TSB InnovateUK 2014 – save the date!


As the EPSRC budget continues to decline TSB is the next best hope for keeping your research portfolio healthy. TSB’s annual innovation networking and exhibition conference is scheduled to take place on 5-6 November at Old Billingsgate in London.

At the event you will be able to:

  • Connect with businesses at the UK’s largest innovation event
  • Showcase your innovations and share latest thinking with the business community
  • Develop ideas and explore collaborative opportunities across global markets
  • Network with UK and international business, government and academia

Attending this would be particularly useful to researchers and academics hoping to build more (and new) industrial contacts for future collaborations.

Robotics in Horizon 2020

The ESP KTN are extending an invitation to you to take part in their “Robotics in Horizon 2020” brokerage event that the RAS SIG will be holding in London on January the 22nd.

Topics that will be discussed on the day:

10:10  Briefing on the Call – Anne Bajart – EU Commission
10:40  Robotics Strategic Research Agenda – David Bisset – iTechnic
11:00  Role of PPP in brokerage – Geoff Pegman – RU Robots
11:15  Echord++ Collaborative opportunities – Farid Dailami- University of the West of England

Please find the link to event page here.

If you would like to take part in this event or to find out more information, please do let them know at your earliest convenience. Please also let them know if you would be interested in taking part to the pitching session.

Date and time: Wednesday 22nd January 2014, 09:30 am

Location: America Square Conference Centre, Cavendish Confrence Centre – One America Square

MRC: Medical Bioinformatics – building capability, capacity and infrastructure

As the need for large scale data analysis and computational approaches to advance medical research grows, MRC is announcing an investment of £50m to support medical bioinformatics.

Key areas for funding will include:

  • Improving informatics and computational approaches to understanding mechanisms of human disease – from the cellular level through to the whole disease phenotype
  • Research linkage between basic genomic information, complex phenotypes, and clinical data sets
  • Analytical capabilities tailored to medical research and in particular the challenge of integration across differing degrees of resolution, dynamic scales and heterogeneity of data, and interpretation of very large and rich data sets including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, imaging, population health sciences etc.

Up to £35m capital (for spend in 2014/15) and £15m resource will be available. They expect to provide funding for staff, projects and capability development for up to six, five-year strategic awards. Fellowship funding is also available for recruitment of research leaders of the future in bioinformatics and computational biology.

This has a two stage application process, and all prospective applicants must submit an Expression of Interest. Deadlines and time-frames are as follows:

Task Deadline
Call Launch 11th March 2013
Deadline of Expression of Interest

Applications – via email

Monday 22ndApril 2013
Expression of Interest Steering Group Meeting 20th May 2013
Deadline of Full Applications – via JeS July 2013
Applicants respond to referees September 2013
Decision Panel Meeting October/November 2013

For more information and full details on how to apply visit http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Newspublications/News/MRC009048

ESF Exploratory Workshops – 2013 Call for Proposals

This call is open to proposals across all scientific domains. The focus of the scheme is to foster meetings that aim to open up new directions in research or to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. Proposals should also demonstrate the potential for initiating follow-up actions. Proposals will be evaluated on the potential to create breakthroughs and form the basis for new areas of research and/or innovative applications, or the changing of paradigms.

ESF Exploratory Workshops awards are intended for small, interactive and output-oriented discussion meetings of minimum 15, maximum 30 participants and up to a maximum value of 15000 EUR. Awards are for workshops to be held in the calendar year 2014 (1 February – 31 December). Deadline for receipt of proposals: 18 April 2013 (16:00 CET).

Full details at www.esf.org/workshops