Knowledge Exchange Internal Seed fund – Call

people_banner_blue2The Knowledge Exchange Seed Fund is now open for applications. This is an internal grant scheme for KE (knowledge exchange) projects and is designed to support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between universities and the wider world, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK.

Cohesive aims and activities, realistically planned and budgeted, are favoured with Value for Money a priority. Grants are typically expected to be up to £2,500, and cover direct costs only.

Potential KE activities are many and varied. Ideas include, but are by no means limited to:
— Innovative marketing and communication of research impacts
— Meetings to develop co-ordinated bids for external funding, for projects involving external partners
— Engagements with knowledge generation and R&D through crowdsourcing
— Market assessment as part of a commercial opportunity
— Workshops/seminars and networking events with industry, the 3rd sector and/or public policy makers exploring key issues arising during or from research

The deadline for this call is the 14th September 2015

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To apply – Click Here

The Royal Society URF – Call

RoyalSocietyThe Royal Society URF Call has now opened! The scheme provides the opportunity for exceptional researchers/early career academics to build an independent research career, and those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. These awards are extremely prestigious and offer 5 years of independent funding, with an option to apply for a further 3 year extension.

The applicant must:

  • have a PhD (the Royal Society will not consider applicants who have just submitted their PhD)
  • be in the early stages of their research career (between 3 to 8 years of research experience since their PhD) by the closing date of the round
  • not hold a permanent post in a university or not-for-profit organization in the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • be a citizen of the EEA or a be a Swiss citizen (or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland e.g. hold a PhD from the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked in the EEA or Switzerland for at least two years)

This scheme is highly competitive, however help will be on hand during the summer to offer support to those who wish to apply. If you are interested in applying please email us to arrange an initial 1:1 meeting within 2 weeks (up until the 31st July). This initial meeting is important as it will clarify your eligibility and suitability for the scheme, and will allow us to set milestones to ensure you meet the deadlines. Anybody who informs us of their intent to apply after the 31st July may still be considered but we can’t guarantee the same level of support.

The official deadline for this call is 3rd September 2015 (the tentative Research Services Deadline is 27th August 2015, but this is not yet confirmed).

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To view last year’s scheme notes (2016 pending release) – Click Here

New York Academy of Sciences’ Future Leaders Program – Call

index“The New York Academy of Sciences'” coupled with “Science and Technology in Society” has announced it’s 2015 Future Leaders program. This program aims to offer an opportunity to nominate the most visionary scientists aged 40 years or younger for participation at th STS Forum in Japan.

Eligible nominees must be born in or before 1975, hold a PhD or MD and be available for the STS forum in Kyoto, Japan, between 3rd-6th October 2015.

Nominee’s will need to complete:

— Name, title, date of birth and contact information
— Current curriculum vitae (4-page maximum, PDF) & list of peer-reviewed publications (2-page maximum, PDF)
— Nominee’s 500-word research statement
— A 500-word endorsement/rationale from the nominator describing the nominee’s scientific contributions and potential to offer new solutions to important global challenges.

There will be a limit of 3 applications per institution therefore an internal process will be used should more that 3 applications be recieved. Please send the above details of nomination to Louise Sumner by the 17th July 2015, for selection and submission at the external deadline on the 21st July 2015.

To find out more about the STS Forum – Click Here (PDF)
To submit to the internal selection process – Click Here

EC FET Open 2015 – Information Day

logo_enThe FET Open call will open in the next few months, offering a total of 37.5 million EUR for early-stage joint science and technology research towards radically new future technologies. Being entirely non-prescriptive with regards to the nature or purpose of the technologies that are envisaged, this call targets the unexpected. It is open to collaborative research that satisfies the FET-Open ‘gatekeepers’: long-term vision, ambition of the scientific and technological breakthrough, foundational character, novelty, high-risk and deep synergistic interdisciplinary approach. FET-Open aspires to be an early detector of new and promising ideas, but also of the new high-potential actors in research and innovation (such as young researchers and high-tech SMEs) that may become the scientific and industrial leaders of the future.

In preparation for this call release, an Information Day is being organised, offering the opportunity for attendees to learn about the H2020 proposal guidelines and submission procedures and about the FET-specific procedure and criteria for evaluation. There will be ample time for questions and for networking among the participants.

The registration will open during the week of 25 May. The event is free of charge but prior registration is compulsory. Attendants will have the possibility to upload up to 3 slides if they wish to present their research topic to network with other participants.

Date: 6th July 2015
Location: Brussels, Belgium

The attendance is limited to 200 participants. Live webstreaming will be available and provided on this page the day of the event. Registration will open on the 25th May 2015.

To find out more about the information day – Click Here
To view the agenda – Click Here (PDF)
To find out more about FET Open – Click Here