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International Research: Newton Fund Update

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A number of new opportunities have been launched by the British Council as part of the Newton Fund. These are initiatives which can support you in developing and expanding links internationally. Full details are available on the Newton Fund website, but the key opportunities are as follow:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline
Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants  Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand

 

British Council 13 June 2017

 

Research Links Newton Fund Workshops Brazil, India, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, Vietnam

 

British Council 13 June 2017

 

Newton Fund Research Links Travel Grants

 

Thailand British Council 13 June 2017

 

If you’re interested in applying for any of these opportunities then please do get in touch with the Research Development Team (researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk).

Context

As readers of the Blog will be aware, UK research funding is taking on a much more international flavour, with a number of new opportunities aligned to research which will have demonstrable benefits to countries receiving official development assistance (Ed – for those of you interested, there is a list of ODA recipient countries via the OECD website here).

The Newton Fund is a key initiative in which UK funding bodies including the UK research councils, Innovate UK, British Council and academies and learned societies have partnered with funding agencies in target countries to support science and innovation partnerships. In some cases these are thematic, addressing a specific challenge area and in others they are more general capacity building activities. In all cases, the key driver is responding to the needs of the partner country and activities need to be ODA compliant (Ed – there are some helpful pointers on the Newton Fund website here, and colleagues in the Research Development Team can help you to think about whether your project ideas fit requirements).

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International Research: Newton Fund Update

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As readers of the Blog will be aware, UK research funding is taking on a much more international flavour, with a number of new opportunities aligned to research which will have demonstrable benefits to countries receiving official development assistance (Ed – for those of you interested, there is a list of ODA recipient countries via the OECD website here).

The Newton Fund is a key initiative in which UK funding bodies including the UK research councils, Innovate UK, British Council and academies and learned societies have partnered with funding agencies in target countries to support science and innovation partnerships. In some cases these are thematic, addressing a specific challenge area and in others they are more general capacity building activities. In all cases, the key driver is responding to the needs of the partner country and activities need to be ODA compliant (Ed – there are some helpful pointers on the Newton Fund website here, and colleagues in the Research Development Team can help you to think about whether your project ideas fit requirements).

All opportunities are published on the Newton Fund website’s funding pages, but for ease we’ve listed a selection of forthcoming deadlines below:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline 
Joint UK-China Offshore Renewables Energy (ORE) China EPSRC/NERC 2 Mar 2017
Energy Demand Reduction in the Built Environment India ESRC/EPSRC 15 Mar 2017
Newton Mobility Grants Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey Royal Society 15 Mar 2017
Newton Advanced Fellowships China, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey Royal Society 23 Mar 2017
Fellowships for UK Researchers Turkey British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society 31 Mar 2017
Urban innovation in Brazil Brazil Innovate UK 3 May 2017

If you’re interested in applying for any of these opportunities then please do get in touch with the Research Development Team (researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk).


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Opportunities for research mobility to Brazil

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CONFAP – (the National Council of Brazilian State Funding Agencies), in collaboration with the UK Academies, have launched a call to support UK researchers to work with Brazilian Universities. The funding will support a number of initiatives to support UK researchers to work in Brazil, including mobility awards which will support short missions between two weeks and three months in length.

To apply you will need to have a Brazilian-based co-applicant and a permanent academic post or a position which extends beyond the end of the grant.

More information on the call and eligibility criteria for individual awards is available here, and the closing date is 23 October 2015.


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B.BICE+ – Funding for links with Brazil

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B.BICE+, an International Cooperation (INCO) programme funded by the European Commission to promote EU-Brazil links has announced two calls for proposals.

The first will provide funding for travel grants for researchers of up to €3000.  Full details of the call are available here, and you can access the application form here. Travel must take place between May and October 2015 and you can use funding to participate in international scientific events or to visit prospective partners for future bids. Proposals are encouraged from the areas of marine research, food security, energy and nanotechnologies.

The second will provide funding for exchange visits of up to €3000. Full details of the call are available here and you can access the application form here. Proposals are encouraged from the areas of marine research, food security, energy and nanotechnologies.

This deadline is close – 6 April 2015 – but it’s worth adding the B.BICE+ website to your favourites for future opportunities.

As ever, if you’re interested in applying please do get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk)


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Joint Call for Proposals on Sustainable Urban Development – ESRC, FAPESP (Brazil), NWO (Netherlands)

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The aim of this call is to strengthen research cooperation between researchers from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, the UK and the Netherlands by funding joint research projects in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. This joint call asks for an approach from a variety of perspectives and social science disciplines and enables and encourages multidisciplinary research. As the world population keeps growing and becomes more concentrated in urban areas, the challenge of achieving sustainable development is ever more urgent. Based on consultation with the research community in the participating countries, a number of research themes have been identified which are:

  • Resilience
  • Social justice
  • Governance and democracy.

In addition to these research themes, a number of cross-cutting policy areas have been identified which include:

  • Infrastructure and the built environment
  • Economies and livelihoods
  • Poverty, inequality and vulnerability.

The research projects must be collaborative including researcher(s) from Brazil, as well as researcher(s) from the UK and/or the Netherlands. The remit of this call is to explore the Sustainable Urban Development in a global context and therefore the research focus is not limited to the participating countries. A total budget of approximately €5.4 million is jointly made available. The ESRC has made available approximately €2.4 million (£2 million) to fund British aspects of proposals. The provided budget will enable 6-12 projects to be granted funding.

An application can only be submitted via the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research’s (NWO’s) electronic application system Iris.

Proposed timetable

  • Deadline for submission of full proposal – 23 September 2014
  • Announcement of results to main applicants – March 2015
  • Start date – May 2015

Full call guidelines are here: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/30827/fapesp-esrc-nwo-joint-call-for-proposals-on-sustainable-urban-development.aspx


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Global Innovation Initiative: International Research Collaboration

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The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) is a shared commitment of the United Kingdom and the United States to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US, and selected countries. GII will award grants to university consortia focusing on interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen international partnerships.  The grants are intended to bring mutual benefit to higher education institutions in the UK, US and selected countries with emerging economies through the enhancement of institutional ties and the development of multilateral relationships. 

Themes
Proposals that address the following STEM-related themes will be accepted for the first year’s competition:

  • Energy, environment and climate change
  • Agriculture, food security and water
  • Global health and wellbeing
  • Urbanisation

Eligibility
New or existing research partnerships comprised of at least one higher education institution in the UK, the US, and at least one selected country are invited to apply for a GII grant. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the US Department of State have identified the following emerging economies as designated countries for the first year of the GII:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia

Institutions from these countries must be attached to either a UK or US-led proposal to be deemed eligible.

How to Apply
Two parallel grant competitions will be offered in the UK and the US.  Partnerships must identify either a UK or US-lead institution, which will be responsible for the application submission, grant reporting and fiduciary requirements. Partnerships led by a UK institution must apply through the UK competition administered by the British Council, and those led by a US institution must apply through the US competition administered by the Institute of International Education.

A higher education institution may be involved in multiple, distinct proposals but cannot submit the same proposal through both the UK and US application streams.

Further details of the call can be found here: http://ihe.britishcouncil.org/global-innovation-initiative.

The deadline for applications is 16 December 2013.