SICSA also connects academic researchers with industry, practitioners and policymakers.

Challenge-based research

Responding to challenge-based research requires strong interdisciplinarity and bids are strengthened by drawing expertise across institutions.  SICSA operates across institutions and has strong cross-disciplinary links with Research Innovation Scotland and Innovation Centres, as well as international research consortia.  SICSA provides structural support across these networks, developing partnerships that increase readiness for competitive challenge-based calls.

Research themes

The core of SICSA’s research activity is organised under various short- and long-term Research Themes which maintain links between Scottish universities and support the rapid coalescing of novel, emerging research topics. Themes deliver specialist training and knowledge exchange, engage directly with industry partners and policymakers and develop competitive funding bids.