I lived to tell the tale! Experiences of developing major research bids

This is Part 10 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all posts This Blog is the final installment of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we looked at the outline proposal and funder interview stages of the major research bids application process, specifically …

How to tackle the outline and interview stages of major research bids

This is Part 9 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts Last week Dr Anne-Sofie Laegran set out her 5 top tips for embedding impact into your major research bid. Blog 8 | 5 tips for embedding impact into your major research bid – how your …

5 tips for embedding impact into your major research bid – how your research can make a difference in the world

This is Part 8 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts Last week we heard from Dr Louise Ker who described the benefits of cultivating a positive research culture, explained what funders are looking for, and offered her 5 factors for success when building good research …

Research cultures for major bid success

This is Part 7 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the seventh of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we considered the importance of crafting a strong narrative for your major research bid, examined the core features …

Crafting a strong narrative for your major research bid

This is Part 6 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the sixth of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we discussed the importance of a well-planned project budget, and looked at ways to optimise funding for your …

5 ways to optimise funding for your major research bid

This is Part 5 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the fifth of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we explored the strategic elements of your major research bid, the key questions you’ll need to address, and …

5 strategic elements to consider when developing your major research bid

This is Part 4 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the fourth of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids. Last week we focused on the importance of having a clear research vision and its many purposes, tools to help …

New British Council funding for educational partnerships announced

Conor Snowden, Strategic Research Executive (International Development), highlights a new series of British Council educational partnership grants and the resources available to support your application. For nearly 90 years, the British Council, the UKs international agency for cultural relations, has developed and funded educational partnerships between the UK and other …

Crafting a compelling vision for your major research bid  

This is Part 3 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts This Blog is the third of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids.   Last week we considered 5 essential factors for developing a winning major research bid, while also gaining key insights …

5 factors for developing a winning major research bid

This is Part 2 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts   This Blog is the second of a 10-part series looking at developing major research bids.   Last week, we looked what major research bids are, whether they are the right next step for you, and …

The UK Young Academy launches – call for membership

In this blog post, Rosie Maccagnano, UK Research Funding Manager in Edinburgh Research Office and Nicola Cuthbert, Research Development Manager at Institute for Academic Development, highlight the newly launched UK Young Academy initiative and what to do if you are interested in applying for membership. The UK Young Academy: launch …

Developing major research bids: A new 10 part blog series

This is Part 1 of a 10 part mini-series. Click here to view all current posts   Are you looking to address a significant research challenge of global importance? Ready to pursue an ambitious programme of transformative research? Wanting to build capacity at scale in a new or evolving research …

Moving on to building impact into your research

In this post, Dr Shonagh McEwan – Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor, CAHSS – shares learning from a recent event about how you can build impact into your research.  This is the second of two blog posts on Knowledge Exchange and Impact. Please refer to the first blog post if …

All this talk about impact

Today, Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor, CAHSS – shares learning from a recent event on ‘Impact Basics’. The event was aimed at researchers to help them find out more about ‘what is impact’ and how to develop impact from their research. This is the first of two …

Findings from UKRI’s Tackling climate change report

In this post, Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, summarises UKRI’s ‘Tackling Climate Change’ report and discusses opportunities for sharing lessons both from global responses to Covid-19 and between global regions affected by climate change. On the 16 March, UKRI published its report ‘Tackling climate change: Adaptation and Resilience Opportunities.’ View …

Developing your Leadership as a Researcher

In this post, Jo Hunter from 64 Million Artists, shares information about an online course for researchers to support them in focusing on their research and priorities following a time of disruption for all. In the last two years, researchers faced considerable disruption to their research and ways of working.  …

Facilitating Digital Research: The 2022 Lunchtime Webinar Series

In this guest post, Eleni Kotoula, Lead Digital Research Services Facilitator in Digital Research Services, highlights an upcoming webinar series for University of Edinburgh colleagues about the digital research tools, support and services available to boost your digital research skills development. You are invited to join a monthly webinar series …

Training resources for planning your research and developing a research strategy

In this post Al Innes, Research Development Officer, highlights our learning and development resources designed to help you plan your research and develop your research strategy. ​​​​​​​Researcher Development for Research Funding is a learning and development hub, designed to give you the skills you need to write competitive and ultimately …

New Research Policy and Horizon Scanning Hub Launched

In today’s blog post, Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive, writes about the newly launched Research Policy and Horizon Scanning Hub. We have recently launched an online hub dedicated to identifying and sharing insights from horizon scanning and intelligence gathered on research and innovation policy. The Research Policy and Horizon Scanning …

Research Staff Hub

In this post Alex Peden, Senior Research Strategy Manager at the Usher Institute, shares details of a new Research Staff Hub website developed while on secondment to the Institute for Academic Development. During a six month secondment to the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) a Research Staff Hub website was …

The Scottish Funding Council’s Coherence & Stability Review of Tertiary Education – What It Might Mean for Research in Scotland Going Forward

In this post, Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive, examines what impact the Scottish Funding Council’s final phase report could have on research at Scottish universities in the short to medium term. Background Information on the Review – What is it all about? In May 2020, Scottish Ministers asked the Scottish …

A Stumble on the Road to £22bn? Key Messages from the UK Government’s Research & Development Budget Allocations

In this post, Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive, summarises some of the main takeaways from the UK Government’s 2021/22 budget allocations for research and development. The figure of £22bn has been heralded as the UK Government’s commitment for how much it is going to publicly spend on research and development …

Learning from others’ interdisciplinary career paths

In this post Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, introduces the most recent additions to our Interdisciplinary toolkit – a set of case studies focusing on the career paths of University of Edinburgh interdisciplinary researchers. Interdisciplinary research is growing in importance, highlighted by the increase in research funding schemes and calls …

Contemplating the UK Government’s Review of Research Bureaucracy

Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive, highlights key messages from a talk she gave recently at a Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference “Next steps for reducing bureaucratic burden in Higher Education and research – options, scope, and potential impact”. In March 2021, the UK Government launched its independent review into …

Making Sense of the UK’s New Proposed Research Funding Agency, the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA)

Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive in Edinburgh Reserach Office, highlights what we know so far about the UK’s proposed new research funding agency, the Advanced Research and Invention Agency, previously known as UK ARPA. Some background It was the Queen’s Speech in December 2019 in which we first heard mention …

Competency Framework for Research Funding – a tool to help you evaluate and plan your route to research funding success

Kirsty Collinge, Strategic Research Executive, writes about our new competency framework for research funding, available as part of a new Research Talent and Culture section on our website. In the last couple of years, we have seen quite a shift in the research funding landscape. Inevitably this has meant that …

Refocus Research programme launched along with further support during Covid-19 disruption

Al Innes, Research Development Officer, highlights the work we are doing with the Institute of Academic Development to provide bespoke support for researchers impacted by Covid-19 support. Note – this blog has been updated on 11/02/21 The Institute of Academic Development is leading on a programme of support for academics …

Resources for Interdisciplinary Researchers

Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, writes about our new online resources supporting interdisciplinary research which are now available through the Edinburgh Research Office Insights and Intelligence SharePoint site. Your research interests may lie in expanding the boundaries of your own discipline. You may be inspired by exploring the impact that …