Nine projects to receive funding from Research Data Scotland's Public Engagement Fund

Generation Scotland is one of nine projects to receive funding from Research Data Scotland (RDS) to support public engagement in data research.

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The grant of £5000 will enable us to create resources around data research which can be used at science festivals and other large-scale public events.

The funding comes from RDS’s Public Engagement Fund, which supports projects in Scotland that engage with people on data research, empowering them to discover how their data is used and to have a voice in data science.

Announced in January 2023, the Public Engagement fund aims to:

  • Promote the public understanding of data research in Scotland
  • Provide balanced information on data research
  • Widen participation by involving and engaging members of the public who may not usually interact with science to take an interest and have a voice in data science
  • Achieve clear and measurable impact

Katie Oldfield, RDS Public Engagement Manager, said: “We were delighted with the response to our Public Engagement Fund and are excited to be funding these nine projects. Innovative public engagement is key to empowering the public to have a voice in how their data is used, and each of these projects will reach audiences across Scotland and engage the public in varied and creative ways.”

“After we initially announced £40,000 of available funding, we were overwhelmed with high quality applications and were pleased to be able to increase the total funding to just over £56,000. We received over 30 applications from organisations across Scotland and wish to thank everyone who applied to the fund.”

Excitingly for the first time ever we are able to include young people aged 12-17 in future studies which will allow us to learn more about adolescent health. In order to interact with young people and their families we need to look at creative methods of engagement and this funding will make a massive difference in allowing us to reach members of the public.

Dr Heather C Whalley
Reader, Division of Psychiatry, The University of Edinburgh & Chief Scientist at Generation Scotland

Other recipients of RDS’s Public Engagement Fund include:


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