Fund to support collaborative research agreed between Edinburgh University and UCD

Geosciences, migration studies and 'one health' will comprise the initial areas for collaboration, worth up to 100,000 Euros in the first year

A new fund to support collaborative research has been agreed between Edinburgh University and University College Dublin (UCD).

Worth up to 100,000 Euros in the first year, it forms part of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) between the two institutions. The partnership commits match funding from each university over the next three years, and will support students and staff to share knowledge and expertise.

Geosciences, migration studies and ‘one health’ will form the initial areas for collaboration, but these could be expanded to include others.

This agreement affords an ideal prospect to discover new knowledge and develop innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Professor Jonathan Seckl

The MoA will build on Edinburgh’s close relationship with UCD, which includes a long history of Erasmus+ exchanges and research collaborations.

Edinburgh’s Vice-Principal for Planning, Resources, and Research Policy, Professor Jonathan Seckl, is a signatory to the agreement. He said: “As a world-leading university, Edinburgh is highly international in its outlook. 43 per cent of our students and more than 30 per cent of our staff are from abroad. To address the great challenges that our planet and its people face, we are now forging deeper partnerships with select leading European universities. This agreement affords an ideal prospect to discover new knowledge and develop innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.”