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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

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.

August 12, 2008

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» UK - China Collaborative Partnerships in Employability and Entrepreneurship

Funding Source: Prime Ministers Initiative (PMI2)

Summary:

The PMI2 is pleased to invite proposals from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to work with Chinese HEIs on developing the themes of employability and entrepreneurship at the higher education level. The overall aim of the UK-China Collaborative Partnerships scheme is to strengthen the UK China partnership: universities are challenged with helping to develop the global citizen for the 21st Century and partnership work in this area will benefit the development of both national and international models. We encourage UK universities to engage in equal partnership with Chinese universities which will both build on existing undergraduate / postgraduate programmes delivered in the UK and China and further develop these programmes to produce work-ready, employable graduates.

The programme looks to seek to fund 8 projects between UK and Chinese universities. In particular, applications for projects are welcomed with partners based outside of Beijing and Shanghai. Hong Kong is not eligible for this scheme.

Sum: Total funding over 2 years: Year 1-up to a max. £20,000; Year 2-up to a max.£15,000.

Deadline: 10 October 2008

Funder Link: PMI2

Scheme Link: UK-China Collaboration

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.