Great Opportunity Coming Soon! Researcher in Residence Programme with the Digital Catapult


Coming Soon! Researcher in Residence Programme

Research Councils UK and the Digital Catapult Centre will soon invite applications for their researcher in residence programme. The next call will open in October. The following information is subject to change.

This enables researchers to spend time at the Digital Catapult Centre within one of the following two residency schemes:

  • junior residencies, which are based at the centre or a relevant user organisation full or near full-time and enable early-career researchers to develop their existing research interests within a user-led project in conjunction with the centre, whilst also feeding back user experience to the digital economy research community;
  • Senior residencies, which are based at the centre on a full-time basis or via a series of short secondments and enable researchers with a significant track record in relevant areas to shape projects, provide thought leadership, and drive the creation of new activities.

Projects must address one or more of the catapult’s current challenge areas, namely closed organisational data, personal data, creative content and the internet of things.

Applicants must have a contract of employment at a UK university or be PhD students who have submitted their thesis by the closing date, Sunday 6 December 2015.

Residencies provide a budget of up to £25,000 each to cover expenses, including travel and accommodation.

Timeline: The closing date is 23:59 on Sunday 6 December 2015, with decisions due by the end of February 2016. Successful applicants are expected to commence their residencies within three months of award. The programme will run for three years, with two funding calls each year. The next round will open for applications in the autumn.

(Areas of interest  include: anonymization, differential privacy, re-identification and homomorphic encryption; trust and identity; distributed ledgers and Blockchain; distributed or privacy preserving architectures for personal data exchange; semantic data models; user profiling; IoT – architectures, security, data visualisation; business models for personal data exchanges and for the IoT; evaluation and measurement of economic impact for marketplace interventions)

Please contact Naomi Arblaster, if you are interested

Next Stage Digital Economy



Next Stage Digital Economy Call

  • Opening date:10 July 2014
  • Closing date:09 October 2014at 16:00
  • Status:Open
  • Type:Invitation for proposals

Working in close partnership with the Technology Strategy Board, the Connected Digital Economy Catapult and with support from Microsoft Research, the Research Councils UK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is seeking to promote the realisation of impact and enhanced exploitation of the outcomes arising from its investments in the research base. This call is designed to consolidate, harness and build upon existing DE knowledge and skills arising from DE Theme-funded and related funded awards to help accelerate the research outcomes and outputs to the next stage and create more real impact (be it economic, societal or cultural).

Prior to being invited to submit a full proposal, potential applicants will be required to demonstrate that they possess a valid ‘entry ticket’ to be eligible to apply against this call. The ‘entry ticket’ will be validated by the DE Theme on presentation of this information which will include details of the relevant DE Theme and related funding that assembled forms a substantial critical mass of coherent research and skills to build upon. The DE grant portfolio list (detailing funding body, grant reference/title, and value of DE relevant funding) should be accompanied by a coherence statement which sets out and justifies how this consolidated portfolio will enable the applicant(s) to deliver the overarching objective of this call as well as a summary statement of aims and future plans.

Please email your ‘entry ticket’ submission to as soon as possible for consideration.

UK expertise to access £200bn large scale urban projects market



The UK’s experience in managing large-scale urban projects and its design, data and low-carbon standards make it well positioned to take advantage of the £200-billion global cities market, a report from the Future Cities Catapult has said.

Future Cities Catapult

However, How can the UK Innovate for the World’s Cities? adds that there is more work to be done to link businesses, research and public services in order for the country to take full advantage.

The report says it is intended to provoke conversation and connect people. An announcement from the catapult says that the UK’s activities related to future cities are “already worth more than £16bn”. The report aims to identify areas of strength that the country should build on.

These include the ability to deliver large-scale projects such as the Olympics, urban regeneration and the use of brownfield sites, digital creativity and standards that are respected around the world. It also says the country has expertise in spatial data analysis and multidisciplinary projects.

New report finds high performing Catapult centre features

This report aims to establish what a well performing UK Catapult centre looks like, reviewing evidence from similar initiatives in other European countries. 32 international technology and innovation centres were surveyed to provide the evidence base for this report.

The research was carried out by the Big Innovation Centre between May 2012 and January 2013 with support from the Technology Strategy Board, the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).