Unconscious bias is a hot topic across academia at the moment, and rightly so. It can have an impact on everything from how you select and manage your team through to how you peer review research applications.
The Royal Society has created an animation and briefing on this topic and, although it is aimed at their selection and appointment panel members, the value of the message conveyed has a much wider reach and is relevant to anybody involved in management and decision making.
If unconscious bias is something you’re interested in learning more about, you may also be interested to know that Oxford is holding a two part lecture series on the topic as part of the Leverhulme Lectures Series. More information and booking for these events can be found here.
Open Access Training Hilary Term 2016
iSkills ’Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?’ This 1 hour session covers the basics about OA, how to handle funder requirements such as RCUK and Wellcome Trust (and block grants), and the all-important ‘Act on Acceptance’ for open access and the next REF. Book here: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TZW7.
When: Thurs 21 January, 11.00-12.00; Thurs 18 Feb, 14.00-15.00; Tue 1 March, 11.00-12.00.
Where: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road.
ORA and ORA Data staff are again holding weekly drop-ins to provide one-to-one help with all things Open Access and Research Data.
When: 11.30-13.30 every Monday of term (18 Jan – 29 Feb 2016).
Where: the Centre for Digital Scholarship, on the first floor of the Weston Library.
If you’re looking for tips and best practice guidance for Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Actions, help is now at hand.
With input from experts and evaluators, Partners in the FP7-funded ‘Health2Market’ project have developed an annotated Horizon 2020 proposal template which aims to assist applicants in understanding the requirements of the scheme and show them how to better present the innovation-related sections in the proposals.
The template has been structured to guide coordinators and partners in presenting information required, focusing on the criteria of Excellence (criterion 1) and Impact (criterion 2). The Appendices include an example of a business plan executive summary and an example of work packages addressing dissemination and exploitation of results, preparation of market authorisation and market access (related to health topics).
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.