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New Deadline iCalendar for Horizon 2020

A new iCalendar has been produced by the European Commission, providing up-to-date information on Horizon 2020 deadlines for the next two years.

The iCalendar, which can be accessed through the Participant Portal will be kept up-to-date centrally by the EC and can also be downloaded to be used with Microsoft Outlook.

To access the iCalendar, you simply need to click on the calendar icons located next to ‘Calls’ and ‘Call Updates’ on the left hand side of the Participant Portal’s ‘Funding Opportunities’ page.

Source: UKRO

Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

School of Advanced Study - University of London

The School of Advanced Study, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)  and the British Academy, is delighted to announce and invite participation in Being Human—the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

Being Human aims to engage the public with the very best of the innovative research taking place across the humanities. Hosted by HE institutions and their cultural and community partners across the UK, it will draw together a programme of activities to inform, extend, and ignite our contemporary thinking and imagination.

In this inaugural year, the School is extending an open call for applications for small grants of £2-3k to facilitate participation in the festival. These grants will support activities that make humanities research accessible to the general public and demonstrate the role the humanities can play in the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK.

The question of what it means to be human is at the heart of humanities research, and for this festival will provide a locus around which to demonstrate the vitality and public relevance of the humanities in 2014. Following the success of the Being/Human theme used for the 2013 Arts and Humanities Festival at King’s College London, this festival will inspire engagement with humanities research on a national scale.

Apply for event funding

The School of Advanced Study, University of London, together with the AHRC and the British Academy, has made available a number of funding grants of between £2-3kfor events to be staged during the Festival week.

Applications are invited from universities and independent research organisations to bid for support to stage events.

Application and deadline

Key dates

  • 14 March 2014 - Deadline for applications
  • 4 April 2014 - Notification of outcome of applications
  • June 2014 - Deadline for submission of event details
  • September 2014 - Launch of the online programme of events
  • 15–23 November 2014 - Festival

Source: http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/being-human-festival

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British Academy: Call for applications to Newton International Fellowships

A new round of Newton International Fellowships – an initiative to fund research collaborations and improve links between UK and overseas researchers – has now opened. The Newton International Fellowships are funded by the British Academy and the Royal Society and aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the humanities, the natural, physical and social sciences.

The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. Newton Fellows will receive an allowance of £24,000 to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses in each year of the Fellowship. A one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000 is also available. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following completion of the Fellowship to support activities which will help build long-term links with the UK. The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.

Applications are to be made via the Royal Society’s online application system which is available at
https://e-gap.royalsociety.org/ register through the online booking system by Friday 22 November.

The closing date for applications is Monday 10 March 2014. Further details are available from the Newton International Fellowships website: www.newtonfellowships.org

TSB: Agri-Tech Catalyst

The Agri-Tech Catalyst supports innovative ideas from any sector or discipline, which can help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability.

Three categories of grant are available:

These categories are designed to form a pipeline, supporting the development of an idea from concept to commercialisation, from the early-stage exploration of commercial and technical potential through to proving utility in the field and development prior to commercialisation.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for assessment by independent experts. Applicants may apply for the award category most appropriate for their work without having received a prior award.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will fund proposals relating to:

  • primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture
  • non-food uses of arable crops (for example, for biomass)
  • food security and nutrition challenges in international development
  • challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst will not fund equine-related proposals, or proposals relating to forestry or wild-capture fisheries.

Agricultural science and technology is one of the world’s fastest-growing and exciting markets. It is driven by global changes: a rising population, climate change, rapid development of emerging economies with western lifestyle aspirations, and growing geopolitical instability around shortages of land, water and energy. A technology revolution is also taking place. Breakthroughs in nutrition, genetics, informatics, satellite imaging, remote sensing, meteorology, precision farming and low-impact agriculture are driving major global investment in agri-tech.

In order to meet these challenges, businesses and researchers need to work together to develop innovative technologies and processes which provide solutions that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. That is the vision of the Government’s UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, which aims to put the UK at the forefront of the sustainable intensification of agricultural production.

And to help achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in a new Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline with the potential to provide an economic boost to the UK Agri-Tech industry, by tackling challenges in agriculture. These may be domestic or international challenges: funding for the Agri-Tech Catalyst includes an element specifically targeted at contributing to international development.

Funding through the Agri-Tech Catalyst is available to UK businesses of any size, as well as researchers. Funding is also available to partners in developing countries for applications targeting international development challenges.

Support is available for projects arising from any sector or discipline that are aimed at addressing relevant challenges, and multi-disciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

The deadline for applications for the first round is 4 June 2014. In the case of industrial research awards, the deadline for second-stage applications is 11 June 2014.

Department of Health / TSB: Enabling technologies for genomics sequence data analysis and interpretation

The Department of Health and Genomics England Limited are collaborating to launch a new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to find enabling technologies for genomics sequence data analysis and interpretation.

The focus of this competition will be on innovative technologies that address the requirements of the 100k Genome Project. These technologies may include developments in the areas of bioinformatics, software pipelines, computer hardware and analysis algorithms.

The Department of Health is investing up to £10m in this competition, which will be managed by Genomics England Limited and which is expected to run in two phases.

Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept and up to £2m has been allocated for this phase. We expect development contracts in Phase 1 to be for a maximum of 6 months and up to a maximum value of £200k. Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible for Phase 2, which is typically intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstration units from the more promising technologies.

The competition opens on 2 December 2013. The deadline for registration is noon on 26 January 2014 and the deadline for applications is noon on 5 February 2014.

Key dates

  • Competition launch: 2 December 2013 
  • Deadline for registration: Noon, 26 January 2014 
  • Deadline for applications: Noon, 5  February 2014
  • Award decision: End March 2014

If you are planning to apply, please contact Research & Enterprise Services at the earliest opportunity.

For more information, please visit the TSB’s website.