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October 13, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degree Programme - Third Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first two call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a third call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 7th January 2011, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities: Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team or call ext.2932

» ESF-Funded Work-Based Learning Programme - Third Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Work-Based Learning (WBL) scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

WBL programme’s participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. WBLs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful of first two calls for proposals where a number of WBLs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a third call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 7th January 2011, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales;

2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities: Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the WBLProgramme Team, or telephone ext. 2459.

October 5, 2010

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» EU Funding for Research - Increase your chances of success!

The UK Research Office (UKRO) – the Brussels-based office of Research Councils UK – is visiting the University of Glamorgan on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 for a day of presentations and discussions about research opportunities through European funding.

UKRO is the UK’s leading information and advice service on EU funding for research and higher education. Based in Brussels since 1984, UKRO is jointly funded by all seven UK Research Councils to promote effective UK participation in EU funded research programmes and other related activities.

The event which will be held in the Glamorgan Conference Centre (GCC) will be divided into two sessions. The morning session (9.30-12.00) will provide staff with an introduction and overview of the latest opportunities in the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7), which is the European Union’s chief instrument for funding research over the period 2007 to 2013. This will be followed by a networking lunch and an afternoon surgery session (1.00-3.30), whereby staff can meet with Inga Benner, UKRO key speaker and European & External Resource Office (EuRO) staff to discuss potential project ideas and opportunities.

The need to actively generate Research funding is becoming even more important in the context of planned government cuts to the HE sector and the consequent squeeze on UK-based research funding resources. This event provides the perfect opportunity to familiarise yourself with the funding available, as well as the wealth of support on offer from EuRO to help you prepare bids and find partners.

Further details on the event will be communicated shortly so if you’re interested in attending please hold the date in your diaries!!

For more information: FP7 Programme

September 8, 2010

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» UK-US New Partnership Fund

Summary: PMI2 are pleased to invite joint proposals from UK and US higher education institutions to develop partnerships. Funds are intended to stimulate the growth of a new variety of UK-US strategic partnerships between HEIs or for the growing of UK-US cooperation involving HEIs in third countries.

The aims of the UK-US New Partnership Fund are to:
  • - Grow mutually beneficial partnerships between UK and US HEIs.
  • - Provide opportunities to deepen and broaden existing co-operation between UK and US HEIs.
  • - Introduce new HE institutions to UK-US partnerships including from a greater diversity of locations in both countries.
  • - Pilot new UK and US partnerships in third countries.
  • - Build the basis for future sustainable partnerships between the collaborating institutions.
  • - Strengthen the skills of higher education staff in both countries in developing and delivering partnerships.

There are two strands for which proposals are welcome:

Strand 1) Strategic partnerships

A strategic partnership is one that is broad-based and encompasses a range of collaborative activities. These might involve a combination of two or more of the following:

- Developing student, staff and researcher mobility: including for US study abroad students, UK student mobility, researcher, faculty and academic exchanges

- New research co-operation, particularly interdisciplinary

- Collaborative degrees and other approaches to learning and teaching, (including dual, joint and double degrees)

Strand 2) Multi-Country Partnerships

There is a need to stimulate the development of new partnerships between UK and US HEIs that involve another country (these partnerships could be for research cooperation, learning and teaching, student exchange and joint or dual degrees). Innovative proposals are invited that might involve any country as a member of the partnership.

Subject priorities

Priority will be given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical science disciplines; however they also welcome proposals that introduce innovative, including inter-disciplinary, approaches.

Need a partner?

Some US institutions have identified themselves as looking for partner institutions in the UK through the British Council’s Register of Interest. Profiles of these US Higher Education Institutions are available to download: US partner list

Sum: UK-US New Partnership Fund is intended to be for pump-priming and is limited to a maximum of £20,000 per project.

Deadline: 1730 GMT on 31 October 2010.

Funder Link: PMI2 Opportunities

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

August 5, 2010

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» FP7 Calls – 2011 Work Programmes published

The latest FP7 calls which cover a number of thematic and multidisciplinary areas have been announced at the end of July through the publication of the 2011 Work Programmes. There are 51 new calls which cover four FP7 specific programmes (Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities) across areas including Health, Security, Energy, Environment and Transport. Deadlines vary across the four specific programmes.

FP7 Cooperation

The specific programme on ‘Co-operation’ supports fosters collaborative research across Europe and other partner countries through projects by transnational consortia of industry and academia. Research will be carried out in ten key thematic themes:

-Health (3 calls)

-Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB) (5 calls)

-Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) (8 calls)

-Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (12 calls)

-Energy (8 calls)

-Environment (including Climate Change) (8 calls)

-Transport (including Aeronautics) (9 calls)

-Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities (4 calls)

-Space (1 call)

-Security (1 call)

More Information: Cooperation Calls

FP7 Ideas (European Research Council, ERC)

The Ideas programme will support “frontier research” solely on the basis of scientific excellence. Research may be carried out in any area of science or technology, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities. In contrast with the Cooperation programme, there is no obligation for cross-border partnerships. Projects are implemented by “individual teams” around a “principal investigator”.

ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants

ERC Starting Grants aim to provide critical and adequate support to the independent careers of excellent researchers, whatever their nationality, who are at the stage of establishing or consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

More Information: Ideas Calls

FP7 People (Marie Curie)

The People programme provides support for researcher mobility and career development, both for researchers inside the European Union and internationally. It is implemented via a set of Marie Curie actions, providing fellowships and other measures to help researchers build their skills and competences throughout their careers. Calls which have recently been announced are:

Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

This activity will seek to open and foster dynamic pathways between public research organisations and private commercial enterprises, particularly SMEs. It aims to achieve this predominately by secondments between sectors and networking activities.

Marie Curie Initial Training Networks 2011 (ITN)

This action aims to improve career perspectives of early-stage researchers in both public and private sectors, thereby making research careers more attractive to young people. This will be achieved through a trans-national networking mechanism, aimed at structuring the existing high-quality initial research training capacity throughout Member States and associated countries. Direct or indirect involvement of organisations from different sectors, including (lead-) participation by private enterprises in appropriate fields, is considered essential in the action.

More Information: People Calls

FP7 Capacities

There are a number of interesting schemes under the ‘Capacities’ specific programme that cut across a number of research themes. It can be approached in a more bottom-up way than the ‘Co-operation’ programme. The programme aims to support the coherent development of policies; complement the Co-operation programme; contribute to EU policies and initiatives to improve the coherence and impact of Member States policies; find synergies with regional and cohesion policies, the Structural Funds, education and training programmes and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). Within ‘Capacities’ there are seven main activities which can be seen below:

-Research Infrastructures (3 calls)

-Research for the benefit of SMEs (2 calls)

-Regions of Knowledge (1 call)

-Research Potential (1 call)

-Science in Society (2 calls)

-Activities of International Cooperation (3 calls)

More information: Capacities Calls

Please visit the relevant call links above or contact the European Office for advice on which call is best suited to your needs.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

May 11, 2010

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» REMINDER - ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call Deadline 21st May 2010

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st May 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team

April 22, 2010

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» FP7 Calls - Marie Curie Actions

Summary:

Marie Curie Actions will support experienced researchers in complementing existing skills or acquiring new skills and competencies or in enhancing inter/multidisciplinarity and/or intersectoral mobility, in resuming a research career after a break and in (re)integrating into a longer term research position in Europe after a trans-national mobility experience. Marie Curie Actions are addressed to experienced researchers, i.e. researchers who are either in possession of a doctoral degree (independently of the time taken to acquire it) or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Three calls as follow:

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF)

This action provides financial support for advanced training and trans-national mobility, for a period of 12-24 months (full-time equivalent), for individual projects presented by experienced researchers from Member States or Associated Countries in liaison with a host organisation from a Member State or Associated Country.

Researchers can be of any nationality but as a general rule must move from one Member State or Associated country to another in order to carry out the project.

Budget: €95 million

Deadline: 17th August 2010 at 5pm Brussels time.

For more info please check IEF website

International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)

International Incoming Fellowships (IIFs) are a Marie Curie Action specially designed to encourage top-class researchers from Third Countries to work on projects in Europe. This helps to develop research cooperation between Europe and other parts of the world. IIF funding is provided for a research project which will transfer knowledge into your host organisation and building or enhancing collaborations between Europe and the rest of the world. The research project will also allow you to advance your career. Financial support is provided for 12-24 months (full-time equivalent). Researchers can be of any nationality and must demonstrate mobility from a Third Country to a Member State or Associated country. Third Countries are neither EU Member States nor Associated Countries. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate.

Budget: €28 million

Deadline: 17th August 2010 at 5pm Brussels time.

For more info please check IIF website

International Outgoing Fellowships for career development (IOF)

To encourage European researchers to venture further afield (and then to come back), Marie Curie Actions offers International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOFs). European researchers can learn a lot from conducting highlevel research in other parts of the world. The knowledge that they acquire in Third Countries can then be brought back and used in Europe. IOFs fund advanced training. In particular, they include a salary for the researcher and a contribution to research-related costs. Financial support can be given for up to 3 years in all. This includes an initial outgoing phase of 1-2 years in a Third Country followed by a mandatory reintegration phase of 1 year. In other words, you will be committing yourself to return to an EU Member State or an Associated Country. Your host organisation should be a university, research centre or enterprise established and located in a Third Country (for the out going phase) and another one in an EU or Associated Country (for the return phase). IOFs are for researchers from EU Member States and Associated Countries. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate.

Budget: €28 million

Deadline: 17th August 2010 at 5pm Brussels time.

For more info please check IOF website

Scheme Link: FP7 website

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

April 21, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st May 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team

April 14, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st May 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team

March 30, 2010

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» ESF-Funded Foundation Degrees - Second Call for Proposals Now Open

Funding Source: ESF Convergence Funding – Priority 3

Summary:

The University of Glamorgan’s Foundation Degree scheme is one of several multi-million pound HE initiatives at different stages of assessment that aim to deliver higher-level skills in line with the key Welsh sectors identified by WAG:

Foundation Degrees (FD) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Work-Based Learning (WBL) – Pan Wales: UOG-led

Access to Masters (ATM) – West Wales & the Valleys: Swansea-led

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) – West Wales & the Valleys: Bangor-led

This is the first time that the Welsh HE sector has collaborated on such a scale, and it is hoped that this will result in a step-change in collaborative activity across the sector.

FD programme participants will obtain higher-level skills that will enhance their career opportunities, creating a long-term positive impact on the Welsh economy and skills base. FDs are an ideal stepping-stone qualification, which is seen as particularly suited to part-time learners in employment.

Following the successful first call for proposals where a number of FDs were given the go-ahead by the Programme Management Board, we are opening a second call for proposals. We are inviting institutions to submit a Project Idea Form (PIF) by 21st May 2010, which is aimed at providing the Programme Board with enough information to judge whether the submission of a detailed project delivery plan (PDP) is appropriate.

Please note the following ESF stipulations for the FD and WBL Programmes:

  1. Project participants (students) must be in (private sector) employment, and must live and/or work in the Convergence area of Wales
  2. Projects must address one or more of the following WAG Ministerial Advisory Group private sector priorities:

Energy; Environmental management; Telecoms & ICT; Bioscience; Health; Financial Services; Creative Industries; Automotive and Aerospace; Construction; Leisure and Tourism

For further information on the above, or on the funding process for the programme and to get the PIF template, please email the FD Programme Team