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Lately, the Brexit negotiations have been more and more intense, and last week they broke down once again. The probability for a No Deal-scenario with a hard Brexit, is now more likely than ever. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom is expected to leave the European Union on the 29th of March next year. But how EU-funded research projects with British partners will be affected by Brexit is still uncertain. This issue of the Grants Office Newsletter will look into this a little bit more.

As usual, this newsletter also contains a summary of calls from Swedish and European funders. The list has been compiled from the database Research Professional, which you can read more about in this newsletter. In addition to this, we would like to recommend our yearly summary of calls available on the Grants Office webpage here.

Make sure to always contact Grants Office (grantsoffice@liu.se) in good time if you are applying for Horizon 2020 calls, so that we can give you the best possible support. This is extra important when applying for grants from the European Research Council (ERC) calls, and in that case,  we would like you to contact us when the call opens, at the latest.

The ERC Consolidator Grant (ERC-2019-CoG) call opens today. This grant is suited for promising researchers with an excellent research proposal, who want to consolidate their independence by establishing or strengthen their own research team to make groundbreaking achievements in their field. The applicant should have 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD. The grant may be awarded up to € 2 million for a period of 5 years. The call closes on the 7th of February 2019. Read more about ERC Consolidator Grant here, and contact Josefin Fernius (josefin.fernius@liu.se) today if you are planning to apply.

Ps. Do not hesitate to come by and meet us when we visit coffee rooms at Campus US and Norrköping this autumn! These are the remaining dates:

Tuesday 6 November, 09.00 - 11.30, Gröna rummet at ISV (Floor 4, Kåkenhus)
Thursday 15 November, 09.00 - 11.30, Coffee room at IMH (Floor 12, House 511)
Thursday 22 November, 09.00 - 11.30, Coffee room at IKE (Floor 13, Entrance 64)
Tuesday 4 December, 09.00 - 11.30, Gröna rummet at ISV (Floor 4, Kåkenhus)



Apply for travel funding and postdoc program from kaw

Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Foundation (KAW) has from 2019 established postdoctoral fellowship programs at Stanford University, MIT, Broad Institute and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. These grants offer two-year visits at the host institute and payment of salaries for two years if the fellow then returns to a Swedish university. The grant covers all disciplines available at the host institute.

Deadline for application is 15th of November. However, the deadline for the NTU application has recently been extended and deadline is now 1st of March 2019.

More information can be found at the following websites:

KAW Jubileumsfond´s call for travel grants are also open for applications. Only young researcher at LiU can apply. Last day of submission is on the 30th of October and decisions will be made no later than the 30th of November.


Deal or No Deal

The United Kingdom is expected to leave the European Union on 29 March next year. The Brexit negotiations are more intense than ever, but there are still disagreements on many issues, foremost on the issue of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The negotiations broke down once again last week, and the probability for a No Deal-scenario with a hard Brexit is more likely than ever.

If there is no deal, there will consequently be no transition period either. The transition period has been agreed upon by the UK and the EU and would give UK the same rights and obligations as an EU country, except for participation in political processes, until the end of 2020. This includes contribution and participation in Horizon 2020. The British government has previously stated that they will fund granted projects which has been submitted to Horizon 2020 before Brexit – regardless deal or no deal. What this will mean for non-UK partners in a consortium with a UK coordinator is still unclear. Discussions must also consider projects where UK’s change in status from member state would lead to concerns about ongoing compliance with Horizon 2020 rules – for example where a consortium no longer meet the threshold for member state and/or associated county participant. One recommendation when setting up a new consortium is to have enough other European partners.

So: we can not answer the question of Deal or No Deal today, or exactly what the different scenarios will mean. But we certainly know that it is uncertain.

Further reading:


Achieve Total Funding Awareness with Research Professional

As you might be aware of, LiU subscribes to Research Professional - an intuitive database of globally available funding opportunities across a broad spectrum of disciplines. In the Research Professional database, you can currently find approximately 8000 funders and more than 20000 funding opportunities. Research Professional allows you to conduct an effective search to quickly find funding opportunities matching your research interests by selecting relevant criteria based on a broad range of discipline terms and award type among many others.

Most importantly, once you create your account at Research Professional, you will be able to set up weekly email alerts that will notify you about changes in the funding landscape so that you will be informed about newly added funding opportunities in the areas of your research interest. Research Professional also allows you to import proposal deadlines in your regular calendar or share interesting funding opportunities with colleagues. While on campus, you can create your Research Professional account simply by visiting www.researchprofessional.com and subsequently clicking the register button.

If you are interested in learning how to use Research Professional effectively to find funding relevant to your research interests you can register to attend one of the regularly run official broadcast demonstrations here or use brief tutorials available on Research Professional’s YouTube channel. The Grants Office is happy to give custom-made on-site introductions for research groups and units, where we set up searches based on your specific research field. Please contact grantsoffice@liu.se and we will put something together especially for you. We also assist individual researchers to maximize their use of Research Professional.


New portal replaces Participant Portal

The EU-commission recently launched a new portal which eventually will replace the current Participant Portal as the official website for EU-funding. The new Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal provides all the functions available under Participant Portal, whilst implementing new features. It is still possible to use Participant Portal, but it will in the future be replaced by the new portal.


Make your publications visible with LiU Publication Visibility

As a researcher you can do much to make your publications more visible, and thereby increase the chance to be read and cited. LiU Library now launches the beta version of the tool LiU Publication Visibility. Input your LiU-ID and you will be given tips on how to make your scientific articles in DiVA more visible online. You will find out whether the articles are under embargo or not, and if they are ready for example to be parallel published or shared on social media. The tool is only available in Swedish at the moment.

More interesting news from the Library:


granted proposals within Horizon 2020

Preventive solutions for Sensitive Materials of Cultural Heritage (SensMat) is the title of the latest granted EU-project within Horizon 2020 here at LiU. LiU is one of the 18 beneficiaries in the project which is coordinated by the French public research organization CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). Donatella Puglisi at IFM is responsible for the project here at LiU.

SensMat has received funding from a call within the Industrial Leadership-pillar with the mission to develop solutions to prevent damage or reduce the potential for damage of cultural heritage artefacts using preventive conservation. In the long term, it is more cost efficient than remedial conservation or restoration where damages already have occurred.

Title: Preventive solutions for Sensitive Materials of Cultural Heritage (SensMat)
Researcher responsible at LiU: Donatella Puglisi, Assistant Professor at IFM
Call: INMBP-33-2018 Innovative and affordable solutions for the preventive conservation of cultural heritage (IA) – Industrial Sustainability (H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020) – Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing – Industrial Leadership – Horizon 2020

  • A list of all granted H2020 projects at LiU is available here.


Information days and matchmaking event

  • For those interested in presentations and matchmaking in H2020 NMBP (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing) can visit Vienna where the conference INDTECH2018 will take place 29-31 October
    Registration and more information
  • A Nordic Information day and brokerage event on H2020 Secure Societies will be arranged by Vinnova, MSB etc. in Stockholm 7 November.
    Registration and more information (register by 24 October) (register by 24 October)
  • The Swedish Research Council, Vinnova, Enterprise Europe Network, Innovate UK, and the Knowledge Transfer Network will arrange a partnering event in Stockholm 13 November. The focus will be on fostering UK-Sweden collaborations within the SC1-BHC-07-2019: Regenerative Medicine call, which closes in April next year.
    Registration and more information
    Read more about the call here
  • On the 20th of November Vinnova will host the seminar Att göra rätt – EU-kommissionen förklarar where representatives from the EU Commission will explain the financial rules of H2020. There will also be a live online broadcast.
    Registration, live broadcast and more information (register by 12 November)


Go Science!

Let famous scientists from the past guide you through important aspects of your research career and unveil helpful features of the EURAXESS portal. Take a look at Science! here.


Call for proposals

We have complied two lists of open calls from some of the major swedish funders and the EU-commission - an extensive document for the whole year and a more detailed one for more imminent calls.

All available calls from Horizon 2020 can be found in Participant Portal. Research Professional is another good source with research funding opportunities.

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Last updated: 2019-07-01