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UK Association to Horizon Europe: an update

As many of you will now be aware, it was announced yesterday (Thursday 7th September) that the Government and the European Commission have agreed in principle on the UK’s association to the Horizon Europe and Copernicus programmes under the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA). What now remains to be done is for the relevant protocol in the TCA to be signed, which will allow the UK to formally associate to Horizon Europe from 1st January 2024.

For Horizon Europe 2023 Work Programme identifier calls, you can continue to apply to Horizon Europe calls as beneficiaries and if successful, all 2023 Work Programme call topics will be funded under the UKRI Guarantee Funding.

For Horizon Europe 2024 Work Programme identifier calls, you will be able to apply for and obtain EU funding, and crucially lead projects.   

 

How to identify if a call is funded by the UKRI Guarantee Funding or Horizon Europe

Look at the call identifier, as this will specify the year of the relevant work programme. For example,

  • identifier HORIZON-MSCA-2023-PF-01 will be covered by the UKRI guarantee scheme
  • identifier HORIZON-ERC-2024-STG will be funded directly by the EC through Horizon Europe if successful

 

The EU Team will provide further updates as more information becomes available from UKRI and the UK Government.

If you have a current application submitted under a Horizon Europe 2023 Work Programme identifier call (or calls from previous work programmes) which has been successful, you should continue liaising with your ROO School Research Development team to continue your UKRI guarantee funding application. 

Here are some useful links

For any other queries, please email the EU Team ercgrants@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

UKRO webinar and recordings on ERC

The European Research Council (ERC) is hosting a webinar on 20th September at 11:15am for potential applicants to learn more about the novelties of the ERC Work Programme for 2024. The webinar can be accessed directly on the ERC website and no prior registration is necessary.

Recordings from the recent UKRO webinars on the ERC 2024 Synergy Grant are now available -

 

ERC 2024 Starting Grant - Crib Sheet Updates

We have made some updates to the Horizon Europe ERC-2024-STG Crib Sheet which is now available on the ROO website. The changes include -   

  • Restrictions part: link added for statistics on granted projects and evaluated proposals
  • Specifications and adjustments on proposal documentation (max pages and length)
  • Data management part: correction of ERC Work Programme year to 2024
  • Clarifications on Letter of Intent
  • Adjustments in exchange rate part
  • Eligible costs: replacing the link with the updated one on Benchmark for Wellcome/BHF rate for stipends
  • More information on Coordinator Cost
  • Clarifications on Third Parties Providing In- Kind Contribution Against Payment

Please get in touch with ROO EU Team if you have any queries ercgrants@admin.cam.ac.uk.

 

Opportunity for early engagement with Worktribe – expressions of interest by Monday 11th September

As you hopefully know by now the Transforming Research Support (TRS) Programme will be introducing a new research grant management system called Worktribe.

Worktribe will change the way that principal investigators and professional staff across the University work together to manage the research grant process, from costing and applying for funding through to closing a completed project. If you would like the chance for a sneak preview and to get hands on with Worktribe ahead of its full implementation, then read more about this opportunity and complete the expressions of interest form.

If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of this programme, please get in touch with us by emailing transformingresearchsupport@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

RGUG Meeting - Thursday 28th September 2023

This month's RGUG (Research Grants User Group) meeting is scheduled for Thursday 28th September 2023, 11:15am – 12:15pm. It will be a hybrid meeting for you to join either online as a Teams call or in person at The West Hub, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge.

The in-person part of meeting will take place in West 1 on the first floor. You are able to purchase refreshments from the canteen coffee bar on the ground floor and take these to the meeting room upstairs. The Teams link will be circulated in the next bulletin. 

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah.Pawson@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

AI innovations - internal funding opportunity  

As part of a new challenge-led research funding initiative, we’re inviting researchers across the University of Cambridge to submit concept papers setting out their idea for how AI could serve science, citizens and society. We’ll convene researchers working on connected themes together to establish a challenge-led research programme to drive a step-change in AI research, policy, and practice. We’ll provide start-up funding of £150k, and we’ll work with challenge teams to support their progress.

The deadline for submission is 9am on 6th October 2023.  Further information about how to apply is available on the AI website along with details of the online drop in session on 19th September at 1pm.

 

Public Engagement Training for Researchers

There is a programme of activities for researchers to help with various aspects of public engagement. These include

  • Introduction to Public Engagement
  • Drop in sessions offering expert advice to support public engagement work
  • Media training for The Conversation

Further details are available on the training website