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UKRO Annual Visit 2018

UKRO Visit: Wednesday 21 March 2018

Warwick's UK Research Office in Brussels (UKRO) contact, Jon Brookes, visited the University on Wednesday 21 March 2018, to lead a series of sessions on European research funding and policy. The sessions were open to academics, departmental administrators and professional services staff. The programme was:

Horizon 2020 – 2018-20 Work Programmes/the outlook for FP9

ERC/MSCA

Common pitfalls in applications/evaluation and review processes

Research Development Session


Horizon 2020's 2018-20 Work Programmes and the outlook for FP9


In this session Jon spoke about the thematic priorities and collaborative research funding opportunities available under Horizon2020’s Societal Challenges in 2019 and 2020. Jon also presented the latest information on the shape of Framework Programme 9, the follow-up to Horizon2020, as well as setting out the current state-of-affairs in relation to the UK and European research funding after BREXIT.

Jon's presentation can be found here  


ERC/MSCA

The European Research Council schemes and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions provide 'bottom-up' opportunities for researchers to secure EU funding for their research. Under Horizon 2020, the ERC has received a substantially increased level of funding while the MSCAs have been reorganised. Jon's session covered:

  • an overview of ERC and MSCA programmes, including eligibility and reimbursement rules
  • information about upcoming calls

The session attracted academics and researchers who wanted to know more about how ERC and MSCA programmes, and to administrators who support proposals, either in the central administration or in departments and research centres.

Jon's presentation can be found here  


Common pitfalls in applications/evaluation and review processes

This session identified some of the common problems and pitfalls encountered during the application development process. Jon provided advice about what to do before the writing begins, what should be included (and what should not be included) in applications, and how to prepare for the evaluation and review processes.

Jon's presentation can be found here  


Research Development Session

This session, which was aimed at research development staff based either in the central administration or in departments and research centres, Research Finance and International Strategy & Relations offered a Q&A and informal discussion around both the operational and policy side of supporting European research funding applications.

Presentations from the visit can be found here: