Funding announcements and opportunities
1. European Union (EU)/ Australia Cooperation in Higher Education and VET projects
The 2005 joint EU-Australia call for proposals in the field of higher education and vocational training is now published with a deadline for submission of applications on 30 November 2005. The budget available for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 1 million euros.
Synopsis The general objective of the call for proposals is to promote better understanding and interaction between the peoples of the EU Member States and of Australia, including a broader knowledge of their languages, cultures and institutions, and to improve the quality of higher education and vocational education and training in the EU and in Australia. There are two types of action under this call: 1) Joint Consortia Projects aim to set up a framework for student mobility and curriculum development at post-secondary level through the creation of a consortium of either EU and Australian higher education institutions at undergraduate level, or EU and Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions. The consortium will develop a joint study programme, and student mobility will take place in both directions. 2) Complementary Activities aim to further support EU/Australia cooperation in higher education and VET at a policy oriented level. These activities may include conferences, seminars, support to publications or innovative websites, which focus on a topic related to international cooperation in education, as well as to overall relations between the EU and Australia.
The budget available for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 1 million euros. Financial assistance from the commission cannot exceed 75% of the total eligible costs. The maximum grant will be 300,000 euros for Joint Consortium projects and 75,000 euros for complementary activities. The duration for each of the actions is, as a general rule, limited to 36 months for Joint Consortia Projects, and up to 24 months for complementary activities.
Application forms and guidelines available at: http://www.dest.gov.au/
(Reference Program Number: 66689).
Contact: Augusto Gonzalez
Directorate General for Education and Culture
Web Site: http://europa.eu.int
Program URL: http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/eu_others/australia/call_en.html
2. Economic and Social Research Council
The sponsor seeks applications for bi-lateral collaborative grants in which UK applicants and their partners in corresponding countries may apply simultaneously to ESRC and the parallel national social science agency in the other country. The applications will be treated as a joint application, with inter-agency co-ordination of decision processes. This will remove the barrier of double jeopardy which has previously faced applicants for such collaborative funding.
Synopsis In its strategic plan the ESRC attaches major priority to the position of UK social science in the international arena and global arena. To this end it positively encourages active collaboration between UK researchers and those in other countries, where this will drive forward the subject area and ensure that UK research is at the international leading edge. To achieve this it has sought to redress the barriers to international collaborative research, first through the ESF European Collaborative Research Project (ECRP) scheme, but also through separate bi-lateral agreements with leading overseas partners.Funding
The agreements normally provide that where more than 70% of the collaborative research falls in one of the countries then the whole funding can be applied in that country. Thus a UK applicant who requires less than 30% of the costs to be spent by the overseas partner can apply for the full sum to ESRC, which will meet (through the UK partner) the full costs of the overseas collaborator. The overseas national funding organisation will take the same approach where the UK partner is the minority interest below 30% of the Total.
Application forms and guidelines available at:http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/current_funding_opportunities/new_grant_schemes_2005.aspx