Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/17

Horizon20201The Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016/17 will be published in the autumn (exact date as yet unknown). However early versions of the individual elements of the work programme have been released, giving an indication of call topics to expect in 2016 and  2017. It is important to stress that topics can change in the final versions, however here are the current drafts to consider for potential application:

1) Excellent Science

2) Industrial Leadership

3) Societal Challenges

In order to prepare for this, the EC have organised various “Information Days” for potential applicants. More dates will be released for different calls, however the currently arranged events are as follows:

— Health Challenge Day – 18th September 2015 – Brussels – Focus on ‘Health, demographic change and wellbeing’ – More Info

— Environment and Resource Efficiency – 21st September 2015 – Brussels – Focus on “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” as well as related call topics such as “Smart and Sustainable Cities” focus areas. – More Info

— Smart, Green and Integrated Transport – 5th November 2015 – Brussels – Focus on, as the name suggests, the “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” topic. – More Info


Healthcare Impact Partnerships 2015/16 – Call

epsrc_logoFollowing the successful pilot in 2013, EPSRC invites proposals for Healthcare Impact Partnerships. This call is open to proposals which are within remit of the cross-cutting capability areas of Disruptive Sensing and Analysis and Medical Device Design and Innovation as defined in the new EPSRC strategy document, towards impact within a healthcare application. Proposals should build upon existing strengths and expertise and demonstrate potential to address an unmet healthcare need and/or offer significant added value over current or alternative healthcare solutions.

A total budget of £5 million is available to support projects that must progress previous EPSRC funded research towards impact within a healthcare application. This call is open to eligible UK academics who have held an EPSRC grant or portfolio of grants relevant to the capabilities of Disruptive Sensing and Analysis or Medical Device Design and Innovation.

This call is closely aligned to the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies strategy; a new way to think about how Engineering and Physical Sciences researchers can tackle current and emerging health challenges facing society.

Applicants wishing to apply must submit an “Intention to Submit” form by the 27th August 2015, with the final closing date falling on the 24th September 2015

To view the call document – Click Here (PDF)
To submit your “Intention to Submit”- Click Here
To view the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Strategy – Click Here

RCUK Research Policy – DPhil Internships

RCUK logoResearch Councils UK (RCUK) have launched a policy internship scheme for PhD students to enable them to gain experience of how research can inform policy making.

Research Council Policy Internships provide an opportunity for PhD students funded by the UK Research Councils (e.g. EPSRC) to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations (e.g. The Royal Society). Successful applicants have the opportunity to work on a policy topic of interest to both the student and the organisation, by producing a briefing paper, participating in a policy inquiry and organising a policy event.

A 3 month extension will be added to the current DPhil funding to account for this, and internships must start before the end of the funding period.

The application deadline varies from depending on the specific Research Council, with EPSRC holding an 18th August 2015 deadline

To find out more – Click Here
To find out more about the EPSRC specific call – Click Here

Kasper Rasmussen URF Award – Congratulations!

indexCongratulations to Kasper Rasmussen who has been awarded the Royal Society University Research Fellowship for 2015. The URF’s are prestigious awards that provide the opportunity for exceptional researchers/early career academics to build an independent research career. These awards offer a minimum of 5 years of independent funding, and only around 45 exceptional candidates are awarded one each year, so a huge congratulations to him!

Applications for the 2016 panel are now open for application – Click Here to find out more

Wellcome Trust “Frontiers” Meetings – Call for Ideas

logo-wellcome_0Wellcome Trust “Frontiers” meetings occur 2-3 times yearly with 40-50 multidisciplinary leaders attending. They are provocative meetings that challenge and consider thinking on a subject concerning the future of health, medicine, science or society that the Trust uses to inform our strategic thinking and help identify possible new directions for us to focus on to drive change.

The scope of our Frontiers meetings is broad and their topics can relate to any area of the Trust’s work. This can include research possibilities – such as those relating to major disease areas, health challenges or developments in basic sciences, innovative ways of supporting training and development, or how science is given context in culture and society.

The Wellcome Trust are inviting you to share your ideas for future topics for our Frontiers meetings. What should they be discussing, and what role do you see for the Trust in contributing to these subjects? If you have an idea for a topic, outline the key questions that need to be addressed, the different sectors that could feed the discussion, and how you think that we could help to shake up thinking on the issue via the link below. If your idea is selected they will give you the opportunity to work with them and see it evolve.

To find out more about Frontiers – Click Here
To submit an idea for a topic – Click Here