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October 5, 2010

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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

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

June 9, 2008

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» Support for Cultural Actions

Funding Source: Culture Programme (2007-2013)

Summary: The calls for proposals 2008 has been announced for the Culture Programme. The Culture Programme has been established to enhance the cultural area shared by Europeans, which is based on a common cultural heritage, through the development of cooperation activities among cultural operators from eligible countries with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship.

This call covers the following strands:

Strand 1 Support for Cultural Projects Support for projects to work together across borders and to create and implement cultural and artistic activities. This strand is to help organisations such as theatres, museums, Universities and cultural institutes from different countries to cooperate so that difference sectors can work together and reach across borders.

This strand is divided into four sub-categories:

Strand 1.1 Multi annual Cooperation (lasting 3-5yrs) Seek to foster multi-annual, trans-national cultural links by encouraging a minimum of 6 cultural operators from at least 6 countries to cooperate and develop joint cultural activities. The funding is intended to help set up or extend the geographical reach of a project. Max: 50% EU support / Funds min €200,000 – max €500,000 per year

Strand 1.2.1 Cooperation projects (lasting up to 2 yrs) Actions shared by at least 3 cultural operators, working within and across sectors, from at least 3 different eligible countries. Actions that explore means of long-term co-operation are especially targeted. Max: 50% EU support / Funds min €50,000 – max €200,000

Strand 1.2.2 Literary Translation (lasting up to 2 yrs) Support for translation projects. Support is aimed at enhancing knowledge of the literature and literary heritage of fellow Europeans by way of promoting the circulation of literary works between countries. Max: 50% EU support / Funds between €2,000 – €60,000

Strand 1.3 Cooperation Projects (lasting 2 up to 2 yrs) Support cultural cooperation aimed at exchanges between countries taking part in the programme and one or more third country which are selected on a yearly basis. Brazil has been chosen for 2009. This action must generate a concrete international cooperation dimension. The project should involve at least 3 Cultural operators from at least 3 different eligible countries and cooperation with at least one organisation from Brazil. Max: 50% EU support / Funds between €50,000 – max €200,000

Strand 2: Support for organisations active at European level in the field of Culture

Cultural Organisations working, or wanting to work at European level in the field of culture can receive support for their operating costs incurred for the permanent activities of the organisation. This strand targets organisations that promote a sense of shared cultural experience with a truly European dimension.

Categories of organisations eligible:

• Ambassadors

• Advocacy networks

• Festivals

• Policy Support structures (dialogue platforms/policy analysis groups)

Sum: Total Budget for this call is approx: €45m

Allocated for the following strands:

Strand 1.1 – Multi annual € 18,200,000

Strand 1.2.1 – Cooperation € 17,049,440

Strand 1.2.2 – Literary Translation € 2,000,000

Strand 1.3 – Cooperation Brazil € 1,024,000

Strand 2 – Cultural Organisations € 7,100,000

Deadline: Various deadlines for each strand as follows:

Strand 1.1 – Multi annual 1 October 2008

Strand 1.2.1 – Cooperation 1 October 2008

Strand 1.2.2 – Literary Translation 1 February 2009

Strand 1.3 – Cooperation Brazil 1 May 2009

Strand 2 – Cultural Organisations 1 November 2008

Funder Link: Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency

Scheme Link: Culture Programme

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.

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.