T-AP Digging into Data Challenge


The Trans-Atlantic Platform today announced that it will be launching its first international funding opportunity: the T-AP Digging into Data Challenge.

The T-AP Digging into Data Challenge will launch in March. The Challenge will support research projects that explore and apply new “big data” sources and methodologies to address questions in the social sciences and humanities.

The funding opportunity is open to projects that address any research question in humanities and/or social sciences disciplines by using new, large-scale, digital data analysis techniques. All projects must show how these techniques can lead to new theoretical insights. Proposed projects can use any data source.

About T-AP

The Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) is an unprecedented collaboration between key humanities and social science funders and facilitators from South America, North America and Europe.

T-AP aims to enhance the ability of funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational dialogue and collaboration. Among other activities, it works to identify common challenges and emerging priorities in social science and humanities research. T-AP also facilitates the formation of networks within the social sciences and humanities and helps connect them with other disciplines.

About the Digging into Data Challenge

The Digging into Data Challenge has been funding cutting-edge digital research in the humanities and social sciences since 2009. Now under the auspices of T-AP, the program will support collaborative research teams from three continents: Europe (Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal (to be confirmed) and the United Kingdom); North America (Canada, Mexico, the United States); and South America (Brazil and Argentina).

Further information about this transatlantic funding opportunity – including links to application details – will be made available on the Trans-Atlantic Platform website as of March 1, 2016.

If you are interested in this please contact N.Arblaster@staffs.ac.uk or




Bright ideas research fund

Nesta invites applications for grants from its bright ideas research fund. These grants aim to fund good new ideas related to innovation and innovation policy and develop research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation but where Nesta does not have big programmes already in place. Projects can involve primary research, novel argumentation, or the development of a new idea, or ideally more than one of these things.

It is hoped that the fund will lead to interesting insights in its own right, and perhaps in due course to some larger research projects.

Fields of particular interest include:

  • understanding the innovative businesses that matter
  • what do emerging technologies mean for the economy and society
  • how can we get a financial system better suited to innovation
  • developing an innovation policy for the arts
  • datavores
  • better government policy for innovation
  • better government policy based on evidence and experiments
  • new trends in innovation around the world
  • collective intelligence
  • how to encourage new ideas and experimentation in social innovation
  • scaling up social innovation
  • big and open data for social innovation
  • collaborative economy
  • smarter smart cities
  • accelerators.

Applications are welcome from a wide range of people and organisations worldwide, including think tanks, academics, journalists, charities and businesses.

Nesta will fund up to £10,000 per project. Projects are expected to be concluded within a year of their start.

This is an open call. You can apply for the fund any time during the year and applications are reviewed in batches. The next review date will be on the 24th of October 2014.

For more information go to: http://www.nesta.org.uk/funding/bright-ideas-research-fund-open-call

EPSRC calls for partners to develop Alan Turing Institute

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has opened a call for applications from institutions that want to be part of the £42-million Alan Turing Institute for data research.

Announced in the budget, the Institute will build on the nation’s strengths and help position the UK as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data.

The call for expressions of interest opened on 18 July and will close on 30 October.


Minister of State for Universities and Science, Greg Clarke said:

It is a fitting tribute to Alan Turing that this Institute will push the boundaries of mathematics and lead the way in research, education and knowledge transfer.

The Institute’s objective will be to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the analytical methods that support the country’s ability to exploit publicly or privately owned large datasets.

It will provide a national centre to promote advanced research and translational work in the application of data science and the associated computational algorithms.

The government’s investment of £42 million to 2020 includes an initial capital investment of £20 million and support for operating costs to assist in funding the Institute.

The Institute will have a physical location and will bring together leaders in advanced mathematics and computing science. Its work is expected to encompass a wide range of scientific disciplines and be relevant to a wide range of business sectors.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Research Grants

CIMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants invites applications for its research initiative. Research that is innovative and challenges and offers fresh perspectives on a range of topics related to the science of management accounting will be supported

Research applications are invited on the topics of:

  • big data
  • management accounting in banks and financial institutions

Grants are worth between £5,000 and £40,000.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2014.

For further information go to: http://www.cimaglobal.com/en-gb/Thought-leadership/Research-Funding/Research-intiatives/


International Brokerage Event devoted to Cloud, Open/Big Data and Smart Mobility



Enterprise Europe Network Midlands (UK) invites you to participate in an International Brokerage Event devoted to Cloud, Open/Big Data and Smart Mobility. 

This unique and first of its kind event will be taking place at Parkside Millennium Point, Birmingham on the 28thNovember 2013.

For more information on the EXPO programme and to register to the please visit: http://www.thebiponline.co.uk/bip/west-midlands-cloud-data-smart-mobility-expo-2013/

The brokerage event will offer you the opportunity to:

Promote your technology and expertise to a range of UK and International organisations

  • Gain access to the latest developments taking place in Europe and beyond
  • Develop partnerships leading to technological and commercial collaboration between a range of industrial and research organisations
  • Appreciate developments in the sector and understand how to improve the role of your company
  • Find partners for EU funding opportunities within this niche sector and under the Smart Mobility and Electric Vehicle theme

 Key Topics


  • Cloud
  • Cloud Security
  • Digital Media
  • Open Data
  • Big Data
  • Smart GIS
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Connected Car
  • Smart Cities
  • Vehicle Telematics
  • Sensor Technologies
  • RFID and Tracking
  • GPS
  • Mobile Apps
  • Mobile Data
  • Smart Mobility
  • Low Carbon Transportation
  • EU/EC Funded Project Opportunities

The Brokerage Event will be taking place alongside an EXPO which will consist of a 2 day programme at the same location with inspirational speakers, a multitude

of topics affecting businesses both large and small delivered in a world class setting.

 This is one EXPO not to be missed!

* Free Tickets and Entry to the EXPO via our special promotional code when you register to our Brokerage Event – For more information please read below or contact Jay Gohil jgohil@cad.coventry.ac.uk

 Key features of this EXPO include:

  • World Exclusive Launch of the West Midlands Open Data Portal
  • Global coverage via the Big Data Festival
  • Cloud –  The latest Cloud technology and developments, learn Google’s vision of the future and what is now possible via the Cloud (Google)
  • Open/Big Data – Why is it important and get an insight into how Data is changing the world of work and the latest developments of Birmingham’s very 1st Open Data Portal (Cisco)
  • Smart Mobility – Your car, city & region is becoming more open, connected & smarter, see how the smart city is driving innovation and a Smart Mobility revolution and what are the latest developments (JLR, MIRA and Rolls Royce)
  • H2020 – Latest news on H2020 and EU funding opportunities for SMEs under the themes of Electric Vehicles and Smart Mobility
  • Deloitte – Are you ready for Low Carbon legislation? Act now before its too late, Carbon Champion tells you how & when you need to take action
  • University Support and Funded Projects – Find out about the different support available to SMEs via University EU funded projects in the Midlands

Register to the Brokerage event at: www.b2match.eu/cdsm2013


Brokerage Registration Cost: Free of Charge plus Free Entry to EXPO


Hotel: Latour Hotel http://hotel-latour.co.uk (Special Discount Rate £90 per Room per Night) Please email the Hotel directly and mention the conference and discount rate in your request