Monday, 7 December 2009

CSE Funding Newsletter 4th December 2009

Science and Engineering

Research Funding News

*Become an EU Framework Proposal Evaluator *

The Commission recently renewed their request for scientific experts willing to act as evaluators for Framework 7 proposals. Becoming an evaluator offers an excellent opportunity to understand the EU Framework evaluation process and provides opportunities to network with Commission desk officers. If you are interested (you do get paid ?450 per day and it is an excellent learning experience for writing proposals) you can reigister at: <>

*Funding Opportunities *

*Study Abroad Studentships, Leverhulme Trust

To do 12-24 months postgraduate study anywhere in the world except the USA or UK.

Deadline is *7th Jan 2010*

Friday, 27 November 2009

SE Research Funding News |

*Funding Policy Opportunity*

*EPSRC Portfolio Day: Neurodegenerative Diseases <>*

An opportunity to influence the direction of future EPSRC research within this healthcare area. Deadline is *5th January 2010*

*Latest Calls (by deadline)*

*EU Science and Technology Fellowship Programme China* <>

For postdoctoral researchers in any discipline to spend two years in China. New extended deadline is *4th January 2010*

*Industrial Fellowships, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 <>*

Can cover EngD research, in which case University receives honorarium on completion. Deadline is *28th January 2010** *

*Research Fellowship, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 <>*

Three year postdoc-level fellowship for researchers in any branch of science or engineering. Deadline is *25th February 2010*

*RSE/BBSRC Enterprise Fellowship <>*

Allows fellow to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of their research, whilst also receiving formal training in relevant business skills. Deadline is *4th May 2010*


*Events Run by Others*

*Business Exchange for the Life Sciences 9th Dec 2009, London <>*

Opportunity for researchers to meet with UK and international companies, and to learn about new initiatives in the UK life sciences sector. Followed by Genesis 2009 - a biotechnology networking conference - on 10th December. <>

EPSRC Call for Expressions of Interest

Healthcare Portfolio Day: Neurodegenerative Diseases - Call for Expressions of Interest

The EPSRC is organising a Portfolio Day focussing on Neurodegenerative Diseases on the 11 February 2010, giving researchers, stakeholders and users an opportunity to influence the direction of future research for EPSRC within this healthcare area.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

EPSRC Follow-on Fund

Dear colleagues Please see information attached and a link below to information on the EPSRC-supported follow-on fund. [BBSRC, NERC and STFC also support follow on funding]: The purpose of this funding scheme is to bridge the funding gap between traditional research grants and commercial funding by supporting the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition. The deadline for the latest call is 4pm on Thursday 25 February 2010.

Applications dossier

This website contains a number of successful grant and fellowship application which some might find useful:

So far only for Humanities and Social Science, but it is expected that they will soon also cover other areas.

F. Max-Lino

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Proposals invited: research information management

JISC has invited institutions to submit proposals for projects in the area of research information management.

'Research Information' in this document refers to structured information about projects, researchers, research outputs and their value and impact, research impact more widely, funding streams, organisations such as funders and universities, and so on.

There is funding of up to £400,000 available for projects funded through this call. Projects should be up to six months long, and grants available will range from £20,000 up to £50,000 per project.

In the interest of sustainability, evidence of institutional commitment is required. This can be shown in direct funding contributions from the HEI to the project, commitment of staff time, equipment, software purchase etc. It is anticipated that projects in the call will involve institutions already working in this area and therefore will have complementary plans in place.

The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12 noon UK time on Monday 11th January 2010. Projects should start at the beginning of March 2010 and end by the end of August 2010.

Further information can be found here

Monday, 16 November 2009

[Fwd: Workshop | Interdisciplinary working | 10th December 2009]

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to invite you to a workshop on interdisciplinary working in research. It will take place on 10th December 2009, 12:30-2:00pm in the Elder Room, Old College and will be run by Dr Catherine Lyall, Deputy Director of INNOGEN (

Dr Lyall has extensive experience of running very popular workshops in this area, so we are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity.

This workshop will be of interest to you if you:

- are interested in working interdisciplinary in your research

- are a researcher in any subject

- are working at PI level (either holding or bidding for a research grant yourself)

This event is not suitable for individuals who are finishing a PhD or who are early on in their postdoctoral career.

To book a place, please email stating your role and broad subject areas of interest.

Friday, 13 November 2009

[Fwd: SE Funding Opportunities ¦ 13th November 2009]

*Investigator Awards, Wellcome Trust COMING IN 2010*

Will extend fellowships funding model to researchers who are in posts salaried by their universities or research institutes. Other schemes will close as this one is introduced ? see the FAQs.

*Collaboration with Brazil, NERC From December 2009*

NERC Standard Grants and Consortium Grants schemes will accept collaborative proposals between UK and Brazilian researchers through a single application and peer review process

*Development of NERC omics strategy, NERC Deadline 17th December 2009*

For an individual or a small team from a higher education institute, research organisation or limited company to provide consultancy services over a period of approximately 6 months from January 2010

*Leverhulme - Royal Society Africa Award Deadline 1st February 2010*

Provide funding (max. £150,000) for UK-Ghana or UK-Tanzania research collaborations

[Fwd: Event | International Research Funding - India | 20th November]

Dear colleagues,

Event : International Research Funding - India

As part of the International Research Funding Learning Lunch Series to support the University of Edinburgh's Internationalisation Strategy, ERI are running a session on finding money to collaborate with researchers based in India. This session will cover funders at a national, EU and international level.

Please note that these seminars are aimed at researchers who have already completed a PhD.

Date: 20/11/09

Schedule: Lunch - 12.00-12:30 and then seminar - 12:30-2.00

Venue: Teviot Dining Hall, Teviot Row House , Bristo Square


To book a place, please register via MyEd,

Please contact if you require any assistance.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

[Fwd: Bookings Open: UK Information and Proposal Writing Events on the ERC Advanced Grants]

Advanced Investigator Grants: Information and Proposal Writing Events In its capacity as UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Research Council (ERC), the UK Research Office, in partnership with institutions from across the UK, will hold a series of information events. These are designed for researchers who are based in or moving to the UK and are interested in applying for the ERC Advanced Investigator Grants:

University of Edinburgh, Tuesday 24th November 2009

University of Leeds, Wednesday 25th November 2009

University College London, Friday 27th November 2009

Cardiff University, Monday 30th November 2009

*Aim of each session* The aim of each session is to provide participants with an overview of the ERC in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), focusing on the Advanced Grants scheme. The Advanced Grants call opened on 29 October 2009, with deadlines in Spring 2010. Participants should gain a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues they are required to address in planning, writing and costing an Advanced Grant proposal. Attendance will be free of charge, thanks to the support from the hosting organisations. *Who should attend?* The sessions will be of particular interest to UK-based researchers planning to submit a proposal for the ERC Advanced Grants. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. *Programme outline* Two identical sessions will be held at each venue, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please note it is only necessary to attend one session. Both sessions will provide an overview of the ERC and will focus on the application process for the ERC Advanced Grants. There will be opportunities to ask questions during each session.

* Morning session: The morning session will start at 09:30 promptly (with registration from 9.10) and close at 13.15. * Afternoon session: The afternoon session will start at 14:00 promptly (with registration from 13.40) and close at 17.45.

*Registration** and further information

which includes a summary of the ERC grant schemes on page 2. Event webpage:

If you would like to attend please complete the _on-line registration form

Joanna Frost on behalf of the UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council

Monday, 9 November 2009

EPSRC Follow-on Fund


Please see link below to information on the EPSRC-supported follow-on fund.

[BBSRC, NERC and STFC also support follow on funding]:

The purpose of this funding scheme is to bridge the funding gap between traditional research grants and commercial funding by supporting the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition.

The deadline for the latest call is 4pm on Thursday 25 February 2010.

F Max-Lino

Funding Opportunities


Some science and engineering funding opportunities:

*MRC Partnership Grant – Deadline 24th November 2009*

Provides support for collaborative activities that add value to existing research or helps galvanise researchers in a particular field or complementary fields.**

*BBSRC Tools and Resources Development Fund – Deadline 9th December 2009*

The fund supports small or short-duration, pump-priming pilot studies and/or bringing communities together for collaborative purposes.

*STFC Aurora Fellowships – Deadline 13th January 2010*

The scheme is aimed to develop the careers of promising young researchers and to assist existing academics to discipline-hop.

*EPSRC Commercialisation Fund – Deadline 11th December 2009*

Offers support to researchers wishing to work with a commercialising partner in taking forward business opportunities generated from EPSRC funded research. **

*HECToR Capability Challenge 2010 – Deadline 7th January 2010*

An opportunity for UK investigators to request access to a large amount of compute time in order to explore the capability dimension of the HECToR service.

*EPSRC Public Engagement Funding – Deadline 14th January 2010*

Second call of the scheme which provides opportunities for researchers to undertake public engagement projects related to their research interests.

*RCUK Business Plan Competition – Deadline 4th December 2009*

Prizes of up to £25,000 will be awarded for the business plans judged to have the best potential to turn business into reality.**

F Max-Lino

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

ERI workshop on Funding opportunities for established researchers - 17 November 2009

As you may know ERI have been running, along with transkills and the Researcher Development Program (Corporate HR), a new set of courses designed to give all researchers at the University of Edinburgh the best possible knowledge of suitable sources of research funding and the way to make successful applications for this funding. You can find out more about these here: 3 flavours of course have been developed: [1] an introduction to research funding; [2] external funding for early to mid-career staff; [3] opportunities for senior and established staff. Course 3: Funding opportunities for established researchers: ERI will be running a course for opportunities for senior and established staff in the College of Science and Engineering on 17 November 2009 here at King's Buildings. This workshop will be led by a senior member of staff from the College and its aim is to enable senior research staff to sustain and refresh their knowledge of the current funding landscape and catch up on any recent developments in their field. Peers from your College will give advice on the maintenance of your research funding and give you hints on making the best quality applications for the funding schemes that suit your research. This course will also explore the differences between domestic and international funding, making it invaluable for researchers moving to Edinburgh from abroad. In addition to personal funding large collaborative grants and projects will be discussed including sessions on European funding. This course is aimed at senior academic staff of PI level and above. To get the right balance of staff this will be an invitation-only event and it would be good to have your help in putting a list of invitees together. I would be grateful if you could nominate staff from your School to attend the course. If possible could you let me know who your nominations are by 10 November 2009. Reply to Max Frederick.Max-Lino(at)

ESRC: changes to final report system

From 1st November 2009, the Council's current requirement for a 5000 word End of Award Report three months after the end date of its award will be replaced. The new arrangements are designed to capture more evidence of scientific and practical (I.e. economic, social or policy) impacts while also being more economical in terms of its demand on award-holders' time. The evidence collected by the new system will be used both to evaluate ESRC research and to support the funding case for social science by demonstrating even more clearly the academic and, where appropriate, practical impact of the work that the Council supports.

There are two steps to the new system. First, award-holders submit a much shorter End of Award Report three months after the end date of the project to provide the administrative details required by the ESRC for financial sign-off. Then, twelve months after the end of the project award-holders submit an Impact Report to provide concise details of outputs and impacts (both scientific and practical) to date. The new End of Award Report report, as with the current version, requires an electronic signature from your institution's Finance Officer or equivalent representative. The Impact Report does not require an institutional validation.

It is important to emphasise that the ESRC does not expect all of the projects it funds to achieve practical impacts. Award-holders who report only scientific contributions will not be disadvantaged in any way in the Council's evaluation process. It will be possible to achieve the highest evaluation grades for scientific and/or practical impacts.

The extended reporting period will allow more time for outputs and impacts to emerge before the Council's evaluation. The evaluation will now start twelve months after the end date of awards rather than three months as at present. There is also a facility for award-holders to update their project record with details of impacts that emerge beyond the time of the evaluation, and this extra information will be available to ESRC Committees when assessing future funding applications.

All ESRC award-holders who are affected by these changes will be contacted directly by the Council. The new report templates can be downloaded either from award-holders' grant pages on the ESRC Society Today web site or from: <> .

Friday, 30 October 2009

[Fwd: ERC Advanced Grants - call and info event]

Dear colleagues,

Deadlines for the 2010 ERC Advanced Grant call are as follows:

Physical Sciences and Engineering - 24th February 2010 Life Sciences - 17th March 2010 Social Sciences and Humanities - 7th April 2010

An information and proposal writing event will be held in Edinburgh on 24th November. More information and a booking form are available at

ERC Advanced Grants allow leading, established researchers to carry out excellent, highly innovative research. Awards of up to EUR 3.5 million for up to 5 years are available.

Best wishes,


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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Conference Collected Wisdom Wiki

One output of WOWCS (the Workshop on Organizing Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia for Computer Systems) is a wiki to collect information on organizing conferences. I haven't looked at it in detail yet, but I'm putting the link here for future reference. Collecting experience in this way sounds like a good idea to me!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

AHRC October 2009 Email Bulletin

The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

Consultation on European Commission ICT Work Programme 2011-2013 (D/139142)

2011-2013 (D/139142)

As you may be aware, the European Commission is now in the process of preparing the next ICT research Work Programme for years 2011-2013. In view of this, the Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures unit is updating the research community's vision for the area, identifying key technological challenges and research priorities, and establishing a research agenda for the coming years.

This is achieved through consultation with external experts, with industry and with academia, while additional input comes from a number of initiatives that are developing roadmaps and research agendas for Software and Services, such as "Future Internet" ( ).

The main objectives of this consultation are to identify the key technical challenges, the success factors, the expected impacts, and to derive a list of research foci and priority actions to be implemented. For this, a wide range of aspects should be addressed including technological issues, research challenges and standardisation approaches. The timeframe to be considered for this Work Programme is 2011 to 2013.

Information about the area can be found on:

The text of the current Work Programme 2009 - 2010 can be found on:

We invite you to participate in this open consultation, providing your thoughts about (but not limited to) topics such as: Services and Architectures for the future Internet; Software Engineering; Service Engineering; Open Source Software; Virtualisation of ICT resources; Cloud Computing; Energy Efficient Software; Exploratory and long term research; or any other topic that you consider relevant. No specific question or "fill-in-the-boxes" format is provided, as we want to keep the consultation as open as possible, but please try to identify clearly the challenges and the expected impacts of what you propose.

The consultation is hosted by the site and can be accessed at the URL

It will be possible to add contributions starting from 21/09/2009 until 02/11/2009; after this date, the consultation will be closed, and the resulting ideas and suggestions will be used as a valued input for the next research Work Programme.

We ask you kindly to limit each contribution to no more than 2500 characters, so that your ideas will be easy to read and understand; further details and longer contributions can be submitted in the form of a PDF file, which will then be published on the same web site.

Jesus Villasante, Head of Unit

Information Society & Media Directorate-General European Commission Web site:

Small Project Grants

The application deadline for the next round of Small Project Grants is Friday 30th October at 5pm.

I would be grateful if you could forward the information below to any staff or students who you think might be interested in applying for a Development & Alumni Small Project Grant in the next round.

Small Project Grants are intended to promote new initiatives in teaching, research and student provision at The University of Edinburgh, especially where relatively small sums can achieve significant effect. We have £65,000 to be distributed to students, staff, clubs, societies and University support services for a range of research projects, teaching and student activities.

There are also a large number of air miles available for distribution. Please be aware that air miles cannot be awarded retrospectively and are for British Airways flights only.

The Small Project Grant programme exists thanks to the generosity of graduates and friends through their donations to the Edinburgh Fund. The programme is managed by The University of Edinburgh Development Trust, a charity set up to provide philanthropic support for the University.

Application forms are available at or by contacting the Development Office. Detailed guidelines are included with the application form, and a list of recentawards are also available on the website. Please be advised that all applications must be signed by an appropriate referee (refer to guidelines).

If you have any queries regarding eligibility or filling out the application form, please contact the Development Office on 0131 650 2240 or email

SCITECH EUROPE 2009: Only 6 weeks to go! Places going quickly!

SciTech Europe 2009: Innovation Across Europe <>

The Square, Brussels 12th November 2009

Would you, your job role and your organisation benefit from:

* NETWORKING with leading academic experts and industry stakeholders from all across Europe? * DEBATING and making key policy aware of what needs to be done to improve the work that you are doing? * ASSISTING in outlining a collaborative approach to European science and technology frameworks? * LEARNING from world class speakers and some of Europe's leading organisations on new initiatives and developments?

Register your place at SciTech Europe 2009: Innovation Across Europe <> , the event that will provide you with the fantastic opportunity to forge new networks, and create new initiatives to benefit science and technology strategies, knowledge and prosperity across Europe.

Previous national policies have failed to create the environment for progressive science and innovation. However, the economic downturn has delivered a unique opportunity for the European states to deliver a cohesive approach to science and technology and drive solutions forward.

The future points to knowledge transfers, science networks and developing bridges between industry, academia and public sector policy. Collaboration across the continent and diversification of research can enable an integrated European research base that leads the world in innovation and success.

At SciTech Europe 2009: Innovation Across Europe <> you will have the chance to hear from some of the world's leading experts and most esteemed speakers involved creating the policies and initiatives that will drive this important issue forward:

Dr. Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, European Commission < > "High-tech research - importance and challenges for policy making"

Professor Fotis Kafatos, President, European Research Council <> "Making science investments with greater confidence" Ensuring that Europe is a centre for world-leading knowledge-based research innovation. What challenges must be addressed in order to better support the needs of science in Europe? Looking at the long-term vision, quality education and the role of the European Research Council in facilitating a better research environment for Europe.

Professor Marja Makarow, Chief Executive, European Science Foundation <> "Collaborative European research" Considering the challenges of streamlining research and ensuring that the needs of society are better aligned to research outcomes. What are the main priorities for Europe in terms of building on strengths in science and research and creating the best research conditions for addressing the grand challenges such as climate change, disease and ageing populations?

Professor Dominique Foray, Chairman of Knowledge for Growth Group <> "The role of the European Research Area" How can Europe better exploit factors of productivity and stimulate the levels of entrepreneurship to ensure that the right specialisations are made in the right regions of Europe? How do we overcome both the scientific and the political challenges in order to achieve the key objectives set out in enhancing innovation and ultimately the success of science and research in Europe?

Details of the other esteemed speakers, topics and more can be found HERE <>

The new Square conference centre <> is in the heart of Brussels and has an abundance of hotel rooms in easy walking distance. The train station is attached to the facility so everything is literally on the doorstep. More details about hotels and travels can be found HERE < >


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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Research Opportunities

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