Scottish Crucible

Funding area: Career Development

A leadership and development programme for Scotland’s research leaders of the future, Scottish Crucible is for early career researchers and aims to provide participants with the time and space to see the bigger picture. Scottish Crucible will encourage researchers to:

  • Put their roles into a wider societal context – by understanding the importance of engaging with the public and the media, and thinking about the social and technical challenges facing society;
  • Share perspectives and build relationships which may lead to interdisciplinary collaborations now or in the future;
  • Think creatively and understand the skills and attitudes likely to make research more innovative.

Scottish Crucible is a series of three residential meetings (Labs), held over three months, each lasting two days. Each Lab will include a range of respected speakers, facilitated break-out groups, seminars and skills sessions. Once awarded a place on Scottish Crucible, all residential costs will be covered, including accommodation and catering; plus costs for all sessions and travel costs to and from your home in Scotland to the location of each Crucible Lab (up to a value of £100.00 per return journey).

For further information, please see the Scottish Crucible website.

Fund opens

January 1, 2019

Fund deadline passed

This fund is currently closed for applications.

Additional Information


You should:-

  • Have at least three years postdoctoral experience or equivalent industrial experience
  • Be working in Scotland

Applications are welcome from those who can provide:-

  • Evidence of a high level of achievement and an ongoing commitment to a career as a research leader within academia or industry;
  • Evidence of your research independence (capacity to initiate, lead and develop research projects);
  • Evidence of interests beyond your research. This might include public engagement with science activities, involvement with a professional society or other special interest group, or an interest in science and society issues and/or science policy;
  • Evidence of an ability to embrace new and challenging thinking.

The 2018 Scottish Crucible Labs will take place on:-

  • 10th and 11th May at the Heriot-Watt University,  the Royal Society of Edinburgh & Scottish Parliament
  • 7th and 8th June 2018 at the University of Glasgow
  • 28th and 29th June 2018 at the Abertay University, Dundee

Applicants must be able to attend all sessions.


The next deadline for the Scottish Crucible Award will be in January/February 2019.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact Rita Velaviciute, Research Awards Officer.