Newsletter July 2017

The Europe Office Newsletter – 




Universities UK

Horizon 2020

An area of particular focus for Universities UK has been the HMT underwrite of Horizon 2020 applied for before departure.  At this time it is unclear how this will play out, as it is being considered as part of the overarching negotiation of the financial settlement.  UUK have stated that “we are pushing Government for this and the earliest possible clarification on the UK’s participation in the remainder of the Horizon 2020 programme”.

Policy Priorities for Brexit

In February this year, the Universities UK (UUK) board approved a briefing paper titled “What should be the government’s priorities for exit negotiations and policy development to maximise the contribution of British universities to a successful and global UK”.  The paper is now complete after extensive feedback from UUK members over the last six months, and can be viewed within the attachments section of this e-mail.


*Call for proposals for ERC Advanced Grant are now open*

 Are you an established, leading principal investigator who wants long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project? The ERC Advanced Grant could be for you.

Key Points to note:-

  • Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years.
  • Applications can be made in any field of research – the ERC’s grants operate on a ‘bottom-up’ basis without predetermined priorities.
  • ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country
  • Advanced Grants may be awarded up to € 2.5 million for a period of 5 years.  An ERC grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs towards indirect costs.

Please follow this link for information on how to apply.


MSCA (Marie Skldowska Curie Actions) Deadlines for 2016/17

·         MSCA IF (Individual Fellowships) 2016: Call Open 11/4/17; Deadline: 14/9/2017

·         MSCA COFUND-2016: Call Open 5/4/17; Deadline: 28/9/2017



Erasmus + 2017 Key Action 2 Deadlines for 2016/17

Strategic partnerships in the field of youth; Deadline: 4/10/2017

All the deadlines and information on the types of activities you can apply for are contained in the 2017 Call for Proposals document and the 2017 Programme Guide both of which you can download from the Eramus+ Key Resources page. The Call for Proposals is an overview document containing all the deadlines for 2017, while the Programme Guide contains all the detailed information on how to apply for Erasmus+ funding. You will need to read both documents when planning an application.



Universities UK 

21st October 2017 – The Higher Education and Research Act (2017): What it means for your institution

This is a national one-day conference to give you the opportunity to examine the key institutional and operational aspects of the Higher Education and Research Act, to consider where we are, and to discuss what happens next. Organised by Universities UK, the day will explore the implications for your institution and will give you the insight and intelligence you need to plan for the changes.  Please see this link for further information.

5th December 2017 – Research in universities: successful strategies for 2017 and beyond

 A one-day, national conference for all those with strategic responsibility for research in universities and the wider higher education sector.  Research in universities: successful strategies for 2017 and beyond​​ will offer delegates from a diverse range of institutions in the UK the opportunity to examine the changing research infrastructure and landscape. Please see this link for further information.



Scotland Europa

Scotland Europa is currently looking to build up their collection of project case-studies which have been EU funded.  It is therefore calling all those who have been involved in an EU project keen to share their experience to take part in a survey.  The projects should be collaborative in focus.

Survey Link



The first lists of projects across the UK funded under the Erasmus+ programme in 2017 have now been published.

The lists provide an overview of projects funded under the 2017 Call, and you can see the types of organisations who have been successful in securing decentralised Erasmus+ funding.

The information available includes the organisation name, address and country, the type of project that is being supported, the amount of funding in euros, and the project name.  Follow the link below to view the list:


Contacts at GCU

Mark Anderson, or x8842

Pablo Lopez Alonso,  or x8337

Rhona Blincow, or x3928

Rose Cawood, or x3749

Siobhan Doyle, or x8274






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