RCUK Digital Economy Priority Areas Update


The Research Councils UK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy. To achieve this they bring together a unique community of researchers (from diverse disciplines including social science, engineering, computer science, the arts and medical research) and users (people, business, government) to study, understand and find solutions to real problems. EPSRC leads the RCUK Digital Economy Theme on behalf of Research Councils UK.

The Digital Economy Theme is actively looking to recruit and support fellows operating in DE priority areas from October 2015. These priority areas include Social Computing, Advancing the Internet of Things for DE and Business and economic models. Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

These fellowships can be 5 years in duration, and principles of the fellowship framework include:
— Specification of the desired qualities, experience, achievements or attributes, and providing flexible support
— At transition points we will put in place mechanisms to re-focus our support on those who have the most potential, through a competitive and outcomes driven review process
— We expect to work in partnership with universities and business to both identify candidates and enhance the research environment for established and emerging leaders.
— To accelerate the development of leadership skills, we will encourage exposure to different environments and ideas, for example by encouraging mobility between different organisations and exposure to creative techniques
— Development of leadership cohorts by networking and provision of access to skills and experience

Deadline for applications 28th February 2015
More information – Click Here (PDF)

Digital Economy – Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2014

The RCUK Digital Economy Theme is running a competition designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having.

Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of their research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

More information…

ResearchFish (ROS Replacement): RCUK Roadshows


Many of you may already know that ROS (Research Outcomes System) is being retired by RCUK and they are now harmonising across all research councils by implementing ResearchFish (https://www.researchfish.com/)

For those of you who are not familiar with either of these systems, they exist to help research funders track the impacts of their investments and allow researchers to easily log the outcomes of their work (in an ideal world at least). All RCUK funders will be using this new system (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC & STFC) so I expect this will have an impact on many of you in department.

As there was some confusion and unhappiness with ROS, the previous system, I strongly recommend that you attend one of the sessions outlined below, to find out more about this new system and raise questions about any future concerns you may have.

Monday 6th October
Hilton London Euston
17-18 Upper Woburn Place, Bloomsbury

Tuesday 7th October
Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Piccadilly Plaza, Portland St
Manchester, M1 4PH

Wednesday 8th October
Novotel Edinburgh Centre
80 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh, EH3 9DE

If you would like to attend one of these roadshows then please email roh@rcuk.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Your name and job title
  • Organisation name
  • Date you would like to attend
  • Any dietary or mobility requirements

If you would like the day to cover the following topics:

  • Why outcome data needs to be collected
  • Examples of how outcome data has been used
  • Researchfish demonstration
  • What other organisations use Researchfish
  • Future plans for outcomes collection
  • Questions and answer session
  • Whether there is anything else you would like RCUK to talk about

RCUK Funding for 2014-15

I’ve just received this email through giving details of the RCUK funding for the 2014-15 period:

Recurrent funding for research and knowledge exchange

Recurrent funding for research and for knowledge exchange (through Higher Education Innovation Funding) has been held constant in the BIS grant letter to HEFCE and is protected through the science and research ring-fence. We are therefore maintaining these budgets for the 2014-15 academic year at the same level as last year: that is, £1,558 million for research and £160 million for knowledge exchange.

MRC: Medical Bioinformatics – building capability, capacity and infrastructure

As the need for large scale data analysis and computational approaches to advance medical research grows, MRC is announcing an investment of £50m to support medical bioinformatics.

Key areas for funding will include:

  • Improving informatics and computational approaches to understanding mechanisms of human disease – from the cellular level through to the whole disease phenotype
  • Research linkage between basic genomic information, complex phenotypes, and clinical data sets
  • Analytical capabilities tailored to medical research and in particular the challenge of integration across differing degrees of resolution, dynamic scales and heterogeneity of data, and interpretation of very large and rich data sets including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, imaging, population health sciences etc.

Up to £35m capital (for spend in 2014/15) and £15m resource will be available. They expect to provide funding for staff, projects and capability development for up to six, five-year strategic awards. Fellowship funding is also available for recruitment of research leaders of the future in bioinformatics and computational biology.

This has a two stage application process, and all prospective applicants must submit an Expression of Interest. Deadlines and time-frames are as follows:

Task Deadline
Call Launch 11th March 2013
Deadline of Expression of Interest

Applications – via email

Monday 22ndApril 2013
Expression of Interest Steering Group Meeting 20th May 2013
Deadline of Full Applications – via JeS July 2013
Applicants respond to referees September 2013
Decision Panel Meeting October/November 2013

For more information and full details on how to apply visit http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Newspublications/News/MRC009048