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 …

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 This information in this post is now out of date.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 …

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 …

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 …

Meet the team: Laura Cockram

In today’s post we meet Laura Cockram, Communications Manager for the Research Support Office and talk about engagement, change and campaigning for better cycling routes. What led you to work at the University? Like my colleagues in the Research Support Office, I was looking for a place and role where …

Meet the team: Alan Shanks

This month, we meet Alan Shanks, a solicitor and Contracts Manager in the Contracts Team, and discuss contracts, drafting, representing the University’s interests and finding a good home for your legal skills. First up, what does a Contracts Manager do? I review, draft, amend, mark up, advise, comment on, negotiate …

UK industrial strategy, sustainable growth and research

Jonathan Rans explains what the current UK Industrial Strategy means for research, the current funding priorities and who to contact if you are interested in applying for Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) funding. The Genesis of the Industrial Strategy The UK is in the grip of a long-term productivity crisis. …

EPSRC responds to a changing landscape

Nicholas Duvall outlines some changes EPSRC have made to how they engage with researchers and other stakeholders. Regular readers will know that the UK Government recently made changes to how it administers research funding. The seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England have been reorganized under a parent organization, …

A no deal Brexit: What does it mean for Horizon 2020?

Alan Kennedy clarifies the implications of a “no deal” Brexit on Horizon 2020 research funding. He concludes that current developments will not have an impact on our ability to apply for H2020 calls. Discussion of a “no deal” Brexit has intensified in recent days. Whether this is just political posturing …

Lessons learned through using research analytics to inform strategic decision-making

On the blog today we hear from Dr Kirsty Collinge, Strategic Research Executive, as she shares her insights into data-informed research strategies. Jun 21, 2018

Graduate Apprenticeships: Building skills for the the future

Anna Anderson, Research Support Adviser, explains apprenticeships and how to include a Graduate Apprentice in your research proposal. Last month, the University of Edinburgh announced that we will help deliver Scotland’s first Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science alongside the University of St. Andrews and the global consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. What …

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 …

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 …

EPSRC visit Edinburgh, and new fellowship funding announced

In this post, Nicholas Duvall, Research Development Officer for Science and Engineering at the Research Support Office, reflects on a recent visit from EPSRC, suggests how Edinburgh researchers can engage with this funder, and looks at a major new funding scheme for early-career researchers, the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships. Last …

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, …

AHRC announces new Data Management Plan

Our latest blog finds Nisha Patel updating us on the AHRC’s plans to introduce a new Data Management Plan. This essential component of the AHRC Research Grant application will replace the old Technical Plan later this year. It’s official. Plans first mooted in 2017 have finally been announced. The AHRC …

‘From collaboration to company creation’ : Business development in the medical sciences

In today’s blog Marja Karttunen talks with Dr Emma Mickley from the commercialisation team at the College of Medicine and Vet Medicine about the role they play in helping take research to market. There are many reasons why academic researchers may wish to work with industry. With everyone competing over …