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This page details the application processes and timelines for Internal Research Funds that are available at ​Edinburgh Napier University. 

Researcher Development Fund 2022 / 2023

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The Researcher Development Fund Competition offers awards of up to £1,500 to support researchers who are pro-actively identifying their own development needs and that of the research community and culture

Funding is available for initiatives which support personal, professional and career development for researchers. Awards are intended 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. Collaborative applications are encouraged. 


  • Monday 10 October 2022 – Competition opens for applications 
  • 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 

Information session

An online information session will be held on Monday 31 October 2022, 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. Click here to join this session in MS Teams >

Application Forms

Deadline for applications: 21 November 2022


Please find below examples of previous successful applications.

For further information, download our guidance notes​, and for additional enquiries please contact rieevents@napier.ac.uk 

Public Engagement Funds 2022 / 2023

Our public engagement funding invites applications for funding for projects which engage people from outside the University community with your research.

This year, we have two funding streams for you to consider:

  • ​Our traditional fund for one (or more) researcher(s) from one school, with a budget of up to £1,500 (Download application form here >)

  • Following our successful pilot last year, a multi-school fund for researchers from two or more academic schools for projects with an interdisciplinary focus, with a budget of up to £5,000 (Download application form here >​)

How to Apply: 

Please make sure you read through the funding information sheet carefully and complete the correct application form (see above). We encourage you to discuss your project with your School Public Engagement Lead or the University’s Public Engagement Manager, Dawn Smith, before submitting your application.

The application process is intended to help you plan your project. We’d like to hear about your proposed public engagement project, rather than your research, with details which are relevant to its delivery. We anticipate a high number of applications so please make sure that you use clear, plain English, avoiding jargon and acronyms that can be understood by people outwith your academic discipline.

Information sessions

To help you understand more about the funding call, two workshops will be held:

  •  Introduction to Public Engagement and the Single School funding stream (w/c 24 October)
  • Multi-School funding stream: information and matching (w/c 31 October)

The deadline for both funding streams is 5pm, Wednesday 16 November 2022.

 Contact information for application guidance and enquiries:​

University Public Engagement Manager

Dawn Smith


Business School Public Engagement Lead

Louise Todd


SACI Public Engagement Lead

Kirstie Jamieson


SAS Public Engagement Lead

Clare Taylor


SCEBE Public Engagement Lead

Luigi La Spada


SHSC Public Engagement Lead

Stephen Smith



Non-Credit Bearing (NCB) CPD Short Course Development Fund ​

The Research, Innovation and Enterprise Office has launched an internal call to support the strategic growth of our portfolio of non-credit bearing (NCB) CPD short courses and will be funding the development of new courses. The intention is for these courses to become a permanent feature of our portfolio and run at least once a year. The courses will demonstrate the breadth and strength of our institutional expertise.

It is an open funding call and the development of these new courses will deliver on the strategic research and innovation objectives and KPIs, outlined in the “Shaping Our Future” ​strategy, launched by VP Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Professor Nick Antonopoulos, in AY21/22.

The total funding pot is £15,000. There is no cap on the request for funding but it is expected to be in line with the duration of the course. Depending on the nature of the course, on average, one day of delivery time would equate to three days of development time.

How to Apply:

It is anticipated the next round of funding applications will open and be invited from November 2022.

Further details and guidance notes about the application process and timelines for submission will be announced soon.

For any enquiries about this fund, contact: Head of CPD & Consultancy, Matthew Burdge at m.burdge@napier.ac.uk​