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Sustainable Urbanisation – European Funding Opportunity

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The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI Urban Europe) in partnership with the Belmont Forum have announced details of a new funding scheme open to a range of European and international countries. The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative – Food-Water-Energy Nexus (SUGI-FWE Nexus for short) will look for multinational, interdisciplinary partnerships engaging with key stakeholders to investigate one of three areas:

  • Robust Knowledge, Indicators and  Assessments
  • Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Trade-offs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The call will have two stages, with pre-proposals requested by 15 March 2017 and full proposals (by invitation) by 20 September 2017. The UK element of this call (totalling €1.7m) will be supported by Innovate UK, AHRC and ESRC and fund fundamental research, applied research and innovation and implementation activities.

You can find more information about the call here (including presentations and application forms) and the full call text here. There will also be a “matchmaking event” in Leipzig on 12 January 2017.

As ever, if you’re interested in applying do get in touch (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.


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Horizon 2020 – Key Deadlines

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As discussions continue about priorities for 2018/20 and the next Framework programme there is still plenty to bid for in the 2017 call for proposals.

To help you navigate what’s out there, the list below gives an overview of some of the main deadlines and links to help you access the relevant work programme. In each document you’ll see a range of topics and those with a ‘2017’ or ‘2016-17’ suffix (e.g MG-1.2-2017 or MG-1-5-2016-2017) are the ones to focus on.

As ever, we’re keen to hear from you and support you with your submissions, so please do get in touch if you’re thinking of applying, need help deciding on a topic or just want to know more (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk). The earlier you get in touch, the more we can help!

Overview of Key Deadlines – Horizon 2020, 2017 Call for Proposals

 

10 January Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks
17 January / 29 September Future and Emerging Technologies – Open
26 January / 1 February Societal Challenge 4 – Transport
31 January/ 14 March / 11 April Societal Challenge 1 – Health
2 February Societal Challenge 6 – Society
14 February Societal Challenge 2 – Food/Agri/Marine/Bioeconomy
14 February / 7 September Societal Challenge 3 – Energy
1 March Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Tech (LEIT) – Space
7 March Societal Challenge 5 – Climate Action
5 April Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
25 April LEIT – ICT
25 April / 24 August Societal Challenge 7 – Security
30 August Science with and for Society
14 September Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships

 


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Innovate UK Energy Catalyst

Innovate UK invite registrations for their technical feasibility early-stage awards, under the energy catalyst programme. These support projects that explore and test the technical potential of an early-stage innovative idea or concept through technical feasibility studies in the energy sector, with the aim to establish if a pre-industrial concept is ready for further technology development.

The catalyst aims to speed up the commercialisation of UK energy innovation by focusing on the following three challenges: low carbon, security of supply and affordability. Innovations may include the following:

•new technologies;

•enhancement or alternative applications of existing technologies;

•development of components, sub-systems or systems;

•integrated whole-system approaches;

•enabling technologies for the energy system.

Registration closes on 7 September 2016. The competition closes on 14 September 2016.

Please visit gov.uk for more information.


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H2020 Highlights – UKRO conference, future priorities and more

UKRO and Horizon 2020In what has been a packed couple of weeks, the world of Horizon 2020 hasn’t been standing still. Last week UK Research Office held their annual conference, which provided some really interesting reflection on the programme so far and also some thoughts for the future.

Colleagues from the European Commission were out in force, with presentations from Wolfgang Burtscher (Deputy Director-General of DG RTD), Graham Willmott (DG HOME – Head of Unit, Innovation and Industry Security), Line Matthiessen and Elisabeth Lipiatou (both DG RTD and Heads of Unit for Fighting Infectious Diseases and Advancing Public Health and Open and Inclusive Societies respectively) to name but a few.

Following on from the conference, UKRO have pulled together some excellent summaries of proceedings and  made presentations available. A few which may be of interest to colleagues who are planning Horizon 2020 submissions are:

(Ed – you’ll need to log into the UKRO portal to access. If you don’t have access and would like to sign-up drop us a line – euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

The message post referendum was very clear from everyone – it’s business as usual and UK research has a lot to offer to Horizon 2020 and vice versa!

Priorities for work programme 2018-20 – a glimpse into the future

As trailed in previous posts, the thinking around priorities for the last phase of Horizon 2020 are well under way, with Advisory Groups starting to share their priorities.

A report has been made available on emerging priorities for Societal Challenge 1 – Health, and we are expecting that reports on priorities for other Societal Challenges (Energy, Transport and Climate Action) will follow soon. (Ed – if you are interested in these areas do get in touch as we are receiving new information all the time – euro_res@mmu.ac.uk)   

Forthcoming calls – we want to hear from you!

There will be a number of deadlines in the coming months – Security, SwafS (both August 2016) , MSCA Individual Fellowships, Energy (both September 2016) and Health (October 2017). If you’re involved in proposals and haven’t been in touch yet please drop us a line at euro_res@mmu.ac.uk.

 

 


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Understanding the pathways to and impacts of a 1.5°C rise in global temperature

The Natural Environment Research Council, in collaboration with the Department of Energy & Climate Change, invites proposals for its call on understanding the pathways to and impacts of a 1.5°C rise in global temperature. This aims to advance our understanding of the research needs and provide timely evidence to inform policy following the introduction of the 1.5 °C limit in the Paris agreement. The three potential areas to be addressed are the following:

•linkage between the cumulative level of future net emissions of greenhouse gases and future temperature increases in the 1.5-2.0°C range;

•feasibility of pathway options that limit warming to 1.5°C and their additional consequences;

•environmental impacts of a 1.5°C temperature rise compared with 2°C.

This call will support seven projects worth up to £100,000 each.

The deadline for proposals is 18 Aug 16.

For more information, please visit NERC.

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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Horizon 2020 – Info Day Presentations and Forthcoming Attractions

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Following the publication of the 2016/17 Work Programme, the events are coming thick and fast. In this post we catch up on a few of the highlights and point you in the direction of some forthcoming attractions.

Catching up

  • Smart Cities and Communities Info Day – 6 November, Brussels

Presentations and videos from the Info Day looking at opportunities for the cross-cutting area of ‘Smart Cities & Communities’ on 6 November are now available from the event website here.

  • Societal Challenge 6 – Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies – 29-30 October, Brussels

You can access presentations and videos via the conference page here. (Ed. UKRO were in attendance – read their thoughts here (you’ll need to login to gain access)).

  • ICT 2015 ‘Innovate, Connect, Transform’ – 20-22 October, Lisbon

To take a look at the presentation on ICT research opportunities in H2020, visit the event website here.

Forthcoming attractions

  • Societal Challenge 3 – Energy Efficiency Call Info Day – 8 December, Brussels/web

Registration is now open for this event which will take place at the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels. The event will provide information about the call and provide an opportunity to network with prospective partners. Information for registration is available here and for those of you who can’t make it, the event will be web streamed.

  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) workshop – 25 November, Birmingham

 UKRO will host an event for potential applicants in Birmingham, providing information about what makes a good application and incorporate a presentation from  Mr Fredrik Olsson-Hector who is head of the unit of the Research Executive Agency (REA) which manages RISE.