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Horizon 2020: a beginner’s guide Pt2

UKROOur colleagues at UKRO have produced a great overview of Horizon 2020 which will be of interest to all budding Euro researchers.

We’d strongly recommend that you take a look as the document gives you an easy to follow summary of Horizon 2020 and, crucially, won’t take more than a few minutes to read! You will need to be logged in to view content – details on registering below.

If you have ideas or questions after reading about what Horizon 2020 has to offer, please do get in touch with us here at RKE ( – we’d love to hear from you! 

UKRO is the European office of the UK Research Councils. To register with UKRO please visit and click on ‘Create Profile’.


The European Commission is offering three cash prizes to women innovators, with a deadline of 15 October 2013.

First prize is €100k, second prize €50k and third prize is €25k.

The winners will be female innovators who founded or co-founded their companies and who benefited from European funding.

More information on the European Commission website.

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ESRC Pre-call: Business and Local Government Data Research Centres – Big Data Network Phase 2

ESRCESRC are providing advance notice of a funding opportunity for establishing Business and Local Government Data Research Centres under Phase 2 of the ESRC Big Data Network.

The ESRCs Big Data Network will support the development of a network of innovative investments which will strengthen the UK’s competitive advantage in Big Data. The core aim of this network is to facilitate access to different types of data and thereby stimulate innovative research and develop new methods to undertake that research.

A pre-announcement, which contains details of the aims of the call, the scope of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centres and details of a Bidders’ Information event to be held on 9 September 2013, can be found below:

Big Data Network Phase 2

Further information
The full call specification is due to be launched in early September 2013 and close in early October 2013. Given this tight timetable, the aim of this pre-announcement is to enable potential bids to be developed and partnerships with data owners to be explored.
For further information, please see the ESRC pages here

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AHRC funding call – Design in Innovation Research Development

ahrcThis call is aimed at supporting groups of researchers (including academics, design practitioners, businesses and any other relevant non-academic organisations or individuals) to be able to hold exploratory workshops, networking and collaborative activities, or conduct original research reviews, scoping studies or capacity building activities. This call is aimed at supporting research development activities at an earlier stage than is usually the case under other AHRC schemes such as the Research Networking scheme.

Funding of up to £50,000 is available on full economic costs basis with the AHRC meeting 80% of the FEC. Awards should last for a maximum of 6 months and will be expected to start in February or March 2014 and be completed by the end of October 2014.

We expect to invite the successful applicants to attend a workshop in late 2104 along with award holders funded under our Research Networking and Fellowships schemes and relevant projects funded under our standard responsive mode schemes that address issues pertinent to Design. The aim of this workshop will be to identify any themes, gaps and new opportunities that would benefit from further investigation in larger research projects.

The closing date is 31st October 2013.

For further details please see AHRC webpage here.

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Prof Lynn Martin: What can the ‘Royal birth’ teach family firms about survival?

Prof Lynn Martin, Professor of Entrepreneurship, ESRC Research Fellow, Elected Fellow RSA, President, Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Director of MMU’s Centre for Enterprise shares her article from the Management Today website:


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The Research Whisperer: “Golden-brown grant applications” – making sure your research bid isn’t half baked!

pie     The’ Research Whisperer’ is a blog “dedicated to the topic of doing research in academia. We talk about finding funding, research culture, and building academic track-records”. The writers are based in Australia but much of their advice on bid-writing  and research culture ring equally true here in the UK context.   A recent post on the need to maintain  quality whilst “cooking up” a research application particularly caught my eye.

See The Research Whisperer site:   Golden-brown grant applications.