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AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are pleased to invite applications to the AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowships scheme.

The scheme will provide the opportunity for each intake of fellows to be seconded into the FCO to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers.

The fellowship scheme will go beyond current ad hoc arrangements, create deeper engagement between academia and policy, impact on diplomacy, increase the professional reputation of participating scholars and build long term, two way relationships. The benefits will flow to the wider academic community through fellows’ engagement with their home research organisation and wider research communities as well as through a dedicated policy seminar series hosted by the FCO during the lifetime of the scheme.

Deadline for Applications: 31st October 2017

For more information, please visit the ESRC.


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AHRC: Immersive Experiences Briefing Event

The Immersive Research Development Partnerships, backed by AHRC and EPSRC is a new £2m call for development of early stage research partnerships that can explore the creation of new immersive experiences addressing the call’s three key themes: Memory, Place and Performance.

To support the call, a series of seven briefing events across the UK have been planned to provide detailed information about the call. One will be held in Manchester.

There will be opportunities to explore the call themes, as well as meet and network with potential partners and the AHRC Creative Economy Programme team.

7th July 2017

For more information and to register attendance, please visit Immersive Experiences.


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AHRC: Co-creating Cities and Communities

Connected Communities and Urban Living Pilots would like to invite you to their two-day event to explore innovation and latest collaborative work around flourishing cities, engaged citizens and sustainable urban environment.

With a wide range of parallel sessions, including innovative projects, roundtables and practical workshops, the event will provide stimulating discussions about co-produced knowledge, participatory approaches to co-design and critical responses to city challenges and social action.

  • Hear the latest insights from the RCUK-funded projects, including ‘Everyday Participation’, ‘Stories of Change’, ‘Productive Margins’, ‘Imagine’, ‘Urban Living Pilots’ and many others.
  • Develop new approaches to co-creating sensory cities and smart technologies, playful urban spaces and cultural heritage, inclusive city art and creative economy.
  • Build new collaborative partnerships in urban living to overcome resistance to change in the age of austerity.
  • Engage in co-design and evaluate urban visioning by taking part in hands-on workshops and creative sessions.
  • Re-imagine the future of urban living with the help of regeneration projects and empowered communities, refugee-welcome places and creative citizens For more details about individual sessions, please see our Full Programme.

9:30 am – 5:00 pm, 12th July 2017

Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol

The two-day event is free but you must register to attend.

For more information and to register, please visit AHRC.


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Erasmus+ : Preparing for the 31st Year of Calls

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You may have seen in the press recently that the Erasmus programme was created 30 years ago and there have been lots of positive news stories about people’s participation, particularly following support for their studies in a different country.  What you may have seen less of is that the scheme, now known as Erasmus+, has funded innovative projects which have shared best practice in Education/Training across Europe and around the world.  Manchester Met is currently involved in 17 of these partnerships with a value of at least £813,214 to the institution.  Colleagues have had particular success in the following types of project:

  • Strategic Partnerships: These fund networks or new outputs created by partners WITHIN Europe.  Projects can help improve teaching, innovation, internationalisation and links with business/other organisations.  The scheme funds up to €450,000 over 3 years.

 

  • Capacity Building in Higher Education: These help tackle specific issues for Higher Education in Countries OUTSIDE Europe.  Projects can involve modernising curricula, governance and innovation (depending on the national/regional needs) by bringing together partners in the EU and the target country.  This funds up to €1m over 2 years.

 

  • Youth: Erasmus+ also funds Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Building Projects with Youth Organisations which can involve a University as a partner.  This scheme is sometimes under-subscribed.

 

The announcement of the 2018 deadlines won’t happen until mid-October but we’re expecting the majority of applications will need to be submitted in January, February and March next year.  There’s expected to be a lot of interest in these calls as they are the last ones before Brexit – though UK universities, including Manchester Met, are campaigning for continued participation in the scheme.  Therefore, in order to be successful, bids will need to be of an even higher quality.  Whilst waiting for the formal details to be published, there are some actions that can be undertaken over the summer:

 

  1. Identify Projects: Do you know of a problem which could be solved by sharing best practice at European level?  This could be a good time to develop a short project brief to share with project partners.

 

  1. Identify Partners: If you are meeting potential partners at conferences, events or even on the beach – sound them out to see if they have similar/complimentary interests in an application.

 

I can provide support by providing summaries of the schemes for partners, talking through project ideas and/or sitting in on calls/meetings with partners if useful.  I am available to discuss possible applications either face-to-face or via telephone/skype/email.

 

Dr Christopher Grinbergs (c.grinbergs@mmu.ac.uk / 0161 247 2819)


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MetroPolis Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme

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After the successful first call for applications, MetroPolis are pleased to announce the second call for applications for the Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme are open.

The Fellowships are an ideal opportunity for staff who are developing potential policy-related impact linked to an evidence base in their research findings. The fellowships offer staff access to funding of up to £9,000 to cover the costs of a placement with an external organisation that can help to accelerate policy impact. Organisations can include government departments (international, national or local), think tanks, charities and businesses.

Established or establishing researchers from Manchester Met with a proven track record of high quality research with the potential to translate into policy impact are eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit MetroPolis.


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The AHRC Research in Film Awards 2017

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council is launching its 2017 Film Awards to find new and emerging talent that straddle the worlds of both filmmaking and arts and humanities research.

This award is designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no longer than 30 minutes) that are linked to arts and humanities research. For the third year running, there is also the “Inspiration Award” which is open to members of the public, provided their film has been inspired by research in the arts and humanities.

Awards will be made in five categories and the winner of each category will win £2,000 to be invested in their future filmmaking activities. All applicants must accompany their submissions with supporting text which must detail how the film is directly linked or influenced by arts and humanities research.

Categories

  1. Best Research Film of the Year
  2. Best Doctoral or Early Career Film
  3. International Development Award: Mobilising Global Voices
  4. Innovation Award
  5. Inspiration Award (public category)

The call for applications closes at 4pm on 6 July 2017

For more information and to submit an entry, please visit the AHRC.


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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Event

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For those of you interested in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”, we will be holding an event on 23 May 2017, from 2.00-4.00 pm where you can find out more and also hear about Dr Emma Hodson-Tole’s experiences of securing funding from the scheme. If you are interested in attending please register here by 10 May 2017 – we have limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Unfortunately, attendance is restricted to our Manchester Met-based subscribers, but those of you based at different institutions may be interested in the events being run by UK Research Office.

About the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”

The scheme provides fully funded fellowships of up to 24 months for researchers to come to Manchester Met from any country other than the UK. They can be working in any discipline and together with colleagues at Manchester Met, they can build their own programme of research in any field. The application is made jointly between the prospective fellow and Manchester Met and does not require a large partnership.

The next deadline is 14 September 2017.