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Describing Research Centres for Funding Applications

In this post Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive in Edinburgh Research Office, introduces a new resource designed to help academics developing funding bids for research centres describe their structure and function.

Space is always at a premium when developing a research funding bid and the more complex the subject the more critical it is that you express ideas concisely. This is particularly so when developing bids to fund research centres as their function is often multi-faceted and their structure can reflect that complexity.

To help you focus your thinking we have produced a guide to describing research centres.

View the Guide to Describing Research Centres (University of Edinburgh access only).

The guide provides concise descriptions of the five main types of research centre alongside examples from across the University of Edinburgh, including:

  • Single-institution Centre
  • Virtual Centre
  • Hub and Spoke
  • Innovation Centre
  • Research Centre with Consultancy

This compact overview acts as a companion piece to our more in-depth resource providing guidance for centre Directors designing a research centre funding strategy, available through Edinburgh Research Office’s Insights and Intelligence site.

Guidance for centre Directors designing a research centre funding strategy (University of Edinburgh access only).

Edinburgh Research Office Insights and Intelligence site (University of Edinburgh access only).

The Edinburgh Research Office site brings together all manner of useful resources aimed at research leaders and provides insight and guidance in strategy and policy, analytics, funder directions and specialist research support areas. Taken together, these will enable you to develop an informed, strategic approach to your research that aligns with both the University and the wider landscape.

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