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April 5, 2011

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» Royal Society: International Exchanges Scheme

Funding Source:“Royal Soceity”

Summary: The International Exchanges Scheme is designed to offer a flexible platform for UK based scientists to interact with the best scientists around the world. Funds for a contribution towards travel, subsistence and research expenses can be requested for either a one-off short visit in order to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations.

All activities must be on a subject within the natural sciences, including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural and medical research, the scientific aspects of archaeology, geography and experimental psychology. The Royal Society does not cover social science, clinical or patient-oriented research.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixedterm contract in an eligible university or research institute which must span the duration of the project. Collaborations should be based on a single project involving (or led by) “the applicant” (UK based scientist) and “the co-applicant” (overseas based scientist). For further details please refer to the ‘Eligibility details’ below.

Duration of funding: Awards are available for either up to 3 months, 1 year or 2 years.

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit. Applicants may request: up to of £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months up to £6000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1000 for research expenses) · up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years (including a maximum of £2000 for research expenses)

Closing date(s): 2011/R1 opens 1st April 2011 and closes 30 June 2011; 2011/R2 opens 18 July 2011 and closes 17 October 2011

Funder link: Royal Society

Scheme link:International Exchange Scheme

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

February 8, 2011

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» AXA Research Fund - Call for Projects Campaign

Summary: The AXA research fund has just announced that its Call for Projects campaign is now open! The submitted project must fit into one of these three themes: Environmental risks, Life risks, and SocioEconomic risks. Additionally, the project must take a very innovative or original approach to the field. It is especially important that the innovative nature of the project be highlighted in the application. The projects that will be selected must be both of the highest academic quality and also of such innovation that they could be considered ‘frontier science.’ Therefore, applications submitted to this call should be so innovative that they might have more difficulty receiving funding elsewhere. Although these projects must fit into one of the three themes: Environmental risks, Life risks, and SocioEconomic risks the AXA research fund will welcome applications from any discipline, including but not limited to: Earth Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Fundamental and Applied Mathematics, Economics, Sociology, Political Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology, etc… Projects that are oriented towards a clinical only approach will however be considered out of scope.

Deadline: Candidates will have until 23rd May 2011 to complete their application and submit a project proposal which can be located on the AXA research fund website.

Funder link: AXA Research Fund

Scheme link: Call for Projects Campaign

Contact: Should you require any guidance or additional information please contact the Research Office on ext:2991.

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

December 14, 2010

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» Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowships

Summary: The Health Foundation has launched a new programme in the emerging field of improvement science. The Improvement Science Fellowships offer funding for three years to develop original, applied research dedicated to improving healthcare in the UK.

Fellows will receive:

- funding for three years for salary and research costs

- personalised leadership development training

- access to the Health Foundation Improvement Science Network, an international network of experts from disciplines within the field of improvement science.

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. Through the Improvement Science Fellowship programme we aim to make a major contribution to the development of the field of improving health services.

Applicants for the fellowship must be experienced in research or healthcare practice relating to improvement science, have a PhD or MD, and be passionate about growing improvement science. We will consider any subject that supports scientific efforts to improve healthcare. This includes disciplines from across health services research, from sociology to statistics, psychology to health economics.

Deadline: 5pm Monday 14 February 2011

Funder link:The Health Foundation

Scheme link: The Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowships

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

November 4, 2010

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» WAG NAtional Science Academy Grant Scheme January-March 2011

Funding Source:“Welsh Assembly Government/NAtional Science Academy (NSA) Wales”

Summary: In April 2010, Welsh ministers gave the go-ahead for the National Science Academy (NSA) in Wales, a commitment in the One Wales manifesto document. Ministers stated that the NSA would promote the take-up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM subjects – at all levels to ensure Wales has a continuous pipeline of people graduating from colleges and universities with the appropriate qualifications and skills. The Welsh Assembly Government has allocated a total of approximately £250,000 to the National Science Academy Grant Scheme for January – March 2011. Applicants can apply for between 1-3 months funding and up to 100% of the activity/project cost. There are no definitive limits on the amount per proposal that can be applied for. However, the Welsh Assembly Government is unlikely to fund proposals for less than £2,500 or more than £30,000 for this three month period unless there is a clear and persuasive reason for doing so. Funding proposals must firstly meet two main criteria. Proposals must demonstrate that they: 1) contribute to delivery of the National Science Academy by building on or coordinating STEM activity in Wales. AND 2) have a clear benefit to Wales. If your proposal meets these first two main criteria, it must then also fall under one or more of the following areas a) support STEM activity in Wales. b) help facilitate delivery of specific projects that build on current STEM activity. c) facilitate coordination of STEM projects. d) encourage networks of professionals inWales to contribute to STEM activity. e) facilitate awareness of STEM activities. d) support pilot projects in specific Welsh regions.

Deadline:-16 November 2010

Contact Rachel Stephens

Applications can be sent by Post to Rachel Stephens, Business and Skills Dvision, Department of Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Welsh Assembly Government, Bedwas Road, Caerphilly, CF83 8WT

For further details and an application form please contact Research Office

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

October 5, 2010

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» EU Funding for Research - Increase your chances of success!

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

September 8, 2010

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» UK-US New Partnership Fund

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 22, 2010

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» FP7 Calls - Marie Curie Actions

Summary:

Marie Curie Actions will support experienced researchers in complementing existing skills or acquiring new skills and competencies or in enhancing inter/multidisciplinarity and/or intersectoral mobility, in resuming a research career after a break and in (re)integrating into a longer term research position in Europe after a trans-national mobility experience. Marie Curie Actions are addressed to experienced researchers, i.e. researchers who are either in possession of a doctoral degree (independently of the time taken to acquire it) or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Three calls as follow:

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF)

This action provides financial support for advanced training and trans-national mobility, for a period of 12-24 months (full-time equivalent), for individual projects presented by experienced researchers from Member States or Associated Countries in liaison with a host organisation from a Member State or Associated Country.

Researchers can be of any nationality but as a general rule must move from one Member State or Associated country to another in order to carry out the project.

Budget: €95 million

Deadline: 17th August 2010 at 5pm Brussels time.

For more info please check IEF website

International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)

International Incoming Fellowships (IIFs) are a Marie Curie Action specially designed to encourage top-class researchers from Third Countries to work on projects in Europe. This helps to develop research cooperation between Europe and other parts of the world. IIF funding is provided for a research project which will transfer knowledge into your host organisation and building or enhancing collaborations between Europe and the rest of the world. The research project will also allow you to advance your career. Financial support is provided for 12-24 months (full-time equivalent). Researchers can be of any nationality and must demonstrate mobility from a Third Country to a Member State or Associated country. Third Countries are neither EU Member States nor Associated Countries. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate.

Budget: €28 million

Deadline: 17th August 2010 at 5pm Brussels time.

For more info please check IIF website

International Outgoing Fellowships for career development (IOF)

To encourage European researchers to venture further afield (and then to come back), Marie Curie Actions offers International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOFs). European researchers can learn a lot from conducting highlevel research in other parts of the world. The knowledge that they acquire in Third Countries can then be brought back and used in Europe. IOFs fund advanced training. In particular, they include a salary for the researcher and a contribution to research-related costs. Financial support can be given for up to 3 years in all. This includes an initial outgoing phase of 1-2 years in a Third Country followed by a mandatory reintegration phase of 1 year. In other words, you will be committing yourself to return to an EU Member State or an Associated Country. Your host organisation should be a university, research centre or enterprise established and located in a Third Country (for the out going phase) and another one in an EU or Associated Country (for the return phase). IOFs are for researchers from EU Member States and Associated Countries. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate.

Budget: €28 million

Deadline: 17th August 2010 at 5pm Brussels time.

For more info please check IOF website

Scheme Link: FP7 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.

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

September 29, 2009

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» British Academy/AHRC/ESRC Visiting Scholars for South Asia and the Middle East 2009/10

Funding Source:“ESRC”

Summary: The British Academy (BA), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are pleased to invite applications under the fourth round of their Visiting Scholars scheme for South Asia and the Middle East. The Scheme aims to attract early career researchers in any branch of the humanities or social sciences to collaborate on research and develop ideas likely to lead to a joint research proposal in the near future. Researchers, in conjunction with a UK host academic, can apply to spend two to six months undertaking a clearly specified research project in the United Kingdom. Applicants must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status and must have obtained their doctorates after 1 January 2004. (Academics without a PhD must demonstrate equivalent status). They also must be ordinarily resident in one of these countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The UK host must be resident in the UK, and must undertake to make all the necessary practical and administrative arrangements for the visit.

Deadline:- 4pm, Thursday 3 December 2009

Funder link: esrc

Scheme link:Visiting Scholars

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

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