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Knowledge exchange during physical distancing

In today’s blog, Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor (CAHSS), in Edinburgh Research Office, shares new resources and insights into knowledge exchange during physical distancing. Over the past few months, we have seen our researchers pivot their research and knowledge exchange (KE) plans as a result of a …

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 …

Thoughts on the UK Research and Development Roadmap

In today’s blog Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive at Edinburgh Research Office writes about the UK Government’s Research and Development roadmap. It continues to be a busy year for research policy announcements. In early July, the UK Government released its long awaited Research and Development roadmap. This 60-page document upholds …

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 …

The MSCA Individual Fellowship – award holder perspective

In today’s blog, Eirini Theofanidou, Proposal Development Executive (EU & International) talks to a researcher and her supervisor about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship. We hear about her motivation for applying, the benefits the fellowship has brought both researcher and supervisor, and the support they received from Edinburgh Research …

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 …

Covid-19 update for academic and research staff

A message to our research community from Prof. Jonathan Seckl, Senior Vice-Principal and Dr. Lorna Thomson, Director of Edinburgh Research Office. Firstly, a note of thanks. To all who have shifted to home working, restructuring your research to desk-based studies, to those who are finding innovative ways to repurpose research …

Support for our researchers during COVID-19

In today’s blog, Lorna Thomson, Director of Edinburgh Research Office, explains how we are continuing to support the research community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. It’s been an intense and fast-moving couple of weeks. As we all find our feet with new working arrangements and routines, I would like to …

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 …

Engaging business with your research

In today’s blog Clare Sowney, Business Development Manager, Edinburgh Research Office, shares some highlights from our Engaging Business with your Research Learning Lunch, held earlier this year. Four academic colleagues presented at the event, all with different experiences of and insights into engaging businesses with their research; Professor Christina Boswell, …

Engaging galleries, libraries, archives and museums with your research

In this blog post, Dr Shonagh McEwan – Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor, Edinburgh Research Office – shares insights from a recent Learning Lunch on engaging galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) with your research. Our recent Learning Lunch focused on engaging with galleries, libraries, archives and museums – or …

UKRI: Updated Pathways to Impact guidance

Anne Sofie Laegran, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Impact in Edinburgh Research Office, provides an update following the publication of UKRI Research Council specific guidance for how impact should be integrated into applications from 1 March. This post provides further updates following Anne Sofie’s post on 12 Feb. UKRI has …

UKRI: Impact is core to the research application process

Anne Sofie Laegran, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Impact at Edinburgh Research Office, highlights a recent announcement by UKRI on changes to application requirements on ‘Pathways to Impact’. An update to this blog was posted on 25 Feb. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) recently announced that the requirement for the …

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 …

January 2020 update – impact of Brexit on EU funded research under Horizon 2020 (H2020)

Áine Ryan, Research Funding Manager (EU and International), provides the latest update regarding the impact of Brexit on Horizon 2020 funding. Researchers and businesses based in the UK can continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects (including ERC and MSCA-IF) in the European Union’s (EU) flagship programme Horizon …

Official Development Assistance – What is ODA and how can you ensure research is compliant? Part 2

In today’s blog, Dr Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager talks about the learning from his recent training event “Official Development Assistance – What is ODA and how can you ensure research is compliant?” We held an event on 17 December that looked in detail at Official Development Assistance (ODA) …

Writing a competitive proposal for a European Research Council Consolidator Grant

Dr Eirini Theofanidou, Proposal Development Executive (EU & International),  shares insights from our recent event about the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant and highlights how you can design a competitive proposal. The ERC Consolidator Grant overview and proposal development event was held on 2 December 2019. We provided an …

Official Development Assistance – What is ODA and how can you ensure research is compliant?

In today’s blog, Dr Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager talks about ODA funding, and how our upcoming workshop can help you learn more about accessing this type of funding. It has now been five years since the launch of the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).  …

Strategic Leadership in Research Programme 2020

The Strategic Leadership in Research Programme aims to equip researchers with the leadership skills, knowledge and behaviours required to win large-scale strategic funding. Find out more about the programme and how you can apply. The Strategic Leadership in Research Programme will run from April – October 2020 and will require …

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 …

Unpacking the Impact of International Development Research

In today’s blog, Isobel Marr, GCRF Project Officer talks about why Theory of Change, logframes and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks are important tools in international development research and how you can learn more through an upcoming webinar series.  International development research has been gaining momentum in the UK, …

Using social media to engage with research end users

In today’s blog, Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor brings us highlights from the recent Knowledge Exchange Learning Lunch on ‘Using Social Media to Engage Research End Users’. Social media presents many opportunities for academics to engage with users of their research. However, it can be difficult to know …

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 …

How to write effective policy briefings

In today’s blog, Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor, shares insights from a recent workshop on writing policy briefings. Shonagh co-facilitated this workshop alongside Dr Dan Barlow from ClimateXChange. Our academic colleagues are now often writing, or learning to write, for a range of audiences. If you are …

British Heart Foundation’s misconduct policies

Nicholas Duvall, Research Development Officer, explains how one of the UK’s biggest research funders is tackling bullying, harassment and research misconduct.   Earlier this year, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) launched bullying, harassment and research misconduct policies, in line with other research funders, such as Wellcome. This is to ensure …

Engaging with policymakers

In this post, Mara Goetz, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team Administrator, synthesises the learning shared at a recent panel event on engaging with policymakers. The Learning Lunch event  hosted by the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team this month focused on how to engage with policymakers. Our speakers were Professor Nicola McEwen …

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