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Provision of Training to Police Community Support Officers

The requirement of fully qualified and experienced trainers to work in partnership with Cumbria & Lancashire Constabulary training staff, to successfully deliver initial training to newly recruited Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) and the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). Lancashire Constabulary PCSO training will be conducted on a full time and part time basis. Together with the provision of occasional trainers who are experienced and qualified to deliver Crime Training or Personal Safety Training and to support or deliver other training needs as requested.

Deadline for proposals: 4 April

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Scotland Golf Visitor Survey and Economic Impact

Funded jointly by Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland, the purpose of this work is to undertake research that will enable both the public and private sector to develop a clear strategic view of the opportunities and challenges of golf tourism in a post Ryder Cup era. Robust up to date market data is essential to support effective advocacy for the golf tourism sector which is important in influencing the competitive demands on public funding as well as the actions of individual tourism businesses & potential investors.

Deadline for proposals: 11 March

Funding available: £58,000

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Environmental Issues Consultancy

The Waste And Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is creating a framework of specialist individuals that can be appointed on a flexible as and when basis to support the delivery of WRAP’s project work by providing technical expertise to WRAP’s programme delivery teams. Technical advisors are required in 5 sector Lots: 1) Food and drink. 2) Clothing and textiles. 3) Electricals and electronics. 4) Waste and resource management. 5) Social research, evaluation and economics (in all sectors). The work is expected to predominantly relate to the UK and its countries, although work relating to other countries in Europe and worldwide could potentially be required.

Deadline for proposals: 29 March

Funding available: £50,000

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Analysis of the Transition of Engineering Service Leavers

Research is required to provide data and explore the following research topics: I) Proportions of Engineering Service Leaders (SLs) – Obtain data on the proportion of Engineering populations who put in their notice and calculate the percentage that plan to remain within a specific industry, and the percentage of those that plan to leave. II) Management of transition – Exploration of the transition of Engineering SLs to other employment.

Deadline for proposals: 18 March

Funding available: £110,000

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Horizon 2020 – A glimpse into the future (clues about the next phase of H2020)


A recent publication from DG Research (Strategic Foresight: Towards the 3rd Strategic Programme of Horizon 2020 available here) provides an interesting take on what the future could hold for Horizon 2020 and is likely to be a key input into setting future priorities. Designed to provoke discussion, eight ’emerging issues and disruptions’ are explored  in the context of future scenarios and the implications they have for the third phase of Horizon 2020 are considered.

The areas identified are:

  • Hyperconnectivity and Big Data driving accelerated change and innovation
  • Falling cost of energy as a huge economic and environmental game changer
  • Migration and changing demographics: important changes for innovation in Europe
  • Health as a major driver: a key concern in citizens’ aspirations and a shaper of attitudes to Research and Innovation
  • Facing climate change, oceans and space as pacifying/unifying projects
  • Primary sector innovation: strategic and key for sustainability and well-being
  • Biotechnology as the next wave of disruptive technologies
  • A state of instability as the new norm in global society

Whilst digesting the whole report requires a certain amount of commitment from the reader, Section 6 (and in particular the introduction of each issue and implications for Horizon 2020) is likely to be of interest to the H2020 ‘Detective’.


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Horizon 2020 – And we’re off – Work Programme 2018/19 planning starts!

Horizon%202020Although the deadlines for the 2016/17 calls are in their infancy, there is no rest for those developing priorities for the next Work Programme. Discussions are starting to pick up pace about what should be included in the 2018 and 2019 calls for proposals and also thoughts about what the final year of Horizon 2020 (and life beyond) may hold.

How does the priority setting process work?

Based on previous approaches, the formal process of setting priorities will take up to two years and involve a range of inputs from different stakeholders, with consultations being launched during the first half of 2016 (Ed – see below for a handful published to date, and keep an eye on the Blog for more as they are launched). In parallel, and drawing on the information gathered from consultation with stakeholders, Expert Advisory Groups for each of the areas of Horizon 2020 will start to identify draft priorities.

Draft Work Programmes are likely to take shape early in 2017, with discussions in Programme Committees (delegates and experts from national governments) being followed by consultation between different Directorates-General. The final versions of the 2017 Work Programme will be published in the last quarter of 2017.

(Ed – UKRO have prepared a really digestible guide to how the system works here – you’ll need to login to access the information)

What can I do?

If you have ideas about priorities (and the ways in which these could be addressed), you should take the opportunity to feed into the ongoing consultations and make links with the National Contact Points, who will have a role in presenting ideas for consideration. We can help you with this.

Open Horizon 2020 Consultations

If you’re interested in finding out more about any of the enclosed, then please get in touch ( 



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Secondary Schools Provision Review

The City of Wolverhampton Council wishes to undertake data capture and analysis of its secondary and special school provision, to enable it to plan to effectively meet its statutory duties to ensure the supply of sufficient school places. As a result of demographic pressures the City of Wolverhampton anticipates that it will need to increase the supply of secondary places from September 2017. The position is however a developing one and is subject to a wide range of internal and external variables including the expression of parental choice, the aspirations of local academy schools, the actions of potential sponsors and those of adjacent authorities, one of whom is embarking upon a secondary school closure proposal.

Deadline for proposals: 11 March

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