Cyber security: funding to take academic ideas to market

Researchers based in UK academic institutions can apply for a share of up to £800,000 to support them in commercialising cyber security innovation.

The UK aims to be the best place in the world to do business online. The government’s National Cyber Security Strategy sets out a plan for the country to be secure, resilient to cyber threats and prosperous and confident in the digital world.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, working with Innovate UK, has up to £800,000 help academics to accelerate and take to market their ideas for improving cyber security.

The competition is designed to increase the number of ideas from UK academic research that are turned into new businesses.

Protect information systems

Projects must be in the field of cyber security including protecting information systems, the data on systems, and the services provided by systems from unauthorised access, harm, misuse or accidental damage.

The competition is in 2 phases.

  • Phase 1 Involves assessing the value of an idea and validating this in this market. It is supported by industry experts and lasts up to 4 months. Successful applicants will be expected to attend a series of events in London to help develop and demonstrate their ideas.
  • The best projects will then be invited to apply to build a minimum viable project in phase 2.

Competition information

  • the competition opens on 11 February 2019, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 6 March 2019
  • it is open to anyone based in a UK academic institution, working with the support of their technology transfer office
  • total project costs to range between £5,000 and £32,000
  • researchers could get up to 100% of their eligible project costs
  • projects must start by 1 April 2019
  • a briefing event will be held on 13 February 2019 in London for applicants to find out more

Find out more about this competition and apply.

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Spring Academic Writing Retreats, Chapelgarth, North Yorkshire, UK

New dates for spring writing retreats to make space and time to achieve your academic writing goals.

Tues 26th – Thurs 28th March 2019

Tues 9th – Thurs 11th April  2019

Writing retreats are conducive to getting books, chapters, articles, theses, grant proposals and other writing projects written.

Structured academic writing retreats can provide much needed space and time to write alongside supportive company in comfortable conducive environment.

Writing retreats have been shown to facilitate productive academic writing from postgrads to professors.

Comments from previous writing retreat participants:
‘In the three days I was able to revise a paper ready to submit…Thanks’
‘I benefited talking to more experienced colleagues about their process of writing…I liked the way it made writing enjoyable’
‘I estimate I wrote about 10,000 words’
‘As research lead I have recommended writing retreats to all my colleagues’

Bookings now open for 2 night residential academic writing retreats in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire (2 hrs train from Edinburgh, 2.5 hrs from London).

Prices from £270 to £408 (room options from dorm to double ensuite) includes:
– comfortable accommodation, all meals, refreshments, facilitated writing sessions and led country walks returning to cosy log fire.

Full details and how to book:

Host: Marcella:

Academic Retreat Facilitator: Dr Elsbeth Robson

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Styling and Profiling

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One of the features of Pure we think you’ll like the most is the ability to manage your profile. So let’s take a look at that…

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Shut up and write sessions

CLT and the FOE have arranged a series of ‘shut up and write’ style sessions. The aim of the sessions is to provide a quiet space for staff and PGR students to come together to dedicate time to writing/research. Please see the flyer attached for details.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Open Access and EHRA

Open Access and EHRA

Wednesday 20 February 2019, 13:00-14:00


This session is an introduction to using EHRA for maintaining a repository for your publications. By the end of the session you will be aware of:
– How to upload your research papers
– How to comply with the EHU and HEFCE open access policies
– How to access guidance on using EHRA

Please visit My View to book a place or contact Helen Bell

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Pure: Research Information System

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Winter Pure Is Coming.

Edge Hill has invested in a research information system called Pure. This is the first in a series of posts that will hopefully explain what the system does and why it should matter to you. Later posts will focus on particular features.

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Funding bodies publish final guidance for REF 2021

The UK’s four higher education (HE) funding bodies have published the key documents that provide guidance to UK universities when submitting their research to the next Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021. Please click here for further information and to read the full announcement.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): RefWorks


Wednesday 13 February 2019, 13:00-14:00


Get started with reference management and look at how to save references and use Write-N-Cite for citations and bibliographies.

Please visit My View to book a place or contact Helen Bell

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Making rehabilitation work for ex-prisoners

Prison and probation services have traditionally focused on personal rehabilitation, but this focus cannot resolve problems that are social rather than individual. A new rehabilitation model includes three additional aspects beyond personal rehabilitation – expanding to relations in the wider society

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Funding Call: Newton International Fellowships Scheme 2019

The British Academy is now inviting applications to the Newton International Fellowship scheme, which is run jointly with the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences. The application form is now available online on the Flexi-Grant Application system. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27 March 2019, 3pm UK time.

Purpose of the Scheme
The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences, and humanities from around the world. The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations. Additional Newton International Fellowships will be supported through the Newton Fund, specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries which include Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey, subject to additional funding.

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