Open call for EFI Student Research Projects

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The Edinburgh Futures Institute is pleased to launch its second annual call for student research projects. Open to all University of Edinburgh students - apply by 13 January and receive up to £1000 for your research project!

Applications are open now for EFI’s Student Research Awards. Apply by 22 January and receive up to £1000 for your research project!

We are pleased to launch the second annual call for student research projects. These awards support students across the University who want to pioneer interdisciplinary research to address major challenges in the economy, education and society.

The EFI Research Awards support student projects with a focus on the production and application (through innovation) of multi-disciplinary research for the public good. We are looking for projects that embrace the principle of co-design with external partners, including government, industry and the wider community.

Last year, despite difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we supported nine ambitious projects. You can find out more information about the projects by following this link:

Fabi Jones, Student Research Projects awardee in 2019/2020, said:

Due to the impact of COVID-19 many aspects of this project were adapted. However, with the support of this award I was able to continue my research into how machine-learning can be used as a creative tool. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Edinburgh Futures Institute for their support for this project and I hope to work with you again in the future.”

EFI accepts applications from any student at the University of Edinburgh and particularly welcomes projects that demonstrate multi-disciplinarity and co-design elements. Awards amounts are up to £1000 and projects must be completed by the end of July 2021.

The deadline for applications is 22 January 2021. Use the links below to access the form and guidance for applicants. Please contact the EFI Senior Research Manager, Valentina Guerrieri, with any questions. (

Guidance for applicants can be found here.

Download the application form here.

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