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Call for papers: European Intelligence & Security Informatics Conference (EISIC 2015) – Manchester


Types of Submissions – Full papers, short papers and posters. Please refer to the website for paper format.

 Important Dates

– Paper submission due: May 10, 2015
– Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2015
– Camera ready paper due: July 3, 2015
– Conference: September 7-9, 2015

Submit papers here –

Contact details – For further information please contact the Professional Programmes team


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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards 2016 Call now open ******INTERNAL EXPRESSION OF INTEREST STAGE*****

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

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

The studentships also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

The AHRC are keen to see innovative applications that build diverse relationships with the non-HEI sectors. There have been many CDA awards made for collaborations with larger museums and organisations however the AHRC would like to encourage further proposals to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups.

The current AHRC call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards has a cap of  2 applications per HEI.

We therefore need to run an ******internal MMU Expression of Interest Call****** so that we ensure that we are complying with that maximum and are putting forward our strongest applications. This worked well in previous years  and we’ve been successful with 3 out of the last 4 applications.  

So, you are considering a bid to this Call you therefore need to submit a short Expression of Interest form by Mon 11th May. Forms should be submitted to me – Germaine Loader, Research Development Manager in RKE at (I can also answer any questions you have about the scheme).  EOIs will then be assessed by a panel of relevant Associate Deans for RKE  and they will select those to go forward to develop a full AHRC application. The AHRC deadline is 7th July 15

The form is here:  EOI 2016

The full Call info is here:

Any queries,  please just ask!

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Final call for Pilot Studies for application of digital technologies in the creation of a sustainable society



The Sustainable Society Network+, funded through EPSRC and the Digital Economy programme has announced their final call for Pilot Studies.

Parties interested in applying for a Pilot Study should read the attached document carefully for full details of eligibility, requirements and application process.

  • Short-term pilot study funding for projects with a budget of up to £10,000 (80% fEC)
  • These pilot studies are designed to test new ideas or create novel linkages between research areas in line with the Network’s theme of applying digital technology to create a sustainable society
  • Pilot studies and Challenge Fellowships cannot be used for follow-on funding for projects that have already been funded by EPSRC
  • Application Deadline: 14 May 2014
  • Assessment panel: mid-June 2014
  • Duration: The projects must end 3 months after the start date
  • Start date between 1 July and 30 August 2014
  • Online application to facilitate blind review


Applicants are invited to apply for funding for pilot projects from the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DE) Sustainable Society Network+ (SSN+). These pilot studies will be no longer than 6 months in duration and are designed to test new ideas or create novel linkages between research areas in line with the Network’s theme of digital technology and sustainable societies.

The DE Sustainable Society Network+

We are investigating and the role of digital technologies in creating sustainable societies and ensuring the sustainable use of the technologies themselves in society. These societies move towards the “triple bottom line” – promoting economic development, environmental stewardship, and social equity in our world. Sustainable Society Network+ is charged with identifying future opportunities in this area for both industry and academia. It promotes these with funding for UK academics in the form research grants, secondments to industry and events to spur on new collaborations in and between social science, engineering, computer science, the arts and health. The Network is funded by the RCUK Digital Economy Theme. The Theme supports research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy.

The Research

Research into the role of ICT in supporting the development of a sustainable society covers an extremely large number of research areas, from water, waste, energy, local and national transport infrastructures, national and international supply chains, rural and urban enterprise infrastructures, community development and social infrastructure support mechanisms. The systems that form the basis of our society are now extremely complex systems, with multiple layers and multiple interactions between the economic, social and environmental spheres – it is not possible to affect one without affecting the others. The themes should address the “three pillars” (UN, 2005) or “triple bottom line” (Elkington, 1994) of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental. Applications are encouraged on the following topics but are not limited to:

Retail: Digital technologies for real-world impact on reducing the impact of ‘consumer’ culture.  Examples include, but are not limited to: lifecycle management technologies, improved recycling management, etc…

Food Networks: the use of digital technologies for understanding how to help end-users with traceability of food in supply chains, the generation and co-ordination of locally-grown food in urban environments and/or urban farming

Utilities Networks: the impacts of digital technologies on the overall industrial supply chain from extraction to supply to the population, including feasibility studies, capital development, the use and maintenance of assets, and developing and selling resources. Examples include, but are not limited to: the impacts when digital technologies facilitate localised generation and storage by end-users as individuals or in cooperation…

Transport: Digital technologies that promote positive social, economic, and environmental impacts in personal transport, passenger transport, and/or logistics. This includes design to service delivery, synergies with other industries, and demand management. Examples include, but are not limited to: development of a sharing economy in transport, new urban and rural energy storage networks…

Public Governance: How digital technologies are changing the operations of governance and the delivery of services to end-users such as citizens, businesses, and the third sector from online services and business systems to ICT infrastructure. Examples include utilising agile working to deliver services, or developing platforms for more participation from end-users.

Flooding: The impact of digital technologies in the study, prediction of, and design of strategies to adapt urban and rural areas to increased patterns of flooding due to climate change. Examples include, but are not limited to: the crowdsourcing of key indicators, community development of sustainable drainage systems…

The Quantified Self: How digital technologies promote sustainable behaviours at the community, nation, or worldwide scales through individuals who measure themselves. Examples could include measuring impacts of transport demand by mode, patterns of replacement of consumer goods…

“Big” Climate Data: How digital technologies can be used to aid the tracking and dissemination of climate data from the local to the global scale that will impact on value chains of multiple sectors. This could include work at the local scale (such as urban heat islands on property and retail economies) to the global scale (such as the connection between ocean currents and weather patterns on agricultural, property, and food economies).

Planetary resource boundaries: Using digital technologies to measure and disseminate knowledge about a global natural resource base that is not infinite, but can still promote human development. Planetary resource boundaries can be categorised into non-renewable fossil energy and water resources, biodiversity and land use, and human waste flows.

Rural community development: Digital technologies that impact on the development of rural communities in the developed and developing contexts. Examples could be to support the coordination and management of alternative food networks, overcoming the digital divide and isolation of rural communities for farming and tourism, and health services provided at a distance.

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ESRC NCRM Methodological Research Projects Call

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ESRC have released a call inviting proposal that will undertake cutting-edge methodological research development, within the context of substantive research problems. Projects must be focused in one or more of the following strategic areas:

  • Digital devices and mobile technologies for data collection
  • Participatory approaches
  • Analysis of online digital and Big Data
  • Bio-social data analysis
  • Policy relevant research synthesis (Jointly Funded with DFID)
  • Small area estimation

The aim of this call is to increase the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, to enable new or existing social science research questions to be addressed more effectively.

The projects will be part of a programme of research co-ordinated by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and will complement, enhance and extend NCRM’s existing research and activities. Proposals will be expected to contribute to the Centre’s training and capacity building activities, primarily though contributions to NCRM’s programme of short courses and the production of online learning resources.

Deadline for applications: 16th June 2015

Further details:


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Europe – JPI More Years Better Lives – First Call Open!


As trailed in our recent blog post, full details of the JPI More Years Better Lives call are now available.

Key documents are:

  • the call text – which gives you more detailed information on priorities, what organisations can participate and (importantly) what funders will allow you to include in your budgets
  • information on the governance and evaluation of the call – which does what it says on the tin, explaining how the call is set up and how the evaluation of your proposal will work

The call will support transnational partnerships in the areas of Modern Work Factors; Longer working life & inequality; Health challenges and Caring responsibilities. The call will close on 2 June 2015.

If the call is of interest and you’d like to discuss please do get in touch (

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The Royal Society Latest Funding Opportunities

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Research Grants (closes 26 May 2015)
This scheme is for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables, or for academics to research the history of science.

SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme (closes 28 May 2015)
The SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme will provide awards of three years’ duration to enable African scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to partner with UK-based institutions.

International Scientific Seminars (closes 4 June 2015)
This scheme is for Royal Society Research Fellows who want to organise a small two-day scientific seminar at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall

Royal Society Research Professorship (closes 3 November 2015)
This scheme is for world-class scientists who would benefit from a period of long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK.

Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (rolling round)
This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.

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NEWS: A new Cross-Council vision for Food, Nutrition and Health research


The Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have today published a Cross-Council vision for Food, Nutrition and Health research (PDF, 6.07MB) which recognises that a cohesive strategy is needed to fully support integrative research and a whole system approach.

The vision highlights the emerging opportunities for closer joint working across disciplines and in partnership with other funding organisations, policy makers and industry, to ensure that the evidence base generated will deliver public health benefits and drive positive change within health policy and practice.

The cross-council focus is on research from a human health and behaviour perspective, but it recognises the clear and crucial connections to issues of food security, sustainability and waste.

Key goals of the cross-council approach will be:

  • Foster better integration of research across molecular mechanisms, integrative physiology, experimental medicine, epidemiology, population health and social and economic sciences
  • Explore the social and biological determinants of food consumption behaviour, and  how they influence long-term health
  • Support the generation of a robust evidence base which will drive development of healthy food products, inform interventions to support healthy eating and underpin public health policy
  • Encourage the development and wider adoption of multidisciplinary and integrative approaches, fostering the next generation of integrative researcher

MRC and BBSRC will partner to encourage co-ordinated effort in mechanistic nutritional research through Responsive Mode Applicaitons later in 2015.