Funding Cultures Lab.

Research funding organisations are a preeminent site of science policy. They set priorities for their respective fields, provide science advice and contribute to national debate on topics relating to science, technology and innovation. In collaboration with funding agency staff we explore questions about the roles and responsibilities of these frequently-overlooked organisations. How are decisions about the scope of a research agenda achieved? How are differing ideas of valuable research negotiated? And with these same staff, we develop new governance methodologies to shape emerging scientific fields in democratic societies.

You can read more about our work below or contact us.

Projects & case studies

  • Developing Institutional Reflexivity @ BBSRC (Skape blog)
  • EuroNanoMed III
  • ERA CoBioTech Seminar Series 1
  • ERA CoBioTech Seminar Series 2
  • ERA CoBioTech Evaluation Workshop
  • Flag ERA workshop
  • SusFood Pilot
  • M-ERA NET Guidelines
  • A field guide for responsible research and innovation
  • Learning from RRI in ERA CoBioTech

Notes, posts and briefings

Responsible research and innovation as social learning: Insights from BBSRC and the ERA CoBioTech programme

Resources

ERA CoBioTech’s Agenda for Responsible Research & Innovation

Publications

Smith, R.D.J., Scott, D., Kamwendo, Z.T. & Calvert, J (2019) An Agenda for Responsible Research and Innovation in ERA CoBioTech. Swindon, UK: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Attenborough, R.; Smith, R.D.J.; Kamwendo, Z.T.; DePrie, K. (2020) Results and recommendations of the virtual 2nd Biotech Hub Meeting convened by the ERA-NET Cofund on Biotechnology. Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism (SMWK).

Smith, R.D.J.; Leng, R.; Kamwendo, T.K. (2021) An appraisal of responsible research & innovation in ERA CoBioTech. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.

Smith, R.D.J., Hartley, S., Middleton, P., Jewitt, T. (2021) Knowing when to talk? Plant genome editing as a site for pre-engagement institutional reflexivity. Public Understanding of Science, 30, 740-758.

Smith, R.D.J. Kamwendo, Z.T., Berndt, A., Parkin, J (2021) Taking knowledge production seriously in responsible research and innovation. Journal of Responsible Innovation.

Smith, R.D.J.; Schäfer, S.; Bernstein, M.J.B. Governing beyond the project: Refocusing innovation governance in science and technology funding. (Working paper – email for a copy!)

Kamwendo, Z.T.; Smith, R.D.J.; Scott, D., Calvert, J. Distributed Responsible Research and Innovation: Developing a framework for RRI in a multinational funding programme. (Working paper – email for a copy!)

Collaborators

People

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

University of Edinburgh

Michael Bernstein

Michael Bernstein

Austrian Institute of Technology

Thoko Kamwendo

Thoko Kamwendo

University of Edinburgh

Jane Calvert

Jane Calvert

University of Edinburgh

Rhodri Leng

Rhodri Leng

University of Edinburgh

Ros Attenborough

Ros Attenborough

University of Edinburgh

Filippo Cuttica

Filippo Cuttica

Independent Designer