touch with us

Submitting a Marie Curie application? Then use our special RPRS!

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

Our applicants last year found the specialist Marie Curie internal peer review (RPRS) of their proposals incredibly valuable. This year we are running this service again for all Marie Curie applicants. Your proposal will be reviewed by a successful award holder here at BU and you can then incorporate their suggestions into your final draft.

The deadline for the Marie Curie RPRS is 3rd June at noon; please send your final draft directly to me and you will receive your feedback by the  last week in June. This will give you plenty of time to polish your proposal and make any additions suggested.

Life after FP7… what’s next?

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

All has been rather quiet on the EC front for the last few months as we eagerly await the close down of FP7 and see what changes will be made for EC funding 2014- 2020. I have put together a very brief outline of the changes - EC funding 2014-2020 – which we know for definite will happen so far and what the new programmes will look like; including Horizon 2020, Erasmus, Marie Curie, etc.

More information will be given as it is confirmed by the EC over the next few months so watch this space!



Marie Curie resources at BU to help with your submission

Posted in EU by Corrina Lailla Osborne

After our recent fantastic Marie Curie training session I know many of you have been interested in applying for a Marie Curie grant for the August 14th deadline and there are plenty of resources to help you.


More info on the call

The EC Marie Curie Work Programme has all the information you need including the evaluation criteria. For any specific questions about the scheme, you can contact the Marie Curie National Contact Point who can provide as much information as you need.


Training materials

For anyone who couldn’t make the training session, the slides can be found here I:\R&KEO\Public\RDU\European Related\Marie Curie\Marie Curie Training Slides

and you may also find the URKO presentation from last year helpful I:\R&KEO\Public\RDU\European Related\UKRO 2012 Presentation


BU experience with Marie Curie

We hold several Marie Curie grants. You can read blog posts from some of our award holders (Rudy Gozlan and Bogdan Gabrys) and view presentations from our EU Showcase Event  here I:\R&KEO\Public\RDU\European Related\EU Showcase Event presentations\2012

We also have a bank of successful Marie Curie Grants which can be accessed here (on the basis that these are for your personal use and NOT shared outside of BU) I:\R&KEO\Public\RDU\European Related\Successful EU proposals\Marie Curie Programme


Review of your proposal

We will be hosting a special RPRS internal peer review service for Marie Curie submissions in June (more details to come).

If you are part of the Grants Academy or EUADS you can use Martin Pickard as much as you wish to help shape your proposal. You can also contact Martin Pickard for a review of your final draft if you attended the most recent training session (please get in touch with me directly if you did and would like to access this service).  


To make an application

It is essential you inform the R&KEO EU Pod Paul Lynch, Sarah Katon and Emily Cieciura if you wish to make a submission. Remember there is a 4 week minimum internal deadline for all EC submissions, so get in touch as soon as you are even thinking of making a submission. We have a wealth of resources and experience to help you submit a great application.

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