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Further clarification from BEIS on future participation in Horizon 2020

Following our round-up last week of messages we’ve been hearing , there is some more news to report in relation to our involvement in EU funded programmes.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has just published a document on the current and future aspirations for UK’s participation in Horizon 2020. As you might expect our colleagues at UKRO have had close involvement in the preparation of the document and you can read their analysis here (Ed – you’ll need to be logged in/register to get access).

Picking up on elements of Theresa May’s speech on 2 March 2018, the document strikes a positive tone for the short term. It reiterates the intention that the UK will continue to participate in Horizon 2020 and other programmes covered by the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020, and makes clear reference to the value placed on Horizon 2020. It also reaffirms the UK Government’s continued commitment to underwriting involvement in Horizon 2020, irrespective of the outcome of negotiations.

With respect to Framework Programme 9, the tone is a little more circumspect, with the document observing: ‘It is too early to speculate on whether the UK will seek to Associate to Framework 9’.

For a more in-depth analysis look out for an update next week!

 

 

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Horizon 2020: Do you know a talented researcher who wants to come to the UK?

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Picture the scene. You know someone who would be a perfect addition to your research group – they have their PhD* and a good track record, their research is a great fit and they have good links to other organisations (including their current employer). The only snag is they’re not local, in fact they’re not even based in the UK.

If this sounds familiar, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions “Individual Fellowships”, may be just what you’re looking for.

So how do they work?

The scheme provides fully funded fellowships of up to 24 months for researchers to come to Manchester Met from any country other than the UK. They can be working in any discipline and together with colleagues at Manchester Met, they can build their own programme of research in any field. The application is made jointly between the prospective fellow and Manchester Met and does not require a large partnership.

The really good news is you also have plenty of time to prepare your application – the next deadline will be 14 September 2017. However, the scheme is competitive, so we would advise you to start thinking now and get a head start on the competition!

If you’re interested in finding out more or think you may have someone who fits the bill, please get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

(* even if they don’t have their PhD, if they have four years full time research experience they also qualify) 

Manchester Met Information Event

For those of you interested in the scheme, we will be holding an event on 23 May 2017, from 2.00-4.00 pm where you can find out more and also hear about Dr Emma Hodson-Tole’s experiences of securing funding from the scheme. If you are interested in attending please register here by 10 May 2017 – we have limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Unfortunately, attendance is restricted to our Manchester Met-based subscribers, but those of you based at different institutions may be interested in the events being run by UK Research Office.

 


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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships – Info Events

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In preparation for the call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships, our  colleagues at UKRO (the UK National Contact Point for MSCAs) have announced details of two information events (Liverpool on 5 May 2017 and Bristol on 23 May 2017).

The events are free of charge, and you can find out more and register for the Liverpool event here and the Bristol event here.

Manchester Met information session

For those of you unable to make it to Liverpool or Bristol for the UKRO sessions, we are in the process of planning an information session of our own at Manchester Met.

So we can get an idea of interest, please drop us a line at euro_res@mmu.ac.uk if you would be interested in attending (Ed – please note that this session will only be open to colleagues from Manchester Met).

MSCA Individual Fellowships

The MSCA Individual Fellowships can support researchers to pursue a fellowship at Manchester Met for up to two years. The scheme targets individuals with a PhD or equivalent full time research experience. Manchester Met can apply for support to host researchers in any discipline who have spent less than 12 months of the past three years in the UK. The next call for proposals will open on 11 April 2017, with a deadline of 14 September 2017.


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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: FET Open, Info Days and Shift2Rail

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In a bid to try to clarify the purpose and expectations of Horizon 2020’s (highly popular) Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open scheme, the European Commission have released a short promotional video available here.

For any of you thinking about applying to the scheme for either of the 2017 deadlines (17 January and 29 September) it’s well worth taking a few minutes to watch to make sure that your ideas are suitable.

Information Days

Presentations are now available from the Information Day for the 2017 call for Societal Challenge 6 (Europe in a Changing World) held in Brussels. These include presentations from representatives of the EC, an existing Horizon 2020 project, and the ESRC.

The EC together with National Contact Points will host an information day and brokerage event on 8 December in Brussels. The event will cover the following calls from Societal Challenge 5 (Climate Action):

  • Nature based solutions for inclusive urban regeneration
  • Heritage-led rural regeneration
  • Nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction

An agenda and details of registration are available via the event website.

Shift2Rail

The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2RJU) has announced a call for proposals aligned with the ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’ Societal Challenge. Certain elements are restricted to S2RJU members, but amongst the topics open to non-members are:

  • Smart metering and asset management of railway systems
  • Future stations and autonomous monitoring systems
  • Smart technologies for improved travel companion and trip tracking

Full details of the call including descriptions of topics are available in the S2RJU 2017 Annual Workplan.

As ever, if you’re thinking of making an application or want to know more about any of the above we’d love to hear from you (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

 

 


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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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Horizon 2020 – Updates from Info Days

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As the 2017 calls start to gather pace, presentations from Info Days are being made available. A couple that may be of interest are:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Proposers’ Day 2016 , covering ICT-focused areas of the 2016/17 workprogramme including Internet of Things, Big Data, Digital Security and ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing. Presentations can be accessed via the event pages.
  • Climate Action (Societal Challenge 5) info day, where organisers have made both presentations and a video available.

As ever, if you’re thinking of applying for Horizon 2020 funding please do get in touch – euro_res@mmu.ac.uk.