Newton Fund: building science and innovation capacity in developing countries
Calls are likely to be opened at different times according to the country and the programme area.
Calls are likely to be opened at different times according to the country and the programme area.
This is EPSRC’s email alert of the latest calls for proposals.
Advanced materials for nuclear fission
This call is for collaborative research projects that investigate new advanced materials for use in radioactive environments in current and future nuclear power stations.
Closing date: 21 August 2014 at 16:00 http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/advancedmaterialsfornuclearfission/
Contrails: finding, understanding and countering crime in the cloud
Working with the Metropolitan Police Service and the National Crime Agency, EPSRC and ESRC are jointly requesting proposals for a research Centre which will improve understanding of, and responses to, criminal activities and behaviour in the cloud.
Closing date: 16 September 2014 at 16:00 http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/contrails/
EPSRC-JSPS core-to-core collaboration in spintronics and advanced materials
EPSRC are seeking Expressions of Interest for participation in the JSPS Core-to-Core scheme in the area of spintronics and advanced materials.
Closing date: 18 July 2014 at 16:00 http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/epsrcjspscollabs/
Scheme to recognise Academic Centres of Excellence for Cyber Security Research
On behalf of partners across the UK Government, EPSRC is inviting applications from UK Universities who would like to be recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR.) This is the third and final call in the initial phase of this scheme.
Closing date: 12 December 2014 at 16:00 http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/acecsr3rdcall/
Fellowships are available in a number of priority areas http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/fellows/areas/
Applications can be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis – further information on the application and peer review process http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/fellows/peerreviewprocess/
ERC funding schemes are open to excellent researchers of any nationality who wish to carry out their frontier research in the EU Member States or associated countries.
The European Research Council’s grant programme consists of actions under Part I of the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar of Horizon 2020 , the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014–2020.
Part I of the Excellent Science pillar relates to the specific objective ‘Strengthening Europe’s science base in frontier research’.
The European Research Council (ERC) aims to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high gain and high risk research.
Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe.
The indicative budget for the 2014 Call is €15 million.
Up to 100% of total eligible and approved direct costs, and flat-rate financing of indirect costs of a maximum of 25% of the total eligible direct costs, is available.
Grant levels vary as follows:
ERC Starting Grants
Proof of Concept Grant
Principal Investigators of any nationality may apply to carry out research in a host institution established in an EU Member State or Associated Country. Public or private institutions, including universities, research organisations and undertakings can host the Principal Investigator.
The researcher may be residing in any country in the world at the time of application, but the host institution must be in an EU Member state or Associated Country. The grant is awarded to the institution that engages and hosts the Principal Investigator.
In certain conditions team members may be based outside of the EU or an Associated Country.
The following specific eligibility criteria apply:
EU Member State or Associated Country
Applications may be made in any field of research. Support is available for frontier research.
Proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches are particularly encouraged.
Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.
The following grants are available:
ERC Starting Grant – designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme.
Consolidator Grant – designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme.
Advanced Grant – designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements.
Proof of Concept Grant – funding for further work (ie activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects.
Deadlines are as follows:
There will be no Call for Synergy Grants in 2014.
Frequency: Annual and biannual
Link to guidelines: http://erc.europa.eu/funding-and-grants
Applications are made online through the Participants Portal. A Guide for Applicants is published for each Call for Proposals which describes in detail how the electronic forms should be completed.
Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grant proposals are submitted by the Principal Investigator who has scientific responsibility for the project, on behalf of the host institution. A single submission of the full proposal will be followed by a two-step evaluation. The evaluation will be conducted by high level peer review panels. Applicant Principal Investigators can request during the electronic proposal submission that up to three specific persons should not act as a peer reviewer in the evaluation of their proposal.
Proof of Concept Grant proposals are submitted by the Principal Investigator who has responsibility for the proposed activities, on behalf of the host institution which is the applicant legal entity. Proposals should provide detailed descriptions of the project, its objectives, planning, execution, and required resources.
Information taken from Grantfinder, Idox.
Co-funded support for research projects involving international collaboration between the UK and Brazil in any areas of science within the remits of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).
The MoU aims to encourage and support collaborative projects that cut across national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams. Both agencies are charged with fostering and supporting academic research for their respective nations and recognise that the best research in all countries may be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally.
Further information: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/internationalfunding/fapesp-joint-funding-research.aspx
Information taken from Grantfinder, Idox
Proposals for design concepts and a proof of principle, with a working demonstrator, are invited in this CDE themed Call which examines how, from a military perspective, additive manufacturing techniques could be used to quickly add functionality to structures (rigid or flexible) enabling additional functions to be undertaken.
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is part of the UK Government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), run by the Ministry of Defence, and is aligned with the Government’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). The CDE provides funding for novel, high-risk research from higher education organisations and a range of technology providers to enable the development of products and process which place the UK Armed Forces and national security at an advantage.
This CDE themed competition seeks projects to demonstrate how innovative additive manufacturing technologies could significantly enhance the performance of future military equipment. The competition is specifically seeking demonstrations of how additive manufacturing techniques could be used to quickly add functionality to structures (rigid or flexible) so that they can undertake more than one task.
Additive manufacturing is the layer-by-layer deposition of materials using digitally controlled machine tools. The term includes a wide range of techniques, including 3D printing, direct melting techniques (such as laser and ebeam) and wire-feed processes. Additive manufacturing has seen a wide use within the commercial sector and has been identified as a potentially disruptive technology for a broad range of military applications. It is assumed that additive manufacturing will eventually provide MOD with the ability to build, adapt or modify equipment close to the point of use. This competition seeks to understand whether additive manufacturing can also be used to produce materials or constructs with enhanced functionality.
CDE not only seeks to meet technology challenges but to understand how those challenges align to a broad range of military applications. Proposals should address at least one challenge, could address more than one of the challenges, but do not have to address all the following challenges:
As well as addressing at least one technology challenge, every proposal must explain how it will add functionality to military equipment and/or processes. The following are examples of military applications of particular interest to the competition (the list is not exhaustive; proposals that explicitly give alternative applications to defence or security requirements will be equally considered):
This competition has a 2-phase approach. Following a review of the Phase 1 deliverables, promising concepts may be selected for Phase 2 funding to increase the maturity of the concept, and produce higher technology readiness level (TRL) demonstrators.
Academic and industrial organisations based in the UK and overseas are eligible to submit a proposal.
A total of £750,000 of funding is available for the first phase of this competition. There is no cap on the value of proposals but it is more likely that for the first phase a larger number of lower-value proposals (eg £40,000 to £80,000) will be funded rather than a small number of higher-value proposals.
Proposals should focus on a short, proof-of-concept phase typically, but not exclusively, 6-8 months’ in duration with deliverables completed by 30 June 2015.
The following will not be funded:
Proposals are assessed using the MOD’s Performance Assessment Framework (PAF).
The four main criteria for assessment are:
The competition’s key dates are:
Proposals must be submitted via the CDE online portal by 5pm on the closing date. Proposals can be developed through the portal where forms are available. Additional attachments can be added but the key aspects of the proposal must be submitted on the web forms. With CDE contracts, the intellectual property (by default) stays with the contractor.
- Information provided by Grantfinder, Idox