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.

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To submit an idea for a topic – Click Here

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.

LMS Holgate Lectures and Workshops – Session Leaders Wanted!


For some years, the London Mathematical Society has run a ‘Holgate Lecture’ scheme. This has provided speakers an opportunity to go into schools to give a mathematical lecture to a group of students or teachers, and are intended to enrich and enhance mathematical education, looking both within and beyond the curriculum. The Society intends to re-launch this scheme, this time as the “Holgate Lecture and Workshop sessions”, and invites applications from people who would like to become Holgate Session Leaders.

It is anticipated that, primarily, each session leader will offer a range of sessions for those in education outside of higher education.  This could be at primary, secondary or A-Level or equivalent, and may also cover adult education. The leader would also be free to offer sessions to other relevant groups, for example teachers of mathematics, to enhance their professional mathematical development.

Holgate session leaders do not charge a fee for giving talks, but local organisers are expected to pay travel expenses and subsistence costs, together with any local costs of organising the session. The LMS will then pay an annual honorarium to the session leaders.

To apply, applicants are asked to send a short (2-page) CV and a letter detailing what it is they think they could offer as a Holgate Session Leader, and what they believe that the Holgate sessions could offer as an educational experience.

The closing date for applications is the 22nd May 2015. If you are interested, please contact Suzanna Marsh here, who will direct you to the next steps.

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“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).

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