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Welcome to our September newsletter

In this month's newsletter, we shine a spotlight on funding opportunities available through the Horizon Europe programme, the Wellcome Trust and the British Council. We also introduce you to  MSCA postdoctoral fellow, Peggy Assinck from Canada. 

All the best,


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UKRI welcomes changes to UK government immigration rules

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published an online piece welcoming the government’s autumn immigration rules change on 10 September.

The changes to the Temporary Worker and Global Talent Visa (GTV) schemes will enable a further widening of support that UKRI mobility schemes can offer international researchers.

The UKRI Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange Visa (T5) mobility scheme for researchers will expand eligibility to include UKRI-eligible public sector research establishments. Meanwhile, the Global Talent Visa endorsed funder criteria will be simplified.

Wellcome Early Career Awards open

The Wellcome Early Career Awards from the Wellcome Trust enable researchers working on human life, health and wellbeing from the perspective of any discipline, to develop their own research identity and at the end of the Award to lead their own research group.

Researchers must have sponsorship from eligible research institutions in the UK, Ireland or low-or-middle income countries (except for China and India).

Applicants must have completed a PhD or have 4 years of equivalent research experience, and up to 3 years of postdoctoral experience. The Award provides salary and up to £400,000 GBP for research expenses. Apply by 26 October 2021.

Horizon Europe funding

If you're new to the MSCA Horizon Europe funding programme, check out the information resources to help you prepare your proposal for each MSCA:

Upcoming deadline: The call for proposals for Horizon Europe calls under Cluster 4 – Destinations 'Resilient Industry' and 'Green and digitised production' closes on 23 September 2021.

Research Environment Links Grants

The British Council Research Environment Links call is now open. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to strengthen capacity and collaboration between institutions in the UK and a partner in Egypt, Malaysia, Morocco, Thailand or Turkey.

Deadline: 8 October 2021

Get involved in European Researchers Night | 24 September

Are you a researcher passionate about outreach and communication on science and research?

The European Researchers' Night on 24 September is a unique opportunity to engage with citizens of all ages to raise awareness about your research and its impact on society and to put your outreach skills to practice.

Reach out to the organisers of European Researchers’ Night events taking place near you to see how you can get involved.

Documenting the climate crisis

'I will see the ghosts of the dead forest for a long time.’

Andriana Theochari, a former participant in of the science communication competition FameLab in Greece, recently travelled to Evia in Greece to intervew residents returning after the wildfires. Read her moving article accompanied by images by Gideon Mendel published in The Guardian.

Meet the Researchers - Peggy Assinck

How can a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship make a difference to a researcher’s career? Current grantee Peggy Assinck, an MS researcher at the University of Edinburgh, shares her personal experience with us.

FameLab scientists to compete to become the next influential voice on climate action

FameLab Climate Change Communicators is a global online competition and training event to build trust in climate science.
Watch the Online Final on Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 15.00 – 16.30 UK time. 

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