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Urban Europe – 2nd Pilot Joint Call


The ESRC is participating in the Urban Europe Joint Programming Initiative’s second pilot joint call. Urban Europe is dedicated to strengthening European research and innovation in the field of urban development. This call combines resources available for research and innovation that has traditionally been allocated nationally, and will enable the funding of transnational projects with the potential to observe, explore, understand, and experiment with aspects of urban life. This goes beyond what can be addressed in a single country, and makes possible cooperation between researchers and inventors in different countries.

Proposals are invited to address at least one of two topics

  • governance of urban complexity
  • urban vulnerability, adaptability, and resilience

Applicants will be required to submit a pre-proposal by means of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) electronic submission system

A total of approximately €15 million (£12.8 million) is jointly made available by 13 funding organisations in 10 countries. There are no fixed minimum or maximum limits for a project size. Medium-sized projects with total budgets in the range of €1-2 million (£850,000-£1.7 million) are typically expected, which will allow approximately 10 projects to be granted funding. The ESRC has made available €2 million (£1.7million) to fund British aspects of proposals.

  • pre-proposal – 18 September 2013
  • shortlist published – November 2014
  • full proposal – 21 January 2014
  • announcement of results to main applicants – April 2014
  • start of projects – May-September 2014

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MMU Public Engagement Champions 101 – Professor Martyn Amos

Martyn Amos is what we like to call – a “360 degree academic” – he’s an innovative researcher, great at collaboration and knowledge exchange, an experienced public engagement messiah – and a thoroughly nice guy to boot! In this video, courtesy of the Manchester Beacon, Martyn explains how he uses hacking to widen understanding of what universities have to offer to the general public. Martyn talks about how a University should be permeable and welcoming. We like to think that this is how we are at MMU and the RKE Office!

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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards now open – with highlight notice for Design

AHRC 2Scheme Summary
Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses.

These awards provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside an academic environment. The support provided by both an academic and non-academic supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.

Highlight Notice for 2014
The AHRC’s Delivery Plan 2011-2015 identified Design as a strategic priority. In order to support capacity-building in Design research, the CDA scheme will include a Design highlight notice in its calls for cohorts beginning in 2014 and 2015. Up to 5 additional awards will be available to support high quality proposals in this field. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that look at understanding the role of Design in Innovation, for example, how Design engages with business (particularly SMEs) or the service industry and the role of design in the innovation ecosystem.

The deadline is 3rd October 2013.

For further information please visit the AHRC page here

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AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Call


The AHRC’s Collaborative Skills Development call is aimed at supporting the development of innovative, collaborative training packages for PhD students and early career researchers in the arts and humanities.

The 2013 call will operate with three strands:

  • The Organisation-led strand will offer funding of up to £60,000 to enable Research Organisations to offer training and skills development activities to groups of students and Early Career Researchers in several institutions, involving a variety of different partners.
  • The Early Career Researcher (ECR)-led strand will offer funds up to £5,000 to support ECRs to establish and run collaborative training and researcher development activities primarily for the benefit of other ECRs. 
  • The Student-led strand will support doctoral students to establish and run smaller-scale collaborative activities, with an award limit of £3,000. 

Proposals must be collaborative, involving at least one Research Organisation and another partner. Proposals can be led by any Research Organisation, including Independent Research Organisations, and the student and ECR-led strands are not restricted to AHRC-funded students / ECRs.

Applications should propose the development of skills within one of the following areas:

  • Partnership working including public engagement: To support postgraduate students to engage effectively with collaborators outside of academia, including community groups and the public, private and third sectors.
  • Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy: Delivering activities and strategies that enable postgraduate students to develop their research in an entrepreneurial context, including Enterprise learning.
  • Research Skills Enrichment: Supporting new activities that will enable postgraduate researchers to enhance their research skills by engaging with disciplines outside of their own in order to add value to their current research and/or develop their research in a new direction.

Proposals will be eligible from any discipline within the AHRC’s subject remit. Applicants are welcome to propose innovative forms of skills development and training for students and ECRs, but we will also accept applications proposing conferences and workshops, placements and internships, business plan type competitions and entrepreneurs-in-residence, study visits and electronic resources, to name just a few examples.

The deadline is 4pm 19th September 2013.

Please see the AHRC page here for further details.

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AHRC Event – Knowledge Exchange and Arts and Humanities

AHRC 2Event Title: Knowledge Exchange and Arts and Humanities: Challenges and opportunities for engaging with public policy
Event Date: 12th July 2013
Event Location: Room G17, Nuffield Building, University of Birmingham

Research in the arts and humanities can inform the design and implementation of public policy, both directly and indirectly.

Directly, academics can contribute to consultations, formulate new policy, or develop guidelines for its delivery. Indirectly, they evaluate the effects of existing legislation, provide historical perspectives on current policy debates and interrogate the principles and premises that underpin areas of policy.

The AHRC wishes to encourage arts and humanities researchers to engage with policy-makers, practitioners and members of the public in a way that lays the groundwork for future policy impact.

Who should attend?
The workshop will be invaluable for academics considering future public policy engagement, and for research and knowledge exchange office staff who provide support to arts and humanities researchers.

Focus of the day
This, the first in a planned series of regional workshops, will be an opportunity to learn first-hand from academics already expert in policy engagement.

Discussion of lessons learned will be followed by opportunities for delegates to identify the opportunities and challenges for policy engagement in their own fields, and to develop ideas for future engagement activity.

The day will conclude with the launch of the AHRC’s new guidance for achieving systematic engagement with policy communities.

Booking and further details
For further information and to book your place, please see the AHRC page here. Please note places are limited.

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EPSRC – Manufacturing with Light call


EPSRC would like invite applicants to participate in a funding initiative to explore the potential of Manufacturing with Light.

The concept of Manufacturing with Light is to revolutionise the use of light in all forms to provide a step-change in the capability, efficiency, performance and versatility of manufacturing processes. There will be up to £3M available for this call to fund a number of small, feasibility-style projects (up to £300K and 18-months duration) that help develop innovative, exciting ideas on non-traditional uses of light for Manufacturing.

Given the speculative nature of the opportunity, the peer review process will consist of two separate interview stages; the first stage being a ‘concept audition’ and the second stage resembling a Big-Pitch style of extended panel interview. Applicants should register their intent to participate in the first stage by completing the registration form by Wednesday 12:00 (noon) 24 July 2013.

Further details about the call can be found on the EPSRC website:

The Registration form can be accessed here: