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. The overall aim of the programme was 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

Child Neglect, Wellbeing and Resilience: Adopting Arts-based Practices

We will hold interdisciplinary and cross-sector seminars which will undertake iterative cycles of inquiry engaging with a range of academics (neglect, wellbeing, arts), arts professionals, other professionals (social workers, teachers, educational psychologists) and policy makers, to systematically explore what is known about child neglect and its impact on children and young people, their families and wider communities. More...

Creating Spaces for Change: towards more humane, more participatory and effective responses to offending behaviour

This programme will explore the values that currently underpin Scottish Justice, as well as those that should underpin it in the future. To effect change when previous attempts to do so have failed requires looking beyond policy fixes to the values and the socio-cultural drivers that take practice in particular directions.  More...

Development of Migrant Youth Identities in Post-Referendum Scotland

This programme seeks to explore the creation of migrant youth identities in post-referendum Scotland, bringing together academics and stakeholders concerned with research and work on immigration and immigrant integration, youth studies, youth media and cultural communications. More...

Digital Families Across the Lifecourse

Aims to improve the digital health of our population, to promote internet safety, and use technologies to support learning are well established. The Digital Families programme will add to this growing body of knowledge by providing opportunities to explore the increasing presence of domestic digital technologies within family life, and to debate both the benefits and pressures these technologies bring.

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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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Planning for the National BSL Plan: Building a Sustainable Framework for British Sign Language in Schools

The British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill aims to promote British Sign Language (BSL), a visual-gestural language used at home by over 12,500 people in Scotland. This programme will support the first national plan by bringing together Deaf sector organisations, BSL users, educators and early years workers, policy makers, and experts in BSL, sign language studies and language learning to share information, identify challenges and explore opportunities for increasing teaching of BSL within the Scottish Education system.  More...

Principles of Accountable Policing

Policing structures across the UK have recently undergone the most radical change since the mid-twentieth century. Against this background, the proposed workshop series aims to provide a ‘safe space’ in which the issue of what constitutes the key principles of accountable policing can be debated.  More...

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

Children and Young People's Experiences and Views of Poverty and Inequality: Policy and Practice Implications

In Scotland, like in many societies around the world, unequal access to opportunities remains a chronic and cumulative impediment to individuals’ education, health and civic participation. This Programme will aim to increase equality and help realise human potential through a series of activities which will encourage evidence-based practice, stimulate collaboration between a range of stakeholders and involve young people as active citizens. More...

Financing the Future: Achieving Sustainable Growth in Credit Unions

There is a widely perceived need to codify and disseminate knowledge among credit union professionals, other stakeholders, including local authorities and housing associations, and the academic community. This programme aims to generate awareness and support for credit unions as socially responsible lenders, which are accountable to the communities in which they are based, and so able to increase financial inclusion while operating as sustainable businesses.  More...

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

Access to Mental Health Care Services

The rising prevalence of mental illness is a growing concern for European societies and access to mental health care one of the top public health priorities. This programme will bring together mental health practitioners, interpreters, health care administrators, policy makers and academics to discuss the most salient issues in the provision of mental health care to linguistically diverse patients with the goal of understanding systemic difficulties and enhancing provision. More...

Big Data and the Third Sector

Public service reform has led to increasing provision of services by third sector organisations.This leads to two challenges for policy makers: understanding the make-up and distribution of the third sector to inform policy; and ensuring that organisations have access to the necessary data to inform the design and delivery of services. More...

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, and how awareness of common links of heritage and its influence on identity can improve and ease the integration of migrants into their new environment.  More...

Place Identity Dwelling - Design and Procurement of Volume House Building

Scotland’s suburbs are set to expand significantly over the next 15 years.This project will seek to examine the relationship between architectural design and volume house-building, and determine new mechanisms for ensuring the integration and longevity of design quality in the procurement of volume house-building. More...

Seannachies - Addressing Social Isolation through Storytelling

'Seannachies' will explore how storytelling can engage people in meaning-making in order to enhance collective wellbeing in socially and culturally challenged communities.  Storytelling and design approaches will be core to actively engage in knowledge exchange between academics, healthcare practitioners, agencies, policy makers and older people. 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...