ORA – Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences: third joint call for proposals is now open

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Third round of the ORA in the social sciences is now open

The Open Research Area (ORA) partners are pleased to announce their third joint call for proposals. The current partners (ANR, DFG, ESRC, NWO) are delighted to welcome the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) to the 2012-13 round of the scheme.

This will establish the ORA plus scheme, allowing US researchers to collaborate in ORA projects. Through this expansion, thousands of new researchers will be available for cooperation in ORA applications, offering interesting opportunities to cooperate on a wider scale.

This change means that there are now five countries participating in the next call: France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences involving researchers from any combination of three or more of the participating countries.

Unlike previous rounds, ORA will not accept applications for proposals from only two countries. In this pilot phase of ORA plus, this is necessary to manage demand for what is already a very popular scheme, and to ensure proposals can be assessed in a timely fashion. The partners will continue to review the response to the scheme and consider what steps may be taken to support bilateral research collaboration in future through ORA or other mechanisms.

The closing date is 15 February 2013.

Call documents

For further information, contact externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk


Intelligent Energy Europe Funding Announced

The Intelligent Energy Europe programme has launched a call for proposals.  This funding stream supports projects designed to:

  • Promote energy efficiency and encourage the rational use of energy sources
  • Increase the use of new and renewable energy sources as well as encouraging energy diversification
  • Stimulate energy efficiency and renewables in the field of transport

The next call has €65 million available with a deadline of May 8th.  For further details on the call priorities and help in exploring opportunities please contact externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk.  There is a Brussels based information day on the 23rd January followed by a networking partner brokerage event on the 24th January.  We have Staffordshire University representation at this event so if you would like to express an interest please contact externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk

The official call information is available at http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/getting-funds/call-for-proposals/how-to-apply/index_en.htm.

Europe &The Higher Education Modernisation Agenda

Higher education, with its links with research and innovation, plays a crucial role in personal development and economic growth, providing the highly qualified people and the articulate citizens that Europe needs to create jobs and prosperity.

If Europe is not to lose out to global competition in the fields of education, research and innovation, national higher education systems must be able to respond effectively to the requirements of the knowledge economy.

Europe 2020, the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade, highlights higher education as a key policy area where collaboration between the EU and Member States can deliver positive results for jobs and economic development. In this context, Member States agreed a target that 40% of young people (aged 30-34) should have a higher education qualification or equivalent by 2020.

To support Member States’ reforms and contribute to the goals of Europe 2020, the Commission published a new agenda for modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems in September 2011.

The main areas for reform identified in the new agenda are:

  • to increase the number of higher education graduates;
  • to improve the quality and relevance of teaching and researcher training, to equip graduates with the knowledge and core transferable competences they need to succeed in high-skill occupations;
  • to provide more opportunities for students to gain additional skills through study or training abroad, and to encourage cross-border co-operation to boost higher education performance;
  • to strengthen the “knowledge triangle”, linking education, research and business and
  • to create effective governance and funding mechanisms in support of excellence.

More on the 2011 modernisation agenda

Read more about the EU2020 agenda.

Find documents on EU policies on higher education

Calls for Proposals: Europe For Citizens Programme

The European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, has launched a call for proposals for the provision of the implementation of the programme actions: Active Citizens for Europe, Active civil society in Europe and Active European Remembrance.

The Europe for Citizens programme has the following specific objectives:

  • Bringing together people from local communities across Europe to share and exchange experiences, opinions and values, to learn from history and to build for the future;
  • Fostering action, debate and reflection related to European citizenship and democracy, shared values, common history and culture through cooperation within civil society organisations at European level;
  • Bringing Europe closer to its citizens by promoting Europe’s values and achievements, while preserving the memory of its past; and
  • Encouraging interaction between citizens and civil society organisations from all participating countries contributing to intercultural dialogue and bringing to the fore both Europe’s diversity and unity, with particular attention to activities aimed at developing closer ties between citizens from Member States of the European Union as constituted on 30 April 2004 and those from Member States which have acceded since that date.

The deadline dates for 2013 are: 01/02/2013 / 01/06/2013 / 01/09/2013

For more information on the 2013 calls for proposals please click HERE

Call for Proposals: Tempus IV

Reform of Higher Education through International University Co-operation 

Deadline: 26/03/2013

The European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, has launched a call for proposals in the provision for the fourth phase of the Tempus programme, a reform of higher education through international university co-operation.

The overall objective of the programme is to support the modernisation of higher education in the EU’s surrounding area. The Tempus programme promotes institutional co-operation and focuses on the reform and modernisation of higher education systems in the partner countries. It contributes to an area of co-operation in higher education involving the European Union and partner countries in its wider proximity. In particular, the programme will promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in the field of higher education, deriving from the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, the strategic framework for European co-operation in education and training (‘ET 2020’) and the Bologna process.

The purpose of this call for proposals is to promote multilateral co-operation among higher education institutions, authorities and organisations from EU Member States and partner countries, with the focus on the reform and modernisation of higher education.

 To find out more about this call please click HERE