Horizon 2020 Work Programme Changes


The UK Research Office  (UKRO) has published some useful information outlining how the recently published Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 differs from the 2014-2015 Programme.

Nine focus area calls have been set for 2016-17 designed to provide stronger integration on key areas of political relevance and societal concern across the different Work Programme parts (areas 7,8 and 9 below are new to 2016-2017):

  1. Automated Road Transport
  2. Digital Security
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Competitive Low-carbon Energy
  5. Blue Growth
  6. Sustainable Food Security
  7. Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy
  8. Internet of Things
  9. Smart and Sustainable Cities

A novelty in Horizon 2020 was the introduction of an open research data pilot aimed at improving access to and re-use of data generated by projects. The data pilot concerns selected core areas within Horizon 2020 and the number of these cores has been expanded in the 2016-2017 to cover:

Future and Emerging Technologies; Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures); Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Information and Communication Technologies; Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology: ‘nanosafety’ and ‘modelling’ topics; Societal Challenge: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy Societal Challenge: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials – except raw materials; Societal Challenge: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies; Science with and for Society; and Cross-cutting activities – focus areas – part Smart and Sustainable Cities.

The list of types of action has been expanded to include European Joint Programme (EJP) Cofund actions, designed to support coordinated national research and innovation programmes.

The wording on the aspects to be taken into account when applying the award criteria has also been updated: under ‘Excellence’, reference is now made to `interdisciplinary’ approaches (previously ‘trans-disciplinary’) and use of stakeholder knowledge; under ‘Impact’, the impact statements in the work programme topic descriptions have been given slightly more prominence; and under ‘Implementation’, it is now clearer that each partner should have a valid role, resources to match its tasks, and that over-inflated work-packages may be penalised.

Finally, for two-stage proposals, ‘dynamic’ thresholds for the first stage have been introduced whereby the overall threshold will be set such that the total requested budget of proposals admitted to the second stage is as close as possible to three times the available budget.

For further information about the changes to Horizon 2020, please contact Kelly or myself in Research Support.

Cyber Security Pre-Call Announcement

ESRCA pre-call announcement for collaborative interdisciplinary research projects on Society, Integrity and Cyber-security has been issued by NordForsk, together with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), within the Nordic Societal Security Programme.

The funding of 4.2 m EURO is available to fund up to five projects.  The call will be issued in December with  an application deadline 15 March 2016.

Proposals are invited for joint projects under the following priority themes:

1.   Governance, norms and regulatory approaches
2.   Understanding behaviours
3.   Surveillance, privacy and data protection

More information can be found at:


Full details will be available in December please come back to the Research Support team if you are interested in putting in an application for funding. 


Oxfordshire Science Festival 2016: Public Engagement Opportunity

Do you want to demonstrate your commitment to widening public engagement with science?  The University has announced that it will be a principal sponsor of the Oxfordshire Science Festival 2016 and has secured a small seed fund to support new activities to develop and deliver public engagement with science.

The Oxfordshire Science Festival (OSF) will take place from 23 June to 3 July 2016 and is a great opportunity to deliver a variety of engagement activities, from interactive stalls at the city-centre fair, to debates and more innovative formats.

As a principal sponsor of the 2016 Festival, the University has secured up to fifteen stalls (indoor or outdoor) and seven programme slots for events, talks and debates. The University is also offering grants of between £250 and £1,000 each to support researchers in the development and delivery of public engagement with science activities for the Festival.  These grants will be available to researchers from all disciplines for development of public engagement with science activities and will be prioritised for those who do not have an earmarked fund for public engagement within their units or departments.

We will share further information about how to apply as soon as the details are released, but in the meantime if you have any queries or ideas for development please let us know.


Horizon 2020: ITN 2016 Guide for Applicants Now Online

The 2016 call for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions​ (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) opened on 14 October 2015 and has a deadline of 12 January 2016. The Guide for Applicants for this call is now available online and can be located by expanding the ‘Topic conditions and documents’ window of the call page.


EPSRC: Human-like Computing, 2 Day Workshop

EPSRC is holding a two-day workshop on Human-like computing: exploring the kind of research projects that would need to be put in place in order to work towards systems that can emulate human cognitive performance. The event will take place on 17 and 18 February 2016 at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Bristol.

The workshop will be multidisciplinary, bringing together researchers from varied domains: psychology to formal methods; social sciences to software engineering.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their response to the Call for Expressions of Interest which can be found here: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/events/humanlikecomputing/  where you will also find further details of what we mean by human-like computing and what we are seeking to achieve at the workshop.