Joint Israel-UK Research in Cyber Security


A new call from EPSRC has been issued, which intends to support collaborations in Cyber Security between the UK and Israel. EPSRC write:

“Israel’s National Cyber Bureau (INCB) and Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), and the UK’s Cabinet Office (CO) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (from here on ‘the Agencies’) wish to encourage joint research activities in cyber security.

Through a single, shared process which is managed by EPSRC on behalf of the Agencies, we expect to identify and support up to three collaborations, each of which involves leading academic researchers in both the partner countries. While funding for researchers in Israel and UK will ultimately be provided separately by their respective Governments, the key to success in the call will be the identification of a programme of work which is of high scientific quality and truly collaborative.

Proposals for new projects in any area relevant to cyber security, from new or established partnerships, are welcome. We intend to fund a balanced programme of research in which the individual projects can work together to maximise mutual benefit.

Collaborations will need to prepare a single, unified, proposal which describes a full programme of work in both countries. This will be submitted to EPSRC by the UK lead organisation on behalf of the research partners in both the UK and Israel. Projects should last between 25 and 30 months, to start in Spring 2015 and end no later than December 2017.”

Full details can be found at this link:

MHEALTH – EC Consultation. Your chance to shape future developments

The European Commission has today launched a consultation on existing barriers and issues related to mobile health (mHealth) deployment.

mHealth is part of eHealth whereby Information and Communication Technologies are used to support medical and public health practice. The focus of mHealth is on support through mobile devices, such as mobile phones or personal digital assistants.

The Commission’s Green Paper on mHealth considers the potential of mHealth with respect to healthcare (e.g. through increased efficiency in delivering care and patient empowerment), as well as its market potential.

Stakeholder views are are sought on questions in the following areas:

  • data protection, including security of health data;
  • big data;
  • state of play on the applicable EU legal framework;
  • patient safety and transparency of information;
  • mHealth role in healthcare systems and equal access;
  • interoperability;
  • reimbursement models;
  • liability;
  • research and innovation in mHealth;
  • international co-operation;
  • access of web entrepreneurs to the mHealth market.

Alongside the Green Paper, the Commission has published a Staff Working Document which aims to give a non-exhaustive description of EU legislation applicable to lifestyle and wellbeing apps. Interested parties are invited to respond to the consultation by 3 July 2014.

mHealth in Horizon 2020
A number of mHealth-related projects received funding under FP7, including NEPHRON+, which looks at personalised treatment and management of patients with chronic renal failure, and REACTION, aimed at developing a platform to support improved long-term management of diabetes.

Funding for research in the area of mHealth is provided also under Horizon 2020, e.g. through topic PHC-26-2014 ‘Self-management of health and disease: citizen engagement and mHealth’ (budget: EUR 59.6 million) within the Societal Challenge on ‘Health, demographic change and wellbeing’.

See the website for the full UKRO article and links to relevant documents

Tech Transformation Forum – 18th June, London

London Technology Week is taking place this June and on the 18th June Will Hutton and Birgitte Andersen will be speaking as part of one of the flagship conferences, Tech Transformation Forum.

This one-day international summit, taking place at ExCeL London, will showcase the opportunities available around using technology to drive business transformation, specifically designed for CEOs, CTOs, CMOs, CIOs, COOs and IT decision makers, entrepreneurs, business technology professionals and investors.

Will and Birgitte’s talk will explore the possibility of turning London into a global innovation hotspot, and other high calibre speakers will cover provoking topics including:

  • Disruptive and transformational technology that will impact business agility now
  • What epidemiology can teach us about innovation
  • The magic formula for turning open data into economic growth
  • Gaining access to the internet of everything and a future $19 trillion market
  • Investing in technology now – what should you back?
  • The C-Suite water cooler: what’s the word on technology

Meet not only established brands but entrepreneurs and futurists including:

  • Martin Curley, Head of Labs, Intel
  • Gerard Grech, CEO, TechCity
  • Julian Burnett, Head of IT Architecture, John Lewis
  • Josh Bernoff, Author, The Mobile Mind Shift, VP/Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
  • David Smith, Futurist & Chief Executive, GFF (Global Futures &  Foresight)
  • David Mattin, Head of Trends & Insight, trendwatching

For the full programme visit To attend the conference, register your place here.

John Fell Fund: 23 April Deadline


All applications to the John Fell Fund for Trinity Term 2014 (deadline: 23 April 2014, noon) should be made via the new John Fell online application system. The system can now be accessed  via single sign-on (SSO) at and consists of the following:

  • Part 1 of the application requires that applicants provide core details, a lay summary and a financial breakdown on an online application form.
  • Part 2 of the application requires that applicants complete and upload the ‘Part 2 – Case for Support’ template available at ‘How to make an application’ (  and then upload this file as a PDF attachment to their Part 1 online application.
  • Applicants should submit their applications to their Departments via the online system well in advance of the deadline. Departmental Approvers should then review and approve (or reject) applications and submit approved applications to the relevant division by noon on 23 April, 2014.

Please see further, detailed guidelines for applicants and Departmental Approvers on the John Fell Fund  website ( If you have any queries about the Fund, please email