2017/18 Open Call

Changing the narrative: developmental needs of looked after children and those who care for them

This programme seeks to bring people together for a national conversation about how a child developmental orientation can improve how we address the needs of looked after children, their families and those who care for them.  More...

Conversations about language and literacy: promoting equity and attainment through engagement

This programme addresses a key priority of the Scottish Government, to close the attainment gap between the most and least deprived children with respect to language and literacy attainment. 

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Integrated public services: learning from experience and from each other

This series addresses the integration of adult health/social care services to improve service delivery. It aims to explore the cultures, professional practice and technology that can underpin successful service integration – including the role of service users in such integration.   More...

Reducing harm and promoting wellbeing amongst people who have housing, health and substance use challenges

This initiative will tackle the inter-relationship of problem substance use, poor physical and mental health and homelessness in Scotland. The programme will create a dialogue on international, national and local best practices in this area, and on how we can work better together across sectors and disciplines to develop Scottish solutions.  More...

Separated and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Scotland

This programme will provide a unique opportunity to develop interdisciplinary, international cooperation, and to work in collaboration with local authorities to further develop best practice in providing support to unaccompanied young people. The aim is to increase the knowledge base and ultimately shape the development of local practice, service provision and policy to improve support and longer term outcomes for children and young people. 
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Shifting paradigms for dementia: Involving people living with dementia across research, policy and practice

The aim of this programme is to ‘shift paradigms’ within dementia, by challenging current thinking and practice through interdisciplinary collaboration and the participation of people with dementia. The programme addresses a key policy challenge both for Scotland and internationally, of supporting a rapidly growing population of people living with dementia in a context of political and economic uncertainty and significant spending restraints within health and social care and the wider public sector.  More...

2016/17 Themed Call

Crafting Growth: exploring potential and challenges of collaboration for Scotland's Craft Beer sector

The programme aims to provide a platform for Scottish brewers and relevant industry bodies to work alongside their counterparts from across Europe, to develop practical action plans for tackling challenges and optimising opportunities for the craft beer sector

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Restorative Justice

Restorative justice (RJ) is a process that brings together those harmed by crime and those responsible for the harm to safely discuss the harm and how it might be set right. Our aim is to increase awareness and understanding of RJ, provide an assessment of the potential for and barriers to the development of RJ, and produce a platform for advancing the use of RJ in Scotland.

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Stigma in Childhood

This programme will address the unique issues for children who experience stigma, as well as common issues which allow learning from the experience of stigma in adulthood. It will consider how stigma is experienced by children from different places, and how it manifests itself; for children themselves, in families and communities, and in provision of services.

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The Leadership Studio

This project asks what types of intervention are effective in developing readiness and capacity for collaborative leadership in the context of complex public issues? It aims to design a suite of interventions, and then to demonstrate the efficacy of these with a group of Scottish public sector leaders as they work together on a complex problem. The project is underpinned by a studio pedagogy, which emphasises the co-production of hands-on learning-by-doing in real lived contexts.

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The role of new City Deals in supporting Regional Economic Growth

This programme will build on Scottish expertise to form a working network (drawn from Scotland, the UK and other OECD countries) of economists, geographers, political scientists and planners to share knowledge of City Region economies.

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Widening Choices for People with Dementia

The project aims to support people with dementia, policy makers and other stakeholders in Scotland to learn from other places about alternative housing-with-care models, through a series of co-produced films, face to face workshops and targeted briefing papers. Adopting a coproduction model of working, and drawing on theories of citizenship, our proposed work will challenge a traditional academic research approach by ensuring that the views and experiences of people with dementia are central in the sharing and development of knowledge.

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2016/17 Open Call

A Bridge over Troubled Waters: a new integrated assessment tool for enhanced social, energy and eco-systems

The aim of the programme is to produce, for the first time, a standardised assessment toolkit local assessment of renewable energy potential, and to collectively identify the related ecological and social benefits arising from sustainable land and water use at a community scale.

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Changing Lives through Inspirational STEM research

Maintaining and enhancing an innovative STEM-driven culture and economy are current priorities for Scotland and the UK and require an inspired, innovative and creative education system. This programme aims to bring partners together to focus on how engaging learners with the latest STEM research can improve individual, social, economic and business prospects and wellbeing and ultimately embed in future generations the expertise, desire and courage to address key social, environmental and technological issues.

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Scotland

How can academia and civil society work in partnership to create a new model of The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) implementation? Four one-day interdisciplinary and cross-sector seminars will seek to improve the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRC through the development of partnerships between universities, NGOs, child law specialists and children and young people.

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What are Public Inquiries meant to achieve and how can we do it faster, better, cheaper?

This programme will bring together experts and senior figures from the academic, legal, public policy worlds along with recent participants in inquiries and experts in management/audit and design research and governmental researchers to understand what public inquiries are intended to achieve (and the extent to which they are successful); to consider whether the same or better results could be achieved by other means and to identify any lessons / approaches which might assist current public inquiries in the UK.

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2015/16 Themed Call

Adoption of Stroke Technologies by the User Community

Our aim is reduce the healthy years lost to stroke through greater integration of technologies that promote patient centred functional recovery. To do this we propose a programme of activities designed to generate new thinking in this area by clarifying user priorities, developing a framework to evaluate and guide technology development in a way that places the user at the centre and to form a network of stakeholders capable of influencing practice nationally and internationally.

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Progressive and Creative Practice in Workplace Innovation

Fostering a culture of workplace innovation requires, among other things, more progressive workplace practice driven by collaboration and dialogue. This proposal focusses on ‘what works’ in workplace innovation; how employers can learn from each other; how practitioners, policymakers and researchers can collaborate and how policy levers can support workplace innovation.

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Rewriting the Rulebook: analysing and assessing the economics of Community Landownership

Working with Community Land Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and partners in the Scottish Government, this project will operate through collaborative and co-productive methods to develop a rigorous set of criteria for the appraisal of the performance of community-owned land

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The Circular Economy in the Scottish Bioeconomy

The importance of sustainable consumption and production patterns was highlighted by the UN’s Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals. This programme seeks to establish a Scottish network with broad participation from industry, government and the third sector to identify technologies and knowledge that can help Scotland progress towards a zero waste and circular economy.

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Transformative Innovation in Health and Social Care

This programme will focus on the kinds of transformative innovation that are needed within services and communities to address pressing concerns about the appropriateness and sustainability of health and social care provision. It brings together leading Scottish and international thinkers and practitioners from key areas of research and practice development, supported by the International Futures Forum.

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2015/16 Open Call

Digital Families Across the Lifecourse

The Final Report from this interesting and highly topical programme is now available to read.  For more information, visit the programme webpage

 

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Flourishing Communities and Productive Seas

The programme explores the concepts of blue growth (including offshore renewables, aquaculture and coastal tourism), what adopting an ecosystems approach and securing Environmental Status mean for marine planning and the marine environment in Scotland. Our aim is to develop 7 Lay Person's guides on the concepts/approaches of Marine Spacial Planning, and to enhance civic and stakeholder awareness, understanding and engagement.

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Problems and Solutions in Food Security - from Surf to Turf

Predicted increases in the world population mean that the demand for food is expected to double by 2050 but the increase in temperature and extreme weather conditions expected due to climate change and resource depletion make our food production systems vulnerable. The overall aim of the programme is to make an international impact by applying Scotland’s world-leading expertise in seafood and crop systems to address the key challenges and opportunities facing food security, bringing together academics, industry and policy makers so that practical solutions to food security can be identified. More...

2014/15 Themed Call

The Pinkie Resilience Project: Enhancing Equality, Boosting Wellbeing and Realising Potential in Scottish Schools

The Pinkie Resilience Project brings together international experts in education, psychology, the arts, medicine, education policy, epidemiology and history to determine how schools best support wellbeing and nurture development; and select interventions to test in a pilot project based at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School in Musselburgh, East Lothian. More...

2014/15 Open Call

Linking Northern Communities - East European Immigration in Scotland

This programme will focus on the importance of understanding social, cultural and economic parameters of integration of migrants into Scottish society. More...

Waterfront Regeneration

This knowledge exchange programme will bring together practitioners, policy makers and academics involved with the regeneration processes in three major waterfront developments in Scotland - Dundee, Edinburgh and the Clyde - to explore issues surrounding the economic, social and environmental aspects of regeneration in Scotland and elsewhere. More...

2013/14 Open Call

Children's Rights, Social Justice and Social Identities in Scotland

This programme seeks to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to explore challenges of how to address social inequalities and promote social justice for present and future generations of children and young people.

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Memory-friendly Neighbourhoods

Working co-creatively with policy, practice and not-for-profit partners, and experts from Europe and North America, the Memory Friendly Neighbourhoods programme synthesises evidence from national and international studies in design for wellbeing and the lived experience of people with dementia.  Setting an agenda for future collaboration, the programme was innovative in using live sites to explore ideas, using new technologies for both activities and outputs and in integrating robust, academic research into the social networks of people with dementia. More...

2010/11 Open Call

Child protection

A series of seminars will bring together international experts in longitudinal studies, policy-makers, software providers, analytical services and representatives of key professional disciplines to discuss a mechanism for establishing the infrastructure for more effective routine data collection about child well-being in Scotland. More...

Community Resourcing

This project aims to establish a network of academics, practitioners, community groups, national and local government representatives and policy makers who are focused on how a sustainable economy can be built. In particular, the role of community ownership of assets will be examined. More...