ResearchFish Collection 2014: request for feedback (deadline: 15th May 2015)

Research Services is currently seeking feedback on the ResearchFish 2014 Collection and how the next output data collection round can be improved in 2016.

If you have comments you would like to feed back on how the Collection was managed, suggestions for improvements, or if you would like to highlight particular issues and problems faced either from an administrator’s or researcher’s perspective, please let know by Friday, 15th May 2015.

This is your chance to ensure your voice is heard, and to let ResearchFish know about the problems you’ve encountered, so please do make use of this valuable opportunity!

Join the Bright Club Oxford team!

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Bright Club Oxford is independent and run by volunteers, and we organise four comedy shows a year.  Whether you’re interested in comedy, public engagement, social media, blogging, publicity, or just helping to produce something brilliant – they would love to hear from you!

The first team meeting is the evening of Wednesday 29th April, so go along and find out what it’s all about.  For more details, get in touch at

Horizon 2020 – Revised Time-To-Grant Rule


Following extensive negotiations on the meaning of the time-to-grant rule (TTG) in the last few months, the rules have been changed.

Successful applicants may now be informed about the outcome of the evaluation earlier and have the preparation phase extended beyond the original three months, as long as the overall time-to-grant is still a maximum of eight months.

The revised rule refers to the following:

  • Maximum of five months period, starting from the call closure date until the date of informing all applicants about the outcome of the evaluation of their application (TTI – not more than 153 calendar days);
  • For successful proposals, a maximum of eight months period from the deadline for the submission of complete proposals until the signature of all grant agreements under the same call (TTG – maximum of 245 calendar days).

To find out more – Click Here

Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Technologies – Update


UKRO, as promised, have provided details and statistics in regards to the Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Technologies Theme.

643 proposals were submitted to the previous FET Open call. Out of this, 4 were rejected due to incompatibility to the theme, whilst 24 proposals were accepted for grant preparation. Out of these 24, only 5 had UK coordinators, with the University of Oxford accounting for 1 fifth of these. Cranfield University (2), Exeter and Nottingham made up the remaining 4.

UKRO have also provided details of a FET Proactive programme. This is likely to be instigated in 2016/17, and will cover 4 specific themes:

  • Collective technologies for societal change:
    – Being human in a technological world
    – New science for a globalised world
  • Biotech and computing for better life
    – Intra- and inter-cell bio-nano-chem technologies
    – Bio-electronic medicines and therapies
    – Cognitive neuro-technologies
  • Alternative technologies for smart devices
    – New computing paradigms and their technologies
    – Quantum technologies
  • New technologies for Energy and Materials
    – Complex bottom-up construction
    – Ecosystem engineering

The first and third and most relevant to department, however it may be of interest to view the other themes.

To find out more – Click Here
To view the results of FET-Open in full – Click Here