Grant Writing Resources

A frequently updated list of useful resources, links and contacts to help with funder requirements such as impact and inclusion and diversity

Successful Research Funding Applications

A library of successful research funding applications is maintained by the Edinburgh Research Office. You may also be able to ask colleagues (e.g. in your  Institute) for example proposals. Check with your Portfolio Manager for locally held proposals which are shared only within the School.

Research Challenges in Computer Systems for the 2020s
 A useful reference for proposal writing, this  is the final report on the NSF-Sponsored Community Visioning Workshop on Inter-Disciplinary Research Challenges in Computer Systems for the 2020s, highlighting some priority areas: developing the components for a usable planet-scale Internet of Things (IoT), with provably energy-efficient devices; rethinking the hardware-software security contract in the age of AI; making AI a truly dependable technology that is usable by all the citizens in all settings;  developing solutions to tackle extreme complexity, possibly based on formal methods.            


Responsible Innovation, Responsible Research and Innovation

Fast Track Impact, the go-to site for all things impact from Pathways to Case Studies, Prof. Mark Reed has assembled a library of templates and examples of good practice, including funder specific (UKRI, H2020) or fund-specific (GCRF). Copies of the book available in Research Services Room 5.33

From EPSRC December 2020: How to handle impact in EPSRC proposals:

From EPSRC February 2021:  Take time to seriously consider with stakeholders both the positive and negative effects your work could have on the world we live in. Actively adjust your research plans, where appropriate, to maximise positive and minimise negative impacts.

ORBIT- the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT - contains ICT-specific resources and a project self-assessment tool

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

LERU (League of European Research Universities, of which UoE is a member) has just published a position paper Equality, diversity and inclusion at universities: the power of a systemic approach ‘The paper’s key message is that EDI can be more effectively promoted at universities by making use of a comprehensive approach. Such an approach needs to be holistic and systemic in 1/ addressing inclusion and enhanced representation of all under-represented groups; 2/ aiming at the entire academic community of staff and students together; and 3/ making the content of both the research and the research-led curriculum more inclusive.‘

EPSRC - Information on including EDI in your grant application hereUKRI Resource Hub includes EDI alongside research integrity, open data and brings together policies, standards and guidance to support researchers, innovators and organisations.

UKRI - Equality Statements are mandatory on UKRI GCRF and Newton Fund Calls.


How to Protect Your Research

As a researcher there are steps that you can take that will help you to protect your research, ensure that you are meeting all your legal obligations and support you in making informed decisions about research collaborations.  In the School of Informatics Portfolio Managers, Business Development and other professional services colleagues will support and manage much of this through School and University processes - another reason to be in touch with your Portfolio Manager as soon as possible, providing as much information as possible on your project.

  • Collaborating with research partners – protecting intellectual property, making informed decisions about international collaboration and managing cyber risks
  • Using legal frameworks – understanding contractual expectations, export controls and GDPR
  • Helping researchers to stay safe - protecting your personal and research data, working with overseas researchers and attending conferences abroad
The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has just published How to Protect Your Research, a useful read as it addresses a number of the current issues from cyber security to export control, GDPR to conflict of interest.
Horizon Europe Draft Work Programmes

Please note that these are draft and therefore subject to change.

Horizon Europe - what's new, what's changed