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 …

Pilot programme for female academics and research support staff

Edinburgh Research Office and the Institute of Academic Development are working together to pilot a new programme for female academics and research support staff. Find out how to get involved in the development of this programme. In order to develop the programme we are hosting 6 workshops across three days …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Meet the team: Mara Götz

In today’s post we meet Mara Götz, Knowledge Exchange Administrator. Read on to find out about her expertise and what she enjoys about her role. What does your role involve? I am a Knowledge Exchange Administrator in the Research Support Office, Knowledge Exchange and Impact team. When I get asked …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Creative Informatics: Rising to the challenge

Large challenge led competitions are an increasing feature of the research funding landscape. This brings its own challenges in terms of the application process. Success requires a strong partnership between academic and professional services staff. In this blog, Anne Sofie Laegran explains the 2 years+ of intelligence gathering and 12 …

Meet the Team: Al Innes

In today’s post we meet Al Innes, Research Development Officer for the Research Support Office and talk about development, research strategies and Maurice Ravel. What led you to work at the University? I had spent 5 years working in the private sector as a Research Communications Manager and then Business …

The European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant

Alan Kennedy, Senior Research Development Specialist, explains the ERC Consolidator Grant. The University of Edinburgh is 4th in the UK and 7th in Europe for ERC grants. We’re currently hosting 19 Consolidator Grants. “The fundamental activity of the ERC is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and …

Research and innovation funding 2017-21

In today’s blog, Jonathan Rans looks at the BEIS research funding allocations for 2017-21. He discusses what the figures tell us and the areas to keep watch on. Although it isn’t the only UK Government department funding Higher Education sector research and development, the UK Department for Business, Energy, Innovation …

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