School of CS newsletterPublished: Tuesday, 06 November 2018
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
Tuesday 13 November is the date for Nancy Rothwell's annual visit to the School. The schedule is:
- 2:30 p.m. meeting with School Leadership Team
- 3 p.m. Meeting with students, both undergraduate and post graduate, in KB 2.15.
- 3:30 - 4 p.m. meeting with staff in KB 2.15.
Do come along to hear what is to be said and to say your piece.
[ top ]News and announcements
Central timetabling have a launched a new room booking facility which allows anyone to book one of their rooms for non-teaching activities.
*You will still need to email ACSO for rooms in C.S that are not run by CTS.
[ top ]Events
ERC 2019 Consolidator Grant – Information for Applicants Sessions
In its capacity as the UK ERC National Contact Point, the UK Research Office (UKRO) is holding two information events for researchers interested in applying for the European Research Council 2019 Consolidator Grants.
The events will take place:
- Wednesday 21 November in London, hosted by the University of Greenwich- Information event: ERC 2019 Consolidator Grants (London)
- Friday 23 November in Edinburgh, hosted by the University of Edinburgh - Information event: ERC 2019 Consolidator Grants (Edinburgh)
Attendance will be free of charge, but registration is required. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Aim of the Session:
The presentations will provide participants with a practical overview of the ERC funding programme, giving a deeper understanding of the proposal format for the Consolidator Grant call and the key issues they are required to address in planning, writing and costing a proposal.
Who should attend?
The sessions are aimed at researchers based in, or moving to, the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to the 2019 ERC Consolidator Grant call. The 2019 Consolidator Grant opened on 24 October and will close on 7 February 2019. Research office staff who are new to supporting ERC grants or want to refresh their knowledge may also wish to attend.
Both events will start at 13.30 (with registration from 13.00) and last until 17.00. A final, more detailed agenda for the session will be circulated a week in advance to those who have registered.
Following the last ERC Consolidator Grants round the University saw 4 proposals through to stage 2 and 3 of these have been funded so far.
Any questions, please email Liz Fay, EU Funding and Development Manager.
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[ top ]Research Funding Opportunities
Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize 2019: To stimulate collaborative research between Medicine and Mathematics or Computing and or Artificial Intelligence
Rosetrees Trust's annual Interdisciplinary Prize is now open. The award is worth up to £250,000 funded over 3 years, and can be used to support any aspect of the proposed research. As an institution can only submit one application please send an expression of interest document, as below, to Sarah Barton in the FBMH Strategic Funding Team (Sarah.Barton@Manchester.ac.uk) by 3pm on Wednesday 9th January 2019.
Internal expression of interest guidelines:
- Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest in no more than 2 pages of A4 to Sarah.Barton@Manchester.ac.uk, to include details of the proposed research and the team behind it, addressing the main points in the Rosetrees guidance, by 3pm on Wednesday 9th January 2019.
- Expressions of interest will be reviewed by a subgroup of the FBMH FRG supplemented with additional expertise from FSE, between 10-17th January 2019.
Full application guidelines:
The chosen UoM application will be required to include a 500 word abstract, a 5 page technical report/project proposal, a combined letter or letters of support from Dean of Research /relevant Faculty heads, 2-page CV’s on the two lead applicants, publications listing 5 most recent and 5 most relevant, and a summary of the expected cost. (Rosetrees will fund directly incurred costs associated with the project including salaries, consumables and animal costs. They will also consider travel costs (max. £1000) and small equipment costs (max £1000) that are essential to the project. Please provide details in the cost breakdown. Rosetrees will not fund directly allocated costs, indirect costs or PhD tuition fees).
All of the information regarding this funding call and application guidelines are in the two documents attached (also linked below). This is an open competition with the very best project selected by a panel of experts. The closing date for the full application stage is midnight on Thursday 28th February 2019. The winner will be announced in July 2019.
- Internal UoM EoI deadline: 3pm Wednesday 9th January 2019
- UoM review of EoIs: 10-17th January 2019
- Scheme deadline (for the chosen institutional full application): Midnight Thursday 28th February 2019
Application form (for full application stage)
Please inform Su Smith if you intend to apply so a record can be made within the School.
Win £10K to launch your own spin-out
Due to overwhelming demand, academic workload and feedback from budding entrepreneurs, we have decided to extend the deadline for applications from Wednesday 31st October to Friday 30th November.
We are looking for innovations from entrepreneurial academics, staff and post-doctoral researchers from across the University to create new spin-out businesses. There are three prizes of £10K to win!
Your innovation could be based on existing research, an idea outside of this agenda or one based on multi/interdisciplinary research. You can enter as an individual or a team, especially if your idea involves different research skills. We’ll also help you to pitch for further investment. Runners-up are also supported.
Entering is easy. Just describe your innovation and its potential as a business in a two minute video pitch and send it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close Friday 30th November 2018.
For further details and for tips on how to communicate your innovation, including a short video interview with one of last year’s winners, please see https://umip.com/the-next-big-thing-competition