30th August 2013
- The "EURO EWING Consortium" – International Clinical Trials to Improve Survival from Ewing Sarcoma (EEC project) is a UCL-coordinated collaborative project that has recently been awarded €5,697,830.90 via the European Union's Framework Programme 7 Health Work Programme, of which UCL as coordinator, will be allocated € 718,848.80. The EEC project addresses the health programme topic that focuses on investigator-driven treatment trials to combat metastases in patients with solid bone cancer. Ewing Sarcomas (ES) are fatal, rare bone cancers particularly affecting young people. About 60% of patients achieve long term survival with current treatment but there has been no improvement in this proportion for 25 years. Treatment is unsuccessful because chemotherapy fails to prevent the development of, or to effectively treat established, metastases. The Euro Ewing Consortium is a coalition of clinical study groups bringing together the most active clinicians and scientists in Europe dedicated to improving survival from ES. This initiative will support an integrated programme of investigator-driven, inclusive clinical trials that are rigorously designed, conducted, analysed and reported, and underpinned by complementary embedded translational research. Through collaborative working, the EEC will provide ES patients with greater access to clinical trials, allow efficient acquisition of knowledge and deliver clinically meaningful results within the lifetime of the grant, thereby contributing to improved survival from ES.
14th August 2013
UCL has recently been awarded a new collaborative project by the European Union Framework Programme 7 Health Work Programme. The call (Health 2013 Innovation 1) included a topic focusing on infectious diseases with a particular focus on innovation in vaccine. The FLUTCORE project aims to develop a novel universal vaccine against influenza A virus (IAV). Current vaccines are based on annual iterations of antigens (hemeaggluttinin and neuraminidase) which alter regularly and are the reason why vaccines change each year.
Building upon the tandem core vaccine technology developed by the biotech company iQur, FLUTCORE proposes to use antigens that do not alter each year in order to develop a highly potent vaccine to protect against all IAV strains currently circulating in humans as well as future variants.
With a budget of approximately €3.8 million (of which €800K allocated to UCL) the project, starting in September 2013, brings together seven partners from four European countries, each of whom world-leaders in the development of HBc based vaccines to develop a vaccine candidate and complete a development programme, culminating in a Phase I clinical trial.
30th January 2013
- The European Commission has issued a call for expressions of interest from interested parties to participate as an expert in one of several Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups. Interested groups or individuals should submit a proposal before 17:00 Brussels time on 6th March 2013. For guidance please contact ERIO.
1st November 2012
- Seven UCL researchers have just been awarded European Research Council Advanced Independent Researcher grants, with a total value of over €17 million, to carry out cutting-edge research. Each of the grants is worth approximately €2.5 million for five years.
23rd October 2012
- The FuturICT project, scientifically lead by Professor Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich) and coordinated by Professor Steven Bishop (UCL), has today submitted an outstanding proposal to the European Commission to carry out a pioneering 'Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship' initiative, in collaboration with 84 leading European universities and research organisations. The FuturICT project was rated 1st out of the 21 proposals received last year for the initial 'pilot' stage of the Flagship competition, which asks for visionary and highly ambitious proposals for Big Science projects that extend over a 10 year period with a €1 billion total budget. The unifying goal of the FuturICT FET Flagship initiative is to integrate the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT), social sciences and complexity science to develop a new kind of participatory science and technology that will help us to understand, explore and manage the complex, global and socially interactive systems that make up our world today, while at the same time paving the way for a new paradigm of ICT systems that will leverage socio-inspired self-organisation, self-regulation, and collective awareness.
- The pilot phase of the FuturICT project, which built towards the proposal submitted today, successfully concluded over the summer of 2012 and was rated “excellent” by a panel of external expert reviewers. ERIO's Senior Project Manager, Martin Scott, was the designated Project Manager of the Pilot phase and was also centrally involved in the development of the Flagship proposal, particularly regarding the project management, governance and Intellectual Property aspects of the initiative.
- Over the next few weeks the EC will seek review of the six competing Flagship proposals with a view to funding two full FET Flagship projects to commence in 2013.
2nd May 2012
- Researchers who are seeking funding for health-related research projects are invited to attend an information session on the forthcoming European Union Framework Programme 7 Health Call. With a budget of approximately €700 million, the FP7 Health call 2013 is expected to be the last and largest call to be issued by this funding programme. The research priorities for 2013 are expected to be brain research, antimicrobial drug resistance and comparative effectiveness research (CER). The call is also expected to fund research on topics such as developing personalised medicine approaches, cardiovascular research, safety and efficacy of therapies, cancer and public health research and translating research results into innovative applications for health.The FP7 Health information session is being held at the Cruciform Building, LT1, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E6BT on 2nd May 2012, from 12:00 to 13.30hrs. Speakers will include Ms Victoria Brewer from the UK National Contact Point for FP7 Health, Prof. Mike Wilson, UCL Pro-Provost for Europe, Dr Jacob Sweiry, Principal School Research Facilitator (School of Life and Medical Sciences), Mr Martin Scott, European Project Manager, European Research and Development Office (ERDO), UCL and Ms Greta Borg-Carbott, Senior European Contracts Manager, ERDO.This session is being hosted by ERDO to raise awareness of this call and to outline the services UCL can provide to support the academic and administrative community. For registration, please email Ms Helen Ghosh, Office of the Vice Provost for Research: firstname.lastname@example.org
15th February 2012
- UCL has been awarded three new collaborative projects following the submission of proposals to the most recent European Union Framework Programme 7 Health Work Programme. The call (Health Innovation 2) had a budget of €108 million, and a total of 106 proposals were submitted into a two-stage process. A total of 19 proposals were eventually shortlisted for funding, and of these projects 3 are to be coordinated and led by UCL. As such, UCL will be taking a leadership role in over 15% of the activities funded by the European Union's programme in this area, highlighting the significant achievement of the three successful UCL teams.
The call was particularly focused upon promoting European competitiveness and innovation amongst Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the health industries, and the three projects will each receive EU contributions of between €4 million and €6 million for three years. The projects are to be led by Prof. David McAlpine (UCL Ear Institute), Prof. Judith Breuer (UCL Division of Infection & Immunity) and Prof. Alimuddin Zumla (UCL Division of Infection & Immunity). Project management support will also be provided by the European Research and Development Office's project management team.
The new Framework Programme 7 Health call schedule will be launched in Spring 2012, and will be the final and largest Health call of the programme. Details of a Health call workshop to be held at UCL on 2nd May 2012 will be circulated shortly, and interested potential applicants are urged to contact the European Research and Development Office to obtain a draft copy of the upcoming Work Programme.
18th November 2011
- Five UCL researchers have just been awarded European Research Council Advanced Independent Researcher grants, with a total value of over £9.3 million, to carry out cutting-edge research. Each of the grants is worth approximately £1.9 million for five years.
17th November 2011
- A new call for European Research Council Advanced Grants has just been launched, with a budget of £510 million. Please contact ERDO for further details. The UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council is organising proposal writing workshops in London on the 2nd and 15th December 2011.
30th July 2011
- A new call for European Research Council Starting Grants has just been launched, with a budget of £640 million. Please contact ERDO for further details. The UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council is organising proposal writing workshops in London on the 8th and 21st September 2011.
29th July 2011
- Ten UCL researchers have just been awarded European Research Council Starting Independent Researcher grants, with a total value of over £12.4 million, to set up their own teams and carry out cutting-edge projects. Each of the grants is worth up to £1.3 million for five years.
29th June 2011
Commission's proposal for the next multi-annual budget for 2014-2020
includes significantly more money for research and innovation. In the
proposal the Horizon 2020 programme budget is allocated €80 billion, an
increase from the €50 billion allocated to FP7. This proposal will now
be put to the EU's legislative bodies for debate.
24th June 2011
- Following an online naming competition, the next round of EU Framework Funding will be named 'Horizon 2020'. Horizon 2020 received 2,055 votes, against 2,785 for Imagine 2020 and 2,478 for Discover 2020. The full name being put forward as part of the legislative proposal is 'Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation'.
10th June 2011
- The results of the Commission's consultation on the Green Paper 'From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding' have been published. A large number of respondents participated, and suggestions included bringing research and innovation closer together, simplifying the EU funding landscape and focusing on excellence as well as high-risk research. UCL has played an active part in the consultation process.
14th April 2011
- UCL has been awarded 16 research fellowships worth a total of £ 2 million, following last year's FP7 Marie Curie calls for project proposals. These fellowships cover the cost of hosting researchers at UCL for up to 24 months. A new set of calls for FP7 Marie Curie Fellowships are now open, closing in August 2011. More information and eligibility criteria can be found here.
12th April 2011
- UCL is hosting a half-day morning workshop on Proposal Writing for Marie Curie Fellowships on 20th May 2011, organised by UK Research Office. Potential applicants may register for this event by filling in an online registration form.
24th January 2011
- UCL will be hosting the next meeting of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Research Project Managers on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th February 2011. LERU is an association of research-intensive universities sharing the values of high-quality teaching in an environment of internationally competitive research.
1st December 2010
- UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science (JDI) has been awarded over €1.5M EUR to coordinate the EC collaborative project “Resilient Infrastructure And Building Security (RIBS)”, under the FP7 research theme “Security”. In collaboration with 6 European partner organisations, the RIBS project will support the design of more effective and viable integrated security measures aimed at protecting critical infrastructures without impacting on their business dynamics.
18th November 2010
- The report on the interim evaluation of Framework Programme 7 has been submitted by the appointed group of experts. This puts forward proposals for the remaining years of FP7 and its eventual successor programme. Link
17th October 2010
- The EU Council has issued a roadmap for the simplification of research funding. This includes a number of measures such as the acceptance of usual accounting practices, the use of average personnel cost methodologies, the simplification of timesheet requirements and documentation and the uniform interpretation of the rules. UCL has remained actively involved throughout the consultation process.
1st October 2010
- The UCL Department of Statistical Science has been awarded €251,775 (out of a total cost of €334,170) to participate in the EC FP7 project "Energy Efficiency and Risk Management in Public Buildings (EnRiMa)." It is one of six projects funded by the EC's call "EeB.ICT.2010.10-2 ICT for energy-efficient buildings and spaces of public use," which is part of the European Public-Private Partnership Initiatives. Coordinated by Stockholm University, EnRiMa features nine academic, research, and private organisations that will develop a decision-support system (DSS) in order to assist operators of public buildings to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO_2 emissions in the most cost-effective manner based on their tolerances for comfort and risk. The DSS will also enable long-term planning aimed at increasing energy efficiency, specifically analysis of retrofits and/or expansion of on-site energy sub-systems, in order to meet forthcoming EU targets for reducing CO_2 emissions. UCL's role in this project will be to model the energy flows at various public buildings and to perform a recovery-of-investment analysis so that managerial and policy insights may be distilled. Afzal Siddiqui of the Department of Statistical Science will be UCL's PI in this project and will also be the scientific coordinator for the consortium. EnRiMa has received an EC contribution of €2.59 million (out of a total cost of €3.47 million) and will conclude in March 2014.
29th September 2010
- Four UCL researchers have been awarded a combined total of over €5M in European Research Council grants. In addition, UCL has 3 Starting and 8 Advanced Grant applicants who have reached the second stage of evaluation.
15th September 2010
- Head of ERDO Michael Browne will attend a Belgian Presidency and European Commission co-organised Workshop 'Framework Condition Guidelines for Joint Programming - Finalisation'.
29th July 2010
- UCL researchers Jochen Blumberger and Peter Coveney feature in an EU news bulletin after being awarded precious computing time on JUGENE, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.