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March 31, 2009

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in funding partnership with the Office of the Third Sector (OTS) and The Barrow Cadbury Trust, are inviting applications for a Capacity Building Cluster on the Economic Impact of the Third Sector.

In January 2008 the funders launched an initiative to enable the bringing together of a critical mass of research expertise, resources and intellectual leadership to support research of the highest international standing, to provide top quality analysis independent of government, political party or any other vested interest, and provide the necessary evidence base to better understand key Third Sector issues and underpin policy and practice. To date, this initiative has established the Third Sector Research Centre and two associated Capacity Building Clusters.

A third Cluster will complement the other investments by focussing on the Economic Impact of the Third Sector. The core aim of this cluster is to create a new generation of high quality researchers committed to the co-production of knowledge and its application to the Third Sector. The Cluster will receive a four year grant which it is anticipated will cover an indicative portfolio of the following activities:

Three year CASE studentships;
Two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) awards;
Three month placement fellows and/or student internships;
A voucher scheme for their region.

Based on the funding of these activities, the total maximum grant available is £800,000. There will be some flexibility to vary the distribution of this funding across the portfolio of activities.

Applications must be submitted no later than 4pm on Friday 8th May. The application form can only be submitted manually.

For Further Information and guidance please visit the ESRC Society Now website: http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/postgraduate/fundingopportunities/CBC2009.aspx

If this is of interest then please reply to this blog and/or contact:

Alun Cox (Commercial Services Office)

ext 2234

agcox@glam.ac.uk

October 21, 2008

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» Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Use your knowledge and skills to help private and public organisations to improve competitiveness.

KTPs are funded projects that allow academic staff from all faculties to engage with external organisations. They provide opportunities to: • Identify new research themes • Aid the economic, social and cultural development of the region • Initiate undergraduate and post-graduate projects • Develop business relevant teaching materials • Support recent graduates in early career development • Publish high quality research papers • Help develop lasting partnerships external organisations • Contribute to the RAE assessment and rating of the department.

The staff of the UK’s knowledge base have skills that can be of great value to businesses today. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships provide academics with a rewarding way of developing and exploiting their own expertise by sharing it with industry. In doing so they help industry adopt modern technology and methods to enable them to become more competitive. The projects are 3 way partnerships between an academic, a recent graduate and an external organisation, affording significant benefits to each. There are currently around 1000 KTPs running UK wide. Funding has recently been approved to increase the number to 1,700 – so now is a great time to apply!

The University has a successful track record in running KTPs, with over 100 programmes successfully completed to date. These Case Studies give an idea of some of the benefits. Projects vary in length from 12-36 months and attract funding in the region of £50,000 per annum. Typically a commitment of half a day per week is required. Additional details on the KTP programme can be found at www.ktponline.org.uk.

Businesses of all sizes from a variety of sectors in industry can participate, and projects can be undertaken in a wide range of disciplines. The Knowledge Transfer team within CSO can help source suitable commercial partners, assist with compiling and submitting the bid, and will provide support throughout the project’s duration.

Contact

Richard Mahoney Knowledge Transfer Officer Knowledge Transfer Team, CSO University of Glamorgan rmahone1@glam.ac.uk. Tel/ FFon: +44 (0)1443 482482 Fax / FFacs: +44 (0)1443 485916 http://business.glam.ac.uk/kt/ktp