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Global Challenges – British Academy

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The British Academy have announced details of a call focusing on Cities & Infrastructures, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund, with a deadline of 14 June 2017. This call is subject to Official Development Assistance eligibility criteria (Ed – see the end of the post for more details)

The call will support interdisciplinary projects which address the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient cities in developing countries. The call has four sub-themes (taken from British Academy website):

“a) Planning: In the context of the large, dispersed and unplanned cities of the global south, planning for resilience becomes a matter of collaborative initiative involving a host of actors and sentient infrastructures. This requires mobilising plural and interdisciplinary knowledges, both for understanding and for acting in intelligent ways. 

b) People: Human vulnerability and resilience go hand in hand. The poor are deprived in plural ways, but also forced to become resilient subjects, making use of the city and their know-how in imaginative ways.

c) Infrastructure: Cities are held together by infrastructures, which also instantiate and regulate social life in quite strong ways. In the global south the infrastructures are broken, incomplete, badly regulated, underfunded and often reliant on vernacular improvisations. Technical solutions alone will go only so far, and are expensive.

d) Habitat: The urban habitat is central to resilience, in the form of lived experience, the consequences of emissions and heating, the formation of symbolic and public culture, the consequences of urban architecture and design. This is an obvious terrain for interdisciplinary work on jointly making sense of how habitats can be managed as a silent form of ‘atmospheric’ regulation.”

Projects in the region of £300k will be supported, and the British Academy anticipate that these will last for up to 16 months with start dates in September 2017. You can access the scheme notes here.

If you are interested in applying for this call, please contact your Research Development Manager in the first instance who will be able to advise on your eligibility and the specific requirements of this call.

About ODA Eligibility Criteria

The Cities & Infrastructure Programme aims to support the “economic development and welfare of developing countries.” Only research that has a primary objective which is directly and primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries may be counted as ODA. We will require applicants to demonstrate that the proposal is ODA eligible. ODA eligibility is an essential criterion – projects will only be deemed eligible for funding if they can demonstrate that they satisfy ODA eligibility criteria. The British Academy, with the other Global Challenges Research Fund delivery partners, have provided an additional ODA guidance document for applicants.


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Sustainable Urbanisation – European Funding Opportunity

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The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI Urban Europe) in partnership with the Belmont Forum have announced details of a new funding scheme open to a range of European and international countries. The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative – Food-Water-Energy Nexus (SUGI-FWE Nexus for short) will look for multinational, interdisciplinary partnerships engaging with key stakeholders to investigate one of three areas:

  • Robust Knowledge, Indicators and  Assessments
  • Multi-level Governance and Management of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Managing Potential Strategies and Solutions to address emerging Risk and Trade-offs at the intersection of Sustainable Urbanisation and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The call will have two stages, with pre-proposals requested by 15 March 2017 and full proposals (by invitation) by 20 September 2017. The UK element of this call (totalling €1.7m) will be supported by Innovate UK, AHRC and ESRC and fund fundamental research, applied research and innovation and implementation activities.

You can find more information about the call here (including presentations and application forms) and the full call text here. There will also be a “matchmaking event” in Leipzig on 12 January 2017.

As ever, if you’re interested in applying do get in touch (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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ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF)

JPI Urban Europe’s fourth call – the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) – supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, is now open for pre-proposals.

Projects resulting from this call should address one or more of the following topics:

  • Concepts and strategies for smart urban transformation, growth and shrinkage
  • New dynamics of public services
  • Inclusive, vibrant and accessible urban communities.

These are detailed fully in the main call document.

Application process

This Call invites proposals for collaborative transnational projects. Each proposal must be submitted by a project consortium consisting of at least three eligible applicants from at least three ENSUF participating countries. Guidance for applicants intending to include a UK component to their consortium is included via  the link below along with an FAQ document for UK applicants.

Funding

A total amount of public funding of maximum 23.8 million € will be provided by national and regional funding agencies from 18 European countries, including support from Horizon 2020. Note: each participating partner costs their element of the project using the funding rules of their own national funder so UK participants will use the RCUK 80% of fEC model.

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/era-net-cofund-smart-urban-futures-ensuf/