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Welcome to our Research and Funding Blog!

December 14, 2012 by Esther Knight   Comments (0)

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This is the External Projects Team's new way of keeping you informed on the latest funding news. The aim of this new blog is to provide Staffordshire University staff with timely and relevant funding information in a user-friendly format. We will provide a daily update of funding news delivered straight to your inbox. We are excited to be launching this new initiative and look forward to receiving your feedback. Please feel free to pass this onto... Read full post

CEDEFOP tender to conduct a study on how low-educated and low-skilled workers from a low socio-economic background think about education and continuous learning.

December 13, 2012 by Margaret Bennett   Comments (0)

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training invites proposals for a narrative of career-related and labour-market-related learning of low-skilled workers. The tenderer shall conduct a study to investigate how low-educated and low-skilled workers with a low socio-economic background think about education and continuous learning. Funding is worth up to €300,000 over 18 months.
The study will investigate how low-educated/low-skilled workers with a low... Read full post

Census shows rise in foreign-born

December 12, 2012 by Esther Knight   Comments (0)

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In 2011, 13% of England and Wales residents - 7.5 million out of a total population of 56.1 million - were born outside the UK. While all English regions and Wales experienced increases in foreign-born residents between 2001 and 2011, the largest numerical rises were in London and the South East of England. The 10 local authorities with the highest proportion of foreign-born residents in 2011 were all London boroughs. London had three million foreign-born residents in 2011 - 37% of its... Read full post

Joseph Rowntree Foundation current calls for proposals

December 6, 2012 by Margaret Bennett   Comments (0)

In September 2012, the JRF launched a new four-year programme to develop an anti-poverty strategy for the UK. The aim is to create a set of costed, evidence-based, anti-poverty strategies for all age groups in each of the four nations of the UK.
For each call, where interventions appear promising, the JRF will incorporate them into the anti-poverty strategies for the UK that they are producing in the programme.

Current calls for... Read full post

Funding for international research collaborations

December 3, 2012 by Emma Davies   Comments (0)

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British Academy - International Partnership and Mobility Scheme
The British Academy’s International Partnerships and Mobility Scheme is designed to strengthen research in the humanities and social sciences between the UK and other parts of the world. This funding programme provides support for three-year and one-year partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and South-East Asia. The deadline for... Read full post

EU talks suggest Horizon 2020 cash cut to €70bn or less

November 30, 2012 by Josephine Beech   Comments (0)

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Negotiators have further reduced the expected allocation for the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in the 2014-20 European Union budget, during inconclusive budget talks in Brussels.

The talks revolved around a compromise proposal that would reduce spending on Horizon 2020 from the €80 billion (£65bn) proposed by the European Commission in 2011 to about €70bn. And the dynamic of the negotiations points to a final settlement no higher—and possibly... Read full post

British Computer Society: Roger Needham award

November 29, 2012 by Margaret Bennett   Comments (0)


The British Computer Society invites nominations for the Roger Needham award.
This award is made annually for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK based researcher who has completed up to 10 years of post-doctoral research.
The award was established in memory of the late Professor Roger Needham. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, this award is administered by the Awards Committee of the BCS Academy of Computing.
In addition to receiving the prestigious... Read full post

Report on contribution of design to Europe 2020

November 27, 2012 by Esther Knight   Comments (0)


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A group known as the European Design Leadership Board has formulated a series of recommendations for the European Commission on how to incorporate design as a driver of user-centred innovation across Europe in order to contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy's goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The aim of the report is to enhance design's long-term contribution to the Europe 2020 goals through increased competitiveness and the pursuit of a better quality of life for EU citizens,... Read full post

VITAE and AURIL - Researchers Events

November 26, 2012 by Josephine Beech   Comments (0)

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Working in partnership: supporting and developing researchers

27 November 2012, London
Vitae and AURIL are providing a unique opportunity to enable knowledge exchange practitioners, researcher developers and researchers to come together in a dynamic ‘Open Space' discussion.  This will be centered on identifying collaborative ways through existing  channels to help researchers engage with employers through knowledge exchange partnership across all... Read full post

Research councils announce £17m for open-access block grants

November 22, 2012 by Margaret Bennett   Comments (1)

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Research Councils UK has set out its plans to give institutions block grants to pay article processing charges up front in order to make work immediately available free of charge to readers. On 8 November, it announced funding of £17 million , which should allow 45 per cent of research council funded research to be published under the gold open-access model in 2013-14. The following year, funding will be increased to £20m, enabling 53 per cent of research to be open access. RCUK... Read full post