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Meet the team: Jonathan Rans

Today, we speak to Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive, about helping others create change, live music and the perfect Sunday. What do you love about working at the University? I love having varied and interesting jobs and the University certainly has provided that in the 12 years that I’ve worked …

Fast tracking your impact

Shonagh McEwan shares her reflections on the recent Fast Track Impact training with Professor Mark Reed, an inspiring training session based on the principle that ‘impact is the good that researchers can do in the world’. With over 20 researchers in the room from a range of disciplines, Mark began …

Giving diligence its due: Managing risk at the outset for international research collaborations

In this post, Nicholas Duvall, Research Development Officer, Science and Engineering, explains the due diligence process for research proposals with an international component, and how the Research Support Office helps with this. ‘Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never led to good intention’s goal.’ Miguel …

Reflections on Europe Day and a view to the future – Towards Horizon Europe

We hear from Alan Kennedy in our latest blog, as he takes us on a deep dive into the world of Horizon Europe. If it was not already obvious, and as you will have seen from Professor Charlie Jeffery’s email last Wednesday that we are, undoubtedly, a European University. The …

Wellcome Trust: New policy to promote ‘positive research cultures’ aimed at tackling bullying

In 2017 the Wellcome Trust received more than 4,000 applications and funded 939 awards for a total well over £1 billion. Wellcome’s involvement doesn’t stop when the funding starts though, and they have unveiled a new set of regulations looking to tackle bullying and harassment. Wellcome’s new policy outlines what information we need to …

Behind the scenes: The internal selection process

In this blog, Anna Votsi, Research Support Adviser, gives us an inside view of what goes on behind the scenes when we run an internal selection process before research applications are submitted to a funder. Since the beginning of the academic year 2017-18, there have been 9 calls in total …

UKRI appoints nine GCRF Challenge Leaders

In today’s blog we hear from Isobel Marr as she looks at the next phase of development for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), with UKRI  appointing nine Challenge Leaders who will direct the GCRF portfolios in global health, food systems, conflict, resilience, education and sustainable cities. What are the the …

‘Clerks, Committees & Law-Making’ – Academics and the Scottish Parliament

In our latest blog, we hear from Laura Cockram in the Knowledge Exchange Team, who is just back from a six-month secondment to the Scottish Parliament, where she worked as part of the team of clerks who facilitate the Social Security Committee. Engaging with a Committee at the Scottish Parliament …

Brexit in perspective: Reasons to be optimistic about UK participation in Horizon 2020 and beyond

In today’s blog, Alan Kennedy European Funding Advisor for the Research Support Office, talks to us about why we have (even more) cause to be optimistic about the European Funding landscape and how you can keep up to date with all related news via the University’s European Team. Mar 26, …

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

EU award success: Edinburgh goes from strength to strength

In today’s blog we hear from the University of Edinburgh’s Jonathan Seckl, Vice Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy, as he discusses the year ahead for EU funding. Feb 9, 2018

EU’s Innovative Medicines Initiative – draft of future call topics published

In today’s blog Alan Kennedy, European Funding Advisor for the Research Support Office talks about the EU’s Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) upcoming call topics. The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a public-private partnership between the European Union and Pharmaceutical companies designed to improve the competitive situation of the European Union in the field …

30 January: Information day and webinar on EU 3rd Health Programme 2018 Work Plan and calls

The next Annual Work Plan 2018, and the 2018 calls, of the EU’s Third Health Programme will be presented by the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) and the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA). The live webinar hosted by the EU Health Policy Platform …

Getting to Grips with Evaluation: The NCCPE Engage Academy

In today’s blog, Laura Cockram from the Research Support Office’s Knowledge Exchange team takes us through her experience of the Engage Academy, run by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) in Bristol. Oct 30, 2017

European Commission clarification on UK Applicants to Horizon 2020

My attention was drawn to a new statement that appeared on the participant portal a few days ago. It states: “For British applicants: Please note that until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, when it comes to rights and obligations; this …

The RSO Events Page

As the start of the academic year is underway, the RSO and Knowledge Exchange teams have come together to offer a one-stop shop showcasing all their events across the academic year. Al Innes, Research Development Officer for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within the Research Support Office, takes us through …

REF2021 – What Can We Expect?

When Nicholas Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework dropped last July, many wondered if REF2021 might herald the beginning of the end for the often burdensome exercise, and pave the way for a sleeker, more intuitive REF in 2021. In today’s blog Pauline Jones asks whether the new assessment …

Meet the Team: Dr Lorna Thomson

Hello and welcome back to the new academic year which I’m sure you are approaching with vitality and vigour!I joined the University of Edinburgh in May as Director of the Research Support Office. I have a very talented team and my priority is to provide the best support for our …

ERC Synergy Grant Returns

In today’s blog, Alan Kennedy, European Funding Advisor for the Research Support Office talks about the European Research Council’s Synergy Grants. You may all be familiar with the European Research Council (ERC) single investigator grants (Starting, Consolidator and Advanced) and the fact that the University of Edinburgh is one of …

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