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EPSRC’s Latest Calls for Proposals.

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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

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/

Horizon 2020 – Excellent Science – ERC Grants

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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.

Background

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’.

Objectives of Fund

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.

Value Notes

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

  • Up to a maximum of €1.5 million for a period of five years.
  • Additionally, up to €500,000 can be requested to cover:
    • Eligible “start-up” costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant.
    • Purchase of major equipment.
    • Access to large facilities.

Consolidator Grants

  • Up to a maximum of €2 million for a period of five years.
  • Additionally, up to €750,000 can be requested to cover:
    • Eligible “start-up” costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant.
    • Purchase of major equipment.
    • Access to large facilities.

Advanced Grants

  • Up to a maximum of €2.5 million for a period of five years.
  • Additionally, up to €1 million can be requested to cover:
    • Eligible “start-up” costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant.
    • Purchase of major equipment.
    • Access to large facilities.

Proof of Concept Grant

  • Up to a maximum of €150,000 for a period of 18 months.
  • The ERC expects that normally, proof of concept projects should be completed within 12 months.

Who Can Apply

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:

  • Starting Grant - The Principal Investigator should have been awarded his/her first PhD more than two years, and less than seven years prior to the Call for Proposals. Applicants are expected to have produced at least one important publication without the participation of their PhD supervisor.
  • Consolidator Grant - The Principal Investigator should have been awarded his/her first PhD more than seven, and less than twelve years prior to the Call for Proposals. Applicants are expected to have produced several important publications without the participation of their PhD supervisor.
  • Advanced Grant - applicants are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years.
  • Proof of Concept Grant - All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either ongoing or has ended less than 12 months before the publication date of a Call for Proposals, are eligible to apply.

Location

EU Member State or Associated Country

Terms and Conditions

  1. A Principal Investigator may submit only one proposal to the ERC for ERC frontier research grant calls made under the same Work Programme.
  2. A Principal Investigator whose proposal was evaluated as category C in the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals under Work Programme 2013 may not submit a proposal to the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals made under Work Programme 2014.
  3. A researcher may participate as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time.
  4. A researcher participating as Principal Investigator in an ERC frontier research project may not submit a proposal for another ERC frontier research grant, unless the existing project ends no more than two years after the call deadline.
  5. A Principal Investigator who is a serving Panel Member for a 2014 ERC call or who served as a Panel Member for a 2012 ERC call may not apply to a 2014 ERC call for the same type of grant.
  6. A Principal Investigator whose proposal is evaluated as category C in the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals under Work Programme 2014 may not submit a proposal to the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals made under Work Programme 2015 and 2016.
  7. A Principal Investigator whose proposal is finally evaluated as category B in the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals under Work Programme 2014 may not submit a proposal to the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals made under Work Programme 2015.

Eligible Expenditure

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.

How To Apply

Deadlines are as follows:

  • Advanced Grant – 21 October 2014
  • Proof of Concept Grant – 1 October 2014

There will be no Call for Synergy Grants in 2014.

Frequency: Annual and biannual

Link to guidelines: http://erc.europa.eu/funding-and-grants

Useful information

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.

BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) Joint Funding of Research

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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 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) have agreed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-fund and support collaborative research projects by UK/Brazilian partnerships.

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.

The research proposals can be in any area of science within both of the BBSRC and FAPESP remits – principally food security, bioenergy and industrial biotechnology.

Further information: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/internationalfunding/fapesp-joint-funding-research.aspx

Information taken from Grantfinder, Idox

Additive Manufacturing for Future Military Equipment

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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.

Extended Description

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:

  • Challenge 1 – Embedded Sensors.
  • Challenge 2 – Embedded Rechargeable Power Sources.
  • Challenge 3 – Integrated Electronics.
  • Challenge 4 – Integrated Novel Camouflage or Stealth Technologies.
  • Challenge 5 – Rapidly Building, Modifying and Adapting Bespoke Military Equipment.
  • Challenge 6 – Using Additive Manufacturing to Mimic Biological Systems.

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):

  • Maritime Environment:
    • Reduce the cost, time and complexity of manufacture to allow capabilities to be fielded more flexibly in
      the future.
    • Increasing maintenance instrumentation in maritime platforms and platform systems.
    • Employ platform and task group level maintenance and repair capabilities to restore the fighting
      effectiveness of platforms after damage.
    • Support humanitarian and disaster relief missions by allowing the manufacture of components to
      restore vital life support following disaster.
  • Land Environment:
    • Using additive manufacturing to reduce the burden on the dismounted soldier.
    • Allow unmanned vehicle technologies to be realised.
  • Ballistic Testing and Injury Modelling:
    • Develop complex muscle and bone simulants for military testing.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Academic and industrial organisations based in the UK and overseas are eligible to submit a proposal.

Value Notes

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.

Restrictions

The following will not be funded:

  • Projects where the main output is a literature review.
  • Proposals that seek to develop heat exchangers.
  • Phase 1 proposals that do not include an outline of what a possible second phase of work may address.

Terms and Conditions

Proposals are assessed using the MOD’s Performance Assessment Framework (PAF).

The four main criteria for assessment are:

  • Operational Relevance - meeting identified requirements, as described by the Defence Technology Plan (DTP).
  • Likelihood of Exploitation - potential, likelihood, being delivered, achieved.
  • Builds Critical Technical Capability to meet Future UK Needs – meeting anticipated requirements, as described by the DTP.
  • Scientific Quality and/or Innovation.

Application Procedure

The competition’s key dates are:

  • Competition open to applications: 28 May 2014.
  • Network/briefing event in Cardiff: 24 June 2014. Registration for the event is via the CDE website.
  • Post-launch Webinar: 4 July 2014. Registration for the Webinar is via the CDE website.
  • Phase 1 deadline for applications: 5pm, 28 August 2014.
  • Phase 1 contract placement initiated and feedback provided: by 15 October 2014.

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

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