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UKRO Visit – Register Attendance


We’re pleased to announce that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office (UKRO) European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met.

Ian will be providing an update on Horizon 2020 and European funding opportunities for all those of you who are interested in the programme and you will be able to hear more about the support on offer to you from the RKE Office.

Speakers will also include the PVC for Research & Knowledge Exchange, Richard Greene, who will share some thoughts on International research at MMU.

9:00 – 1:00 20th January 2017

Geoffrey Manton Building Lecture Theatre 5

To register attendance and view the agenda, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact

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Save the date! UKRO Visit on 20 January to update on European opportunities

UKRO and Horizon 2020

We’re pleased to announce that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met on 20 January 2017.

Ian will be providing an update on Horizon 2020 and European funding opportunities for all those of you who are interested in the programme and you will be able to hear more about the support on offer to you from the RKE Office.

We are also hoping to be able to announce a couple of guest speakers, who we think you may be interested to hear from.

We’ll update on the full agenda (and guest speakers) via the Blog, but for now, if you’re interested please let us know ( and hold 09.30 – 13.00, 20 January 2017 in your diaries!

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H2020: MSCA Individual Fellowships – Info Events


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 an information event in Edinburgh on 11 May 2016.

The event is free of charge, and you can find out more and register here.

There is likely to be another event announced soon in London.

Manchester Met information session

For those of you unable to make it to Edinburgh or London for the UKRO sessions, we are in the process of planning an information session of our own at ManchesterMet.

So we can get an idea of interest, please drop us a line at if you would be interested in attending.

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. It is open to 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 12 April 2016, with a deadline of 14 September 2016.

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New UKRO website launched today


UK Research Office (UKRO) have launched their new and improved portal service today. This contains all the same excellent content about European funding and policy but with a new look and feel.

For those of you who access the portal on a regular basis your details will have been transferred automatically, so do log on and take a look around.

For those of you who haven’t registered, or haven’t looked at the portal for a while we’d strongly encourage you to register (or re-register) to receive tailored updates.

If you have any difficulties please don’t hesitate to get in touch ( and we can help you to access the site.

About UKRO
The UK Research Office (UKRO) is the European office of the UK Research Councils. UKRO’s mission is to promote effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities. As a subscriber to UKRO, all MMU staff can register to receive personalised alerts on funding opportunities and policy developments.


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Horizon 2020 – New Year’s resolutions made easy!


For all of our readers interested in Horizon 2020 who may still have room to squeeze in a few last-minute New Year’s resolutions, here are the Blog’s suggestions for starting 2015 as you mean to go on:

1. Sign up to the UKRO Portal – you’ve seen the presentations, but are you taking advantage of the UKRO Portal? The portal is a useful source of information for anyone interested in EU funding including Horizon 2020. Signing up only takes a few minutes via this link – click on ‘Create Profile’ and follow the instructions.

Once you have signed-up you can create a profile, receive updates and news about specific research and policy areas of interest as well as search for articles.

2. Register on Participant Portal … – if you’re going to get involved in Horizon 2020 proposals, you’ll need to use the Commission’s gateway for Horizon 2020, Participant Portal. You can register by clicking the ‘Register’ button in the top right hand corner and following the instructions.

3. … and take some time to look around the site – Participant Portal provides access to a whole range of useful information. There is a dedicated ‘Funding Opportunities’ section where you can access key documents for current, forthcoming and past calls for proposals and search for opportunities. The ‘How to Participate’ section gives you access to reference documents and the Commission’s ‘H2020 Online Manual’. It also has an ‘Experts’ area, which brings us onto our next suggestion …

4. Sign up as an expert to advise the Commission – you can register details of your experience via the ‘Experts’ page of Participant Portal and these will be recorded on the Commission’s database. The Commission uses the database to identify experts to contribute to Horizon 2020. This could be as a peer reviewer evaluating proposals or monitoring actions or in some cases you might be approached to contribute to the design of the programme through input into working or advisory group. This can give you invaluable experience of H2020 from the inside and make some interesting connections to fellow researchers.

5. Don’t be a stranger – if you’re thinking about getting involved in a Horizon 2020 project, then get in touch (, we’re happy to discuss your ideas and provide advice on your plans. Don’t worry if you’ve not worked out the detail, the sooner you get in touch the better!



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Information and Proposal Writing Events – Innovative Training Networks

UKRO and Horizon 2020

Hot on the heels of their visit to Manchester this week, UKRO will be running two in-depth events for those of you interested in submitting a proposal for a Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network.

The first event will be held in Manchester on 16 October, with a second to be confirmed in London. The sessions will provide a more detailed look at the scheme and provide you with helpful guidance on preparing a strong proposal.

Details of the event and programme can be found via UKRO’s website. Registration will be open soon and places are limited, so we would encourage any of you who are thinking of submitting a proposal to keep an eye on the website and sign up as soon as you can.

(There are also a few places remaining for UKRO’s introductory session on the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions on Friday. If you’ve still not booked a place, you can find out more and register here.)

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Last chance! Next week – Horizon 2020 UKRO events at the MMU and UoM

UKRO and Horizon 2020

It’s all happening next week! As previously advertised on the RKE Blog, the UK Research Office European Adviser, Ian Devine, will be at MMU to speak to colleagues on Friday 12th September about opportunities under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions. If you haven’t booked already, please sign up via Eventbrite

University of Manchester – Horizon 2020 Information Day – Special Interest Sessions

Ian will also be running a number of special interest sessions at The University of Manchester on Thursday 11th September and our colleagues have kindly opened up the invitation to MMU staff. The day will include sessions on gender, ethics, open access and research data management, and evaluation, and you can attend as many or a few sessions as you like. If you would like to attend please email us at and we will arrange registration.