Delegates examined government policy for supporting sectors involved in R&I - including the implementation of The Scottish Government’s Economic Action Plan.
Delegates looked at the way forward for developing a successful R&I sector, including developing further collaboration between universities, Innovation Centres and businesses - and supporting the priority sectors for the Scottish economy.
There was assessment of funding for university research and innovation and Scottish Funding Council’s review of the University Innovation Fund (UIF), as well as progress in the delivery of the UIF approach.
There was also a wider discussion on the future for external funding, particularly after Brexit and with uncertainty surrounding the UK’s future access to funding from Horizon Europe, the European Commission’s replacement for Horizon 2020. This included discussion on Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s work for the UK Government on future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation, and the UKRI Delivery Plans for 2019-2020.
Further sessions discussed how research collaboration links can continue to be maintained with Europe. Finally, delegates examined how to promote excellence in research, with focus on how best to train and develop researchers and academics.
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