Following the successful 2013 Global Grand Challenges London Summit, organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering, EPSRC set out to identify Engineering Grand Challenges.
Seven areas have been identified as potential Engineering Grand Challenges:
- Risk and Resilience in a Connected World
- Controlling Cell Behaviour
- Engineering from Atoms to Applications
- Bespoke Engineering
- Big Data for Engineering Futures
- Suprastructures – integrating resource infrastructures under constraint
- Engineers at the Heart of Public Decision Making.
Three workshops will be run in the Autumn to:
- Engage the research and user community to identify clear targets or milestones for each of the selected Grand Challenges areas
- Start the process of building collaborations and/or consortia as appropriate
- Build advocacy for the Engineering Grand Challenges, particularly as EPSRC, working with its partners in academia, industry and government, is looking to build the case for Engineering and Physical Sciences ahead of the next spending review
EPSRC would like to invite a diverse cross-section of the research community to attend workshops planned for November 2014. If you’d like to be considered to attend one of the workshops please fill in the survey and return it to EPSRC by 15th September 2014.
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EPSRC is inviting proposals from UK academics for projects which will support visiting Fellows from India, Israel or Japan to carry out cyber security research in and build collaborative links with the UK. Proposals are welcome in any area of research directly relevant to cyber security, including less well-represented domains such as the social, economic and mathematical sciences.
UK higher education institutions, research institutes funded by research councils and independent research organisations may apply. The visiting fellows must be of recognised research standing internationally, but they need not be academic researchers.
Awards cover the resources necessary to support a visiting fellow for a total of up to six months over one to four visits in a two-year period. The total budget of £1.2 million will fund around 20 visiting fellows.
Closing date: 28th August 2014
Full Call document: International Research in Security (PDF 124KB)
For further information: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/2014/Pages/iris.aspx
JISC are looking to fund projects that will use new technologies to improve the learning experience for students. Following a change to its funding, this is the first call JISC has launched in a long time. The University has had considerable success with JISC funding in the past, and their schemes suit the universities strongly student orientated approach.
Funding Body: JISC
Scheme: Innovation through technology funding call
Overview: Jisc is starting a new million pound funding programme to improve the learner experience and increase the capability and capacity of the workforce across further education and skills providers. Money will be awarded to projects which encourage, support and promote innovation within the sector.
They are looking to fund innovative projects to:
- Integrate new technologies in learning and teaching, assessment and business activities
- Overcome barriers to the adoption and use of technology in the sector
- Develop new uses for technology or innovative adaption and rollout of technologies.
The sorts of things they are looking to fund include:
- Creating resources, tools or products
- Developing organisational and collaborative processes using digital technologies
- Developing apps
- Creating augmented reality resources
- Improving or adapting current technologies and resources (some already available through Jorum)
- Developing new uses for technologies
Budget: £5,000 to £100,000 depending upon the scale of the project and numbers of providers involved in the areas outlined above.
Deadlines: Deadline for submissions is Friday 6 December 2013 at 12:00 noon.
Further Information: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/funding_calls/2013/10/innovation-through-technology?utm_medium=email&utm_source=JISC+Executive&utm_campaign=3034256_Funding+call&dm_t=0,0,0,0,0&dm_i=QHI,1T18W,9V9AP9,6GHJG,1
If anyone is interested in applying please talk to either the External Projects Team firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave Parks Associate Director- Learn, Tech & Is D.J.Parkes@staffs.ac.uk
The ICT Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the ICT National Contact Point are organising a half day event at Aston University to promote forthcoming opportunities for funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. Horizon 2020 is the new European Commission funding programme for research, technological development and innovation.
This event will provide an overview of the funding available and importantly the range of support in place to help people benefit from these opportunities. ICT is a fundamental part of Horizon 2020 in both addressing new ICT developments and developing the use of ICT to support societal challenges. Access to finance schemes are also available to support innovation in SMEs.
The event is being held on 20th November at 12:30. Registration is available at https://horizon2020birmingham.eventbrite.co.uk/. If you are unable to attend, please contact email@example.com for feedback. The event flyer can be viewed by clicking here H2020 ICT event flyer November 2013
ICT researchers are being encouraged by EPSRC to pursue “an immersive experience in other disciplines and user environments” by considering Discipline Hopping.
Discipline Hopping Awards will provide short-term support to allow researchers from core ICT fields to work outside their specialist area, bringing a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research.
Alternatively, non ICT specialists can apply for funds to bring a technological perspective to their home discipline.
The call is aimed at researchers who have a proven track record of research and will provide funding to develop skills and collaborations with other disciplines and end users.
EPSRC may signpost specific research areas for discipline hopping from time to time. Details of these areas may be found on the discipline hopping page.
For further information go to: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/open/Pages/disciplinehopping.aspx
No closing date
The European Commission, Directorate General Communications Networks, has published a call for tenders regarding a study on ‘ICT & art connect’, with a closing date of August 27th 2013.
The study will create a map of institutions and ongoing programmes/activities linking ICT and the arts in Europe and worldwide. It will analyse best practice to enhance interaction between artists and IT experts and to increase the impact of these interactions on innovation and creativity.
From this analysis, recommendations will be drawn for a DG Connect strategy to engage more broadly with the arts in Horizon 2020. The aim is to contribute to enhancing creativity and innovation in society, technology, science, education, and business; and to better embed science and technology in society.The following 4 objectives should be addressed:
1) Provide an overview of European and worldwide activities linking art and ICT in research, education, and innovation.
2) Take stock and analyse best practices in Europe and worldwide for linking art and ICT and thereby enhancing creativity and innovation.
3) A list of recommendations for a DG Connect strategy on how to best engage in H2020 with the arts will be presented and based on the analysis in first objective and second one.
4) The contractor will organise a final 2-day symposium on ‘ICT & art connect’. This event should bring together artists, technologists, scientists and representatives of relevant institutions and funding bodies identified in the study.
More than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians are expected in Vilnius.
The “ICT 2013 – Create, Connect & Grow” event combines a conference, an exhibition, networking sessions, an investment forum and activities for students and young researchers.
The conference will address a range of issues across the ICT sector varying from cloud computing, broadband and ICT infrastructures to ICT skills, cyber security and long term visions on the future.
The plenary sessions are organised thematically:
- Create: Disruptive and inspirational ICT research and innovation;
- Connect: Breaking silos, building bridges, exploiting synergies; and
- Grow: Start-ups, SMEs and the role of clusters.
Experts will present details on how to participate in the three parts of the Horizon 2020 programme through dedicated sessions on ICT for Excellent science, ICT for Industrial Leadership and ICT for Societal challenges.
The exhibition will showcase latest findings in advanced research, technologies, new systems, innovation in services & business and ICT products just coming to market. The exhibition runs under five themes:
- Digitally empowered citizen;
- Smart and sustainable cities for 2020+;
- Industry and business for tomorrow;
- Intelligent connecting intelligence; and
- Culture, science and creativity.
Register for the ICT 2013 http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/events/cf/ict2013/register.cfm
Practical information https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/ict-2013-practical-information
eFutures is an EPSRC funded network which aims to consolidate the academic community engaged in all aspects of electronics research in a bid to address the major challenges of the future.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s eFuturesXD programme invites applications for its Staff Awards, Travel Awards, Facilities Awards, Meeting Awards.
Staff awards are primarily aimed at small teams of researchers from two or more disciplines who wish to carry out key experiments or measurements to confirm an initial hypothesis. This is for carrying out larger scoping or proof-of-concept studies that require dedicated staff to carry out specific experiments or an extended visit to a laboratory in order to be immersed in another discipline. No funding will be available for academic staff time or other directly allocated costs.
Applicants must be academic employees, at lecturer level or equivalent, of an eligible organisation and must be resident in the UK. EPSRC fellows, except postdoctoral fellows and Royal Society fellows are also eligible to apply. Awards are not available to industry or international collaborators. Applications must consist of at least two partners from UK universities and be cross-disciplinary within ICT. It is anticipated that inter-university applications will form the majority, but applications where partners are from the same institution are also welcome.
Maximum award (100% FEC): £60,000
The aim of this award is to allow researchers from one ICT discipline a chance to spend a short time in a different institute or for two researchers to spend time in each other’s institutions. Visits are expected to be no longer than a month and exchanges no more than two weeks per visit (1 month in total).Visits or exchanges should have a clear purpose and should include promotion of the visit(s) (and the eFuturesXD scheme) where possible (e.g. departmental seminars, report of visit published in departmental newsletter).
Travel outside the UK is not permitted.
Maximum award (100% FEC): £5,000
This is for the use of expensive characterisation facilities such as microscopy, fabrication of novel structures using clean rooms or the manufacture of test chips using Europractice. Facilities can be outside the UK if appropriate. The award is intended for researchers who have a current or recent cross-disciplinary project and require additional resources to take their idea towards commercialisation or require further investment to bridge the gap with follow-on funding. Applications from early-stage work are also permitted but evidence of success factors should be included in the application. Applicants must be academic employees, at lecturer level or equivalent, of an eligible organisation and must be resident in the UK. EPSRC fellows, except postdoctoral fellows, and Royal Society fellows are also eligible to apply. Awards are not available to industry or international collaborators. Applications must consist of at least two partners from UK universities and be cross-disciplinary within ICT. It is anticipated that inter-university applications will form the majority, but applications where partners are from the same institution are also welcome.
Applications for buying new equipment or refurbishing current equipment will not be permitted.
(A list of EPSRC supported facilities can be found here: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/facilities/epsrc/Pages/default.aspx but this is not definitive).
Awards of more than £15k will require recipients to give two presentations at community events, one soon after the award and one at the end of the award. The final profile payment will be withheld if this is not adhered to.
Maximum award (100% FEC): £20,000
This supports events specifically aimed at building a research consortium (including sandpits, speed dating etc.) comprising researchers from a number of departments and institutions across the information and communication technology portfolio. There is no upper limit on the number of people who can be involved in events funded by the award. Resources can be requested to allow non-UK researchers to attend and give talks.
Applicants must be academic employees, at lecturer level or equivalent, of an eligible organisation and must be resident in the UK. EPSRC fellows, except postdoctoral fellows, and Royal Society fellows are also eligible to apply. Awards are not available to industry or international collaborators. Applications must consist of at least two partners from UK universities and be cross-disciplinary within ICT. It is anticipated that inter-university applications will form the majority, but applications where partners are from the same institution are also welcome.
Maximum award (100% FEC): £10,000
View website for details: http://efutures.ac.uk/
For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org