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Through the Creative Europe programme, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is promoting the following calls and their closing dates:
All closing dates are at 12:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time)
If you are interested in applying to these funds, please contact Emily Cieciura, REKO’s Research Facilitator for EU & International funding or your relevant faculty Funding Development Officer.
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is promoting the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2016, which closes on 15 June 2016.
If you have links with universities in Africa, one of whom would be required to act as the main applicant and co-ordinator, then this call may be of interest to you. Each application should include four to six African partners (including the lead) and a technical partner from the EU.
From the call documentation:
The overall objective of the programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and highly qualified professional manpower in Africa.
The programme’s specific objective is to improve the skills and competences of students and staff through enhanced intra-African mobility. Strengthening cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa will increase access to quality education and will encourage and enable African students to undertake postgraduate studies in the African continent. Furthermore, mobility of staff (academic and administrative) will enhance the international cooperation capacity of HEIs in Africa.
More specifically the programme aims to:
(a) contribute to the improvement of the quality of higher education through the promotion of internationalisation and harmonisation of programmes and curricula within participating institutions;
(b) enable students, academics and staff to benefit linguistically, culturally and professionally from the experience gained in the context of mobility to another African country.
Each grant will amount to between EUR 1,000,000 (minimum grant size) and EUR 1,500,000 (maximum grant size)
The submission deadline for the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme is 15 June 2016 at 12.00 (noon), Central European Time.
N.B. If you are considering being a partner with an African HEI for this call, you will still need to contact RKEO to ensure that internal approvals are completed. Please contact Emily Cieciura, RKEO’s Research Facilitator: EU & International or your Faculty’s Funding Development Officer well before the closing date.
We have been advised by Marie Pandolfo, External Funding Manager for the Borough of Poole, that they are hosting an Interreg event.
If you are interested in applying to an INTERREG call for proposals to collaborate with French partner organisations on coastal and transitional water ecosystems, please email Christelle Pereira (Norfolk C.C. – England Programme Joint Secretariat) to register your interest and find out more.
Friday 15th April (from 10am to mid-afternoon)
Coastal and transitional water ecosystems in the France-England INTERREG V Programme
Poole Civic Centre, BH15 2RU.
The event will start at 10am (TBC) and will last 3.5 hours in total (plus lunch break). Please note that the event will focus on priority 3.2 of the programme.
Find out more about the Interreg V – Channel Programme.
The Bournemouth Researcher/Academic Development (BRAD) events programme will run 4th of April – 12th of April 2016.
With less than two weeks to go until our BRAD events programme begins – there is still time to book yourself into one or more of our exciting events through Organisational Development. Please click on the links below to find out more information about each session and to book onto the training courses.
Monday April 4th
The workshop is designed to start you working on an extremely efficient ’recipe’ for producing a “Case for Support” for research bids.
This course is intended to provide an overview of information resources.
This session will cover the fundamentals of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Tuesday April 5th
Whilst Nvivo Part 1 is largely conceptual, Part 2 is mainly practical and is quite technical.
BU’s Centre for Qualitative Research will highlight recent work in the use of arts-based research and dissemination (Performative Social Science) in its outputs.
This will be an introductory session on using Research Professional to help find funding run by Luke George from Research Professional.
This workshop will provide an overview of quantitative research methods and is suitable for staff new to quantitative methods or who fancy a refresher.
Wednesday April 6th
The balance of Day 1 is conceptual and covers many planning decisions associated with gathering, importing and coding your qualitative data in a database environment, there is a practical element to the day.
Thursday April 7th
This workshop includes writing grant proposals, and writing effective applications.
A 20 minute presentation on ethical considerations, policy, and principles. Followed by a Q & A session on your ethical issues or questions related to your research.
Friday April 8th
This session will explore what we mean by impact and why it is an increasingly important part of your research career.
- EndNote with Chris Wentzell & Phil Stocks
This workshop will help you learn about EndNote, the industry standard, reference management software.
This session will introduce the research approach of Grounded Theory.
This session will provide a broad overview of the practical and philosophical aspects of mixed methods research.
For both early career researchers and experienced academics alike this session will include tips and information on how to develop and make the most of building relationships and networks with businesses.
Monday April 11th
Using Twitter, Blogs, social citations, Face Book, academia.edu and researchgate and online networking to raise your academic profile.
Tuesday April 12th
- Public Engagement with Dr. Steve Dorney, Principal Public Engagement Fellow at the University of Southampton
An overview of the Public Engagement with Research (PER) agenda in the UK and internationally will be covered as part of this workshop.
The European IPR Helpdesk is running a number of webinars over the next few months and RKEO are promoting those relevant to EU Horizon 2020 activities.
The next webinar on Intellectual Property Rights in H2020 will be on:
23/3/16 9:30 AM Technology Transfer Location: TAG 30 – Talbot Campus
Duration: 60 minutes (presentation) + 15 minutes (Q&As)
Please arrive at 9:15am for a prompt 9:30 start with the webinar duration being one hour. We have the room booked for a longer time so that we can have a post-webinar discussion afterwards, if appropriate. Please only register on the European IPR Helpdesk link if you will be joining the webinar(s) from your own desk rather than joining us. You can also check the European IPR Helpdesk Calendar for all their events.
If you would like to attend any of these, please email Dianne Goodman stating which webinars you will attend. If they prove very popular, we may need to change the room, so pre-booking is essential.
Have you thought about applying to the European Research Council (ERC) for funding? Although the funding calls are not yet open, it may be worth starting on your proposal now as calls are published every year.
Starting Grants: For 2015, a combined total of €429 million was given to 291 early-career researchers, with the greatest number (48) being awarded the UK and an overall success rate of 12%. For 2016, the ERC received 2935 applications (an increase of (+0.5%). The highest number of applications were from Physical Sciences and Engineering (1299), followed by Life Sciences (854, a decrease of -3%), and Social Science and Humanities (782, an increase of +3%).
Starting Grants are for researchers who have 2-7 years of experience since the completion of a PhD and a track record of excellence, you may be eligible for up to €1.5 million for projects lasting up to five years.
Consolidator Grant: For 2015, the ERC gave a combined €585 million to 302 successful applicants for an overall sucess rate of 15%. For 2016, the number of applicants increase by 12% from the previous call with the highest number of applications was submitted from Physical Sciences and Engineering (1075), followed by Life Sciences (713), and Social Science and Humanities (516).
The Consolidator Grant is a fund with up to €2 million available for researchers with 7-12 years of experience since the completion of a PhD who also have a demonstrable record showing scientific talent and excellence.
As part of the first phase of a two phase application process, evaluators will first judge the synopsis and CV of the applicant to see if the work is ground-breaking in nature, ambitious and feasible. The evaluators will also judge the track record of the applicant to see if they have the proven intellectual capacity (through publication), creativity (novelty) and commitment (through a track record of managing previous projects).
If you are interested in applying to these funds, please contact Emily Cieciura, the Research Facilitator for EU & International funding or your relevant faculty Funding Development Officer.
All staff and students welcome. Please feel free to bring your lunch.
Voices of the Secret State: Human Rights Activism among North Korean
Defectors in the UK
Abstract: My paper aims to highlight the lived experiences and identity formation of North Korean defectors settled in the UK who are involved in human rights activism. Whilst violations of human rights in North Korea are well documented, human rights activism by its defectors is less well known. Since 2004, approximately 600 North Koreans have settled in the UK. Free NK, a human rights organisation born out of this settlement, has been active in illuminating the reality of North Korea whilst also working towards subverting the regime by informing its fellow remainders about the outside world through the distribution of newspapers. This paper is drawn from ongoing research on North Korean defectors living in the UK. The data is collected using life history interviews to capture their lived experiences and to identify a range of factors which have influenced their involvement in the activism whilst also seeking to find better ways of improving the wellbeing and quality of life for those activists. The presentation will focus on the in-depth story of a North Korean defector who has founded Free NK. Themes that will be addressed in this story include the reason why he has fled North Korea; the processes of getting to the UK; challenges he has faced in his human rights activism.
Dr Hyun-Joo Lim is a lecturer in Sociology and the programme leader for BA Sociology and Social Policy at BU. She is originally from South Korea and has been engaged in various research projects that explore issues around migration, ‘race’/ethnicity, gender and identity. Her previous research examined East Asian mothers in Britain.
For more information about Social Science seminar series please get in touch with Dr Mastoureh Fathi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Emily Cieciura, RKEO’s Research Facilitator for EU and International funding will be available in the Global Hub room (DG68) from 1-3pm. The purpose of these open surgeries is to to give academics the chance to drop by and discuss funding opportunities.
The next dates are:
Should these prove successful, more dates will be added for the rest of 2016. There is no need to book, unless this becomes an issue. If you have any queries, please contact me.
Are you applying to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme in September 2016?
Although the call does not formally open until 14/4/16, now is the time to start working with your potential fellow to ensure that your application is ready in good time. This is a popular scheme for applications from BU and, as it has a deadline of 14/9/16, this puts pressure on your fellow academics undertaking quality reviews at an already busy time. You may also wish to avoid writing your application in August when you are preparing for the new academic year.
To this end, RKEO are providing a two-day workshop with Dr Martin Pickard (our external bidding consultant) on 16th and 17th March 2016 for BU academics and we have now confirmed additional workshop dates on the 24th and 25th of May 2016 when the workshop will be repeated – we will, however, be gauging demand for this. This workshop will take you through all aspects of exploring the call requirements and writing your bid, plus the opportunity to discuss your developing application with academics on the same journey.
You are encouraged to attend with your potential fellow but they will need to make their own travel arrangements and cover any financial outlay.
Booking are now open for these two-day workshops. Please note that you will need to attend both days. Please send your request to attend to Dianne Goodman, RKEO Funding Development Team Co-ordinator by Friday 11th March. Please let us know if you will be bringing your potential fellow so that sufficient catering can be ordered.
In the meantime, to find out more about this call, please refer to the funding opportunity page on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal and the Work Programme for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which gives vital information on the Horizon 2020 context for this call. If you have any questions before the workshop, please contact Emily Cieciura, RKEO Research Facilitator: EU & International.
With just four months to go until the referendum on British membership of the EU on 23 June, academics are lining up on either side of the debate. Scientists’ lobby groups on both sides will register with the government as parties to the vote in the next two weeks.
Research Professional have written an interesting article which sets out both sides of the camp. Click here to read more.
Serendipity can be a wonderful thing.
Some months ago, I signed up for all the Horizon 2020-related groups that I could find on LinkedIn. Most of the time, the notifications I receive are of passing interest or not directly relevant but one received this week took my attention – it was notifying group members of an upcoming e-discussion of gender in climate actions within Horizon 2020 funding. One thing lead to another and, within a few clicks, I was signing up to join GenPort (which is funded by the European Union FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2012-1 programme):
GenPORT is a community sourced internet portal for sharing knowledge and inspiring collaborative action on gender and science.
A developing online community of practitioners, policy-makers and researchers is served by the GenPORT portal, and made up of organisations and individuals working across the globe for gender equality and excellence in science, technology and innovation. This covers all sciences – natural and social sciences, and humanities.
The GenPORT community and internet portal provide an arena for organisations and individuals to showcase and act as a gateway to a wealth of research resources, policy information, practical materials, and much more. Constantly evolving online information and services are shaped by the activities and contributions of community members. The portal aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and to foster collaboration, and so to support continuing policy and practical interventions in pursuit of gender equality.
- Searchable resources and online documents on the topics of gender, science, technology and innovation
- Information and support in the development of gender-sensitive research design, and gender-equal research structures and processes
- Links to relevant institutions, resource centres, large-scale databases, projects, and networks
- Additional services to support diverse activities on gender and science – news and announcements, events calendars, reviews, discussion groups, and more.
It is important when bidding for European Commission funding to consider their cross-cutting issues – one of which is gender. GenPort has over 700 items in their Resources section, which includes a link to the 2011 Toolkit Gender in EU-funded research. Although this guide was written for FP7, the examples of how you can embed this particular theme into your proposal are still relevant. Bringing this up to date for Horizon 2020, the paper For a better integration of the gender dimension in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 indicates how gender can be included to the enhancement of the research proposal.
The GenPort also contains links to further relevant groups, including the GENDER NET Net ERA-NET.
If you want to ensure that gender is addressed creatively within your EU proposal, GenPort appears to be a good place to start this journey and link with other like-minded researchers.
Innovate UK have put together a very useful list of upcoming funding calls relating to Horizon 2020 funding. There are also links to other sources of information including events and their Guide to Horizon 2020 and Other European Funding for the Creative Industries.
This information is provided freely to members of the _connect Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Creative Digital & Design. There are currently 16 KTNs plus many other groups. Whatever your discipline, there will be a group to which you can contribute and promote your research interests.
Why not take a look and register to receive updates direct to your inbox?
The Centre for Politics and Media Research in the Faculty of Media & Communication, Bournemouth University welcomes interest from recently qualified post-doctoral researchers to come and work in the Centre as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow.
Research projects of interest are:
- Political talk and the online public sphere
- Global citizenship, public engagement with global affairs and political participation (particularly engagement via digital media)
- The media framing of politics and its impacts
- The politics of public space
- Extremist politics, security and social cohesion, fundamentalism, freedom of speech
Specialist skills training we can offer at Bournemouth University:
- Quantitative and qualitative methodologies
- Web platform and social media data capture and analysis
- Mass media data capture and analysis
- Psychological and sociological approaches to the study of politics
- Consumer behaviour/psychology approaches to the study of political participation
Full details about the call can be found at the below link.
Initial expressions of interest should be sent to the Centre Director, Dr Darren Lilleker (email@example.com) including a summary of the proposed research project and accompanying curriculum vitae.
The planned opening of the call is April 12th 2016 with a submission deadline of 14th September 2016.
One important way to learn more about how a funder manages the process of accepting, evaluating and awarding grants is to act as an expert reviewing applications. It may also help you meet with other experts in your field or promote interdisciplinary working.
For the EU, there is a section on Participant Portal dedicated to experts where you can find out more about the commitment required and how to register. Experts for the EU are involved in:
- evaluation of proposals
- monitoring of actions
In addition, experts assist in the :
- preparation, implementation or evaluation of programmes and design of policies. This includes the Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups.
There are also opportunities to become a Business Innovation Coach for the SME instrument.
Interested? Why not take a look at the resources made available for evaluators for the Innovative Training Networks call? This page shows how much support is made available to experts and how this can be a valuable addition to your research CV.
You might also like to take a look at the various videos on the YouTube channel – Innovation Union.
If you are already an expert, please contact Emily Cieciura, RKEO’s Research Facilitator: EU & International so that you can share your experiences with others at BU.
The European Commission has launched a Call for Ideas for a European Innovation Council to support Europe’s most promising innovators.
Commissioner Moedas launched the Call for ideas at the Science|Business Annual Conference in Brussels. He said that “Europe has excellent science, but we lack disruptive market-creating innovation. This is what is needed to turn our best ideas into new jobs, businesses and opportunities.” While the number of start-ups created in Europe is on a par with competitors such as the United States, Europe lags behind in disruptive innovation and in scaling start-ups into world-beating businesses. A European Innovation Council could contribute to solving this problem.
To find out more and to participate in this survey, please go to the European Innovation Council website, where you can also view background documents and position papers.
The deadline for survey completion in 29 April 2016.
Via the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is providing funding opportunities for Japanese partners in the following two call topics:
- NMBP-02-2016: Advanced Materials for Power Electronics based on wide bandgap semiconductor devices technology
- NMBP-03-2016: Innovative and sustainable materials solutions for the substitution of critical raw materials in the electronic power system
In Work Programme 2016-2017, two coordinated calls have been launched, in the areas of ICT and Novel ICT Robotics based solutions for active and healthy ageing:
- SCI-PM-14-2016: EU-Japan cooperation on Novel ICT Robotics based solutions for active and healthy ageing at home or in care facilities – call topic launched together with MIC/NICT
Japanese participation is welcomed in most of the Calls for Proposals of Horizon 2020. There are also 23 Call topics that specifically target cooperation with Japan in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016- 17 given on the EU’s Japan Country Page. This page also gives further information and links to resources to help you work with a partner from Japan.
If you are considering workjing with an international partner in your bid, please contact Emily Cieciura, RKEO’s Research Facilitator: EU & International or the relevant Funding Development Officer for you Faculty.
Companies do not necessarily have the facilities, financial resources or human capital to run their research projects as they would like to. Thanks to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), it is now possible for SMEs or other companies to collaborate with academic research organisations, have access to their equipment, and integrate some of their highly skilled researchers within the research projects of the firm.
Transferring cutting-edge science and technology from creative academic groups to SMEs is a key element of successful innovation.
The European Commission knows that well-trained, entrepreneurial-minded researchers, who can move between academic and other settings, are essential to this successful collaboration. This is why the MSCA are promoting Business-Academic collaborations that focus on giving researchers adequate skills and opportunities to contribute to SME and other business growth.
In order to give more practical information on how to get involved in these actions, and to present the latest business opportunities under Horizon 2020, the MSCA have launched a promotional campaign across Europe.
The next event in the UK is in Cardiff on Friday, from 12:00 – 18:00 (sorry, no rugby in Cardiff that weekend). If you wish to attend, please check the programme and register. If you cannot make this date, please refer to the events schedule for more events across Europe.