Research Innovation Enterprise

Researcher Development Fund 2022 / 2023

The Research, Innovation and Enterprise team of Edinburgh Napier is pleased to announce that the application window for the Researcher Development Fund 2022-23 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 9 January and 31 July 2023.

We encourage applications from doctoral and early career researchers of all backgrounds.

Information session

An online information session will be held on Monday 31 October, from 1-2pm. This will cover types of projects funded in the past, selection criteria for the funding, and timelines for projects. There will also be a chance to ask questions about the funding. Find out more via Edinburgh Napier’s Internal Research Funding Intranet webpage.

How do I apply?

Edinburgh Napier academics and researchers can access further guidance notes, application forms, and previous examples of successful applications via Edinburgh Napier’s Internal Research Funding Intranet webpage.

If you have an initiative that you would like to be considered for funding, please send your completed application to by 10am, Monday 21 November 2022.


  • Monday 10 October 2022 – Competition opens for applications
  • Monday 31 October 2022 – Online information session
  • Monday 21 November 2022 – Deadline for applications
  • w/c 12 December 2022 – Successful candidates will be notified
  • 9 January – 31 July 2023 – Carry out projects / initiatives
  • 31 July 2023 – Deadline for completing spend for projects / initiatives

Award holders will be expected to complete a report on the outcomes of their project within eight weeks of completion. Recipients will be contacted about this closer to the time.

For further information and guidance, please visit Edinburgh Napier’s Internal Research Funding Intranet webpage or contact