EPSRC Healthcare Technologies NetworkPlus

epsrclogowebFollowing a previous post highlighting the new Healthcare Technologies long term strategy from EPSRC, they have today announced the call for their NetworkPlus proposals. This NetworkPlus programme seeks to establish new research communities around one of the Healthcare Technologies grand challenges.

The detailed aims of the awards are to:
— Bring together experts across relevant research areas
— Identify new research strategies and opportunities for addressing the challenge
— Engage with end users including businesses, clincians and focus groups
— Address obstacles related to the challenge
— Initiate preliminary or feasibility research

Networks are intended to be UK-wide and should have several disciplines and institutions involved. It is essential that User Engagement is considered in the wider network membership, and each proposal must explain and demonstrate how it will target the chosen challenge area.

Around 8 proposals will be funded at a cost of around £625,000 each (£5 mil/8 proposals) and can be 36-48 months in duration. A compulsory “Intention to Submit” will need to be submitted by the 8th September 2015, with the official deadline for this call being the 6th October 2015 at 4pm.

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EPSRC Website Communities Feature – News

epsrclogowebAs part of EPSRC’s website changes, they have announced that there will be new features surrounding online academic communities. This will allow users to create accounts, sign up to call alerts and funding news and create their own personalised profile. Other features will include setting up an e-newsletter for key information relevant to your areas of interest, as well as general customisation of content across the site.

This feature has been created with the mind to offer networking and discussion possibilities in the future, allowing communication across the site in relation to specific topics. These features will be available incrementally over time, with account creation and personalisation the first stage of this process.

New EPSRC Data Policy and ORA Data – Information

oramainlogoThe EPSRC announced at the start of May changes to their policy framework on research data. This policy framework sets out EPSRC’s expectations concerning the management and provision of access to EPSRC-funded research data. Although EPSRC recognises that a range of institutional policies and practices can satisfy these expectations, it encourages research organisations to develop specific approaches which, while aligned with EPSRC’s expectations, are appropriate to their own structures and culture

This is where ORA Data comes in. The Bodleian Libraries have developed the ORA Data service for Oxford researchers wanting to deposit their research datasets in Oxford’s own data archive. Datasets are issued with a permanent DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and have a catalogue record to DataCite standards to ensure proper citation and acknowledgement.

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To view the ORA-Data preservation policy –  Click Here

EPSRC Singapore-UK Cyber Security – Call

EPSRC have released a call in search of 3 collaborative projects between the UK and Singapore on the subject of Cyber Security. Up to £1.2 million is to be split between these 3 projects, with the aim to foster stronger research links between Singapore and the UK, and to strengthen collaboration between the nations’ best cyber security researchers.

This call is open to proposals, in any area of research, which have real potential to enhance the understanding of cyber security and strengthen relationships between researchers in Singapore and the UK. In particular projects are welcomed which address shared challenges in:

• Intrusion: Malware, exploits, intrusion detection and protection
• Data Analytics: Algorithms, machine learning, privacy, trust, and personal/aggregated data issues (‘Big Data’)
• Human Factors: Usability, behaviours, incentives, and more general economic, social and legal concerns
• Policy Aspects: Issues that directly affect policy, government or business
• Sectors and applications (e.g. Internet of Things (IoT)): Targets the concerns of particular sectors or applications.

The closing date for applications is the 30th July 2015 – please contact your research facilitation team as soon as possible if you intend to apply.

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EPSRC Fellowships: Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security

epsrc_logoEPSRC’s Digital Economy theme has announced a new priority area for its Fellowships: Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security (TIPS.)

Proposals in this area will be joint funded by the Global Uncertainties theme (now known as PaCCS). EPSRC expect to have enough to fund anything up to half a dozen Fellows across TIPS, assuming that projects are in the range £800k-£1M.

If you’re interested in applying for one of these fellowships with the Department of Computer Science please do get in touch. I have further inside information which will help you to pitch/frame your application to maximise chances of success.