EU Project Development Team

The European and International Development Team (also known as EU Development) is in constant dialogue with EC representatives in Brussels, and further afield across Europe. It is the main point of contact for all interaction involving Europe and the university as they coordinate communication and any funding applications. The team has nurtured a wide network of contacts for many years to ensure we are at the centre of Scottish/EU policy decisions that affect the Highlands and Islands, and can help researchers connect with this funding and collaboration network.

H2020 logo

The new programme for Research and Innovation funding across Europe officially opened 1 January 2014 (it follows the previous FP7 funding programme which ran from 2007 to 2013) and has been called Horizon 2020 or H2020. The university EU Development team works closely with Scotland Europa (Scotlands' representatives in the EU offices and committees). At a joint presentation during 2013 by Scotland Europa and the university EU Development Team background to the new Horizon 2020 programme was discussed, a summary is given in the below document:

EU Funding for UHI projects

If you have any questions or ideas relating to European Funding for projects across the university you should contact a member of the team, who are based at the Research Office, Ness Walk, using the details below:

EU Development team 

Role Name Phone Email
Director of European Development Linda Stewart 01463 279 302
European and International Programme Manager June Speirs 01463 279 232
European Development Officer (PT) Gayle Sinclair 01463 279 301

Background on Scotland Europa and H2020 - pdf (2.5Mb)

For more information on Scotland Europa go direct to the Scotland Europa website



Live searching for the latest collaboration opportunities

Enterprise Europe provide a live listing of collaboration opportunities posted from across Europe - you can adjust the search terms according to your own requirements to filter the results according to your speciality - Enterprise Europe Website.

Scottish EU Funding Portal

Scotland Europa have now also launched an EU funding portal bringing together in one place all programmes and calls in a searchable tool - search and view at the Scottish EU Funding Portal and then please contact one of the team if you find a fund you think fits your needs.



Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme

The Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme is aimed at supporting Scottish based SMEs (Small to Medium sized Enterprises) to explore the opportunities of Horizon 2020 funding and apply for particular schemes or calls under it, with the assistance of a Scottish Higher Education Institute (HEI).

The purpose of the scheme is to encourage SMEs to engage more effectively with European Funding, under H2020. Academics or European officers within HEIs can offer expertise and experience to advise and facilitate appropriate consortium building and support towards full H2020 application for the SME.

Full details, guidance documents and application form on the Innovation Funding page