Seed funding

Seed funding and pilot funding from the University and other funders.

A new University internal seed-funding scheme to support radically interdisciplinary ideas and collaborations.

Funding to support original research in any discipline awarded via an annual competition.

Whilst not directly funding research, this scheme may fund projects that link research, teaching and public engagement.

The purpose of the Research Incentive Grants scheme is to make it possible for an Early Career Researcher to undertake, as the Principal Investigator, a short research project, either of a stand-alone nature or in the form of an initial study that could be expected to lead to a more extensive project.

The RS Macdonald Seedcorn Fund has been created to support the development of neuroscience research projects and collaboration at the University of Edinburgh.

Awards are aimed at enabling researchers to advance innovative and novel ideas related to prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of human diseases.

The Pilot project scheme is meant for novel research ideas that if successful would lead to a Major project or programme application to Alzheimer’s Research UK or other funding body.

The scheme provides ‘seed corn’ funding for new projects of timeliness and promise.

This scheme supports Scientists at an early stage in their career to develop their work, understanding small research projects or pilot studies.

Awards to help newly independent biomedical scientists to launch their research careers.

This award offers funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD.

The University of Edinburgh has partnered with Rice University to create deep and strategic research and education collaborations.

Tenovus Scotland raises funds to support early stage medical research and young researchers across all fields of medical science and in institutions across Scotland.

Seed funding toolkit

The Edinburgh Global Partnerships & Community team have developed a seed funding toolkit.

This is a guide for people who are leading, managing and delivering academic partnership development seed funds. 

Users of the toolkit can build their strategic and operational understanding of the topic by exploring the full lifecycle of seed funds and accessing a wide range of example documentation:

View the partnership seed funding toolkit via the Edinburgh Global website