The Royal Academy of Engineering have announced their next round of Research Exchanges with China and India scheme funding. The scheme promotes collaboration between high quality engineering researchers in the UK and China/India and facilitates the expansion of networks of excellence in engineering research between the UK and China/India. It enables academic engineering researchers at Universities to travel to a Chinese or Indian academic Institution, and for China/India-based academic researchers to spend between 3 and 12 months at a UK Institution. Visits should be part of longer-term efforts to build UK-China/India relationships and to advance joint research. Funding of up to £24,000 per annum is provided (or part thereof for shorter visits). The deadline for applications is 12 October 2012.
The EPSRC has announced a call for Expressions of Interest for attendance at their Sandpit for ‘More with Less: Engineering Solutions for Resource Efficiency’.
The UK is a small nation with limited resources that has a high material dependency. With the ever growing concern of material and resource scarcity we look to the ingenuity of the research base to find long-term sustainable solutions.
The Engineering theme will lead a sandpit in response to the challenges raised by the research community in the Resource Efficiency Scoping Workshop in April 2012 and in line with EPSRC strategy. The primary aim is to invest in ambitious, engineering-led, cross-disciplinary research with the potential for long-term transformation across many and diverse sectors, especially among those that have yet to embrace these concepts.
EPSRC are looking for enthusiastic participants from a wide range of disciplines who will bring their expertise to explore the challenges of:
- Dematerialisation (eg lightweighting, novel materials functionality, novel materials from waste products, materials security and efficiency);
- Designing for resource sustainability (eg energy, water and materials efficiency, considerations for engineering processes, whole systems and resource flow modelling);
- Reuseability at any scale (closed and open loop recycling, remanufacturing, extended product life).
Documents to Download:
A Sandpit for Ideas: The concept of the IDEAS Factory is to organise interactive workshops (sandpits) on particular topics, involving 20-25 participants. The focus for this sandpit is MORE WITH LESS: Engineering solutions for resource efficiency. Anyone eligible to apply for funding from Research Councils UK can apply.
The Sandpit Event: The sandpit will run over five days starting mid-morning on day one and finishing mid-afternoon on day five.
As the sandpit progresses, participants will build up thoughts on how the identified ‘challenges’ may be addressed and develop their innovative ideas and activities into research projects. Projects will contain genuinely novel and speculative investigations that address new approaches to resource efficiency. The sandpit will include inputs from a variety of sources.
Location and Date
The date for this sandpit is 23rd – 27th July 2012. Location to be confirmed.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for the Department of Health has now launched round 3 of the NIHR/CSO Healthcare Science Research Fellowship Competition. The scheme supports the development of healthcare science research capacity and capability building, by providing funding to undertake research for patient benefit.
The Fellowships will support members of the NHS healthcare science workforce who already have some research experience and wish to bridge clinical or service careers and research.
The two award levels are:
Doctoral: funding for individual doctoral level research and to undertake a PhD
Post-Doctoral: funding for individual postdoctoral research projects
Fellowships must be undertaken with the support of the relevant NHS line-manager and an appropriate academic partner. The research proposed must be of direct relevance to the NHS with the potential to improve service or clinical outcome.
Applications are invited from individuals working in England from one of the three main Healthcare Scientist areas:
Physics and Engineering.
An overview of the competition process, eligibility, funding, Review Panel and previous awards can be found on this link: FURTHER INFORMATION
Informal enquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date 24 Jul 12
Deadline information Deadline: emailed applications due 24 July; postal applications due 31 July 2012.
The RKE Operations team can help you with your application.
Science without Borders is a Brazilian scholarship programme which aims to provide mobility opportunities between Brazil and Europe, for undergraduates, postgraduates, postdoctoral and senior research fellows in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The programme aims to:
- Increase the presence of Brazilian students, scientists and industry personnel in international institutions of excellence;
- Attract young investigators and internationally recognised research leaders to Brazil to work with local researchers in joint projects; and
- Encourage the internationalisation of universities and research centres in Brazil through international partnerships.
There are a number of ways of getting involved:
- Host Brazilian undergraduates and postgraduates – with a view to start hosting for the 2012/13 academic year. A bilateral agreement between the UK and Brazil has been signed, Universities UK (UUK) is the UK partner organisation.
- Apply for a research grant to work in Brazil:
- Young post-doctoral researchers can apply under the ‘Attraction of Talented Youth’ programme for a two to three year long research project in Brazil;
- Science leaders can apply under the ‘Special Visiting Researcher’ grants that will fund joint projects with research groups in Brazil and fund work in Brazil for up to three months every year.
2012 call deadlines for the ‘Attraction of Talented Youth’ programme and ‘Special Visiting Researcher’ grants are 15 February, 4 June and 1 October.
Then the SET for BRITAIN awards could be your opportunity to present your research to MPs at an exhibition in London in March 2012. The aim is for applicants to present their high level science research to a lay audience via a poster.
The overall aim of SET for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists who are the “engine-room” of continued progress in and development of UK research and R&D, and ultimately of UK plc.
Early-stage researchers include university research students, postgraduates, research assistants, postdocs, research fellows, newly-appointed lecturers, part-time students and their equivalents in national, public sector and industrial laboratories, etc, and appropriate MSc students, all of whom are engaged in scientific, engineering, technological or medical research and are achieving results.
On Monday 12th March SET for BRITAIN will hold a poster exhibition and reception in the House of Commons Terrace Marquee during National Science and Engineering Week. The exhibition will be of posters submitted by applicants to the SET for BRITAIN competition. The closing date for entries is Saturday 24 December 2011. There will be an initial selection by the judges and applicants will be informed by the end of January 2012 whether their application to take part in the exhibition has been successful.
In order to encourage maximum participation by early-career researchers and Members of Parliament the competition is divided into three distinct areas:
- Biological and Biomedical Science
- Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)
Each section has a separate two-hour poster exhibition and judging session during the day, ending with a reception and prize-giving. It is expected that there will be about 60 posters on display in each session, representing the best in each field as part of a national competition for a prestigious Medal and substantial monetary prize.
A wide range of important scientific and engineering institutions are lending their support to this event, including the Society of Biology, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
SET for BRITAIN Awards are made solely on the basis of the very best research work and results by an early-stage or early-career researcher. Prizes will be awarded for the scientific posters presented in each discipline which best communicate high level science to a lay audience.
To read a review about the event written by one of this year’s poster exhibitors, see Blanka Sengerova’s write up on the Vitae website.
This is a fantastic opportunity for BU staff and students to gain experience of communicating science with a lay audience and also for their research to make an impact on MPs.
For further information, including details on how to apply, visit the SET for BRITAIN website.
Congratulations to BU PhD student Adil Saeed from DEC’s Sustainable Design Research Centre! Adil’s research featured in the Times Higher Education today – pg 15 of the printed publication as part of the Campus Round-up section.
Adil is pictured at the Tank Museum at Bovington with some additional information on the relationship between BU and the Museum and an outline of Adil’s research.
You can access the online story here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=417729&c=1
We previously ran a story on the blog about Adil’s research and the close links between BU and the Tank Museum which you can read here: Sustainable Methodology of Conserving Large Historic Vehicles in a Museum Environment.
Research commissioned by the HSBC, has found that thanks to its strong research and engineering capabilities, Glasgow will grow into a renewable-energy “super-city” in the coming decade. The report, Future of Business, was published on 2 June. It is based on a survey of some 500 British entrepreneurs and business managers from small and medium-sized companies.
The Design Simulation Research Centre (DSRC) in the School of DEC won the Vice-Chancellor’s award for the best research/enterprise project. The research, led by Prof Siamak Noroozi, Dr Philip Sewell and Bryce Dyer, is detailed below.
Members of the DSRC have used the results of previous research, funded by EPSRC and the medical charity REMEDI, to develop a research collaboration with Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd, the UKs leading prosthetics supplier. This has resulted in the team being awarded an EPSRC CASE Award (£86k) to design and develop a ‘Smart Socket’ to provide lower-limb amputees with increased mobility and improved quality of life. This collaboration has also led to the development of research to evaluate the performance of prostheses used by athletes in elite sport.
The underlying technology developed has other applications in civil, aerospace and marine engineering resulting in the initiation of two research projects with BAE Systems (PhD matched-funding – £26k and an EPSRC CASE Award – £95k).
IP rights have been negotiated with both companies meaning that a proportion of the income generated form any products developed will come to BU.
The research into the ‘smart socket’ and prosthetics fit has seen widespread public interest as the socket will help soldiers returning to active duty who had been injured in combat. This has resulted in the following publications in the international press:
- Soldiers could get back to active duty with the help of a ‘smart’ prosthesis” was published in the Guardian, January 2011.
- Ahhh…Comfort! UK Research Takes Next Generation “Smart Limb” to New Level” was published in the International Magazine OandP Edge (Vol. 9, No. 5), May 2010.
- Amputee mobility fix is socket science” was published in the Engineer, February 2010.
The parallel stream of research in the ethical use of sports prostheses saw one of its researchers invited to join the International Paralympic Commitee Sports Equipment Working Group. This advises on legislation of equipment used by athletes at the Paralympic Games. Along with this, invitations in this area resulted in several keynote speeches on the centre’s research at international conferences in both Germany and Spain during 2010. The team won the research prize at the Paralympics GB National Conference based on this research.
The findings from both projects and the resultant innovations will inform an area which has seen little attention historically. As a result of this research the team was nominated for ‘Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2010.
The research into prosthetics fit and the smart socket will potentially transfer into widespread practitioner health practise through Blatchford’s 30 UK prosthetic centres. As a result this will influence how amputees are rehabilitated both from treatment within the NHS but also specialised private clinics such as Headley Court which addresses military personnel both retired or seeking return to service.
The research into the prostheses in sport has resulted in across school collaboration between DEC and the School of Tourism. This relationship investigated novel ways of assessing amputee motion. One of the researchers was invited to join a working group within the International Paralympic Committee which will help inform the sports stakeholders and the wider community ahead of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Congratulations to the Design Simulation Research Centre!