our mission


As societies grow and resources become limited, they become increasingly vulnerable to disruption. Examples are evident in COVID-19, global climate change and food security challenges. Innovative, interdisciplinary research and new technologies are needed to protect our health, wellbeing and environment and drive sustainable economic growth.

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Research Pooling supports national collaboration allowing Scotland, as a small, ambitious and well-connected country, to match the best in the world in research and innovation. Having driven scientific excellence and cooperation across our Universities, Industrial sector, Government and Public Services; for over 15 years Pools can play a fundamental role in overcoming our future challenges and ensuring a robust, resilient wellbeing economy for Scotland.

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The Research Pools are each focused on their own specialities but also work across disciplines and sectors, and collectively come to support research and innovation for economic recovery and societal resilience. We will be working closely with our SFC-funded partners and industry-facing organisations to promote innovative and interdisciplinary solutions to economic and societal challenges, such as COVID-19 recovery.

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In our work together we will promote and share multidisciplinary and cross-cutting activities by our aligned partner organisations (find out more here). We are also developing a RIS programme of workshops, which further deliver on our mission objectives to stimulate innovative and interdisciplinary research projects and activities addressing emerging societal challenges. 

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“The Scottish research and innovation landscape is rich, diverse and full of great potential for our society and economy.  It’s size, complexity and numerous institutions can leave the potential collaborator confused about where to start.  This fresh initiative highlights and explains how all these organisations are open to multi-disciplinary collaborations, signposting the organisations and expertise across the Research Pools and beyond.“

Simon Andrews, Executive Director, Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd

“I welcome this new initiative that will become THE go-to resource of past, present, and importantly, the future of multi-disciplinary research and development initiatives across Scotland. By bridging research and innovation organisations to address global challenges while increasing productivity and sustainable economic growth, the objectives of RIS are well-matched to the ambitions expressed in the recently published 2020 UK Government R&D Roadmap.”

Professor Rory Duncan, UKRI Director, Talent & Skills

“Research Innovation Scotland is a great opportunity to highlight Scotland’s excellent research base and promote collaboration. It will provide a useful link for anyone who wants to find out more, showcase some of the leading research being done here, and point to the positive difference that research makes to our understanding of the world as well as our health and wellbeing, environment, and economy.”

Professor Sheila Rowan, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland