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Dundee Interdisciplinary and Innovation Forum (DIIF)

DIIF aims to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, to generate lasting impact and solve major challenges.

RIS are coordinating a series of events across multiple themes, including: Decommissioning, Human Rights, Health Inequalities, Healthcare and Design, Tackling AMR, and Medical Imaging and Intervention

Global Challenges Workshop at the University of Dundee

RIS blog

RIS blog on One DundeeRead our recent contributions to the One Dundee blog:

Brexit update – continued access to Horizon2020

Grant Davidson / Orla Kelly, December 2017

Celebrating enterprise with the best in Tayside

Orla Kelly, November 2017

Dundee is playing its part in the largest experiment in the world!

Orla Kelly, October 2017

Research and industry are a perfect match at Dundee

Orla Kelly, September 2017

We are masters of innovation - find out why!

- Orla Kelly, June 2017

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Pump-Priming Awards

- Joanne Butterworth, June 2017

Article 50 and EU funding - support from RIS

- Grant Davidson, April 2017

RIS in the media

‌RIS, sponsors of the Courier Business Awards 2017

We were proud to sponsor the Enterprise in Education Award at this year's Courier Business Awards, held in the Apex, Dundee, on 28th October 2017.

A huge congratulations to the three University of Dundee spinout companies who won on the night!

Read more in our blog:

Celebrating enterprise with the best in Tayside

Find out more about the awards:


Innovation & IP Special Report - The Herald, 19 May 2017

Innovation & IP Special Report, The HeraldThe University of Dundee featured in a Special Report in Innovation and IP in The Herald. As one of Europe's universities that's doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy (Reuters 2017), this report highlighted our successes in innovation, including:

  • our excellent spinouts, such as STAR-Dundee and Exscientia
  • our strategic collaborations, with world-leading pharamaceutical companies and local businesses, e.g. Rautomead
  • our impact; we're consistently one of the Top 20 universities in the UK when it comes to citations
  • our ability to identify, protect, manage and exploit the University's intellectual property

Read part of our contribution here - Success in innovation: A University perspective

RIS Past Events

Data Science Workshop

On the 28th September, RIS welcomed the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) to Dundee to hold a Data Science Workshop, bringing together researchers from DJCAD, Geography and Computing at the University with colleagues from across Scotland, UK and as far away as the Falkland Islands. The workshop aimed to facilitate discussions around creative and innovative solutions to research in remote environments. Get in touch with Neil Mather if you would like to find out more.

Daniela Bolle, Head of Research Development at RIS, facilitates the workshop

The Data Science Workshop was held at the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts)

Daniela Bolle and Neil Mather, RIS, at the Data Science Workshop

UKRO European Funding Event

UK Research Office (UKRO) logoOn Wednesday 20th September, RIS welcomed Blazej Thomas, European Advisor for the UK Research Office (UKRO), to Dundee to share his knowledge and experience, with topics including European funding, H2020 and the next framework programme (FP9), and the European Research Council (ERC) 2018 work programme. The afternoon included a 1-2-1 surgery, giving our Early Career Researchers an opportunity for guidance on their specific projects.

Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) Workshop

Scottish Universities Insight Institute logoOn Friday 8th September the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) visited the University to run a workshop about their 2nd 2017 Knowledge Exchange Programme call. The next SUII call focusses on the theme of Scotland 2030. The workshop was an opportunity to hear from an experienced programme leader and to discuss potential project ideas.

To view current SUII Calls for Proposals, visit www.scottishinsight.ac.uk

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland logoCarnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

On Wednesday 30th August, Patricia Krus and Diane Stewart from Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland visited the University to introduce the Trust’s recently revised Research Incentive Grants (RIG) scheme.

We had a great turnout of Early Career Researchers keen to hear about how the Carnegie Trust visit Dundee to talk to Early Career Researchers about their Research Incentive Grants, 30 August 2017Carnegie Trust can support and enable their research. The RIG scheme aims to enable Early Career Researchers to undertake, as the Principal Investigator, a short research project to develop a new project or line of research which is likely to lead to high quality outputs and outcomes. RIGs can have a duration of 1-12 months with a maximum award value of £10,000, and minimum of £1,500. The next deadline is 15th October 2017.

Visit the Carnegie Trust website for more information on the Research Incentive Grants scheme, and visit our Funding for Research page to browse other funding opportunities.

The University of Dundee's growing relationship with CERN

At the end of March, Diane and Orla from RIS joined a delegation from the University on a visit to CERN. This was a great opportunity to see the impact of developments from Prof Amin Abdolvand's research group on the future of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Our relationship with CERN continues to grow, and we look forward to more opportunities for collarboation in the near future.

Dundee at CERN - accelerating science

Orla Kelly at the CMS Detector, CERN

Senior delegation from University of Dundee meet staff scientists at CERN

In the tunnel at CERN

RIS at ARMA, UKRO and Science & Innovation Conferences

We were busy in June, meeting with our counterparts in universities and other organisations throughout the UK to talk research funding, policy, innovation and our future in Europe. Jillian Balfour and Daniela Bolle attended the ARMA Conference in Liverpool; the aim of the conference is to promote excellence in research management and administration. Daniela also participated in the Science & Innovation Conference at the QEII Centre in London, while Grant Davidson is attending the UK Research Office Conference at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne.

RIS at BioDundee 2017

We took part in the 17th BioDundee International Conference in May 2017, joining the discussion on One Health - The Solution?‌

Orla Kelly and Jamie Henderson at BioDundee2017

Wendy Nicholson, Session Chair at BioDundee International Conference 2017

BioDundee International Conference 2017

RIS at the BioDundee International Conference 2017

RIS at international IP and licensing events

Our IP Manager Richard Gregson attended the Licensing Executives Society International Annual Conference in Paris at the end of April. He explored the changing world of innovation and intellectual property - the IP revolution! 

We also joined Praxis Unico at their Practical Licensing event. Rachel Simpson, Technology Transfer Manager, met with other tech transfer professionals from across the UK.


RIS and the Global Challenges Research Fund

We hosted a workshop on the Government's £1.5bn Global Challenges Research Fund on 21 March 2017, bringing together researchers from across the University to make new networks and discuss ways of working together to address global challenges in low and middle income countries.

  • Ten partnership building projects have been awarded internal Pump-Priming Funding. Read more on the One Dundee blog: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Pump Priming Awards
  • Jillian Balfour, Research Development Officer in RIS, and Margaret Teven, Head of Research Impact and Culture, attended the ARMA Understanding GCRF event on 25th April 2017 to explore the key challenges being faced with the onset of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) agenda.
  • Visit our Funding for Research page for more information.

RIS Global Challenges Workshop

RIS Global Challenges Workshop

RIS Global Challenges Workshop

RIS at the European Robotics Forum 2017

In March, we supported University Technology at the European Robotics Forum (#ERF2017). Many of our researchers focus on human-computer interaction, colour perception, design for disability, internet of things, and more.

RIS contribution to template agreements

Pauline Cheung, Contracts Manager in RIS, has been working with her counterparts in universities across Scotland to compile template agreements, including confidentiality agreements and collaborative research agreements, for use by universities and industry partners. These agreements simplify the technology transfer process, enabling companies to quickly and easily access the best research and technology ideas from Scotland's universities.

The benefits of the agreements have been recognised by universities outside Scotland, influencing the new agreements established by the UK's Brunswick Group of research intensive universities. Read more about it on this Praxis Unico guest blog: Research Contracts - a work in progress

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