Connected Communities Event and Funding

The AHRC have an open call for expressions of interest to attend a research development workshop addressing the challenges of Disconnection, Division and Exclusion. This event will be on 18-20 March 2014 at the Novotel Sheffield Centre Hotel as a part of the Connected Communities Programme. The aim is to stimulate the development of innovative, cross-disciplinary, community-engaged, research projects to better understand the disconnections that can occur from, within and between communities in different cultural contexts.

AHRC are seeking applications to participate in the workshop from both researchers funded under the Connected Communities programme, in addition to researchers and non academic partners not current involved but who have relevant expertise.  Attendees at the workshop will have an opportunity to apply for ring-fenced funding for follow-up projects of up to £100,000 to take forward the most innovative research ideas that emerge during the workshop.

The deadline for applications to attend the workshop is 30th January.  Further information is available at

Horizon 2020 call calendar


Given the huge number of Horizon 2020 deadlines, we have not integrated these into our normal funding calendar.  Our colleagues at Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Brussels Office (GBWMBO) have put together a fantastic deadline calendar for Horizon 2020 which can be searched by theme or by deadline. Staffordshire University colleagues can download this here Horizon 2020 Final Deadlines 2014

For further information on Horizon 2020 and the opportunities and support available please contact



An audience with our National Teaching Fellows


The Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) Scheme is a fantastic way to recognize your excellence in learning and teaching. To provide you with successful candidates’ views, come and join our audience with Dr Liz Boath and Emeritus Prof. Bernard Moss to find out more about the scheme and most importantly the benefits of being an NTF – not just the £10,000 to be used for your own professional development

The first of these sessions will take place in Stoke on 14th January 2013 at 1.00 pm till 2.00 pm in BG46, Brindley Building. A few places are still available for Staffordshire University staff. So if your interest is sparked and you want to know learn more from Liz and Bernard, then contact Liz at to confirm your attendance.

If you would like to know more about the NTF scheme in general, then follow this link




Funding for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Growth research

Grants for innovation, entrepreneurship and growth experiments

Nesta have launched a call for proposals for “experimental research that provides evidence on the best approaches to increase innovation, support high-growth entrepreneurship and accelerate business growth”.  

The scheme is looking to fund a range of approaches through randomized control trials. Example activities provided include models of technology transfer from universities, different approaches to managing and stimulating innovation, networks and collaboration, open innovation, innovative procurement, amongst others.  The call documents highlight economic and social entrepreneurship and return on investment will be supported.

Given our University research and HEIF expertise we expect a lot of interest in this call so please contact if you are interested to ensure we have a coordinated approach. 

The call deadline is 24th February with further details at


Funding for travel to commonwealth countries

The Association of Commonwealth Universities Early Career Academic Grants Scheme is now open.



As a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Staffordshire University is able to apply for Early Career Academic Grants for conference or meeting attendance. The grants are for up to £2000 for early career researchers to travel abroad and build research connections.  This Association of Commonwealth Universities scheme have 100 grants available, applications are to be received by 7th February. 

Further information at

Horizon 2020 briefing sessions

As we are coming close to the launch of the first series of Horizon 2020 calls on December 11th, Beta Technology and the Environment Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (ESKTN),are organising webinars on 5th December on the following topics:

  • 10.00 – 11.00: Food Security Societal Challenge (Jane Watkins, UK National Contact Point for Food Security Challenge)
  • 11.00 – 12.00: Climate Change Societal Challenge (Catherine Holt, UK National Contact Point for Climate Change)
  • 14.30 – 15.30: SME Instrument (Steve Bradley, UK National Contact Point for SMEs)

The webinars can be viewed via Further information from Beta Tehcnology at



Over €400 billion agreed by the European Parliament

The European Parliament had a busy week last week approving over €400 billion support measures for regional development, research and innovation, lifelong learning, cultural and media European collaboration activities.  The legislative packages for the following programmes have now been agreed by the European Parliament for the 2014 – 2020 programme period:

Horizon 2020 – €70.2 billion for research and innovation (Draft Horizon 2020 work programmes are now available via the European Commission website at )

Cohesion Policy – €325 billion for growth and job creation through European Regional Development Fund; the European Social Fund; the Cohesion Fund; the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. 

Erasmus+ – €14.7 billion for lifelong learning, focussing on student and staff mobility through strategic partnerships.

Creative Europe – €1.4 billion for supporting European culture, media and arts sectors

For more information contact for draft work programmes and help in matching funding to your project ideas.  Find out more about Horizon 2020 and Erasmus + in particular at our annual UKRO event on 11th December – the day the first calls of Horizon 2020 will be launched.

 EU Energy Focus, the National Contact Point for Energy in Horizon 2020, and the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network are arranging a series of webinars on the topics covered by the draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2014. It is hoped that 2014 work programmes will be published on 11th December, so for an early insight colleagues are advised to join these webinars or visit the site afterwards to listen to the recordings for more detail about the funding available.

Low carbon energy – 20th November at 2:30pm: Research and demonstration for grids, storage, biofuels, CCS plus market uptake

Smart Cities and Communities – 22nd November 12.30pm


Horizon 2020 factsheets

Horizon 2020 is the new European Commission funding programme for collaborative research, development and innovation activities from 2014 – 2020. We will be promoting these workprogrammes at our UKRO event on 11th December. In advance of then, the Horizon 2020 draft work programmes are coming out thick and fast providing an indication of the topics you can bid for.  The External Projects Team has condensed these into a series of factsheets, providing you with an overview of the main funding opportunities. Additional factsheets will be produced as more work programmes become available. If you would like further information on any of the topics presented, please contact for access to the full draft work programme document.

Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Secure Societies Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Nanotechnologies Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Health and wellbeing Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Food and Security Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

ICT Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Inclusive Innovative Reflective Societies Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Energy Challenge Briefing Sheet

Future & Emerging Technologies Briefing Sheet

Leadership in Enabling & Industrial Technologies – ICT Briefing Sheet

The Joint Research Centre Information Sheet

European Research Council Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Staffordshire University


18th – 22nd November is Global Entrepreneurship Week, celebrated by over 130 countries and the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship.  Staffordshire University has some great events planned for staff and students working with some experienced entrepreneurs and our external business support partners. More details about the week can be found at this link:

Colleagues are particularly encouraged to promote the Enterprise All-nighter to their students, on 19th November.  This event is sponsored by NatWest Business Banking and offers great prizes, inspiring speakers and business experts to students participating in a business ideas challenge.

For further information on Global Entrepreneurship Week and any of the events, contact the Enterprise Office on 01785 353809 or