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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

Royal Society: Brian Mercer Feasibility Award

This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.

The scheme provides initial support of up to £30,000 to test the feasibility of a project, enabling applicants to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their scientific research, possibly in conjunction with a third party.

This award and the Brian Mercer Award for Innovation (which is intended for concepts at a more advanced stage) are designed to promote innovation and fill the funding gap between scientific research and the exploitation of an idea through venture capital investment.

The Brian Mercer Awards were established by the Society in 2001 as the result of a generous bequest received from the late Dr Brian Mercer.  Dr Mercer was an enthusiastic inventor and entrepreneur and these awards aim to encourage these qualities in the next generation of scientists.

Eligibility requirements

The scheme covers the built environment, clean technology, energy and nanoscience, nanotechnology and biomedical sciences.

The applicant must:

  • have a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession
  • hold a substantive post in either a university or not-for-profit research organisation in the UK
  • expect to be in post for at least the duration of the project

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes (PDF).

Value and tenure

The scheme provides an award of up to £30,000 (including VAT where applicable). Awards are not expected to exceed 12 months in duration.

Application process

Applications are checked by the selection panel chair for eligibility and then reviewed by the members of the panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise. The application is then reviewed by two independent referees suggested by the panel.

The selection panel then considers the applications before reaching a decision. This process takes around six weeks.

For further information, contact Research & Income Generation Support at Research & Enterprise.

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.

Medilink East Midlands: Horizon 2020

The planned launch of Horizon 2020 is January 2014 and there are important new developments that are included in the programme; one being the emphasis of funding specifically for SMEs and the other being a strong emphasis on Healthcare.

To find out more, attend ‘Horizon 2020: Healthcare Funding & Collaboration Opportunities’ on Wednesday 11 December at BioCity Nottingham.

The EU UK National Contact Point for Health will give an overview of H2020, specifically focusing on the health call priority areas and timings of the various calls. We will also have a panel discussion where your specific questions will be answered.

To register for this no-charge event please complete the online booking form http://www.medilinkem.com/events/events-list/2013/12/11/horizon2020

MRC/NHS: Efficiency Mechanism Evaluation Programme

The EME Programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for the following topics:

If interested:

  1. Check – does your innovation fit within the specific research area above and do your evaluation plans fit within the remit of the EME commissioned work stream?
  2. Suggest – if it doesn’t, keep an eye on the NIHR website for future calls or submit a suggestion for a future call, or consider applying through our researcher led work stream.
  3. Collaborate and plan – if it does, great!  Now establish a strong collaboration with an academic unit and / or NHS organisation and/or industry and start to prepare your bid with them using the information on the EME website and their expertise.
  4. Submit an outline proposal with your collaborators to the relevant call.


In order to help you with your application, a webinar will run for each topic on the following dates.

  • 13/160 Passive and bioactive implantable medical devices
    20 March 2014 11:30am  to 12:15pm
  • 13/179 Microbial therapies to treat gastrointestinal disease
    20 January 2014 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Register for a webinar

More information on how to apply, the EME remit, the commissioning briefs and application deadlines can be found on the EME commissioned call webpage.

*Researcher-led call for proposals*

The EME Programme is also accepting applications to its researcher-led workstream. Applicants are invited to apply by 1pm on 27 February 2014. More information on how to apply can be found on the EME researcher-led call webpage.