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Europe: Festive Funding Opportunities

 

In a pre-Christmas flurry, a few opportunities have been announced which may be of interest to readers:

  • Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) – IMI has announced its tenth call for proposals supporting research in a variety of areas including hypoglycaemia; use of big data in diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer; improving care for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain; patient perspectives in medicines lifecycle; and personalised medicine in autism spectrum disorders. Deadline for stage one proposals is 28 March 2017 and details can be found here.
  • SESAR – has announced their new call for proposals on research focused on optimising Air Traffic Management (ATM) performance and intelligent air transport. The deadline for full proposals is 22 March 2017 and details on topics supported and conditions can be found here.
  • QuantERA – QuantERA is a new initiative which will support research in the field of quantum technologies, with the UK’s involvement supported by EPSRC. In a recently published pre-announcement, QuantERA have flagged that they will launch a call for proposals in January, with a likely deadline for stage one proposals of 15 March 2017.

In other news, those of you with Swiss partners will be interested to hear that Switzerland and the EC have successfully completed negotiations which will grant Switzerland the status of an Associated Country within Horizon 2020. This allows Swiss organisations to participate in Horizon 2020 on an even footing with EU Member States.

As ever, if you are thinking of applying, or would like more information about any of the enclosed do get in touch (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 – dates for the diary!

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In the run up to the 2017 Call for Proposals, details of Info Days are coming through thick and fast.

The latest dates for the diary are:

As regular readers will know, these are excellent events for finding out about topics from colleagues at the European Commission and also developing links to potential partners. Indeed, we have examples of current H2020 projects which have their origins in links developed through Info Days!

If you are thinking of attending do let us know (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk), and for those of you who can’t make it on the day, keep an eye on the event websites which will publish videos and presentations after the event.


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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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Opportunities for Researchers in Transport and Intelligent Mobility

This event is hosted by the Transport Innovation Centre Sheffield in partnership with the Transport Systems Catapult. Featuring talks from key players in the IM field, giving pivotal information on funding opportunities relevant to Researchers with an opportunity for networking over a buffet lunch. This event is particularly suitable for researchers in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Architecture, Urban Planning and Social Sciences.

14th April 2016 10am – 2pm

Inox Dine, University of Sheffield Student’s Union

For more information and to register please visit: https://tics.shef.ac.uk/


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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research related funding opportunities. Please pass on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested.

Department of Transport Competition to Boost Rail Tourism

This supports innovative approaches to improving the tourist experience offered by heritage and community railways.

Deadline for applications: 23 Mar 16

British Beer & Pub Association Brewers Research and Education Fund

This aims to provide funding for scientific research and education in the brewing industry.

Deadline for applications: 31 Mar 16

Wellcome Trust Science Learning+ Phase Two Grants

These support partnerships involving partners both in the US and in the UK or Republic of Ireland that aim to improve the knowledge base and practice of informal science experiences to better understand, strengthen and coordinate their vital role in science engagement and learning.

Deadline for applications: 14 Jun 16

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Small Grant Scheme

This aims to facilitate research activity in all areas of applicable mathematics.

No Deadline

For support with your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.


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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research related funding opportunities. Please pass on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested.

NERC International Pump Priming Grants

This provides resources to NERC-supported researchers to allow them to forge long-term partnerships with overseas scientists that add value to current NERC-funded science.

Deadline for applications: 19 May 16

Rail Safety and Standards Board Vehicle Dynamics Competition

This supports innovations which make technical improvements to rail vehicles, reducing track damage, wheel and suspension maintenance costs, and increase the use of vehicles for both fast and slow lines.

Deadline for applications: 19 May 16

Feminist Review Trust Research Grants

These support feminist scholars and activities.

Deadline for applications: 31 May 16

Society for Medieval Archaeology Mick Aston Research Grant

This aims to support the completion and publication of a research project relating to settlement archaeology in Britain or Ireland.

Deadline for applications: 31 May 16

Lithic Studies Society Roger Jacobi Bursary

This aims to support research related to museum collections and archives in the field of lithic studies.

Deadline for applications: 08 Aug 16

For support with your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.