News from Head of School
EU Funding Opportunities Meeting
An FP7 information event that will be held in
the School on the morning of 14th of June, run jointly with the Enterprise
Europe Network (North West).
The event will focus on "FP7 Best practice and future opportunities for
ICT", and it is hoped will provide useful information and contacts that
will help the school increase its engagement in EU Funded activities.
As such, please try to hold the date in your diary, and further details will
follow in due course. In the meantime, please approach Constantinos
Astreos with any questions.
School: Open Meeting
Colin Bailey will attend the school to talk to
staff regarding the University's response to funding challenges on Tuesday,
27th April at 12.15 p.m. for about an hour, in IT407.
BCTCS 2010 6-9
26th British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science
The purpose of the BCTCS is to provide a forum in which
researchers in theoretical computer science can meet, present research
findings, and discuss developments in the field. It also aims to provide an environment
in which PhD students can gain experience in presenting their work, and
benefit from contact with established researchers. The conference will
consist of invited keynote presentations by distinguished researchers and a
number of contributed talks.
Registration closes on 2 March 2010 or when numbers reach
MATLAB and Simulink Seminar 13
Full day from 09:30 Lecture Theatre B, Roscoe Building
This one day seminar is open to all postgraduate
students and staff and will look at how MATLAB, one of the most important
pieces of mathematical software available today, and Simulink, can enhance
research and teaching within the University of Manchester. The event
will consider a range of application areas, highlighting many of the latest
features and functionality.
NaCTeM seminar - Distributional Memory: a general
framework for corpus-based semantics 16
Alessandro Lenci (Department of Linguistics, University of Pisa)
12:00, MLG.001 (Lecture Theatre), MIB building
WiSET Industry Speed Networking, sponsored by Deutsche Bank 21 April 10
representatives from Deutsche Bank, IBM, Imagination Technologies and Teach
First. Includes free buffet!
This is your chance! Meet representatives from four companies currently recruiting
female graduates in Computer Science and related disciplines. At this fast
paced informal networking event, each representative will speak to a group of
students for 10 minutes, discuss relevant graduate schemes and answer your
questions. The group sessions will be followed by a light buffet lunch, with
time for some more networking. Sign up now!
To book your free place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Distinguished lecture series: Parallelism and the Exascale Challenge 29 April 10
Prof Arthur Trew,
director of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre
2 slots from 10:00 to 13:00 and last slot
at 16:00, PHYSICS (lecture theatre A), University of St Andrews.
Algorithmic Trading Conference 11
UCL’s Financial Computing Centre, in association with
Microsoft, is organising a conference to bring together university
researchers and financial industry professionals to discuss future directions
and job opportunities in Algorithmic Trading. This event will be of interest
to PhD students, Post Docs and Masters students as well as industry
professionals, and companies seeking to recruit PhDs to work in Algorithmic
Trading. The Microsoft Banking Science Algorithmic Trading Prize of up to
£10,000 will be launched.
Royal Society Research Grants 30
This scheme provides
‘seed corn' funding for new projects initiated by research scientists at an
early stage of their career (within the first 5 years). The objective of the
scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment, consumable
materials and services, and to support essential field research. The scheme
also provides support for research in the history of science or to assist
with publication of scholarly works in the history of science (subject
category I), and we welcome any research proposal or publication in the area
of Royal Society history. A parallel round is available for current Royal
Society University Research Fellows and Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellows who
are beginning the second year of their fellowship in October.
Subjects covered: All
disciplines in which the Society will elect researchers to the Fellowship of
the Royal Society
Eligibility: Applicants must be resident in the UK. They should have
postdoctoral level or equivalent status at the time of the application and
have a permanent or limited-tenure position in an eligible organisation. An
applicant who is a postdoctorate paid by a grant for which someone else is
the principal investigator is not eligible. Applicants must play a major part
and take a leading role in the project and not make its fulfilment more than
marginally dependent on the services of postgraduate/doctoral students.
Length of tenure: The grant is for a period of 12 months
Place of tenure: UK
university or not-for-profit research organisation (except for Research
Value: For all subject categories (A to I), up to £15,000 (including
VAT) is available for the purchase of specialised equipment, essential
consumable materials and services. Up to £5,000 (including VAT) is
available for the publication of scholarly works in the history of science.
Royal Society Mercer Prize 4
The new Royal Society Mercer
Prize is intended to reward an individual who has an outstanding track record
in engineering or the applied sciences and whose research has been
commercially exploited for significant wealth generation or societal benefit
in the United Kingdom.
Eligibility: The Mercer Prize is open to any
post-doctoral researcher in academic organisations, research institutes or
any other research and technology organisation, including SME commercial
Value: The Mercer Prize consists of a silver gilt medal, a prize of
£5000 and a research grant of up to £25,000.
How to apply: Nominations are invited from all research institutions and
industry. Self-nominations are allowed. Please contact Philip Angell for further
details and nomination forms.
Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment Grant 1 June 10
With the generous funding of the Wolfson Foundation,
this scheme aims to improve the existing physical infrastructure in UK
universities to promote high quality scientific research. Up to £2 million
will be available for the 2010 round for the renovation and modernisation of
university research laboratories. It is not for new buildings.
Subjects covered: The topic for the 2010 round is ‘reduction in carbon
Eligibility: Grants are only available for postdoctoral
scientists with permanent posts in universities in the UK working in
the area of covered by the subject, and the university must own or lease the
research laboratory being refurbished. The laboratory must be used
predominantly for research, which may include postgraduate research
education. Each university can submit more than one application but only one
application per department is allowed.
Length of tenure: A maximum of two years.
Value of Grant: The upper limit for grants will be
£400,000 over a maximum of two years, which covers refurbishment and
infrastructure costs. Please note that there will be no funding for
scientific equipment, VAT or any other fees.
Application information date: The round is split into
two stages. The first stage invites applicants to submit preliminary
applications. The selection committee will then select the applicants who
will go through to the next stage, and it is hoped that the short list will
be available at the end of July. The second stage will invite the shortlisted
applicants to submit a full application via email by September 2010 and the
final decision will be announced in December 2010.
Opening date: 1 April
Closing date: 1 June 2010
Royal Society International Joint Projects Various
The Royal Society Joint Project programme is designed
to enable international collaboration by providing a mobility grant for
researchers and members of their research teams to cover travel, subsistence
and research expenses. It also aims to provide seed money for research that
will lead to further collaboration and greater funding in the future from
larger funding bodies.
Subjects Covered: All areas of the life and physical sciences,
including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
Eligibility: The Project Leaders must be from
academia, of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent and hold a permanent
or fixed-term contract in an eligible organisation which, if it is the
latter, continues at least for the duration of the project. Collaborations
should be based on a single project including two teams or individuals: one
based in the UK and the
other based outside the UK.
A relationship between both parties should already be established prior to
making an application and the collaboration should involve bilateral visits
between the UK
and the country with which the overseas collaborator is based.
Length of Tenure: 2 years
Value of Grant: Up to £6000 a year for 2 years
for travel and subsistence. Within the £6000 available each year, up to £1000
can be used for research expenses (excluding computer hardware).
Countries covered: Currently Joint Projects are available to those in
European and Former Soviet Union countries, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong,
Taiwan, India, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and certain countries in Latin
America. Please check appendix 2 of the scheme notes for eligible countries.
Cost-share arrangements: Depending on which country your collaboration
is with proposals can be submitted either as a ‘direct’ application (to the
Royal Society only) or as a ‘parallel cost share’ application. The latter
entails the UK team leader submitting a proposal to the Royal Society AND the
Overseas team leader simultaneously submitting a proposal to a partner
organisation (usually an Academies of Science abroad) with whom the Royal
Society has cost share agreement, in which case the travel and subsistence
costs are shared between the Royal Society and the overseas Partner. Please
note that ‘direct’ applications are still accepted even if a cost share
partner is available. Please check appendix 2 of the scheme notes for
cost share countries/partners.
Opening and Closing dates:
2010/R2 (including France and India cost share): opens 31 May and closes 29
2010/R3 (including Ireland and India cost share): opens 28 September and
closes 25 November
The 2010 Russia and China cost share deadlines are yet to be confirmed but it
is anticipated that they will be sometime in September and October
respectively. Prospective applicants are advised to keep an eye on the
website for the opening and closing dates for these rounds.
Please note that the deadlines for partner organisations may not coincide
with Royal Society deadlines so it is advisable that your overseas
collaborator checks with the relevant cost share partner in their country.
Royal Society International Travel Grants Various
The International Travel Grants scheme enables UK
scientists to engage in collaborations with overseas scientists in order to
explore opportunities for building lasting networks or participate
(excludes organising/selection committee and poster contributions) in
overseas conferences, workshops and seminars which are of particular
strategic importance in order to engage with scientists (available to UK
scientists only). The International Travel Grant Scheme is available
for all countries outside of the UK.
Eligibility: Conference participation applications must have confirmation of
their invitation or acceptance of oral paper presentation. Collaboration
applications must have a letter of support from the host Head of Department. UK based scientist must hold a fixed or
permanent contract at an eligible UK institution. Scientists must
have completed their PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level.
Only one application can be submitted per round.
Length of tenure: Lasting up to 12 weeks (except
in the case of UK
applicants presenting at overseas conferences, workshops and seminars, in
which case the maximum duration of award is 10 days).
Value: A maximum of £4000 is available for
Opening and Closing dates:
2010/R2: opens 30 March 2010 and closes 30 May.
2010/R3: opens 30 July and closes 30 September