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International Research: Newton Fund

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A number of opportunities are currently available via 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. Amongst the opportunities are the latest announcements for Institutional Links and Researcher Links, which can help you to develop links with specific countries:

Opportunity Country UK Funder Deadline
Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants  Egypt, Turkey, Thailand

 

British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops China, Philippines

 

British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants

 

Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa British Council 19 Sept 2017

 

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

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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).

 

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AHRC Workshop: Development through the Creative Economy in China

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The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Development through the Creative Economy in China’. The event will bring together academic experts from both countries to explore the potential of the creative and cultural industries in China as drivers for growth and innovation.

The Creative Economy is of growing importance to both the UK and China and has the potential to have a transformative effect on major global challenges. The workshop seeks to provide a catalyst for joint UK/China research into the Creative Economy, focussing on three key areas of Design, Heritage, and the Creative and Performing Arts.

The workshop will take place in Shanghai, China, on the 24-26 October 2017 and will be funded through the Newton Fund – a programme that aims to develop research and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of partnering countries.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers within the arts and humanities.

Deadline for submission: 31st August.

For more information and to apply, please visit the AHRC.


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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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Pre-call announcement: Developing financial systems to support sustainable economic growth in China

ESRC  The ESRC and the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have announced that they will shortly be launching a call for research proposals focusing on developing financial systems to support sustainable growth in China.

That’s all we know for now so keep your eye on the ESRC website and we’ll share on the Blog when any more details come through.


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Our work with Manchester City Football Club

Goes from strength to strength.

Following on from two networking events last year, there’s been a lot of positive feedback from both colleagues at MMU and our counterparts at Manchester City Football Group. The latest event in December, which saw 24 Executives/Senior Managers from Manchester City Football Club and 60 MMU academics/professional service staff come together in the Manchester School of Art, was particularly well received. And, there’s certainly been a lot of discussions across all faculties, at all levels, spanning the RKE and learning and teaching agendas.

Last week saw Professor Steve Miles give a talk to colleagues at the City Football Academy on ‘Consumerism in China’. As MCFC get to grips with their Chinese investors and the new consumer base that the partnerships brings, we’ll also be running focus group with some of our Chinese national students to support the development of digital content and marketing to this complex consumer base.

If you’d like to know more about the work we are doing with Manchester City Football Group, or would like to be a part of the academic network, please get in contact with Nikki Lees on 0161 247 2151 or email: n.lees@mmu.ac.uk


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UK and China Low Carbon Cities Research

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Sciences Foundation of China (NSFC) are jointly funding a call for Low Carbon Cities Research http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/files/funding/calls/2015/low-carbon-cities-research/.

Low Carbon Cities combines research to reduce the carbon emissions of existing technologies and fundamental research into alternative energy sources and a reduction of energy demand, all with a focus on future urban environments. Such research requires a multi-disciplinary approach, combining technological expertise with an understanding of societal factors including public policy that govern uptake. Significant sub-themes include:

  • Low Carbon Transportation
  • Smart and Efficient Buildings
  • Low Carbon District Heating/Cooling

This is a call for proposals that aims to foster collaboration between UK and Chinese academics who work in the field of Low Carbon Cities. Proposal should include at least one academic from both the UK and China and should demonstrate truly collaborative working which will lead to impactful outcomes.

Remit of the call – part one (EPSRC funded)

Proposals should be focused on one of the following challenges:

1) Delivering economic and energy-efficient heating and cooling to city areas of different population densities and climates.

2) Integration of monitoring and modelling to achieve better operational performance of built assets (which includes transport and buildings infrastructure)

3) Mitigating the impact of localised climate change through built assets (which includes transport and buildings infrastructure), the urban environment and low carbon transport systems within cities

Remit of the call – part two (Newton Fund)

Proposals submitted under this strand must comply with requirements under the Newton Fund. The proposals for this part of the call must be focused on the following challenge:

4) How can we develop new built assets (which includes transport and buildings infrastructure) that allows flexibility to meet future needs in China?

Applicants must ensure that identical proposals are submitted by the closing date to both EPSRC and NSFC. A UK based lead partner and a China based lead partner should be identified.

The call closes at 16.00 on 23 April 2015. Grants of up to £800K are available from EPSRC for this call. Applicants must choose to apply for either the EPSRC funded or Newton funded streams. EPSRC expects to fund up to 4 projects. Projects may be for up to 3 years.


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China-UK Joint Laboratories

China Ministry of Education has recently launched regulations to govern the establishment and administration of international joint laboratories. The regulations will promote partnerships between Chinese institutions with top ranking overseas institutions, build up collaborative platforms for teaching and research, jointly push higher levels of scientific research, as well as ensuring the establishment and verification of International joint laboratories.

These laboratories which will be co-managed by Chinese and international higher education institutions, and will serve as an important base for developing significant original research in accordance with national demands. The laboratories will promote the development of frontier disciplines, cultivating and attracting top talent, and boosting levels of international cooperation.

The regulations list three different models for the establishment of joint laboratories: internationally co-operated joint research centre, internationally co-operated joint laboratory, and internationally co-operated joint laboratories established by Chinese provinces and ministries.

Both Chinese and international institutions are required to make practical contributions to joint laboratories, and co-operation agreements will be signed to set out the responsibilities and obligations of each partner. International partners are expected to have world-class research in relevant fields, with support from relevant laboratories, research institutes/centres, or research focused departments.

The Ministry of Education will provide sustainable and stable financial support for Joint Laboratories. The regulations will provide a practical guideline for UK universities interested in seeking in-depth collaboration with Chinese higher education institutions.

Currently the only web link for this initiative is in Chinese. This can be accessed here:  http://www.moe.gov.cn/publicfiles/business/htmlfiles/moe/s3338/201407/172350.html.