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Changes to ESRC New Investigator Grant scheme

ESRC are pleased to confirm that from 1 January 2020 they will be revising the eligibility criteria for this scheme to remove the four-year time bound criterion. This change is in recognition of the increasing diversity of career paths and trajectories and ESRC’s ambition to be as inclusive and supportive of these as possible.

New Investigator grants will remain a funding opportunity aimed at supporting early career researchers who have yet to make the transition to be an independent researcher, but from January the onus will be on applicants to articulate why they consider themselves to be in that career stage. This could reflect differences across disciplines or fields of research; periods of employment in non-research roles; where applicants are looking to re-skill in new research area; or, where relevant, personal circumstances such as career breaks. Peer reviewers will be directed to consider that justification when they assess applications.

This justification will need to be included in an attachment to proposals submitted from 1 January onwards. If you are in the process of developing an ESRC New Investigator Grant then please speak with your RDS Funding Development Officer.  The updated call guidance will be published in December at the following website: https://esrc.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/

Prostate Cancer Research Centre – your chance to influence their next call

Prostate Cancer Research Centre, who recently announced a £2m spend on seven new prostate cancer research projects across the UK, hope to launch their next grant call in the first half of 2020.

To help them finalise their next grant call, they are reaching out to UK cancer researchers at all career stages, as well as research support staff at UK institutions to invite them to participate in a short questionnaire. The purpose of this questionnaire is to explore the gaps in current research funding, so that they can best understand how funding can have the strongest possible impact both for science and for people affected by prostate cancer.

The questionnaire will take around 5 minutes to complete and all answers will be anonymous. The results will be used to inform their next grant call and may be shared via blog posts and reports.

The closing date for the survey is Monday, 13 January 2020. You can access the survey here: https://www.pcr.org.uk/research-gaps/

If you have any questions relating to the questionnaire or the charity, please do not hesitate to get in touch via info@pcr.org.uk.

 

Deadline approaching for the Research Impact Fund 2019/20

The deadline for the Research Impact Fund is 5pm on Thursday 12 December.  Applications must be submitted to researchimpact@bournemouth.ac.uk. To apply, please read the policy, and guidance.

If you wish to discuss your application in more detail, please come along to one of our lunchtime drop-in surgeries this week.  Panel members will be on hand to answer any queries.

Tuesday 10 December Talbot Campus – F304 12:30 – 13:30
Wednesday 11 December Lansdowne Campus – EB603 12:00 – 13:00

If you can’t make any of the drop-in surgeries but you’d still like to talk to someone about your application, please email Genna del Rosa (Panel Secretary) or contact your Faculty Impact Officer:

Student fund launched for travel to Dorset History Centre

In order to assist students wishing to travel to Dorset History Centre for the purposes of accessing collections, Dorset Archives Trust has made a fund available for suitably accredited students to travel to Dorchester.  For more information and conditions, please see the information here.

Please share this information with students whom you may feel would benefit from this.

Update on Leverhulme Trust Visit

On Weds 20th November, BU were delighted to welcome Dr Tracey Henshaw, Assistant Director of Leverhulme Trust to speak about the funding opportunities available from Leverhulme. Tracey provided an overview of who the Leverhulme Trust are, what they will (and won’t!) fund, their funding programmes, and what they are looking for in funding applications including useful hints and tips for their main programmes.

You can now view the slides via Brightspace here.

Research Impact Fund: drop-in surgeries to support your application

The deadline for the research impact fund is fast approaching, on Thursday 12 December. Join our panel members at the last few drop-in lunch time surgeries to discuss your ideas.

If you’re not sure which strand to apply for, or you have any queries about the guidance or application form, then come along and let us help you.

Monday 2 December Lansdowne Campus – EB303 12:30 – 13:30
Thursday 5 December Talbot Campus – F206 12:30 – 13:30
Tuesday 10 December Talbot Campus – F304 12:30 – 13:30
Wednesday 11 December Lansdowne Campus – EB603 12:00 – 13:00

 

Applications must be submitted to researchimpact@bournemouth.ac.uk by 5pm on Thursday 12 December. To apply, please read the policy, application form and guidance.

If you can’t make any of the drop-in surgeries but you’d still like to talk to someone about your application, please email Genna del Rosa (Panel Secretary) or contact your Faculty Impact Officer:

Research Professional – all you need to know

Every BU academic has a Research Professional account which delivers weekly emails detailing funding opportunities in their broad subject area. To really make the most of your Research Professional account, you should tailor it further by establishing additional alerts based on your specific area of expertise. The Funding Development Team Officers can assist you with this, if required.

Research Professional have created several guides to help introduce users to Research Professional. These can be downloaded here.

Quick Start Guide: Explains to users their first steps with the website, from creating an account to searching for content and setting up email alerts, all in the space of a single page.

User Guide: More detailed information covering all the key aspects of using Research Professional.

Administrator Guide: A detailed description of the administrator functionality.

In addition to the above, there are a set of 2-3 minute videos online, designed to take a user through all the key features of Research Professional. To access the videos, please use the following link: http://www.youtube.com/researchprofessional

Research Professional are running a series of online training broadcasts aimed at introducing users to the basics of creating and configuring their accounts on Research Professional. They are holding monthly sessions, covering everything you need to get started with Research Professional. The broadcast sessions will run for no more than 60 minutes, with the opportunity to ask questions via text chat. Each session will cover:

  • Self registration and logging in
  • Building searches
  • Setting personalised alerts
  • Saving and bookmarking items
  • Subscribing to news alerts
  • Configuring your personal profile

Each session will run between 10.00am and 11.00am (UK) on the fourth Tuesday of each month. You can register here for your preferred date:

14th January 2020

10th March 2020

12th May 2020

14th July 2020

8th September 2020

10th November 2020

These are free and comprehensive training sessions and so this is a good opportunity to get to grips with how Research Professional can work for you.

Have you noticed the pink box on the BU Research Blog homepage?

By clicking on this box, on the left of the Research Blog home page just under the text ‘Funding Opportunities‘, you access a Research Professional real-time search of the calls announced by the Major UK Funders. Use this feature to stay up to date with funding calls. Please note that you will have to be on campus or connecting to your desktop via our VPN to fully access this service.

RKEDF – Research Training in December

We have some great events coming up over the next month to support you in your research activities.

December

Tuesday 3rd December RKEDF: NHS site set-up or research and overview of approval process
Wednesday 4th December RKEDF: Environment Narrative Writing Day
Friday 6th December RKEDF: Impact Planning Session
Tuesday 10th December RKEDF: Inspirational Impact Journey – FMC
Tuesday 10th December RKEDF: Writing Academy
Wednesday 11th December RKEDF: Working with Industry
Thursday 19th December RKEDF: Preparing Practice-Based Research Outputs for Assessment

You can see all the Organisational Development and RKEDF events in one place on the handy calendar of events.

Please note that all sessions are now targeted, so look closely at the event page to ensure that the event is suitable for you. In addition, most RKEDF events now require the approval of your Head of Department (or other nominated approver). Please follow the instructions given on the event page and the template email for you to initiate the booking request.

If you have any queries, please get in touch!

Horizon 2020 SC6 Online Brokerage Event

An online brokerage event for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6 (SC6) ‘Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies‘ will take place on 12 December 2019, from 11:00 to 12:30 CET.

This online event is foreseen for up to 50 participants and registration is open until 8 December.

The event is organised by Net4Society, a network of SC6 National Contacts Points. More information is available on the event’s webpage.

The UK SC6 NCP is also holding an information event in London on 5 December, to support the UK stakeholders interested in the SC6 call. The call is now open with deadline of 12 March 2020.

In a case of no-deal Brexit, the H2020 Guarantee extension covers all successful bids made after EU Exit on schemes that the UK can bid for in its new status as a third-country – above mentioned call falls under this guarantee. H2020 Guarantee extension funding is for the lifetime of the grant as awarded.

Research Impact Fund: drop-in surgeries to support your application

Do you have an idea for your research impact funding application?  Or perhaps you’re not sure which strand to apply for? Or are you confused by the guidance? Join us at our lunchtime drop-in surgeries to discuss your ideas and ask any questions to members of our funding panel.

Thursday 21 November Talbot Campus – P402 12:30 – 13:30
Monday 25 November Talbot Campus – P411 12:00 – 13:00
Wednesday 27 November Lansdowne Campus – B202 12:00 – 13:00
Monday 2 December Lansdowne Campus – EB303 12:30 – 13:30
Thursday 5 December Talbot Campus – F206 12:30 – 13:30
Tuesday 10 December Talbot Campus – F304 12:30 – 13:30
Wednesday 11 December Lansdowne Campus – EB603 12:00 – 13:00

Applications must be submitted to researchimpact@bournemouth.ac.uk by 5pm on Thursday 12 December. To apply, please read the policy, application form and guidance.

If you can’t make any of the drop-in surgeries but you’d still like to talk to someone about your application, please email Genna del Rosa (Panel Secretary) or contact your Faculty Impact Officer:

RKE News – Latest issue out now

The latest issue of RKE News is out now. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide a termly update of internal and external research and knowledge exchange news, successes and opportunities.

This issue focuses on BU2025, the Strategic Investment Areas, Research Funding Panels, some of the many funding opportunities which are available and upcoming events.

I hope this information is helpful and of interest to you. If you would like to send in any stories or ideas for inclusion or if you have any feedback in general, please let me know.

 

UKRI Future Leadership Fellowships scheme Workshop

If you’re an arts and humanities early career researcher who has applied to Round 4 (or thinking of applying to future rounds) of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) Scheme, then we have an important date for your diary. On 14 January, the AHRC will be holding a workshop in Bristol specifically for the arts and humanities community. The day will provide plenty of useful advice and networking opportunities as well as a chance to meet current award holders and find out more about the scheme.

If you are interested in attending the workshop on the 14th January in Bristol, please complete the smart survey by Monday 18th November 2019. Please note that there are only 50 places available and these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. More information about the workshop can be found here.

Please contact Lisa Andrews, RDS Research Facilitator if you secure a place to attend.

The Research Impact Fund is open for applications

Demonstrating impact is becoming an increasingly normal part of academic life, with changes in the external environment underpinning the need to show how research is making a difference beyond academia. As well as forming a significant part of a university’s REF submission, impact pathways are often included as a routine part of funding applications.

In order to support impact development at Bournemouth University, an impact fund was established in spring 2019, overseen by the Research Impact Funding Panel.

For 2019/20, the Research Impact Fund has been split into three strands with a total of £50,000 available:

  • Strand 1: To support the development of new research partnerships and networks, to lay the groundwork for future research projects
  • Strand 2: To provide support for emerging impact from existing underpinning research
  • Strand 3: For the development of impact case studies for REF2021 – now closed

We are pleased to announce another open call for applications for strands 1 and 2.

The first call for applications for strands 1 and 2 resulted in eight successful awards, which are currently underway.  The outcomes of the second call for applications for strand 3 are due to be announced soon.

Eligibility

Strand 1: To support the development of new research partnerships and networks, to lay the groundwork for future research projects
This strand is aimed at those who are new to research (academic staff who have not published an academic output, or received internal or external funding for research) such as Early Career Researchers (those who are within 7 years of completing their doctorate, or equivalent experience, and are not Associate Professors / Professors). The funding aims to support colleagues to engage with key stakeholders at the very beginning of the research process, to establish partnerships and networks to support the co-creation of research questions.

There is £11,000 available in total for this funding strand.  From this £11,000, the panel hope to fund multiple projects and would particularly welcome applications for smaller projects up to £2,500.  

Strand 2: To provide support for emerging impact from existing underpinning research
This strand is aimed at academic staff who have evidence of existing underpinning research which has the potential for impact, or is starting to result in impact.  The funding aims to support the development of research impact across BU and begin to identify potential case studies for post-REF2021 exercises.

There is £5,000 available in total for this funding strand.  From this £5,000 the panel hope to fund multiple projects and would particularly welcome applications for smaller projects up to £2,500.  

Application process

To apply, please read the policy, application form and guidance. Applications must be submitted to researchimpact@bournemouth.ac.uk by 5pm on Thursday 12 December.

 If you have any questions about your application please email either Rachel Bowen (for HSS or FM queries) or Genna del Rosa (for FMC or SciTech queries).

Support for applicants

The Panel strongly recommends that applicants speak with their Faculty Impact Officer and/or relevant Unit of Assessment leads / impact champions prior to applying.  If you are unsure who this is, please contact your Faculty Impact Officer in the first instance:

You can also seek advice from the following RDS colleagues when developing your application:

The Panel members will also be available to answer any queries and discuss ideas at a series of lunch time surgery sessions:

Tuesday 19 November Lansdowne Campus – B224 12:30 – 13:30
Thursday 21 November Talbot Campus – P402 12:30 – 13:30
Monday 25 November Talbot Campus – P411 12:00 – 13:00
Wednesday 27 November Lansdowne Campus – B202 12:00 – 13:00
Monday 2 December Lansdowne Campus – EB303 12:30 – 13:30
Thursday 5 December Talbot Campus – F206 12:30 – 13:30
Tuesday 10 December Talbot Campus – F304 12:30 – 13:30
Wednesday 11 December Lansdowne Campus – TBC 12:00 – 13:00

 


BU’s Research Principles

Putting the Research Impact Fund into strategic context, under BU2025, the following funding panels operate to prioritise applications for funding and make recommendations to the Research Performance and Management Committee (RPMC).

There are eight funding panels:

  1. HEIF Funding Panel
  2. GCRF Funding Panel
  3. Research Impact Funding Panel
  4. Doctoral Studentship Funding Panel
  5. ACORN Funding Panel
  6. Research Fellowships Funding Panel
  7. Charity Support Funding Panel
  8. SIA Funding panel

Please see further announcements regarding each initiative.

These panels align with the BU2025 focus on research, including BU’s Research Principles.  Specifically, but not exclusively, regarding the Research Impact Funding Panel, please refer to:

  • Principle 5 – which sets of the context for such funding panels,
  • Principle 6 and Outcome 9 – which recognises the need for interdisciplinarity and the importance of social science and humanities (SSH).

 

NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme – Product Development Awards – Live FAQ sessions

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme is holding live FAQ sessions for applicants to its Product Development Awards 19 funding call (launched on 30 October 2019).
The FAQ webinars will be interactive, and participants will have the opportunity to submit written questions that will be responded to during the session. The questions and responses will be made available to all participants during the session, and a summary will be made available on the NIHR website afterwards.
Two sessions will be held to give all potential applicants the opportunity to participate. You can access the webinars here.
  • 11 November 2019 at 2pm
  • 15 November 2019 at 11am

Please note the links won’t be active until just before the starting time.

Your local branch of the NIHR RDS (Research Design Service) is based within the BU Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU) on the 5th floor of Royal London House.

We can help with your application. We advise on all aspects of developing an application and can review application drafts as well as put them to a mock funding panel (run by RDS South West) known as Project Review Committee, which is a fantastic opportunity for researchers to obtain a critical review of a proposed grant application before this is sent to a funding body.

Come as early as possible to benefit fully from the advice

Feel free to pop in and see us in person, call us on 61939 or send us an email.

Dr Mark Readman at the Creative Industries Workshop in Istanbul

Earlier this month I took part in a ‘Creative Industries Workshop’ in Istanbul. This was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Istanbul Development Agency. About 40 of us had won funding to attend – a mixture of UK and Turkish ‘experts’ (academics and industry representatives) – and we were tasked with addressing the challenges faced by Turkey’s creative industries.

The key issue presented to us was how to maximise the potential for growth, diversification and resilience in Turkey by identifying the specific affordances of the creative industries. There is clear ambition in Turkey to “increase the value added of goods and services produced in the country” and the UK is seen as a model for such growth.

The thematic areas which we addressed were: Ecosystem – the structures of finance, networking, collaboration, services, and actors which facilitate growth; Demand – the sensitivity to awareness, ‘customer needs’, and particularly the ways in which other sectors (such as tourism) might complement and stimulate this; Design and value added – the emphasis on digital transformation trends which might ‘intensify user experience’ through improving the quality of life; Data and knowledge – how the creative industries are defined, the relationship between data and policy, and possible research which might produce new models.

The workshop was a very stimulating fusion of different perspectives, and each group presented ‘solutions’ to the funding bodies which drew on our experience and understandings of successful policies and practices. Some of us, however, of a more critical mind set (and I won my funding on the basis of promising to provide this) had further questions that we wanted to pursue, for example: the need to avoid a kind of ‘colonial approach’, dispensing ‘wisdom’ from the UK; the problematic relationship between the creative industries and the craft industries – ways of achieving complementarity without collapsing key differences; the notional affordances of ‘ecosystems’ – some of us suggested that ‘true creativity’ prospered despite, rather than because of ‘ecosystems’; and, ultimately, the nature of this thing called the ‘creative industries’, which is often presented as an ‘ontological category’, but which tends to be a strategic category – some transparency about this seems to be required.

There will be a further call from the AHRC intended to nurture some of the collaborations that were made possible in the workshop, and the challenge will be to maintain this critical stance whilst working together to stimulate worthwhile projects (and we saw some excellent examples of existing initiatives). As we face life post-Brexit, Turkey is likely to be a significant partner, given its position, between Europe and Asia.

Mark Readman, FMC