2018 Horizon2020 Draft Work Programmes published!

If you’re interested in applying to Horizon2020, the EU’s research funding programme, then the new, 2018 draft work programmes are essential reading.

Although off-putting in size, these documents outline all the calls, budgets and deadlines for the next three years: 2018 – 2021 (with the exception of the ERC that publishes annually). Use the main menu at the start of each WP to navigate to your area of interest and buy yourself months of extra time before the calls are published later in the year.

All Horizon2020 awards will be underwritten by the UK Government for the full duration of the project if submitted before Mar 2019.  Apply whilst we still can!

Please do not place the work programmes on an external website, until the official launch in Autumn.

Any questions, please contact me, Carolyn Barker, on cmb47@kent.ac.uk.

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ERC Starting Grants and Marie Curie Fellowship workshops – 28 June

Wednesday 28th June, time tbc

Venue: Room tbc, Canterbury Campus, University of Kent

As part of a planned fellowship week, we will be holding three workshops on the 28th June on European fellowships:

  • ERC Starting and Consolidator Grant: For early-career academics or postdocs with a strong track record of research for their career stage and wishing to explore a significant research question.
  • ERC Advanced Grants: For mid-senior academic who have a strong track record of research and impact and who wish to explore the most compelling research questions in their field.
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual fellowships: For academic supervisors of promising postdocs who would like to move to the UK for a 2-year fellowships position.

The workshops are intended for applicants who are thinking of applying this year. Timetable of calls:

  • ERC Starting: Opening July 2017, Deadline Oct 2017 (tbc)
  • ERC Consolidator: Opening Oct 2017, Deadline Feb 2017 (tbc)
  • ERC Advanced: Opening 16 May 2017, Deadline 31 Aug 2017 (tbc)
  • MSCA Individual Fellowships: Opened 11 April 2017, Deadline 14 Sep 2017

More details to follow, but please register your interest here if you’d like to attend.

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Grants Factory: Applying for Marie Curie ITNs – 10 May

2-4pm, Wednesday 10 May 2017

Venue: TBC

The next call is due to open in the autumn with a deadline early in the New Year. Despite the triggering of Article 50 UK universities can still apply, and the Treasury has agreed to underwrite any grants that have been approved at the point the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Richard has kindly agreed to talk about his experience of applying for these complex grants, what worked for him, what he would have done differently, and what people should bear in mind when starting to develop the collaborations.
Dr Richard GuestMarie Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) provide funding for doctoral training programmes run jointly between a number of institutions across Europe. They run for up to 4 years and are worth up to €4.5m. There is no limit to the disciplines which can apply, and the University currently has six ITNs running. One of these is Enhanced Mobile Biometrics (AMBER) in EDA, led by Dr Richard Guest.

The session is free and open to all, and tea and coffee will be provided. However, do drop me a line to let me know that you plan to come.

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Early Stage Researchers Vacancies on Marie Curie ITN Project

AMBER (“enhAnced Mobile BiomEtRics”) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network addressing a range of current issues facing biometric solutions on mobile devices. AMBER will comprise ten integrated Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) projects across five EU universities. The Network has the direct support of seven Industrial Partners.

The aim of the Network is to collate Europe-wide complementary academic and industrial expertise, train and equip the next generation of researchers to define, investigate and implement solutions, and develop solutions and theory to ensure secure, ubiquitous and efficient authentication whilst protecting privacy of citizens.

The Network will run between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2020.

Recruitment for AMBER Early Stage Researchers is now open. Please visit the Recruitment page for more information

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ECRN: How to Have an Idea and Keep It

14:00-16:00, Thurs 16 March

 Venue TBC

Dr Kay Guccione

Research Mentoring and Coaching, University of Sheffield

‘Fellowship Ahoy!’ was a research project based at the University of Sheffield, exploring the development of research career independence and focussing on 5 areas of development for early career researchers aspiring to an academic career. This workshop gives a brief overview of the findings and then focuses on one of these areas — how to have research ideas: where do ideas come from, how do you know your idea is yours, and how can you develop from an initial spark to a project proposal.  Participants will have the chance to consider where their ideas come from, and how to make time for creative processes that help to generate and refine ideas? We will also discuss how to work with others to get feedback, and how to negotiate on ownership of research direction.

Run in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education

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ECRN: Getting Published: Targeting the Top Journals and Writing Book Proposals


12:30-14:30, Tuesday 7 March

Venue TBC

The next Early Career Researcher Network events this term will explore issues around getting published in the most appropriate places for your research.

Getting published is the cornerstone of a successful and sustainable academic career. A good publication record will have an impact on your promotion, but also on your chances of getting external research funding. In this workshop, Prof Mick Tuite (Biosciences) and Prof Sally Sheldon (KLS) will discuss some of the key issues you need to consider when seeking publication, including:

  •  Choosing the right journal;
  •  How articles are selected, and what makes an article attractive to an editor;
  •  Responding to reviewers’ comments;
  • Writing a book proposal and securing a contract;
  •  Dealing with co-authors;
  •  Managing your portfolio, and knowing when to say ‘no’.

The session is free, open to all, and lunch will be provided. However, do let me know if you are planning to come along so I can make sure the room and catering are sufficient. In addition, if you could let me know what your position is (permanent or fixed term, academic or researcher, and approximate time since doctorate), that will help Mick and Sally pitch the session appropriately.

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ECRN: How to Use Social Media to Support your Research

12:30-14:30, Wednesday 1 March 2017

Venue TBC

The next Early Career Researcher Network event this term will be run by Dr Rebekah Higgitt (History) and will look at how best to use social media to support your research.

Technology is changing the way we access information, and how we communicate. Nowhere is this more apparent than in academia. Social media sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and blogging platforms such as Blogger and WordPress, are increasingly being used to raise profiles, to disseminate research, and to make links with potential collaborators.

Is it possible to embrace the new technology without compromising your integrity or short-selling your research? Rebekah is a prolific and successful blogger (via the Guardian), and has a considerable following on Twitter. In this session she will share her experiences, what works for her, and what she’s learnt from engaging positively with social media.

The session is free and open to all, but numbers are limited so do let me know if you would like to come along. A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm.


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Grants Factory: Essential Elements of a Successful Application

24 February 2017
Medway: Venue TBC

We’re just about half way through the 2016/17 programme, and will be rerunning the ‘Essential Elements’ session at the Medway Campus. Everyone’s research is different, but successful funding proposals share a number of common elements. Mastering these is essential if your application is going to get the consideration it deserves, no matter how good your underlying research idea is. This session will look at these, and will provide insights into how to get them right.

The session will be led by Mick Tuite, Professor of Molecular Biology in the School of Biosciences. Using real life examples, he will share their experience and knowledge, and you should come away from the session with the basic tools for constructing a successful proposal. To get a sense of what will be covered, have a look at notes from previous sessions here and here.

The event is free and open to all, and lunch will be provided. However, places are limited, and it is always well attended, so do let Phil Ward know if you would like to come.

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