The Knowledge Transfer Network are running an information day and workshop around User Experience and Data technology innovation. This event will bring together businesses, academics and researchers working within UX and data to contribute to a discussion on the scoping of a Spring 2015 funding competition.
Innovate UK (formally Technology Strategy Board) will be running three funding competitions in areas relating to User Experience (UX). This event is an opportunity to learn more about these funding calls, how to apply as well as influencing future activities in UX.
There are two themes to these UX related competitions:
1. Utilising personal data to improve a user’s experience of a product or service: This competition is a feasibility study and is due to launch in March 2015. There will be an opportunity to influence the scope of this call so that it correctly addresses the issues that are affecting the UX industry.
2. Innovative technology & software to improved the interaction between human and machine: This will focus on novel approaches to UX with an innovative software element to them, essentially how to let people and machines interact better, moving beyond the traditional keyboard, mouse and screen.
There are two competions in this theme: a feasibility study and a Knowledge Transfer Parnership. (KTP).
Date: Tuesday, 02 December 2014
Time: 10:30 – 16:30
Venue: Barbican Centre, London
Register now to attend
Then come to our proposal writing workshop!
On Tuesday 18th March 2014, Neil Grice, our local TSB KTP Advisor, will be leading a workshop here at BU. This workshop aims to help you write a KTP proposal that will more closely meet the requirements of the Technology Stategy Board and related funders, including major UK Research Councils. Remember that KTPs are a great way of demonstrating research impact.
To attend this worskhop, with strictly limited places, please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday 14th March. The event will take place from 11:30 – 13:00 in Studland House (S217)
In the meantime, if you would like to know more about the KTP scheme, go to the TSB’s dedicated website. Here you will find lots of resources for academics, companies and graduates. Specifically for academics, is the TSB’s Innovation through Collaboration brochure – KTP_Acad_Bro_Press_DEC_13.
The following opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:
- AHRC are offering Digital Transformations Amplifications Awards. Apply by 20/02/14 for up to £64,000.
- POST are hosting a new fellowship scheme in collaboration with the ESRC. Applications close 13/01/14.
- Would you be interested in giving this years Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture for the Royal Society? This prestigious lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £500. The deadline for nominations is 31/01/14.
- To those of you with an outstanding academic record in natural science, engineering or technology, whose work has the potential to improve the UK’s national prosperity there is up to £3,500 available through the Royal Society’s Mullard Award. The award closes 28/02/14.
- The Bakerian Lecture is delivered annually at the Royal Society in London and is the premier lecture in the physical sciences. The lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a £1,000 prize. Nominations close 31/01/14.
- In support of the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and maths, the Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture through the Royal Society is now open. The award is a Silver gilt medal and a accompanying grant of £30,000. Nominations close 31/01/14.
- Another prize lecture from the Royal Society you may want to apply for if your interests are in microbiology is the Leeuwenhoek prize lecture. There is a £500 prize and a medal available with a deadline for nominations on 31/01/14.
- The Royal Society’s Coonian lecture has also opened for nominations. This is the premier lecture in the biological sciences and is accompanied by a medal and a prize of £1000. Nominations close on 31/01/14.
- To anyone who perhaps has a knack for science communication with the public you may be interested in applying for the Michael Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science to UK audiences, worth £2,500 from the Royal Society. Nominations close 31/01/14.
- The Milner Award, for outstanding achievements in computer science is now open for nominations. The award is for £5000 from the Royal Society so be sure to apply before the award closes on 31/01/14.
- The Royal Society’s Armourers & Brasiers’ Company Prize is made for excellent use-inspired research on structural or functional materials that is both fundamental and for the benefit of society. It is worth £2,000 and nominations close 31/01/14.
- Annual medals worth up to £5000 each in the fields of physical, chemical, biological and applied sciences are available from the Royal Society. Apply before 31/01/14.
- Biennial medals (even years) from the Royal Society are also on offer, worth up to £1,000, from the Royal Society. Apply before 31/01/14.
- Finally for Royal Society awards is the Francis Crick lecture in the subject of biology. The lectureship is worth £500 and nominations close 31/01/14.
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership’s are available from the TSB. To find about more about KTP’s at Bournemouth University take a look at these posts from the research blog.
- Investment of up to £10m for enabling technologies for genomics sequence data analysis and interpretation is available from the TSB. Up to £2m of this is available in Phase 1 with development contracts of a maximum of £200,000 for up to 6 months. Registration closes 26/01/14 and the award will close to applications 05/02/14.
- Investment of up to £75m in collaborative R&D projects in the field of low carbon vehicles is available from the TSB, in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Registration closes 29/01/14 with the final deadline for 05/02/14.
- University awards in society and ethics are available from the Wellcome Trust that will support outstanding early or mid-career researchers to secure permanent posts with their University. The maximum award is unspecified and the closing date for applications is 20/06/14.
- The Wellcome Trust are offering a maximum of £250,000 for Research Fellowships for Health Professionals. Please apply before 20/06/14.
- Also on offer from the Wellcome Trust are Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowships for Clinicians. Apply for a maximum of £350,000 before 02/05/14.
- Intermediate clinical fellowships to enable candidates to continue their research interests at a post doc level at an appropriate clinical research facilty are available through the Wellcome Trust. Apply by 06/05/14.
- The Wellcome Trust are offering up to £250,000 for research fellowships in society and ethics. Apply by 20/06/14.
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.
The AHRC has committed to ensuring that the research it funds can be properly exploited and applied in areas where it can make a difference. In particular, the AHRC’s new delivery plan puts KE, external engagement, collaboration, partnership working, public and policy engagement and impact at the very heart of all that it does.
The AHRC has made a huge investment of £20m fEC to establish four ‘Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy’ over the next 4 years. The purpose of these hubs will be to build new partnerships and entrepreneurial capacity in the ‘Creative Economy’ and in addition increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.
Take advantage of this investment and look at how you can engage with the creative economy; perhaps through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)? An excellent example of knowledge exchange, KTPs are run by the Technology Strategy Board and are co-funded by a range of bodies such as the AHRC.
KTPs provide academics with the opportunity to:
- Apply knowledge and expertise to important problems facing businesses
- Develop relevant teaching and research material
- Identify new research themes and undergraduate and post graduate projects
- Publish high quality journal and conference papers
- Gain an improved understanding of business requirements and operations
- Contribute to the (REF)
- Participate in rewarding and ongoing collaboration with innovative businesses
- Supervise and act as mentors for past graduates working on business based projects
Why not consider the benefits of knowledge exchange and use your research to move forward in building partnerships and entrepreneurial capacity in the creative economy……
I have just returned from the annual KTP Managers’ Conference 2012 and the key message from the Technology Strategy Board is that now is the time to turn that conversation with a company into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Knowledge Exchange allows you and the partner organisation to demonstrate and develop your research in the context of the market, to your mutual benefit. For the associate, who can be a named post doc., it also provides excellent project management experience.
Philip Ternouth presented his primary finding from the CIHE publication Key Attributes for Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, that KTPs are a ‘value-adding’ mechanism for universities to form partnerships with industry. Importantly, in mapping the the KTP model onto their ‘Generic Process Model for KT in Open Innovation,’ the report shows that the KTP structure supports the vital ‘5Cs’: Company opportunity, Co-recognition, Co-formulation, Co-creation and Commercialisation. KTPs are also shown to assist in improving the absorptive capacity of the partner by potentially increasing the ability of firms and organisations to recognise the value of new external knowledge, assimilate it and apply it to commercial ends…Cohen and Levinthal (1990).
Iain Gray (CEO, TSB), reminded the conference that the TSB is there to promote wealth creation in the UK, but wealth and innovation can take many forms. Within the scheme’s boundaries, if the KTP proposal can demonstrate a step change for the organisation with a potential impact for the wider economy, be that in the truly commercial through to the social sectors, the TSB will consider its funding. Other funders, such as the ESRC and AHRC, are also on board, specifically requesting KTPs which meet their social agendas. Thus, the Technology Strategy Board values the impact made by all sectors of the economy.
If nothing else, take time to find out more about a funding scheme where submitted proposals have a c. 80% success rate at the approvals panel and can provide clear evidence of potential impact.
More information is available at the KTP website. BU has access to TSB advisers who can visit BU to talk to you and your colleagues about the benefits of KTPs and other TSB funding schemes. You can also sign up to the TSB site _connect and the Knowledge Transfer Networks related to your discipline. BU branded literature is available for BU staff to give to external contacts (email email@example.com). Yes, lots of help is on hand.
So, be ambitious and think KTP.
Now is the time to find out if your area of research interest can be applied in the work-place with the assistance of a government grant.
The Technology Strategy Board has just released figures from their recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership approvals meeting. In May 2012, 42 classic KTP proposals were submitted with 34 being supported. That is an 81% success rate. Only 12 Shorter KTPs were submitted, with 10 of these being supported. This gives an excellent 83% success rate. They are looking for over 100 per approval meeting. Consequently, the Technology Strategy Board is very keen to see more quality applications.
So, if you are thinking of engaging with the technology exchange process, now would be a good time to make the most of your industry contacts. The TSB offers support throughout the process via their KTP Advisors. You do not always need to submit a full proposal at the outset but can use an Expression of Interest application to ‘test the water’.
For those of you not familiar with KTPs, Classic KTPs are normally between 12 and 36 months and are broadly strategic in their outcomes. Shorter KTPs are between 26 to 51 weeks and have more tactical outcomes. Both employ a recent graduate as the project associate, supported by the company and academic supervisors, to complete a specific company-based project. For more detailed information on this successful and long-running funding scheme, please go to the KTP website or just search for ‘KTP’. There are resources specific to the needs of the academic, the company and the associate. Check out _connect and join one of the Knowledge Transfer Networks.
There is also help within BU. Peter Delgado (BU’s Commercialisation and KTP Officer) should be your first port of call (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01202 961215). In addition, if you are visiting a company and think that a KTP might be just what they need, KTP marketing materials are available from Emily Cieciura (email@example.com or 01202 968241).
Following 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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)
email@example.com or 01202 968241