Update on key EIS projects:
- The Publications Management System aka BRIAN (Bournemouth Research, Information and Networking) will be fully launched on 22nd June. More details of BRIAN will be published soon.
- Collaboration Tools for Academics – blogs, wikis and web cloud to go live at the end of April.
- PGR Monitoring System – contract negotiations are underway and an implementation approach to be agreed with the supplier, Aveda.
- pFACT – interface testing taking place.
Erasmus Mundus – the scheme involves students and staff increasing their European mobility. The paper sought approval for R&KEO to formally take over the management of Erasmus Mundus for BU, which was endorsed. More information on the scheme can be found in the link above.
Internal process for calls with institutional quotas – the proposed process is for when external funders use quotas, have limited awards available, or require an institutional self-sift prior to submission for their calls. The current process is adhoc and so a more formal process of academics registering their interest in a call and submitting an outline proposal, internal peer review, PVC decision, and then support provided by the RDO will lead to better management and resource of staff expectations and the best applications going forward. The process was endorsed.
Grants Academy – this was launched last month and the first training session will take place on 9-10th May with 15 BU staff taking part. The Media School will pilot strand two. There was discussion around bespoke training sessions, which was encouraged.
Fusion Investment Fund – FIF was launched last week and there are three key strands available to staff: staff mobility and networking, co-production and co-creation, and study leave, all of which will stimulate student education, research and professional practice and have huge potential. Individual grants will be awarded between £5-75k (depending on the strand), and £3M is available in total per annum for the first three years. The fund is merit based and underpins a competitive spirit in order to create upskilling and so excellent applications will need to be put forward. Where Schools have funds for pump priming research, the requests can be far greater than the School can afford. Paring budgets down means that more can be afforded and double-counting is avoided.
RKE Ops meetings with Schools – Major funders run Early Career Researcher schemes and often require a statement from the School outlining how a proposed project fits within the institutional/ School research, career development and knowledge transfer strategies. RKE Ops have been raising awareness of this with the Schools as the letters indicating support are a really important part of the selection process, and require considerable thought and development. Recent feedback from ESRC highlighted several areas where BU could improve on. There are BU wide schemes that will feed into this such as the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and the Grants Academy, which will help to develop bid writing skills and provide mentoring for successful projects, which will be mentioned at future meetings.
HEIF-5 update – Funding had been agreed with HSC to support their dementia theme (BU Dementia Institute). Also, the Media School theme (Soho on Sea) staff are going to LA soon to visit Pixar and other major animation companies. It was emphasised that BU are always looking for investment strategies, innovation and themes and Schools were encouraged to come forward and discuss ideas and see what could be done for them.