Future Calls: Cyber-Physical Systems / Human Language Understanding

A future call has been announced by CHIST-ERA which I think will have a broad interest across the department.

  • Resilient and Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems

Update: Two topics were announced however the second is not open to UK researchers as EPSRC is not participating in the Human Language Understanding call.

The CHIST-ERA ERA-NET is a consortium of 18 research funding organisations (including EPSRC). CHIST-ERA specifically promotes multidisciplinary and transnational ICT research with the potential to lead to significant breakthroughs. The funding organisations jointly support research projects selected in the framework of CHIST-ERA.

Below is a link to a flyer which gives more information, including a quick-view list of keywords which will allow you to decide if the calls are relevant to you (e.g. intrusion detection, verification, software and systems engineering).

A key point to note about this call is that it can be shaped by those who attend the CHIST-ERA Conference (Istanbul, June 17-18). If you would like to feed into the full topic description registration is still open: http://conference2014.chistera.eu

[ CHIST-ERA Call 2014 – Topics Flyer ]

Fun New ERC Video!

The ERC have created a new video outlining the process for applying for their 3 main grants – Starting, Consolidator and Advanced. It gives a great overview of how the process works and I will definitely be using it in my future training!

ERC from European Research Council on Vimeo.


ERC Calls 2014-15

UKRO have shared some information regarding the planned call dates for the 2015 European Research Council calls, as well as the indicative interview dates for applicants whose proposals are retained for step 2 of the 2014 Starting Grants call.
2015 Call Dates

UKRO understands that the 2015 ERC call publication dates are very likely to be as follows:

  • Starting Grants: October 2014
  • Consolidator Grants: November 2014
  • Advanced Grants: February 2015

The exact dates are not yet known, however UKRO will communicate this as soon as the information becomes available. The deadlines for these three calls are expected to be the same as are stated on p.4 of the 2014 ERC Work Programme. The 2015 ERC Work Programme is expected to be published in late July 2014.

2014 Starting Grants Call Interviews
The 2014 Starting Grants call closed on 27 March 2014, and some 3272 proposals were submitted. The results for step 1 of the evaluation process are expected to be sent out in around early July 2014. For applicants whose proposals are retained for step 2, the indicative dates for the interviews with the evaluation panel in Brussels are as follows:

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE): 23 September to 2 October 2014
  • Life Sciences (LS): 1 October to 10 October 2014
  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SH): 14 October to 17 October 2014

Please note that this information is still indicative at this stage, and could still change.

Have Your Say on Horizon 2020 Work Programmes


Horizon 2020 has a consultation process running at the moment to help shape Horizon 2020 Work Programmes for Network Technologies & Internet of Things (IoT). They are seeking input from relevant experts and stakeholders in this area and intend to use the feedback to inform the Work Programmes for the 2016-2017 period.

If you would like to have your say you can find the consultation survey here: http://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/network-technologies-h2020-wp-consultation-2016-2017

The survey closes on Friday 27th June.

Innovation in location-based services

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5m in projects that stimulate innovation in the UK location-based services sector.

The aim of the competition is to support projects that capitalise on the increasing accuracy, coverage and speed of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as GPS and other non-satellite technologies such as iBeacon, Wi-Fi and radio frequency identification (RFID) to build innovative location-based services or improve existing services through user-centred design.

Registration is essential and briefing events are being run in London, Manchester and Bristol.

Funding Competition Info page: https://www.innovateuk.org/-/innovation-in-location-based-services