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Science & Engineering Early Career Researcher Grant Applications Workshop

Brought to you by Research & Knowledge Exchange, this afternoon workshop will be a chance for Early Career Researchers (in Science & Engineering) to improve their knowledge of the grant application process and give them the confidence to get started.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 1pm – 4pm

Location: John Dalton E005

Registration: Register via Eventbrite

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from your Research Development Team on key considerations when preparing grant applications; ask questions to a panel of Science and Engineering colleagues on the realities of the grant application process; and examine past grant applications to determine which elements contribute to funding success.

This session is available to ECRs* who have permanent contracts and are eligible to apply for external funding.

*For the purpose of this workshop, ECRs are defined as staff within six years of their first academic appointment.

There are 30 places available on a first come first serve basis. To register please visit the Eventbrite Page where you will be able to confirm your eligibility and respond to two required questions.

We look forward to seeing you!

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The Year Ahead for Physical Sciences, Engineering and the Environment

A version of this article first appeared on Research Professional 08/01/2019 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be announcing their priorities for the next five years in spring – so definitely worth keeping an eye on their websites!

Materials scientist Alison Davenport will report to the STFC this year on a review of the council’s consolidated grants, which account for £100m that the council awards annually in research grants each year.

Aerospace companies competing for a £92 million government contract to carry out a feasibility study on home-grown replacements for the EU’s Galileo Satellite Navigation System will find out if they are successful early this year. The UK is set to stop using Galileo for defense and critical national infrastructure after Brexit.

The NERC’s polar research ship (The RRS Sir David Attenborough) will be undergoing a year of sea trials before before it’s polar expeditions begin in 2020.

In the first few months of 2019 the government will review the implementation of the sector deals on automotive, artificial intelligence, aerospace and nuclear industries.

The year will close with a crucial meeting for UK space with the science minister and representatives from the UK Space Agengy attending the council meeting of the European Space Agency in November – the members will be tasked with setting funding levels.


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Royal Society Drop-in Session Reminder

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Our second (and final!) drop-in session for the Royal Society Research Grants will be taking place next week:

Thursday 1st November
Time: 12 – 1pm
Location: JD E246

This session is a chance for you to come and ask any questions you may have about the scheme – we will not be presenting any information.

Please feel free to drop by at any point within the hour to discuss your proposal or ask any questions that you have about the scheme.

If you can’t make it the session but are thinking of applying please contact your Research Development Officer to discuss your proposal.

For more information on the scheme please read our previous post – here.


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Royal Society International Exchanges

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The Royal Society International Exchange Awards are now open for applications. The current schemes that are available to apply for are:

China Cost Share Programme

£12,000 is available from the Royal Society and an additional £12,000 is awarded by the cost share partner, National Natural Science Foundation of China, to cover both teams international travel and subsistence.

£2,000 of the total budget may be used for research expenses or consumables.

The Duration of award is 2 years.

Closing Date: Tuesday 25th September

Japan/Taiwan Cost Share Programme

£12,000 is available from the Royal Society and an additional £12,000 is awarded by the cost share partner, Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan or Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, to cover the teams travel expenses for the international visits.

£2,000 of the total budget may be used for research expenses or consumables.

The Duration of award is 2 years.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd October

Standard Programme

This programme is available for travel to/from all countries outside of the UK with funding varying dependant of the project duration:

  • £3,000 for 3 months to be spent on travel only.
  • £6,000 for 12 months with £1,000 allowable for consumables.
  • £12,000 for 24 months with £2,000 allowable for consumables.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd October

Are you eligible?

Activities must be based within the natural sciences including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences, engineering, agriculture, biological and medical research, geography and experiment psychology. Social sciences, clinical and patient orientated research is not covered by this scheme.

Both sets of applicants must hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience and hold a contract at their institution that will extent beyond the project dates.

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For more information about the schemes please visit the Royal Society website. If you’d like to apply for any of these schemes please contact the Research Development Team.


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Royal Academy of Engineering/Government Office for Science Fellowships

UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The Government Office for Science is offering UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Members of the IC identify research topics and Postdocs work locally with University Research Advisors to develop and submit research proposals that align with the topics.

The research is conducted by the Postdocs while working in partnership with the University Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence community (IC Advisor).

The Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the submission deadline. PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn. The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 10 April 2017. Fellowships are funded at 80% of full Economic Cost. The maximum grant is £100,000.

For more information on the proposed topics and to apply, please visit the Royal Academy of Engineering.


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Tackling Global Development Challenges through Engineering and Digital Technology Research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, via the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its call on tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research. This supports an internationally leading programme of research centred around engineering and digital technologies to tackle the challenges faced by the developing world. Proposals must fall under one or both of the following headings:

•engineering research – sustainable infrastructure development, engineering for disaster resilience or engineering for humanitarian aid;

•digital technology research – access to digital services, use of data for vital services or secure and trusted digital infrastructures.

Projects must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed.

Collaboration with academic partners, government agencies and non-governmental organisations based in one or more developing countries is strongly encouraged. Industrial collaborators are also welcome.

The total budget is £25 million, enough to fund approximately 20 projects for a duration of 36 months. Items of equipment worth up to £10,000 may be requested. Costs associated with research overseas such as consumables and fieldwork are eligible.

Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2016

For more information, please visit EPSRC