eNews December 2012

eNews December 2012

Holly and fir sprig

Season's greetings

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you season's greetings and a happy New Year.

Whilst you are enjoying your festive holiday, you may wish to read the latest edition of our flagship magazine Britain in 2013, which is available now from WH Smith highstreet and travel shops, Waitrose, Marks and Spencers and Boots.

Funding opportunities

  • Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro)
  • Research Co-ordinator for the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Project
  • ORA - Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences
  • Research Seminars Competition
  • NORFACE Welfare State Futures
  • EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

More funding opportunities

Administrative Data Taskforce report

The final report of the independent Administrative Data Taskforce (ADT) Improving Access for Research and Policy has been published. It highlights that the UK has the opportunity to be a world leader in research using de-identified administrative data, routinely collected by government departments, agencies and other statutory bodies.

New Scottish Fellows

Listen to Professor John Curtice's outline of his research on - Public attitudes and Scotland's independence referendum - one of seven one-year senior fellowships exploring issues around devolution and independence.

Student conferences 2013

Dates have now been released for the next student conferences.

  • 8 February 2013: First year student conference - London
  • 24 April 2013: Final year student conference - Sheffield

Latest research features

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Call for papers now live

Papers are invited for the Understanding Society Research Conference 2013, which takes place 24-26 July at the University of Essex.

Celebrating Impact prize - apply now

We have launched an exciting new prize to celebrate the outstanding economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers.

There are six categories for the prize.

Winners will receive £10,000, with a further £10,000 awarded to the department of the Impact Champion of the Year.

Applications close 16.00 on 14 February 2013.

Full details

New impact videos

Watch our latest impact videos on:

  • Helping children with autism
  • Improving vocational skills training

'Transforming' Social Science - Transformative Research Call

This new pilot call for up to £250,000 aims to provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of social sciences and to trial a mechanism that enables research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.

Applications close 16.00 on 24 January 2013.

Media training for students and researchers

There are a limited number of places remaining on the early career researcher, and 2 places on the mid-career researcher media training courses to be held in Leeds at the end of January 2013.

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  • 14-15 December 2012: FRESH meeting: Financial Institutions and Economic Growth in Historical Perspective
  • 7 January 2013: Criminalising Contagion: Seminar 1
  • 25 January 2013: ESRC RIBEN Doctoral Event
  • Details of all upcoming research seminars

More events

"Champion" sought

The RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme is seeking bids from individuals or small groups to act as a "Champion" for the programme. Further information can be found on the Global Uncertainties website.