Research Professional – Funding Searches

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From Research Professional for your convenience we now offer a series of accessible curated funding award searches, tailored to RGU School and Faculty research areas.

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UK research and the European Union – statements and reactions

UK Europe

Following our recent post about The Royal Society’s study in relation to the influence of the EU on research, including research funding in the UK and the result of the EU Referendum, there have been a number of statements and announcements from official sources offering some clarity and reassurances. Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, today issued a statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum.

Several organisations have posted initial reactions to the referendum result, Universities Scotland, Universities UK, The Royal Society (updated from our previous post) and the
European University Association.

Our Principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski issued a statement on the referendum result on Friday last week. Similar reassuring messages came from all the Universities across Scotland:

Edinburgh Napier University
Glasgow Caledonian University
Scottish Funding Council
University of Aberdeen
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of St Andrews
University of Stirling
University of the Highlands and Islands
University of the West of Scotland

Scotland Europa are monitoring events closely and are an additional source of news about events in Europe impacting upon research in Scotland as a result of the referendum.

 

 

 

UK research and the European Union

The Royal Society

The Royal Society, the UK’s independent scientific academy, recently published a study that aimed to gather evidence about the EU’s influence on scientific research collaboration and mobility. The Society considered the role of the EU in funding UK research, in international researcher collaboration and researcher mobility and in regulation and policy governing UK research. The study is available free to access online on The Royal Society’s website.

Collecting Research Impact Evidence

Capturing Research Evidence

Impact Case Studies were introduced as part of REF 2014 and there is every likelihood that the ability to capture and articulate the narrative of impactful publicly funded research will continue to be an important component of the framework of research excellence in the UK going forward.Vertigo Ventures today published research commissioned by HEFCE about collecting research impact evidence.The research is published online and the document is free to download here. You can also register for the “Collecting Research Impact Evidence Webinar” on 21st June at 15.00.

#impactevidence

Friday Funding #5: Social Change

Welcome to the 5th edition of Friday Funding. There are some really good calls on this week’s theme, Social Change. Featured funders are AHRC, ESRC, DRILL (Big Lottery), NIHR and Wellcome Trust.

Call Title: GCRF / PaCCS: Inter-Disciplinary Research Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development
Funder: AHRC/ESRC      Funding Available: £100k      Deadline: 28 July 16
Summary: AHRC and the ESRC, working together as a part of the conflict theme of the Partnership for Conflict Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), have issued a joint call for Interdisciplinary Research Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development. This call is funded from the initial allocations the AHRC and ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).This call aims to support inter-disciplinary research innovation and international collaboration focused on the interconnections between conflict and international development and with the potential to contribute to the welfare (broadly defined) and/or economic development of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
Link to Funder’s Page: Here

Call Title: Translating Cultures and Care for the Future Research Innovation Awards on International Development
Funder: AHRC      Funding Available: £100k      Deadline: 21 July 17
Summary: The call is a joint initiative between the AHRC’s Translating Cultures and Care for the Future themes. Awards will be funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Projects will be expected to take innovative, collaborative and adventurous approaches to development-focused topics pertinent to the Translating Cultures and Care for the Future themes
Link to Funder’s Page: Here

Call Title: Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning’ (DRILL)
Funder: DRILL (through Big Lottery)     Funding Available: £150k      Deadline: 27 July 16
Summary: Grants to carry out research and establish pilot projects on subjects reflecting the priorities of disabled people.  Partnerships, which include combinations of disabled people, their organisations, academics and potentially others, are expected to come together to develop and submit applications and, if funded, deliver their project through a process of coproduction. Disabled people will be at the forefront of designing and delivering these projects.  The purpose is to build a better evidence base about approaches that enable disabled people to achieve independent living – to have choice and control over their lives in ways non-disabled people take for granted. The evidence produced from the projects funded by DRILL will be used to inform future policy and service provision, and give a greater voice to disabled people on the issues that impact on them.
Link to Funder’s Page: Here

Call Title: Public Health Research commissioned funding opportunities
Funder: NIHR     Funding Available: Various      Deadline: 15 August 16/5 December 16
Summary: NIHR have some great calls at the moment for research on public health. The PHR Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions, specifically, we provide new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. Topics include ‘Loneliness and unwanted social isolation,’ ‘Community Engagement’ and ‘Preventing Road Injuries’ for example.
Link to Funder’s Page: Here

Call Title: Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science
Funder: Wellcome Trust     Funding Available: £25k-£50k      Deadline: 5 August 16
Summary: Seed Awards help researchers develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications. proposals that aim to develop new approaches or collaborations in the humanities and social sciences and enrich our understanding of human and animal health. Activities can include: pilot and scoping studies, planning sessions, meeting of collaborative networks.
Link to Funder’s Page: Here

 

If you are interested in applying for any of these calls please contact res-research@rgu.ac.uk in the first instance.

The next theme will be Decommissioning

 

Coaching and Mentoring for Researchers

Vitae Researcher Bulletin

Beata Pedziwiatr from Vitae would like to invite you to a free video Q&A, between 2-3 pm (UK time) on the 16 June to discuss coaching and mentoring for researchers: http://bit.ly/1YpVQhy

Interviews with research and academic leaders revealed having a mentor to be one of the most important forms of support to prepare early career researchers for the challenges of research independence and leadership.

This Google Hangout, part of Vitae’s ongoing Focus on mentoring and coaching for researchers (http://bit.ly/1dZe0BS) aims to explore mentoring and coaching relationships, from the perspectives of being mentored and being a mentor, as well as the support and structures in institutions that can help.

Our panelists will join our moderator to discuss questions, such as:

•    What are the purposes and benefits of mentoring and coaching?
•    What are the different types of mentoring and coaching relationship?
•    How to manage the mentoring life cycle; from starting and maintaining to ending mentoring relationships
•    How can you take advantage of mentoring and coaching to support your professional and career development?
•    Where and how can you find a mentor or coach?

This event is for all of those interested in the professional development of early career researchers and there is no limit on the number of participants – please share with researchers!

Find out more & Share with others: http://bit.ly/1YpVQhy

Funding Opp: Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) is a ground breaking UK-wide programme fully funded by a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.  DRILL is the world’s first research and pilot programme led by disabled people and their priorities.

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning is led in partnership with Disability Action Northern Ireland, Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Rights UK.

Applications are now invited for grants to carry out research and establish pilot projects on subjects reflecting the priorities of disabled people.  Partnerships, which include combinations of disabled people, their organisations, academics and potentially others, are expected to come together to develop and submit applications and, if funded, deliver their project through a process of coproduction.

Disabled people will be at the forefront of designing and delivering these projects.  The purpose is to build a better evidence base about approaches that enable disabled people to achieve independent living – to have choice and control over their lives in ways non-disabled people take for granted.

The above information has been taken from the funder’s website: http://www.drilluk.org.uk/disability-research-on-independent-living-learning-drill/funding/

Funding available: £150,000
Closing Date: 27 July 2016

DRILL expects to fund approximately 40 projects over the next four years.

If you are interested in applying for this call please contact res-research@rgu.ac.uk

 

Technologies for Smart Cities 2016

FGCT 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

First Workshop on “Technologies for Smart Cities”

Colocated with the Fifth International Conference on the Future Generation Communication Technologies (FGCT 2016) Luton, (near London). UK August 17-19, 2016 www.socio.org.uk/fgct (Technically co-sponsored by IEEE UK & Ireland)

Smart cities enable improved and more efficient traditional networks and services using  digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of inhabitants and community. Smart technologies transform the disparate data collected from machines, embedded systems, and sensors around the city, turning it into valued information that helps make the community safe, economically viable and more efficient. Using this information can help drive improvements to the way we manage our services. Smartly interconnected platforms make it easier for people to securely connect and share vital information in real time. This powerful capability supports intelligent action in the moment and better-informed decision making for the long term.

Thus technologies play a signicant role in the transformation of smart cities. The proposed workshop will address such technologies, including but not limited to the following:

Networks and Advanced Communications, Cloud, Mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Security and Privacy, Open-data initiatives, Parking apps, Dynamic kiosks for real-time information, Mobile payments, Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, Self Service Models, Smart Applications, Intelligent Transport Systems.

All presented papers in the conference will be published in the proceedings of the conference and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Submission of Papers: 10 June, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: 1 July, 2016

Camera Ready: 1 August, 2016

Registration: 1 August, 2016

Conference Dates: 17-19 August, 2016

The selected papers after extension and modification will be published in many peer reviewed and indexed journals:

Journal of Computer and System Sciences/ (ISI/Scopus)
Journal of Digital Information Management (Scopus/EI)
International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering  (Scopus and EI Indexed)  Decision Analytics
International Journal of Big Data Intelligence
International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences (Scopus/EI)
International Journal of Management and Decision Making (Scopus/EI)
International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences
International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems (Scopus/EI)
Journal of Electrical Systems
Recent Advances in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

General Chair: Ezendu Ariwa, University of Bedfordshire, UK.

Programme Chairs: Carsten Maple, University of Bedfordshire UK, Yong Yue, University of Bedfordshire UK, Hathairat Ketmaneechairat, King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thailand.

Submissions at http://www.socio.org.uk/fgct/paper-submission/

Conference email: fgct@socio.org.uk

 

 

Friday Funding #4: Environment

Welcome to the 4th edition of Friday Funding. This week’s theme is Environment.

Call Title: Innovation Fund
Funder: ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
Funding Available: £50k     Deadline: 30th June 16
Summary: The aim of the fund is to stimulate the flow of innovative ideas on climate policy from both the practitioner and research communities. We are therefore seeking applications that outline innovative ideas that could help to advance climate policy. Ideas can relate to climate change mitigation or adaptation, to any stage of the policy process from inception to impact, to any level from the global to the local and to any setting in the UK or internationally, including business and the voluntary sector. The key requirement is that ideas – when developed – have the potential to make a real contribution to the advancement of climate policy.
Link to Funder’s Page: Here

Call Title: Directed Internships
Funder: NERC
Funding Available: 100% salary and associated costs        Deadline: 21 July 2016
Summary: NERC is inviting applications for Directed Internships. Directed Internships focus on a particular science area, policy requirement or business sector. Directed interns will work on a topic or with a business sector that the NERC community has identified as needing a dedicated person to accelerate the impact of NERC-funded science. Particular interest to RGU may be the DECC Unconventional Oil and Gas Internship.
Link to Funder’s Page: Here
See also: Open Innovation Internships Here

Call Title: RCUK-DIPI-Ristekdikti-MoHE-DOST-TRF Research Partnerships Call
Funder: RCUK (with partner country funder)
Funding Available: £50-£100k     Deadline: 02 August 2016
Summary: The aim is to deliver research that will provide new insights and stimulate creative thinking to tackle real world problems and that will contribute to the economic development and welfare of Southeast Asia. The longer term objective is to establish sustainable collaborations between UK and Southeast Asian researchers that will increase the competitiveness of these researchers in gaining funds for excellent research in future funding calls, either under the Newton Fund or through other routes. There are several themes in this call, Energy – Food – Water – Environment Nexus, is of particular relevance to this theme. RGU academics may also have interest in the other themes of Creative Economy & Cultural Heritage, Mental Health, Capacity Building in Big Data and Technology Development through Astronomy. 
Link to Funder’s Page: Here

Call Title: Institutional Links Grants Funder: Newton Fund/British Council
Funding Available: £50-£300k     Deadline: 27 June 16 (15 July for Mexico)
Summary: This programme is designed to establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for more sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector (e.g. SMEs, NGOs, technology transfer offices and other not-for-profit organisations).
Link to Funder’s Page: Here

In addition to these calls SFC Innovation Centres can be an excellent source of funding for projects. Relating to the Environment theme it would be worth looking at Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) Here. On a broader scale you could also check out Industrial Biotechnology (IBioIC) Here and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSiC) Here

If you are interested in applying for any of these calls please contact res-research@rgu.ac.uk

The next theme will be Social Change

Horizon 2020 Calls: Engineering

Please see the following calls from Hoizon2020 below. These will appeal to a range of academic staff but the ones listed have a particular relevance to Engineering.

If you are interested in any of the calls listed please contact res-euro@rgu.ac.uk in the first instance.

Call list

Increasing the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry (Photovoltics Manufacturing) Link Here
Deadline: 8th Sept 16

Solutions for reduced maintenance, increased reliability and extended life-time of off-shore wind turbines/farms Link Here
Deadline: 8th Sept 16

Architectured /Advanced material concepts for intelligent bulk material structures Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Advanced materials and innovative design for improved functionality and aesthetics in high added value consumer goods Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Improved material durability in buildings and infrastructures, including offshore Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Systems of materials characterisation for model, product and process optimisation Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Next generation system integrating tangible and intangible materials model components to support innovation in industry Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16

Framework and strategies for nanomaterial characterisation, classification, grouping and read-across for risk analysis Link Here
Deadline: 27th Oct 16
The above list covers deadlines up to 27th October 2016; additional calls are open and will be listed in due course. Calls relating to other disciplines will be added on a regular basis.