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Horizon 2020: Individual Fellowships and support to develop your proposals

In preparation for the call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships, our  colleagues at UKRO (the UK National Contact Point for MSCAs) have announced details of an information event in London on 25 April 2018.

The event is free of charge, and you can find out more and register here.

There will be another event announced soon which will take place at another UK location in May (Ed – keep an eye on the Blog for details).


MSCA Individual Fellowships

The MSCA Individual Fellowships can support researchers to pursue a fellowship at Manchester Met for up to two years full time (Ed – there are now part time options too). The scheme targets individuals with a PhD or equivalent full time research experience. It is open to researchers in any discipline who have spent less than 12 months of the past three years in the UK. The next call for proposals will open on 12 April 2018, with a deadline of 12 September 2018.

Internal funding available – Early Career Fellowship Scheme

For those of you considering making an application with a fellow, you may also be interested in the RKE Early Career Fellowship Scheme, which is currently open for applications. The scheme can provide up to £500 to support your prospective fellow to come to Manchester Met to work on their application with you. The deadline for applications is 25 April 2018, and you can find information on how to apply and the application form here.

Manchester Met information session

Finally, following on from previous years, we are in the process of planning an information session of our own at Manchester Met. So we can get an idea of interest, please drop us a line at if you would be interested in attending.


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Urban Europe: Europe-China Joint Call – internal expressions of interest required

Urban Europe

This is an important post for those of you who may be considering an application to the latest Urban Europe call: Europe-China Joint Call: Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas.

The ESRC (who fund the UK’s participation) have announced demand management measures for the call.

From the ESRC’s guidance: “It is our expectation that applicants will seek to improve the quality and regulate the volume of proposals coming from the same Research Organisation in the UK before they are submitted to this call, ensuring that only those deemed to have the highest chance of success are submitted. We expect applicants to use internal institutional pre-submission review and quality control mechanisms to achieve this.

A UK applicant, can be involved in a maximum of two proposals, but can only be the Main Applicant on one proposal. A person can be a Co-applicant (and the lead for a UK component) on a maximum of two proposals.”

In order to comply with this requirement, we would like to invite expressions of interest from those of you who may be considering a submission to this call either as a partner or as lead by 9 March 2018.

An EoI form can be obtained from RKE Directorate via and potential applicants are asked not to register their interest via Urban Europe’s website at this point.

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H2020 – Work programme 2018-20 is here!


Slightly later than originally anticipated, the work programme for the final phase of Horizon 2020 has now been published and the first calls launched.

As well as the areas that will be familiar to those with an interest in Horizon 2020, we also see the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC), which brings together a number of support measures to foster ‘breakthrough, market-creating innovation’.

The table below provides links to selected annexes of the work programme which set out topics for each of the key areas and associated deadlines.

As ever, if you’re considering a proposal, please do get in touch (

You can also take advantage of our visit from Ian Devine of UKRO next week (31 October 2017) to find out more about the work programme and some of the thinking behind priorities. To book your place, please visit the registration page here. If you can’t make the 31 October 2017, Ian will also be speaking at the Universities of Salford and Manchester (1 and 2 November 2017). Please contact us for more details of  how to register (

Horizon 2020 – Priorities and deadlines (details relating to the European Research Council can be found here).

Pillar Area Key 2018 Deadlines


Excellent Science – reinforcing and extending the excellence of the European research base Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
FET Open May
FET Proactive March, May
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Innovative Training Networks January
Research and Innovation Staff Exchange March
Individual Fellowships September
Research Infrastructures March
Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – developing technologies and innovations to underpin tomorrow’s business Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP) January (Two Stage), February, March, April
Information and Communication Technologies January, April, August, November
Space March
Societal Challenges – addressing major policy priorities of Europe 2020 strategy Societal Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing February, (Two Stage), April, (Single Stage)


Societal Challenge 2: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy


February (Two Stage)
Societal Challenge 3: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy January, February, April, September, October, November, December


Societal Challenge 4: Smart, Green and Integrated Transport January (Two Stage), April (Single Stage)
Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials February (Two Stage)
Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies March
Societal Challenge 7: Secure Societies  August
Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation  September, November
Science with and for Society April
European Innovation Council (EIC) See FET Open

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H2020 – Update on pre-publication of work programme


In readiness for the imminent launch of the 2018-20 work programme, the European Commission have now published a near complete set of drafts. You can access the documents here, (Ed – simply follow the ‘DRAFT work programme’ links to find out more about likely topics and deadlines).

Whilst the documents are not yet cast in stone, wholesale changes are not anticipated.

If you are interested in finding out more, then we will be hosting our European Adviser Ian Devine from UKRO on 31 October 2017. If you’d like to join us for a session on the new work programme then please register your place here.

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H2020 – Workprogramme Update

As we move towards the launch of the new H2020 workprogramme, copies of different are now starting to be pre-published. These are shared by the Commission services to aid planning and preparation, but are still subject to possible change and not yet fully adopted or endorsed.

You can access pre-published documents via the links below:

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. If you would like to know more or discuss further then please don’t hesitate to get in touch (

Save the date – UKRO visit 2017 – 31 October 2017

Just a reminder, that we will be welcoming Ian Devine from UKRO to Manchester Met on 31 October to give us an update on the new workprogramme. We are finalising our registration page, but if you are interested in attending please do drop us a line at




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HERA funding Call ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, various humanities funding organisations and the European Commission are pleased to announce a new €20 Million Joint Research Programme (JRP) for arts and humanities researchers in Europe.

Organised by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), and facilitated in the UK by the AHRC, this joint research programme will fund innovative and exciting international research projects on ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’.

The research programme will fund new and exciting humanities-centred projects involving researchers from four or more participating countries. Proposals can be up to €1 Million in value, and 24-36 months in duration.

The deadline for the submission of Outline Proposals is Tuesday 24 October 2017.

For more information, please visit the AHRC and HERA.

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Fight for Sight Research Grants


Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease, is inviting applications for the awards described below.

Project Grants

Applications are invited for Project Grants of up to £170,000 for three years, or pro rata for projects of shorter duration, to start in October 2018.These projects are for clinical and non-clinical scientists, and cover all fields of ophthalmic and vision research.

Applications for Project Grants are initially by Abstract to be received not later than 5 pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Small Grant Award Scheme

This year, Fight for Sight has partnered with numerous other charities to investigate specific areas within eye disease research. These grants of up to £15,000 last for one year Application deadline is 23 August 2017.

PhD Studentships

Applications are invited from PhD supervisors for PhD studentships of up to £100,000 to support the training of graduate students, to start in October 2018 for three years. Students may be selected following the award. Application deadline is 30 August 2017.

For more information, please visit Fight for Sight.