Any views expressed within media held on this service are those of the contributors, should not be taken as approved or endorsed by the University, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University in respect of any particular issue.

Strategic Leadership in Research Programme 2024

Applications are now open for the 2024 Strategic Leadership in Research Programme. Find out about the programme and how to apply.

About the programme

The Strategic Leadership in Research Programme aims to equip University of Edinburgh researchers with the leadership skills, knowledge and behaviours required to win large-scale strategic funding.

Programme will run from May – October 2024 and will require a commitment of up to six full days.

Who can apply?

Participants will be experienced investigators and research leaders with a clear trajectory toward running a major grant, centre or network within the next few years. Successful applicants are likely to be Readers or recently promoted Professors (or equivalent), but we will consider applications from any academic staff member who is able to demonstrate evidence of big grant readiness.

Places are available for all eligible University of Edinburgh based colleagues in the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).

Please check our programme webpage for full details.

What does the programme involve?

The programme comprises five workshops followed by an Ideas Summit at which participants pitch their research idea to potential collaborators, funders and senior leaders from across the University. It will also offer wraparound support such as coaching, mentoring and action-based learning sets.

Key topics will include understanding your purpose, developing your vision, managing collaborations, navigating structures, interacting with funders, securing buy-in, and pitching research ideas. The course is highly participative and you will work with a coach during the duration of the programme to maximise your learning and development.

How to Apply

Applications to the programme must be submitted by 12 January 9am. You can find full details and the application form on our website:

View application process and apply

The 2023 programme Ideas Summit event

The 2023 programme culminates in an Ideas Summit, where the current programme cohort will share insights and proposals with networks and potential collaborators. This will be held on 7 November 10:00 – 12:30 in the Playfair Library Hall, Old College, the University of Edinburgh. All of those interested in applying to the 2024 programme are very welcome to attend this event as an opportunity to find out more about the programme.

Book your free tick to the Ideas Summit Event the Ideas Summit booking page is here:

Book to attend the Ideas Summit



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Report this page

To report inappropriate content on this page, please use the form below. Upon receiving your report, we will be in touch as per the Take Down Policy of the service.

Please note that personal data collected through this form is used and stored for the purposes of processing this report and communication with you.

If you are unable to report a concern about content via this form please contact the Service Owner.

Please enter an email address you wish to be contacted on. Please describe the unacceptable content in sufficient detail to allow us to locate it, and why you consider it to be unacceptable.
By submitting this report, you accept that it is accurate and that fraudulent or nuisance complaints may result in action by the University.