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 about some of our work below or contact us if you’d like to know more.

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

Collaborating Organisations

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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