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BU Research Conference: Powerful Partnerships – Wednesday 26 June

A lightbulb created by interlocking pieces of stringThere’s still time to book your place for the BU Research Conference, which takes place on Wednesday (26 June) in the Fusion Building.

The theme for this year’s conference is powerful partnerships, exploring how working with others can enhance your research.

Speakers include Isabella Pereira, Head of the Institute for Community Studies, and a panel of BU academics sharing their experiences of working with partners regionally, nationally and internationally.

You’ll also have chance to take part in practical workshops covering topics including building international partnerships, co-creating research, and working with business.

The conference runs from 9.30am – 1pm and will be followed by a networking lunch to spark further conversations and collaborations.

We’re hoping it will be an inspiring and informative day, and we’d love to see you there.

Find out more and book your place via Eventbrite

Small companies offered £1.2m to seek out global partners



Innovate UK has launched a fund to encourage small British firms to work with international businesses and to help them enter global markets.

UK businesses looking to create international business networks can apply for funding to enable commercial research and innovation partnerships. It will also help businesses explore ideas for future collaboration.

Innovate UK is funding this competition. It is open to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The funding will enable SMEs to carry out short feasibility studies and spend time abroad. The competition will encourage UK firms to create long term partnerships with overseas companies. It will also help them gain a better understanding of collaborative opportunities.

Competition information

  • The competition opens on 5 August 2016
  • The deadline for registration is noon on 21 September 2016
  • The deadline for application is noon on 28 September 2016
  • A UK SME must lead the project
  • A UK SME can carry out the project on their own or work with other UK partners
  • Only UK SMEs will receive funding
  • Innovate UK will fund projects with eligible costs of up to £30,000
  • Businesses may receive funding of up to 70% of their total project costs
  • Projects should last up to 4 months

Click here for further information and how to apply.

Kick starting the academic year with Erasmus Mundus TECHNO and TECHNO II partneships

The start of the academic year has seen the Schools of Applied Sciences and Design, Engineering and Computing welcoming 4 new Erasmus Mundus students through the TECHNO 2 (Erasmus Mundus Partnership). Specifically, these include 3 fully funded MSc students and 1 BSc exchange students (6 month).

Last year, the School of Applied Sciences has welcomed one post-doc exchange, 2 teaching staff exchanges and 1 MPhil student TECHNO.  By December 31st, 2013 both schools will welcome an additional 2 teaching staff; 1 post-doc exchange and 1 PhD exchange.

Both TECHNO and TECHNO II projects are partnerships of the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union, and they are collectively funded with approximately 4 million euro. All participants receive a monthly allowance and full cover of their travel expenses and medical insurance. The person in charge of TECHNO and TECHNO II at BU is Dr Demetra Andreou; a Lecture in Environmental Science at the School of Applied Sciences and is currently supported by Dr Emilie Hardouin (maternity cover for Dr Andreou) and Mrs Heather Cashin (Senior Programme Administrator at Applied Sciences).

The second call of the TECHNO II project will take place before the end of this year. All the information about the TECHNO projects can be found at http://www.techno-em.org/ and http://www.techno2-em.org/





The TECHNO team with our current participants (Left to right: Dr Demetra Andreou, Dr Emilie Hardouin, Yating Ru, Phuong Nguyen,  Quyen Tran, Yankun Zhao, Qianqian Wei and Heather Cashin.


Digital Economy Strategic Partnerships Proposals

At the Strategic Partnership workshop for the Connected Digital Economy Catapult last month the Technology Strategy Board presented the nature of strategic partnerships and other models of engagement, the process to develop strategic partnerships, guidelines and next steps. The presentations can be found on the _connect webpage 

The next step in the process involves interested companies/organisations preparing 2-3 page strategic partnership proposals, which need to be submitted to the Technology Strategy Board by 25th May 2012. You can read more on this, on the _connect website.

Remember, if you aren’t already signed up to _connect, you can read the benefits of creating an account here.