New resources to help you with your ERC application

Thinking about applying for European Research Council Grant? Boz Czarnecki, Proposal Development Executive (EU & International), summarises new resources to help you develop your application and make the most of the support ERO offers. In Edinburgh Research Office we have particular strengths in enabling successful applications across ERC Starting, Consolidator …

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 …

Update on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe – March 2021 update

As the first calls of Horizon Europe are launched, Áine Ryan, International Research Funding Manager, summarises a recent formal announcement by the European Commission confirming that UK-based researchers are immediately eligible to apply for funding. The European Commission recently published a Q&A on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe. It …

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 …

New Funding Opportunities and Insights Hub Launched

In today’s blog, Al Innes, Research Development Officer in Edinburgh Research Office, writes about the newly launched Funding Opportunities and Insights Hub. We have recently launched a new way of sharing funding opportunities with colleagues across the institution that integrates with both our extensive research insights resources and our compiled …

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 …

New event – Unpicking the problem: clarifying intended outcomes and impact in global health research

In this blog, Isobel Marr, International Development Research Officer, highlights our upcoming event to support researchers interested in applying to the MRC’s Applied global health research: improve health in LMICs, or other future global health calls. The third round of the MRC’s Applied global health research: improve health in LMICs …

Brexit and EU Research Funding – January 2021 update

Now that the EU and the UK have reached an agreement on their future relationship, Áine Ryan, International Research Funding Manager, writes about what this means for UK-based researchers’ access to EU funding. We finally have some clarity about the UK participation in future EU research funding programmes, primarily Horizon …

New export licensing requirements from 1st January 2021: Dual-use exports to the EU and Channel Islands

In today’s blog, Alan Campbell, Research Integrity Manager in Edinburgh Research Office, highlights new export licensing requirements for the export of certain types of goods, technology and knowhow to destinations in EU member states and the Channel Islands.  The new requirements will come into force on 1st January 2021, as …

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 …

Brexit and EU Research Funding – November 2020 update

As we approach the end of the transition period, Áine Ryan, International Research Funding Manager, writes about the impact of Brexit on UK researchers’ access to EU funding. As the end of the transition period approaches, it is a good time to review what Brexit means for EU funded research. …

Discovery Fund – what we know so far

Áine Ryan, International Research Funding Manager writes about the UK Government’s plans for a new “Discovery Fund” to offer sizeable, long-term grants to fund discovery-led, ground breaking research. Background Now that the UK has formally left the EU, the UK Government’s official stated position remains that they will seek to …

Applying for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

In today’s blog, Charis Wilson, Senior Research Funding Specialist shares insights from our recent information event about the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships. *You can read our 2021 blog post on applying for a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship here. The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme receives around 700 applications nationally each …

Global Impact Accelerator Launched

In today’s blog, Isobel Marr, International Development Research Officer, shares details of our annual fund to accelerate the development impact of externally-funded ODA projects and an upcoming information event for researchers interested in the call. About the fund Recognising the pathway to impact takes time and often extends beyond the …

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 …

The GCRF Gender Equality Statement – 18 months on

In today’s blog, Isobel Marr, International Development Research Project Officer, shares what her team have learnt about gender and ODA research since the introduction of UKRI’s requirement for Gender Equality Statements, and offers advice on how researchers can respond positively. In 2019, UKRI announced that a Gender Equality Statement would …

Green Deal Call: Resources and support for researchers

In today’s blog, Natasha Curley and Boz Czarnecki (EU & International Team), share learning from our recent Green Deal call information events, and highlights the support Edinburgh Research Office provides to researchers who are interested in this call. We delivered three online information sessions introducing the Green Deal Call this …

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 …

EU Green Deal Call: Information event for researchers

In today’s blog, Natasha Curley, Senior Research Funding Specialist, highlights the European Commission’s Green Deal call, and our information events for University of Edinburgh researchers. Update: Please refer to our most recent blog post to access resources from these events. The Green Deal call opened last week. As highlighted in …

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 …

Reflections on Good Research Practice: Upcoming Event

Calling all PhD Students and Post-Docs: in today’s blog, Alan Campbell, Research Integrity Manager in Edinburgh Research Office, highlights a not-to-be-missed event taking place on 29 September which will introduce researchers to key aspects of good research practice. Who takes the credit for collaborative publications?  Who takes the responsibility?  What …

EU Green Deal call: Applications opening soon

Boz Czarnecki, Proposal Development Executive, outlines the details of the EU Green Deal call. Your participation is strongly encouraged. We will be running events for our researchers to find out more about this opportunity. As part of its commitment to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050, the European Commission (EC) is …

Knowledge exchange during physical distancing

In today’s blog, Dr Shonagh McEwan, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Advisor (CAHSS), in Edinburgh Research Office, shares new resources and insights into knowledge exchange during physical distancing. Over the past few months, we have seen our researchers pivot their research and knowledge exchange (KE) plans as a result of a …

New resource on financial management and post award administration

In today’s blog, Jennifer Mills, from the Research Grants team in Edinburgh Research Office, highlights new financial management and post award administration information and resources available for researchers. We have recently launched new website resources to aid financial management and post award administration of research projects. View the new webpages …

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 …

John Templeton Foundation funding – award holder perspective

In today’s blog, Boz Czarnecki, Proposal Development Executive at Edinburgh Research Office, talks to Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie and Professor Mark Harris about their recent project funded by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) and their experience of applying to this funder. Sarah Lane Ritchie and Mark Harris investigate some of …

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 …