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Some European Events – including information on funding

UK information days for ‘Europe in a Changing World’ funding

Under Horizon 2020, the European Commissions societal challenge ‘Europe in a Changing World’ (aka Challenge six) is the main area for Social Science and Humanities research.  The detail of this will be published soon but there are some nice opportunities for humanities researchers in the proposed topics.

As part of the UK support for UK researchers, a network of National Contact points (NCP) have been set up to help offer advice and help you with applying for this funding.  The NCP for this challenge has several upcoming events where you can learn more about these funding opportunities:

  • The British Academy, London: 2ndNovember
  • University of Nottingham: 4thNovember
  • University of Glasgow: 9thNovember
  • University of Swansea: 16thNovember
  • Queen’s University Belfast: 18thNovember

If interested, please reserve the date. Registration will open on 16th September, on a first come first serve basis, and will be available through the ESRC website.   For more information about the events, please contact international@esrc.ac.uk

Information will also be sent via the mailing list for Horizon 2020’s Challenge Six, if you would like to be included on this list, please email challenge6NCP@esrc.ac.uk

European Event: ‘Trust: European Research Co-creating resilient Societies

trust in europeThe two-days conference “Trust: European Research Co-Creating Resilient Societies” offers a unique forum to discuss the different perceptions of trust and how research can contribute to fostering trust in societies. The conference is this year’s key event on SC 6 “Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies” in the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The conference will not only highlight research within the social sciences and humanities but also connect researchers with policy-makers and stakeholders willing to co-create resilient European societies. HERA and Science Europe are co-sponsoring this event and will be running a roundtable discussion.

Its free to attend, and takes place on 29-30 October in Brussels

More information is available on the conference website


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HERA ‘Uses of the Past’ – Full call launches

HERAIt’s what you have all been waiting for – full guidance documents are now available on the HERA website for the new uses of the past call.

If we have one tip to give you, it is make sure you read both the HERA UP call for Proposal 2015 and the HERA UP General and National Eligibility Guidelines. These both must be adhered to and are of equal importance.  Second to this is to register early for the submission system as you need to create an ID in order to submit an outline proposal (This not Je-S, HERA is using the Danish online system so you are unlikely to have an account).

If you are looking for partners – remember the HERA partner search tool will function up to the deadline.  Deadline for outline proposals is 6pm 9 April 2015 (GMT)

We still have a few places left for the morning session of the UK information event (4th Feb). If you are able to submit a registration please assume you can come, we will only close the registration when full. We will send you further details when registered but this may take a couple of days so submission is sufficient confirmation that a place has been allocated to you.


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HERA UK information day and update

HERAThe AHRC are running some information sessions on 4th February for UK researchers and Research office staff to find out more about the ‘Uses of the Past’ call. The event is kindly hosted by Kings College London, with 2 identical sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). Please see the AHRC website for more details.

The call documents are on schedule to be published on 15th January. Unfortunately, following communication from the Ministerio de Economica y Competitivad of Spain, Spain are no longer part of the Uses of the Past call which is very disappointing. Practically this means that Spanish researchers will not be able to be included on applications as Project Leaders, Principle Investigators or Project members. All call documentation and further information is available on the HERA website.


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New online partner search tool for HERA ‘Uses of the Past’

If you are seeking partners for the new HERA call ‘Uses of the Past’ – HERAa new partner search has been launched.

This takes the form of an email group – you sign up to the list and can post your idea and receive emails from others who are searching for partners. This is currently being circulated so we recommend you sign up now and wait a few days to post your idea.

‘Uses of the Past’ will formally launch in January and it is likely that the project teams that will apply to this call will have to include researchers from 4 countries involved in this call ( Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.)

Please note this partner search ist is un-moderated – you will have to ensure eligibility and fit to call. Some draft information is available on the HERA website.  .


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*NEW* HERA Funding Call and Match Making Event announced

HERAA new HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) funding call ‘Uses of the Past’ has been announced, and the great news is that even more countries are involved. Italy, Spain, Latvia, Czech Republic and Switzerland are all part of ‘Uses of the Past’ as well as the previous 18 countries, meaning more flexibility in choosing the international arts and humanities researchers who you collaborate with on potential projects.

The detail still has to be agreed but an International Networking Opportunity has been launched to aid collaboration. Researchers can apply for up to 350 EUR to attend a match-making event on 29 January 2015 in Tallinn, Estonia.  The matchmaking event will give interested researchers (both Early Career and more senior), from a range of countries, the opportunity to explore the opportunities of the call and build new partnerships.

The deadline for registering your interest to attend the event is 5 November 2014, 14.00 CET (Central European Time).  You’ll need to complete an Expressions of Interest, consisting of a short project idea and CV.  Full information on how to apply can be found here.

The matchmaking event will be an exciting opportunity to meet around 300 other international researchers and learn more about this major new call, but if you don’t get invited to attend the event, or don’t apply at all, you are still able to submit an expression of interest.

Full details of the call will be published in January 2015 but a description of ‘Uses of the Past’ and some pre-liminary call information is available on the website link above. Each project is likely to need to include four research teams based in four different HERA Uses of the Past partner countries.  The countries taking part are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

A tentative timetable (subject to change) for the Uses of the Past call is:

January 2015 – full call published

April 2015 – deadline for outline proposals

July 2015 – outcomes for outline stage sent out

October 2015 – deadline for full proposals (if selected)

February 2016 – outcomes for full proposals sent out

June – September 2016 – expected start dates.

More information is on the website above, further developments will be posted here, and on the HERA and AHRC websites. You can also now follow HERA on twitter @HERA_Research, but if you have any UK specific questions please get in touch with Jessica Bacon, j.bacon@ahrc.ac.uk, 01793 416071.


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UK success in HERA ‘Cultural Encounters’ call

The UK has done exceptionally well in the 2012 HERA ‘Cultural Encounters’ call, with nine of the 18 projects to be funded led by UK-based researchers. A further eight involve UK researchers as partners.

A total of 18 countries are involved in the trans-European programme. ‘Cultural Encounters’ is the second Joint Research Programme (JRP) to be organised by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) following the first call in 2009. The Cultural Encounters call attracted nearly 600 applicants to the Call for Outline proposals out of which 89 proposals were selected for the Full Proposal stage.

All projects are funded from a central pot of €18m, which comprises contributions from all partner organisations and funding from the European Commission of €6m. The AHRC’s contribution to the programme, on behalf of the UK, is €3.5m.

Among the research projects being funded by the programme are projects exploring cultural exchange during the First World War, the transnational reception of women’s writing, the international fashion industry from 1945, music migrations in the early modern age and encounters with the Orient in early modern scholarship.

Further information about the funded projects will be available later in the year. The HERA website is available at: http://www.heranet.info/

For a film about the recent HERA conference, which showcased projects from the first HERA call, please go to:  http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Watch-and-Listen/Pages/HERA-film.aspx


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The Time and the Place – Celebrating European Culture and Identity

‘The Time and the Place: Culture and Identity in Today’s Europe’, is series of concerts and creative events from a Europe-wide choice of artists which aims to present and reflect on the findings of the first set of Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) projects to be funded, which are now drawing to a close.

To be held at King’s Place in London on the 31 May and 1 June 2013, the festival will feature artistic responses, performance events, film screenings, panel discussions and exhibitions presenting the findings of the HERA projects.

These projects, which were co-funded by the AHRC, aimed to establish modern cultural identities in a rapidly evolving Europe. The unique series of performances to be presented will focus on two key ideas – how the past relates to the present and how creativity can lead to new forms of innovation. The artists taking part reflect their cultural roots across a large and varied landscape from Northern Scandinavia to Eastern Europe.

As an example, one of the performers, Budapest Bár, is a world class gypsy band inspired by the evocative and eccentric Budapest café culture of the 1920s and 30s. The band, very popular in their native Hungary, return to London to open the festival following a highly commended performance last July for the BT River of Music festival. The second day of the programme will see the projects themselves presenting their findings in a series of interactive and participatory activities.

HERA is supported by a consortium of national arts and humanities research councils, and exists to push the boundaries of research at an international level. This joint research programme which funded the projects endeavours to show why the humanities have profound importance in our lives today as they respond to questions that cannot be easily tackled by the hard sciences. Ultimately, projects aims to contribute to our understanding of what it means to be human today in an ever-changing world.

Further details of the event are available at:
http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/curated-weeks/the-time-and-the-place-culture-and-identity-in-todays-europe#.UXaNj7U3uk0

Details can also be found at the HERA website (http://www.heranet.info/final-conference-and-humanities-festival) where more information about the Network and projects funded is also available.