ICT Proposers’ Day | 9-10 October 2014

The ICT Proposers’ day 2014 is a networking event organised by the European Commission to promote European ICT Research and Innovation. The event focuses on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2015 and will be held in Florence, Italy on the 9th and 10th of October 2014.

This event, organised by the European Commission, is specifically dedicated to networking and promoting research and innovation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. The event will focus on networking for the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2015.

The event, free of charge, offers an exceptional occasion to build quality partnerships as it will connect academia, research institutes, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe. The registration to attend the event is now open. Read more and register.

Funding available for informatics in health care improvement research

The Health Foundation’s £1.6 million Insight funding programme is an open call for original research ideas on informatics in health care improvement.

We are inviting researchers to submit proposals on how new technologies and data will support transformational change in health and care in the UK.

Each project will receive between £250,000 and £500,000 for research completed over two years.

Visit www.health.org.uk/insight2014 to find out more.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Monday 28 July 2014.

Application Numbers for ERC Consolidator Grants Call

The ERC has announced that 2525 proposals were submitted for the 2014 Consolidator Grants call, which closed on 20 May 2014. This represents a significant decrease from the previous 2013 call, which saw 3679 proposals submitted. The ERC’s press release states the expected success rate for this call is around 15%, which compares to the 8.5% success rate seen for the 2013 call.

The breakdown by proposal numbers per research domain is as follows:

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE): 1201
  • Life Sciences (LS): 797
  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SH): 527

The 2015 Consolidator Grants call is likely to open in November 2014, with a deadline in March 2015.

colwiz – Reference Management, Simplified

I’ve been contacted by a start up company, which was created right here at the University of Oxford, that might be able to help you in your daily life as researchers and academics. Colwiz is a tool which provides researchers with free reference management and collaboration software:

Reference Management – colwiz is an ideal tool for manuscript preparation, permitting authors to cite and generate bibliographies automatically from their own personal library of articles. colwiz is supported cross-platform (Windows, Mac and Linux), and provides plugins for all common word processors (MS Word, LaTeX, Open Office).

Collaboration – colwiz gives researchers free cloud storage and a secure platform for file and idea sharing, with optional networking to researchers worldwide.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the tool, you can visit https://www.colwiz.com/. There is also an opportunity for me to arrange a webinar or demo sessions to give you more information – if this is something you’d like to attend please let me (Kelly) know.