Dame Julia Higgins Engineering Postdoc Collaborative Research Fund

When applying for that coveted lectureship position, more and more advertisements call for the applicant to demonstrate the ability to secure their own funding. However, it is increasingly difficult for a postdoc to secure funding for their own projects. The Faculty of Engineering Research Committee is committed to promoting opportunities to aid postdocs and to this end they have introduced the Dame Julia Higgins Engineering Postdoc Collaborative Research Fund. This fund aims to help postdocs to improve their record in attracting their own research funding and to become independent from the research of their PI.
There is up to £19,200 available to fund between 1-6 projects, depending on the costs and justifications of the proposed projects. This fund aims to promote collaboration between postdocs in the Faculty of Engineering, whereby funding applications submitted must involve a minimum of two postdocs from different departments in Engineering. To facilitate the interaction between the departments, an Engineering-wide networking event will precede the proposal deadline.

How to Participate?

To submit an application to the fund, you must be a Postdoc in the Faculty of Engineering and you must attend the networking event. The facilitated networking event will take place at 15:00 on 15 February 2017 in Room G41, Royal School of Mines. There will be lots of opportunities to discuss research ideas and potential overlap, in the view to developing a collaborative project.

Places are limited to 50 attendees across Engineering

Application and Pre-requisites

To attend the networking event you are required to fill out a short form and where you will provide a short (200 words) summary of your research as well as a list of five keywords which can include your key skill-sets/knowledge. These will be circulated to all participants before the event. Registration will close at 17:00 on Thursday 9 February 2017.

After the event, you will have until 17:00 on 1 March 2017 to complete a short 1-page proposal for your collaborative research project.
This proposal must contain:
· A list of collaborators (at least one postdoc from at least two departments in the Faculty of Engineering)
· The justification for the project
· The expected outcomes (e.g. publications, patents)
· The cost breakdown (not to exceed £19,200)
If you are successful, a 250 word report should be submitted describing the key achievements of the project by 1 February 2018.

Athena Swan Focus Groups

As many of you may know the computing department is applying for a silver Athena Swan award. The ethos behind this scheme is to encourage universities to promote diversity in Science and support equal opportunities. We would like to hear your opinions on how the department is run now, and how might be improved. To do this we hope to organise a focus group for some time in the next few weeks. If you would like to put forward your ideas or discuss current problems please contact Emma Robinson (emma.robinson05@imperial).