Thursday, 24 March 2011

JISC Grant Call 03/11: Digging into Data Challenge

Deadline for applications is *16^th June 2011*.

The Digging into Data Challenge is sponsored by funders in the UK, Netherlands, USA and Canada. The Challenge is targeted to the humanities and social sciences and aims to address the following four goals

- to promote the development and deployment of innovative research techniques in large-scale data analysis that focus on applications for the humanities and social sciences;

- to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in the humanities, social sciences, computer sciences, library, archive, information sciences, and other fields, around questions of text and dataanalysis;

- to promote international collaboration among both researchers and funders;

- to ensure efficient access to and sharing of the materials for research by working with data repositories that hold large digital collections.

Projects have to be international -- you need to have teams from at least two of the four different countries funding the call. Funding is for 6-24 months, and you need to complete projects by 31^st January 2014. For the UK part of the project, funding of up to £100,000 is available (more if you involve more than one UK institution).

You can view examples of funded projects at

Further information: JISC, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), along with five international funding bodies, invite institutions to submit proposals for the Digging into Data Challenge. There is a UK specific addendum which can be found at and should be read in conjunction with the main request for proposals available on the Digging into Data Challenge web site at

The deadline for receipt of final proposals in response to this call will be *23:59 (Greenwich Mean Time) on 16 June 2011*. Late proposals will *NOT* be accepted. Details of how to submit are in the main proposal.

Funding for eligible institutions in the UK is available for projects starting from January 2012 and lasting between 6 and 24 months. All projects must be completed by 31 January 2014.

*Eligibility *

Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via SFC, DCELLS Wales and DEL Northern Ireland. FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible to bid provided proposals demonstrate how the work supports the HE in FE agenda.

Other organisations eligible to apply for ESRC and AHRC funds are also permitted to act as lead institutions for Digging into Data proposals and details are below.

In addition to Higher Education Institutions funded by the four Higher Education Funding Councils, ESRC has recognised a number of organisations as Independent Research Organisations (IROs). See link below for the organisations and their eligibility to access directive or responsive modefunding:

A list of Independent Research Organisations recognised by the AHRC, and therefore eligible to act as lead institutions, can be found on the AHRC website: urces/data-services/NDS/.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Marie Curie Fellowships - call now out

The latest Marie Curie Fellowships call is now out. The deadline for applications is 11th August 2011.

Marie Curie Fellowships are for postdoctoral research in any subject (not just cancer research - a common misconception). They pay your salary and other costs for up to two years. There is no specific cut-off in terms of experience, but applicants are usually fairly early on in their postdoctoral career. You don't need an existing academic job to be eligible to apply.

The most important characteristic of this scheme is that you have to move country. There are three ways in which you can do this:

* Move from one EU country to another. * Come from outside the EU into the EU. * Go from inside the EU to outside the EU (but come back for a year at the end - no running off forever to shiny America or sunny Australia).


You need to have at least a PhD or four full-time years of experience of doing research at an equivalent level. Nationality restrictions also apply in some cases:

* Moving from one European country to another: You can be any nationality to apply for an Intra-European Fellowship. However, you cannot have spent more than 12 months out of the last 3 years living or doing research in the country to which you wish to move. (Holidays and national service don't count in this 12 months.) * Coming from outside the EU into the EU: You can, again, be of any nationality - you just need to be coming from outside the EU. Again, however, the 12-months-in-3-years rule applies. * Going from within the EU to outside the EU: You need to either be a national of an EU country or to have lived and worked in the EU for at least the last 5 years (measured at the time of the deadline).

Returning from career breaks

A relatively new characteristic of the scheme is the 'career restart' option. This is open to people who had a research job for at least 12 months before taking their career break. 'Career restart' applications are considered under a separate panel to try and ensure equal opportunities.


The scheme pays a salary, relocation costs (EUR 700 a month for someone without a family), and research and training expenses (EUR 800 a month).

Further information

* Call webpage (

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Software Development for Grand Challenges in the Chemical Sciences

Expression of interest: This joint EPSRC/NSF workshop will explore software development for Grand Challenges in the Chemical Sciences. Closing Date: 18-04-2011

Friday, 11 March 2011

JISC call 01/11: Digital infrastructure

As you may have seen already, JISC issued call 01/11 "Digital infrastructure: Embedding usability & improving the uptake of resources & tools; & enhancing campus-based publications" towards the end of February. The deadline for applications is *30^th March 2011.

Funding of up to £500,000 is available for projects helping to embed usability within institutional practice, develop adaptable and learnable user interfaces for research tools and develop new publishing platforms.

Scottish institutions can lead on bids. Depending on the theme addressed, applications can be from single institutions and/or consortia. There is no stated limit on how many proposals a single institution can lead on.

More information is available at