NIHR Fellowship Event

A joint event is to be run on the 1st September for potential applicants to the NIHR Fellowship Scheme.

This event, facilitated by the Population Science Theme, Department of Health Sciences and RDS East Midlands, will offer advice and support to potential applicants, focusing particularly on the January round of the NIHR fellowship scheme.

Speakers will include:

  • Dawn Biram from the NIHR will make a presentation about the fellowship scheme
  • Jackie Campbell will be highlighting what the interview panel is looking for
  • Previous applicants will give an insight into their experiences
  • RDS EM will outline the free advice and support available to applicants wishing to develop a bid

Time: 10am-12pm, 1st September 2014
Venue: G20, 22-28 Princess Road West, University of Leicester

Round 8 of the NIHR Fellowship Programme opens in October/November, with a deadline in January 2015.

Applications are invited from individuals working in any sector or scientific discipline who propose to undertake people or patient-based clinical and applied health research at an institution based in England.

Five levels of fellowship are available:

  • doctoral
  • post-doctoral
  • career development
  • senior
  • translational research

Information will also be made available on other fellowships offered by the NIHR, which have deadlines throughout the year.

To book a place at this event or find out more please contact RDS East Midlands at RDS EM

EU Proposals on the Rise

Horizon 2020 LogoA statement from the European Commission has confirmed that in the first half of the year they received applications that totaled nine times the amount of funding available under the Horizon 2020 calls.

The response to the first Horizon 2020 calls has been enormous, with more than 17,000 proposals already submitted. I am impressed by the clear rise in industry interest, particularly from small businesses.”

European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

The response marks a substantial increase from the previous 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and a higher level of competition, however it is worth noting that due to the move from FP7 to Horizon 2020 there was a period when no calls were being published.

There has also been a notable increase in applications from industry, with business applications to the “industrial leadership” and “societal challenges” pillars of Horizon representing 44 percent of the total compared with 30 percent under comparable areas of FP7. SME participation is particularly strong, with over 5,500 SME applications to the Horizon calls on encouraging leadership in enabling and industrial technologies and nearly 2,700 applications for funding under the new €3 billion SME Instrument.

University of Lincoln Opportunity

Research Development Manager – EU

This role will see you increasing the quantity and range of European funding activity across the University, in particular through Horizon 2020. You will provide specialist advice in these areas to our academic staff and support  the development and submission of funding applications. You will also facilitate international networking for us with external stakeholders, including the European Commission, to raise our international profile and build new strategic relationships. To be successful, you will need:

  • A degree/post graduate degree
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Considerable experience of the Higher Education funding landscape with direct  EU funding experience
  • Exceptional communication and people skills.

University of Lincoln Opportunity

Research Development Manager – RCUK & Charities

You will have specific responsibility for our relationships with Research Councils UK and charities – providing specialist advice in these areas to our academic staff and helping with the development and submission of funding applications. You will play a critical role in cultivating our research environment through development and implementation of research funding strategies to increase the quantity and range of research funding activity across the university. To be successful, you will need:

  • A degree/post graduate degree
  • A proactive and flexible approach
  • An in-depth understanding of Higher Education and the research funding landscape – particularly in regards to charities and RCUK
  • Exceptional communication skills and the confidence to liaise with people at all levels.

Research Priorities of the Italian Presidency of the EU

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As some of you may already be aware the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU commenced on 1 July, and as is custom will run for six months until the end of December 2014.

The Presidency have already announced their main priorities for the coming months, which include contributing to the Europe 2020 Strategy review process, reaching a political decision on a new strategic partnership initiative in the Mediterranean Area, and contributing to the strengthening of the European Research Area.

In line with these priorities an number of events have been planned during the Presidency period. In addition to events looking at business and academia collaboration, these events include an event in Bologna looking at Enabling Technologies for Societal Challenges (29 September-1 October) and ICT Proposers day (Florence, 9-10 October 2014) and conferences on Transport Safety (4-5 December 2014, Genoa) and Energy (date and location to be confirmed.)

Details of these events will be published on the Italian Presidency website, or look out for the latest UKRO updates and alerts.