Sep 22 2017

ESRC’s Transformative Research Call 2017-18

For the purpose of this call, the ESRC broadly defines transformative research as involving pioneering theoretical and methodological innovation, engaging unusual disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspectives, challenging conventional academic thinking and/or involving the novel application of theory and methods in new contexts.. The expectation is that the transformative research call will provide a major stimulus to novel developments of social science enquiry which will lead to having transformative impact on society. The ESRC recognises that research will attract an element of risk, which we expect will be conducive to high reward.

Some of the possible characteristics of transformative research include:
• Results that will radically change accepted thinking in the social sciences or that could lead to a paradigm shift in its field
• Research that is ethically sound, but which is likely to involve an unusually high degree of risk for the researcher and/ or participants, with the expectation of it producing high rewards
• Research that engages unusual disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and/or methodologies
• Research that challenges widespread methodological and theoretical assumptions of typical social scientific enquiry
• Research that is carried out with the expectation that it will produce a broad base of knowledge and new thinking/insights which will lead to having transformative impact on society.

Call details
This call specifically encourages applicants to design a research question(s) that is both highly ambitious and creative. Applicants should also consider the potential scientific impact of their research proposal and the potential economic and societal impact. More information can be found on the ESRC Impact Toolkit at:
www.esrc.ac.uk/research/impact-toolkit

Funding and duration
Grants supported under this call will be duration and must start no later than 30 September 2018.

The value of the award shall not exceed £250,000 (at 100% fEC). The ESRC will fund 80% of this cost, and the balance must be covered by the host research organisation. We expect to fund10-12 transformative grants in this call. The final decision on how many grants will be funded will depend primarily on the quality of the proposals, on their potential to transform conventional academic thinking, transforming research methods, and/or their potential to have transformative impact on society.

Eligibility
All UK-based research organisations (ROs) that are eligible for Research Council funding will be
eligible to submit a maximum of two proposals to this call. As this is a highly competitive call,
all ROs must internally decide on the final number of proposals to be submitted.  Proposals
submitted to this call will count towards demand management statistics.

The deadline for proposals is 7 November 2017 (16:00).

 

Sep 13 2017

Public Health Research (PHR) Information Events

The Research Design Service (RDS) is organising a number of events which offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of our Public Health Research (PHR) programme. The PHR Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. Its scope is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health.

Registration to these events is FREE and refreshments will be provided. Senior PHR programme staff will be joined by RDS colleagues and a local PHR funding panel or board member to give a presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Following this plenary session, there will be individual one-to-one sessions for anyone wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss their project ideas (subject to availability) with PHR programme and/or RDS staff.

In order to secure your place at one of these events please complete the online booking form.

Events are being arranged in the following areas:

Newcastle 23 November 2017

Sep 11 2017

Wellcome Trust partnership grant with BBC Children in Need

Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.

BBC Children in Need and Welcome Trust are inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities. This is not about formal education. Projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons. Examples of previous funded projects can be accessed here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/41fGFbVjtMqN4XK5QmJbnCr/inspiring-science

Applications are open now, and will close at midnight on 22 September 2017. Grants will run from January 2018 to the end of September 2018 and In this first round of funding we anticipate that up to 20 grants will be awarded across the UK.

Further information on the funding call can be accessed here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/38JW42Ps0Tv7T0xGht7Bww1/about-the-fund .

Sep 11 2017

Horizon 2020 Information Days

The following are official information days, which are free and a good way not only to hear more about the programme but also to network with potential partners.

Dates confirmed so far are as follow:

We also understand that there is likely to be an information day for the Health Societal Challenge early in December (date to be confirmed).

In addition to these events, Innovate UK and the Enterprise Europe Network are also hosting a number of national events. Planned and confirmed events can be found on the Innovate Knowledge Transfer Network’s website.

If you are thinking about applying for opportunities through Horizon 2020 or would like to know more, please do get in touch (research.support@sunderland.ac.uk)

Sep 11 2017

New HERA funding Call ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, 23 humanities funding organisations and the European Commission are pleased to announce a new €20 Million Joint Research Programme (JRP) for arts and humanities researchers in Europe.

Organised by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), and facilitated in the UK by the AHRC, this joint research programme will fund innovative and exciting international research projects on ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’.

The beneficiaries of this Call are eligible researchers located in the HERA JRP PS countries: Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom, irrespective of their nationality.

The research programme will fund new and exciting humanities-centred projects involving researchers from four or more participating countries. Proposals can be up to €1 Million in value, and 24-36 months in duration. The deadline for the submission of Outline Proposals is Tuesday 24 October 2017, 14:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time).

If you are looking for partners, you can use the HERA partner search tool .

Further information on eligibility, call guidance and application process is available on the HERA website

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