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Four pioneering Scottish research alliances (ARCs) were officially launched at an event held yesterday at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

They are part of an ambitious Scottish Funding Council (SFC) led initiative to establish collaborative, multi-disciplinary partnerships between universities and other parts of the research and innovation sector based around societal challenges. A key aim of the alliances is to provide support for Scottish universities to respond to national and international funding opportunities.

Building on Scotland’s strong culture of research collaboration, the alliances are focussing on areas aligned to the Scottish Government’s national priorities. They will be enabling collaborations in the areas of brain health; energy, homes and livelihoods; food; and quantum technologies.

The Scottish Funding Council is keen for the alliances to play a key role in developing Scotland’s next generation of researchers and so they will actively support researchers in the early stages of their career and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Helen Cross, Director of Research and Innovation at the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“By bringing together the best people from a whole range of disciplines across several universities these exciting alliances have enormous potential to harness new research opportunities for Scotland.

“They will also support Scottish researchers to continue doing what they have always done, which is to help provide the answers to some of the most pressing challenges faced by societies across the world.”

Each ARC will be funded up to a total of £600,000 over the next four years.

You can read more about the ARCs in a Wonke blog from SFC’s Director of Research and Innovation, Helen Cross.