The European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant

Alan Kennedy, Senior Research Development Specialist, explains the ERC Consolidator Grant. The University of Edinburgh is 4th in the UK and 7th in Europe for ERC grants. We’re currently hosting 19 Consolidator Grants. “The fundamental activity of the ERC is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and …

Research and innovation funding 2017-21

In today’s blog, Jonathan Rans looks at the BEIS research funding allocations for 2017-21. He discusses what the figures tell us and the areas to keep watch on. Although it isn’t the only UK Government department funding Higher Education sector research and development, the UK Department for Business, Energy, Innovation …

Meet the team: Laura Cockram

In today’s post we meet Laura Cockram, Communications Manager for the Research Support Office and talk about engagement, change and campaigning for better cycling routes. What led you to work at the University? Like my colleagues in the Research Support Office, I was looking for a place and role where …

Meet the team: Alan Shanks

This month, we meet Alan Shanks, a solicitor and Contracts Manager in the Contracts Team, and discuss contracts, drafting, representing the University’s interests and finding a good home for your legal skills. First up, what does a Contracts Manager do? I review, draft, amend, mark up, advise, comment on, negotiate …

Brexit Brunching: Bringing together academics, business and policymakers

In today’s blog, Shonagh McEwan highlights how academics in CAHSS have been connecting with business representatives and policymakers on an important issue arising from Brexit: low skilled immigration to the UK. The University of Edinburgh recently hosted a Brexit Brunch titled, ‘Immigration with business representatives’. This was a roundtable format, …

Meet the team: Clare Sowney

Today we meet Clare Sowney, Business Development Manager and talk collaboration with business, support for researchers and walking up Ben Nevis in the fog. What led you to work at the University? After working in the voluntary sector for 8 years I fancied a change. I didn’t really know what …

Engaging business with your research: Not what you think?

In today’s blog, Shonagh McEwan shares learning from our recent event ‘Engaging Business with your Research’. Dr Jamie Cross (Associate Dean – Knowledge Exchange and Impact, CAHSS) introduced our first Knowledge Exchange Learning Lunch of the semester, on ‘Engaging Business with your Research’. He highlighted that now, more than ever, …

UK industrial strategy, sustainable growth and research

Jonathan Rans explains what the current UK Industrial Strategy means for research, the current funding priorities and who to contact if you are interested in applying for Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) funding. The Genesis of the Industrial Strategy The UK is in the grip of a long-term productivity crisis. …

EPSRC responds to a changing landscape

Nicholas Duvall outlines some changes EPSRC have made to how they engage with researchers and other stakeholders. Regular readers will know that the UK Government recently made changes to how it administers research funding. The seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England have been reorganized under a parent organization, …

Petition for an increased EU budget for research and innovation

Alan Kennedy explains the background to the current petition calling for an increased EU budget for research and innovation. Euroscience and the ‘Initiative for Science in Europe’ have created a petition to call for an increased EU budget for research and innovation. As you probably know the European Commission, in …

A no deal Brexit: What does it mean for Horizon 2020?

Alan Kennedy clarifies the implications of a “no deal” Brexit on Horizon 2020 research funding. He concludes that current developments will not have an impact on our ability to apply for H2020 calls. Discussion of a “no deal” Brexit has intensified in recent days. Whether this is just political posturing …

Show me the evidence!

In today’s blog, Shonagh McEwan from the knowledge exchange team shares highlights from a recent event on evidencing impact, organised as part of the Edinburgh College of Art’s (ECA) Research Successes Forum programme. Researchers often ask the knowledge exchange team for advice on how to demonstrate the impact they are …

Lessons learned through using research analytics to inform strategic decision-making

On the blog today we hear from Dr Kirsty Collinge, Strategic Research Executive, as she shares her insights into data-informed research strategies. Jun 21, 2018

Developing tomorrow’s healthcare products

In today’s blog, Marja Karttunen, Research Support Adviser, meets the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine’s Translator-in-Residence, Dr Andrew McBride, and discovers how he helps researchers make use of translational funding opportunities. First of all, let’s define what we mean by “translational”. The way Andrew uses the term, it refers …

Graduate Apprenticeships: Building skills for the the future

Anna Anderson, Research Support Adviser, explains apprenticeships and how to include a Graduate Apprentice in your research proposal. Last month, the University of Edinburgh announced that we will help deliver Scotland’s first Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science alongside the University of St. Andrews and the global consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. What …

The UK’s industrial strategy and engagement in EU research and innovation programmes

In today’s blog, Alan Kennedy, pulls out some key points from the Prime Minister’s speech on the UK’s industrial strategy and our future involvement in EU research and innovation programmes. Last week, the Prime Minister gave a speech at Jodrell Bank entitled “Science and Modern Industrial Strategy”. In it she …

Meet the team: Jonathan Rans

Today, we speak to Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, about helping others create change, live music and the perfect Sunday. What do you love about working at the University? I love having varied and interesting jobs and the University certainly has provided that in the 12 years that I’ve worked …

Fast tracking your impact

Shonagh McEwan shares her reflections on the recent Fast Track Impact training with Professor Mark Reed, an inspiring training session based on the principle that ‘impact is the good that researchers can do in the world’. With over 20 researchers in the room from a range of disciplines, Mark began …

Giving diligence its due: Managing risk at the outset for international research collaborations

In this post, Nicholas Duvall, Research Development Officer, Science and Engineering, explains the due diligence process for research proposals with an international component, and how the Research Support Office helps with this. ‘Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never led to good intention’s goal.’ Miguel …

Reflections on Europe Day and a view to the future – Towards Horizon Europe

We hear from Alan Kennedy in our latest blog, as he takes us on a deep dive into the world of Horizon Europe. If it was not already obvious, and as you will have seen from Professor Charlie Jeffery’s email last Wednesday that we are, undoubtedly, a European University. The …

Local Government services: Making the links between research and delivery

Guest blogger, Kim Fellows from the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) Scotland, and Dr. Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange Adviser, explore the potential for collaboration between researchers and local government. The Knowledge Exchange Team recently hosted an event bringing together researchers interested in engaging with local government and the Local Government …

Wellcome Trust: New policy to promote ‘positive research cultures’ aimed at tackling bullying

In 2017 the Wellcome Trust received more than 4,000 applications and funded 939 awards for a total well over £1 billion. Wellcome’s involvement doesn’t stop when the funding starts though, and they have unveiled a new set of regulations looking to tackle bullying and harassment. Wellcome’s new policy outlines what information we need to …

Horizon Europe outlined as EC seeks to ‘capitalise on strong brand’

On the blog today, Al Innes, gives us the skinny on the newly announced Research and Technology framework from the European Commission. Gathered to discuss the EU budget, European officials unveiled plans last night for the next wave of European research funding. Long-mooted as FP9, the new phase of research and technology funding …

Forging new futures in dementia research

In today’s blog today, Al Innes discusses the recent ECRED ‘Forging New Futures in Dementia’ Conference, and looks at some of the challenges facing Early Career Researchers in this arena. For those undertaking a social science PhD (or professional doctorate), navigating the post-doc research landscape and finding a job can be a fairly daunting prospect. For those …

In my opinion

In our latest blog, Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange Adviser, shares key tips from the recent Opinion Editorial (OpEd) writing workshop for academics. Researchers are often asked, even expected, to write for non-expert audiences. At this workshop, participants learned how to write short pieces of commentary for the media. Develop your pitch Edd …

Behind the scenes: The internal selection process

In this blog, Anna Votsi, Research Support Adviser, gives us an inside view of what goes on behind the scenes when we run an internal selection process before research applications are submitted to a funder. Since the beginning of the academic year 2017-18, there have been 9 calls in total …