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Two new grants from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) are to be made available to researchers and academics whose work has been adversely affected by COVID-19, or who are investigating the impact of climate change. The funding behind the grants is part of the RSE and Scottish Funding Council (SFC) agreement.

The Research Re-Boot (COVID-19 IMPACT) Research Grant will provide financial backing to help restart existing research or kick-start new work. The fund is targeted at academics whose work has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

The second fund – the RSE COP 26 International Climate Change Network Grant – offers funding of up to £10,000 for existing research networks to assess the impact of climate change ahead of Scotland hosting COP26 later this year.

Dr Rebekah Widdowfield, Chief Executive of the RSE said: “The role played by science and research has never been more important. The last 12 months have highlighted the value of continual investment in our science and research base in enabling us to mitigate and respond to national and global challenges.

“Our aim, through these two new awards, is to support academics who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic to reboot their research, and also to facilitate international collaboration on climate change in the run up to COP26. Two different funds but both with the potential to change lives for both individuals and wider society.”

Dr Stuart Fancey, SFC’s Director of Research and Innovation, added: “These calls create the space for fresh thinking for those impacted by the various pressures of COVID-19. They also nurture networks and capacity-building within Scotland’s research base, and allow us to strengthen our international connections which are all the more important in a post-Brexit research landscape.
We very much look forward to seeing the outcomes of these two new award programmes put in place by the RSE.”

Applications must be submitted by 3 March. Full details are available on the RSE website.