Chist-ERA 2015 – Participate in defining the call

Chist-ERA LogoThe Call for the 2015 round of Chist-ERA applications will arrive in October 2015, and the two topics will be:

  • Security and Privacy in Internet of Things
  • Terahertz Band for New-Generation Mobile Communication Systems

The full topic descriptions, to appear in the call text, will result from the CHIST-ERA Conference 2015. This conference, held in Lisbon, June 16-18 2015, brings together scientists working in these research areas and CHIST-ERA representatives to refine the topics contour and scope of the Call 2015. All attendees are invited to participate in plenary and facilitated break-out sessions to identify and formulate the promising scientific and technological challenges at the frontier of research. This represents a unique opportunity for the scientific community to directly participate in scoping the call.

To find out more – Click Here (PDF)
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Innovate UK: Complex Biological Data – Call

innovate-uk-logoInnovate UK and BBSRC have opened a call for Collaborative R&D and Feasibility studies into the topic of “Finding value in complex biological data – integrated ‘omics'”, and are to invest up to £2.5 million to stimulate innovative, integrated approaches to biological systems. The aim of this competition is to build a commercial ecosystem to exploit the commercial opportunities of ‘omics (e.g. genomics, proteomics etc.), systems biology and complex biological data streams. These could become key technologies for growth in the UK economy through enabling quicker  identification of promising products and services and de-risking development.

Funding has been allocated of up to £2 million to fund collaborative R&D projects.
It is expected that the total project costs to be between £250,000 and £400,000 and projects to last up to 2 years. A further £500,000 is available for smaller-scale feasibility study projects lasting 12 to 18 months with total project costs up to £150,000. Projects must be business-led.

The purpose of this competition is to develop enabling technologies, products and services that pioneer the commercial exploitation of complex biological data-streams and models. We are looking to fund projects developing one or more of the following:

• data analysis platforms tailored to ‘omics and complex biological data streams
• analytical or diagnostic tools that look at multiple parameters within a discrete
complex biological system
• predictive biological system models in silico
• evidence based models that demonstrate the impact on a biological system by introducing new candidate compounds or interventions
• data driven tools and services to speed development of bio-products

A competition briefing is being held on the 2nd June 2015 in London (or via Webinar). This will be followed by the expression of interest deadline on the 24th June 2015, later followed by the application deadline of the 1st July 2015.

To find out more – Click Here (PDF)
To register for the briefing in London – Click Here
To register for the briefing via Webinar – Click Here

RoCKIn Robotics – Competition

rockin_logo_smallRoCKIn Robotics is an EU Project that will run over 3 years. As part of this, they have announced a competition with an aim to foster innovation in cognitive systems and robotics, and to raise awareness of the potential usefulness that robotics can bring to society to the general public. There are 2 different schemes:

RoCKIn@Home – aims to improve the quality of home life for the people of Europe – focusing on assisting the elderly or impaired. We have created a RoCKIn@Home arena where robots have to assist ‘Granny Annie’ in three tasks: Getting to know my home, welcoming visitors and catering for Granny Annie’s comfort (description of tasks can be found on the respective webpages, along with ‘how-to’ videos). Object perception, object manipulation and speech understanding will then be benchmarked across each of the tasks.

RoCKIn@Work – aims to ensure the continued competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry. Set in the RoCKIn & RoLLIn Factory, a youBot will assist with the assembly of a drive axel. The three tasks that the robots will have to undertake are: Assemble aid tray for force fitting, plate drilling and prepare a box for manual assembly step (description of these tasks can also be found on the respective webpages, along with ‘how-to’ videos). Object perception, visual serving and control will then be benchmarked across these tasks.

“Intentions to Participate” forms are requested from your team before the 31st May 2015 and after that there will be an application form available on their website for people to confirm their entry.

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To complete the “Intention of Participation” – Click Here

Impact and Knowledge Exchange – Seminar Series

oudcelogoThe University’s Department of Education are convening a high-profile seminar series on Impact and Knowledge Exchange in an Evolving Research Environment. The series will bring together different voices from the higher education landscape including researchers, funding bodies, ‘users’ and research facilitators to debate how impact and knowledge exchange are interpreted and practiced across research systems and networks. Weekly seminars will be given by external speakers on Wednesdays (6 May- 17 June), concluding with a panel discussion on the 17th of June. Opportunities for networking and discussion will be offered at each event.

At the first event in the series will be held on the 6th May 2015 at the Said Business School, from 5pm – 6:30pm, where Professor James Wilsdon will present the findings of his review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management and post-election prospects for social science funding & influence within government, building on the Campaign for Social Science’s recent report ‘The Business of People’.

To sign up for the first event – Click Here
To view the entire series – Click Here

Samsung Global Research Outreach Program 2015

SamsungThe Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology – Global Research Outreach (GRO) call for 2015 is now open for application. This scheme is open to world leading Universities, representing an opportunity for collaboration with Samsung in order to build a mutually beneficial research relationship. Funding is available of up to $100,000 a year for a period of up to 3 years, targeted at Academics or Researchers in the aforementioned institution. Joint research proposals from multiple Universities are accepted.

This year, proposals are sought after in 24 areas, including:
– Machine Learning & Recognition
– Internet of Things
– Security & Privacy
– Big Data & Next Generation Network
– Data Analytics
– Mobile Healthcare
– Biometrics
– Sensor Technology
– Next Generation Computing
– Autonomous Driving
– Soft Robotics
– Intelligent Assistant
– New Photonic Sensors / Sources
– Quantum Information

The deadline for applications falls on the 29th May 2015, with the internal deadline falling 5 working days earlier. If you intend to apply, please contact your Research Facilitation Team and we can continue from there in regards to the process, costs and any unanswered questions.

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