The purpose of this funding is to increasing the European-wide mobility possibilities for training and career development of experienced researchers , in line with the objectives set out in the activity heading ‘Life-long training and career development’, thus boosting its overall impact. The cofunding action targets programmes that support the trans-national mobility of experienced researchers at different stages of their careers, including researchers shortly after having obtained a doctorate, by broadening or deepening their individual competence, in particular in terms of acquisition of multi- or interdisciplinary skills or having intersectoral experiences and in particular encouraging mobility between public sector organisations and private companies; to support researchers in attaining and/or strengthening a leading independent position, e.g. principal investigator, professor or other senior position in education or enterprise; integrate researchers into a research career in Member States and associated countries, including in their country of origin, after a mobility experience – FP7-PEOPLE-2012-COFUND. The deadline for applications is 15.02.12; get in touch with me if you’re thinking of a submitting an application as I have a range of support options for you.
Santander provides BU with funding for research students or staff to travel to universities in the Santander overseas network to work on a specific piece of work and develop links. There are 4 x £5000 scholarships available with a deadline of 9th December.
This is an excellent opportunity to travel to other countries such as the USA or South America and enhance your PhD by working with international researchers in your field and potentially enhancing your future career by developing international networks. Priority is given to research students and early career researchers.
Details on how to apply are available in this earlier blog post.
In the second round of funding we have 4 x £5000 scholarships from Santander for BU staff or research students to undertake a specific project that builds on or develops links with at least one university from the Santander overseas network. This call is only open to applications until 9th December so get your applications in fast.
Awards will be announced in January 2012, and funds must be spent before the end of July 2012. Preference will be given to applications received from postgraduate research students and early career researchers.
Funds can only be used to cover direct costs (i.e. not salary costs or overheads).
To apply complete the Santander application form and submit it by email to Susan Dowdle: email@example.com
Successful applicants will be expected to participate in general PR activities about their research. This may involve attending events and promoting the benefits of the funding.
The closing date for applications is Friday 9 December 2011.
Unsuccessful submissions from the last round of the Santander Scholarship funding cannot be resubmitted to this round. Previous unsuccessful applicants can submit new projects/ideas to this round.
At a recent Media School meeting attendees asked us to outline some of the common funders, so here is a general overview of those funders with a Media flavour both domestic and further a field. Part One concentrates on the key UK funders and in the next few days we’ll post information on potential EU funders and schemes.
The two primary research councils for media-focused research are the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) which are responsible for funding the vast majority of arts and humanities in the UK. The success rates for the AHRC are the highest of all RC’s (see the recent blog article) and it offers standard grants, networking grants, collaborative doctoral awards and early career research grants.
The RCs also focus on particular initiatives to address issues of intellectual and wider cultural, social or economic urgency, these schemes tend to have higher success rates than the standard grants so are always worth consideration. Information on AHRC initiatives can be found here.
An overview – AHRC Early Career Research Grants:
Early Career Research Grants are intended to assist new researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects. They look to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research.
They also enjoy higher success rates than standard grants, there are no set submission dates, projects can last up to 60 months and should cost between £20,000 and £200,000 fEC.
To be eligible as an early career researcher you must be within eight years of the award of your PhD or equivalent professional training or within six years of your first academic appointment.
The British Academy supports excellent ideas, individuals and intellectual resources in the humanities and social sciences. In particular, the Academy enables UK researchers to work with scholars and resources in other countries, sustain a British research presence in various parts of the world and help to attract overseas scholars to the UK.
An overview - International Partnership and Mobility Scheme:
Aims to support the development of partnerships between the UK and other areas of the world where research excellence would be strengthened by new, innovative initiatives and links. Awards are for research partnerships between scholars in the UK and scholars in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, South Asia, or East Asia.
Partnerships might include a range of related activities, and mobility should form an integral part of proposals. Workshops and seminars should form an integral part of the programme. The main purpose of the funding is to cover travel and maintenance costs, although costs related to other eligible activities will be considered. Partnerships including a training element and involving scholars in the early stages in their career will be looked on favourably.
Grants are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 per year for a period of one year or three years. The submission deadline is 8th February 2012.
Further information can be found here – British Academy International Partnerships
In addition to these big UK funders, there are also some smaller more focused funders which may appeal to the interests of specific research groups within the school. For instance conference grants offered by the The Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) could be of interest to the Narrative Research Group - information can be found here MHRA.
Horizon 2020 is the replacement of FP7 – Europe’s largest funding programme, managed by the European Commission (EC). In 2014, FP7 will end and Horizon 2020 will be the primary mechanism through which to seek EC funding.
A confidential draft paper was released this week which details the proposed direction of Horizon 2020. Every day next week I will post important summaries of sections of the document most relevant to you so you can get a head start on preparing for Horizon 2020:
- Monday covers the rationale behind Horizon 2020
- Tuesday will detail the 3 funding priority areas of Horizon 2020
- Wednesday will outline funding proposed in the most relevant funding area for BU staff; ‘Societal Challenges’
- Thursday details proposals for the Marie Curie Programme throughout Horizon 2020
- Friday outlines the proposals for simplification of the rules and regulations of EC funding
- BU is the only University in the UK who has summarised this document and will disseminate it to their staff, so make sure you take full advantage of this information!
What is the Youth in Action Programme?
This Programme aims to respond at European level to the needs of young people from adolescence to adulthood (ages 13-30 depending on the action). It has a substantial budget of €885m (2007-13) to support a range of projects. Youth in Action has 5 objectives:
- To promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular
- To develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular in order to foster social cohesion in the EU
- To foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries
- To contribute to developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organisations in the youth sector
- To promote European cooperation in the youth sector
Overall the Programme supports non-educational youth related activities. Universities and schools are not, therefore, listed specifically as eligible applicants to the Programme; they do qualify, however, as eligible applicants as non-profit non-governmental organisations. BU would not be eligible for educational support, but would be eligible for projects concerned with extra-curricular activities, involving for instance volunteering, networking etc., especially where such initiatives involved cooperation with organisations in other countries (both EU and non-EU Member States); student organisations and associations; and local communities.
These opportunities occur in the main under Actions 1, 3 and 4 below, for which there are established timetables for calls for and submission of proposals. There have only been a small number of projects led by HEIs in previous years, it is clear, however, from the compendia of projects provided on the EACEA website that many of the projects supported in the past have university students as their main target groups and HEIs have been involved as partners. One project led by a UK HEI is the project ‘Olympics Wiki World’ led by the University of East London. This project aims to increase the participation of young people with intellectual disabilities in media, information and communication activities by engaging them in an ‘easy build’ Wiki portal system. The University’s partners in the project are Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia.
What funding schemes are included?
|1. Youth for Europe||
|2. European Voluntary Service||
|3. Youth in the World||
|4. Youth Support Systems||
|Action 5 – Support for European cooperation in the youth field||
*= deadlines of 1st Feb, 1st June, 1st Sept. Other schemes will issue calls for proposals with specific deadlines.
How do I apply?
I am utterly delighted to announce the launch of not one, but TWO fantastic and exciting European focused funding schemes! Details of the EU Academic Development Scheme and EU Networking Fund are below…
BU EU Academic Development Scheme (EUADS)
This is a fabulous and unique scheme developed to kick start your career in EU research; launching as a competition, it’s open to all BU academic staff interested in, but new to, EU funding who intend to prepare and submit a bid to an EU funder. The EUADS will help you build up to gaining funding by providing excellent group training and bespoke individual mentorship delivered to you by our brilliant experienced internal experts and fantastic external facilitators over a 12 month programme. Included in this scheme is one-to-one contact as frequently as you wish with a dedicated EU expert proposal writer who will help you at every stage of your journey.
As if this training wasn’t fantastic in itself, and the supportive culture of being a cohort undertaking the journey of EU funding extremely appealing, the EUADS also includes an individual fund. Each successful participant will be provided with grants as requested totalling up to a whopping £3k each by to spend on activities supporting bid development, such as:
• Travel with the intent of networking
• Conference attendance with the intent of networking
• Pilot research work
• Attendance at external networking events leading to collaborative research proposals
• Meetings with external organisations to establish collaborations
• Preparation of specialist material or data
• Replacement teaching
Sounds great, right? To apply for this scheme you just need to complete the EU ADS Application Form and submit to me by 23.01.12. Up to 10 academics will be selected after assessment by myself – Senior Research Development Officer (EU) Dr Corrina Dickson – our Academic representative and figurehead Prof Adrian Newton, PVC Research, Enterprise & Internationalisation Prof Matthew Bennett and Research Development Manager Julie Northam.
BU EU Networking Fund (EUNF)
This magnificent funding scheme also sponsored by , PVC Research, Enterprise & Internationalisation Prof Matthew Bennett, Academic representative and figurehead Prof Adrian Newton, Research Development Manager Julie Northam and myself, Senior Research Development Officer (EU) Dr Corrina Dickson.
The EUNF is open to any BU academics who want to network across Europe with a view to finding collaborators. We have a rather lovely pot of money to support this scheme, and the EUNF will end either when the pot is empty or 01.06.12 – whichever comes first.
You can apply for support for a range of activities relating directly to networking, such as:
• Travel with the intent of networking
• Conference attendance with the intent of networking
• Attendance at external networking events leading to collaborative research proposals
• Meetings with external organisations to establish collaborations
If you’ve been longing for the funds to support you meeting potential collaborators, then don’t miss out! Complete the EUNF Application Form and submit to me at any time. Prof Adrian Newton and I will assess applications on a fortnightly basis and notify successful applicants directly.
If you’d like more information on either schemes you can read the EUADS Policy Document or the EUNF Policy Document or contact me by phone (61538) or email. These two schemes are a fantastic opportunity for BU staff so be sure not to miss out!
I’ve managed to get my grubby mitts on a draft version of the FP7 Health Work Programme which features the calls for proposals to be released in 2012. This is just a draft and therefore subject to change but it gives you a great idea as to what the European Commission are looking to fund.
The Work Programme is a tedious read so I’ve summarised the info on funding in there for you; the aim of the call, the eligibility criteria, etc. I have bookmarked the document so you can jump straight to the call that interests you.
As this document is highly confidential I have placed it on our I drive; it is strictly forbidden to circulate this outside of BU! I:\R&KEO\Public\Draft Work Programmes for 2012
The final official version of the Work Programmes aren’t released until July 2012 so this gives you a fantastic head start to preparing a submission.
The objectives include:
- facilitating and encouraging the promotion and movement of European audiovisual and cinema works at trade shows, fairs and audiovisual festivals in Europe and around the globe, insofar as such events may play an important role in the promotion of European works and the networking of professionals, and
- encouraging the networking of European operators, by supporting joint activities on the European and international markets by national public or private promotion bodies.
The deadline for sending in applications is: 22 December 2011 for activities starting between 1 June 2012 and up to 31 December 2012. The guidelines of the call for proposals, as well as the application forms, are available from the European Commission’s website.
The EC has launched a call for proposals for the development, distribution, promotion and training of i2i audiovisual under the Media 2007 Programme.
The objective of this support is to facilitate independent European production companies’ access to funding from credit and financial institutions, by co-financing part of the costs of:
- insurance for audiovisual productions: Module 1 — Support the ‘Insurance’ item in a production budget,
- completion guarantee for the production of an audiovisual work: Module 2 — Support for the item ‘Completion Guarantee’ in a production budget, and
- credit financing for the production of a work: Module 3 — Support for the item ‘Financial Costs’ in a production budget.
Applications for this call for proposals must be submitted at the latest by:
- 6 January 2012, for projects with an earliest start date 1 July 2011,
- 6 June 2012, for projects with an earliest start date 1 December 2011
The guidelines and application forms of this call for proposals may be found on the European Commission’s website.
The Marie Curie Alumni Portal is offering free membership services to anyone who has won Marie Curie funding; and with over 50, 000 researchers who have been funded through this scheme, it is bound to be a hive of activity! The portal currently offers a number of membership services such as:
- an automated alert about new Marie Curie calls for proposals or meeting;
- a discussion board to promote the exchange of knowledge between alumni on areas of expertise, career opportunities or events and conferences;
- an events calendar with important meetings and events of interest to alumni; and
- personalised alerts to news and content from the portal.
Following on from the launch of the Alumni portal, in 2012 a Marie Curie Alumni Association will be created which will merge with the existing Marie Curie Fellows Association.
If you have won Marie Curie funding, then please do register on this prital . And if you are thinking of applying in the future for a grant, then this shows what a great support network exists for Marie Curie Fellows, leading to future collaborations.
FP7 Synergy grants will enable small groups to bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources to jointly address research problems at the frontier of knowledge, going beyond what the individual principal investigators could achieve alone. The budget for this call is €150 million and funding will cover up to 100 per cent of eligible direct costs.
ERA-Net CHIST-ERA (European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies) invites proposals for international research project grants. These support highly innovative and multidisciplinary collaborative projects in information and communication sciences and technologies with the potential for significant scientific and technical impacts. Proposals for this call should address the following topics: from data to new knowledge (D2K); green ICT, towards zero power ICT (G-ICT). Institutions from France, the UK, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Romania and Luxembourg may apply. Projects should typically last for two to three years, and are expected to request a maximum of €2 million each.
Co-Funding of Regional, National and International Programmes: these aim at increasing the EU wide mobility possibilities for training and career development of researchers at different stages of their careers. A full summary is available on our internal EU webpages.
Industry -Academia Partnerships and Pathways: these seek to enhance cooperation between academia and industry in terms of training, career development and knowledge sharing. A full summary is available on our internal EU webpages.
Career Integration Grants: these awards aim to encourage researchers to establish themselves in a Member State or in an Associated country, thereby attracting and retaining the best talents in the EU. A full summary is available on our internal EU webpages.
If you’re thinking of applying for one of these grants, drop me an email and I can help support you through it with grant writing tips and information gathering
EC projects usually require partners, with the number and geographical location varying for each call. A useful tip to remember when considering your partner options is that a consortium should include a good balance of sectors industry, academia, user groups etc) and that all partners should be well-matched to the activities in the proposal.
You can find partners through your existing contacts, by reviewing previously awarded FP6 and FP7 projects, by searching/ advertising on the UKRO website ,by seeking the assistance of the relevant UK National Contact Point and by attending EU conferences and project evaluations, by scanning the CORDIS website.
The best and most effective way to become involved in FP7 consortia however, is to join European Technology Platforms (ETPs). These are groups of industry-led stakeholder forums who explore Europe’s key challenges. ETPs define the EU Strategic research agenda and then bid for European Commission funds (through FP7 etc) to address these. The biggest players in the field across Europe belong to these groups and obviously as they set the research agenda, they are increduibly successful at winning FP7 funds for research. Joining these groups will not only open you to a plethora of partners but also will allow you to contribute in shaping the research agenda of Europe (which you can then address through funding). Some of the major ETPs are listed below with hyperlinks to their webpages:
Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies
Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe
Embedded Computing Systems
European Biofuels Technology Platform
European Construction Technology Platform
European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council
European Rail Research Advisory Council
European Road Transport Research Advisory Council
European Space Technology Platform
European Steel Technology Platform
European Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future
European Technology Platform for Wind Energy
European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration
European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources
Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform
Food for Life
Forest based sector Technology Platform
Future Manufacturing Technologies
Future Textiles and Clothing
Global Animal Health
Industrial Safety ETP
Integral Satcom Initiative
Mobile and Wireless Communications
Nanotechnologies for Medical Applications
Networked and Electronic Media
Networked European Software and Services Initiative
Plants for the Future
Sustainable Nuclear Technology Platform
Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform
Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants
Seminar groups are multi-institutional groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users who meet regularly to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields. Where appropriate, seminar group members should be drawn from the public sector, commercial private sector, third sector and other relevant organisations as well as from academic institutions. We would particularly encourage seminar groups designed to bring together leading researchers from across disciplines to identify new research agendas or capacity building priorities. These grants are non-fEC and are limited to £15,000. This covers:
- travel and expenses for speakers and participants
- administrative costs
- stationery, postage, copying and telephone costs
- hire of rooms and facilities
An additional £3,000 can be made available when applicants have made a strong case for the inclusion of international academics or the holding of events abroad.
Further information regarding eligibility can be found on the RCUK website: (http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/Pages/Eligibilityforrcs.aspx).
The deadline for applications is 10 November 2011.
If you’re interested in submitting an application, please contact the RKE Operations team.
We have received information about the following funding opportunities which may be of interest:
British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships
This scheme enables established scholars to have one year’s research leave with funding being provided to cover the costs of replacement teaching. The closing date for applications is 16 November 2011. The Academy takes no account of an applicant’s age or current status (eg Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected to be able to disseminate the results of their research not only through publications, but also through feeding into their future academic career after the end of the awards. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support. More info available on the website.
Lister Institute Research Prizes
The Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine, which is a registered charity established to support biomedical and related research, is now inviting applications from outstanding young researchers in biomedical or related biological sciences for its 2012 Research Prizes.
More information can be found on the charity’s website.
Firstly the EU has signed a European Framework Co-operation with the European Defence Agency which will allow them to formally cooperate in promoting dual-use application in research, formally consult with each other and share their R&D goals, align their agendas and coordinate calls for research topics as well as influencing the development of a possible Security theme in Horizon 2020. These activities are expected to support the emergence of dual-use technologies and capabilities for civil and military users across the 27 EU Member States. Protection against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) threats is the first research topic that will be addressed under the newly established EFC. Other topics where the Commission and the EDA plan to co-ordinate their work involve unmanned aerial systems and situational awareness, which includes many technological sub-sectors involving sensors, information management and cyber-security.
Secondly, the presentations of the 2011 Infoday are now available online for anyone who couldn’t attend. These slides also include the list of participants, and Project Officers’ contact details; this is the first time that a list of Project Officers responsible for the various topics to be funded under a Security call has been published.
Thirdly, the annual Security conference was held in Poland at the end of September. The focus of the conference was to explore effective ways in which industry, research institutes and local public (end-user) authorities can be brought together and it was ackwledged during the conference that one of the main challenges is to move the programme from its research focus to a market perspective due to the sector’s fragmentation. Several achievements of the FP7 Security theme that were highlighted during the Conference as well as some of the main new policy goals for Security research in Horizon 2020. You can read more about the conference on the SRC 2011 website.