University launches new Research and Innovation Strategy

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The University has launched a new strategy on how it will use its world-class research and innovation to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.

The Research and Innovation Strategy 2030 sets out the University’s plans and ambitions for the next six years, highlighting new initiatives and opportunities for colleagues and partners and detailing how it will strengthen the University’s research environment.

The Strategy means the University will commit to sustaining excellence across its disciplines and provide the crucial underpinning for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Alongside the University’s discovery research, it is pioneering a series of focused Missions to strengthen the University’s role in tackling urgent global issues.

The Missions, based on the University’s established excellence and ambitions, are: to shape the future of health and care; to harness the power of data, digital and AI for the public good; and to tackle the climate and environmental crisis.

As well as establishing the Missions, the Strategy also focuses on how the University will support the people behind research and innovation. It details how the University will enhance career development and stability at all levels and in all roles within the research and innovation community, incorporating initiatives from our Research Cultures Action Plan that seek to address inequalities in research careers.

The Strategy articulates how the University will foster a responsible and sustainable research and innovation culture, with commitments to new policies on ethics and global engagement.

Another focus is deeper engagement with partners. The University aims to do this by doubling the number of academics engaged with industrial partners by creating a career path for academics who want to focus on commercialisation and industry engagement, and, through institutional support and recognition, help address the gender imbalance that emerges between the profiles of student enterprise and later stage companies.

Professor Christina Boswell, Vice Principal for Research and Enterprise, said: “We are delighted to share this ambitious strategy with the wider University. Edinburgh’s work has always made a difference to the world, and the new strategy drives forward this proud legacy. It will help us foster an inclusive and enabling environment that positions us to produce world-changing research and innovation.”

Find out more

To find out more about the Research and Innovation Strategy 2030 and what it means for you, please visit the University’s research and innovation page.

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