Call for Proposals 2021 – Open Call 

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) is a joint venture of six Higher Education Institutions (Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot Watt, St Andrews and Strathclyde) which provides financial and logistical support to knowledge exchange projects aimed at improving policy and practice in Scotland and beyond. 

The last three calls for proposals have focussed on accelerating progress towards the UN’s Global Goals. The next call will be an open call to allow applicants to address any issue. 


The Call 

While not wishing to constrain the call, the SUII Governing Board are particularly interested in supporting projects that help tackle pressing challenges and opportunities. These include:

  • Contributing to a national mission of achieving a ‘just transition’ to net-zero
  • Recovery from the impact of Covid in an environmentally and socially sustainable way 
  • Supporting the most vulnerable parts of the economy and society hardest hit by the pandemic, such as smaller firms and young people
  • Adapting to the implications of Brexit
  • Building resilience to future shocks
  • Developing more effective collaboration
  • Strengthening democratic engagement



Applications are invited from teams whose composition reflects the multi-discipline and multi-sector remit of the Institute. Applicants must include members from at least two SUII partner universities.

Project teams should include academics and policy makers and practitioners; ideally some non-academic partners should be involved in the development phase of a proposal to help ensure it is demand led. SUII projects also offer the opportunity to draw on international expertise.