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RISsResearcher Development Programme 2015–16

View all workshops in the programme here.

Confident networking: Thursday 11 February, 9.00am–12.30pm

Difficult conversations: Standing your ground: Thursday 11 February, 1.30pm–5.00pm

Strategies for research success: Wednesday 17 February, 1.30pm–4.30pm

Open access publishing and REF: Wednesday 24 February, 2.00pm–3.00pm


New guidance for staff requiring an NHS Research passport

If you are either a member of staff or research student at the University and are proposing to carry out research in the NHS, please click here.


New guidance for Human Tissue Research

If your research involves working with and storing human tissue please click here.

Any queries please contact David Carpenter, University Ethics Adviser (


Updated Research Ethics web page

The website has been updated and now features all new ethics and protocol application forms for all faculties.


How do Research Funders assess Pathways to Impact statements?

To clarify the level of importance placed on Pathways to Impact statements in funders’ assessment of grant applications, the seven Research Councils and Innovate UK have been contacted and their responses collated in this guidance document.

This guide has been saved to the Google Drive Impact Resources folder that is maintained and updated with helpful documents and guidance relating to Impact throughout the research lifecycle. The folder is accessible to all staff when logged into their university Google account so please share with colleagues who may find this resource useful.

If you have any queries with regard to Impact please contact Dee Summers, Research Impact Officer:


Pitch@Palace Bootcamp – Deadline for applications 2 February 2016

The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace to support Entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas by connecting them with potential supporters including CEOs, Angels, Mentors, and key Business Partners. The key focus on Entrepreneurs/Start-Ups in the Biotech arena.

Pitch@Palace Boot Camp will provide 42 Entrepreneurs with the opportunity to hear from leading industry experts and Pitch@Palace alumni, as well as receiving support and mentoring. All participants are asked to prepare a three-minute Pitch for a Panel of Judges, who will select between 12 to 15 Entrepreneurs to pitch at St. James’s Palace on Monday 7 March, 2016.

All Entrepreneurs attending Pitch@Palace Boot Camp will be invited to attend Pitch@Palace 5.0 and will have the opportunity to meet guests at the event.

For more information visit ​


EU Funding Day – Wednesday 10 February

Would you like to know more about how to get involved in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Funding Programme for Research and Innovation?

We will be holding an EU Funding Day on Wednesday 10 February when we will be hosting our visit from our European Liaison Officer from the UK Research Office (UKRO).

For those of you who are looking to build or strengthen collaborations with both academic and non-academic partners we will be holding an afternoon session on the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, including Fellowships, Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) and Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE). These calls encourage collaboration and knowledge exchange between partners and involve training and career development for the researchers involved. To book your place on Eventbrite please click this link.

For those of you who are interested in getting involved in calls under the Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership pillars there will be a morning session on how to find appropriate calls and partners as well as important information on what the European Commission is looking for in proposals and where to find further support and information. To book your place on Eventbrite please click this link.

If you have any queries please contact Phoebe Allman-Burt on ext.6232 or via email at

N.B. The H2020 work programmes for the next two years have been approved and the first calls are now opening.  All of the work programmes can be found on the Participant Portal or alternatively the main work programmes can also be found in this GoogleDrive folder that is accessible when logged into your university Google account.


New Round of the Research Development Fund has opened

Delivery of the University Research and Innovation Strategy objectives will need to be underpinned by the establishment of strong, high quality and sustainable external research and innovation collaborations with academic and non-academic partners, nationally and internationally, for the purposes of:

  • Producing quality publications
  • Securing external research and innovation income

On this basis, the purpose of the 2015/2016 RDF competitions is to:

(1) Focus funding for projects which support the development of external collaborations aimed at delivering quality publications and income based around a defined project rather than for network or consortium development.

(2) Enable Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to undertake projects that could lead to external funding applications via submission to funding routes open only to ECRs.

Awards of up to £25,000 can be applied for. This new RDF competition opened on 21 October 2015 with a closing date of 25 February 2016.

Documents relating to this call (Application form, Guidelines and the FAQs) can be found here.


Using Pure to enhance your research profile

The Portsmouth Research Portal was launched in July. This dedicated website for University of Portsmouth research displays content from the University’s research information management system – Pure (please note that you will only be able to access Pure if you have registered).

The Portsmouth Research Portal provides a publicly accessible and fully searchable interface, which will promote our excellent research to a wide audience. The Pure database provides a powerful tool for collating research information and offers researchers the opportunity to add content such as publications, research projects, positions of esteem and research activities – enhancing visibility and making available information to generate CVs and for reporting purposes.

With each member of academic and research staff able to manage their own portal profile and content in Pure, Research and Innovation Services are running one-to-one drop-in sessions on Wednesday afternoons to give an overview of Pure’s content type and functionality.

To book a one-to-one or for any further information please email (sessions will last approximately one hour).


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Association of Research Ethics – Newsletter

As part of our subscription to the Association for Research Ethics (AfRE), all University staff have access to the monthly AfRE newsletter, training programme and online guidance.

To subscribe to the e-newsletter, simply go to their homepage, click their newsletter link and then select the subscribe tab at the top left and follow the instructions.

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