As you know the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) will finish at the end of this year and the main European Research Council (ERC) calls for proposals under FP7 are already closed. The next ERC calls will be made under the future programme, Horizon 2020, that will take over from FP7 for 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 is still under negotiation however the ERC has issued a preliminary schedule for 2014 – as with previous transitions from one framework programme to another this is likely to differ so should be taken on a purely indicative basis only:
- Publication of the provisional schedule for the new calls (ERC Work Programme 2014), late in 2013;
- Opening and submission deadlines of new ERC calls throughout 2014:
- Opening and submission deadline for Starting grants; first and second quarter of 2014
- Opening and submission deadline for Consolidator grants; second quarter of 2014
- Opening and submission deadline for Advanced grants; fourth quarter of 2014
- No further calls for Synergy grants in 2013 and 2014;
- Normal schedule for Proof of Concept grants (one call with two deadlines in 2014). Although no final decision has yet been taken by the EU, the ERC Scientific Council provides, without any commitment, this provisional information for the convenience of the scientific community.
No further information is available at this stage on the calendar, budget or rules of the next calls, however updates will be released on the ERC website and the Participant Portal.
*Commissioned call for proposals*
Applicants are invited to submit proposals on the following commissioning briefs by 1pm on 17 January 2013.
12/177 – New research on community hospitals – activity, appropriateness and cost-effectiveness
12/178 – Evaluating interventions to identify and reduce avoidable mortality in hospitals
The commissioning briefs, application forms and guidance notes for these topics are all available on the HS&DR Programme website.
The British Academy have just announced a call for proposals for an entirely new scheme offered by the Academy for Quantitative Skills Acquisition Awards.
These awards, for early career scholars (within 10 years of the award of their doctorate) who are in established academic posts, are intended to develop and enhance the award-holder’s quantitative skills by providing an award to enable early career researchers to spend some time with a mentor in a research group specialising in quantitative methods. The award, of up to £10,000 over up to 12 months, may be used to cover some short-term teaching relief, the time of the mentor, and travel, accommodation and related costs to enable the partnership to be developed between the award-holder and the mentor.
Further information is available on the Academy’s website at http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/skills_acquisition.cfm and in a series of Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/Skills_Acquisition_FAQs.cfm as well as in e-GAP.
The awards are offered as a pilot round of competition, after which the scheme will be evaluated, and the deadline for applications is on 31 October. Application forms are available now in the e-GAP system. Decisions will be announced by 31 March 2013, for awards to begin between 1 September 2013 and 1 January 2014.
Any questions not answered by the Frequently Asked Questions, or in the Scheme Notes (downloadable from the e-GAP system), may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme aims to support outstanding early career researchers to carry out excellent research and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills.
The closing date for proposals is 16.00 on 4 October 2012.
Awards will be for a maximum of three years with an overall limit of £312,500 (at 100 per cent full Economic Cost). We aim to fund around 70 awards.