Idea generation

Idea generation

Explore activities designed to foster new idea generation. From events to elicit novel ways of thinking to workshops to facilitate translating ideas into high quality grant proposals.

Conversations on ....

Conversations on... is designed to stimulate early and explorative 'out of the box' discussions on new and exciting ideas for future research. Working in partnership with an academilead our Research Development team can assist in the design and delivery of new Conversations on ….. .  Participation from across the University and external partners is warmly encouraged.

Previous Conversations on... have sucessfully catalysed new ideas and connections, such as the perspectives and collaborations unearthed at the Conversation on ‘Dying and grieving in the time of COVID-19: can we do better?’ which went on to underpin a subsequent UKRI award.

Recent sessions have included Conversations on Death (May 23) and Conversations on Sustainability in the NHS (July 2023) recordings are available here. 

Colleagues are invited to propose topics for future Conversations on …. at anytime. 

Explore Research

The University of Aberdeen Research Portal lists all public outputs published in Pure as well as linking to the Aberdeen University Research Archive (AURA) where all open access full text publications are available. The portal also offers visual and graphical representations of research outputs at University and individual level. The appearance of public profile pages can be amended by changing settings within Pure - visit our Pure pages for information on this.


Focused on a particular funding opportunity, sandpit-style events can be effective at bringing together partners from different institutions and sectors to begin translating research ideas into a new grant proposal. Sandpits require academic leadership and the Grants Academy work alongside academic colleagues to facilitate the design and delivery of successful events. In some instances third party facilitators may be engaged. 

Suggestions for new sandpits can be proposed at anytime.

Stakeholder workshops

Networking workshops can enable early engagement with end users and other stakeholders to help plan for impact and develop stakeholder engagement in your work. This can be invaluable in research development planning.

If you are interested in hosting a stakeholder event please contact your Research Development Executive in the first instance.