Category: Research funding

Simplifying Responsible Research and Innovation – A tool building in societal readiness into research

Researchers and research funders are increasingly seeking to ensure their work is aligned to societal needs and to prevent it from having foreseeable negative impacts, particularly in fast moving and ethically sensitive fields. In this post, Stefan de …

Do research priorities for mental health actually reflect the goal of fostering well-being?

Mental health research is a complex and inherently social field of research that cuts across traditional academic disciplines as varied as biomedical science and education studies. In this post, Wouter van de Klippe, Alfredo Yegros, Tim Willemse and Is…

As gender equality becomes a priority for EU research funding, does Europe need Athena SWAN?

As Horizon Europe considers the inclusion of gender equality criteria to its research funding activities, Jörg Müller and Charoula Tzanakou assess what can be learnt from the international experience of implementing the Athena SWAN charter and awards s…

We live in an age of projects – Research impact should reflect this

In the second of two blogposts exploring how research impact is increasingly dependent on expertise embedded within organisations rather than traditional research outputs, Rebecca Vine and Paul Nightingale discuss the role of projects as a focus for co…

For Open Grant Proposals

David Lang makes the case that default open grant proposals benefit both individual scientists as well as the broader scientific community. Science is designed to move slowly. Debate, rigor, and peer review add layers of organized skepticism to new ide…

“Minimum expectations” are no way to value the arts, humanities, and social sciences

The UK government recently announced its intention to reduce funding for ‘low value’ degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Drawing on her research into the history of higher education policy, Zoe Hope Bulaitis argues that current governm…

Putting the collective impact of global development research into perspective – What we learned from six years of the Impact Initiative

Reductions to UK aid have highlighted the need to understand both how international development research has, and can continue to, effect positive change. Here, Pauline Rose and Elizabeth Tofaris reflect on the Impact Initiative programme and what can …

Funding cuts undermine the global impact of research and its value as an emancipatory project

Responding to the recently announced cuts to UKRI’s research funding and Overseas Development Assistance programme, Nicky Armstrong and Evelyn Pauls, argue that these developments reflect a narrow conception of the impact of academic research on societ…