Research incentives policy
New incentives schemes have recently been introduced to encourage greater grant-winning. Grantholders will be given personal financial rewards (PFR) equivalent to the value of the grant funding provided to cover their salaries, which they may use as a salary supplement (capped at 33.3 per cent of base salary for senior staff), for teaching buy-out or to support other research activities. Around £1.8 million per annum will be distributed among around a hundred grant-holders, with figures as much as £100,000+ in some cases and an average of £15,000.
Departments and research centres will receive a share of net overhead income to support their research activities through the Research Infrastructure and Investment Funding (RIIF) amounting to £1.5 million this year.
PFRs will be paid monthly in arrears backdated to April 2013. RIIF funds will be paid annually in arrears, and will be backdated to the beginning of 2012-13. Kerry Fyffe, Research Division, will contact all grantholders with PFRs and departments and centres with RIIF funds.
Various terms and conditions apply. Full details are available here. Please contact your grant applications manager in the Research Division for more information on the implications of these schemes for any grants you may be thinking of applying for. Please also see the 'Funding opportunities' section below for more information.
Are you signing a publisher agreement for your RCUK funded research?
The new RCUK Policy on Open Access requires research papers or conference proceedings derived from research that is funded wholly or in part by the Research Councils to be published in journals that:
either provide immediate, unrestricted access to the final version of the paper via its own website, using a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence - this is referred to as the gold route to open access and may involve payment of an article processing charge (APC) to the publisher;
or permit the deposit of the final accepted manuscript in a repository such as LSE Research Online - this is the green route to open access and does not involve payment of an APC.
LSE encourages authors to comply with the RCUK Policy by choosing the green route wherever possible, depositing copies of research papers in LSE Research Online. Ask the publisher, check your agreement and contact us to see how long an embargo there is on your route to green open access. If this embargo meets the requirement of your RCUK funder, the gold route need not apply.
What copyright licence will be on your published article? RCUK requires a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence on all its funded open access publications. For items which do not have a green option, the LSE Institutional Publication Fund is available and more information can be found in the RCUK Open Access policy FAQs.
The Library has a dedicated Research Support Services team to provide guidance on meeting RCUK Open Access requirements. See the Guidance for LSE authors or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Professional funding search engine
LSE subscribes to the Research Professional funding search engine. All LSE staff and students can access Research Professional from any computer on the LSE network. In order to access the service off-site you will need to open an account when you connect to Research Professional from an LSE-based computer.
Key advantages of the Research Professional include: An intuitive interface to make browsing for funding as simple as checking your email; shared resources, allowing you to benefit from saved searches and folders of bookmarked items created for you by your administrators; powerful search tools to help you find exactly the funding opportunities and news articles that interest you.
Email the Research Division at email@example.com if you need help or have any questions. For more information, visit www.researchprofessional.com.
Impact at LSE
Based within the Research Division, Albert Gill (pictured) has recently joined the School as a Data Analyst. Albert is involved in developing, designing, implementing and analysing the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Impact Database. He is also managing data and preparing cleaned datasets before normalising it and populating the Relational Impact Database Management System. He has prior experience working with academic institutions, the NHS and UNICEF.
The School’s existing research impact data is in unstructured formats. The new database will help in retrieving, storing and updating information. It will also help with filtering data, performing analysis and producing reports.
LSE academic appointed to University of Gothenburg
Professor Sylvia Chant (pictured), professor of development geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, has been appointed Adlerbertska visiting professor of sustainable development at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013-2015.
The role will involve making annual visits to present lectures and to engage in research and publication mentoring with development geographers within the institution. Professor Chant's first trip takes place this month. More
LSE senior lecturer to advise International AIDS Society
Dr Hakan Seckinelgin (pictured), senior lecturer in the Department of Social Policy, has been appointed as co-chair of the Social and Political Research Advisory Group of the International AIDS Society (IAS).
The advisory group, which Dr Seckinelgin will chair alongside Dr Judy Auerbach, will provide strategic advice and technical input for the development and implementation of an IAS policy area dedicated to social and political research.
ESRC Festival of Social Sciences
The ESRC Festival of Social Science, taking place from 2-9 November 2013, offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives, both now and in the future.
This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK, via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.
Applicants may apply for a maximum of £2,000 support from the ESRC to run an event. The closing date for supported applications is Monday 3 June. You may also hold an event but not apply for funding. Non-funded applications are due by Friday 7 June.
For more information, visit www.esrcfestival.ac.uk.
Lloyds 2013 Science of Risk Prize
Researchers are invited to submit recently published peer-reviewed research papers, illustrating their expertise in risk-based subjects of interest to insurers and reinsurers. The focus is on behavioural, biological and technological, and geopolitical and societal risks.
The deadline for submissions is 25 September 2013. For more information, click here.
LSE Research Online most downloaded
Most downloaded items in LSE Research Online in April 2013:
1. Livingstone, Sonia (2008) Taking risky opportunities in youthful content creation: teenagers' use of social networking sites for intimacy, privacy and self-expression. New media & society, 10 (3). pp. 393-411. ISSN 1461-4448 (1342 downloads).
2. Anheier, Helmut K. (2000) Managing non-profit organisations: towards a new approach. Civil Society Working Paper series, 1. Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753013436 (1123 downloads).
3. Bowling, Ben and Phillips, Coretta (2003) Policing ethnic minority communities. In: Newburn, Tim, (ed.) Handbook of policing. Willan Publishing, Devon, UK, pp. 528-555. ISBN 9781843920199 (965 downloads).
4. Livingstone, Sonia (1998) Relationships between media and audiences: prospects for audience reception studies. In: Liebes, Tamar and Curran, James, (eds.) Media, ritual and identity. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 237-255. ISBN 041515992X (762 downloads).
5. Marsden, David and Richardson, Ray (1992) Motivation and performance related pay in the public sector: a case study of the Inland Revenue. CEP discussion paper, 75. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. (702 downloads).
Total downloads for April 2013: 92,559