The research pooling initiative was created by SFC in 2003 to encourage researchers across Scottish higher education to pool their resources and respond to increasing international competition.
For the majority of pools the original SFC funding has now come to an end, however the research pools continue to contribute to SFC’s outcomes around world leading research and greater innovation in the economy. SFC has made available funding of up to £112,500 a year for five years to support the continuation of successful pools.
Pools Engagement in European Research (PEER) and Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECRE)
Since 2011 the Scottish Government have made available, through SFC, £500,000 a year to research pools to help them compete for European funding and to support Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher exchanges with Europe, North America, China and India.