Opportunities: Innovate UK

innovateThere are still open opportunities with Innovate UK:

Energy Catalyst round 4: Technology innovation is needed to solve the global energy sector ‘trilemma’ of: low carbon, security of supply and affordability.  We are looking for innovative solutions in any technology or sector area. For round 4, applications must also be relevant to the needs of developing countries. Find out more and apply >

Cutting the costs of wave energy: Wave Energy Scotland is seeking business projects that look at ways of building wave energy converters with alternative materials that could significantly reduce the overall cost of producing energy from waves. Businesses could win contracts of up to £300,000. Find out more and apply >

EDF Energy inspection Innovation Challenge
: Businesses and consortia can apply for up to £10,000 to develop new inspection methods for nuclear reactors and offshore wind farms. Find out more and apply >

Innovation in infrastructure systems: Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in projects that will develop solutions to challenges in the infrastructure systems sector including: affordable, sustainable and secure energy, connected transport, urban living and integrated infrastructure. Find out more and apply >

Low emission freight and logistics trial: The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK are to invest up to £24 million to enable industry-led research trials and development of innovative vehicles or on-vehicle technology. These need to provide real-world emissions reductions. This is for the freight, logistics, utilities and emergency industries.

Software Sustainability Institute’s Fellowship Programme 2017 – Applications open!

Software Sustainability InstituteThe Institute’s Fellowship programme funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice. Applications for the 2017 programme are now open!

The main goals of the Programme are gathering intelligence about research and software from all disciplines, encouraging Fellows to develop their interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in their areas of work) and aiding the Fellows as ambassadors of good software practice in their domains. The programme also support capacity building and policy development initiatives.

Each Fellow is allocated £3,000 to spend over fifteen months. The funding is flexible to support activities that are beneficial to both the Fellow’s and the Institute’s aims: for instance, to fund travel to conferences, to setup and run workshops, to organise software sustainability sessions at domain conferences, or to host, organise or teach at Software Carpentry or similar training events.

Opportunity: The Challenge Fund

The Global Fund for Disaster Reduction and Recovery along with the UK Government Department for International Development are seeking Expressions of Interest by 15th September.  The competitive Challenge Fund pilots new and innovative approaches to strengthen disaster and climate risk decision-making and overcome challenges to availability and accessibility of risk information in developing countries. This Challenge Fund provides small grants to projects that help bridge the gap between technology and on-the-ground user needs in the field of disaster risk identification.

Research Councils New Grants Service Regional Workshop

RCUK will be holding a Regional Workshop at the University of Stirling on Wednesday 7th September from 9AM to 5PM.

The purpose of the event is talk to the research community about the Research Councils programme to replace their existing grants service and to, where possible, simplify and standardise grants policy and process. This event will be an opportunity to hear about what progress they have made and to ask questions. In the afternoon they would also like to carry out user testing with a smaller group. RCUK would like to invite a mixed audience to attend including academics, university research administrators and managers, system and data staff etc.

At time of writing there are plenty of spaces available, you can register for the event at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/research-councils-new-grants-service-regional-workshop-tickets-26798743764

We would encourage any interested RGU staff to sign up for the event and be a part of this process.



Expressions of Interest: Humanitarian Leadership Academy

hlaThe Humanitarian Leadership Academy  has a variety of tendering opportunities open, with a variety of deadlines.  Some of these may be of interest.

Typically the HLA are seeking content for their online learning facilities, or proposals for knowledge development to enable people around the world to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries

Call for Expressions of Interest: Funding from Urban Big Data Centre

Open to Masters Students, PhD Students and staff.ubdc_logo

Would you like to investigate an urban policy, planning or research problem using big, complex, or administrative data?  If so, the UBDC is here to help. We provide access to novel and innovative urban-related data, as well as expert research support. Our services include: access to open and safeguarded data, access to controlled (or personal) data, and data sourcing services.  This, our second Call for Expressions of Interest, closes on September 9th 2016, so submit your research ideas today! For inspiration, browse our current research projects, which came through our last Call for Expressions of interest here: Current Project Spotlight.

Continuity of funding for UK science and innovation following the EU referendum

Horizon 2020

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke, in a letter to David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has said:

“The Commission have made it clear that the referendum result changes nothing about eligibility for these funds. UK businesses and universities should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while we remain a member of the EU and we will work with the Commission to ensure payment when funds are awarded. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. The UK will continue to be a world leader in international research and innovation collaboration, and we expect to ensure that close collaboration between the UK and the EU in science continues.”

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has also confirmed the Government’s continued support for Horizon 2020 projects in a letter to Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE.