• School of CS newsletter

    Published: Tuesday, 15 August 2017

    Weekly newsletter for the School of CS

    [ top ]News and announcements

    A guide for staff supporting undergraduate students

    If you are an academic advisor for UG students, the following guide has been produced to help you signpost students to Careers Service support and wider resources.  Please follow this link.  

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    JeS downtime

    Due to essential maintenance Je-S will be unavailable on the morning of Saturday 19th August 2017 from 8am to 2pm BST.
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    Horizon 2020 and the Nagoya Protocol

    For H2020 project coordinators, ERC and MSCA Fellows.

    If your project utilises genetic resources or traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources please contact sarah.chatwin@manchester.ac.uk as the Nagoya Protocol may apply to you https://www.cbd.int/abs/.

     

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    [ top ]Events

    EPSRC Early Career Researcher regional workshops (Manchester & Bristol) Applications

    Expression of interest deadline: 5pm 18 Aug 2017

    https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/psecworkshopseoi/

    These October events will provide the opportunity for us to communicate recent changes in EPSRC policies, understand the needs of ECRs and to build a mutual understanding and relationship between EPSRC and ECRs leading to more advocates in community. Places are limited and the number of participants from a given organisation may have to be restricted in the event of multiple applications. Selection will primarily be based on the justification of attendance.

    Remember the School has funds to cover travel for attendees that feedback information to the School. Contact sarah.chatwin@manchester.ac.uk for more information.

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    EPSRC Inclusion Matters workshops

    Internal intention to apply: asap
    Deadline for applications: 25 Aug 2017

    Please let sarah.chatwin@manchester.ac.uk know asap if you intend to apply to attend one of the EPSRC Inclusion Matters - furthering equality, diversity and inclusion in Engineering and Physical Sciences research workshops in September as only two attendees per institution are allowed to attend.

    https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/inclusionmatters/

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    [ top ]Funding Opportunities

    EPSRC IRC Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Call - Internal Process

    https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/irc-targeted-therapeutic-delivery

    EPSRC has pre-announced a call for large Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery. These are large £10m awards and EPSRC will only fund one. Each institution can only lead one bid but can partner on others.

    A response to this Call will be coordinated by FBMH as EPSRC allows only one institutional bid. Please let your Research Support Manager (Sarah Chatwin) know asap if you are interested in participating in this call.

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    RAEng Research Chairs/Senior Research Fellowships – internal review process

    Internal deadline: noon 22 Aug 2017
    RAEng deadline: 11 Sept 2017

    The Faculty have agreed an internal review process for submissions to the Royal Academy’s Research Chairs/Senior Research Fellowships scheme. As the RAEng deadline is 11 September, the process will be light touch. You may recall the scheme requires £250k industry contribution.

    Applicants are asked to provide a 2 page outline (maximum), to be submitted to Rupa.Lunan@manchester.ac.uk by noon on Tuesday 22 August detailing the following:

    • Details of proposed industry support (please note it is not necessary to submit a finalised support letter from your industrial partner at this stage)
    • Fit with University research and investment strategy
    • Impact of research
    • Plans for self-sustainability once RAEng funding has ended

    The 2 page outlines will be reviewed by a Faculty level panel. Any queries regarding applications to this scheme should be referred to your School Research Support Manager (sarah.chatwin@manchester.ac.uk) in the first instance.

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    Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships

    Deadline: 4pm 05 Sep 2017

    The RAEng Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships allows academics to concentrate on full-time research and be relieved of teaching and administrative responsibilities. The purpose of the Fellowships is to cover the salary costs of a replacement academic who will take over the awardee’s teaching and administration duties for up to one year. An additional support fund of up to £2.5k is available for miscellaneous research costs

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    ESRC IAA Scheme open

    Deadline: noon 13 Oct 2017

    The ESRC has awarded the University over £1m to deliver the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) until 31 March 2019. The IAA will be used to fund knowledge exchange activities to accelerate the impact of research in the social sciences, across the University. The aims of the IAA are to:

    • increase knowledge exchange through staff exchanges/placements between the University and external user organisations;
    • align external partners and academics strategically to extend collaboration and shape the research agenda, and influence policy and practice through relationship building;
    • provide flexible and innovative opportunities for researchers to translate research into practice;
    • provide training workshops and tools development to extend the University’s culture of engagement into new and innovative areas.

    This call encourages initiatives that increase our engagement with commercial businesses since these have been under-represented in previous calls.

    ESRC IAA schemes cover potential impact activities at all stages of the research process, from setting up networks to help inform or scope new research projects, to the development of activities designed to apply previous research.

    Staff exchanges/placement- Flexible support for secondment-out of academics to external partner organisations or enabling secondment-in of external partners. This scheme is to increase the exchange of knowledge through mobility of people, enhance external links and provide the secondee with experience of working in a partner organisation. External partners must provide match funding in cash for secondment-out staff exchanges. Funding available – normally up to £25k.

    Relationship building- Flexible support for building relationships with non-academic partners. Proposals that include a direct cash contribution from one or more commercial businesses will be particularly welcomed. Particularly innovative proposals to develop relationships that include in-kind contributions will also be considered, where the lack of a direct contribution is justified. Funding available – normally up to £20k.

    Research into practice- Activity to translate research evidence for use by research users/ practitioners. The scheme is flexible and open to innovative projects and activities may include policy or evidence seminars, knowledge exchange or co-produced research etc. Funding available - normally up to £30k.

    Rapid response to fund up to £3k and enable short projects to respond quickly to opportunities. This scheme operates as an open call and feedback will normally be given within two weeks of submission.

    Training workshops and tools development are not part of the invited schemes and instead will form a programme of activity managed by the IAA team. However, if you have an idea, please contact esrciaa@manchester.ac.uk

    ESRC IAA guidance notes

    ESRC IAA application form

    ESRC IAA rapid response application form

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    Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries

    Internal process deadline: asap
    Intention to Submit survey deadline: 29 Sep 2017
    Outline proposal deadline: 09 Nov 2017

    The RCUK 2nd Collective Fund call intends to establish a number of challenge-led and impact-focused Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Interdisciplinary Research Hubs. Between £8M - £20M will be available for each Hub, provided over a 5 year period starting on 1st December 2018. RCUK anticipate awarding 12-15 Hubs.

    Internal process (compulsory):

    Unlike the first call there is currently no limit on the number of applications the University can lead on. However, outline proposals will be required to include a letter of commitment from the Vice-President for Research and there is also an expectation that Hubs will make a contribution (e.g. towards capital, infrastructure and studentships). Therefore, to get a sense of potential University and non-University led bids that will meet the core criteria of the call and receive support from the University please send to james.evans@manchester.ac.uk (in confidence) a summary of the proposed PI, development challenge(s) being addressed, current partnerships (especially DAC ones) and other relevant details. The University GCRF Strategic Advisory Group will review outlines received and advise on the next steps for individual bids received.

    As always please keep researchsupportcsm@Manchester.ac.uk informed of any intentions to submit.

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    Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowships

    Deadline: 06 Sep 2017 15:00 BST

    Do you know of any researchers (with no more than 15 years of postdoctoral experience) from the following countries that would benefit from visiting Manchester for up to 3 yrs:

    Awards are currently only available for scientists in the countries above and criteria is different for each country. Specifics are available through: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-advanced-fellowships/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5419&utm_source=adestra

    Proposals are expected benefits to the Newton Fund country in particular the extent to which the award will contribute to the transfer of knowledge and research capabilities which will contribute to advancing economic development and welfare of the country.

    Overseas opportunities

    The following opportunities are currently available to UK scientists with our Newton Fund partners overseas:

    Opportunities in South Africa
    The DST-NRF Fellowships for early career researchers from the United Kingdom provide the opportunity for post-doctoral researchers to work at a South African research institution for a period of up to six months.

    Opportunities in China

    The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) offers the CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) to support highly-qualified international scientists and postgraduate students to work and study at CAS institutions and strengthen their scientific collaboration with CAS researchers.

    Opportunities in Brazil
    Brazilian State Funding Agencies, articulated by its National Council (CONFAP), will offer support through Fellowships and grants launching on 15 August 2016 to researchers based in UK Universities and Research Institutions who are looking to spend from two weeks to four years working in research in Brazil, in collaboration with local colleagues.

    Opportunities in Mexico
    The Mexican Academy of Sciences (MAS) and the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) invite candidates to submit applications for research exchange within the framework of the "Newton International Collaboration Programme" to undertake short-term visits in 2017 in the form of MAS Short-term Mobility Grants.

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    Advance notice: EPSRC IAA Account

    Call 2 deadline: 18 October 2017

    EPSRC awarded The University of Manchester over £2.4M to deliver an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) that aims to increase and accelerate the impact of EPSRC research outputs from the university through a range of knowledge exchange activities. Running from April 2017 to March 2020, the £2.4M IAA will aim to ensure that the university fulfils its strategic knowledge exchange objectives in the domains covered by EPSRC research.

    The EPSRC funds a range of support mechanisms, covering:

    Relationship Incubator Scheme (rolling deadline) Fostering new relationships between industry and academic researchers, creating opportunities for collaboration and exchange of knowledge and skills

    Proof of Concept Scheme Support for the very early stage of transforming research outputs into commercial opportunities

    Secondment Scheme Flexible support for secondments between The University of Manchester and businesses and other organisations

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    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

    Good for working with companies in a more involved manner. Significant budget available currently.

    KTPs are available across a diverse range of public and private industry sectors. Your KTP project could deliver improvements to existing products, support development of novel products and systems, as well as create frameworks to improve efficiencies in processes and upskill staff. This flexible approach enables partnerships to identify the best way to accelerate business growth and enhance competitive advantage.

    Each KTP project recruits a high-calibre graduate, known as an Associate, aided by specialist academic support from The University of Manchester, to deliver a specified work plan. The KTP Associate manages and delivers the project, on-site within the partner organisation, whilst being jointly supervised by a senior member of the business and an academic expert from The University of Manchester. This three-way partnership works together to support the strategic development of the business partner.

    Each project can last 1-3 years, transferring and embedding new knowledge and skills to encourage business growth and innovation. With the help of government funding and university expertise, the business is well supported to innovate and reach its full potential.

     KTP areas and respective deadlines:

    • Infrastructure Systems - 13th September 2017 & 14th March 2018
    • Emerging & Enabling Technologies - 8th November 2017
    • Health & Life Sciences - 6th December 2017
    • Manufacturing & Materials - 17th January 2018
    • Open - 7th February 2018
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    [ top ]Featured Research Outcomes

    Paper 'In Abstract'

    Work from Computer Science has featured in the Faculty's 'In Abstract' series. The paper Computing exponentially faster: implementing a non-deterministic universal Turing machine using DNA, co-authored by Prof. Ross King and Dr Konstantin Korovin, demonstrated the feasibility of building a nondeterministic universal Turing machine (NUTM) for the first time. http://www.mub.eps.manchester.ac.uk/in-abstract/computing-exponentially-faster-implementing-a-non-deterministic-universal-turing-machine-using-dna/

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