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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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NERC: Call for Ideas for Strategic Research

NERC invites researchers and those who use environmental science research to submit ideas for scientific advances that will, over time, contribute to addressing some of these major challenges of the 21st century. The ideas will be used to inform the development of new strategic research investments through either highlight topics or strategic programme areas.

Deadline for HT ideas: 16 May 2017

For more information on submitting, please visit NERC.


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Consultation for UK Industrial Strategy Fund: Healthy Ageing

Innovate UK, in conjunction with the Research Councils and the Knowledge Transfer Network, will conduct a series of public workshop events w/c 19th June and w/c 26th June 2017.

The series of three events will take place around Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham and London with a focus on Healthy Ageing. The workshops will help define themes that will build upon UK capabilities which will address and benefit from on-going demographic change both here and globally and will deliver economic growth.

Please note these two weeks in your diaries. Further information will be made available after 8th June.


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Innovate UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Following recent engagement workshops, Innovate UK has produced an update on their upcoming Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The fund forms part on the Government’s £4.7 billion investment in science and innovation.

Innovate UK will focus on the following 8 research areas:

  • Bioscience and biotechnology
  • Leading edge healthcare and medicine
  • Manufacturing processes and materials of the future
  • Smart, flexible and clean energy technologies
  • Quantum technologies
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Satellites and space technologies
  • Transformative digital technologies

Further updates will be made in April, but in the meantime you can contribute your own ideas into the ongoing Government consultation.

For more details, please visit innovateuk.uk


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Horizon 2020 – Draft topics announced

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Following consultations and much work by the Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups and others, the European Commission have now published a set of draft scoping documents for 2018/20.

Although still subject to ratification (and as such open to some change), these documents give a clear indication of key topics which are likely to be adopted later in 2017. They set outline the main priorities over the next three years for each area of Horizon 2020 and will be used as the basis for developing work programmes.

You can access a zip file containing all of the scoping documents here. As these documents are in the public domain, you can also share them freely with your potential collaborators.

As ever if anything catches your eye, you want to know more, or just need help navigating the information do get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).


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UKRO Visit – Register Attendance

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We’re pleased to announce that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office (UKRO) European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met.

Ian will be providing an update on Horizon 2020 and European funding opportunities for all those of you who are interested in the programme and you will be able to hear more about the support on offer to you from the RKE Office.

Speakers will also include the PVC for Research & Knowledge Exchange, Richard Greene, who will share some thoughts on International research at MMU.

9:00 – 1:00 20th January 2017

Geoffrey Manton Building Lecture Theatre 5

To register attendance and view the agenda, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact euro_res@mmu.ac.uk


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Horizon 2020: National Contact Points visit Manchester

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Our good friends at the University of Manchester will be hosting a number of representatives from the UK’s National Contact Points on 13 December 2016 to talk about Horizon 2020 future calls.

The event will be held in the Manchester Institute Biotechnology Lecture Theatre and the agenda for the day will be as follows:

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If you are interested in attending, then please register by completing the short survey here.

This is a great opportunity to hear how different areas of the programme will shape up post 2017 and also to make links with colleagues at the NCPs and University of Manchester.