Dundee Interdisciplinary and Innovation Forum (DIIF): Past events
HORIZON Europe – Missions Overview
Wednesday 26th January 2022
This presentation will be an opportunity to learn more about EU Missions in Horizon Europe with a particular focus on the state of play shortly after the first Missions calls will have been launched. The five current Missions are:
- Adaptation to Climate Change: support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030
- Cancer: working with Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to improve the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and solutions to live longer and better
- A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030
The presentation will also include practical advice on how researchers can get involved in this novel form of funding opportunity, highlighting some of the major changes when compared to the traditional Horizon Europe calls for proposals.
We are delighted to be joined by Mr Błażej Thomas, Senior European Advisor at UKRO.
Since joining the UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels in 2013 as a European Advisor, Błażej advises UK universities and research institutes on how to obtain EU funding from Horizon Europe and other EU programmes.
Overview of the European University Association (EUA)
Monday 31 January 2022
This presentation will look at the benefits and services that the University receives as a member of this association which is the largest association of European universities. It provides a forum for leaders to share expertise through events and peer learning, as well as contribute to Europe-wide studies that benefit individual universities and the sector as a whole.
Christel Vacelet, Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Membership at EUA will join us for this event. Christel has many years’ experience working in European institutions and not for profit organisations in Brussels. She supervises the communications strategy of the association, develops public affairs and public relations.
The Principal, Prof Iain Gillespie, who currently sits on the EUAs Research Policy Working Group, will introduce the event and give an overview from the University’s perspective
Education and sustainability, nature-connectedness, wellbeing and the Living Lab
23 February 2022
Presented by Dr Liz Lakin and Kevin Frediani.
Early Innovation Toolkit with Interface, KTN and North Scotland KTP Centre
10 February 2021
This even provided an opportunity to explore the many ways to access industry to begin or develop collaborations.
We were joined by the following partners who are driving these early innovation opportunities:
- Lorna Watson, Business Engagement Executive (Interface)
- Janet Pettigrew, Funding Executive (Interface)
- Alison Reith, KTP Development Officer (North of Scotland KTP Centre)
- Lorna Howarth, Knowledge Transfer Adviser for East of Scotland (KTN)
Design and Innovation
Wednesday 28 October 2020
A presentation from Tatiana Schofield, Head of Knowledge Exchange at the Royal College of Art. Sharing expertise and best practise from the Royal College's breadth of knowledge exchange activity.
Public Services Reform
Wednesday 28 October 2020
Led by Prof Nick Fyfe, Dean of Social Sciences, this event provided an opportunity to discuss upcoming challenges and opportunities across reformation within public services. With presentations from Nick Bibby (Director, Scottish Policy and Research Exchange) and Mark McPherson (Audit Scotland), sharing their knowledge and expertise.
Wednesday 30 September 2020
A showcase of research from colleagues at the University of Dundee and their partners, supported by the UK Govt-funded Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Highlighting the work taking place to tackle some of the most pressing development challenges around the world and related funding opportunities.
Virtually Writing it Right!
22 September 2020
Adapted from the popular ‘Write it Right!’ series, these sessions were aimed at early career researchers and those new to writing grants. The workshop provided essential background information on how to navigate the funding landscape and express aims and research plans to develop a high quality grant application. Participants were also given the opportunity to contribute their own ideas and receive feedback from the Research Development Team.
Data Science at UoD
Wednesday 5 August 2020
A discussion of research expertise across disciplines at the University in the areas of data science. This event provided an overview of funding opportunities, presentations from research staff and PhD students, followed by a Q&A
Wednesday 29 July 2020
A demonstration of how to access and search Research Connect, an external database with thousands funding opportunities from hundreds of UK and international funders.
Thursday 16 July 2020
Led by Prof Anita Taylor and Prof Jim Livesey, providing an overview of the University's concept for the ESRC Centres Call and an opportunity for colleagues across all Schools to ask questions and discuss further development of the bid.
What next for research? EU Funding
Wednesday 1 July 2020
The second in a series of 'What Next' discussions, aiming to identify opportunities early and connect with researchers across the University.
This session was led by Jen Morgan, European Advisor UK Research Office (UKRO), Brussels. Jen outlined some of the key remaining opportunities for UK participants within the Horizon 2020 programme, including the EU Green Deal (€1bn of funding) in September.
What next for research? COVID-19
Tuesday 2 June 2020
- The first in a series of 'What Next' discussions, aiming to identify opportunities early and connect with researchers across the University. This pilot session focussed on healthcare and social sciences, highlighting the following calls:
Strategic Priorities Fund: Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind – closing date 15 September 2020
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural & Design - outline closing date June 2020
UKRI Sandpit: Digital Technologies for Health and Care - EOI deadline 8 September 2020
Joint Programming Initiative: Equality and Wellbeing Across Generations – submission deadline 14 September 2020
Management KTP Opportunities
Monday 26 May 2020
- A virtual meeting with the School of Business, Dr Alison Reith (KTP Development Officer, North of Scotland KTP Centre) and Dr Lorna Howarth (KTP Advisor, Fife and Tayside). Focussing on the support network and grant funding initiatives available to business school academics interested in working with companies on applied innovative research and development projects.
- For those with a University of Dundee login, a recording of this event can be viewed here and associated materials can be found via this link.
Transforming Michelin in Dundee: Q&A with John Reid, CEO of MSIP
Monday 25 May 2020
- A virtual meeting with with John Reid, CEO of Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc. Focussing on what to expect in the coming months, and how the University of Dundee community can get involved. Including presentations from John Reid (CEO, MSIP), John Rowan (VP Research & Knowledge Exchange, UoD) and Moray Newlands (Associate Dean for Industrial Engagement, UoD).
- A recording of this event and associated materials can be viewed by those with a University of Dundee login via this link.
COVID-19 Research Funding
Thursday 14 May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00, Online
A virtual drop-in session Grant Davidson from RIS. Providing a brief overview of open funding opportunities for COVID-19 related research, followed by Q&A.
For those with a University of Dundee login, a recording of this event can be viewed here.
EPSRC Presentation with Q&A
Wednesday 8 April 2020
A virtual meeting with Derek Craig, Head of Regional Engagement for Scotland at EPSRC. Beginning with short presentations from researchers at the University of Dundee, followed by a presentation and Q&A session from Derek Craig.
This event was recorded and can be viewed by those with a University of Dundee account via SharePoint by following this link.
Virtually Writing it Right!
Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 November 2020
- Adapted from the popular ‘Write it Right!’ series, these sessions were aimed at early career researchers and those new to writing grants. The workshop provided essential background information on how to navigate the funding landscape and express aims and research plans to develop a high quality grant application. Participants were also given the opportunity to contribute their own ideas and receive feedback from the Research Development Team.
Showcasing projects funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund
30 November 2021
About this event
The UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund has enabled University of Dundee academics to develop research collaborations with partners in a number of low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). Together, we have worked to better understand and address some of the most pressing concerns facing countries in the Global South at this time.
As the GCRF draws to a close, we reflect on the work funded via the University’s GCRF allocation. The event will showcase some of the key highlights from the programme and outline opportunities to advance research for development in a post-GCRF context.
Virtually Writing it Right!
A grant writing workshop delivered over 2 sessions on consecutive days aimed at Early Career Researchers at the University of Dundee
This workshop is designed for Early Career Researchers and those new to writing funding applications with the aim of helping you to achieve success. Even excellent research plans may go unfunded if you don’t communicate your ideas clearly or fall victim to one of the common reasons for rejection.
The workshop will be split between two sessions on consecutive days. We will start by looking at how to navigate the funding landscape to find a funder and scheme that aligns with your research plans. We will then go on to look at what you need to do before you start writing and how the application process works. We will discuss who assesses your application and emphasise the need for making a plan before you start writing to make sure your aims and plans are communicated clearly to both expert reviewers and panel members. The emphasis is on clear communication, using 10 key sentences to form the basis for your proposal. Finally, we will give you some useful tips and links for some extra support.