EU Energy Focus Bulletin

The EU Energy Focus service is a free, Government-funded service that aims to ensure that UK companies, research institutions and other organi­sations are well informed and have every chance of success in applying for and securing European funding for energy-related projects. Services include one-to-one discussion of proposal ideas, webinars on key subjects and re­view of draft proposals. Find their latest bulletin which contains a link to the latest H2020 energy calls. Contact RES-Euro with any EU funding queries. 

 

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EPSRC Overseas Travel Grants

Overseas Travel Grants (OTGs) provide funding for international travel and subsistence to study new techniques at recognised centres outside the UK, and for travel to start or develop international collaborations. One potential use of an OTG, for example, is for travel to European centres to develop collaborations for bids to Horizon 2020.

Centre visits may be to overseas universities or industrial organisations. The scheme may not be used to support solely conference attendance.

There is no limit to the amount of funding which can be applied for, and no closing dates. Grants cover travel, subsistence, salary and indirect costs. Visa costs are also eligible.

The link to the call is here: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/howtoapply/routes/international/otgs/

If you would like to apply for this call please contact res-research@rgu.ac.uk

ESRC New Investigator Grants

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) invite proposals for their New Investigator Grants. New Investigator Grants form one element of support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace their previous Future Research Leaders scheme.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

There are no fixed deadlines for this call and proposals can be submitted at any time.

For more information please see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/new-investigator-grants/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Friday Funding #3: Transport and Living Environment

Welcome to the 3rd edition of Friday Funding. This week’s theme is broadly Transport and Living Environment but touches on several wider themes. The calls listed are broad in nature which should present suitable opportunities for many of our researchers.

Call Title: Big data in Transport: Research opportunities, challenges and limitations Funder: EU H2020           Funding Available: 2 million budget (Euros)           Deadline: Call opens 20th Sept 16 and closes  01 February 2017
Summary: Projects should aim to identify; areas and contexts in which ICT investments and exploitation of data should be implemented, methodological issues and the development of necessary tools in order to allow for effective data mining and data exploitation, analysis of the barriers and limitations of the transportation system to exploit big data opportunities, examine the institutional and governmental issues and barriers concerning the application of big data in transport providing policy recommendations towards “data openness” and sharing.
Link to Funder’s Page: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2106-mg-8.2-2017.html

Call Title: Public Health Research commissioned funding opportunities Funder: National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)        Funding Available: Not fixed       Deadline: 15th August 16 or 5th December 16
Summary: Multiple interesting funding opportunities covering a wide variety of public health issues. Particularly relevant to this topic are ‘Preventing road injuries’ and ‘Interventions to reduce negative health effects associated with noise in the living environment’
Link to Funder’s Page: http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/phr-commissioned

Call Title: Low-Carbon Energy Future: Efficient Management of Resources and Energy Workshop Funder: British Council   Funding Available: Travel Expenses          Deadline: 15th July 16
Summary: Cranfield University, Nazarbayev University and the National Laboratory Astana are holding a workshop entitled “Low-Carbon Energy Future: Efficient Management of Resources and Energy”. Opportunities and challenges in Kazakhstan will be covered in this workshop. A contribution to travel and accommodation expenses is available to selected participants under the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership programme. Costs for the visa will be covered too; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements.
Link to Funder’s Page:  https://www.britishcouncil.kz/newton-al-farabi/joint-seminars

Call Title: Institutional Links grants
Funder: Newton Fund                    Funding Available: £50k-300k     Deadline: 27th June 16 Summary: Aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development. Applications can be submitted for collaborations between the UK and Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Thailand. Mexico are also due to join the call shortly, and confirmation will be announced here towards the end of April.
Link to Funder’s Page: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/newton-institutional-links-april-2016

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

The next theme will be Environment/Marine Environment