Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Attend a UK and German terahertz collaboration workshop

Apply for funding to enhance UK and German terahertz research collaboration by participating in a workshop with DFG. The workshop will take place in Wuppertal, Germany.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for EPSRC funding.

This workshop will include projects funded under DFG’s priority programme ‘Integrated Terahertz Systems Enabling Novel Functionality (INTEREST)’.

The full economic cost available is up to £1,000. EPSRC will fund 100% of travel and subsistence costs only, for attendance to the workshop. We will fund up to 10 researchers.

Who can apply

This opportunity is open to:

  • UK higher education institutions
  • research council institutes
  • UK Research and Innovation-approved independent research organisations
  • eligible public sector research establishments
  • NHS bodies with research capacity.

Check if your institution is eligible for research and innovation funding.

You can apply if you are resident in the UK and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • you are employed at the submitting research organisation at a level equivalent to postdoctoral researcher or above
  • you hold a fixed-term contract that extends beyond the workshop date and the host research organisation is prepared to give you all the support normal for a permanent employee.

Holders of postdoctoral level fellowships are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

A dynamic, diverse and inclusive research and innovation system must be an integral part of UK society, giving everyone the opportunity to participate and to benefit.

Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from:

  • early career researchers
  • people who identify as women
  • people who identify as part of an ethnic minority group
  • people with a disability
  • other groups who are currently under-represented.

We welcome applications from people based in all regions and nations of the UK.

Diversity information will not be used in the assessment process and will not be used to make funding decisions.

Submissions to this opportunity will not count towards the EPSRC repeatedly unsuccessful applicants policy.

What we're looking for

Scope

Applicants are invited to promote the interactions between UK and German based terahertz research communities. DFG have allocated up to 10 places for UK based terahertz researchers to attend a workshop taking place in Wuppertal, Germany (near Düsseldorf).

This workshop will include projects funded in 2021 under DFG’s priority programme ‘INTEREST’.

Read more about the INTEREST programme (dfg.de).

You do not need to have a pre-existing relationship with researchers based in Germany. However, your research interests should align or have relevance to the priorities of DFG’s INTEREST programme. Priority areas are outlined below.

Area one

This area relates to novel physical phenomena, technologies, and devices enabling integrated terahertz systems. This includes:

  • heterointegration of III-V with BiCMOS
  • integration of novel materials or material systems (such as graphene and spintronics)
  • novel scalable integrated terahertz arrays.

Area two

This area relates to novel multi-functional integrated systems. This includes:

  • novel terahertz system partitions and integrated radio transceivers
  • integrated broadband laser-induced terahertz generation in silicon technologies
  • complete electronic and photonic integration of terahertz measurement systems on a chip level.

Area three

This area relates to novel terahertz science and applications based on integrated terahertz systems. This includes integrated terahertz systems for:

  • biomedical applications
  • space applications
  • communications.

EPSRC reserves the right to not fill all spaces if suitable research interest and eligible individuals do not apply.

Workshop agenda

The workshop is due to take place on 10 to 11 October 2022.

The workshop will be two days long and involve the following:

  • scientific keynote session with international guest speakers
  • strategic and networking session with overview talks given by funding authorities (DFG and EPSRC representatives) and talks given by speakers of larger terahertz networks in Germany and UK
  • individual project presentations from INTEREST and EPSRC projects.

If you are interested in delivering a keynote talk, please indicate this in your submission. All attendees are expected to display a poster.

Funding available

The full economic cost available is up to £1,000. EPSRC will fund 100% of travel and subsistence costs only for attendance to the workshop. We will fund up to 10 researchers.

Normal EPSRC rules for travel and subsistence apply.

EPSRC will make arrangements for accommodation in Wuppertal for all funded participants.

You will be expected to arrange your own travel to and from the workshop. Upon completion of the workshop, you will be able to submit these costs to EPSRC for reimbursement.

Funds available will be subject to the accommodation costs. Further details will be shared with successful candidates.

Public funds should be deployed with due consideration to value for money and environmental impact across all activities. All travel claims should evidence value for money as the primary consideration.

Members of the EPSRC information and communication technologies theme will be in attendance.

How to apply

Submitting your application

Applications should be submitted electronically.

Submit an expression of interest to EPSRC.

Please ensure you fully complete the expression of interest survey form, as this is the only information on which potential workshop attendees will be selected.

No further documentation will be accepted.

Deadline

EPSRC must receive your application by 8 September 2022 at 16:00.

Late submissions will not be considered.

If successful, you will be informed by 19 September 2022.

How we will assess your application

Applications to attend will be assessed by an internal selection panel consisting of several members of the EPSRC information and communication technologies theme.

Their assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • your research interests and its alignment or complementarity to DFG priority programme ‘Integrated Terahertz systems Enabling Novel Functionality’
  • willingness to enhance UK and German terahertz collaboration, and work collaboratively with German based researchers. You should give examples of collaborative research, especially where international partners have been involved. You should also include details of how you will approach this collaboration
  • your track record: you will be asked to upload a two page CV.

It is important to give evidence of your fulfilment of these criteria in your application.

A maximum of two awards will be made to a single research organisation. We anticipate allocating several places to early career researchers, but this will be dependent on the number and quality of applications received.

Attendance at the workshop does not guarantee future UK Research and Innovation funding.

Contact details

Get help with developing your proposal

For help and advice on costings and writing your proposal please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.

Ask about this funding opportunity

Maryam Crabbe-Mann, Portfolio Manager, ICT theme

Email: maryam.crabbe-mann@epsrc.ukri.org

Include ‘DFG Workshop’ in the subject line.

Jennifer Wilkinson, Senior Portfolio Manager, ICT theme

Email: jennifer.wilkinson@epsrc.ukri.org

Include ‘DFG Workshop’ in the subject line.

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