European and International Research Support

About us

The European and International Research Support team are part of Research and Innovation Services who sit within the Finance Office.

The team are responsible for providing specialist support for applying and delivering European and International funded projects and for developing and growing pipelines of activities to accelerate the transition from European and International relationships, activities and opportunities into actual external research, applications and income.

The team's remits are around:

Dissemination Raising awareness of relevant EU and international calls and matching opportunities with academic interests together with strategic College  alignments.
Harnessing expertise Identifying academics who are internationally active and working with them to understand how we can support them better and also learn from them and use their expertise to encourage other academics to apply for international funding.
Activity pipeline Working with the Colleges, International Relations and other in Corporate Services to create and maintain effective pipeline of opportunities leading to EU and International proposals. 
Research Proposals Working with the College Research Support Offices and Directors of Research to identify suitable academics to support and develop their bid preparation to European and international funders.
Delivery of successful EU-funded awards Support projects and PIs at EU post-award.
Strategic relationships Lead on the successful delivery (additional joint proposals, seminars, publications, visits, access to data and facilities) of external engagement initiatives such as the European Commission's Joint Research Centre collaboration, Brussels Office and relationship with Goethe University Frankfurt.
External Stakeholders Maintaining close links with European and international funders, advocates and external professionals in order to (i) gather early intelligence and shape calls, (ii) maintain a high reputation, and (iii) find solutions when deadline with non-traditional European and international funders
 Mainstreaming Feeding knowledge of EU and international funding and developments into University research initiatives to identify additional options for proposals and collaborations outside the UK.

 News & Results


Birmingham International Engagement Fund

From September 2017 the University will amalgamate a number of existing travel funds such as the H2020 travel grant, North America Fund and Brazil Engagement Fund into one centrally managed fund called the Birmingham International Engagement Fund (BIEF).  

BEIF will support any engagement activities outside the UK that increase the international academic reputation of the University for example partnership and proposal building activities that could be relevant GCRF and H2020 for example.

You can find out how to apply by clicking here.


ERC Work Programme 2018

The European Research Council have announced it's work programme for 2018 with associated  deadlines for schemes which you can find here.

Announced deadlines are:

  • Starting Grant:  17 October 2017
  • Consolidator Grant: 15 February 2018
  • Advanced Grant: 30 August 2018
  • Synergy Grant: 14 November 2017
  • Proof of Concept:  16 January 2018/18 April 2018/11 September 2018

Summary of Brexit Whie Paper

Following Whitehall's recent White Paper on Brexit, under the headings below you'll find a summary of relevant outcomes.

On collaboration with European researchers and EU Framework Programme

  • Government recognises the importance of very close cooperation on science.
  • The paper encourages universities and businesses to continue to bid for H2020 funding, and reiterates that government’s commitment to underwrite Horizon 2020 grants. A smooth transition arrangement will be sought beyond this.
  • The White Paper reiterates the point form the PM’s speech that “there may be European programmes in which we might want to participate. If so, it is reasonable that we should make an appropriate contribution”. This leaves open the possibility for the UK to agree continued participation in EU Framework Programmes.
  • The UK will leave the Euratom treaty when it leaves the EU yet Government will seek alternative arrangements to ensure international collaboration in nuclear research and development continues.

Success in H2020 Fellowships

We have been successful in winning 14 Horizon 2020 post-doctoral fellowship projects following the last call, with a further 7 on the reserve lists.

Our success rate of 21.2% compares well with the overall success rate for this call at 13.5%. This result shows that BREXIT has had no impact on both number of applications and evaluation of UK-led bids.

The post-docs will be hosted by the following PIs:

CAL Michaela Mahlberg

EPS Francisco Fernandez-Trillo; Shangfeng Du (2 fellowships); Charalampos Baniotopoulos; Alberto Vecchio; Artemis Stamboulis; Richard Palmer (2 fellowships)

LES Eugenia Valsami-Jones; Bernhard Staresina

MDS Damien Walmsley, Ferenc Mueller, Zubair Ahmed


Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 

The European Commission has published scoping papers for the Horizon 2020 work programmes 2018-2020.  These papers outline the main priorities over the next three years for each pat of H2020 and will form the basis for the development of the work programmes.  Below you will find a link to the overaching document that includes the 17 thematic scoping papers.

More information:  

Thematic areas
Full Scoping Document  

EU Funding for Research

Horizon 2020 

This the main programme for research and innovation from the European Union consisting of a wealth of funding opportunities to support our research activities running to 2020.

Following the result of the UK EU referendum vote the UK will exit from the EU but we can continue to apply to Horizon 2020 until the date of Brexit (likely to be March 2019), with all proposals submitted until that date being underwritten by HM Treasury.  At this stage we do not know if the UK will retain any association with FP9 (the next programme).

Available resources

  • H2020 Wallchart:  This provides an overview of the various opportunities available through the H2020 schemes - click here to view .
  • Support:  Through our dedicated team of experts you will receive support, from cradle to grave, around your application including proposal development support (see below for list of contacts).
  • Birmingham Engagement Fund:   Supporting engagement activities outside the UK to increase the international academic reputation of the University for example partnership and proposal building activities that could be relevant GCRF and H2020 for example.  Details of how to apply  are available here.
  • External H2020 support:  The official H2020 website and keyword search for H2020 provides you with a wealth of information and guidance.

International Funding for Research


BREXIT has made us all think about the future of funding outside the EU, we have benefitted greatly from EU funding for some time and hopefully will continue to do so in whatever guise but it is timely that we start thinking more creatively and exploring other avenues to either expand on or explore.  This is what we know about the effect to EU funding:

  • That UK Treasury have guaranteed funding for H2020 grants that are, at time of actual Brexit, are already live and signed and even applied for.
  • The EU Commission have briefed their evaluators to be aware of unconscious bias when evaluating applications. 

When thinking outside Europe, we are already looking to a number of funders including the National Institutes of Health, the Human Frontiers Science Programme, EMBO.  Workshops on these funders are also orgnaised through the team and are advertised routinely through our research fora circulation list (if you wish to be included in this please email Sally Wiley at  

Centrally-managed funding to engage with international peers

A number of internal funding routes exist to enable engagement with the University's partner countries.  Details of these can be found here

Internal International Engagement Fact Sheets

Understanding how to identify and grow international collaborations can be tricky.  To help with this a number of country funder fact sheets have been created that provide tips on engagement routes as well as highlighting funding opportunities to consider.

Selection of UK organisations supporting international activity

Working with US Federal Funders and Conflicts of Interest (CoI)

in 2016 the University's Executive Board approved the implementation of a dedicated CoI US Conflicts of Interest Policy for use with US federal funding (particularly the US Department of Health & Human Services and US Public Health Services funding applications).  

What this means is that researchers seeking to apply for US federal funding, either direct or as part of a sub-award with a US collaborator, are required to disclose any financial and/or other conflicts of interest that could compromise the trustworthiness of their work in research proposals, publications and public communications as well as in all review activities.

Such individuals are therefore REQUIRED,  before applying, to complete the following documentation, electronically forwarding each to Sally Wiley, Research and Innovation Services, Finance Office (

The University CoI US Conflicts of Interest Policy document contains a flow chart demonstrating the assessment routes that will be adopted for any identified CoIs.

Any queries should be directed to Sally Wiley at 


The "need help" section within this page will signpost you to the relevant individuals.

Post Award Support for EU Research

The team offer dedicated post-award support to all H2020 award holders.  This function is led by Caroline Marshall (

University of Birmingham Brussels Office

The University's Brussels Office has been in existence since 2010.  There is no doubt that having a European presence in Brussels enhances both the profile of individual researchers as well as that of the University, it provides:

  • Privileged intelligence on EU policy and development.
  • Networking activities.
  • A place to meet and share information. 

Our Brussels Office is a shared space where we are hosted by Birmingham City Council and we have a permanent member of staff working for us to support our activities and academics when they are visiting.  The office is used by our academic community for a variety of activities including workshops and seminars, profile raising events, proposal development meetings to name a few.  It is also a space to hotdesk whilst in Brussels providing a home from home whilst away.

Click here to find out more about your office away from Birmingham inlcuidng how to book the space! 

Information Events

Our team run a number of internal information workshops on EU and international funders together with post award support on running EU projects.  

To receive notification of events you will need to belong to our Research Fora mail list which you can register to by emailed Sally Wiley at

Below you will find a number of events scheduledf over the next two months and here you will find the presentation material presented from workshops held and any associated documentation.

  • Marie Curie Initial Training Network (Grant Writing Workshop) - 20 September 2017
  • Marie Curie Rise Overview -  15 November 2017

Workshops ordinarily run between 1 and 2 pm but the workshop announcement will confirm this.  To register mail Gail Bond at

Need Help?

Xavier Rodde


  • Team lead:  management and strategic direction.

  • Internal and external relationships and engagements

Karin Rade


  • Raise awareness of EU and international funding opportunities in Computer Science, Maths, School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering.

  • Help academic staff develop successful EU and International research applications

Neringa Collier


  • Raise awareness of EU and international funding opportunities in GEES, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics and Met & Mat.

  • Help academic staff develop successful EU and International research applications. 

Jasmine Rachel Penny


  •  Raise awareness of EU and international funding opportunities in MDS as well as Biosciences and Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences.
  • Help academic staff develop successful EU and international research applications.

Eleonore Dispersyn-Nievergelt


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  •  Raise awareness of EU and international funding opportunities in CAL and CoSS.
  • Help academic staff develop successful EU and international research applications.

Sally Wiley


  • Manages our knowledge base of, and our relationship with international funders and its dissemination.

  • Overseas day to day activities in our Brussels Office.

  • Manages our active engagement with the Joint Research Centre in Brussels.

  • Manages the Universities US funders Conflict of Interest Policy.

Caroline Marshall



  • Supports academic staff, professional services and project appointed staff in the delivery of EU funded projects.

  • Identifies and solves wide-scale delivery problems before or as they arise.

  • Manages the EU funded project audit files.

Richard Sutton


  •  Assists with the compilation of EU project audit files.

Gail Bond


  • Supports Research Development Officers with the organisation of dissemination activities and, the development and submissions of proposals.

  • Helps with the negotiation of EU funded projects.