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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Large-scale funding for low carbon energy set to launch in 2021?

Dr Conor Snowden, International Development Research Manager in Edinburgh Research Office, writes about the Ayrton Fund, and the opportunities this may offer for highly impactful research on the development of energy systems in low and middle-income countries. The Ayrton Fund is a commitment by the UK Government to spend £1bn …

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 …

Taking Down the Red Tape: Changes to Reduce Bureaucracy in Research, Innovation & Higher Education

In today’s blog, Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive in Edinburgh Research Office, writes about upcoming changes designed to help streamline the UK science funding system. Examining the UK Government’s drive to reduce administrative processes, so-called ‘red tape’, can often seem like an opaque process; but the recent announcement focused on …

International Collaborations: Identifying security threats and protecting research

In today’s blog, Alan Campbell, Research Integrity Manager in Edinburgh Research Office, highlights new government guidance which helps researchers protect their work against threats including appropriation by hostile state actors, misuse of technology for nefarious purposes and loss of publication and intellectual property rights.    A new toolkit from the …

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 …

Export Control: Implications for remote and blended teaching and research

In today’s blog, Alan Campbell, Research Integrity Manager in Edinburgh Research Office, explains the potential implications that the export control system has for remote and blended models of teaching and research in sensitive technologies. The UK Government’s export control regime is designed to prevent goods, technology and knowhow deemed sensitive …

Establishing and developing a research network

Following on from last week’s blog on planning a centre’s research funding strategy, Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, now takes a look at research networks and introduces our new guide for University of Edinburgh Network Directors. We have a rich and varied research landscape at the University of Edinburgh, with …

Planning a centre’s research funding strategy

In today’s blog, Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, introduces our new research funding guide aimed at current and prospective Directors of research centres at the University of Edinburgh. Our research centres are a vital component in society’s response to ‘grand challenges’, complex intractable problems on a global scale. Centres are …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Petition for an increased EU budget for research and innovation

Alan Kennedy explains the background to the current petition calling for an increased EU budget for research and innovation. Euroscience and the ‘Initiative for Science in Europe’ have created a petition to call for an increased EU budget for research and innovation. As you probably know the European Commission, in …

The UK’s industrial strategy and engagement in EU research and innovation programmes

In today’s blog, Alan Kennedy, pulls out some key points from the Prime Minister’s speech on the UK’s industrial strategy and our future involvement in EU research and innovation programmes. Last week, the Prime Minister gave a speech at Jodrell Bank entitled “Science and Modern Industrial Strategy”. In it she …

UKRI, Europe and the ‘Grand Challenges’ – What’s On the Horizon for 2018

On the blog today Al Innes, Research Development Officer for the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences in the Research Support Office at the University of Edinburgh, takes us the through some of the highlights coming up on the research horizon in 2018. Feb 15, 2018