Daily Archives: March 19, 2012

Registration Open for Eco-Innovation Info Day

Registration has opened for the European Info Day for the 2012 Eco-Innovation call, which will take place in Brussels on Tuesday 8 May 2012. The event will also be webstreamed, and a series of national Info Days on the call will be advertised soon on the Eco-Innovation website.

The 2012 call is expected to open in May 2012 and close in September 2012.

The European Info Day is aimed at people interested in submitting an Eco-Innovation proposal and who would like to know more about the application procedure. A large number of participants are expected to attend the event, including from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), SME associations, larger companies, European and national trade associations, chambers of commerce and the EU institutions.

The Info Day features presentations on the call and the opportunity to arrange one-to-one discussions with staff of the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI, which runs the Eco-Innovation initiative).

Part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), the Eco-Innovation initiative is designed for organisations which have developed an environmental product, service, management practice or process which has a proven track record, yet is not fully marketed due to residual risks.

For more information on the event and details of how to register please visit the Eco-Innovation European Info Day webpage.

Leading the Student Experience: Academics and Professional Services in Partnership

The Leadership Foundation and the Higher Education Academy are to commission a research project on Leading the Student Experience: Academics and Professional Services in Partnership. The aim of this research is to explore good examples of how academic and professional staff are working together in new ways to deliver the best possible student experience. Last May the Leadership Foundation launched a new network for PVCs Leading the Student Experience and at this inaugural event participants called for more support in the shape of overview data, case studies, and examples of ‘best practice’ to help them address both strategic leadership, change management and operational imperatives.

The total funding available for this research is £40,000. Tenders for the project will be welcome from Thursday 15 March 2012 and the deadline is Monday 2 April 2012.

Information on how to submit a tender is available here: Research Specification

All submissions must be sent to:

Helen Goreham, Research Manager, helen.goreham@lfhe.ac.uk and Lorna Shrubb research@heacademy.ac.uk

Call for Proposals for China-UK Programme in Global Priorities

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) have launched a joint call to strengthen the existing research links between the UK and China. Funding will be provided to facilitate bilateral co-operation between British and Chinese research groups in the research areas of healthy ageing populations, energy and food security.

A budget of up to £200,000 is available per UK project partner and this will be matched by MoST for the Chinese research partner. It is anticipated that one to two joint projects will be funded in each of the three theme areas of healthy aging populations, energy and food security. Further information and instructions on how to apply is available here.

Since the launch of RCUK China in 2007 the two countries have developed substantial research partnerships facilitated via a number of funding instruments and involving several different agencies. This joint call aims to build on this relationship and offers further opportunities for bilateral co-operation between British and Chinese research groups. It is hoped that a feasible and sustainable cooperation mechanism can be further developed through the experience of this programme.

Full details of the call including eligibility conditions and instructions on how to apply can be found in the Call for Proposals 

The closing date for applications will be midday (1200 British Summer Time) 30 April 2012

RCUK Plans to Extend Open Access Policy

Research Councils UK (RCUK) have produced a draft policy paper which sees an amendment to open access policies whereby it will be mandatory for all RCUK-funded papers be made freely available six months after publication. The draft policy paper was published on the EnablingOpenScholarship website on 12 March.

The UK’s Research Councils have proposed a revised policy on Open Access which further clarifies RCUK’s definition of Open Access and strengthens some of the criteria that must be satisfied. In particular, the policy commits to libre Open Access as the agreed RCUK definition, and permits an embargo of not longer than 6 months except for research  funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Some other areas where the existing policy , implemented in 2006, is strengthened are:

- the defining of specific conditions for OA journals to be recognised by the Research Councils as ‘Open Access Policy Compliant’

- the stipulation that the version of an article to be deposited in OA repositories is the final author version that is ‘accepted for publication’ (i.e. with all corrections and changes made as a result of peer review)

- the Research Councils will no longer accept embargo periods imposed by publishers, but instead stipulate an embargo period of no more than 6 months except in the case of humanities and social sciences

- a requirement for a statement from authors on how the ‘underlying materials’ (i.e. data, samples or models) for an article may be accessed (N.B. the materials need not necessarily be Open Access themselves)

The move would extend rules already in place at the Medical Research Council, although initially the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economics and Social Research Council would have lengthier, 12 month, periods.

Research News and Funding Opportunities Weekly Digest for March 19th

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