Impact and Knowledge Exchange – Seminar Series

oudcelogoThe University’s Department of Education are convening a high-profile seminar series on Impact and Knowledge Exchange in an Evolving Research Environment. The series will bring together different voices from the higher education landscape including researchers, funding bodies, ‘users’ and research facilitators to debate how impact and knowledge exchange are interpreted and practiced across research systems and networks. Weekly seminars will be given by external speakers on Wednesdays (6 May- 17 June), concluding with a panel discussion on the 17th of June. Opportunities for networking and discussion will be offered at each event.

At the first event in the series will be held on the 6th May 2015 at the Said Business School, from 5pm – 6:30pm, where Professor James Wilsdon will present the findings of his review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management and post-election prospects for social science funding & influence within government, building on the Campaign for Social Science’s recent report ‘The Business of People’.

To sign up for the first event – Click Here
To view the entire series – Click Here

Horizon 2020: Important Info about 2-stage Evaluations

The ever-helpful folk at UKRO have obtained provisional guidance on the way significant changes will be treated at stage one and two of a two-stage evaluation.


As stated in the European Commission’ guide to proposals submission and evaluation’: ‘the full proposal must be consistent with the short outline proposal [submitted at stage one] and may not differ substantially.’

The rationale behind this rule is to ensure  that there is fair and equal treatment of competing proposals and to prevent applicants from deliberately setting out false promises in the first stage that are not reflected in their second stage proposals.

Applicants submitting proposals at stage two are now asked in the application form if any significant changes have been made since the previous submission and are required to tick the relevant boxes referring to changes made to the budget, partnerships, approach or the work plan, as well as to describe these in detail. However, since no exact definition of ‘substantial differences’ has been provided by the Commission, many applicants were struggling with the new question in the application forms.

UKRO has sought informal guidance from the European Commission and as a result of this we understand that assessments of the changes made between stages one and two are done on a case-by-case basis, since each situation is different, and that there is no official guidance on this particular issue provided to the evaluators. The justifications given in the application form will of course be considered as part of the usual evaluation process.

It is important to remember that the stage one evaluation only concerns the criteria ‘excellence’ and ‘impact’ (in relation to the expected impact statement in the work programme). It does not cover the make-up of the consortium (except for the minimum number of partners needed for eligibility), nor the detailed work plan. Therefore, as any outline proposal is developed into a full proposal there is likely to be some form of evolution. When this results in differences compared to the outline proposal then it is the interest of the applicant to ensure that they have described the changes and the reason behind the changes.

Applicants are asked to provide details regarding changes in budget or partnerships, but these on their own would not normally constitute a substantial difference.

UKRO understands that the following examples might be considered a substantial change by the Commission services:

  • conceptual basis, or methodology, has completely changed;
  • objectives of the work have been significantly altered (especially if the degree of innovation/advance beyond the state-of-the-art is greatly reduced);
  • expected impact no longer corresponds at all to that set out at stage one.

If in doubt, applicants can indicate that changes have been made to the proposals by ticking the relevant boxes and later explaining in the pop up text boxes that these do not constitute significant differences.

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships FAQ and Events

MSC logo webThe European Commission has published a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships call.

Want to know if you, or somebody you’d like to work with is eligible? Want to know how the four years of full-time equivalent research experience calculated? Is Switzerland eligible for this call? All these questions (and more!) are answered in the FAQ.

The PDF is available, along with all other relevant documentation for this call, on the call documents tab.

There are also still places left on the Information Events taking place in Leeds and London, on the 5th and 6th of May respectively. Find out more and register here.

*Please note we do not support the Global Fellowships offered on this scheme. Get in touch for more information.

“Enterprising Oxford” Now Live


“Enterprising Oxford” has been officially launched! This will provide a gateway for students and researchers to learn the basics of enterprise, from impact, to intellectual property, to setting up a business or social venture, and all the things in-between. You can find out how enterprising skills could be relevant to you and your career and development, with inspiring case studies, events and training from across the Oxford community.

This online resource, developed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Science division and the Entrepreneurship and Skoll Centres at the Said Business School, will provide answers to common questions including:

— What does it mean to be enterprising?
— Why should someone focussed on a career in research and academia be interested?
— What is ‘impact’ and how is it related to enterprise?
— How do scientific ideas get to market?
— Are there any events or training courses that can help me?
— What about social and cultural enterprises?

The website will keep a focus on upcoming events and local resources, and will have dedicated pages for FAQ’s and advice on the steps to beginning your Enterprising journey. There is also a newsletter providing a round-up of the website’s key news and views.

To visit the website – Click Here
To sign up to the Newsletter – Click Here

Horizon 2020 – Revised Time-To-Grant Rule


Following extensive negotiations on the meaning of the time-to-grant rule (TTG) in the last few months, the rules have been changed.

Successful applicants may now be informed about the outcome of the evaluation earlier and have the preparation phase extended beyond the original three months, as long as the overall time-to-grant is still a maximum of eight months.

The revised rule refers to the following:

  • Maximum of five months period, starting from the call closure date until the date of informing all applicants about the outcome of the evaluation of their application (TTI – not more than 153 calendar days);
  • For successful proposals, a maximum of eight months period from the deadline for the submission of complete proposals until the signature of all grant agreements under the same call (TTG – maximum of 245 calendar days).

To find out more – Click Here