1 WORKSHOP GUIDELINES July 2015: URUGUAY 1. Overview The aim of Researcher Links Workshops is to enhance and strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in partner country economies and enhance the researchers career opportunities. The call is open to all institutions meeting the requirements in these guidelines. The Workshop grants are designed to provide financial support to bring together a UK/partner country bilateral cohort of early career researchers to take part in workshops to meet the overarching objectives. The programme is supported by the British Council, country partners and partner country institutions (http://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/researcher-links). Each workshop will be coordinated by two Leading Researchers 1, one from each country, and will focus either on a specific research area or on an interdisciplinary theme (for example Sustainable Energy ). Workshop coordinators can identify up to four additional Leading or Established Researchers 1 (two from each country) to be involved in the workshop and act as mentors, but the remaining participants must be researchers at an earlier stage in their career. Please see Section 9 for guidance on research areas that will be accepted for proposals. All Researcher Links-funded workshops will have the following three overarching objectives: Support international development-relevant research Workshops are intended to support research areas relevant to the economic development and welfare of partner countries. Contribute to capacity building of early career researchers The proposal must include a description of how the workshop will contribute to the personal and professional development of the participants. Workshop coordinators should indicate how they envisage this occurring, including any plans for long-term mentoring of early career researchers (either within each country, or cross-nationally). Establish new research links or significantly develop existing links, with the potential for longer term sustainability Coordinators must outline the specific outputs anticipated from the workshop. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate longer term links between the UK 1 For an indication of profiles for the different categories of participants, we suggest applicants refer to the European Commission document Towards a European framework for research careers (http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/pdf/research_policies/towards_a_european_framework_for_research_care e rs_final.pdf).we suggest that coordinators and mentors should be at R4 Leading Researcher level or R3 Established Researcher level, and early career participants at R1 First Stage Researcher level or R2 Recognized Researcher level or at the beginning of R3 level. For an indicator of profiles in Uruguay we suggest applicants refer to the SNI document Reglamento del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (http://www.sni.org.uy/sites/default/files/reglamentosniaprobado pdf). We suggest that coordinators and mentors should be at Nivel II and III, and early career participants at Nivel Iniciación (Candidato) and Nivel I. These should be taken as guidelines and not as requirements.
2 and Uruguay, as well as to contribute to the personal and professional development of the participants. The workshop proposal should include an explanation of the mutual benefits to the UK and Uruguay researchers and institutions. They should also explore any potential longer term benefit that might arise, thinking about who might benefit and how they might benefit and describing the actions that will be taken to ensure that potential impact is realised. 2. Who can propose a workshop? Leading Researchers (see footnote 1 on previous page) may apply to be workshop coordinators and must propose a theme for the workshop using the online application form here. The proposal must be a joint application, with one coordinator based at a UK institution and one based in Uruguay. Applications must have the support of the home institutions, which is confirmed by checking a tick box in the online application. In this round, only one application may be submitted per Leading Researcher, but there is no limit to the number of applications submitted per institution. 3. Location of the workshops It is expected that workshops will take place in Uruguay. However, if there is a compelling reason for the workshop to take place in the UK, then this should be detailed in the proposal and agreed with the British Council. 4. Duration of the workshops The minimum duration of a workshop is 3 days and the maximum duration is 5 days. 5. Timing of the workshops Workshops must take place between 1 st November 2015 and 28 th February Who will take part in the workshops? Between 15 and 20 researchers from each country can take part in each workshop. In addition, the coordinators can propose up to two additional Leading/Established Researchers (see footnote on page 1 for a definition) from each country to act as mentors. The remaining and majority of workshop places must be allocated to early career researchers through an open call once the British Council has notified the applicants that their proposal has been successful. Criteria for the selection of early career researchers will be made available to workshop coordinators. However, we would expect early career researchers to be PhD students or have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to the workshop (or to have equivalent experience), with allowances made for career breaks. If a researcher does not hold a PhD but has research experience equivalent to a PhD holder and works in a field where a PhD is not a pre-requisite for established research activity, they can still be considered eligible. Role of the workshop coordinators: Coordinators submit the online application form along with a budget request, determine the workshop theme and shape the content/agenda of the workshop.
3 Workshop coordinators overseen by the relevant British Council country office and in- country partners, if appropriate will also be responsible for selecting mentors and early career researchers to participate in the workshop if the proposal is successful. Under this call for proposals, workshop coordinators will be responsible for all organisational aspects of the workshop logistics (including travel arrangements for participants and booking of the workshop venue). The Researcher Links grant includes a contribution to the costs of the workshop organisation. Contracts for Researcher Links grants for Uruguay will be signed by the UK or Uruguay workshop coordinator s home institution. The institution that signs the contract will be responsible for the management of the grant (including financial reporting). However, this may exceptionally vary and the final terms will be communicated to successful applicants. Role of the Mentors: Established Researchers can give keynote lectures but must also act as mentors to the early career researchers during the workshop, sharing their experience and knowledge. Ideally, they would also remain in contact with the early career researchers after the workshop has finished, in order to share networks and contacts. 7. Language Workshops will be held in English. It is expected that all participants will have a sufficient standard of English to engage fully in discussion. However, consideration should be given to non-native speakers. 8. Thematic focus of the workshops Workshops may be specific to a particular field of research or interdisciplinary in nature. Specific priority areas for Uruguay can be found in Section Relevance to economic development and social welfare Researcher Links Workshops are intended to support the research areas listed in Section 9 from a perspective that is relevant to the development of Uruguay We define research with development relevance as research (applied or fundamental) that has the potential to contribute to the economic development and social welfare of low- and middle- income countries 2. The researcher collaborations funded here will be targeted towards producing development in Uruguay, in areas identified as priority by the British Embassy in Montevideo in consultation with the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII). In order to be considered for funding under this programme, all proposals must clearly articulate a plausible pathway to development showing how the workshop may lead to positive impact 2 As defined by the OECD DAC list of official development assistance (ODA) recipients (http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclistofodarecipients.htm).
4 within a reasonable timeframe (within 3-15 years). Applications which do not meet this criterion cannot receive funding. Under this programme, research relevant to economic development and social welfare of Uruguay can fall in one or more of the following research challenge areas: Agriculture (e.g. precision agriculture, crop yields, small farmers / family farmers, food security) Sustainable Energy (e.g. bio energy, renewable energy, environmental planning related to energy matrix) Human Health (e.g. HIV, maternal health, early childhood, nutrition, precocious pregnancy, senior health such as Alzheimer & dementia, fine and analytic chemistry) Animal Sciences (e.g. sanitation, production, genetics, nutrition, health) Environment & Climate (e.g. climate change, green technology, sustainable development, ecosystem services, coastal management, natural resource management, environmental education, participatory processes, contamination) Biotechnology (e.g. industrial bio processing, biopharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biopolymers) Water and sanitation Food Science and food technology IT (e.g. IT access for everyone) Cultural Industries (e.g. innovation applied in arts, design, tourism, entertainment, architecture and gastronomy, cultural democracy, science popularization,) Plastics and metal industries (e.g. innovation, cleaner production, capacity building, competitiveness and production increase) 10. Content of the workshop Workshop coordinators are expected to lead on developing the research content of the workshops. However, as workshops are intended to be a career development opportunity with a focus on promoting international collaboration, there are set guidelines to facilitate this. The following is a brief overview of the workshops guidelines, and more detailed guidance will be provided to successful applicants: Sessions should be designed to be as interactive as possible, and participants encouraged to share knowledge, experience and ideas. Workshop coordinators and mentors should share their expertise. A professional facilitator may be used during the workshop if it is felt that this would support optimal interaction and fall under the total maximum budget per workshop. Suggested sessions:
5 Formal keynote lectures by the workshop coordinators and mentors. These must take up no more than a half-day in total (ideally spread over the workshop). Research sessions where the early career researchers are able to share their current research. This could be in poster format or oral presentations. Networking sessions where researchers are able to interact and explore opportunities for collaboration (e.g. speed-networking sessions) Overview of the research base and funding opportunities: a brief introduction to the research base in the UK and partner country how research is funded, size, strengths, international collaborative activity and links with industry. The British Council and national partners (if applicable). Career development opportunities in the UK and partner country. This could be an informal discussion amongst the researchers or a more structured look at career development. How to form international collaborations (intercultural skills, challenges, opportunities, best practice etc.). Optional content within workshops (where appropriate these sessions would be welcomed but applications will not be disadvantaged if they do not include them): - Depending on the research field or theme of the workshop, coordinators may wish to include a session which invites industry or other non-academic partners to talk about cross-sectoral collaboration. -Public engagement activity/cultural activity/ Visit to a relevant research facility. 11. Recruitment of participants Following the selection process, successful workshop coordinators will be responsible for recruiting participants to the workshops. Participants must be based in the UK or in Uruguay; if coordinators wish to bring in participants from a third country this must be discussed first with the British Council however, the travel costs of the third country researcher may not be covered under the budget. Early career researchers recruited to participate in the workshop must be PhD students or have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to the workshop or equivalent research experience. There must be an open call for participants which must be disseminated through various defined channels 3 (British Council will support the dissemination) and coordinators are encouraged to identify and employ additional avenues of communication so that workshops are advertised as widely as possible. In Uruguay, ANII will support the dissemination. The selection of early career researchers to participate in the workshop must be fair and transparent. The British Council will provide a template application form for participants which 3 Examples of dissemination channels: Euraxess: UK Research Staff Association: StaffAssociation.html ANII:
6 coordinators can adapt as appropriate, and British Council in-country teams will be available to offer advice and oversight where necessary. Once recruitment is completed, workshop coordinators must submit the list of participants to the British Council for approval. Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, coordinators are encouraged to work towards as equal a gender balance as possible, promote diversity, and must ensure that no applicants are excluded from participation on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation or disability. The maximum number of participants per workshop is 40 (including coordinators, mentors and early career researchers). A minimum of 15 researchers from the UK and 15 researchers from the Uruguay should attend the workshop. This should be reflected in the budget request, see next section. 12. Funding The grant contribution given to support the organisation of the Researcher Links workshops is calculated using a combination of flat unit rates per person and accountable costs. Please see Annex 4 for maximum amounts that can be requested in each budget category. Applicants are required to provide a budget request upon submission of their proposal. The grant is calculated using 6 budget categories: International travel, Domestic travel, Subsistence, Event costs per day, Additional costs and Admin costs. Please note that the unit costs given in Annex 4 constitute the maximum amounts that can be requested in each category and that all budget requests will be assessed for feasibility and appropriateness. The maximum contribution cannot be exceeded. International travel This budget category is a contribution towards travel costs for international workshop participants travelling to the country where the workshop takes place. It is calculated using a unit cost for each workshop participant and it is based on the travel rate stated for the country where the workshop takes place. This also covers the costs for local transport to the venue for international participants. Visa costs and travel insurance 4 for international participants is also covered. International (economy return) airfares should be booked by the workshop coordinators as far in advance as possible to minimise costs. Workshop coordinators and workshop participants should take out adequate insurance as the British Council cannot take responsibility for any issues which may occur when the participants are in-country. 4 Please note that all local travel during the workshop for international and domestic participants should be covered using the subsistence budget.
7 Domestic travel This budget category covers costs of domestic travel to the venue for workshop participants based in the country where the workshop takes place. The domestic travel contribution is calculated using a unit cost for each workshop participant and is specific to the country where the workshop takes place. Subsistence This budget category covers the costs of accommodation, medical insurance and daily expenses such as phone and local transport. Subsistence is calculated using a unit cost for each workshop participant multiplied by the number of days of the workshop, and is specific to the country where the workshop takes place. Event costs This budget category covers the costs of venue hire and meals. The event rate grant contribution is calculated using a unit cost for each workshop participant multiplied by the number of days of the workshop, and is specific to the country where the workshop takes place. Contribution to additional event costs Workshop coordinators can request a sum of up to 200 to cover additional costs not already covered, e.g. projector, flip charts and other materials needed for the organisation of the workshops (including networking and social activities). Administrative costs Workshop coordinators can request a sum of up to 2,000 to cover administrative costs such as telephone bills, printing costs and stationery. Staff costs and honoraria cannot be covered by the Researcher Links grants. Only a contribution of up to 2,000 can be requested to cover administrative costs (please see Annex 4). Payment of the grant Payment of the grant contribution to Researcher Links workshops will be processed in 2 instalments: a 90% pre-financing payment, and 10% post-workshop payment or recovery of the balance. Proof that the activity took place will have to be presented to recover the remaining 10%, immediately after the workshop, together with the final report due 21 days of the workshop, or by the 7 th of March 2016, whichever is first. Final reports must be sent to British Council in UK.
8 The Researcher Links grant will be signed by and the grant paid to the UK workshop coordinator home institution. The grant recipient institution that signs the agreement will then be responsible for the management of the grant (including financial reporting). The final terms will be communicated to successful applicants. Funding offered under the Researcher Links programme is intended as a contribution towards the costs of the workshops. Workshop coordinators are expected to add a contribution in-kind towards the overall cost of the workshop by dedicating their time to the planning and delivery of the workshops. Pre-financing A pre-financing payment equivalent to 90% of the approved budget request will be transferred within 30 days of the grant agreement having been signed by the British Council. Post-workshop payment or recovery of the balance The amount of the final payment to be made to the workshop coordinator will be established on the basis of a final report to be submitted within 21 days of the end of the workshop, or by the 7 th of March 2016, whichever is first. If the workshop has not been delivered as planned, or if fewer participants attended than originally envisaged, resulting in a reduction in costs, the final payment may be withheld and if necessary a proportion of the grant recovered. Reporting Workshop coordinators must submit a final report within 21 days after the workshop, or by the 7 th of March 2016, whichever is first. The final report template will be sent to successful applicants as part of the grant agreement and will include a financial and a narrative part along with a section requesting information on the workshop participants. As the Researcher Links grant for workshops is calculated using unit rates, workshop coordinators will not need to submit detailed receipts for each item of expenditure but only proof that the activities took place (e.g. boarding cards, invoice for the venue hire indicating the number of days for which the venue has been hired and proof of domestic travel for the local participants, scanned sign in sheet to evidence the number of participants details on the exact requirements will be provided to successful applicants). If there is insufficient evidence in the final report, additional information may be requested prior to the final balance payment, or any underspend of the grant may be returned to the British Council. Desk checks, financial audit and monitoring and evaluation visits will be carried and will involve a percentage of institutions that received the Researcher Links grant. Individual workshop participants will be asked to complete an online baseline survey, a baseline follow up survey 6 months after the workshop and a post workshop feedback questionnaire.
9 Workshop coordinators will be asked to send the link to the baseline survey to their participants and also to administer the post-workshop questionnaire. 13. Ethics and research governance It is essential that all legal and professional codes of practice are followed in conducting work supported under this Programme. Applicants must ensure the proposed activity will be carried out to the highest standards of ethics and research integrity. Specifically, applications that involve research on animals, human participants, human tissue or patient/participant data must be accompanied by necessary permission certificates from the relevant local ethical review committees/authorities in the UK and Uruguay, or an undertaking to obtain this permission in advance of the activity commencing. Failure to do so will result in applications being rendered ineligible and any funding already committed through this Programme being rescinded. Please refer to the Research Councils UK Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Conduct (http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/publications/researchers/grc/) or contact us at UK- for further guidance. 14. Application process Applicants must submit a completed online application form. submissions will not be accepted. The online form and a Word version can be found on the British Council Researcher Links webpage ( The online form allows applicants to enter information and save it for a later date until final submission. There are strict character limits for each section which cannot be exceeded. Any problems with the online submission system should be reported to the following address: Applicants must confirm on the online form that: applicants have obtained permission to submit the application on behalf of the UK and partner country institutions the UK coordinators institution is willing to receive the funds and to sign a grant agreement with the British Council. Once the online application is submitted, applicants will receive a confirmation containing the application ID number. This acts as acknowledgement of receipt by the British Council system. This reference number must be used in all communications with the British Council. Applicants who have not received an automated confirmation should contact the British Council at UK- 15. Application assessment and notification of results
10 Applications will be assessed against the eligibility and quality criteria (Annex 2 and 3). Applicants whose application is rejected at the eligibility stage will have one week to appeal against the decision. Successful applicants will be notified approximately 5 weeks after the call deadline. 16. Selection Process Selection begins with an eligibility check by the British Council against the eligibility criteria given in these Guidelines, including Annex 1 and the Eligibility Checklist at Annex 2. Eligible proposals then undergo independent external quality review on the basis of quality, fit to development needs and country priorities and the overarching Researcher Links workshops objectives. Eligible workshop proposals will be assessed in the UK by two reviewers with specialized knowledge within one of the following areas: Arts and Humanities Biological and Medical Sciences Engineering, Physical and Space Sciences Environment, Agriculture and Food Sciences Social Sciences Workshop coordinators must indicate in their online application form which Review Panel their proposal should be assessed by, and the subject(s) their workshop covers. Up to 3 subject areas can be selected in priority order, but the applicant must indicate only one overarching area. In the UK Workshop proposals will be assessed by two reviewers against the quality criteria in Annex 3. Each review results in a total score between 0 and 60. Applications scoring less than 30 points will be considered not fundable. However, please note that achieving an average score of 30 or above does not imply that the proposal will be funded. The final selection decision will be made in Uruguay with the British Embassy in Montevideo and ANII. National and partner research priorities will be considered in the final decision in addition to the general assessment criteria under this programme. As detailed in section 9 of this guideline, only those proposals will be considered for funding that have clearly articulated relevance to the economic development and/or social welfare of Uruguay. 17. Call deadline
11 The submission deadline is 16:00 UK time on Tuesday 1 st September Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding. 20. Data protection As part of the online application form, the British Council will ask applicants permission to: Use the information provided in the application for processing the application, making any consequential award, for the award payment, monitoring, maintenance and review of the award. In some cases information will be shared with national programme partners for the purpose of selection and monitoring of the award. Make information on the successful applications available to the public on their website and other publicity, and in reports and documents. Contact applicants in the future to inform them about future British Council opportunities. Under UK Data Protection laws applicants have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold on them, for which we may charge a fee, and the right to ask us to correct any inaccuracies in that information. More information on this is available on the British Council data protection webpage (http://www.britishcouncil.org/home-data-protection.htm). Alternatively, it can be requested from the local British Council office or the Data Protection Team at For further information about the call for Uruguay, please contact
12 Annex 1 Country-specific guidance and grant rates Please note that the unit costs given below constitute the maximum mounts that can be requested in each category and that all budget requests will be assessed for feasibility and appropriateness. While the maximum contribution cannot be exceeded, applicants can request less in which case the amount requested cannot be increased at a later stage. URUGUAY Funder: FCO Science and Innovation Fund for Uruguay Grant rates: International travel per person: 1250 Domestic travel per person: 150 Subsistence per person per day: 80 Event costs per person per day: 25 Administration costs: 200 Additional costs: 2000 Maximum grant amount per workshop is 47,000.00
13 Calculating your budget request To calculate the budget contribution that can be requested in each category, applicants should use the unit costs for each country where the workshop takes place, as indicated in Annex 1. International travel unit rates and visa costs should be multiplied by the number of international participants. Domestic travel unit rates should be multiplied by the number of domestic participants. Subsistence should be multiplied by the combined number of International and domestic participants and by the number of days the workshop lasts. Additional costs must be a maximum of 200 Administrative costs must be a maximum of 2000
14 Annex 2 Eligibility criteria checklist The application has been submitted by the applicant by the published deadline The application has been submitted using the correct online application form The applicants have provided confirmation that the application is submitted on behalf of their institutions The application form is completed in full and complies with instructions given The application form has been completed in English Only one application per coordinator has been submitted in this round (please note that there is no limit on the number of applications submitted per institution) The workshop will take place between 1 st November 2015 and 28 th February 2016 The institutions where the workshop coordinators are based are recognised publicly funded research establishments or Higher Education Institutions (can include private universities) Applicants must have the capacity to administer a grant and satisfy British Council requirements to prevent bribery, fraud and professional misconduct. Applicants will confirm that they comply with British Council requirements by responding to pre-submission questions in the online application form.
15 Annex 3 - Scoring system Assessment of the quality and development relevance of the proposals will be performed by panel members in the UK, and the final funding decisions will be made in discussion with British Council country office and in-country partners, if applicable. Proposals with an average score of less than 30 points are considered not fundable. Equally, only proposals that have clearly articulated relevance to economic development and/or social welfare of the partner country will be considered for funding. Section 1 Relevance to economic development and/or social welfare The proposal clearly articulates a plausible pathway along which the research may contribute to the economic development and/or social welfare of the partner country and lead to positive impact within a reasonable timeframe (10 to 15 years) Please see guidance for applicants for further details Yes/No Score Range Section2 Research quality and relevance 0-20 The academic importance and timeliness of the research topic is clearly demonstrated. The workshop coordinators have sufficient relevant experience to lead the proposed workshops and achieve the stated objectives. The collaborating institutions are of appropriate academic standing 20 points: Meets all criteria to an exceptional level 16 to 19 points: Meets the majority of the criteria to a very high level 11 to 15 points: Meets the majority of the criteria to a high level 6 to 10 points: Meets the majority of the criteria to an adequate level 1 to 5 points: Meets some of the criteria to an adequate level 0 points: Fails to meet any of the criteria to an adequate level.
16 Section 3 Workshop Proposal 0-20 The description of the workshop includes clear, feasible 20 points: Meets all criteria to and realistic objectives and outputs. an exceptional level There is clear evidence that the proposed workshop 16 to 19 points: Meets the supports new links or significantly extends and develops majority of the criteria to a very existing links. high level 11 to 15 points: Meets the The benefits and relevance of the collaboration to the UK majority of the criteria to a high and partner country institution, and to the research itself, level are clearly described. 6 to 10 points: Meets the There is strong evidence of support from both the home majority of the criteria to an and host institutions. adequate level The workshop is justified as a stand-alone activity, or as 1 to 5 points: Meets some of part of a larger programme. the criteria to an adequate level The agenda of the workshop is will structured with 0 points: Fails to meet any of interactive sessions. the criteria to an adequate level. Section 4 Sustainability and Capacity Building The potential in terms of professional development and 20 points: Meets all criteria to capacity building for early career researchers taking part in an exceptional level the workshop, and for other potential beneficiaries, is 16 to 19 points: Meets the clearly described. majority of the criteria to a very The proposal includes a clear and feasible high level description of how the workshop coordinators 11 to 15 points: Meets the institutions intend to sustain their collaboration majority of the criteria to a high over the longer term. level 6 to 10 points: Meets the majority of the criteria to an adequate level to 5 points: Meets some of the criteria to an adequate level 0 points: Fails to meet any of the criteria to an adequate level.
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