Dstl – Distributed Analytics and Information Science Call


The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have announced the intention to form a new and innovative consortium between the US and the UK in the area of Distributed Analytics and Information Science (DAIS). The DAIS ITA program seeks to develop the fundamental underpinning research required to enable secure, dynamic, semantically-aware, distributed analytics for deriving situational understanding in coalition operations – addressing their increasing prevelence and complexity. The consortium, which will last for a 5 to 10 year period and spend around $8-10 million each year, will consider how to solve fundamental problems associated with how information is handled on a coalition battlefield, as they hope to significantly advance the state of the art in distributed analytics and information science, and ultimately improve information superiority.

Dstl and ARL are jointly holding an Opportunity Day in the UK on the 3rd February 2015, at the De Vere Holburn Bars, London, where applicants can learn how to get involved with the project:

To find out more – Click here
To register for the UK Opportunity Day – Click here

NERC – Open Knowledge Exchange Fellowships


NERC science believes it can make an important contribution to economic growth and quality of life. In order to accomplish these goals, NERC wishes to award a number of Knowledge Exchange (KE) fellowships to enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between the NERC funded researchers and their user communities.

Applicants should propose a work plan of their own choosing to generate impact from NERC-funded research in their host institution. Proposals should also focus on accelerating and amplifying economic impact and improvements in quality of life from NERC-funded research, by working with business, NGOs or government bodies. This could include:

  • strengthening existing partnerships;
  • developing new relationships that lead to collaborative projects;
  • researching new market opportunities;
  • providing case studies of knowledge exchange from NERC-funded research;
  • providing briefings and reports suitable for policymakers.

Applications will open of 3rd February 2015 and close on 1st April 2015. Please let us know if you intend to apply.

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For guidance on completing the application – Click here (PDF)

Web of Things – Google Research Call


Google have announced a new call for proposals to the “Open Web of Things” within the remit of “The Internet of Things” research and open innovation program. This is a cross disciplinary expedition intended to address the complex challenges and opportunities before us as they hope to explore the next generation of systems, services and Internet connected devices. The mission of this program is to enable effective use and broad adoption of the Internet of Things by making it as easy to discover and interact with connected devices as it is to find and use information on the open web. They envision research at the intersection of disciplines including (but not limited to):

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Privacy & Security
  • Systems & Protocols

A short form online application + a longer form proposal (to be sent to openexpeditionawards@google.com) will need submitting. The deadline for submissions is January 21st, 2015. Selected PIs will then be invited to participate in a kick off workshop at Google shortly after proposals are assessed in early spring.

To access the online application: Click here
To access advice for Google proposal writing can also be: Click here

EPSRC Future Systems in ICT Workshop – EOI Call


Over recent years, the range of available advanced materials and device fabrication technologies has grown and diversified, which has led to new opportunities and challenges in the area of systems research. As the separate technologies contributing to advanced systems continue to evolve, a convergence is being driven within the field of ICT which requires greater connectivity between researchers in photonics and beyond.

EPSRC is holding a one-day workshop to facilitate discussion and progression in relation to its Photonics for Future Systems interest area. This priority highlights opportunities for researchers including, but not limited to those in the areas of photonics, electronics, communications, computer science and user-interface technologies to work together.

The principal objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the Photonics for Future Systems priority beyond the photonics community, particularly amongst early career researchers.
  • To bring together researchers from across the ICT community, who are able to contribute to the next generation of photonic systems, to consider the future challenges and opportunities in this area.
  • Expand on previously identified research challenges and identify new ones in which a systems approach is needed, to generate output to inform EPSRC’s future plans concerning its photonic systems strategy.

Date: Wednesday 18th February 2015
Time: 10:00-17:00
Location: Birmingham Area (TBC)

To attend this workshop, an Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted, which will be used to select participants based on their ability and willingness to contribute to the discussion as described in their EOI submission, while ensuring a balanced representation of organisations, expertise and career stages, from both the academic and user communities. Places are limited and the number of attendees from a given organisation may have to be restricted in the event of multiple applications.

Deadline for EOI Submission: 23:59 on Monday 5th January 2015

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To submit your EOI for this workshop – Click here and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page



EPSRC Towards Autonomy: Smart and Connected Control – Call


EPSRC have announced a call in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), inviting outline proposals that explore research in the area of “Smart and Connected Control” around the central challenge of moving towards a fully autonomous car.

Funds of up to £10 million are available to support between four and six research projects that are up to five years in duration each. As a joint funder, Jaguar Land Rover will work closely with successful applicants throughout the project. The scope of the call is looking to address cross-disciplinary research challenges in three key areas:

  • Autonomous driving control
  • User experience in vehicles with autonomous intelligent features
  • Enabling technologies, processes and legal framework for autonomous vehicles

EPSRC and Jaguar Land Rover will be holding a joint workshop to explore research opportunities in the area of smart and connected control around the central challenge of moving towards a fully autonomous car. The activity is part of the strategic partnership between Jaguar Land Rover and EPSRC.

Date: Tuesday 9th December 2014
Location: Radcliffe Conference Centre (University of Warwick campus, Coventry)

To find out more about the call – Click here
To register for the workshop – Click here

Outline Proposal Deadline: 16:00 on Thursday 29th January 2015

*Please contact your Research Facilitation Team if you intend to apply!