Developing Novel Concepts in Autonomous Service Robotics

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £1m in feasibility studies to accelerate the development of novel robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) concepts towards technology demonstration and commercialisation in multiple sectors. They also aim to stimulate the creation of new partnerships between different communities of RAS innovators who have focused on different sectors to date but could collaborate to generate new solutions to known problems.

The UK has world-leading strengths in the underlying science and engineering contributing to these systems and access to the markets that could exploit them.

All projects must be collaborative and led by a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). Projects will last up to 12 months and they expect total project sizes to be up to £133k, although projects outside this range will be considered.

This competition opens on 4 February 2013. On this date the competition guidelines will be made available at this link
The internal deadline for submission to Research Services is at noon on 20 March 2013.
The deadline for completed applications is at noon on 27 March 2013.

Please inform me if you wish to apply no later than 13 March 2013

St Hilda’s College: Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships in Sciences 2013

St Hilda’s College proposes to elect up to two non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellows in Clinical and Non-Clinical Sciences, if candidates of sufficient merit present themselves, without limitation of subject, from 1 October 2013.  Candidates will be required to be engaged in research work within an Oxford University Department or Faculty, and to spend the greater part of the academic year in Oxford.

All Fellowships carry the following benefits:

  • free meals in College throughout the year
  • a research allowance of £1,300
  • membership of the Senior Common Room

Applications are open to women and men, and particularly welcome from black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.  Preference will be given to candidates who have not already held a Junior Research Fellowship.

Please see Further Particulars, application form and Recruitment Monitoring Form.

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 20 February 2013.  Interviews will be held on Thursday 21 March 2013.

Visiting Fellowship, Mansfield College

The Governing Body of Mansfield College is proposing to elect a Visiting Fellow for all or part of the academic year 2013-2014. The purpose of the fellowship, which is non-stipendiary, is to provide a congenial base for visiting scholars, either from the UK or abroad, to conduct research in Oxford, have access to Oxford libraries, and use the college as a means of establishing contact with other scholars in the college and the University. Applications from scholars whose interests lie within the range of subjects represented in the Senior Common Room will be particularly welcome.

I would be very grateful if you would advertise this fellowship in your department.

Further details and an application form are available at

Candidates should submit five copies of the application form and their CV by Friday 8 March 2013.

FP7 Information Documents

The people at ICT KTN (a TSB funded not for profit organisation) have posted some documents and information that may be of interest to anybody applying for FP7 funding, and to those who wish to look forward to the next Framework, Horizon 2020.

Copies of the slide shows from recent presentations, which contain some very useful information, can be found at this link.

Their “Work Programme Driller” can be found here. This is useful for researchers wishing to evaluate ideas against the appropriate section of the Work Programme.

I hope you find this useful and of course, if you have any questions relating to FP7 or any other funding opportunity please do contact me.

Harvey Prize 2013

The Harvey Prize, a prestigious prize awarded by the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology every year, rewards excellence by recognizing outstanding breakthroughs in science, technology and human health.

This year (2013) they will be awarding two prizes in the field of Science and Technology. We are now seeking candidates for these prizes.

Prospective candidates for the Harvey Prize must be outstanding personalities in one of the fields of human endeavour outlined above. They are persons whose achievements have served as a source of inspiration to many others.

The Prize is intended, in principle, to recognize recent breakthroughs in science and technology. However, work done in the past may be selected for the award if its significance has recently been appreciated.

Self-nominations are not allowed.

A description of the Harvey Prize, a list of previous laureates, guidelines, and a nomination form can be obtained by visiting the website: