Image Credit: Hot air balloon by ronnie44052 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronnie44052/2730239605/
Most other institutions have the same agenda to increase and diversify external research and consultancy income. We need to think strategically about which funds we target and play to our areas of strength. Also, crucially, we need to work in collaboration with others to maximise our chances of success. Image credit: The Runner by Hamed Saber http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/258971456/
Schemes cut and rationalised (e.g. British Academy Small Grants, ESRC First Grants). Movement towards longer and larger grants by many funders (not just RCs). Concentration of research funding by all RCs. Movement towards funding only the very best “excellent” researchers by other funders (e.g. Wellcome). Efficiency measures mean only 50% of equipment (over £10K) will be funded by RCs – not guaranteed, business case needed for items above £121K, if accepted then all equipment costs may be paid, but if rejected then research could proceed without equipment funding. RCs have already cut indexation. Indirect costs cut. Image Credit: Pilsen and Pollution by Senor Codo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/senor_codo/352250460/
e.g. Jane Chapman £500K AHRC bid; Shigang Yue £700K Marie Curie IRSES bid; Mark O’Thomas £70K EC Culture bid. Image Credit: Empire State Building by echiner1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/decadence/2962838878/
We do this with support of faculty research management and administration.
REF coordinator post to be recruited imminently. REF Working Group to be chaired by Paul Stewart and to meet early next month. Image credit: HowardWebb3 by thetelf http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Howard_Webb3.jpg
The collaborative approach will support areas such as impact, which is increasingly important for all funders, and further income generation from successful grants. Will be an announcement about this soon. Details to be discussed in July. Suggestions on a name for the department gratefully received! Image Credit: University of Lincoln promotional image.
From Research Council perspective it’s demand management, but from ours it’s more about quality control and improvement. That is, making sure we submit the best possible bid. Image credit: folder by Niklas Bildhauer http://www.flickr.com/photos/14498569@N05/2434418686/
Times Higher Education reported at the end of last year that EPSRC’s approach has led to an increase in success rates, from 26% to 30% within one year. And other funders may well follow suit particularly if it is seen to reduce administrative burdens. Image Credit: Times Higher Education 9 th December http:// www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode =414537
Funding has been ring-fenced in cash terms, but there is a real-terms cut over 4 years of the RC delivery plans. Many responses to ESRC consultation favour individual researcher sanctions as per EPSRC. AHRC don’t think that would significantly reduce demand for them because of the pattern of bid submissions, so they favour the institutional sanction route. Image Credit: Fuel Gauge by chego101 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chego101/3389452476/in/photostream/
Again, for us this is about improving quality of our submissions. The more time we have, the better service we can provide. Image Credit: Old Red Car by Danilo Prates http://www.flickr.com/photos/danprates/1418154518/in/photostream/ Image Credit: Red Jaguar XK140 by Pedro Simoes http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosimoes7/201099447/in/photostream/
Here are some ideas from a recent AHRC workshop on demand management and quality. All of these we do to varying degrees, but will need to get better, tighter and more structured as competition increases and sanctions kick in. The more time we have, the better service we can provide.
On value MHT is above the average success rate of 23% across all research councils. Interestingly this is the reverse of the general success rate picture for the University, which is higher on number than value, indicating that generally we win lower value bids. But still a low number of bids ~10 per year. Overall success rate for all research bids (with result) from MHT in last year is 17% on number and 8% on value. However, some of the recent successes will bolster this figure. Total number of research bids submitted to all funders by MHT in last year = 56.
RCUK released 4 year delivery plans earlier this year, all of which focused on thematic areas or “Grand Challenges” which they are leading on. Not just RCs though, Collaborative EC funding in the next Framework Programme will likely be based around Challenges rather than thematic areas. So you’ll have Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Digital Economy etc. rather than ICT, Environment, Social Sciences and Humanities. It’s worth noting that the EC views humanities, social sciences and the arts as playing a role within the research on these challenge areas. But you will have to frame your research as part of a cohesive whole. Similarly, the RCs are looking to encourage interdisciplinary work as part of their longer and larger grants. We’re well placed to do this sort of work and indeed have already had success in this area, e.g. Shaun Lawson’s EPSRC-funded ENACT project which is exploring whether social networks can be used to improve computerised CBT jointly with Prof. Niro Siriwardena in School of Health and Social Care. Here is an outline of four of the challenges. Image Credit: Joseph in Magilla 7a, Isola del Tesoro – Jerzu by gego2605 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gego/130880892/
Crime, wars and conflicts, terrorism, environmental stresses, extreme poverty all contribute to global instability. RCs working together to address these. Case study: The urban environment: mirror and mediator of radicalisation http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/nsc/projects/brand/ “The ultimate objective of this project is to assist policy makers, planners, architects, urban designers and ordinary citizens in the creation of urban environments that are conducive to the friendly encounter of different social groups and thus help to tackle the ground conditions of radicalisation.” Image Credit: Aerial security in Kandahar by The U.S. Army http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/4408186601/in/photostream/
“ There is an unprecedented demographic change underway in the UK with the proportion of young people declining whilst that of older people is increasing.” Significant benefits to healthy population for the UK. Again this cuts across all research councils. Image Credit: elderly man by Xavi Talleda http://www.flickr.com/photos/xavitalleda/5383583351/in/photostream/
How can ICT help to transform business, government and health services? This can lead to economic and social benefits, and this theme seeks to explore these. Case Study: Inclusion research cluster: http:// www.computing.dundee.ac.uk/digitaleconomy/about.asp “This cluster brings together a multi-disciplinary team with track records in developing computer systems for older and disabled people, and other digitally disenfranchised groups, and in developing methods to ensure the accessibility of I.T. systems. We will be conducting pilot research into the development of social networking sites as methods for encouraging older and disabled people to be part of the Digital Economy” Image Credit: From Cash to Digital by FamZoo http://www.flickr.com/photos/famzoo/4880265002/in/photostream/
Climate change poses enormous ecological, environmental and societal challenges for Western industrialized societies. This scheme seeks to increase resilience to and reduce the economic costs of environmental changes such as extreme weather and reduced biodiversity. Image Credit: Drought by Bert Kaufmann http://www.flickr.com/photos/22746515@N02/3487433937/in/photostream/
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Research office update - MHT Research Conference
Research Office Update Dr. David Young, University Research Office
<ul><li>Rising to the Top 50: Research and research income is a key part of the University strategy. </li></ul>
<ul><li>…and the funding environment has changed. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Faculty has had recent major successes and we need to build on this. </li></ul>
<ul><li>It’s our job to facilitate submission of high quality research bids through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>identification of opportunities; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>horizon scanning; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>facilitating interdisciplinary research; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bid development including costing and authoring support; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>training and development; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>coordinating approvals and submission; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>following up on unsuccessful bids. </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>We also support the University’s REF submission. </li></ul>
<ul><li>We will soon merge with Enterprise @ Lincoln to become Research and Enterprise Services </li></ul>
<ul><li>EPSRC has led the way, but all Research Councils are now implementing this. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Funding Reductions: ESRC have just finished consulting on demand management. AHRC considering institutional sanctions. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Improving quality: all universities will need to do this for bids to all funders </li></ul>
<ul><li>Different ways to improve quality: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>peer review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mentoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mock bid panels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grant development workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bid writing support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>strict internal deadlines for approval </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sharing best practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>experiences of success/failure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>funders to promote sanctions </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Success rates for Research Council bids submitted by MHT in last 3 years: </li></ul>64% 68% 26% 19% Unsuccessful - Value % Unsuccessful -Number % Success - Value % Success - Number % £5,133,990.00 21 £1,782,350.00 5 £1,095,876.00 5 £8,012,216.00 31 Unsuccessful - Value Unsuccessful -Number Success - Value Success - Number Pending - Value Pending - Number Total - Value Total - Number
Image Credits <ul><li>Hot air balloon by ronnie44052 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronnie44052/2730239605/ </li></ul><ul><li>The Runner by Hamed Saber http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/258971456/ </li></ul><ul><li>Pilsen and Pollution by Senor Codo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/senor_codo/352250460/ </li></ul><ul><li>Empire State Building by echiner1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/decadence/2962838878/ </li></ul><ul><li>HowardWebb3 by thetelf http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Howard_Webb3.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise @ Lincoln University of Lincoln promotional image. </li></ul><ul><li>folder by Niklas Bildhauer http://www.flickr.com/photos/14498569@N05/2434418686/ </li></ul><ul><li>David Delpy in Times Higher Education, 9 th December http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=414537 </li></ul><ul><li>Fuel Gauge by chego101 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chego101/3389452476/in/photostream/ </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph in Magilla 7a, Isola del Tesoro – Jerzu by gego2605 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gego/130880892/ </li></ul><ul><li>Aerial security in Kandahar by The U.S. Army http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/4408186601/in/photostream/ </li></ul><ul><li>elderly man by Xavi Talleda http://www.flickr.com/photos/xavitalleda/5383583351/in/photostream/ </li></ul><ul><li>From Cash to Digital by FamZoo http://www.flickr.com/photos/famzoo/4880265002/in/photostream/ </li></ul><ul><li>Drought by Bert Kaufmann http://www.flickr.com/photos/22746515@N02/3487433937/in/photostream/ </li></ul><ul><li>Old Red Car by Danilo Prates http://www.flickr.com/photos/danprates/1418154518/in/photostream/ </li></ul><ul><li>Red Jaguar XK140 by Pedro Simoes http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosimoes7/201099447/in/photostream/ </li></ul>