TSB InnovateUK 2014 – save the date!


As the EPSRC budget continues to decline TSB is the next best hope for keeping your research portfolio healthy. TSB’s annual innovation networking and exhibition conference is scheduled to take place on 5-6 November at Old Billingsgate in London.

At the event you will be able to:

  • Connect with businesses at the UK’s largest innovation event
  • Showcase your innovations and share latest thinking with the business community
  • Develop ideas and explore collaborative opportunities across global markets
  • Network with UK and international business, government and academia

Attending this would be particularly useful to researchers and academics hoping to build more (and new) industrial contacts for future collaborations.

Registration Open: Info Day on Horizon 2020 Secure Societies calls

This is to let you know that the registration is now open for the Secure Societies event taking place on 1 April in Brussels.

Register here

Places are limited to 300 and the registration will close when the participant number reaches this, so be quick if you’d like to attend! Further details are below.

The information day targets potential applicants to the first three calls for project proposals under the societal challenge ‘Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens’:

  • H2020-DRS-2014: Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change
  • H2020-FCT-2014 : Fight against crime and terrorism
  • H2020-BES-20014: Border Security and External Security

The submission of proposals to these calls will open on 25 March 2014 with the deadline of 28 August 2014.

Participants of the information day will receive detailed information about the calls and their legal and procedural rules, as well as practical information on the new proposal submission system and an overview of the new features of Horizon 2020. Potential applicants will have the opportunity to present their project ideas and exchange views at the brokerage and networking sessions.

Registration for the event is free, and compulsory if you want to attend. Travel and subsistence costs should be covered by the participants.

More about the Secure Societies challenge and the calls

The Secure Societies challenge aims to protect the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens. Its objective is to foster secure European societies in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies and threats, while strengthening the European culture of freedom and justice. The indicative budget of the programme will reach €1,694 million over the duration of Horizon 2020 (2014-20).
Three calls for project proposals are currently open under this challenge and will be presented at the event:

Call H2020-DRS-2014 ‘Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change’ (€ 65.4 million) is designed for actions to reduce the loss of human life, environmental, economic and material damage from natural and man-made disasters, including extreme weather events, crime and terrorist threats.

Call H2020-FCT-2014 ‘Fight against crime and terrorism’ (€ 34.81 million) aims both to avoid an incident and to mitigate its potential consequences. This requires new technologies and capabilities for fighting and preventing crime (including cyber-crime), illegal trafficking and terrorism (including cyber-terrorism), as well as understanding and tackling terrorist ideas and beliefs to avoid aviation related threats.
Call H2020-BES-2014 ‘Border Security and External Security’ (€ 40.78 million) targets the development of both the technologies and the capabilities for rapid identification, to improve border security, and to support the Union’s external security policies in civilian tasks.

The Secure Societies challenge is part of Horizon 2020, the EU’s new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The aforementioned calls are managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA).

Browse the REA’s ‘Breakthroughs’ section for a selection of featured projects in Security Research funded under the 7th Framework Programme (2007-13). They include OPTIX (detecting explosives at a distance), ESS (minimizing damage in air crash aftermath) and Shiparrestor (improving the efficiency of marine rescue and recovery operations).

Useful Horizon 2020 Advice from UKRO

If you haven’t signed up for a (free!) UKRO account yet, then you are missing out! The following is a list of useful links to advice on Horizon 2020 from UKRO and can only be accessed by subscribers.

ERC: Starting Grant Event Presentation
ERC: Successes in FP7 and Challenges for Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020: Advice on Application Forms
Horizon 2020: Commission Guidance for Applicants
Horizon 2020: Feedback and Presentations from Digital Security Information Day
Horizon 2020: Presentations from Future and Emerging Technologies Information Day
Horizon 2020: Presentation from events on ITN and RISE

Royal Society Research Professorship


This scheme is for world-class scientists who would benefit from a period of long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK. These prestigious posts provide long-term support for internationally recognised scientists of outstanding achievement and promise.

The scheme provides salary costs, a one-off start-up grant and research expenses. Appointments are usually made for up to 10 years.

Professor Luca Cardelli, an honorary member of the Department of Computer Science, currently holds this award in tandem with Microsoft Research Cambridge. To find out more about Luca’s award, and the other successful award holders visit this link.

The closing date is 13 March 2014.

Full details of the award, eligibility criteria and process can be found at this link.


Research Data Management Training Courses

IT Services’ Research Support Team is running a series of research data management training events, in collaboration with the University’s academic divisions. The courses provide an overview of some key issues that everyone working with research data (of whatever kind) needs to consider, hints and tips for making life easier, and information about further resources and support available.

Introduction to Research Data Management (MPLS Division)
Wednesday 26th February 2014 (6th week Hilary Term), 1.30pm-4.30pm, Careers Service

For more details and course booking information, please see the Research Support Team’s course listing page. Further events will be scheduled for Trinity term.