Research Support Services Conference 2023 – Get involved!

We need your help to make the Research Support Services Conference 2023 a success! If you are a colleague at the University of Edinburgh, with a passion for research support and the role we play in enabling research, and would like to become involved in organising this year’s Research Support …

Edinburgh Innovations: Making ideas work for a better world

In this guest blog post, Anna Cuthbert, Marketing Executive in Edinburgh Innovations (EI), highlights the variety of support, training and resources available from EI, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service. Edinburgh Innovations (EI) is the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service. We connect academic expertise with real-world challenges to drive innovation …

Building a community of practice: The new Research Development Network

In this post, Al Innes, Research Development Officer, shares the vision for the recently designed Research Development Network and highlights discussion points about the work of the network from the Research Support Services Conference. In recent months, colleagues within Edinburgh Research Office, Institute of Academic Development, Edinburgh Innovations and the …

Exploring the Edinburgh Futures Institute: Resources and support for data-driven research

In this guest blog post, Anna Votsi, EFI Research Proposals Manager, shares information about EFI’s research priorities and the support available to researchers. The Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) is an interdisciplinary hub housing data driven research and innovation working to address major societal challenges through a programme of research, teaching, …

Metrics Mythbusting – Research Grants

You’ve just been appointed Head of School. A major research funder for your department has just reported major losses to income. Another has shifted their funding priorities and eligibility criteria. You have colleagues who have been applying to the same funder for years. How can you safeguard long term stability …

An Introduction to Digital Research Services | Who are we and how we can help with your research?

In this guest blog post, Sarah Janac, Research Facilitator within Digital Research Services, shares details on the support available from Digital Research Services and provides information on the resources available. Today, research is more than theory and experiment – there is a growing need for modelling, simulation and other computational …

Applying for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

In today’s blog, Charis Wilson, Senior Research Funding Specialist in Edinburgh Research Office, shares insights from our recent information event about the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships. The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme receives around 700+ applications nationally each year. At the University of Edinburgh, 68 researchers have won these prestigious …

Develop Impact from your Research | Engagement for Impact Hub

In this post, Anne Sofie Laegran, Head of Knowledge Exchange & Impact, and Taryn Murray, Knowledge Exchange & Impact Coordinator in ERO, share what the recently redesigned Engagement for Impact Hub offers researchers, as well as sharing some discussion points about research impact from the Research Support Services Conference. What …

Overview of the CloudEARTHi initiative | 2023 conference and call for academic contributions

In this guest blog post, Sophie Rippinger, Innovation Manager at Edinburgh Innovations (EI), shares details of how EI are supporting the European Institute of Innovation & Technology CloudEARTHi Project, and highlights the upcoming 2023 conference as well as a call for academic papers for a special issue by Emerald Publishing. …

Good Research Practice Awards 2022: Winners announced

In this blog post Professor Malcolm Macleod, Academic Lead for Research Improvement and Research Integrity at the University of Edinburgh, shares the results of the 2022 University of Edinburgh Good Research Practice Awards. The University of Edinburgh Good Research Practice Awards recognised and celebrated contributions that provided leadership and acted …

Understanding Wellcome: crafting a successful application | Thursday 15 December, 14:00 – 15:30

In this post Al Innes and Jonathan Rans, colleagues in the Strategic Research Development Team, highlight an upcoming event aimed at members of our research community interested in applying for funding from Wellcome.   Whether you are completely new to Wellcome, or have experience of applying to this funder in …

Automating Systematic Reviews

In this guest blog post Andrew Horne, Project Manager in EDINA shares information about EDINA’s recent work on automating systematic reviews. EDINA is a world class centre for digital expertise and is based at the University of Edinburgh and are specialists in developing and delivering digital products including large-scale online …

I lived to tell the tale! Experiences of developing major research bids

This is Part 10 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all posts This Blog is the final installment of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we looked at the outline proposal and funder interview stages of the major research bids application process, specifically …

How to tackle the outline and interview stages of major research bids

This is Part 9 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts Last week Dr Anne-Sofie Laegran set out her 5 top tips for embedding impact into your major research bid. Blog 8 | 5 tips for embedding impact into your major research bid – how your …

Highlights of the 2022-23 Digital Research Facilitation Programme

In this guest blog post, Eleni Kotoula, Lead Digital Research Facilitator within Digital Research Services shares information of support available for staff and students at the University, and gives details of upcoming events and training. Getting to know Digital Research Services Digital resources and technologies are being increasingly used throughout …

5 tips for embedding impact into your major research bid – how your research can make a difference in the world

This is Part 8 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts Last week we heard from Dr Louise Ker who described the benefits of cultivating a positive research culture, explained what funders are looking for, and offered her 5 factors for success when building good research …

Research cultures for major bid success

This is Part 7 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the seventh of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we considered the importance of crafting a strong narrative for your major research bid, examined the core features …

Narrative CVs for Research and Innovation

In this blog post Charis Wilson, Senior Research Funding Specialist, shares information and resources about the Narrative CV format for research grant applications. You may have seen references to Narrative CVs or R4RI (Resumes for Research and Innovation) in recent months and wondered what these are and what the implications …

Crafting a strong narrative for your major research bid

This is Part 6 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the sixth of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we discussed the importance of a well-planned project budget, and looked at ways to optimise funding for your …

5 ways to optimise funding for your major research bid

This is Part 5 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the fifth of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we explored the strategic elements of your major research bid, the key questions you’ll need to address, and …

5 strategic elements to consider when developing your major research bid

This is Part 4 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the fourth of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we focused on the importance of having a clear research vision and its many purposes, tools to help …

Introducing the Research Careers Tool

In this guest post, Christina Boswell, Vice Principal Research and Enterprise, introduces a newly developed tool to help researchers map the activities they are engaged with the aim of exposing where activity is clustered. The tool has been designed to help researchers be more strategic and selective in what they …

New British Council funding for educational partnerships announced

Conor Snowden, Strategic Research Executive (International Development), highlights a new series of British Council educational partnership grants and the resources available to support your application. For nearly 90 years, the British Council, the UKs international agency for cultural relations, has developed and funded educational partnerships between the UK and other …

Crafting a compelling vision for your major research bid  

This is Part 3 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the third of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids.   Last week we considered 5 essential factors for developing a winning major research bid, while also gaining key insights …

Including the University of Edinburgh in Horizon Europe Multi-beneficiary Proposals

In this post, Natasha Curley, Senior Research Funding Specialist, discusses the UK’s pending ‘association’ to Horizon Europe and provides guidance on continuing to apply for Horizon Europe funding. As part of the existing Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and the EU, the UK has announced that it will …

5 factors for developing a winning major research bid

This is Part 2 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts   This Blog is the second of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids.   Last week, we looked what major research bids are, whether they are the right next step for you, and …

The UK Young Academy launches – call for membership

In this blog post, Rosie Maccagnano, UK Research Funding Manager in Edinburgh Research Office and Nicola Cuthbert, Research Development Manager at Institute for Academic Development, highlight the newly launched UK Young Academy initiative and what to do if you are interested in applying for membership. The UK Young Academy: launch …

Developing major research bids: A new 10 part blog series

This is Part 1 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts   Are you looking to address a significant research challenge of global importance? Ready to pursue an ambitious programme of transformative research? Wanting to build capacity at scale in a new or evolving research …

Economic Sanctions on Russia: Implications for Research

In this post, Sanchit Anand, Export Control Specialist, highlights how the sanctions imposed on Russia could impact researchers at the University of Edinburgh. Why have new sanctions been imposed against Russia? Russia’s recent invasion on Ukraine has led other countries to impose various coordinated economic sanctions against Russia, in continuation …

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