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GDPR and Research – An Overview

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Since the arrival of the new GDPR  (General Data Protection Regulations) there has been some confusion over the impact that this will have on researchers and their data. UKRI have produced an overview to give guidance and support.

The overview is specifically tailored to academics and researchers and covers topics that are relevant to data collection and sharing within a research environment. The overview covers the following areas of key concern:

  • What is GDPR?
  • What counts as ‘personal data’?
  • How does GDPR impact research?
  • How do I make sure my data processing for research is lawful?
  • What do I need to do to be fair and transparent?
  • What are the implications for sharing my data?
  • What are GDPR safeguards?
  • Who’s responsible?

The full document can be found here.

 

 

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ESRC Secondary Data Analysis – changes to eligibility including increase in £ and project duration

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As of 17 May 2018, eligibility criteria for the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) will be changing.

Since December 2015, SDAI has operated alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Following ESRC’s internal review of the Initiative, including an analysis of the volume and review outcomes of applications received so far, along with feedback from external stakeholders, it was concluded that changes to the Initiative were needed to improve the quantity and quality of proposals submitted.

As a result, the following changes to the SDAI have been introduced and will apply as of 17 May 2018:

  • The maximum funding threshold for applications will increase from £200,000 (100% fEC) to £300,000 (100% fEC)
  • The maximum duration of proposals will increase from 18 months to 24 months.
  • Previous eligibility criteria to (a) use only one of ESRC-funded data resources and (b) to include at least one named early career researcher as principal investigator or co-investigator have been relaxed.
  • Instead, as of 17 May, the ESRC will welcome proposals that aim to exploit secondary data from a range of UK and international data resources funded by ESRC and by other agencies, given sufficient justification and confirmation.
  • ESRC will continue to encourage applications that include a named early career researcher as principal investigator or co-investigator and/or applications that seek to use one or more ESRC-funded data resources.

These changes to the eligibility criteria will allow applicants greater flexibility when utilising existing UK and international data resources to deliver high-quality and high-impact research. This also provides a huge opportunity for comparative analysis into some of the most pressing challenges facing society in the UK and internationally.

Please see

https://esrc.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/secondary-data-analysis-initiative-sdai-open-call/

 


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ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre Innovation Fund

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The ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre is inviting proposals from UK-based academics for projects that will capitalise on their core consumer data sets, extend their network of partners, and drive forward substantive and innovative social science research across a broad range of disciplines and research areas.

They are inviting proposals that contribute to their research themes, as well as extensions into other research areas of strategic significance, including those aligned with ESRC’s priorities in:

  • Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Productivity
  • Understanding the Macro-Economy
  • Ways of Being in a Digital Age

The Centre is looking to fund in the region of 8-10 projects, each valued at between £20,000-£60,000 (100% fEC). Projects will run from early October 2017 and must be completed no later than the end of September 2018.

Deadline for Applications: 5pm 31st July 2017.

For more information, please visit the Consumer Data Research Centre.


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NERC Improving Health with Environmental Data

The Natural Environment Research Council invite proposals for their call on improving health with environmental data. This supports projects that aim to identify and fill knowledge gaps about the potential use of environmental data in support of improved health outcomes in the UK, focusing specifically on air pollution and environmental hazards alongside health and biomedical data.

Closing date: 12 July 2016

Applicants must attend the brokerage event to be held on the 10th May in Edinburgh in order to be eligible to submit proposals.

For more information, please visit NERC.


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How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers

Check out this guide from Jisc on engaging with research data management processes.

It will be of interest to university researchers and research data management support staff, including those who are responsible for giving advice to researchers on the storage, management, publication and archiving of research data.

To access, visit: bit.ly/1Rdbcpk

If you have specific questions regarding research data management at MMU, please contact our Impact and Engagement Manager Sam Gray.


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ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Open Call

The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies.

Proposals are welcome at any time. Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant.

The call is now open and operates alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call. Proposals will be considered by a new Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that will meet for the first time in July 2016.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/1jLRC4T

For support during your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.


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ESRC annual call for Seminar Series has opened – now also includes larger Strategic Networks in four steer areas

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Research seminars and Strategic networks competition 2015/16

Funding is available for UK research organisations to hold Research seminars and Strategic networks for groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users from different organisations. Seminar groups meet regularly to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields. Strategic networks are a new addition to this annual competition and will have a central aim of generating and developing innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations focused on potential new priority areas.

The Strategic networks will build collaborative systems and groups through a wider range of activities than seminars. They reflect the core aims set out in the ESRC’s Strategic Plan to promote innovation, risk-taking and multidisciplinary collaboration. Where appropriate, seminar and network group members should be drawn from the public, commercial private and civil society sectors as well as from research organisations.

Although we are committed to the open nature of the seminar competition, at the same time we are introducing a number of steers in this round of the competition which are focused on:

  • Civil Society
  • Education and Neuroscience
  • Biosocial research
  • Big data.

Seminar proposals are encouraged to address one steer topic area. Strategic network proposals are required to address one of the areas.

Seminar series and network grants don’t fund staff time or overheads but cover 100% of the event costs such as travel. Seminar series grants are limited to a maximum justified costing of £30,000 and network grants are limited to a maximum justified costing of £100,000.

Please see:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/33615/research-seminars-and-strategic-networks-competition.aspx and contact your Research Development Manager for info and support.