You’ll have noticed the recent avalanche of calls – and snow for that matter- which is set to continue over the coming months as we enter Newton ‘peak time’ (just the Newton calls- not the snow I hope). As you’ll have seen from our Newton Funding bulletin this week, the Met Office has several calls open at the moment, as do the national academies and also we have calls from MRC, ESRC, AHRC and BBSRC. BBSRC is also due to open a call for collaboration with Mexico later this month too, if all goes to plan.
The British Council Newton calls due to open week commencing 9th April, British Council colleagues are in the process of confirming with their in-country teams which countries will join the call, and so we should hopefully be in a position to let you know in the next week or so, but initial intel suggests Institutional Links to open in 10 countries and Researcher Links Workshop calls in 3 or 4 countries. We will try and give you more information on which countries will be opening and priority areas for these calls as soon as we can.
International Higher Education Forum (IHEF) – 14th March 2018
There are still some tickets left for the IHEF, with this year’s theme being ‘thriving in a shifting global environment’ and including (not exclusively) the following sessions which IRDN members may find of particular interest:
- Beyond Brexit: the future of international research collaboration (chaired by our very own incoming IRDN Chair, Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan)
- Postgraduate research students: the heart of international research strategy
- The value of engaging with the ODA research agenda: playing the long game (further insight to what this session is about available here)
The link to the full IHEF 2018 agenda, including speakers and also booking information can be found here.
Finally, I recently wrote a forward look piece for Funding Insight about what fun and games we should expect over the coming year from schemes such as Newton, GCRF and Rutherford which will hopefully be of interest/use to you and colleagues, available online here and also attached for ease of reference.