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NERC standard grants (July deadline) – internal competition launched

NERC - Science of the Environment 2014NERC introduced demand management measures in 2012. These were revised in 2015 to reduce the number and size of applications from research organisations for NERC’s discovery science standard grant scheme. Full details can be found in the BU policy document for NERC demand management measures at I:\R&KEO\Public\NERC demand management 2016.

As at March 2015, BU has been capped at one application per standard grant round. The measures only apply to NERC standard grants (including new investigators). An application counts towards an organisation, where the organisation is applying as the grant holding organisation (of the lead or component grant). This will be the organisation of the Principal Investigator of the lead or component grant.

BU process

As a result, BU has introduced a process for determining which application will be submitted to each NERC Standard Grant round. This will take the form of an internal competition, which will include peer review. The next available standard grant round is July 2016. The process for selecting an application for this round can be found in the process document in I:\R&KEO\Public\NERC demand management 2016 – the deadline for internal Expressions of Interest which will be used to determine which application will be submitted is 8th April 2016.

NERC have advised that where a research organisation submits more applications to any round than allowed under the cap, NERC will office-reject any excess applications, based purely on the time of submission through the Je-S system (last submitted = first rejected). However, as RKEO submit applications through Je-S on behalf of applicants, RKEO will not submit any applications that do not have prior agreement from the internal competition.

Appeals process

If an EoI is not selected to be submitted as an application, the Principal Investigator can appeal to Professor Tim McIntyre-Bhatty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Any appeals must be submitted within ten working days of the original decision. All appeals will be considered within ten working days of receipt.

RKEO Contacts

Please contact Jennifer Roddis, RKEO Research Facilitator – jroddis@bournemouth.ac.uk or Jo Garrad, RKEO Funding Development Manager – jgarrad@bournemouth.ac.uk if you wish to submit an expression of interest.

 

Want to know more about our upcoming sandpit, What will Marty McFly need in 25 years?

Here’s some more information…

Which means…?

We’re seeking to come up with novel research which addresses one of the ‘grand challenges’ – how do we realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society and the economy?

So, who should attend?

The sandpit is open to everyone, and we do mean all BU staff and PhD students. You don’t need a track record in digital research, though we’d like yoclocku to consider attending if you do have. It doesn’t matter whether you have a research track record or not. We want anyone who thinks they might have something to contribute (and even those who think they don’t), and who is available all day on 26 January and during the morning of 27 January to come along.

What do I need to prepare in advance? What will the sandpit entail?

Absolutely nothing in advance. During the sandpit, you’ll be guided through a process which results in the development of research ideas. The process facilitates creativity, leading to innovative and interdisciplinary research ideas. These ideas will be explored with other attendees, and further developed based on the feedback received.

What if I don’t have time to think about ideas in advance?

You don’t need to. Some inspiring speakers with a range of backgrounds will be coming along to give you ideas…

What about afterwards? Do I need to go away and do loads of work?

Well… that depends! Tthe sandpit will result in some novel research ideas. Some of these may be progressed immediately, others might need more time to think about. You may find common ground with other attendees which you choose to take forward in other ways, such as writing a paper.

What if my topic area is really specific, such as health?

Your contribution will be very welcome! One of the main benefits of a sandpit event such as this, is to bring in individuals with a range of backgrounds and specialisms who are able to see things just that bit differently to one another.

So, is this just networking?

Definitely not, it is a facilitated session with the primary intention of developing innovative research ideas, which also enables the development of networks. It gives you the opportunity to come up with research ideas which you may develop over time, together with the chance to find common ground with academics from across BU.

So, how do I book onto this event?

To take part in this exciting opportunity, BU academic staff  and PhD students should complete the Sandpit Application Form and return this to Dianne Goodman by Tuesday 12th of January – please note the deadline has been extended due to the festive break. Places are strictly limited.

By applying, you agree to attend for the full duration of the event – full day 26th January and half day 27th January.

 

This event is part of BU’s Interdisciplinary Research Week.

Are you an early career, social science researcher? Contribute to this ESRC survey to inform future support decisions

AHRC

ESRC are looking for feedback from early career social scientists (no prescriptive definition given but excluding current Doctoral students) on the experiences and issues they face. Themes covered by the survey include motivations for doctoral study, current employment and future aspirations, availability of support, career advice and guidance – and what support was taken up, and educational background. Selected respondents will be invited to take part in follow-up interviews. The findings will be used to inform ESRC’s support for early career researchers in future years.

Further information is available on the ESRC website http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/news/news-items/enhancing-support-for-early-career-social-science-researchers/ and the survey can be found at https://ioe.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/esrc-survey .

Support and Celebrate our Research Success at the FoL – come along!

General-banner-for-digital-use-NEWWe would love to see you at our Drop-in event ‘Research Reflections’ on the 16 July – feel free to attend for a session or two, or the whole day. Come along and hear about the huge range of Research taking place across the University, and support your fellow academics talking about their Research.

When: Taking place on Thursday the 16th of JULY in The Coyne Lecture Theatre in the Thomas Hardy Suite from 10am – 4pm.
Book now

Our confirmed speakers include:

10am  Heather Hartwell, discussing the VeggiEAT project

10.40am  Jamie Matthews discussing the international news coverage of the Japanese earthquake and consequent tsunami

10.55am  Helen Farasat discussing her research with parents of children with eczema

11.45am  Sine McDougall on participating in Research

12.15pm  Yeganeh Morakabati will speak about her experiences of teaching in Afghanistan

12:30pm Dan Weissmann, Anna Feigenbaum, Dan Jackson and Einar Thorsen exploring challenges that arise when working with data that is hidden, sensitive or obscured

12:45pm Elizabeth Rosser discussing her Marie Curie experiences

1.00pm Lunch

1.45pm  Neil Vaughan, discussing his research into developing an epidural simulator

2.00pm Ashley Woodfall reflecting on the core conceptual struggle with a recently completed research project with children and those that make media for children

2.15pm Fabian Homberg  will be observing and explaining petty corruption: An analysis of the “$20 sandwich trick”

3.00pm  Carrie Hodges, Lee-Ann Fenge and Wendy Cutts speaking about their project which focuses on young people with disabilities.

3.15pm James Gavin will talk about his project looking at whether technology can be used to increase strength and balance in older adults

More speakers to be confirmed – please check our Blog posts for updates!

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Access government data for research through the ADRN

The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) is “a UK-wide partnership between universities, government departments and agencies, national statistics authorities, the third sector, funders and researchers.” It works with researchers and government departments to provide access to administrative data on a case-by-case basis. Examples of the records they have previously provided include Child Benefit dataset, Road Accident data, Citizens Advice dataset and the General Practitioner Patient Register. In order to access data through the network, research team members are required to confirm that the data cannot be easily accessed through other routes, that there is clear scientific merit to the study, and to undergo accreditation through the ADRN.

So, if your next research study requires administrative data, it could be worth considering whether the ADRN may be able to provide it. Their website can be found at http://adrn.ac.uk/.

Celebrating BU success at the FoL – come along!

General-banner-for-digital-use-NEWWe would love to see you at our Drop-in event – feel free to attend for a session or two, or the whole day. Come along and hear about the huge range of Research taking place across the University, and support your fellow academics talking about their Research. Taking place in The Coyne Lecture Theatre in the Thomas Hardy Suite from 10am – 4pm.

Book now

Our confirmed speakers include:

10am  Heather Hartwell, discussing the VeggiEAT project

10.40am  Jamie Matthews discussing the international news coverage of the Japanese earthquake and consequent tsunami

10.55am  Helen Farasat discussing her research with parents of children with eczema

11.10 Sine McDougall – Participating in Research

11.45am  TBC

12.00pm  TBC

12.15pm  Yeganeh Morakabati will speak about her experiences of teaching in Afghanistan

12:30 Dan Weissmann

1.45pm  Neil Vaughan, discussing his research into developing an epidural simulator

2.00pm Ashley Woodfall

2.15pm Fabian Homberg

2.30 Participating in Research

3.00pm  Carrie Hodges, Lee-Ann Fenge and Wendy Cutts speaking about their project which focuses on young people with disabilities.

3.15pm James Gavinwill talk about his project looking at whether technology can be used to increase strength and balance in older adults

More speakers to be confirmed – please check our Blog posts for updates!

Book now

Opportunity to deliver a short session at the FoL

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Missed out on holding an event at the Festival of Learning? Have an idea but not sure it’s enough for an entire event? Here’s your chance. RKEO are hosting a celebration of BU research successes at the Festival of Learning and we have a number of short sessions still available. These are for 15 mins, including questions, and are an opportunity to present completed or partial research, or simply to share some ideas and receive feedback from the audience. It might be useful if your funder requires lay input to your proposal? You may even find some participants or advisory group members.

If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, on a first-come, first-served basis, please send a title and short abstract to Jennifer Roddis – jroddis@bournemouth.ac.uk – by 5pm on 6 July.

Call for evidence on interdisciplinarity in research and HE

The British Academy has issued a call for evidence for a new project on interdisciplinarity in research and HE. They will ask academics, university managers, publishers and funders about their experiences, successes and challenges. The project will consider how interdisciplinary research is carried out, demand for interdisciplinary research and research skills, how academics can forge interdisciplinary careers and whether the right structures are in place to support interdisciplinarity across the research and higher education system. If you would like to know more, or contribute your thoughts, please see http://www.britac.ac.uk/policy/research_and_he_policy.cfm?frmAlias=/interdisc/

ESRC NCRM International Visitor Exchange Scheme launched

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) has launched its International Visitor Exchange Scheme (IVES). This will fund visits of between one and three months to or from experts at the forefront of key methodological developments. The scheme aims to enable “UK social scientists to engage with methods development internationally, in order to stimulate debate and develop ideas (with associated outputs) in relation to methodological innovation in the social sciences.” Awards can begin from 1 January 2016, with a deadline for submissions of 25 September 2015. Up to 6 awards of £5000 are expected to be available.

For more information, please see http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/research/IVES/ and, if you are interested in applying, please contact a member of the Funding Development Team.

Leverhulme Trust visit, 29 April, now open for bookings

The Leverhulme Trust visit on 29 April is now open for bookings – please visit the Staff Development & Engagement Pages to book.

Are you interested in bidding to Leverhulme Trust for research funding or finding out a bit more about what they expect to see in an application? If so, come along to our visit from Jean Cater of the Leverhulme Trust on 29 April, 12-2pm. 

In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more about the Leverhulme Trust, see http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk.

Leverhulme Trust visits BU on 29 April

Are you interested in bidding to Leverhulme Trust for research funding? Or finding out a bit more about what they expect to see in an application? If so, come along to our visit from Jean Cater of the Leverhulme Trust on 29 April, 12-2pm. Bookings will open on the organisational development website shortly, and I will update this post accordingly. In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more about the Leverhulme Trust, see http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk.

Mapping the UK research landscape: your opportunity to contribute

The Council for Science and Technology (CST) have launched a project to help them to understand the knowledge landscape in the UK. By providing information about yourself, how your research area fits within ‘the landscape of connected disciplines’ and research infrastructure in your area, you can contribute to the CST’s understanding of how the research community defines itself and the links that exist between disciplines. For more information, and to submit your views, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-knowledge-landscape-tool-launches

Building a research team

Are you a researcher looking to submit a research application? If so, this could be your opportunity to start building up a research team. Not only will this reduce the cost of your bid, but it will also give you the chance to start building up a group in your research field.  

So, what do we mean by a research team? There are a number of definitions, but a key characteristic is that a research team is a group of people, working together with a commitment to achieve a common research goal. At BU, this might mean those working together on a research project, a research cluster, a centre or an institute. Teams are likely to include academics – senior, junior or both – research assistants and, where appropriate, technical or administrative staff. Individuals are likely to bring a range of skills, knowledge and experience to the team which complement one another. However, you may also wish to consider whether team members’ behavioural traits and characteristics are also complementary. You can find out more from Vitae at https://www.vitae.ac.uk/doing-research/leadership-development-for-principal-investigators-pis/building-and-managing-a-research-team

If you are considering bringing together a research team, and aren’t sure how to go about it, please contact one of the Research Facilitators in RKEO – Jennifer Roddis, Alexandra Pekalski, Emily Cieciura and Paul Lynch – and we’ll be pleased to help.

Grants Academy small grants scheme launched!

RKEO are delighted to launch the Grants Academy small grants scheme! This scheme, only available to members of the Grants Academy, offers funding of up to £2000 for small or pilot studies which will lead to a submission to an external funder. It is anticipated that it will allow the collection of pilot data, but other activities will be considered. All current grants academy members are encouraged to submit an application; it is anticipated that 5 awards will be made. All projects must be completed by 31st July 2015.

The deadline for proposals is 4th March 2015. Any queries should be directed to Jennifer Roddis – jroddis@bournemouth.ac.uk . The application form and guidance can be found at I:\R&KEO\Public\GA pilot funding 2014-15. We look forward to receiving your applications…

Funding opportunity: solving urban challenges with data

 Up to £7.5million is to be made availabe to support research into “Solving urban challenges with data”. Funding is being provided by Innovate UK, ESRC and NERC. Funding will be offered for projects which aim to create solutions and services that offer specific commercial benefits or limit risks and increase the resilience, quality of life or economic performance of urban areas by integrating environmental, social and economic data with data from other sources. The focus is on better defining and solving problems through finding innovative ways to combine data sources.

Briefing events will be held regarding this call, as follows:

  • Glasgow – 27 November
  • Harwell – 4 December
  • Birmingham – 8 December
  • Cardiff – 11 December
  • Manchester – 16 December
  • London – 6 January

Further information and booking for events can be found at https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/solving-urban-challenges-with-data/overview

What Works Wellbeing – workshop and call

ESRC, AHRC and Public Health England, together with other partners, are investing in a new three-year programme to progress the understanding and application of wellbeing evidence. Four evidence-based programmes relating to wellbeing will be commissioned, these being:

  • community
  • work and learning
  • culture and sport
  • cross-cutting capabilities

Guidance for the call will be released on 29th October 2014, the deadline will be 2nd December, and a workshop for potential applicants will be held on 5th November in Birmingham.

Further information is available at http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/32283/what-works-wellbeing.aspx

Social science researchers – help identify strategically important methodological research areas

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is consulting with the UK social science research community to identify nationally important methodological research areas. This will inform a call for proposals for new methodological research projects in 2015. The projects will form parts of a Centre with funding of £5million in total. Contribute to the consultation at http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/survey/index.php/162988/lang-en.

Introducing Jenny Roddis – Research Facilitator

Hello, I’m Jenny Roddis and I’m one of the Research Facilitators in the Funding Development Team in RKEO. Specifically, I will be working with the Faculty of Science and Technology and the School of Health and Social Care. I’ve been at BU for over ten years, so some of you already know me, but for those who don’t, I’ve previously worked in HSC as Proposal Co-ordinator followed by my role as Senior RKE Officer for all of the Schools and Faculties at various points. The Facilitator post is an exciting new venture for BU, and one I am very pleased to be undertaking.

Together with Emily, Paul and Alex, I will be offering support for bid development, ranging from horizon scanning and identifying the most suitable funder or funding stream for your idea, through to working with you to develop your ideas, identifying potential collaborators and ensuring that applications are of the highest quality. I am also responsible for managing the Grants Academy (new dates coming soon!).

I am currently writing up my Doctorate, which is exploring perspectives on and understanding of life with a long-term condition, specifically thrombophilia and asthma, from the point of view of those affected. The study uses a grounded theory approach and data has been collected through semi-structured interviews. The findings are offering some interesting insights into how people with long-term conditions use information and knowledge about their condition, and other factors which affect life with such a condition.

Obviously the Doctorate leaves little time for relaxing, but my favourite way to procrastinate is to spend time on the beach with my kindle. I’m looking forward to the day I can do this without feeling guilty!

If you’re thinking about developing a bid, and would like some guidance, advice or support, or even just someone to bounce ideas off, please feel free to get in touch.