Research Innovation Enterprise

Researcher Development Fund 2020-21 – Applications Open

The Research, Innovation and Enterprise Office is happy to announce that the application window for the Researcher Development Fund 2020-2021 is now open.

What is the fund and can I apply for it?
The strategy of the funding is to enable doctoral students and early career research staff to initiate, design, manage and deliver new professional development activities for their peers, which will in turn develop the skills and experience needed to progress their own careers.

This initiative is intended to support personal, professional and career development for the lead researcher and their peers at Edinburgh Napier University. Any funded project should contribute to the wider research culture of the university, and should have clear benefits beyond the personal development of the lead researcher alone. The fund is NOT designed for funding research projects directly, nor is it designed to support travel to conferences or attendance at conferences (unless as a part of a wider development project).

Applicants are invited to apply for funding to organise an event or initiative between 22nd February 2021 and 31st July 2021.

More information can be found in the funding guidelines and assessment criteria for your information on how the application will be assessed, both at the foot of this post.

How do I apply?
Complete the Researcher Development Fund and Application Form below. If you have an initiative that you would like to be considered for funding, send your completed application to by 5pm on Monday 1ST February.

The timeline will be as follows:

Tuesday 5th January 2021 – Competition opens for applications
Monday 1st February 2021 – deadline for applications
w/c 15th February 2021 – Successful Candidates will be notified
22nd February – 31st July 2021 – Carry out projects/initiatives
31st July 2021 – Deadline for completing spend for projects/ initiatives

Post Initiative Report: Award holders must report within 8 weeks upon completing initiative. RIO will contact those funded about this following award.

Please get in touch should you have any questions about the initiative.

Application form and supporting documents: