Think Piece and White Paper FAQs

If you are planning to put in an application to the first GetAMoveOn Network call for think pieces & short white papers then you may find these FAQs useful. They are also included in the application form.

1. What is the deadline for submitting an application?
Deadline for submissions: 5pm Friday 20th January 2017.
2. When will I get a response?
Offer letters will be sent out on Friday 27th January 2017
3. Should the think piece address each of the communities that the network is focusing on, or would 1 or 2 of these be acceptable?
We don’t want to over-determine the focus of the think pieces & white papers. We welcome papers that focus on just one of these communities, or indeed an alternative community identified by the authors.
4. I’m a PhD researcher. Would you consider someone of my level or are you looking for more senior academics/research groups?
The call is open to anyone, and submissions will be judged on merit so you are welcome to submit something. Having said that, you might consider teaming up with a more experienced colleague/faculty member as a co-author on an application.
5. Can you confirm what costs are eligible? I need to know if we should or should not be including indirect & estate costs.
The GetAMoveOn Network’s small grants will cover 80% of direct costs only – e.g. salaries plus on-costs, travel, and research expenses, but no overheads (indirect/estate costs). Note open access publication charges are not eligible costs. We anticipate that travel costs would be within the UK but it would be acceptable for someone to fund a flight from another country to the UK if costs can't be covered by any other means.
6. Can you advise if funds would be paid at 100% fEC or 80% fEC?
Funds will be paid at 80% direct costs only (no overheads/indirects/estate costs are claimable). fEC is not applicable for this call.
7. Are you looking for the geographical focus of the paper to be the UK or is there an international angle as well? Indeed is the focus of the Network just the UK?
We have deliberately left the focus of the think pieces open and would definitely encourage submissions with an international angle. With regard to the focus of the Network more broadly: we are funded by the EPSRC to stimulate inter-disciplinary working on issues within the context of UK research institutions, and between research institutions and other stakeholders (policy makers, business, civil society etc.).
However, given the inter-connected and often global nature of challenges, we do not expect that all work funded by or associated with the Network will be exclusively UK-focused – we are also keen to link with international networks and engage with international debates. In such cases, we will require international collaborations to have a lead partner based in the UK.
8. Is this an international call? As a non-UK organization are we eligible to apply for this funding?
The GetAMoveOn Network grants are only available to international researchers if they are collaborating with a lead author based at a UK institution through whom funds would be administered. If you can find a co-author/collaborator in the UK, we would encourage you to submit a joint application.
9. We are two lecturers from a private, for profit HE institution – are we eligible to apply for funding?
We are encouraging applications from across a range of organisations including business and civil society as well as research institutions of various types, so yes, you would be eligible to apply.
10. Would publishing on the GetAMoveOn Network website prevent publication of the material in a scientific journal at a later date?
Not at all, we would not own the IP (copyright) in the work and would be very happy for white papers to be submitted to journals following publication on our website.
11. I am working on a project that was conceived by, and involves the participation of, a consortium of international companies who will want their involvement in the project acknowledged. Will this be an issue in the funding application?
We anticipate that the involvement of companies and their acknowledgement in the project should not be a problem – one of the aims of the network is to encourage collaboration between academic and non-academic organisations.
12. If an award were made, would the salary money be additional to someone’s existing salary or would it just buy them out so that they were still getting what they earn now?
This is up to your institution/organisation. Note, however, that funding cannot be awarded directly to individuals, and must be paid to your affiliated organisation. If you are not an employee, you are strongly advised to check with them, that they are able to accept an award and funding on your behalf.
13. If a grant proposal is successful, would the contract be signed with the University College London? Would grantholders be asked to sign up to EPSRC’s terms & conditions?
Successful organisations (or lead organisations of collaborative projects) would sign a short agreement with University College London. Terms and conditions of this agreement, currently being drafted, will be based on RCUK grant terms and conditions.
14. Will it be appropriate for one entity to submit two applications?
Yes. Submission of more than one application from an entity is admissible.
15. Can the fund be used to cover travel and accommodation expenses to organise a workshop for academics involved in the writing of the white paper to discuss their individual contributions?
Yes. Whilst we anticipate that some proposals will primarily request salary costs, the funding can potentially be used for funding a workshop with this aim provided that there is still a written output at the end (i.e. the costs of a workshop won’t be funded without a white paper coming out of it in time for the final deadline). We anticipate that travel costs would be within the UK but it would be acceptable for someone to fund a flight from another country to the UK if costs can't be covered by any other means
16. If my application is successful, when do I have to submit and present my paper?
Final papers should be submitted: 5pm Friday 28th April 2017
The final papers will be published on the GetAMoveOn website.
Successful applicants will be expected to attend the GetAMoveOn Network symposium, which will take place in May/June 2017, to present their paper.
17. What are the guidelines for writing my paper?
Completed papers should be no more than 8,000 words long (excluding references). They should be written in an accessible style for policy and practitioner, as well as academic, audiences.
The quality of execution of the reported work must be sufficient to gain the trust of readers and ensure that they can extract from the paper the value and benefits it claims to offer. See also detailed guidelines in the application form.

Any further questions?
If you have any further questions about this call, please contact:
Clare Casson, Communications and Impacts Manager, GatAMoveOn