Have your say on Open Access!

RCUKResearch Councils UK (RCUK) has recently launched a call for evidence for the 2014 review of the implementation of the RCUK policy on Open Access.

The independent review is aimed at helping RCUK to understand how effective the Open Access policy has been and what impact it has had on universities, research organisations, publishers and researchers.

“This is an open call and the review panel will be interested to hear from individuals, institutions and organisations alike where there is evidence of how the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access is having an impact. Although we recognise that this review is taking place early in the policy’s implementation period, it is a good opportunity to take stock and we hope that as much evidence as possible is put forward to the review.”

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Chair of the Independent Review Panel

The review panel, chaired by former University of Leicester vice-chancellor Bob Burgess, wants to hear from anyone who is interested in the open-access policy. It is expected that the panel will report their interim findings to RCUK Executive Group by the end of 2014 with a full report expected in the first part of 2015. Further details on the call can be found on the RCUK Website. The deadline for submissions is 12th September 2014.

Staff Research Development Day – Monday 16 December

UoL-logo-general-use-white-backgroundThe next University of Lincoln Research Development Day will take place on Monday 16 December in ENG207.

These sessions are open to all academics and research support staff and will concentrate on grant writing skills, networking and Horizon 2020:

1. Grant Writing Skills: the Art of a Strong Proposal – Traps, Tricks and Techniques, 9am – 11:15am

This presentation covers the art of Grantmanship and is designed for all types of grant applications covering the do’s and dont’s when preparing a proposal together with the necessary building blocks, over and above the research context, with which to construct the application.

2. The Importance of Networking and how to be effective, 11:15am – 1:45pm

With an ever increasing emphasis on multi-disciplinarity, impact, dissemination, exploitation and outreach the network structure behind a research bid is an essential component to be competitive. This workshop presents an understanding of these requirements and the basic principles behind the networking process; helping to identify key players and stakeholders as well as how to approach them.

3. Strategic Opportunities Within Horizon 2020 and How to Address them, 2:30pm – 5pm

This session will introduce Horizon 2020 from a strategic position. The session will explain changes from the FP7 programme and provide a background for insights into the substantial opportunities and requirements for a Competitive Horizon 2020 bid.

You are able to attend as many workshops as you would like and there is no preparation necessary for any of the sessions.  To book a place on any of these sessions please email research@lincoln.ac.uk.

AHRC: Science in Culture Innovation Awards

Innovation Awards under the Science in Culture theme are now available.

Successful proposals under the Innovation Awards call are expected to expand and explore the Science in Culture theme in new and innovative ways.  Proposals may address any aspect of the theme as outlined in the call document.

In the context of this call, innovation can take a number of forms:

  • Exploring new inter-disciplinary concepts, methodologies and approaches drawing on both the arts and humanities and the sciences
  • Developing reciprocal collaborations of a new nature or in new or emerging fields of collaborative enquiry between the arts and humanities and the sciences
  • Addressing innovative and inter-disciplinary research questions co-produced through dialogue between the arts and humanities and the sciences

Funding of up to £80,000 (fEC) over a period of 12 months will be awarded to successful grants.  Up to 10 Innovation Awards are expected to be funded under the Science in Culture theme.

Deadline: 27 February 2014

For further information, please see the call document (pdf 396kb, opens in new window)​, or visit the AHRC’s website.

Launch of EPSRC Awards Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

To celebrate the incredible innovation that has taken place over recent decades and, in particular, the researchers who have led that innovation, EPSRC, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering are launching the RISE awards – Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers.

An independent judging panel will select their top 10 established inspirational scientists and engineers from nominees put forward by universities, industry, professional bodies and learned institutes. Each of these ten will then nominate someone they see as a future world-class talent.

EPSRC is at the heart of UK innovation, generating the fundamental knowledge that fuels economic and social prosperity and investing in the skilled people who drive research forward. Together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the EPSRC supports the very best researchers throughout their careers by fostering their ambition, innovation and adventure.

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

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.