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


Researcher Culture​​ Fund 2023 / 2024

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Research, Innovation and Enterprise is pleased to invite a second round of applications for the Research Culture Fund (formerly the Researcher Development Fund) 2023-2024.


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 intend​ed 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 1 November 2023 and 31 July 2024.


More information can be found in the attached funding guidelines.  We welcome applications from doctoral and early career researchers of all backgrounds. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require any special provisions in order to make an application. 

How to Apply

​Download application form here >

Download Research Culture Fund Guidance Notes 2023-2024 >

Please note, the deadline for this funding round of applications​ closed at 12pm, 19 January 2024. 

For further information or additional enquiries please contact rieevents@napier.ac.uk 


  • Monday 31 July 2023 – Competition opens for applications
  • Friday 19 January 2024 – Deadline for applications
  • 31 July 2024 – Deadline for completing spend for projects / initiatives


Award holders will be expected to complete a report on the outcomes of their project within 8 weeks of completion. Recipients will be contacted about this closer to the time.


Please find below examples of previous successful applications.

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

CPD courses 300.jpgThe 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 £20,000. 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:

​The funding for this year's round has now closed, however for any enquiries about future rounds of this fund, please contact your School’s Business Development and Relationship Manager for a chat:

Public Engagement Funds 2023 / 2024

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

Applications are currently now closed for this year's funds, but for future expressions of interest or enquiries, please contact: PublicEngagement@napier.ac.uk

 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



SCEBE Public Engagement Lead

Luigi La Spada


SHSC Public Engagement Lead

Stephen Smith