15 Mar 2012

Some useful information about the next HERA call

Posted by AndrewJ

Notes taken by AK –

HERA Info meeting University of Edinburgh 13 March 12

Interesting and informative talk by Prof Elizabeth Edwards who received money on the Previous HERA call award: PhotoCLEC
Her thoughts include –
Should have made space in her budget for a dedicated administrator – say, a half-day position.
Being herself, the PL, she hardly got time for active research.
Priority: to keep the project together, see to it that there are not a group of just parallel projects.
Hold frequent full project meetings, perhaps every two months. Keep an active blog.
Clarify ethical issues early. Consider there are different regulations from one country to another.

This followed by Prof Mark Llewellyn from the AHRC

Introduction to the theme ‘Creativity and Innovation’

a) Cultural Encounters (CE) means also encounters. About transmissions, sth. Alive, sth. Within history and geography, time and space; how it changes over time under diff. contexts.
Don’t forget contributions of arts and creativity, visual encounters.
– Cultural transformations, changes to the landscape of encounters.
– Cultural participation, globalisation.

b) Social and political dimension of CE
Historical models of cultural interaction; some successful, others unsuccessful
Integration or not
Influence of policy
Concepts of tolerance and pluralism
Linguistic diversity
Identity, belonging, citizenship

c) Translation, interpretation, ‘mediatisation’
Adapting cultural practises as result of CE
Transformative effects of translation
CE as stimulus to creativity
Music, art, performance as barriers or as facilitators

Think about:
Collaboration. What does collaboration add to the field of research?
Give value to the question of culture identity and how this can bring innovation to the field.

Interdisciplinarity. Not as a doctrine but as to challenge the familiar or conventional.
Not just combining disciplines but reaching insights to move the boundaries of the disciplines.

Internationalisation. Should unfix traditions and challenge comfort-zones.
European added value. Will make a difference to questions which cannot be dealt with only nationally.
Transferring / exchanging the knowledge: Dissemination. How this can enrich collaboration (also with non-academic partners).

Lucy Parnell
AHRC
Applying for HERA

4 May First deadline
Oct Full proposal deadline
Dec Rebuttal of proposal
June 13 Start of project

Need min three researchers (PI) in min three participating countries
Max budget 1 M Euro. Max duration 36 months
All budgets must comply with National Eligibility Rules.
Only one PI per institution but ok with further Research Assistant or Co-Investigator
Project Leader (PL) is senior researcher with solid previous experience as manager
There can be non-academic partners in e.g. media or education included
The application
– Short description of project, max. 2000 words
– CV of PIs
– Budget in Euro (outline only, can be changed later9
– For Budget table, enter 80% figure, for students enter 100% cost, combine estates for overhead (remember overheads can be up to 45%!)

For further info, see web-site: www.heranet.info

Just as few reiterative comments from AJ
– Focus on describing why collaboration adds value to research;
– Inter-disciplinarity should expand the boundaries of each discipline involved;
– Humanities before computer science;
– Plan to have online findings properly future-proofed – create a legacy;
– Have as many meetings as possible;
– European context should add value to project too, show why the expertise of different European partners improves the research;
– Important to include lots of knowledge exchange;
– Include non-academic partners;
– Separate projects must be integrated properly in the whole.

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