European Commission Training Webinar on Certificate on the Financial Statements Audit

In this post, Eirini Souri, Deputy Research Finance Manager – EU & International, shares a training webinar made available by the European Commission to provide support to beneficiaries in their preparation of their Certificate on the Financial Statements as part of their final report on Horizon 2020 projects. For Horizon …

Research Funding: The Impact of Covid-19

Dr Louise Ker, Research Business Intelligence Officer, analyses preliminary data on the impact of the pandemic on research funding to date. We have been working hard on our behind-the-scenes data engineering this year, pulling together information from multiple University systems to explore and understand our research activity. Within Edinburgh Research …

John Templeton Foundation funding – award holder perspective

In today’s blog, Boz Czarnecki, Proposal Development Executive at Edinburgh Research Office, talks to Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie and Professor Mark Harris about their recent project funded by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) and their experience of applying to this funder. Sarah Lane Ritchie and Mark Harris investigate some of …

Adaptation & Renewal: Expertise in the time of Covid

This blog is a repost from the staff magazine – Bulletin from 28 July and examines how our researchers have been using their expertise to provide insight on the pandemic. Among the many things that the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have brought is a certain metronomic quality to life. …

New ethics toolkit for Global Challenges Research

Today’s blog is a guest post by Dr Clara Calia, Deputy Director of Research Ethics & Integrity in the School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, and introduces a new ethics toolkit for Global Challenges Research. Working with more than 200 researchers from around the world, my team …

Adaptation & Renewal: Research and Innovation

Today’s blog is a repost from the staff magazine – Bulletin, from 14 July 2020 on our research during lockdown and the work of the Research and Innovation work stream. When lockdown began, our researchers stood up. Across the University, colleagues looked at their labs, their skill sets and their …

Integrating Gender Equality in Development Projects – A Practitioner’s View

Today’s blog is a guest post from Loise Maina, Global Gender Advisor at the international NGO Practical Action, and highlights the ways science and technology-based GCRF projects can consider gender equality in their design. GCRF, and other ODA projects, are required by law through the International Development (Gender Equality) Act …

New knowledge exchange case studies resource

In today’s blog, we highlight our new knowledge exchange case studies resource; a bank of real-life case studies showcasing how some of our researchers have successfully incorporated knowledge exchange activities within their research projects. Edinburgh Research Office’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team have developed knowledge exchange (KE) case studies which …

Introducing our new toolkit on the GCRF Gender Equality Statement

Today’s guest blogger is Dr Rosalind Cavaghan, independent academic consultant on gender equality. Working with Professor Fiona Mackay, Director of genderED, the University’s hub for the study of gender and sexuality, Dr Cavaghan has developed a toolkit to guide colleagues in developing a Gender Equality Statement as part of a …

Horizon 2020: post-Brexit update

You are still eligible for Horizon 2020 funding and, as a University, we have a high success rate, writes Jonathan Seckl, Vice-Principal Planning, Resources and Research Policy. Although the UK has now left the EU, we have entered the transition period which will continue until 31 December 2020. The terms …

Brexit and research data: What you need to do

Rena Gertz, the University’s Data Protection Officer, provides advice to researchers who receive data from European institutions. NOTE: THE INFORMATION AND LINKS INCLUDED IN THIS POST ARE CORRECT AS OF 5 FEBRUARY 2020. Key message With the UK having left the EU and the transitional period expiring on 31 December …

Where to start with parliamentary and policy engagement

Today’s blog is a guest post from Harriet Barker, Impact and Knowledge Exchange Officer at the Scottish Centre for Administrative Research. In October I went along to ‘Parliament for Researchers’, a training event held across the UK run by the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST). The session started …

New pump priming funds can kick start your research for international development

In today’s blog, Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager, explains the funds available for international development research, in particular the new Global Challenges Theme Development Fund. More and more funding is available now from the UK Government to fund collaborative research for international development.  The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), …

Meet the Team: Alan Campbell

In this week’s blog we meet Alan Campbell, Research Integrity Manager in the Research Support Office. Read on to find out about Alan’s recently appointed role, what led him to the University and recent work on export control. What led you to work at the University? I did my MBA …

Research integrity at the University of Edinburgh

In this week’s blog – Alan Campbell, RSO’s new Research Integrity Manager, talks about Research Integrity, why it matters and how we support academics at the University of Edinburgh to uphold the highest standards of Research Integrity in their research. What is Research Integrity and why is it important? When …

Responsible use of research metrics

Louise Ker, Strategic Research Executive, explains the concept of ‘responsible research metrics’, what the University is doing to implement this, and what this means for research and researchers. The research landscape is exploding with opportunities to harness ever larger and more diverse datasets to deliver powerful progress and innovation. The …

Celebrating impact in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Last night, more than 200 researchers and collaborators gathered for an event celebrating knowledge exchange and impact activities from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The event, which took place in Summerhall, showcased a range of projects demonstrating the value of partnerships with external organisations. The University of …

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 …

Grassroots collaboration: MS Society Symposium

In our latest blog we hear from Marja Karttunen as she shares with us her reflections on a recent MS Society MS Centre symposium at the University, and how it inspired the spirit of dialogue and exchange so vital to interdisciplinary working. Collaboration is a major buzzword in today’s research …

AHRC announces new Data Management Plan

Our latest blog finds Nisha Patel updating us on the AHRC’s plans to introduce a new Data Management Plan. This essential component of the AHRC Research Grant application will replace the old Technical Plan later this year. It’s official. Plans first mooted in 2017 have finally been announced. The AHRC …

‘From collaboration to company creation’ : Business development in the medical sciences

In today’s blog Marja Karttunen talks with Dr Emma Mickley from the commercialisation team at the College of Medicine and Vet Medicine about the role they play in helpoing take research to market. There are many reasons why academic researchers may wish to work with industry. With everyone competing over …

EU award success: Edinburgh goes from strength to strength

In today’s blog we hear from the University of Edinburgh’s Jonathan Seckl, Vice Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy, as he discusses the year ahead for EU funding. Feb 9, 2018

Your Research in the News: A Funder’s Perspective

In this blog we are delighted that Victoria Steven, Senior Media Relations Officer for Cancer Research UK in Scotland offers a funder’s view on the importance of engaging the media with your research. Have you ever wanted to spread the word about your research further than your housemates, or your …

Working with the AHRC Part 1: Technical Plan or Not

In today’s blog Nisha Patel introduces the first in a three part series that will take a deep dive into applying for AHRC funding. In this first blog she takes a look at the Technical Plan. It is an essential, and often misunderstood, component of the AHRC Research Grant. In this …

REF2021 – What Can We Expect?

When Nicholas Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework dropped last July, many wondered if REF2021 might herald the beginning of the end for the often burdensome exercise, and pave the way for a sleeker, more intuitive REF in 2021. In today’s blog Pauline Jones asks whether the new assessment …

AHRC Peer Review College: Thoughts and Reflections

In today’s blog we hear from Professor Genevieve Warwick, Strategic Lead of AHRC at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, about recent activity to develop a campaign of excellence for the College. On behalf of the Research Office and the AHRC Developing Research Excellence campaign, I was delighted to recently …