LSIS Funding: Leadership in Technology (LiT) grant based intervention

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LSIS is inviting bids from learning providers for project grants of £6000 for technology based improvement activity. The grant is designed to support providers who identify a particular improvement need that can be tackled through the innovative use of technology. This should enable organisations to use technology to achieve measurable and/or clearly identifiable benefits. The scheme aims to take advantage of existing sector expertise and best practice through mentoring, coupled with support from a targeted LSIS Technology for Success workshop.

Applications for the LSIS Leadership in Technology (LiT) grant based intervention are to be made by completing all of the boxes on the accompanying form, including a breakdown of the total cost of the project. No additional documentation should be submitted with this bid unless specifically requested.

The completed application form should be e-mailed to eleadership@lsis.org.uk  titled ‘LSIS Leadership in Technology (LiT) grant based intervention’ by 12.00 noon on Monday 02 July 2012

Supporting documents:

LSIS Funding: Leadership with Technology – Regional Collaboration Fund

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LSIS is inviting bids for project grants of up to £30,000 per consortium from groups of providers working collaboratively together to achieve a common goal through the use of technology.  The focus may be on improving teaching and learning, management or governance across the group of providers.

Bids should demonstrate how the consortium will:

  • work together/have worked together to identify the common goal;
  • drive towards a step change in performance through the use of technology;
  • pool existing  expertise and effective practice to the benefit of all; and
  • measure success.

Applications for the LSIS Leadership with Technology: Regional Collaboration Fund should be made by completing all of the boxes on the accompanying form, including a breakdown of the total cost of the project and an indicative estimate of the distribution of monies between members of the consortium. No additional documentation should be submitted with this bid unless specifically requested.

Bids must be submitted by email to eleadership@lsis.org.uk by 5 pm on Monday 09 July 2012 and titled LSIS Leadership with Technology: Regional Collaboration Fund.

Supporting documents:

£1 million to progress cloud computing in further education colleges

The Association of College’s, Collaboration and Shared Services Board, has allocated £1 million from the Grant Fund which AoC is managing, to progress Cloud Computing in Further Education Colleges through a range of project activities. Colleges are invited to bid for individual projects.

Full details and a copy of the Invitation to Tender are available from:
http://www.aoc.co.uk/en/policy-and-advice/technology-nilta/cloud-computing-in-fe-colleges/index.cfm
The deadline for the submission of bids is 5.00 p.m. on 16 April 2012.

Funding: FE and Skills Development and Resources Programme

JISC Advance LogoIt was good to see that so many colleagues from FE and Skills providers managed to join  JISC Advance online, for the funding briefing  Friday morning. In the current economic climate it is welcome news that £1.4 million is being made available across the sector (including adult and community and work based learning) to support initiatives and improve the learner experience.

The focus for the programme is to improve the learner experience and increase efficiency and effectiveness of providers in line with the policies for the sector being led by each of the UK governments.

All the documents explaining the bidding process can be found from this overview page: (No log-in is required despite the wording at the top of the page!)
https://jiscsupport-feskillsdrp.pbworks.com/w/page/50869004/Overview

JISC Advance Grant Funding call document 01-12:
https://jiscsupport-feskillsdrp.pbworks.com/w/file/51023011/JISC%20Advance%20Grant%20Funding%20call%20document%2001-12.doc

These are the key dates:

  • Release of call  – 17th February 2012
  • Online event  – 17th February at 11:00am
  • Bid submissions open – 1st March 2012 at 9:00
  • Bid submissions close – 31st May 2012 at 12:00
  • Closing date for re-submissions – 30th June 2012 at 12:00
  • Projects start – all projects can commence, after approval, from 15th April 2012 onward
  • Project completion:
    • small projects 30th September 2012
    • large projects 30th June 2013

The project will be supported by the Regional Support Centres (RSCs) who will provide advice and support for providers in developing and implementing their projects.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss any bid proposals when you have had chance to look at these documents.

JISC Advance to provide new funding for the FE and Skills sector

Help us to bring you better resourcesJISC Advance Logo

On Friday 17 February 2012, JISC Advance will seek proposals to enhance or repurpose existing resources to be used in the FE and Skills sector across the UK.

This £1.4 million project will both improve the learner experience and increase provider efficiencies, in line with sector policies throughout the UK.

This opportunity is two-fold and offers sector providers and agencies the chance to:

  • apply existing resources (from JISC or elsewhere) to their work and adapt them for their needs
  • identify gaps in these resources or current uses for technology leading to the development of additional resources for the sector.

An initial £450,000 will be available to adapt existing resources with a further £900,000 available for development projects to address any gaps.

The project will be supported by the Regional Support Centres (RSCs) who will provide advice and support for providers in developing and implementing their projects.

Guy Lambert, Managing Director of JISC Advance said:

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for the FE and Skills sector and JISC Advance is proud to be leading the project. Not only will it enhance the learner experience, but it will also improve the efficiency and effectiveness of providers, a challenge which everyone is currently facing.”

To get involved, take part in our online launch on Friday 17 February at 11am. https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009077&password=M.61BD281911F0450B6066CE16DE977D

If you are planning to attend, please send an email directly to: support@rsc-scotland.ac.uk.
For further information, please contact Nigel Ecclesfield, Programme Manager at JISC Advance nigel.ecclesfield@jiscadvance.ac.uk, tel: 07508 531431.

We look forward to seeing you online on Friday!

 

Funding competitions for assistive technology – £500,000

JISC Techdis is running two funding competitions on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The competitions are aimed at technology developers and designed to promote independent learning.

The opportunities, which require organisations to develop feasibility proposals in the area of assistive technology, are part of the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) programme. The programme encourages innovative solutions to specific public sector needs by engaging a broad range of companies in competitions that result in technology development contracts.

The first SBRI competition; ‘Making Waves,’ is designed to enhance communications, a learned skill and a basic human right. Learners with disabilities though, may lack independence due to an inability to communicate by speech or lack of motor control.

The second; ‘Plain Sailing’ focuses on enabling users to produce and access navigable and personalisable digital information independently, anytime, anywhere, in a user-friendly way.

A total of £500,000 has been set aside, which is likely to fund 3 or 4 contracts in each competition and organisations that may be interested in entering can find out more information at www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/sbricompetitions.

Additional enquiries can be sent to helpdesk@techdis.ac.uk.

Closing date for entries: Noon 15th March 2011.