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24KingswayIn this month's Research Briefing there is news of the recent Association of Research Managers and Administrators conference, the Research Division's latest foray into social media and information about the European Commission's new guidance on project extensions and missed reporting deadlines.

There is also news of the latest funding opportunities available and the awards colleagues at the School have already received, as well as the latest research to be published.

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June 2014 



ARMA 2014

The RD’s team attended this year’s ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) conference. Plenary speakers included Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee, and Professor Dame Judith Rees Co-Director of the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and President of the Royal Geographical Society. Campus02

David Coombe, also ARMA Director of Conference, said, "Feedback from those of us who were able to attend the conference has been very positive. We are grateful for the patience of colleagues who may have been inconvenienced when we were away, and trust you will notice (and value!) the difference the conference and other such events are able to make on our services. One of the highlights of the conference was Judith’s plenary speech, and the positive impact it has had on opening up for discussion an open secret on the costs of research (see| if you can access it, or the current hard-copy edition if you cannot)."

Our colleague, Ana Alvarez-Serra, Research Development Manager, organised a parallel session on the role of the Research Division in creating an international research strategy in the context of increasing internationalisation of research and Higher Education. Other speakers included Dan Shah, Associate Policy Director at the UK Higher Education International Unit, and Sam Lambshead, Portfolio Manager at AHRC.

Making Impact from Your ResearchCampus05

On Wednesday 18 June the Research Division and TLC co-sponsored a two-hour event called ‘Making Impact from Your Research’. Five academics – Julia Black and Robert Baldwin, Tim Newburn, Mary Kaldor and Matthijs Pelkmans – shared the stories behind the impact case studies they wrote for LSE’s submission to REF 2014. Our 43 staff that attended the event found the stories ‘energising’ and ‘inspiring’ and intend to think about incorporating impact activities into their own research. The RD will be announcing the 2014-15 programme of events soon. Watch this space!

RD goes social

The RD has joined the LSE online community with a brand new Twitter account. Follow us @LSE_RD.

ESRC launches consultation on its future strategic direction

ESRC invites input on its future strategic direction from all stakeholders including universities, learned societies, government departments and other public sector, and private and civil society organisations. The input will be analysed and presented to the ESRC Council in September 2014 as part of the development of the ESRC’s next Strategic Plan. Have your say| by 15 July 2014 or contact David Coombe (|) with your comments before 8 July if you want to contribute to the School’s collective response.

Research Councils publish Delivery Plan for 2015-2016 Campus06

ESRC and AHRC published a New Delivery Plan (2015-16). In this document|, ESRC sets out its plans to deliver more ‘transformative’ research; revolutionise the UK’s data infrastructure; identify and support ‘frontier science’; embed an international perspective in everything we do; and promote bold new approaches to knowledge exchange and engagement with business. Similarly, the AHRC sets out principles|, priorities and outlines the approaches to support research, people and growth.

BBC Radio 3 and AHRC’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ announced

The New Generation Thinkers scheme strives to find the brightest minds of the future, who have the ability to turn ground-breaking academic ideas into radio and television programmes. More|

European Commission issues new guidance on project extensions and missed reporting deadlines.

Misc04It is vital that holders of a European Commission 7th Framework Programme (FP7) project take note of the Commission's new guidance on acceptable criteria for an extension to a Grant Agreement and missed reporting deadlines. The Commission is concerned that the percentage of FP7 grants extended through an amendment has reached an unacceptable level, delaying the availability of results and their dissemination and exploitation. Going forward, the Commission has given notice that extensions will only be granted where there is a clear added value for the project, or where unforeseeable external events render it impossible to complete the work in the agreed timeframe. The Commission has also noted a widespread non-respect of the reporting deadlines set out in the Grant Agreement. Prompter moves towards termination of the Grant Agreement will be made if reports are not provided on time. More|


Funding opportunities

Candidates interested in applying for any of the opportunities below should email|  (unless otherwise stated).

ERC Advanced Grants call Campus14

The ERC Advanced Grants call is now open for applications. With up to €2.5 million per grant, ERC funds pioneering and far-reaching research proposals at the frontiers of the field(s). They should involve new, ground-breaking or unconventional methodologies, whose risky outlook is justified by the possibility of a major breakthrough with an impact beyond a specific research domain/discipline. Deadline: 21 October 2014. More|

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF|)

IF scheme supports researchers with a doctorate or at least four years of experience to advance in their research and to acquire or transfer knowledge, by moving within Europe or coming to Europe. All research fields may be funded. The call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014| is open until 11 September 2014.

Horizon 2020

A number of H2020 will close on 28 August 2014, including:

H2020-DRS-2014 disaster resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change.| This aims to reduce the loss of human life; environmental, economic and material damage from natural and man-made disasters, including extreme weather events, crime and terrorism threats. The indicative budget for this call in 2014 is €65.4 million.

H2020-BES-2014 border security and external security| call focuses on new technologies, capabilities and solutions required to support EU’s external security policies in civilian tasks, ranging from civil protection to humanitarian relief, border management or peacekeeping and post-crisis stabilisation, including conflict prevention, peace-building and mediation. The indicative budget for this call is €40.78 million.

H2020-FCT-2014 fight against crime and terrorism.| The ambition of this call is both to avoid an incident and to mitigate its potential consequences. This requires new technologies and capabilities for fighting and preventing crime and cybercrime, illegal trafficking and terrorism and cyberterrorism. The indicative budget for this call is €34.81 million. medical

Informatics in health care improvement research

The Health Foundation’s £1.6 million Insight funding programme is an open call for original research ideas on informatics in health care improvement. Deadline: 28 July 2014. More|

Exploratory Research Grants

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Department for International Development (DFID)’ Exploratory Research Grants offers of between £10,000 and £35,000 to allow researchers to explore new approaches to the study of firms in low-income-countries (LICs); and to develop new (or build on) existing sources of data on firms in LICs. Deadline: 31 July 2014. More|

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Research Grants

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation invites applications for its research grants. These support research on violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships. Applications by 1 August 2014. More|Misc09

Valuing nature programme discipline-hopping fellowships

NERC and ESRC invite applications for their valuing nature programme discipline-hopping fellowships. These aim to support early-career environmental researchers to develop social science and economic expertise and to support early-career social scientists to gain natural science expertise, in relation to the goals of the valuing nature programme. Closing date: 14 August 2014. More|

Entrepreneurship education (Pan-European entrepreneurial learning initiative)

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises will support a network and a virtual hub on entrepreneurial learning. Its members will act as promoters of entrepreneurship education at European level. The budget is €350,000 to fund one project for 36 months. Deadline: 20 August 2014. More|

International Visegrad Fund

The Standard Grants scheme supports projects in the fields of cultural cooperation; scientific exchange and research; education; youth exchange; cross-border cooperation; and promotion of tourism. Any organisation or natural person in the world may apply, though projects must include entities from at least three, and preferably four, V4 countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic. Funding will cover a maximum of 70 per cent of eligible costs. The average grant is worth between €10,000 and €15,000 for projects up to 12 months. Deadline: 15 September 2014. More|

FAPESP-ESRC-NWO Joint Call for Proposals on Sustainable Urban Development

The aim of this call is to strengthen research cooperation between researchers from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, the UK and the Netherlands by funding joint research projects in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. Deadline: 23 September 2014. More|

CIMA Research initiative

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants wishes to support innovative research that challenges and offers fresh perspectives on a range of topics related to the science of management accounting. Grants are worth between £5,000 and £40,000. Deadline: 30 September 2014. More|

Misc03NESTA, Bright Ideas Research Fund

These grants aim to fund good new ideas related to innovation and innovation policy and develop research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation. Projects can involve primary research, novel argumentation, or the development of a new idea, or ideally more than one of these things. Up to £10,000 is available per proposal. Applications can be submitted anytime; but the next batch of applications will be reviewed on 24 October 2014. More|

ESRC/Austrian Science Fund Collaborative Project Grants

These are based on a bilateral agreement to facilitate collaborations between social scientists in the UK and Austria. Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both agencies. The grants are worth a minimum of £200,000. Applications can be submitted anytime. More| 

Institute for Small Business and EntrepreneurshipBulb

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council and Barclays Bank, invites applications for its research and knowledge exchange fund grants. These encourage and support new research activities from academics, third sector organisations, consultants and practitioners with the ambition of drawing together and generating an entrepreneurial community of practice to facilitate knowledge exchange and transfer. Deadline 25 July 2014. More|


Recent awards

waltraud_schelkeDr Waltraud Schelkle, European Institute, has been awarded a two-year Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship. The planned research proposes a novel political economy approach to understand European monetary integration as partial and selective risk-sharing, rather than as forming an optimal currency area. The diversity of member states makes risk-sharing in a currency union possible and potentially beneficial, but also ripe with political conflict and economic strains. Additional insurance, notably against speculative currency attacks, may be neutralised by increasing interdependence that is left uninsured. The empirical project asks how monetary solidarity works and why it may fail in three areas of coordinated policy-making: financial market integration, labour migration, and macroeconomic stabilization.

Dr Damian Tambini, Media and Communications, has been awarded £173,684 from the Microsoft Corporation for a three-year project to investigate the issues of pluralism and privacy in the context of the increased roles of intermediaries in the access of citizens to information and the diversity of sources of information.

Dr Nicholas Ludlow, International History, has received funding from the European Commission for Konstantina Maragkou to undertake a two-year Marie-Curie International Incoming Fellowship which will examine the tragic development and resolution of Modern Greece's most serious human rights crisis (1967-1974).
Professor Kathy Yuan, Financial Markets Group, has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant for £517,733 to undertake a series of projects in collaboration with the London Business School. These projects identify new ways to consider and measure systemic financial risks and, more importantly, the linkages between the financial risks and the real economy, and the welfare consequences.

Dr Toby Dodge, Middle East Centre, has received £26,000 from Chevron Products UK Limited to hold a conference at LSE involving leading experts on Iraq entitled "The Future of Iraq After The National Elections".

antoine_dechezlepetreDr Antoine Dechezlepretre, Grantham Research Institute, has been awarded £228,353 by the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Switzerland to participate in a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation entitled "Innovation, Diffusion and Green Growth". Dr Dechezlepretre is responsible for a sub-project on empirical studies on innovation and diffusion. 



LSE Research Online|

is a service provided by LSE Library to increase the visibility of research produced by LSE staff. It contains citations and full text, open access versions of research outputs, including journal articles, book chapters, working papers, theses, conference papers and more.

Sensationalist media coverage skewing children's ability to assess online risk MediaDigest

Sensationalist media coverage of online risks, such as cyberbullying or the dangers of meeting an online ‘friend’ offline, may be acting as a barrier to effectively educating children on e-safety, a new report has claimed.

The report, released at the start of June, from the EU Kids Online project based at LSE, explores how children between the ages of 9-16 across Europe experience the internet. The findings reveal that children are strongly influenced by the media's often sensationalist reporting of certain online risks, despite the fact that these are in reality less likely to be experienced by the majority of online users. More|

Autism is the most costly medical condition in the UK

Research published in a leading international medical journal shows that autism costs the UK more than heart disease, cancer and stroke combined. A study led by LSE estimates that autism costs the country at least £32 billion per year in treatment, lost earnings, care and support for children and adults with autism.

More than 600,000 people in the UK have autism, a condition associated with poor social and communication skills and restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour. A quarter of people with autism are unable to talk, and 85 per cent do not work full time. More|

housesScotland takes action to solve rental housing crisis

The Scottish Government will appoint a private rented sector champion to help solve the country’s housing crisis, on the advice of a report co-authored by LSE London and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.

The new champion will lead an expert group that will identify the barriers to large-scale construction of purpose-built rented homes in Scotland and work to get financial institutions more involved in rental housing. It is one of several recommendations put forward by researchers to answer the expected demand for 465,000 new homes in Scotland over the next two decades. More|

Childhood aspirations affect later career choices

Boys who dream of becoming firemen and girls who aspire to become hairdressers are more likely to end up in stereotypically male or female occupations as adults according to research from LSE.

The research, published in the journal Social Forces, found that children who wanted to do a job traditionally associated with their gender were twice as likely to end up in these types of occupations as adults than children who wanted to go into occupations that are not generally seen as men’s or women’s work. However, only six per cent of adults went into the specific occupation they aspired to as children.

A knock-on effect of this was that women who aspired to female dominated occupations as children were likely to have lower wages in their first jobs. This is because these occupations tend to pay lower average wages. More|

Are 'debt-shy' companies holding back the economy? moneyhand

New measures are needed to encourage high growth small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) to seek funding to expand, a report from LSE and the University of St Andrews has found.

The study, published by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), identifies gaps in the UK funding framework for SMEs, but also highlights challenges in encouraging companies to sign up for debt and equity funding. For example, ‘debt-shy’ SMEs are reluctant to borrow funds to grow due to a lack of trust of banks and a resistance to yield control of their business to outsiders. More|

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