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UKRO Annual Visit at UEL

Date: 9th May 2019, 10.30 am – 3 pm

Location: Room US 2.40, University Square Stratford

Host: Andrew Macdonell from the UK Research Office in Brussels

This year’s event is an opportunity to hear about Horizon Europe and the continuity of the UK involvement in post-Horizon 2020. There will be future opportunities to discuss any of the topics and calls covered by Horizon 2020.

The morning session will run from 10.30 – 12.30 and cover Horizon 2020 and a discussion about the implication of Brexit and details of the European Research Council (ERC) schemes.

The afternoon session will run from 1.30 – 2.30, focusing on Marie Curie funding streams – in particular, the Individual Fellowship scheme.

Please register for the event using this link

Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking Information Day and funding call 2019

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is an EU-industry partnership (Joint Technology Initiative – JTI), which supports research and innovation in bio-based feedstocks and bio-refining to demonstrate the economic viability of bio-alternatives to non-renewable products. The Initiative has just launched its 2019 call on the Funding and Tenders Portal, with 21 different topics (calls are also set out in the 2019 BBI JU Work Programme). The deadline for submission is 4 September 2019.

Joint Technology Initiatives, such as BBI are implemented by independent legal entities (Joint Undertakings), but are part-funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme, with the remaining funds coming from contributions from industry, public bodies and other funding sources. As independent legal entities, their eligibility and funding rules can differ from the standard Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement, although this is normally kept to an absolute minimum. 

The recent BBI JU Info Day, took place in Brussels on 12 April 2019. The event provided useful insights on participation and the application process, and shared experience of what makes a good BBI JU proposal, with a particular focus on features of the calls that differ from the standard Horizon 2020 model.

Participation Rules

  • No funding from the calls can go to large industry partners in RIA or CSA actions, although their involvement (and in-kind contributions) are encouraged
  • There are additional eligibility conditions for some RIA topics in the 2019 call, therefore, please make sure to read each topic carefully
  • Non-Member States can participate in the projects, but only Member States, Associated Countries and Developing Countries are automatically eligible to receive BBI JU funding.
  • Standard consortium composition rules apply, with a minimum of three entities from three different MS/ACs for RIAs, and a minimum of one entity from a MS/AC for CSAs
  • Leverage of private investment in the proposal is crucial and can consist of in-kind, financial and investments (such as infrastructure, facilities, equipment, etc.). This is assessed during the evaluation process

How to apply?

  • Proposals are submitted via the Funding and Tenders Portal
  • Proposals that fail to pass ethical approval are not considered eligible for funding
  • The final Evaluation Result Letter will be released by 4 February 2020 at the latest
  • SMEs have to undertake the SME self-assessment to confirm their status
  • Successful consortia will be required to negotiate and sign a Consortium Agreement
  • Individuals willing to evaluate proposals submitted to the current call can become expert evaluators by registering on the Funding and Tenders Portal, or e-mailing

Tips for writing a good proposal

  • Make sure that the proposal perfectly aligns with the topic specification
  • Make sure the objectives are clear, well-structured, well-quantified and linked to the topic text
  • Mention and describe the state of the art to benchmark the project
  • For RIAs, clearly describe the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) expected at the start and end of the project – check if the topic sets out a target TRL you are expected to reach
  • All ‘expected impacts’ should be covered in both a qualitative and quantitative manner
  • Mention positive and negative impacts and explain how these will be maximised/minimised
  • Explain how much the consortium will contribute to the project in-kind and how this will contribute to the success and impact of the project
  • Make sure that the proposal is consistent in its narrative, especially in regard to budget and timings
  • Make sure that all participants involved have a valid role and sufficient resources to achieve it
  • Management techniques should reflect the size of the consortium and do not need to be ‘innovative’, so long as they are effective and sufficient.
  • Include a risk plan that identifies the risks for your proposal and what you plan to do to mitigate them
  • For Innovation Actions, make sure that an appropriate business case and business plan are provided, based on the requirements in the Guide for Applicants
  • Match the structure of your proposal closely to the evaluation criteria

BBI Partnering Platform

  • The BBI Partnering Platform is an online networking system for the biotech community, where you can pitch for topics and form consortia online

The BBI JU have also prepared an FAQ document for the 2019 calls, which applicants should consult regularly.

For full information visit:

UEL applicants interested in this opportunity should get in touch with

Festval of Social Science (2nd – 9th November 2019)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is a celebration of the social sciences.

It began life in 2002 as Social Science Week – a collection of around 25 events, mainly seminars aimed towards an academic audience. Over the years Social Science Week has grown to a much larger and more inclusive ‘festival’ of activities, aimed at policymakers, business, the public and young people.

The Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.

It is a key element of our commitment to promote awareness of UK social science research to new audiences.

UEL members of staff who want to get involved are encouraged to apply directly via the link below

For further information please click here

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

Deadline for outline stage: 2nd May 2019

Deadline for full application: 30th May 2019

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF) aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. Providing up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, the scheme will tackle difficult and novel challenges.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships can be held at any UK-based organisation currently registered as eligible to apply to the research councils (for example higher education institutes, research council institutes and eligible independent research organisations), or Innovate UK. Companies or other privately owned research organisations are encouraged to host UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships if they can provide an innovation and/or research environment of international standing.

There will be six calls for the FLFs, with two calls taking place each year over the next three years. Applications can be submitted in any area of research or innovation covered by the research councils and Innovate UK.

For further information click here

All UEL academics interested in this opportunity must first discuss with their Director of research as well as the Research and Development Support team by contacting

The SafePod Network – call for Safepod applications (Deadline 7th June 2019)

The SafePod Network (SPN) is a new investment from the Economic and Social Research Council. The main objective of SPN is to improve public benefit research by supporting, strengthening and widening remote access to research datasets through the provision and operation of an independent network of safe setting facilities, known as SafePods®. These facilities will be based at higher education institutions and other UKRI funded organisations across the UK.  

SPN will comprise of the following:   

  • A network of SafePods based across the UK
  • A web application to provide information about the work of SPN and for booking SafePods
  • Policies, procedures and assurances for the operation and management of SPN and SafePods
  • A firewall service to provide the security boundaries for SafePod services
  • A CCTV service to enable Data Centres to view and monitor activity within a SafePod
  • A dedicated User Support Service to assist stakeholders with SPN enquiries
  • An Advisory Board to plan and make decisions on the long-term objectives of SPN.

The major benefit of a SafePod to a researcher is that they will be able to have local access to project datasets, without the need for long distance travel to a dedicated safe setting provided by a Data Centre.  

For a participating Data Centre, SPN provides a low cost secure platform to widen access to their datasets across the UK for research purposes. A SafePod design and their policies and procedures for management and operation are standardised. This means that a single accreditation for use of a SafePod by a Data Centre is all that is required in order for them to accredit the full SafePod Network.  

A SafePod is designed to replicate existing traditional safe settings and security features include door control access, CCTV camera system and a separate secure storage area for necessary IT hardware and equipment.  No datasets are held within a SafePod.  Instead a secure connection is provided from a SafePod to a Data Centre for a researcher to view and analyse their project datasets.

For further information click here

All UEL academics interested in this opportunity must first discuss with their Director of research as well as the Research and Development Support team by contacting

GCRF Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology (Deadline 11th July 2019)

On behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), ESRC, NERC and Innovate UK are pleased to invite applications for the ‘UKRI-GCRF Sustainable Energy and International Development: Beyond Technology’ call. Funding has been allocated from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research and innovation which addresses the problems faced by developing countries.

This call expects to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7and the development of the most disadvantaged. It will fund cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research projects that focus on at least two of the following priority areas:

  • Energy technology interactions in societies, communities and with end-users. 
  • Natural resources, their sustainable usage and interactions with energy systems.
  • Resilient energy systems.
  • Effective governance and political economy of sustainable energy.

They aim to fund proposals varying in scale of up to £1.5 million (100% fEC) per grant for a duration of up to 36 months.

Each grant should reach across the physical sciences, arts and humanities, social and environmental sciences by, for example, drawing on socio-technical and whole systems integration research approaches.

For further information click here

All UEL academics interested in this opportunity must first discuss with their Director of research as well as the Research and Development Support team by contacting

Current Advances in Gambling Research (CAGR) Conference: 12th July (USS Campus)

We are pleased to announce that registration, and the call for abstracts for the first Current Advances in Gambling Research conference, to be held on the 12th July 2019 in London, is now open:

Funded by the Society for the Study of Addiction, the conference aims to showcase some of the excellent gambling research being done in the UK, by drawing together academic experts from different areas to discuss the latest data driven advances in gambling research. Confirmed speakers include Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, Professor Marcantonio Spada (LSBU) and Professor Gerda Reith (University of Glasgow). This is a single day event that is free to attend. 

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 13th May

The deadline for conference registration is Monday 24th June

If you are planning to attend, please register via the link above. You can also use the link to submit an abstract. Please share with any colleagues who you think might be interested in attending.

(On behalf of the conference organising committee: Steve Sharman, Amanda Roberts, John Turner, Ariana Campbell and Simon Dymond).