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Empowering Innovation in the Northern Powerhouse: Beyond Graphene

This event will bring together major leaders of the STEM industry and senior representatives of the largest scientific/innovation bodies in Manchester with PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, entrepreneurs and SMEs to showcase/highlight the innovations that are currently being developed in Manchester and the initiatives supporting them.

Major scientific organisations and bodies for the scientific field in Manchester will be represented on the day, consisting of a special guest, 3 keynote speakers and a panel discussion, followed by a networking session.

5:30pm – 9:30pm, 19th April 2016.

Pioneer Lecture Theatre, Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, M1 3NJ.

For more information and to register attendance, please CLICK HERE.


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Science and Innovation Conference 2016

This year’s conference is full of brand new funding initiatives, fresh policy updates and opportunities surrounding the UK’s science and innovation landscape in light of the UK government’s spending review.

Key discussions on the day include research structures and associated funding, the future funding landscape across higher education, investment and innovation across material sciences and manufacturing, energy innovation and much more.

Tuesday 14th June 2016 QEII Centre, Central London.

For more information and to register attendance, please click here.


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Social Innovation Fund for Pilot Projects

HEFCE has allocated a minimum of £40,000 to support a number of projects to pilot novel practical approaches to creating social innovations.

HEFCE, in association with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), has launched a call to support a number of such projects. They will take existing research and knowledge and apply it to a social issue in order to improve social outcomes for people. The pilots will be developed during a 2.5-day ‘sandpit’ event taking place from 12 to 14 January 2016 in the South West of England.

Participants from all publicly funded English higher education institutions (HEIs) at any stage of their career after completion of their academic training, or who are employed by the HEI as a practitioner, can apply to attend the event. We also welcome interest from participants from the other UK nations and from outside HEIs, although successful applicants will need to join a project led by an HEI based in England.

Details of how to apply can be found here: www.hefce.ac.uk/funding/sifund/.

If you have any queries, please contact:  socialinnovation@hefce.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 16:00pm Wednesday 18 November 2015.


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2015 Funding Call: Newton Advanced Fellowships

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Newton Advanced Fellowships provide mid-career researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group or network through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Applications are welcome from the following Newton Fund Partner Countries: Mexico, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The closing date is Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 5pm .

Awards last for one or two years (depending on the country) and are available to support researchers across the social sciences and humanities.

Funding is available for:

  • A salary top up for the principal applicant from the Newton Fund Partner Country.
  • Research support to cover costs for studentships, staff, consumables or equipment.
  • Travel and subsistence to cover travel costs of the UK partner to the international partner and/or travel of the international partner to the UK.
  • Training to support the career development of the applicant and their research group or network.

Please note: Opportunities vary depending on the Newton Fund partner country. Please check the relevant scheme notes for each country for further information and a full break down of costs.

For more information on this call, eligibility and how to apply, visit: here


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Registration for Aerodays 2015 Now Open

Aerodays is a European flagship event bringing together over 1000 attendees from the world of Aeronautics and Air Transport research. This prestigious event will provide a unique opportunity to share the results of collaborative research, showcase innovations, discuss policy and developments for work funded through the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and takes us forward to Horizon 2020 and beyond.

Aerodays 2015 will take place in London from 20 until 23 October 2015. Interested parties can now register for the conference on the Aerodays 2015 website. Early bird rates available for all booking made by Friday 14 August.


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H2020 Event: CAPS2015

The second international event on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation

Logo-caps-2015-logo-no-back-300x207Organised by the European Commission, CAPS2015 is a two-day event on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS). This year’s event will take place in Brussels on 7-8 July 2015 on the theme of ‘Networked Social Responsibility’. The event will start with a conference in the morning of 7 July at the European Commission, and continue in the afternoon and the following day with the CAPS2015 OFF Programme at La Tricoterie, Brussels.

Registration for the event is free but pre-registration on the CAPS2015 website is compulsory.