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Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

  • The AHRC has a call for Expressions of Interest to present virtual exhibitions of images on their website. Maximum funding: £4,000. Closing date: 29/11/13
  • The AHRC Creative Economy Showcase 2014 requires Expressions of Interest. Award maximum not specificed> Closing date 27/11/13
  • AHRC has announced the Cultural Value Project Targeted Call for Critical Reviews and Research Development Awards and Expressions of Interest to deliver Expert workshops. Maximum grant £100,000 and £10,000 respectively. Closing date 7/11/13
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) / Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships aim to increase exploitation of ideas with commercial potential from BBSRC supported research. Maximum award not specified. Closing date: 28/11/13
  • The BBSRC is offering FAPESP Pump-Priming Awards (FAPPA). Maximum grant £35,000. No closing date but applications must be made at least 12 weeks before the proposed start of the project
  • Supporting international collaboration, BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) are joint funding research. Maximum grant not specified. Closing date: 8/01/14
  • Similarly the BBSRC’s Other Countries Partnering Awards supports long-term collaborations. Maximum grant not specified. Closing date: 27/11/13
  • The BBSRC call for Resolving Technological and Methodological Gaps in Metagenomics is open. Maximum award not specified. Closing date: 8/01/14
  • British Academy is offering postdoctoral fellowships to foreign researchers. Maximum award not specified. Closing date: 5/12/13
  • The EPSRC is inviting applications for access to ARCHER through its resource allocation panel. Top-up applications are also accepted. Maximum award not specified. Closing date: 18/12/13
  • EPSRC, as part of the RCUK Energy Programme, invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research to tackle challenges in carbon capture for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Maximum award not specified. Closing date: 29/11/13
  • Healthcare Technology Cooperatives partnership awards are beign supported by the EPSRC/NIHR. Maximum award £150,000. Closing date: 7/01/14
  • ESRC is launching the second round of the ESRC Transformative Research Call. Maximum grant £200,000. Closing date: 15/01/14
  • The ESRC Europe – China call for collaborative research on The Green Economy and Understanding Population Change has opened. Maximum grant not specified. Closing date: 3/12/13
  • The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of ESRC-funded researchers. Maximum ward £20,000. Closing date: 22/11/13
  • ERA-NET Plus on Climate Smart Agriculture – under the ERA-NET Plus action “Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe” co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, there is a call for pre-proposals relating to the adaptation of European agriculture to climate change in its broad sense. Maximum grant not specified. Closing date: 2/12/13
  • The Leverhulme Trust is supporting Major Research Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Maximum award not specified. Closing date: 8/05/14
  • The Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award for scientists who want to develop a collaborative research project between the UK and research institutions in either Ghana or Tanzania has been announced. Maximum award £210,000. Closing date: 15/01/14
  • The MRC has opened the Health systems research initiative call 1: Providing evidence to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes. Grant maximum not specified. Closing date:  14/01/14
  • NERC have announced their ESPA Fellowships. Maximum award £200,000. Closing date: 20/11/13 
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships Scheme. Maximum award not specificed. Closing date: 18/11/13
  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award provides universities with additional support to enable them to recruit or retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential to the UK. Maximum grant not specified. Closing date: 12/11/13
  • Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship reimburses the employing institution with the full salary cost of a teaching replacement. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Award not specified. Closing date 8/01/14
  • The Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by the Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to global agricultural challenges. see detials on the Early Stage and Late Stage awards. Grant not specified. Registration by 4/12/13 and submit by 11/12/13
  • Also via the TSB’s Agri-Tech Catalyst, there are Industrial research awards. Maximum grant £3,000,000. Registration by 4/12/13. Submission by 11/12/13
  • The TSB has announced their Innovative Research Call – IRC 2013 – Detection of explosives and weapons. Maximum grant £950,000. Registration by  27/11/13. Submission  by 4/12/13
  • The TSB and Medical Research Council programme is offering funding to innovative small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and researchers to develop solutions to healthcare challenges via their Biomedical Catalyst – Feasibility studies call. Maximum funding £200,000. Registration by 5/02/14. Submission by 12/02/14
  • Also through the TSB’s Biomedical Catalyst, funding is available via the Early and late stage awards. Maximum award not specified. Register by 5/2/14 and submit by 12/2/14
  • The TSB is making an investment of up to £2.5m in collaborative R&D projects that lead to the creation of  ‘frictionless’ digital transactional environments. Register by 13/11/13 and submit by 20/11/13 
  • The Toshiba Fellowship Programme is a unique opportunity for recently qualified PhD level scientists, mainly from science, computing and mathematics disciplines. Maximum award not specified. Closing date: 6/12/13
  • The Wellcome Trust is offering Senior Investigator Awards in Medical HumanitiesNew Investigator Awards in Medical HumanitiesSenior Investigator Awards in Society and Ethics, New Investigator Awards in Society and Ethics.  Maximum award £1,000,000. Closing date: 21/03/14
  • Pathfinder Awards are being offered by The Wellcome Trust. These provide pilot funding for Academic-Industry partnerships to develop early-stage applied research and development projects in orphan and neglected disease areas. Maximum grant £100,000. Closing date: 9/01/14
  •  The Wellcome Trust’s Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Programmes – this flagship scheme has established four high-quality integrated research training programmes for clinicians in translational medicine and therapeutics. Maximum award not specified. No closing date.
  • Arts Awards, from The Wellcome Trust, support imaginative and experimental arts projects that explore biomedical science. Awards are available for large and small projects, above and below £30,000. Closing date 24/01/14

Please note that some funders specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKE Support Officer.

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Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

  • BBSRC have announced their Japan Partnering Awards. Maximum funding up to £50,000. Closing date: 27/11/13
  • BBSRC have also announced their Brazil Partnering Awards. Maximum award £100,000. Closing date: 27/11/13
  • BBSRC are supporting India Partnering Awards up to £25,000. Closing date: 27/11/13
  • US Partnering Awards are also available from BBSRC. Maximum grant up to £50,000. Closing date: 27/11/13
  • To stimulate joint working in topics important to BBSRC’s strategy, applications are invited for its international workshops scheme. Maximum award £10,000. Closing date: 27/11/13
  • The British Academy intends, through their scheme of Mid-Career Fellowships, both to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. Awards up to £160,000. Closing date: 18/09/13
  • The MRC and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine invite applications from West Africans and European Union nationals only for three prestigious global health research fellowships. Closing date: 09/10/13
  • NERC is inviting research proposals to its International Opportunities Fund (IOF). Up to £50,000 is available. Closing date: 17/10/13
  • NERC is providing funding for small pilot/development in the use of the very latest, class-leading technologies via their 2013-14 Pilot Project Grants Competition. Maximum grant £6,000. Closing date: 27/09/13
  • NERC invites expressions of interest for its Technology Proof of Concept programme with grants of up to £150,000 available. Closing date for EoIs: 16/09/13 and full proposal closing date: 03/10/13

Please note that some funders specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKE Support Officer.

You can set up your own personalised alerts on ResearchProfessional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s RKE Officer in RKE Operations or see the recent post on this topic.

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

  • As part of the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) wish to commission new, multi-disciplinary and innovative research projects to develop greater understanding of how questions of ethics and rights play out in a security environment, with a focus on governance. The total investment for this Call is £2 million – £2.5 million. A Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 23/09/13. Closing date: 21/10/13
  • The ESRC are offering c. 50 Training Bursaries to improve the standards of research methods and to stimulate the uptake of high quality training courses in research methods across the UK social science community. Bursaries are up to £1,000.
  • A three month secondment opportunity to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is open to EPSRC funded PhD students. Closing date: 04/10/13
  • The US National Institutes of Health have opened their R01 (Research Project Grant) scheme. Closing date: 05/10/13
  • NERC have opened their Standard Research Grant call. There are special grants available for new investigators. Grants from £65,000 to £1.2m. Closing date: 21/01/14 with another date in July 2014.
  • Industry Fellowships are available from The Royal Society (with support from BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC and BP Ltd). Closing date 04/10/13
  • The Medical Research Council is inviting applications to their Integrative Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP) PhD studentship scheme. Closing date: 20/11/13
  • The Royal Society is also offering University Research Fellowships. There are c.35 fellowships are available with a length of tenure of five years in the first instance, which may be extended for a further three years. Closing date: 17/09/13
  • The Technology Strategy Board is offering funding to support Unlocking the Hydrocarbon Energy Market. The aim of this competition is to support business-led innovation that leads to supply chain opportunities for hydrogen energy technologies and that addresses key market barriers to the use of hydrogen as an energy vector. The total cost of projects is expected to range in size from £250k to £1m. A briefing event for potential applicants will be held on 23/09/13. Applicants must register by noon on 23/10/13 and the deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 30/10/13. 
  • The Wellcome Trust is inviting applications to their Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowships for Clinicians. The total cost of a Fellowship would not normally exceed £350 000. Closing date: 15/11/13

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KTP associate attends conferences to promote her research

Dr Celia Beckett, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) research associate at BU and Five Rivers Child Care Ltd attended the KTP Associates’ Conference at Brighton University on 13th June. She presented a paper on the pilot stage of her project “Improving the care of children in residential units: assessment and interventions”. The conference, which is a Brighton University initiative supported by the Centre for Collaboration and Partnership, was well attended and there were 10 paper presentations and 8 posters. Topics ranged from roller blinds to leak repair additives for coolant systems! A recurring theme at the conference was the role of the KTP in working to effect change in organisations that result in improved commercial outcomes as well as the challenges and rewards of this role.

There are c. 800 KTP associates currently working on projects throughout the UK, ensuring that there is an exchange of knowledge between Universities and private / public companies, making a real difference to all those organisations involved in KTPs. It is one of the largest graduate schemes in the UK. More information about BU’s KTPs can be found at the newly relaunched Business Pages.

Celia will also be presenting a poster at the forthcoming  Recovery-focused conference: Engagement in Life: Promoting Wellbeing and Mental Health, hosted by BU on 6th September 2013.

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

  • The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) are establishing a £25M UK Regenerative Medicine Platform. Stage 1 – Research Hubs. Closing date: 01/10/13. Stage 2 – Research Consortia. Closing date: 18/09/13
  •  The NHS NIHR has issued a call for proposals to the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme concerning diseases of the skin, chronic pain and sarcopaenia and its effects on older people. Closing date: 01/10/13 
  • The Technology Strategy Board is investing up to £8m in collaborative research and development via the Technology-inspired innovation call. Awards up to £500,000. Registration by 25/09/13 and Expressions of interest are to be submitted by 25/09/13 
  • The Technology Strategy Board and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are to invest up to £4m in  feasibility studies which use environmental data to develop new solutions to business problems. A briefing webinar for potential applicants will be held on 8 October 2013. Awards up to £200,000. Closing date: 06/11/13 
  • This Technology Strategy Board and Medical Research Council Biomedical catalyst programme offers early and late stage funding to innovative small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and researchers to develop solutions to healthcare challenges.  Maximum grant is £250,000. Registration closing date: 02//10/13 and closing date for applications: 09/10/13. A feasibility call is forthcoming later in 2013
  •  The Wellcome Trust is offering Research Fellowships to medical, dental and veterinary graduates. Closing date: 20/09/13 
  • The Wellcome Trust, through the Master’s Award is offering scholars the opportunity to undertake basic training in research and methods through a one-year Master’s course in the History of Medicine or Medical Humanities. Strong preference is given to applicants intending to make a long-term academic career in the subject. Closing date: 01/05/14

Please note that some funders specifiy a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKE Support Officer.

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Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

  • The BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship supports scientists who have demonstrated high potential and who wish to establish themselves as independent researchers. Closing date: 23/10/13
  • BBSRC / FSA have announced a joint call for Early Career Research Fellowships. Closing date 23/10/13
  • ELRHA call – The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. Seed funding up to £10,000. Closing date: 10/09/13 for Expressions of Interest
  • The EPSRC Digital Economy Theme wishes to encourage user-driven research in the emerging area of Internet of Things. Closing date: 24/10/13
  • There is call for Expressions of Interests for the EPSRC / Jaguar Land Rover Programme for Simulation Innovation. Maximum award £1m. Closing date: 27/08/13
  • The EPSRC, through the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DET),  invites academics to enter the Telling Tales of Engagement competition. Maximum award £10,000. Closing date: 10/10/13
  • ESRC has announced the third call for proposals for their early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders which supports outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills. Maximum award £312,500. Closing date: 24/10/13
  • Nesta is supporting arts projects across Wales with its Digital Research and Development Fund. Closing date: 09/09/13
  • NERC invites proposals for its call for NERC PURE associates to transfer knowledge in the field of Probability, Uncertainty & Risk in the Environment. Closing date: 30/09/13
  • People Awards and Society Awards from The Wellcome Trust, support projects that enable the public to explore biomedical science, its impact on society and culture, its historical roots and the ethical questions that it raises. Closing date 04/10/13
  •  The Wellcome Trust has a scheme for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years. The Career Re-entry Fellowships are particularly suitable for applicants wishing to return to research after a break for family commitments. Closing date: 27/09/13
  • The Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas. Maximum award £250,000. Closing date: 27/10/13

Please note that some funders specifiy a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKE Support Officer.

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Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

  • The Academy of Medical Sciences is supporting starter grants for clinical lecturers up to £30,000. Closing date 11/09/13
  • The AHRC is inviting proposals for projects to explore Big Data from an Arts and Humanities perspective. Funding for either smaller projects of up to £100k, or larger projects of up to £600k is available on a fEC basis, with the AHRC meeting around 80% of the fEC.  Closing date: 12/09/13
  • BBSRC has a call for the Support for development of bioinformatics tools and computational approaches to the biosciences. It is anticipated that successful grants will not exceed £150k. Closing date: 10/09/13
  • Nominations for BBSRC-funded researchers are now open. Closing date: 06/11/13
  • BBSRC is supporting professional internships for PhD students. Closing date: 05/08/13
  • BBSRC Policy Internships for BBSRC and NERC funded PhD students are available. Closing date: 09/09/13
  • Big Data consortium call from The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Applications invited for no more than £300k. Closing date:  13/09/13
  • Digital R&D Fund for the Arts Research+ call  provides an opportunity for existing projects, or projects that are due to start very soon, that are NOT funded through the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, to apply for a grant to support a researcher to work on the project. Applications are invited up to a limit of £50,000. Rolling closing date to end December 2013
  • EPSRC – high-voltage direct current (HVDC) networks for offshore grid. Closing date: 24/09/13
  • Manufacturing the Future Challenge call from the EPSRC – up to £5m allocated and no closing date
  • ESRC – invites expressions of interest for the establishment of its Social Science of the Nexus network plus. Town meeting – 02/09/13 then deadline for Expression of Interest – 03/10/13
  • ESRC – appointment of a DEGRP research strategy group. Closing date: 05/09/13
  •  The Urgency Grants Mechanism is a pilot launched by ESRC, on behalf of RCUK, is to enable a response to urgent or unforeseen events (for example the August 2011 UK riots), where there is a strong case for immediate research. Provide grants for up to 24 months of work, to a maximum amount of £200,000 (100% fEC) of ESRC funding. Closing date: Not given.
  • IC Tomorrow has launched the Digital Innovation Contest – Sport. Awards up to £25,000. Closing date: 14/08/13
  • JPI Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change and the Belmont Forum are inviting  proposals for their food security and land use change call. Funding of up to 3m Euros. Closing date: 30/09/13
  • MRC-funded senior clinical fellowship at Harwell. Closing date: 09/04/14
  • The National Science Foundation has a call – ecology and evolution of infectious diseases programme. Award amount not given. Closing date: 20/11/13
  • NERC invites applications for its postgraduate skills development awards. Total budget for the scheme is £1m. Closing date:  30/08/13
  • NERC invites applications for its Arctic research station programme. Closing date: 31/03/14
  • The Royal Society invites applications for its research professorships. The scheme provides salary costs, a one-off start-up grant and research expenses. Appointments are usually made for up to 10 years. Closing date: 13/03/14
  • The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £10m in highly innovative collaborative R&D projects in the field of low carbon vehicles, closely aligned with the aims of the newly announced Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and the joint government and industry automotive sector industrial strategy. Registration closing date: 06/11/13 and submission closing date: 13/11/13
  • The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £1.5m in collaborative research and development (CR&D) to encourage companies to rethink the design of products, components and/or services, with the potential to reduce their environmental impact by a factor of four in the Design Challenges for a Circular Economy call. Closing date: 04/09/13
  • The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2.5m in feasibility and collaborative R&D projects to encourage the development and commercialisation of innovative processes that will generate high-value chemical products through industrial biotechnology and bio-refining through its Sustainable High-value Chemical Manufacture through Industrial Biotechnology 2 – Technical Feasibility call. Closing date: 16/10/13
  • The Wellcome Trust invites proposals for its cross-disciplinary Sustaining Health call. This call supports small awards in the order of £250,000 (exceptionally up to £500,000) for up to two years. Closing date for concept notes: 27/08/13
  • The Wellcome Trust is also supporting the Senior Investigator Awards. Awards are worth up to £425k per year and for any duration of up to seven years. Closing date: 22/11/13 (future rounds are available)
  • The Wellcome Trust – Strategic Awards. These provide flexible forms of support to excellent research groups with outstanding track records in their field. The support available can be tailored to the needs of individual groups with agreement from the Trust and might be justified in terms of the added value they will provide. Closing date: rolling deadline
  • The Wellcome Trust invites proposals for its intermediate fellowships for researchers in India. The total award for an Intermediate Fellowship typically amounts to INR 3.5 Crores. Preliminary application deadline: 26/8/13 and invited full application deadline: November/December 2013
  • The Wellcome Trust is providing support for new investigator awards in biomedical science. An award can be worth anything up to £425k per year and for any duration up to a maximum of seven years. Closing date: 22/11/13
  • Wellcome Trust–Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Postdoctoral Fellowships. Closing date 22/11/13

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Major Funders – Update

The following opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

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Innovation Vouchers – BU joins Universities South West scheme

BU has joined with other institutes in the South West to offer businesses help. Innovation Vouchers are supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) South West Competitiveness Programme 2007 to 2013.  

 

In a nut-shell, an Innovation Voucher provides funding for a business to work with an external expert from a University, College or Public Sector Research Establishment for the first time, gaining new knowledge to help their business innovate, develop and grow.

 

Are you in early conversations with a company with whom you have not worked before? Is the company a start-up, micro, small and medium-sized business (as defined by the EC*) located anywhere in the South West England Competitiveness Area (not Cornwall) with an an innovative idea? Do they trade in an ERDF-eligible sector (i.e. not agri-food, textiles or retail)? Would they benefit from up to 40% support for projects with a total value ranging from £3,000 to £10,000 for the business to buy in external expertise to develop ideas and improve performance? Do they need help during the application period – 1 October 2012 to early in 2015?

If so, Innovation Vouchers may be the way to introduce them to what BU has to offer? More information is available on the USW website.

Within BU, please contact your School’s BRO or Emily Cieciura (ecieciura@bournemouth.ac.uk)

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 N.B. The Innovation Voucher  project is part financed by the Competitiveness European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf.

UK Research Office (UKRO) visit to BU on 27th November 2012

BU welcomed Jo Frost, BU’s named contact for the UK Research Office (UKRO). Jo’s presentation was wide-ranging and hugely informative, outlining the current FP7 scheme and the forthcoming Horizon 2020 scheme, which is still going through the consultation process. It is expected that Horizon 2020 will focus on three priorities: ‘Excellent Science’, ‘Industrial Leadership’ and ‘Societal Challenges’. Jo also introduced the new Erasmus for All scheme.

All the slides from the day are available to BU staff only. These slides include many links to useful sources of information, if you would like to take part in the Horizon 2020 consultation or are planning ahead and want to prepare a submission to the many funding streams within this framework. Jo stressed the need to build networks and many suggestions are included in her presentation. These slides also give detailed information on the proposed budget allocations and themes within the three priority areas.

If you would like to enhance your knowledge of changes to EU funding, please refer to Jo’s slides. You can also contact Corrina Dickson, Paul Lynch, Sarah Katon or Emily Cieciura, who can help you develop your EU submissions.

BU staff can view the slides at: I:\R&KEO\Public\RDU\European Related\UKRO 2012 Presentation.

Windows of Opportunity Event

What is it all about?

It is well known that banks aren’t lending; equity is scarce; and traditional investment returns can often be poor. WoO aim to demonstrate that there is another way…

Windows of Opportunity is a series of FREE events to inform entrepreneurs, businesses and investors about the new types of money and new investment opportunities that exist today.

Who is it for?

Our overarching goal is to make sense of the range of investment and funding options for potential or existing investors and entrepreneurs or young businesses.

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Startups
  • Businesses
  • New Investors
  • Established Investors
  • Angel Investors

If you are an entrepreneur, a startup, a new or an established investor you can’t afford not to know about this and attend one of these FREE Events!  Details of the next event are below.

Growth Accelerator is partnering with School for Start Ups on a series of free educational events about types of finance and ways to obtain investments, including the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

Sheffield Event details: Sheffield, Sheffield City Hall , Fri 12 October 2012

More details about the Windows of Opportunity and other event locations can be found here: http://www.schoolforstartups.co.uk/woo/

Highlights from the recent Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Conference

KTPFollowing the Comprehensive Spending Review of 2010, the Technology Strategy Board was hit hard, as were many government departments and their initiatives. The December 2011 KTP Conference, however, shows that the climate for KTPs is improving and that BU is in a position to benefit from this optimism.

Highlights from the conference were:

  • Iain Gray (TSB Chief Executive) emphasised KTPs are central to the schemes offered by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) delivered via the Technology Strategy Board.
  • Although KTPs should still demonstrate the previously advised elements of Innovation, Impact and Challenge, there is a shift towards Quality in proposals. The outcome for BU is that KTPs looking at market development and business strategies may be acceptable to the TSB, if a high level of quality can be clearly demonstrated in the proposal.
  • A good relationship with local our KTP adviser is vital in ensuring successful KTP outcomes. The adviser should be contacted early on in the development of the proposal to ensure that each project meets with current TSB (and other funders’) criteria.
  • The TSB is developing relationships with other potential KTP funders including public bodies such as research councils. Other funding schemes are available within the TSB and should be considered if the KTP model is not appropriate.
  • Academic staff are encouraged to make contact with the Knowledge Transfer Network for their area of expertise via the _connect website.
  • The TSB is consulting with HEIs in the light of the Wilson Review . This is supported by other TSB reports such as Concept to Commercialisation.
  • There is a general need across the KTP sector to attract,  recruit and retain high quality UK / EU graduates

For more information on KTPs, please go to the KTP website  or at BU contact David Kilburn (dkilburn@bournemouth.ac.uk)

Technology Strategy Board – Updates

The Technology Strategy Board, which delivers the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme, has announced:

  • New funding criteria from the ESRC and BBSRC – ESRC Criteria for KTP support 2011 and  BBSRC Criteria for KTP Support 2011
  • Updated financial procedures for timely claiming and payment of awards
  • Applications for Shorter KTPs are now re-opened during the migration of KTPs to a streamlined 6 to 36 month scheme
  • A new version of Guidance Notes for Grant Application and Proposal Forms has been issued
  • An updated Management Handbook for KTPs – for Supervisors was released in October 2011
  • There is a competition for KTPs in Multicore and Parallel Processing  – closing date 24/11/11
  • Ashorne Hill have been selected to provide the new training package for Associates

As the TSB releases more information on KTP scheme, I will be posting this on the blog, so watch out for more news.

Please contact me if you have any queries about current or future KTPs, in the first instance. Further information is also available on the KTP website. For those interested in developing KTPs and networking with others with the same interests, the TSB recommends that you join the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Emily Cieciura (Research & Knowledge Exchange Operations)

ecieciura@bournemouth.ac.uk or 01202 968241