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March 29, 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 April 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

» The 2010 call for proposals under the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme is open!

Summary: The objective of the Intelligent Energy – Europe Programme is to contribute to secure, sustainable and competitively priced energy for Europe, by providing for action:

• to foster energy efficiency and the rational use of energy resources;

• to promote new and renewable energy sources and to support energy diversification;

• to promote energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energy sources in transport.

The Programme in particular contributes to the Energy Policy for Europe, including the EU action plan for energy-efficiency and the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

Intelligent Energy – Europe covers action in the following fields:

• Energy efficiency and rational use of resources – SAVE (Energy-efficient buildings, Consumer behaviour);

• New and renewable energy resources – ALTENER (RES electricity, RES in buildings, Bioenergy);

• Energy in transport – STEER (Energy-efficient transport, Capacity-building and learning on energy aspects of transport);

• Integrated activities (Local energy leadership, Strengthening capacities for financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in housing);

Some € 56 million will be made available, supporting up to 75% of the eligible project costs. Any public or private organisation from the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Croatia can apply.

What will be funded: Capacity building; building and spreading of know-how, skills and methods; exchanges of experience; development of market and intelligence; policy input; awareness raising and information provision; and education and training.

What will not be funded: “Hardware” type investments, demonstration projects, or technical research & development projects on energy efficiency and renewables.

What does a project need to be eligible for IEE funding?

• Clear objectives, high impact, European added value;

• At least 3 partner organisations from 3 different eligible countries;

• Maximum funding period 3 years;

• Budget usually between €0.5 – €2.5 million;

Deadline: 24th June 2010, 17:00 CET.

Funder Link: For further information, please refer to IEE 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.

March 25, 2010

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» Prime Minister's Initiative (PMI2 Connect) - UK-US Partnership

Funding Source: British Council

Overview: PMI2 Connect has successfully funded 235 Higher Education international partnerships in research co-operation, collaborative programme delivery, international mobility of UK students, partnership development grants and China-UK collaborative partnerships in entrepreneurship and employability.

Funding:

1. UK-US New Partnership Fund:

PMI2 invites 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. Up to 20 projects up to a maximum value of £20,000 per project in 2010 to 2011 will be funded by PMI2. UK institutions can register their interest for a US partner by filling out the UK Register of Interest.

Deadline: 1730 GMT on 31 October 2010.

2. US Travel Grants:

A grant of up to £1,500 is available to support the development of strategic partnership discussions between UK institutions and potential US partner institutions. Priority will be given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical sciences, however the UK-US New Partnership’s Fund Committee will also welcome proposals which introduce innovative – including inter-disciplinary – approaches.

Deadline: 1730 GMT on 30 April 2010.

3. UK-US Partnership: Realising the Potential:

A one day conference will be held in London at the Royal Society of the Arts on 13 May 2010. The aim of the conference is to:

a) launch the PMI2 Connect report ‘UK-US Higher Education Partnerships: Realising the Potential’

b) provide details of the PMI2 Connect UK-US New Partnership Fund and application process

c) include presentations from leading UK and US academics

d) offer workshops to consider key activity areas for partnerships

Funder Link: For further information, please refer to British Council website

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.

March 15, 2010

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» Prime Minister's Initiative - PMI2 Connect - LAST CHANCE!

Funding Source: British Council

Overview: Launched in April 2006, the Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education (PMI2) is a five-year strategy which aims to secure the UK’s position as a leader in international education and sustain the growth of UK international education delivered in the UK and overseas.

PMI2’s aims:

1. Promote the benefits of a UK education to international students;

2. Ensure international students have a positive experience of their UK studies;

3. Help UK and international education providers to build strategic alliances and partnerships, and demonstrate the value of the UK as a partner in policy and delivery;

4. Diversify and consolidate markets;

Funding: A grant of up to £2,000 is available to support the development of strategic partnership discussions between UK institutions and potential partner institutions located in the following priority countries: China; Hong Kong; South Korea; Malaysia; Thailand; Vietnam; Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain); Nigeria and Ghana.

All travel must be completed by 30 June 2010. The guidelines and application forms do differ depending on country you wish to visit.

There is no restriction on the number of grants your institution can apply for; however they will not accept more than one application for the same visit. You may use the grant to cover more than one person’s trip in the same visit. If you apply for more than one grant, the proposals must be to visit different places.

It is worth taking into account that the evaluation panel will be looking for a good spread of grants across the UK Higher Education sector and the funding opportunity is very popular.

If you fail in your bid for one application, you cannot resubmit the same application with updates to it.

This will be the last Partnership Development Grant call under PMI2, as the programme closes in March 2011. A successor programme has yet to be confirmed.

Successful story: Professor Alan Hawley (Head of the R & D Centre for Disasters and Resilience) has received a partnership development grant from PMI2 to further develop links with institutions in the Chongqinq province in China.

Deadline: 31 March 2010, 5:30pm

Funder Link: For further information, please refer to British Council website.

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.

March 11, 2010

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» ERASMUS: Overseas teaching mobility funding available

Summary: Erasmus offers a great opportunity for academic to teach elsewhere in one of the 30 other participating countries in Europe (subject to existing bilateral agreement between host University and Glamorgan University). You can get to know first-hand the workings of another European educational system, learn new ideas and discover best practices to bring back to UK. Develop your international network and enhance your language skills too. Those who have taken part say it is a life-enhancing experience, helping to keep their outlook fresh and positive by providing new ideas, and of course European perspective.

The recommended minimum duration for teaching assignments is five days and they may not exceed a maximum of six weeks. Funding is available to teach in all areas and you can also get involved in activities such as student support, meetings and research. Funding covers travel and subsidence for teaching visit.

The cut off date for the completion of any teaching is 31st July 2010.

Deadline: If you are interested, please contact European & External Resource Office by Tue, 16th March 2010.

Funder Link: For more information please visit Glamorgan University website or British Council website.

November 24, 2009

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» REMINDER: Annual FP7 UKRO visit - research funding opportunities

Date: Wednesday 25th November

Venue: Glamorgan (Treforest campus – Glamorgan Conference Centre – syndicate room 2)

Details:

The University’s European and External Resource Office will be holding the annual FP7 UKRO event on Wednesday 25th November.

This event will provide academics and researchers at the University of Glamorgan with the opportunity to meet the University’s UKRO (UK Research Office) advisor. The team of UKRO advisors, who are based in UKRO’s Brussels office, have a wealth of experience of FP7 funding, and of the intricacies of dealing with the European Commission.

The event will start with a presentation offering an overview of FP7, followed by a summary of upcoming calls for proposals, which will be of interest to many of you.

Morning session: Glamorgan Conference Centre (Syndicate Room 2) 10.30 am Arrival and coffee 10.45am Presentation: FP7 general overview and overview of upcoming FP7 calls Q&A; session 12 noon Lunch

November 6, 2009

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» REMINDER: Annual FP7 UKRO visit - research funding opportunities

Date: Wednesday 25th November

Venue: Glamorgan (Treforest campus – room TBC)

Details:

The University’s European and External Resource Office will be holding the annual FP7 UKRO event on Wednesday 25th November.

This event will provide academics and researchers at the University of Glamorgan with the opportunity to meet the University’s UKRO (UK Research Office) advisor. The team of UKRO advisors, who are based in UKRO’s Brussels office, have a wealth of experience of FP7 funding, and of the intricacies of dealing with the European Commission.

The event will start with a presentation offering an overview of FP7, followed by a summary of upcoming calls for proposals, which will be of interest to many of you.

In the afternoon, there will be the opportunity for you to have one-to-one sessions with the University’s UKRO advisor to discuss your FP7 proposal ideas, and potential funding opportunities under FP7.

In order to make the most of this annual UKRO visit, the European Office would like to gauge interest in the one-to-one advice sessions (which will be limited to 30 minutes, and will be held in the afternoon). If interest is high, then the presentation session in the morning will be shortened to accommodate this interest.

If you wish to register an interest in booking one of the advice sessions, please email the European Office with your contact details and your area of research interest by Friday 6th November.

The European Office will then circulate the final agenda for the event, as well as the event location and times, and offer timeslots to those researchers who have requested them.

Further information:

For further information in the meantime, please contact the European Office

October 27, 2009

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» Annual FP7 UKRO visit - research funding opportunities

Date: Wednesday 25th November

Venue: Glamorgan (Treforest campus – room TBC)

Details:

The University’s European and External Resource Office will be holding the annual FP7 UKRO event on Wednesday 25th November.

This event will provide academics and researchers at the University of Glamorgan with the opportunity to meet the University’s UKRO (UK Research Office) advisor. The team of UKRO advisors, who are based in UKRO’s Brussels office, have a wealth of experience of FP7 funding, and of the intricacies of dealing with the European Commission.

The event will start with a presentation offering an overview of FP7, followed by a summary of upcoming calls for proposals, which will be of interest to many of you.

In the afternoon, there will be the opportunity for you to have one-to-one sessions with the University’s UKRO advisor to discuss your FP7 proposal ideas, and potential funding opportunities under FP7.

In order to make the most of this annual UKRO visit, the European Office would like to gauge interest in the one-to-one advice sessions (which will be limited to 30 minutes, and will be held in the afternoon). If interest is high, then the presentation session in the morning will be shortened to accommodate this interest.

If you wish to register an interest in booking one of the advice sessions, please email the European Office with your contact details and your area of research interest by Friday 6th November.

The European Office will then circulate the final agenda for the event, as well as the event location and times, and offer timeslots to those researchers who have requested them.

Further information:

For further information in the meantime, please contact the European Office

August 6, 2009

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» FP7 Health Call

Summary

The European Commission has launched the latest FP7 Health calls. This is an excellent opportunity for you to obtain European funding to further your research.

The 2010 work programme describes new and continued health-related topics to be funded by an indicated budget of €620 million.

The work programme, which was published on 30th July, covers six different calls with a range of deadlines, some of which are sooner than expected.

The majority of topics are designated as ‘single stage’, so the full application should be submitted by the November deadline. Some topics are designated as ‘two-stage’, and for these an outline should be submitted by the October deadline. Some topics lie within specific additional calls (e.g. a new influenza topic), and these are explained further in the Work Programme text.

Call Theme: Indicative Budget – Provisional Deadlines

FP7-HEALTH-2010-single-stage: 333.5 EUR million 19 November 2009

FP7-HEALTH-2010-two-stage: 205.0 EUR million 29 October 2009

FP7-INFLUENZA-2010: 12.0 EUR million 29 October 2009

FP7-COORDINATED CALL FOR AFRICA-2010: 39.0 EUR million 14 January 2010

FP7-ERANET-2010-RTD: 6.0 EUR million 19 January 2010

FP7-HEALTH-2010-Joint-Research-Initiative-Commission-COLIPA: 25.0 EUR million 3 February 2010

Four core themes in the call:

• Biotechnology, generic tools and medical technologies for human health

• Translating Research for human health

• Optimising the delivery of healthcare to the European Citizen

• Coordination and support actions, including responding to EU policy needs and a joint research initiative with COLIPA (European Cosmetics Association).

Three key challenges:

1. Providing tools for translational research – better understanding of disease mechanisms, drug discovery and translational research by looking at systems biology, cell therapy and diagnostics.

2. Structuring translational research in the field of cancer – e.g. understanding genes involved in cancer development, new avenues for cure and survivor studies.

3. Structuring translational research in the field of neurogenerative diseases – addressing the global medical and socio-economic challenges that these bring.

In addition there are two topics to address the additional specific areas of “Africa” and “Influenza”, which are described in separate calls FP7-COORDINATED CALL FOR AFRICA-2010 and FP7-INFLUENZA-2010.

A parallel set of actions will be undertaken to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in other areas and support EU policies – these form part of the call FP7-ERANET-2010-RTD.

The work programme has been designed to attract participation from SMEs, contributing either by research and development activity or management, intellectual property expertise etc. In addition, project consortia are encouraged to include participants from non EU Member States and non FP7 associated countries.

Further details The call and links to the full Work Programme are available through the CORDIS website

If you are a member of University staff that requires further assistance, or you wish to apply for FP7 funding, please contact the European Office

August 4, 2009

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» FP7: Research for the Benefit of SMEs

The 2009 call for applications for the FP7 Capacities Work Programme: Research for the Benefit of SMEs is now open.

Funding available: It is proposed to use €136.84 million of the FP7 budget for the Research for SMEs call.

Closing date: 3rd December 2009

Project activity Research for the Benefit of SMEs funding provides financial support to SMEs for outsourcing research and technological development, with the view of acquiring intellectual property rights – preferably ownership, of the project results.

The scheme follows a bottom-up approach, meaning that it can be carried out in the entire field of science and technology. FP7 support targets projects that aim to create new knowledge or achieve results with a clear exploitation potential to improve or develop new products, processes or services which meet the needs of the participating SMEs. This scheme is not a suitable instrument to solve short-term technological problems, but can assist companies in acquiring technological know-how and accessing international networks for their medium to long-term business development.

Funding requirements:

At least 3 SME participants (from three different Member States or Associated countries) and 2 Research & Technological Development (RTD) performers (independent from any other participant) are required.

Further information: Full call details are now on the CORDIS web site

Please contact the European Office if you require further information on this or any other European funding streams.