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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

Call for Individual Fellowships under Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions opens today

Individual Fellowships from the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) will award experienced scientists (postdocs) who want to strengthen their career through mobility. The MCSA offer funding schemes for moving and working at a host institution within or outside Europe. Candidates of any nationality can participate.

Only the country of the institution where the candidate will work is determinant. In that context, and following recent political developments, please note that Switzerland is currently considered as a Third Country and Swiss institutions cannot host MSCA fellowships.

For questions, please contact Research & Enterprise. The 2014 budget for Individual Fellowships under MSCA is €240.5 millions.

The deadline is 11 September 2014.

Further Information

Source: Cyrille Girardin, EURESEARCH

Digital Curation Centre: Digital Curation Webinars

The DCC runs a series of free, online training sessions covering a wide range of digital curation-related topics. These brief sessions will last for one hour and will provide participants with an introduction to some of the current issues, some examples of emerging good practice, and an overview of tools and approaches.

The webinars will run on the second Thursday of each month. The sessions will be run using Google+ Hangouts but participants do not need to have a Google account to take part. Please register for each session before 11:00 on the day of the session so that we can provide you with links to the slides following the session.

  • Customising DMPonline, 13th March 2014 *FULLY BOOKED*
  • Customising DMPonline, 10th April 2014 (16:00 GMT) - Register

About the session:

DMPonline is the DCC’s web-based tool to help researchers write Data Management Plans. They’ve recently released a new version of the tool which offers a lot of flexibility in terms of how institutions can customise it. You can create your own template to provide questions and guidance that researchers should respond to, add tailored guidance to help researchers answer funders questions, and provide examples and suggested answers. This webinar will demo the new version of DMPonline and profile the options available for customising the tool by showing examples from a number of early adopters.

Future topics will be announced as they are confirmed. If you have an idea for a webinar or would like to suggest a topic, please get in touch with the DCC.

- See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/training/webinars#sthash.2coZ8oBb.dpuf

Source: DCC

Society for Applied Microbiology: New Lecturer Research Grant

This grant is normally available for newly appointed lecturers, in their first permanent academic appointment in a Higher Education Institute, to pump-prime their microbiological research. It will normally not be awarded to applicants who have already received a major research grant from other sources. Applicants should be current Full Members of SfAM and have been so for at least two years prior to their application. Funding of up to £10,000 is available to a successful applicant.

Applicants can apply for this grant within three years of the start date of their first appointment. Applicants need not necessarily be in a ‘Microbiology’ lecturer post but their research field and proposed project should be in the field of Applied Microbiology. This grant is not available to Research Fellows or Postdoctoral Researchers. Applicants must enclose a CV with their application. The closing date for applications is 30 September each year.

To apply for the New Lecturer Research Grant you can complete the online form on the SfAM website or download the application form here.

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.