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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 …

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 …

What’s next for the UK research funding landscape?

In today’s blog, Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive, rounds up some of the latest key developments in UK research funding, and explores what may be next for the UK research funding landscape. It’s hard to believe that it was just three months ago that the UK government announced its 2020 …

Postdoctoral EC-funded fellowship opportunity

In today’s blog, Dr Eirini Theofanidou, Proposal Development Executive, highlights the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowship, and the support provided by Edinburgh Research Office for applicants, including our information event on the 11 June. Did you know you can attract postdoctoral researchers with outstanding potential from around the world …

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 …

SFC-GCRF internal funding available for Covid-19 research

Dr Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager, Edinburgh Research Office highlights internal funding available for University of Edinburgh researchers to help address the impact of Covid-19 on low and middle income countries. Covid-19 has been declared by the UN secretary general to be the greatest challenge the world faces since …

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 …

The MRC Applied Global Health Research Board

In today’s blog, Nicholas Duvall, Research Development Officer shares insights from our recent event on the Medical Research Council’s new Applied Global Health Research Board, and highlights what research this new Board will fund and how you can apply. Edinburgh Research Office delivered an event about the Medical Research Council’s …

Funder profile: The Nuffield Foundation

In this blog, Al Innes, Research Development Officer, shares learning and discussion points from our recent Nuffield Foundation Information event. Getting to know the Nuffield Foundation The session opened with an overview of the ‘Nuffield Family’. The Nuffield Foundation makes up one strand of multiple philanthropic bodies created by William …

Impact Acceleration Awards

Madeleine Beveridge, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Coordinator highlights ESRC Impact Acceleration funding and an information event on 28 February for University of Edinburgh colleagues. About ESRC Impact Acceleration In Spring 2019, the University of Edinburgh received another £1+ million from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to continue our …

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 …

Nuffield Foundation Strategic Fund in Focus

Al Innes, Research Development Officer writes about The Nuffield Foundation, a social wellbeing research funder and its £15-million Strategic Fund. Come to our funder workshop later this month to find out more. The Nuffield Foundation funds a number of different areas of research. Most recently they were offering over £200,000 …

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 …

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), …

Transformative ambition – the EPSRC Programme Grant

In today’s blog, Nicholas Duvall, Research Development Officer, highlights the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Programme Grant. A Programme Grant from the EPSRC is one of the most prestigious research awards available in the disciplines within that council’s remit, which in addition to Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) …

Update: Impact of Brexit on European Commission research funding

Update 27/1/20. This information in this post is now out of date. Please refer to this post for the latest information.   Áine Ryan, Research Funding Manager (EU & International), outlines the implications of the UK leaving the EU on current awards, on applications awaiting notification and on applications not …

The Wellcome Trust shuffles its Arts and Social Sciences funding portfolio

In today’s blog, Al Innes, Research Development Officer, looks at how the Wellcome Trust is set to pause its major humanities and social sciences grant schemes, in favour of two new one-off schemes, in a change in approach for the funder. As of January 2020 The Wellcome Trust’s Investigator and …

ERC and Marie Curie work programme updates

In today’s blog, Alan Kennedy, Senior Research Development Specialist (EU & International) gives an update on the European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) work programmes. As well as the Societal Challenge work programme updates that I discussed in yesterday’s blog, the European Commission has also published the …

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge Work Programme update

Following from yesterday’s EU update, in today’s blog Alan Kennedy, Senior Research Development Specialist (EU & International), updates us on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge work programme. I still can’t believe we’re entering the last stage of Horizon 2020. I remember the consultations on the creation of the 2014-2020 programme, …

An update from the EU: Elections, Horizon Europe, strategic agenda and more

Update 27/1/20. This information in this post is now out of date. Please refer to this post for the latest information.   In today’s blog, Alan Kennedy, Senior Research Development Specialist (EU & International) gives an update from the EU, including the recent EU elections, Horizon Europe, the new strategic …

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 …

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