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The Hub: Applications for 2016 residency now open

Monday, December 8th, 2014

“The Wellcome Trust is now accepting applications for a new group of residents for The Hub. Based in Wellcome Collection, The Hub provides a unique space and resource for an interdisciplinary group of researchers to work on an original project related to health, medicine or well-being.”

“Applications are open to groups of around four to six practitioners and researchers from across the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences, who wish to bring a multitude of perspectives to a project over the course of two academic years. Taking up residency in the autumn of 2016, the group will receive an allowance of up to £1million to develop or accelerate innovative work examining human health, and looking at ways of generating new insights, methodologies, interventions and forms of engagement.”

“The deadline for expressions of interest in the 2016 residency is Friday 1 May 2015.”

“The Wellcome Trust is holding two open afternoons on Tuesday 10 February and Wednesday 4 March 2015 for potential applicants to visit The Hub and find out more.”

[Source Wellcome Trust news: ]

Flexible working for researchers – The Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

“Research fellowships to help scientists and engineers work flexibly are now open for submissions. The awards last for five years and start in October 2015.”

“The Royal Society-EPSRC [Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council] Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships are designed for outstanding early-career researchers who need flexible working patterns due to personal circumstances such as parenting, caring responsibilities or health issues.”

“The application and peer review process is managed by the Royal Society, and EPSRC will meet the costs of up to five successful candidates.”

For more information and to apply go to:

[Source EPSRC news: ]

The Women of the First World War

Friday, March 21st, 2014

“To mark International Women’s Day, our guest blogger, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Jenny Abramsky, talks about how Lottery money is uncovering fascinating stories of women in the First World War.”

“Much has been said about how the First World War dramatically changed the fortunes of women both here in the UK and across the world. Perhaps the most high-profile is how the war directly led to the introduction of the vote for women over 30 in the UK in 1918. But what are less well known are the incredible experiences and contributions of women during the conflict not just at home, but also on the frontline.”

To read on go to:

[Source Department for Culture Media and Sport blog as above]

Ordnance Survey Carto Hack Camp

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

“Ordnance Survey are running a one day event for people to show off their cartography skills; anyone who is able to take up a summer internship can apply.” 

Jenny Brooker, Prototyping Manager at Ordnance Survey writes:

“We’ve come a long way since the days of drawing maps by hand but Cartography is still an integral part of our business, and is so much more than just making pretty maps.”

“We are inviting anyone with an interest in cartographic design or data visualisation to come to Carto Hack Camp and showcase their skills by spending the day with us visualising geographic data. The winner will be offered a paid summer internship in our cartographic design team.”

The Hack Camp is taking place at the Ordnance Survey HQ in Southampton on Thursday 20th February 2014, and is a free event.

[Source Digimap blog: ]

Wellcome Trust: Applications for the 2014 Engagement Fellow now open

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

“Now in its fourth year, [the Wellcome Trust] Engagement Fellowships scheme aims to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science.”

“You have until 21 February 2014 to apply for an Engagement Fellowship, which provides the freedom, resources and environment to enable exceptional people to develop their skills and practice in encouraging the public to examine, explore and debate the big scientific challenges that society faces.”

“The Engagement Fellowships scheme champions the public engagement leaders of tomorrow by fostering the most promising developing talent. We are looking for individuals with a strong track record of engaging the public with ideas around biomedical science and/or medical humanities, who want to make a step-change in their careers.”

More information can be found on the Engagement Fellowships page:

[Source Wellcome Trust news:

Great British Bioscience Festival call for exhibits

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Application deadline: 15 January 2014


  • Up to £10,000 available for the BBSRC research community to produce engaging exhibits in celebration of bioscience
    • Additional funds may be available to support projects with a broader reach, such as media work, if content is appropriate
  • Exhibits will be showcased in November 2014 in central London as part of the Great British Bioscience Festival
  • Each exhibit will be first shown in the local area of the host institution(s)
  • Successful applicants will have access to specialised training and support from BBSRC
  • Applications will be judged by an expert panel of academics, science communication professionals and experts in evaluation”

To find out more go to: 

[Source National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement news as above]

Empathy and Trust In Communicating Online (EMoTICON) Sandpit

Monday, November 4th, 2013

“The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) invites expressions of interest from eligible individuals for an intensive, five-day interactive commissioning workshop (sandpit) from 6-10 January 2014, being held at Cranage Hall in Cheshire.”

“ESRC, in partnership with AHRC, EPSRC, Dstl and CPNI, is commissioning new research to develop a greater understanding of how empathy and trust are developed, maintained, transformed and lost in social media interactions.”

“In order to develop innovative approaches and stimulate genuinely transdisciplinary collaborations, the ESRC is commissioning projects via a sandpit. The aim of the sandpit is to bring together researchers and other partners to create projects that will develop theoretically-informed and empirically-derived understandings of the workings of empathy and trust in online contexts and communities.”

“This call is intended to attract participants from across the full range of social sciences, arts and humanities, and engineering and physical sciences.”

The closing date for expressions of interest is 11.00 on 11 November 2013.

For further information go to:

[Source ESRC website as above]

Manufacturing with light

Friday, July 5th, 2013

“The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) would like [to] invite applicants to participate in a funding initiative to explore the potential of Manufacturing with Light.

“The concept of Manufacturing with Light is to revolutionise the use of light in all forms to provide a step-change in the capability, efficiency, performance and versatility of manufacturing processes. There will be up to £3M available for this call to fund a number of small, feasibility-style projects (up to £300K and 18-months duration) that help develop innovative, exciting ideas on non-traditional uses of light for Manufacturing.”

“Given the speculative nature of the opportunity, the peer review process will consist of two separate interview stages; the first stage being a ‘concept audition’ and the second stage resembling a Big-Pitch style of extended panel interview. Applicants should register their intent to participate in the first stage by completing the registration form by Wednesday 12:00 (noon) 24 July 2013.

[Source EPSRC website: ]

Carbon capture technologies – invitation for proposals

Friday, June 28th, 2013

“Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of the Research Councils United Kingdom (RCUK) Energy Programme, is inviting applications for participation in a workshop to help us scope our future investments in carbon capture technologies as part of the carbon capture and storage supply chain. At the workshop we will review the current carbon capture landscape, establish priority research areas in context of the bigger Carbon Capture Storage picture (including links to future power plant technologies), and develop inputs for a forthcoming call. The workshop will be held on Thursday 15 August 2013 in London (venue to be confirmed).”

“Places will be limited so if you are interested in participating please complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to by 16:00 on 01 July 2013. Submission of an expression of interest will be taken to mean availability for this date, and a commitment to attend if selected.”

For more information go to:

[Source EPSRC website as above]

NERC and TSB join forces to encourage reuse of environmental data

Monday, June 10th, 2013

“For governments around the world one of the drivers for the move to open data is a belief that it will encourage data reuse and that that reuse will improve economic performance. This requires data to be reused outside the domain which generated it. We need to see data move between the administrative, academic and commercial sectors more often and more easily than we do now. The UK’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB) are preparing a funding call to stimulate commercial reuse of data from NERC’s network of environmental data centres – ‘New Business Solutions from Environmental Data’. Details of the call are not yet live, but we know that a series of facilitated workshops are to be held over the summer to explore the feasibility of ideas for exploitation, to familiarise bidders with the range of data available and to bring together potential partners from the commercial and academic sectors.”

“The workshops will be held as follows:

  • 5th July – London
  • 5th September – Manchester
  • 10th September – Bristol
  • 18th September – Glasgow”

“Further workshops will follow exploring the data in more detail and firming up consortia to bid. Funded projects will start in January 2014. There’s £2m available in total, with projects typically receiving £100,000 to £150,000 each. Innovation and creative data reuse will be key. If that suits you, make sure you attend one of the programme workshops and start thinking about partnerships.”

[Source Digital Curation Centre news: ]

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