University of Edinburgh

The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge. As a world-leading centre of academic excellence we aim to: Enhance our position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure our performance against the highest international standards Provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our students Produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards Make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing. As a great civic university, Edinburgh especially values its intellectual and economic relationship with the Scottish community that forms its base and provides the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest international horizons, enriching both itself and Scotland.
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh | GB



Remit: Since its founding in 2002, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) has emerged as a prominent advocate for the promotion of basic research at European universities. LERU strongly believes that basic research plays an essential role in the innovation process and significantly contributes to the progress of society.


Remit: Scotland Europa promotes Scottish interests across the institutions of the European Union and to the representatives of Europe’s regions and nations. Scotland Europa membership brings together a wide range of Scottish organisations, including public authorities, businesses, local government, trade unions and education and voluntary organisations. This diverse partnership gives us a variety of perspectives on Scottish interests in Europe and an influential voice in European affairs. With experienced and specialised staff based in Brussels and Scotland, Scotland Europa fosters strong links between Scotland and Europe, providing intelligence, policy analysis and strategic funding advice.


Remit: Scotland Europa works closely with OEE, the trade association for ocean renewables in Europe. OEE members include Scotland Europa members ScottishPower, Scottish Development International and the University of Edinburgh, as well as the European Marine Energy Centre.


Remit: The European University Association (EUA) is the representative organisation of universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. Thanks to its interaction with a range of other European and international organisations EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard, wherever decisions are being taken that will impact on their activities.


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The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
The financial assistance is to help Lithuania, Slovakia and Bulgaria with the shut down of Soviet-style nuclear reactors (Ignalia, Bohunice and Kozloduy) which are outdated and do not meet safety requirements. The three countries committed to closing these reactors as part of their EU Accession Treaty. Eligible projects are limited to decommissioning and waste management at three specific nuclear reactors in Lithuania (Ignalia), Slovakia (Bohunice) and Bulgaria (Kozloduy). However, measures funded from the assistance programme in all three countries go far beyond pure decommissioning and dismantling projects and cover also for example the design and construction of a landfill facility and near surface repository for the management of radioactive waste, the treatment of operational waste and support to the nuclear regulators and nuclear waste agencies. The assistance is implemented through the International Decommissioning Support Fund (IDSF), managed by the European bank for Reconstruction and Development ( EBRD).
Boosting skills and employability. The programme will increase the quality and relevance of Europe’s education systems by providing funding for the professional development of education and training staff, as well as youth workers and for cooperation between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.
COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It supports the competitiveness, growth and sustainability of EU's enterprises, in particular SMEs, and promoting entrepreneurship. To reach this, the programme eases SME's access to finance by providing loan guarantees and risk-capital, facilitates access to new markets inside and outside the EU and improves the framework conditions for businesses, e.g. by reducing the administrative burden on SMEs.
The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme aims to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.
Focusing on people flows and the integrated management of migration. The fund supports actions addressing all aspects of migration, including asylum, legal migration, integration and the return of irregularly staying non-EU nationals. The UK has used predcessor programmes for returns programmes, resettlement programmes, community integration programmes, charter flight programmes, and resettlement activity.
Supporting European cinema and the cultural and creative sector and enabling them to increase their contribution to jobs and growth. The programme will support tens of thousands of artists, cultural professionals and cultural organisations in the performing arts, fine arts, publishing, film, TV, music, interdisciplinary arts, heritage, and the video games industry, allowing them to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop the skills that are needed in the digital age. By helping European cultural works to reach new audiences in other countries, the new programme will also contribute to safeguarding and promoting Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity.
The programme will help to make people's rights and freedoms effective in practice by making them better known and more consistently applied across the EU. It will also promote the rights of the child, the principles of non discrimination (racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation) and gender equality (including projects to combat violence against women and children).
The Civil Protection Mechanism coordinates the EU's response to natural and man-made disasters within and outside the Union.
Placing consumers at the centre of the Single Market and empowering them to participate actively in the market and make it work for them. Actions will focus on: monitoring and enforcing safety; information and education initiatives to make consumers aware of their rights, delivering legislation aimed at enhancing consumer rights and enforcement action to see where consumer rights are being compromised or denied.
Securing Europes global competitiveness, strengthening its position in science and its industrial leadership in innovation by providing major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs. The programme aims at tackling societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market. Horizon 2020 is designed to be a different kind of EU research programme - funding the entire value creation chain from fundamental research through to market innovation, and with drastically less red tape.
The Connecting Europe Facility will support the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport; building missing cross-border links and removing bottlenecks along main trans-European transport corridors. CEF will allow the construction of projects that would not be taken up by the market otherwise. Creating a centrally managed infrastructure fund will minimise the administrative burden and decrease the costs for the EU budget by promoting synergies on project and programme level.
Copernicus is a European system for monitoring the Earth. It will ensure the regular observation and monitoring of Earth sub-systems, the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated and guaranteed information in support of a broad range of environmental and security applications and decisions.
Customs and taxation: the Customs 2020 programme supports the functioning and modernisation of the Customs Union. The Fiscalis 2020 programme supports the functioning of the taxation systems in the Union and in particular the fight against tax fraud, tax evasion and aggressive tax planning. Both programmes achieve this objective by funding a highly secured communication network allowing exchange of information between national customs and tax administrations and by promoting knowledge-sharing and networking between officials of the EU countries customs and tax authorities. Fight against fraud: the Pericles 2020 programme aims at combating euro-counterfeiting in Europe and worldwide. It funds exchanges, assistances and training for authorities, banks and others involved in the protection of euro coins and banknotes. The Hercule III programme is dedicated to fighting fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the EU, including the fight against cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting. The programme helps national law enforcement authorities in their fight against illegal cross-border activities by financing technical and operational support and professional training activities.
Supporting activities to increase awareness and citizens' understanding of the EU, its values and history, such as the remembrance of Europe’s past and partnerships between cities (town-twinning). The programme will also help people become more engaged in civic and democratic activities through debates and discussions on EU-related issues. No designated contact point for the UK to date.
The programme aims to make sure that EU legislation in civil and criminal justice is effectively applied. This will help ensure proper access to justice for people and businesses in cross-border legal cases in Europe and support EU actions to tackle drugs and crime.
The purpose of the Development Cooperation Instrument is to contribute to the eradication of poverty as well as fostering sustainable economic, social and environmental development, and consolidating and supporting democracy, the rule of law, good governance and human rights. The Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) covers cooperation with regions including Latin America, Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and South Africa. It also covers five thematic programmes and a series of measures to help Sugar Protocol countries adjust to the reform of the EU sugar regime.
The purpose of the EU Aid Volunteers is to train and prepare volunteers in order to have skilled people to work in disaster struck communities.
The purpose of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is to contribute to democracy and the rule of law and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. The EIDHR is designed to help civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights. Building on its key strength, which is the ability to operate without the need for host government consent, the EIDHR is able to focus on sensitive political issues and innovative approaches and to cooperate directly with local civil society organisations which need to preserve independence from public authorities, providing for great flexibility and increased capacity to respond to changing circumstances.
ENPI is the funding instrument for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which covers cooperation with South Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Jordan, Israel, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, the occupied Palestinian territory and East neighbourhood countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) Russia has concluded a cooperation framework with the EU outside the ENP). The purpose of the European Neighbourhood Instrument is to advance the EU and surrounding neighbourhood towards an area of shared prosperity and good neighbourliness by developing a special relationship founded on cooperation, peace and security, mutual accountability and a shared commitment to the universal values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The purpose of the Partnership Instrument is to cooperate with third countries by supporting the external dimension of internal policies (e.g. competiveness, research and innovation, migration) and to address major global challenges (e.g. energy security, climate change and environment).
The purpose of the EU humanitarian aid is to provide assistance, relief and protection to people outside the EU victims of natural or man-made disasters.
The Internal Security Fund supports national and EU initatives that ensure safety whilst facilitating legitimate travel, notably border management and actions to combat cross-border, serious and organised crime.
Promotes high standards of nuclear safety amongst nuclear regulators in non-EU countries, radiation protection and the application of efficient and effective safeguards for nuclear materials. Its objectives are; (1) promotion of an effective nuclear safety culture and implementation of the highest nuclear safety and radiation protection standards, and continuous improvement of nuclear safety; (2) responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste, namely transport, pre-treatment, treatment, processing, storage and disposal, and the decommissioning and remediation of former nuclear sites and installations; (3) the establishment of frameworks and methodologies for the application of efficient and effective safeguards for nuclear material in third countries.
ITER is an international collaborative project (EU, US, China, Japan, India Russia, South Korea) to demonstrate the potential of nuclear fusion as a future viable and sustainable energy source. It is one of the world's most ambitious research endeavours. Its results could dramatically change the world's energy landscape opening the way to a safe, affordable, inexhaustible and CO2-free source of energy. The EU hosts the ITER platform in Cadarache, France where 35 nations in total are collaborating to realise the world's largest tokamak fusion device.
The programme aims to complement, support and add value to the policies of the member states to improve the health of EU citizens and reduce health inequalities across the EU. By promoting health, encouraging health
European Structural Funds provide EU Member States and regions with assistance to overcome structural deficiencies and to enable them to strengthen competitiveness and increase employment. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for Structural Funds in Scotland and has overall responsibility for supervising the implementation; ongoing management; and effectiveness of the programmes. In the period from 2014-20, Scotland will focus the Structural Funds on achieving structural reforms which facilitate sustainable economic growth. As EU Funds are deployed alongside significantly greater national resources, efforts will focus on quite specific niche investments which would not otherwise take place, or not to the same scale and timeframes, without Structural Funds. Deliberate efforts to create alignment between all EU Funds deployed in Scotland should ensure that the funds act together to support growth and jobs.
European Structural Funds provide EU Member States and regions with assistance to overcome structural deficiencies and to enable them to strengthen competitiveness and increase employment. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for Structural Funds in Scotland and has overall responsibility for supervising the implementation; ongoing management; and effectiveness of the programmes. In the period from 2014-20, Scotland will focus the Structural Funds on achieving structural reforms which facilitate sustainable economic growth. As EU Funds are deployed alongside significantly greater national resources, efforts will focus on quite specific niche investments which would not otherwise take place, or not to the same scale and timeframes, without Structural Funds. Deliberate efforts to create alignment between all EU Funds deployed in Scotland should ensure that the funds act together to support growth and jobs.
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA)2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries; the Member States of Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland) in cooperation with the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway. This means that the programme area encompasses the Euro-Arctic zone, parts of the Atlantic zone and parts of the Barents region, neighbouring on Canada in the West and Russia in the East.
The Cross-border Territorial Cooperation Programme for Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland (INTERREG Programme), is a European Territorial Cooperation programme that aims to promote greater economic, social and territorial cohesion. It seeks to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders.
The Programme aims to embed greater cooperation in working practices across the North Sea Region (NSR) as a way of tackling joint challenges, pooling expertise and building lasting links between businesses and institutions throughout the NSR. The North Sea Region (NSR) comprises the whole of Norway and Denmark, the eastern parts of the United Kingdom, three provinces of the Flemish Region of Belgium, the north western regions of Germany, the northern and western parts of the Netherlands and the south western area of Sweden. All regions are on or close to the coast of the North Sea itself. The NSR covers an area of some 664,000 km2 and approximately 60 million people.
The Interreg VB North West Europe (NWE) programme is a transnational European Territorial Cooperation Programme and is one of the European Cohesion Policy instruments funded by the European Commission. It is designed to strengthen territorial cohesion within the NWE area by reducing imbalances among the regions. The NWE programme funds activities based on the cooperation of partners from eight countries: Ireland, the Untied Kingdom, Belgium, and Luxembourg, parts of France, Germany and the Netherlands as well as the non-EU member state Switzerland. The area has a population of about 180 million people living in the eligible area of 845 000 km². The ambition defined by the Member States for the NWE area is: “To be a key economic player in the world and create an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion”
INTERREG EUROPE is one of the instruments for the implementation of the EU’s cohesion policy. With this policy, the EU pursues harmonious development across the Union by strengthening its economic, social and territorial cohesion to stimulate growth in the EU regions and Member States. The policy aims to reduce existing disparities between EU regions in terms of their economic and social development and environmental sustainability, taking into account their specific territorial features and opportunities. For the 2014-2020 funding period, cohesion policy concentrates on supporting the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. To reinforce the effectiveness of cohesion policy, the INTERREG EUROPE programme promotes exchange of experience on thematic objectives among partners throughout the Union on the identification and dissemination of good practice with a view to its transfer principally to operational programmes under the Investment for Growth and Jobs goal but also, where relevant, to programmes under European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) goal. This will be done via the support and facilitation of policy learning, sharing of knowledge and transfer of good practices between regional and local authorities and other actors of regional relevance. The programme covers the whole territory of the European Union (EU) and Norway and Switzerland. The overall objective is defined for the INTERREG EUROPE programme: To improve the implementation of policies and programmes for regional development, principally of programmes under the Investment for Growth and Jobs goal and, where relevant, of programmes under the ETC goal, by promoting exchange of experience and policy learning among actors of regional relevance.
URBACT III will be a European Territorial Cooperation programme jointly financed by the European Union (through the European Regional Development Fund) and Member States and will be delivered across the 2014-2020 programming period. It is proposed that URBACT III will act as a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It will enable European cities to work together to develop solutions to urban challenges and share good practices, lessons and solutions with all stakeholders involved in urban policy throughout Europe. The programme will cover all of the 28 Member States of the European Union as well as the two partner countries of Norway and Switzerland. It is therefore proposed that URBACT III will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and good practice between cities and other levels of government in order to promote integrated sustainable development and improve the effectiveness of regional and cohesion policy. In doing this URBACT III will contribute to the Europe 2020 goals by providing a mechanism for stakeholders involved in developing and implementing urban policy to develop their knowledge and skills. The new knowledge and skills acquired from participation in the URBACT III programme will contribute to stronger and more vibrant European cities and help tackle a range of emerging urban issues linked to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (the three Europe 2020 priorities).
The new Programme, through its transnational cooperation activities will contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion. It seeks to respond to this strategy and objectives by choosing Priorities for cooperation (Priority Axes) and Specific Objectives attainable and able to generate measurable results or change on the Atlantic Area territory.
Direct Payments form an important part of the rural economy, providing income support to farmers, encouraging environmental benefits and bringing security and stability to Scotland’s food production chain. They are paid to everyone who qualifies and farmers, crofters and land owners do not compete for funding, as is the case with Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) payments. Direct Payments provide steady income to farmers, mean farmers aren’t solely dependent on food prices and brings security and stability to the farming sector.
The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) channels millions of pounds into the rural economy. It will help create vibrant rural communitries, protect and enhance our environment, support rural businesses, and help the farming industry to grow and modernise. Funding is used for a diverse range of projects by individuals, businesses and groups through grant schemes.
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund provides support to people losing their jobs as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation, e.g. when a large company shuts down or production is moved outside the EU, or as a result of the global economic and financial crisis.
The new animal and plant health programme aims at strengthening the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain. The package of measures provide a modernised and simplified approach to the protection of health and more efficient control tools to ensure the effective application of EU agri-food chain rules. food chain, animal health and animal welfare, and relating to plant health and plant reproductive material