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.  …

Describing Research Centres for Funding Applications

In this post Jonathan Rans, Strategic Research Executive in Edinburgh Research Office, introduces a new resource designed to help academics developing funding bids for research centres describe their structure and function. Space is always at a premium when developing a research funding bid and the more complex the subject the …

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 …

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 …

Guidance for Early Career Research Fellowships and Research Grants

Al Innes, Research Development Officer in Edinburgh Research Office, highlights resources available to help Early Career academics find the right funding for them. We have recently compiled and published a microsite on the Edinburgh Research Office SharePoint site that is aimed at giving an overview of schemes and funders to …

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 …

Strategic Leadership in Research Programme 2021

Sophie Lowry, Strategic Research Executive in Edinburgh Research Office, writes about the Strategic Leadership in Research Programme 2021 and how you can apply. The Strategic Leadership in Research Programme (SLiRP) aims to equip researchers at the University of Edinburgh with the leadership skills, knowledge and behaviours required to win large-scale …

Wellcome Trust launches a ‘new vision and strategy’ as they publish their 2020 Science Review

In today’s blog, Al Innes, Research Development Officer in Edinburgh Research Office, writes about the newly announced Science Review of the Wellcome Trust. In a bold move away from translational research, the Wellcome Trust seeks to enhance how it spends over £1bn every year on ‘discovery science’ for a multitude …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …