Collaboratories: Short Film About Virtual Research Environments

Collaboratories are virtual research environments that enable researchers across the country or the world to work together on research projects, bids or publications. Here’s a short video which shows how researchers and librarians in the Netherlands are using these tools (in Dutch with English subtitles):

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The research office has been working together with CERD and the library on establishing a similar toolkit for researchers here at Lincoln. It will be based on Google Apps, and in advance of its release we’re running training sessions starting in October through the HR Staff Development Programme. The first session is on 13th October at 12.30pm in CS training room 1. University of Lincoln staff can book online via the Portal (login required).

Research Connection 2009 Sessions Now Online

The 2009 Research Connection conference, which took place in Prague on 7th and 8th May, had a wealth of information on EC funding streams. All of these presentations, including videos, are now online:

EC Research Connection 2009 Presentations

This is a great resource, particularly if you’re thinking of bidding for FP7 funding.

EU Promotes Marie Curie Funding On Youtube

The European Union’s Research Directorate General is using Youtube to promote funding available for researchers:

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The Marie Curie, or PEOPLE programme is part of the EU’s Framework Programme 7 funding for research. It funds a range of activities focused on developing researchers and their career prospects, such as training (Initial Training Networks), staff exchanges (Intra-European Fellowship), and travel. It can also provide funding for visiting researchers from outside the EU to come to the UK and carry out collaborative research projects.

Most calls for 2008 have closed, but it is worth starting to think about next year’s calls at an early stage. Research Office can provide help and support in preparing an application, and you should also consult the UK Research Office page on Marie Curie grants. UKRO act as the National Contact Point for the Marie Curie programme in the UK and also run proposal writing events when calls are announced.