Funding opportunities within Horizon 2020 for Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

NET4SOCIETY, the network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH), has published a document analysing the funding opportunities for SSH researchers across the Horizon 2020 programme.

The document provides an overview of the call topics across the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 that are of particular relevance to the SSH community.

BCU Research staff – keep an eye on the EU Funding page in the Research Community section of iCity. This will be updated regularly with Horizon 2020 opportunities.

Horizon 2020

The new platform for European funding, Horizon 2020, has recently launched and will replace the previous FP7 framework.

There are three areas of focus for Horizon 2020:

We have compiled a list of relevant areas and topics for those interested in applying. Many calls are now open and we have provided deadlines for these.

Visit the European Funding page on iCity for more information. This is for internal access only.


Our Faculty of Technology, Engineering and Environment, better known as TEE, have been busy the past few months putting on research events for its staff and students – one of which has proved particularly popular.


TEEPot is an informal research meeting taking place every fortnight, usually at Millennium Point. In each session a research student will make a short presentation about their work, their experiences, and the challenges they face.

(Images by Mohammed Mayouf, Ian McDonald and Salemeh Abu Rmeileh. From the PGRNet Facebook page)

Once finished they then pass on a ‘teapot’ to the next student, who will present a fortnight later.

At the moment presentations are by TEE research students, however any research student from any faculty can attend. It’s a great way to network and share experiences.

The next event is taking place tomorrow (22 January 2014) 1pm-2pm, MP382 with a presentation by Mohit Bhardwaj. If you would like to attend, or for more information, contact Ian McDonald.

Event: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Know-How, Expertise and Education

Tomorrow (17 January) sees the second in a series of seminars about cross disciplinary perspectives on expertise, know-how and professional education. The series is co-organised between King’s College London and Birmingham City University.

It will take place in the Board Room at Birmingham Conservatoire and begins with lunch at 12.30pm. To register your place please email

The programme is as follows:

12.30pm-2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm-3.30pm Know how as craft: Speaker Professor Richard Smith, Durham University; Respondent Dr. Janet Orchard, Bristol University.
3.30-5.00 Is there a coherent concept of tacit knowledge? Speaker Professor Mark Addis Birmingham City University; Respondent Professor Paul Snowdon University College London

Download details of the full seminar programme here (PDF)

Researching Life in Birmingham seminar

On Tuesday 14 January researchers from across the University gathered to share research they have done in, or about, Birmingham. The purpose of the small seminar was to discuss possible crossover between disciplines and begin to develop a shared knowledge base. This is the beginning of an ongoing project to raise visibility of such research, and open up further avenues for cross-disciplinary work.

The presentations illustrate the diversity of the research taking place; all are available to download below (in PDF).

Peter Larkham (Technology, Enginnering & Environment (TEE)) – The post-war rebuilding of Birmingham

Steve McCabe (Business School) – Exploring the traditions of immigrant workers in Birmingham

Beck Collins (TEE) – Renewable energy projects

Paula McGee (Health) – Irish mental health in Birmingham

Fatemeh Rabiee-Khan (Health) – Redressing health inequality

Richard Hatcher (Education, Law & Social Sciences) – The new Birmingham Education Partnership

Annette Naudin (Performance, Media & English) – Birmingham as a creative city: a milieu for learning

There was also a verbal presentation from Martin Glynn, who recently completed his doctorate with BCU. His presentation was titled ‘Reflecting the city using urban ethnography’.

Look out for more news items and features as the project progresses.

New research videos from the School of Media

Happy New Year everyone.

Here are two new videos from two of the most recent researchers to join the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research.

In the first video, Dima Saber talks about her work on media for social change in the Arab region, and in the second Nick Gebhardt talks about his research in Jazz.


Look out for more videos in the coming months!