Daily Archives: May 9, 2012

EPSRC Call for Proposals: Working Together in ICT

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has today issued a call for proposals under their Digital Economy and ICT themes.

The Working Together call aims to support research projects which contribute to the ICT Theme’s Working Together priority and which might not currently arise without intervention, given the relative newness of that priority. Its overall objective is a demonstration that projects which align with the Working Together priority can and will be supported by less interventionist means in future and that potential applicants should therefore be confident in submitting them without the need for a specific call.
Working Together is relevant to all areas of research within ICT. Given the focus on interfaces we encourage consideration of work which is outside traditional
areas of ICT interest, as long as the benefit to ICT is clearly stated and the case made on that basis (i.e. the case should not be made solely or primarily on the
basis for impact or advances outside ICT.) Proposals with insufficient relevance to the ICT Theme remit may be rejected before peer review.
Working Together proposals will need to be based on two or more ‘streams’ of research. A stream can be though of as a project with its own objectives and
resources, where close communication with other streams allows these to be met more effectively.
Each stream should clearly relate both to its sister stream(s) and the objectives of the project as a whole. In themselves, streams may well look like ‘standard’ research projects. Their planning and resourcing are not required to be unusual except that resource should be built in to support the necessary interactions between streams.

Streams may be ongoing in the same institution and/or included in the same proposal form, as long as their distinct nature and value is described adequately in the case for support. You should also explain why the individuals or groups involved in your proposal have been included and how this fits with the aims and scope of the call. Note that collaboration between organisations is not on its own sufficient grounds to consider a proposal as being suitable for the Working  Together call.

Working Together projects could include:

  • Feasibility studies exploring where different research streams could benefit from working together
  • Projects focused on known interfaces where value can be added by more effective working together
  • Projects to build the links that will enable effective collaborative follow on projects
  • Projects which can act as a focus for working together between a wider community of researchers
  • Or other ideas for projects which will fit the aims and scope of the call

The full call details can  be accessed here, or below:

Working together in ICT (PDF 206KB)

EPSRC Call for Expressions of Interest: Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research

The EPSRC has issued a call for expressions of interest for membership of a newly-constituted forum of early career academic researchers in the scope of the Manufacturing the Future challenge theme.

Applicants should have a strong focus on advancing the UK’s international reputation in manufacturing research, be open to developing inter-disciplinary research agendas, and have an interest in participating in research policy development.

Members of the Early Career Forum will have the opportunity to interact with other early career researchers from across the breadth of engineering and the physical sciences, forming new professional networks that may generate future innovative research programmes. Forum members will also have targeted opportunities to participate in EPSRC strategic advisory activities, interact with senior staff of the EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing, and will receive insight into, and practical advice relating to, UK funding body policy and practice.

Please note that this is not a call for a direct funding opportunity, but an an expression of interest for membership of the Manufacturing the Future Early Career Research Forum.

For more information and to submit an expression of interest please visit the EPSRC call page.

Public Presentation of Research Findings to Get Blood Pumping

Blood flow imageScientists will stage a public presentation to reveal exciting research findings which could potentially help prevent people from developing diseases of the blood vessels in later life.

A team of academics from the Community and Health Research Group at the University of Lincoln have just completed a pilot study into the effects of exercise and nutrition on the efficient working of small blood vessels in people aged 50 and over.

The researchers are holding a free public lecture where they will present their key findings and discuss the potential significance. There will also be opportunities for audience members to pose questions.

The event takes place on Friday 25th May 2012 in the EMMTEC building on the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus. It runs from 12pm-2pm. Admission is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.

The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Markos Klonizakis, a Research Fellow in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln who specialises in the study of the small veins of the human body, and his co-researchers Geoff Middleton, Dr. Ahmad Alkhatib and Dr. Mark Smith.

The team spent eight weeks working with volunteers to assess the effect of changes to exercise and diet on the efficiency of blood flow in the small blood vessels – known as the microvascular system. Internal damage to these vessels is thought to be responsible for some common circulatory diseases, particularly varicose veins and leg ulceration.

Results from their pilot study were very positive, suggesting potential health benefits for all, but especially for older people, who due to the effects of ageing are more at risk of developing circulatory problems.

Dr. Klonizakis said: “This was a pilot study, but the results are exciting and point the way for further research. We felt it was important to share these early findings not just with the academic community, but also anyone with an interest in health. This presentation will be a chance for members of the public to hear more about our study and ask questions about what the results might mean.”

Admission to the presentation is free to attend but places are limited. To confirm a place, email Dr. Klonizakis at: mklonizakis@lincoln.ac.uk

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Ian Richards - Communications Officer - Press & Media

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