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September 8, 2010

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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.

April 7, 2010

Welsh Institue of Health and Social Care Blog
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» A Mighty Leap for the USA?

The passage of the US healthcare bill is undoubtedly a major political triumph for President Obama. By 2019, almost all Americans will, at last, be covered by almost comprehensive health insurance. In the US context this is undeniably a major step forward. However, in terms of global national health system development, this brings the USA to something like the stage reached by the leading European nations a century ago.

Ideological imperatives inevitably forced the US President to extend existing insurance-based arrangements rather than attempt more radical alternatives. Unfortunately, whilst the extended arrangements are to be welcomed, insurance is a shaky foundation for covering health risks.

The general principle of commercial insurance is to decline to cover any risk which seems likely to occur. This is why, in the USA, those with dubious or uncertain health histories have been refused cover (or priced out of it) and why women (who are judged to be higher risk) frequently have to pay higher premiums.

Group insurance, particularly that provided by employers, has also proved to be unreliable. For example, it has been estimated that, in 2008, more than a million Americans lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs in the recession.

Insurance-based systems are also expensive to run. Commercial insurers will only cover high risks if they are guaranteed a government subsidy. The costs of running and policing a system based on individual payments and claims are high. These and associated costs have been estimated to absorb as much as 40% of health expenditure in the USA.

Even the best insurance cannot guarantee access to services when they are needed. The ‘health gaps’ in some states have been described as “shockingly wide”. For example, in some rural states, doctors are thin on the ground. Infant and maternal mortality rates approach third world levels in some areas. Apparently, in Montana, the average emergency response time is eighty minutes. Financial coverage is only the beginning: it needs to be matched by comprehensive planning and provision of services.

In reality, for most people, ill-health is a certainty, not a risk. Inevitable life events are simply not insurable on commercial terms. This is why most other developed nations have introduced more cost effective and equitable systems of service entitlement based on citizenship. These involve either government sponsored, non-commercial insurance or, in the case of the Nordic countries and the UK, tax-funded arrangements which cut out the middle man entirely. They also involve better planning of services on the ground.

So, well done Mr President! Now for the real challenge!

Written by Professor David Hands, Visiting Professor

December 18, 2009

Inside Security News
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» Interception of video feeds from US drones in Iraq

"Shia fighters are said to have used off-the-shelf software programs such as SkyGrabber to capture the footage."[1]

Why the BBC calls this a hack [cause it sounds cool I guess] I have to idea. This is a classic interception case. Get a program (SkyGrabber in this case) and start receiving the broadcasted satellite communications. The US should not have had insecure satellite communications in the first place.

[1] Iraq insurgents 'hack into video feeds from US drones' - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8419147.stm

January 25, 2008

Funding Matters Weblog News
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» EU-US Atlantis Programme

Funding Source: European Commission (EACEA)

The European Commission has launched together with the US Department of Education a new joint call for proposals covering a series of actions – grouped under the common title of “ATLANTIS”.

The 2008 ATLANTIS Call for Proposals covers the following actions:

Transatlantic Degree Consortia Projects This Action provides support for consortia of EU and U.S. higher education institutions to implement dual/double or joint degree programmes.

Excellence Mobility Projects This Action provides funding for international curriculum development projects that involve short term transatlantic mobility not directly related to the award of a joint or dual/double degree. Consortia applying for such a project must be able to demonstrate a proven track record in transatlantic cooperation and exchanges including those funded under preceding EU-U.S. agreements.

Policy Oriented Measures This Action provides support to multilateral EU-US projects and activities designed to enhance collaboration in the higher education and vocational training field.

It is anticipated that eight Transatlantic Degree projects, four Excellence in Mobility and seven Policy-Oriented Measures projects will be funded in 2008.

Sum: For EU institutions, the budget is approx. EUR 4.5 million. The largest portion of this will be devoted to Transatlantic Degree Projects

Deadline: 2 April 2008

Funder Link: European Commission

Scheme Link: EU-US Atlantis

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.