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RISE: Secure Hardware & Embedded Systems Call for Research Projects

RISEThe Research Institute for Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE) is a joint venture of the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). The institute aims to identify and address the key issues that underpin our understanding of hardware security, they currently have two schemes available:

 Call for Research Projects

Award Amount: £300,000 in total

Duration: 3 years

Deadline for Application: 31st July 2018

Applications will be accepted with the following areas of interest:

  • Micro-architectural and Analogue Security Evaluation
  • Automated Security Verification in EDA Tools and Software Tool Chains
  • Supply Chain Security
  • Hardware-based Security Services

For a detailed description of each area and for more information please visit the website.

Small Equipment Bids

Award Amount: up to £140,000, although expecting bids in the range of £20k – £50k

Duration: Equipment must be purchased by 15th February 2019

Deadline for Application: 31st July 2018

Funding through this scheme is entirely to cover the purchase cost of equipment (incl. VAT) The equipment must be used for a project which addresses one or more of the RISE research challenges or specific themes (detailed above).

For further information about this call please visit the website.

If you wish to apply for either of these calls or would like to discuss them further then please get in touch with the Research Development team via our email.


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H2020 – Work programme 2018-20 is here!


Slightly later than originally anticipated, the work programme for the final phase of Horizon 2020 has now been published and the first calls launched.

As well as the areas that will be familiar to those with an interest in Horizon 2020, we also see the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC), which brings together a number of support measures to foster ‘breakthrough, market-creating innovation’.

The table below provides links to selected annexes of the work programme which set out topics for each of the key areas and associated deadlines.

As ever, if you’re considering a proposal, please do get in touch (

You can also take advantage of our visit from Ian Devine of UKRO next week (31 October 2017) to find out more about the work programme and some of the thinking behind priorities. To book your place, please visit the registration page here. If you can’t make the 31 October 2017, Ian will also be speaking at the Universities of Salford and Manchester (1 and 2 November 2017). Please contact us for more details of  how to register (

Horizon 2020 – Priorities and deadlines (details relating to the European Research Council can be found here).

Pillar Area Key 2018 Deadlines


Excellent Science – reinforcing and extending the excellence of the European research base Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
FET Open May
FET Proactive March, May
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Innovative Training Networks January
Research and Innovation Staff Exchange March
Individual Fellowships September
Research Infrastructures March
Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – developing technologies and innovations to underpin tomorrow’s business Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP) January (Two Stage), February, March, April
Information and Communication Technologies January, April, August, November
Space March
Societal Challenges – addressing major policy priorities of Europe 2020 strategy Societal Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing February, (Two Stage), April, (Single Stage)


Societal Challenge 2: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy


February (Two Stage)
Societal Challenge 3: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy January, February, April, September, October, November, December


Societal Challenge 4: Smart, Green and Integrated Transport January (Two Stage), April (Single Stage)
Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials February (Two Stage)
Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies March
Societal Challenge 7: Secure Societies  August
Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation  September, November
Science with and for Society April
European Innovation Council (EIC) See FET Open

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H2020 Info Days and new gender equality resource

After a bit of an absence, a few updates for colleagues with an interest in the Science with and For Society and/or Secure Societies calls, news of a new guide to improving gender equality in research organisations and a quick reminder of forthcoming Horizon 2020 calls. As ever, if  anything catches your eye then we’d love to hear from you (!

H2020 Science With And For Society – presentations available from Information Day

Presentations and a video are now available from the recent SWAFS information day. The presentations covered the main topics for the 2017 call: Science Education; Public Engagement; Ethics and Research Integrity and Gender. The call will officially open on 12 April 2017 and deadline for applications will be 30 August 2017.

A new resource for improving gender equality

Science Europe have made a number of presentations available from the launch of their new practical guide on ‘Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations’. The guide, and the presentations, include thoughts on: avoiding unconscious bias in peer review; monitoring gender equality and improving grant management practices.

H2020 Societal Challenge 7 – presentations available from Secure Societies Information Day

Presentations are now available from the recent information day on the latest calls under Societal Challenge 7. Amongst the sub-topics covered were: cybersecurity; research to support critical infrastructure protection; border security and external securityfight against crime and terrorism; and pan-European networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security. All calls are now open and have a deadline of 24 August 2017.

Forthcoming H2020 Deadlines

With work well underway to define priorities for the last phase of Horizon 2020 (2018-20), there are still a number of opportunities open for the current 2017 call.

25 April LEIT – ICT
24 August Societal Challenge 7 – Security
30 August Science with and for Society
14 September Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships

As ever, if you are thinking of applying, or want to know more, then please get in touch(


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Call: Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats


The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) is seeking to fund innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats, or enhance the UK’s capacity to detect and mitigate such threats. Individual researchers and research teams in academic institutions, research organisations, SMEs, and industry are eligible for commissioning funds.

Successful applicants will become part of CREST’s larger research programme, benefiting from resources for translating and communicating evidence for impact, and opportunities for sustained interaction with the user community.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for workshops, short projects and long projects by 31 January 2017.

Applicants should propose a programme of work that addresses one of the following topics:

  • Behaviour change
  • Information disclosure in online/virtual environments
  • Information disclosure across contexts
  • Enhancing long-term memory for complex events
  • Assessing the health of a relationship
  • Measuring rapport
  • Security and discretion
  • Investigative decision making under pressure
  • Making decisions about information value
  • Scenario planning and prediction
  • Terrorist and counter-terrorist actions and decisions
  • Impact of organisational change on counterproductive work behaviour
  • Indirect assessment and risk management
  • Individual differences in the adoption and use of new technology

Commissioning: Second Broad Topic Solicitation


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Horizon 2020 – Key Deadlines


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 ( 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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ESRC and AHRC Pre-Call Announcement for Innovation Awards under PaCCS

The ESRC and AHRC will shortly be launching a further call for inter-disciplinary innovation awards under the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) focusing on Conflict and International Development. This call is funded from the initial allocations the AHRC and ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and a core focus will therefore be on conflict-related research which has the potential to contribute to the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

In order to support innovation, the call will be open to applications which address any topic of relevance to the PaCCS conflict theme provided that they are focussed on conflict and human security in developing country contexts (at a community, national, regional or global scale) and its interconnections with issues of international development.

Projects may be up to a maximum value of £100,000 fEC and up to 18 months in duration, commencing in November 2016. They expect to fund approximately 8-12 projects through this call.

For more information, please visit AHRC.

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Horizon 2020 – Dates for the Diary


Ahead of the festive break, we thought we’d share details of a few H2020 events planned for 2016:

  • FET Open and FET Proactive info day – the Research Executive Agency and DG Connect will be hosting an info day in Brussels on 25 January 2016 covering the forthcoming calls for FET Open and ‘Emerging themes and Communities’ (FET Proactive). Details of the day and registration can be found here. For those of you who can’t make it in person, the event will be streamed and presentations available after the event.
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation – the Commission will hold an information day on this area of Horizon 2020 in Brussels on 2 February 2016. Places will be awarded on a first come first served basis, via email:, and registration will close on 11 January 2016.
  • Secure Societies Info Day – an info day is being organised by SEREN3 (the network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 7). Likely dates are 16 or 17 March 2016, and further details will be available in the New Year.

As ever if you’re planning to attend please let us know (!

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Call for papers: European Intelligence & Security Informatics Conference (EISIC 2015) – Manchester


Types of Submissions – Full papers, short papers and posters. Please refer to the website for paper format.

 Important Dates

– Paper submission due: May 10, 2015
– Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2015
– Camera ready paper due: July 3, 2015
– Conference: September 7-9, 2015

Submit papers here –

Contact details – For further information please contact the Professional Programmes team

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Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research – new website and opportunity to suggest policy seminars


The Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) is an initiative of Research Councils UK and was originally established in 2008 as the Global Uncertainties Programme. Now,  the programme has been refocused and renamed and a new website has been launched.

The Partnership aims to deliver high quality and cutting edge research to help improve our understanding of current and future global security challenges and focuses on the core areas of:

  • Conflict
  • Cyber-security
  • Transnational organised crime

It supports collaboration by bringing together researchers from across disciplines to work together on innovative research projects. By creating opportunities for knowledge exchange between government, industry and the third sector, it aims to deliver impact beyond the academic community.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are core members of the Partnership. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are affiliated members.

It is expected that the partnership will run a range of calls for research proposals and opportunities to engage and they have this week invited researchers and stakeholder to contact them with expressions of interest for possible policy seminars

The website can be found here:


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What’s on the Horizon for 2016/17? – Advisory Groups share their thinking on future Work Programmes


Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups are starting to share their thoughts on priorities for 2016 and 2017, giving us an insight into potential future calls. A number of the Advisory Groups, which bring together experts from different disciplines, have published their views on the key challenges that need to be addressed and what activities will help Europe to overcome these challenges.

The following are brief summaries of priorities shared to date, complete with links to more detailed information available via the European Commission’s website:

The Health Advisory Group has identified and analysed eight main strategic priorities in its report. These are: Ageing at large; Personalized medicine; ICT for health; Population health and health promotion; Infectious diseases; Early development; Sustainable health and care systems and Environment and health.


The Transport Advisory Group has identified eleven priorities, which include: Urban transport; Climate change, air pollution and noise mitigation; Demographic trends; Harnessing ICT and data management; Managing uncertainty and risk; Resilience to extreme weather; Reducing loss of life and adverse health effects; Alternative fuel sources; Competitiveness; Innovating infrastructure maintenance; and Maximising resource utilisation across the sector. 


The report from the Climate Action Advisory Group highlights four priority areas. These are: Systemic Eco-innovation; Climate Services; Nature-based solutions; and Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials. The group also identifies a number of cross cutting issues touching on health, migration, geopolitics and cultural heritage.


The Advisory Group has recommended five Thematic Priorities: Understanding Europe; Promoting a collaborative, creative and sustainable economy; Building and open, engaging and innovative public sector; Facing the turbulence of regional and global change; and Overcoming inequalities by developing Europe’s human and social enterprises.  


The Secure Societies Advisory Group highlights five areas of strategic focus: Planning and integrating advances across technical areas or missions, Social Dimension of Society, Crime and Crime Prevention, Data Protection, Resilience and Privacy and Cross-Cutting Capabilities and Issues. It also recommends investment in ‘Innovation Roadmapping’ in each of the areas.


The MSCA Advisory Group identifies the MSCAs as the flagship programme for research training in Europe and is keen to uphold a number of its principles regarding inclusiveness and increasing employability of researchers. The recommendations point to a continuing emphasis on collaboration between the academic and non-academic sectors, with some suggestion of specific funding calls to encourage engagement of the non-academic sector (including SMEs). There are also suggestions that the international dimension should be strengthened, particularly in relation to the MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.


Planning is one of the keys to success in Horizon 2020, so we’d encourage you to take a look at reports in your area to get a head start for future calls!

If you’re interested in getting involved in Horizon 2020 and would like to know more do get in touch ( and don’t forget to sign up to our UKRO event on 12 September to find out more about the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions.