ECR Activity Fund

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The applications for the ECR Activity Fund are in! 

The proposals are open for peer-review. That means, if you are a UKCCSRC ECR member you can vote for your top three applications. Voting will close at 5pm on 27th April 2018. 

How the voting works:

  • Votes are weighted so your first choice will be given 3 points, your second choice 2 points and your third choice 1 point. The proposals will then be ranked by highest total score.
  • The number of proposals that will receive the fund is not fixed and is at the discretion of the UKCCSRC. The exact number of funded activities will depend on both the quality of the proposals received and the available budget.
  • Each ECR member can only vote once.
  • You can only vote for each proposal once (i.e. you cannot put the same proposal as your first and second choice)
  • No other voting restrictions apply. 
  • Any votes that do not meet the above criteria will be discounted.

Please note: Voting is only open to UKCCSRC Members. Votes from non-ECR UKCCSRC members will be excluded from the final results. 





About the Award

The Early Career Researcher Activity Fund was developed in response to feedback collected in the ECR session hosted at our conference in Sheffield, September 2017. The ECRs at the workshop were unanimous in their request for more opportunities for events planned by ECRs, for ECRs.  

So here is your chance! The ECR Activity Fund has been created to allow groups of ECRs to collaborate and create their own activities in areas that are of interest to them. All types of activity will be considered provided it is relevant to CCS and free for UKCCSRC ECRs to attend. 

Total Call Funding:



  • Applications for each activity must not exceed £1000
  • Proposers must be a UKCCSRC ECR members
  • 3 or more ECRs to work together to arrange each activity (collaboration across institutes is encouraged but not mandatory)
  • ECRs can only lead on one application but may be named collaborators on other applications
  • ECR Member eligibility will be checked for the lead proposer and collaborating ECRs (main criterion is that the applicants are still eligible for the EPSRC first grant scheme)
  • The activity must be open (and free) for all UKCCSRC ECRs to attend (if there is a high number wanting to attend UKCCSRC will consider a request to increase the amount available).
  • All types of activity will be considered – the topic itself can be as specific as the proposers deem necessary so long as it can be considered to be relevant to CCS
  • Expected outputs – Blog/case study including a follow up phone call with Katie, UKCCSRC Communications Officer, to see if the meeting has or will lead to other work/collaborations etc.
  • Please contact the UKCCSRC Secretariat if you would like to involve/have as speakers - members of the IAP/UKCCSRC Research Team, etc
  • Activities will be advertised/communicated through the UKCCSRC website/newsletter
  • Costs are to be covered by the ‘host’ institute and then reclaimed via invoice to the UKCCSRC following the meeting at a 100% recovery rate (up to £1,000)
  • Prior authorisation needs to be sought if costs increase by 10% or rise above £1,000

Examples of things that could be covered by the Fund:

  • Webinars
  • Room hire for a meeting/workshop (ECRs should consider utilising rooms that can be booked free of charge at their institutes)
  • Catering (lunch) for the meeting
  • Travel (and accommodation if necessary) costs of any speakers
  • The time of a specialist speaker
  • Public Engagement activities
  • Tours of facilities
  • This is a chance for you to be creative!

Assessment Process:

  • The applications will be peer reviewed by the ECR community following closure of the call (ECRs will log in to the UKCCSRC website to do this)
  • Once the deadline for applications has passed the UKCCSRC ECR community will be notified and the proposals will be available for review via the UKCCSRC website 
  • UKCCSRC ECR members will be able to select their top 3 proposals
  • The exact number of funded activities will depend on both the quality of the proposals received and the available budget
  • The UKCCSRC reserves the absolute right to interpret these rules and make final award decisions