Category Archives: Funding

Enter the new UBDC cycling Data Challenge to win great prizes!

Download the data, develop your ideas and pitch your innovations to an expert judging panel to win our exciting new cycling Data Challenge and take home the £1,000 voucher prize >>> http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-challenge-2017

The benefits of cycling as a mode of transport are well documented – including saving money, improving health and a cleaner environment for all.

We’re challenging you – whether you’re an academic, in business, involved in a charity, a startup or a data enthusiast – to use Strava Metro data to develop innovative solutions to answer the question, how do we get more people cycling?

How the challenge works:

We’ll provide you with the data and the rest is up to you! Your entry could take the form of a tool, an app, a visualisation, a linked dataset, or a new piece of software to clearly demonstrate your ideas. Following the first round of judging, selected finalists will be invited to pitch their innovations to the judging panel and an audience of event attendees at a Demo Day.

Prizes:

.               £1,000 of Amazon gift vouchers for the winner/s

.               £500 of Amazon gift vouchers for the runner/s up

.               £500 of Amazon gift vouchers for the People’s Choice Prize

All finalists will also have their travel expenses paid to attend the Demo Day.

Entries close at midnight (BST) on 1 October.

To find out more, download the data and enter visit: http://ubdc.ac.uk/data-challenge-2017

New Yammer Research Support Group

All staff have access to Yammer… Kind of like facebook for work… In order to give Researcher’s at our University a dedicated space for interaction, helpful files, presentations, links etc, a Research Support group has been created, including information on the REF and RDM. Feel free to join & access these resources! (https://www.yammer.com (log in with your Uni username and password)).

 

Gateway – New Funding Module

new systemThe RSB office are excited to announce that the Funding Module of Gateway will be going live from Friday, 15th September.  This new system will replace the RGA forms and the need for paper sign off.  From the 15th anyone developing or submitting an application for research or enterprise funding will be able to get their application signed off in Gateway.

You’ll be happy to know that the new system will deliver a number of improvements:-

  • Better reporting of projects
  • Improved visibility of workloads, deadlines and outstanding tasks
  • Increased accuracy in fund reporting
  • Ability to request review of proposals by peers, RSB or others at a touch of a button.

To help staff in the introduction of this new funding module, a Drop-In Session will take place on Monday, 18th September from 10am-2pm in the Top Lodge Conservatory – bring your laptop or phone and the RSB team will be available to talk you through this new process.  If you prefer a 1:1 or group session, please contact RSB@northampton.ac.uk and we will be happy to come to you.  Depending on demand, further drop-in sessions can be planned.

We are looking forward to this new system going live and believe it will provide a more efficient way of managing research funding.

Article Processing Charges – Update

The University of Northampton has an institutional fund for the payment of article processing charges.

Publishing “gold” allows your research, the published version,  to be made freely available immediately upon publication to anyone with internet access.  This enables people to access your work without waiting for embargo periods to pass (which can be up to 5 years or more!) and for the published version to be made freely available, rather than your accepted manuscript!

The University has entered into a number of agreements that allow us discounts on the cost of article processing charges:

  • IEEE (25% discount – prepaid account)
  • Springer (All APCs at zero cost – please select the open access option)
  • SAGE (£200 Discount)
  • Taylor and Francis (75% discount on most journals)
  • Wylie (25% Discount)

When publishing with any of the above publishers, please contact openaccess@northampton.ac.uk and we will guide you through the process.

If you have any questions in relation to article processing charges, copyright or the quality of a journal,  please do contact openaccess@northampton.ac.uk prior to signing a copyright transfer agreement.

 

Finding alternative sources of funding: Workshop for postgraduate researchers.

Pound signAre you a postgraduate researcher at UoN who is self-funded or partially funded? If so, you might be interested in coming along to Lucy Atkinson’s workshop, on 12th July 2017 from 12:00 to 14:30 in SO36. Lucy will show you possible routes to finding alternative sources of funding, whether for fees, maintenance, research expenses, conferences or travel. Lunch is also included! Read the rest of this entry

Finding the Right Funder

Want to Know More about Finding the Right Funder?

This interactive workshop is designed to help you to navigate the funding landscape and will cover topics on identifying the main sources of funding, how to use GRANTfinder effectively and winning tactics on how to increase your chance of success.  The session is ideal if you have specific research ideas and would like help in finding external funding for them.  Facilitated by Karen Lewis, Bidding Manager for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office.

This workshop will take place on Thursday, 25th May from 10am-12pm in Room S036, Sulgrave Building, Park Campus.  To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-the-right-funder-tickets-33207370138

Santander Funding Opportunities

SantanderApplications are now open for the Santander Mobility Fund and Santander Staff Research Award.  Santander funding is available to encourage student mobility for a short term project and for staff who require support for a research project.

Both forms need to be submitted to corinna.coleman@northampton.ac.uk by the 30 April 2017.

Santander Mobility Fund March 2017  2017 Santander Staff Research Application Form

Writing a Winning Bid

All you need to know when Writing a Winning Bid

Writing a winning bid isn’t as simple as just putting your ideas down on paper.  Making sure that your written application does your project justice is key to impressing the reviewers and securing funding.  Facilitated by Helen Backhouse, Bidding Officer for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office, this workshop will equip you with the tools to write a winning bid of your own.

Tuesday, 25th April from 2-4pm in Room C312, Cottesbrooke Building, Park Campus.

To book your place, please click on the Eventbrite link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-a-winning-bid-tickets-32531295982

Impact – REF

The Research Excellence Framework was the first exercise to assess the impact of research outside of academia. Impact was defined as ‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’. HEFCE

Measuring the impact that our research has on society and cultures, and being able to demonstrate this impact, has implications for future funding.

Fast track have studied the most succesful case studies from the previous REF, and published their findings in an article entitled:  10 lessons from grant proposals that led to the most significant and far-reaching impacts.

Very much worth a read for those who are looking to submit to the next REF.

Post Award: Essentials of Project Management

Do you wish to learn more on Project Management?

Whether you are leading a project or acting as a partner, this short workshop will provide an understanding of Project Management processes to enable you to deliver a successful project.  Facilitated by Paul Bramble, Project Officer for the Research and Strategic Bidding Office.

This workshop will take place on Monday, 6th March from 2-4pm in Room SOO8, Sulgrave Building, Park Campus.  To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/post-award-essentials-of-project-management-tickets-31962630087