Research Innovation Enterprise

Funding streams update

Inside Government Research and Innovation Conference

The annual UK conference on research and innovation further emphasised the Government’s commitment to support the academic community to work with the UK business community.
The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund remains the spearhead funding stream for the policy with £4.7 billion allocated over the next 4 years to support this knowledge exchange mechanism.

To date Scotland has received 52 awards from this funding stream. A third wave of funding opportunities are being announced shortly to further support the grand challenges. Themes include:

  • Artificial Intelligence and data
  • ageing society
  • clean growth
  • future of mobility
Keep a check on the funding announcements if your research touches on these themes.

The Wellcome Trust delivered a talk on their current funding opportunities . Wellcome supports biomedical research to improve public health. There are currently 53 funding streams available. They announced a new Leap Fund aimed at supporting disruptive research for key global health issues with £250 million allocated.

Carnegie Trust

Carnegie have announced that the funding for the Research Incentive Grant will be increased from £10,000 to £15,000 from March 2019.

They are visiting Edinburgh Napier on the of 10th January to host workshops on their funding streams. Those looking to apply are encouraged to attend:

Carnegie have also announced a new Research Workshop initiative. This fund will be up to £50,000 to support innovative research, culminating in research workshops.
The key points to this new fund are:

  • New fund of 150k for supporting 3 or 4 workshop based projects
  • Max 50k
  • Direct costs only
  • Must have a research topic
  • Key elements should be , Inter Disciplinary topics, more than one HEI, early career researchers included, multi- cultural encouraged (inclusive), non HEI partners will be viewed as a positive element
  • Result should be one or more event/workshop which should lead to clearly identified other research topics or funding streams
  • There is no closing date, projects assessed as the go along

A two-page ‘expression of interest’ is being asked for to set out the idea, its aims and its scope. This should be sent to the Carnegie application portal in the first instance. If good enough this will lead to an invite for a full application.

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