European and International Research Support

 

About Us

The European and International Research Support team are part of Research Support 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. This is done through one to one meetings, workshops, targetted communication and attending meetings such as departmental seminars and away day.

Help with proposal development

Support academic staff with their research applications from idea development, commenting to costing and form completion

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.

Early ideas

Identifying opportunities e.g. a new funder or collaboration opportunuity very early on leading to EU and International proposals. 

Help with of successful EU-funded awards

Support projects and PIs at EU post-award, from grant preparation to hands-on help to projects.

Strategic relationships

Managing the University relationship with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre collaboration and Goethe University Frankfurt.

Europe Hub

Manage the University Office in Brussels (our Europe Hub)

News & Results

BREXIT

The Team has organised an event on BREXIT and what it means for research on 23rd October. See more information 

Birmingham International Engagement Fund

BEIF supports 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.

Success with European Research Council and next deadlines

This year has seen major successes for the University with the European Research Council with 11 basic research grants coming to Birmingham, led by early-career to established academics. ERC is calling for new proposals

The European Research Council have announced its deadlines for 2018/19:

  • Starting Grant:  17 October 2018
  • Consolidator Grant: 7 February 2019
  • Advanced Grant: 30 Aug 2018 & 29 Aug 2019
  • Synergy Grant: 8 November 2018
  • Proof of Concept:  22 Jan, 25 Apr & 19 Sep 2019

Brexit & Horizon 2020

The recently published Joint Report from the UK Government and the negotiators of the European Union (8 December 2018) outlines the agreement in principle made between the EU and the UK.  It states that: 

"Following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the MFF 2014-2020 until their closure".

This means that we can continue to apply to Horizon 2020 until the end of the programme (calls to 2020).

More information at:
https://www.ukro.ac.uk/Pages/brexit.aspx 

Horizon 2020 calls 2018-2020

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
Search for topics that may be relevant to you 

Horizon Europe: the EU funding programme after 2020

Horizon European is the name of the programme that will follow Horizon 2020.

The first calls will open open at the end of 2020 and it will run until 2027.

The European Commission has released its proposal for the new programme. They are calling for a budget close to €100billion.

The UK is seeking association to the new programme meaning that we hope to be able to take part and apply as before.

More information: 

 

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).

 Brexit

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 s.a.wiley@bham.ac.uk

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.

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

 

International Funding for Research

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 (s.a.wiley@bham.ac.uk):

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 s.a.wiley@bham.ac.uk 

Support

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 Kathleen Hyne (see contact details below)).

Your Europe Hub in Brussels

The University's Europe Hub (formerly 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 Europe Hub 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! 

Funding Information Workshops

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

You will find the list of forthcoming events and presentations for past events here.

For any enquiries, please contact Gail Bond (g.bond@bham.ac.uk ext 48586).

Workshops ordinarily run between 1 and 2 pm but the workshop announcement will confirm this. 

Note that receive email notification of events you will need to belong to our Research Fora mail list which you can register to by emailed Sally Wiley at s.a.wiley@bham.ac.uk

Contact Us

Team lead

Xavier Rodde
Ext: 43880
Email: x.rodde@bham.ac.uk

  • Internal and external relationships and engagements.
  • Coordinaiton of the Dubai research programme.

For funding opportunities and bid development

Group leader:
Eleonore Dispersyn-Nievergelt

For staff in MDS & CAL
Rommany Jenkins 
Ext: 48246 (Monday-Tuesday)
Ext: 48634 (other days)
Email: R.Jenkins.1@bham.ac.uk

For staff in EPS:
Neringa Collier
(partime - 50%FTE- Monday to Thursday)
Ext: 58995
Email: n.collier@bham.ac.uk

For Staff in  CoSS
Eleonore Dispersyn-Nievergelt
ext:
58996
51080 (Wed only) 
Email: E.Dispersyn-Nievergelt@bham.ac.uk

For staff in LES
Jane Farrow.
ext: 48642
j.m.farrow@bham.ac.uk

  • Funding dissemination
  • Support to research applications

For Cross College calls, Europe Hub and links with the JRC

For staff in all Colleges

Sally Wiley
Ext: 43884
Email s.a.wiley@bham.ac.uk



  • 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.

For proposal budgeting, technical aspects of bids and grant (contract) preparations

For staff in all Colleges

Tim Read
For costings and budgeting
Ext: 49543
Email: j.t.read@bham.ac.uk

Gail Bond
For admin support to academics for proposals and grant preparation
Ext: 48586
Email: g.bond@bham.ac.uk

  • Help with budgeting your research project and put together costings
  • Help with completing the proposals forms
  • Help with the grant preparation phase (from successful proposal to contract)

For help with live EU projects

Kathleen Hynes
Lead person for post award support
(Caroline Marshall retired in September 2019)
ext: 47815
Email: k.m.hynes@bham.ac.uk

Richard Sutton
(Monday to Thursday)
Assists with the compilation of EU project audit files

Ext: 43883
Email r.sutton@bham.ac.uk

  • 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.