Overview of EU Funds for research and innovation

The summary prepared by the European Parliamentary Research Service presents principal EU programmes that are connected to, or impact on, research and innovation activities: COSME, Erasmus+, the Health programme, the Life programme and the Connecting Europe Facility.

These programmes provide a global estimated budget of more than €120 billion in EU funds to support research and innovation activities in the period 2014-20.http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2015/568327/EPRS_BRI(2015)568327_EN.pdf

Study Awards for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

StudyPortals, together with ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, has launched the Global Study Awards, aiming to help students around the world to study abroad.
Eligible applicants are students worldwide:
– who are at least eighteen years old at the time of entry,
– who have taken an IELTS test at a British Council centre, and received an official Test Report Form (TRF) issued by the British Council (in the last 2 years and before the application deadline),
– who have a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and/or International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) at the time of application,
– who plan to enrol on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme abroad between 1st January 2016 and 30th April 2016 or 1st August 2016 and 31st October 2016.
An individual global study award has a maximum value of £10,000.
If tuition fees are below the maximum individual award fund of £10,000, the remaining funds may be allocated per diem for living costs for a maximum of 52 weeks starting from when the student first registered at the higher education institution.
Two study award announcements will be made, with a maximum of five Study Awards granted to students at each announcement point (maximum nine awards in total).
Up to four awards will be granted in the first round: open from 15th August 2015 to 30th November 2015 for students starting their studies abroad between 1st January 2016 and 30th April 2016.
Up to five awards with be granted in the second round: open from 15th January 2016 to 30th June 2016 for students starting their studies abroad between 1st August 2016 and 31st October 2016.
The best candidates will be shortlisted and invited for an in person interview prior to the final winning selection. The winners will be announced within 3 months after the application deadline.
– 30 November 2015,
– 30 June 2016.
Find out more: http://www.studyportals.eu/scholarship

European Digital Jobs Fair (Madrid)

The Fair is organised in response to the mismatch between demand and supply of digital technology experts in Europe. The fair will enable digitally skilled people to interview for jobs available in companies from Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, where there is a high demand for digital technology experts.
The fair will also aim to showcase ICT training opportunities for jobseekers and ICT professionals willing to acquire new skills needed to pursue digital careers.
Participants should register here.
The European Digital Jobs Fair is a collaboration between two European Commission initiatives: EURES and the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016 has been launched!

Anyone who is over the age of 18, resident outside Britain, is invited to write a radio play of 53-minutes’ length on any subject, for up to six characters. The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium. The script must be accompanied by a short synopsis, which outlines the complete story of the play. This must be no more than 400 words.
There are two categories, one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language. The two winners from each category will each receive £ 2,200 sterling and a trip to London to see their play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
There is an additional prize in this year’s Competition, the Georgi Markov award for the most promising script. The prize includes a standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks’ accommodation.
Deadline: 31 January 2016, midnight GMT.
Find out more: http://bbc.in/1jfZ9tm