New Funding Opportunities for Scottish Academics

Published on: 7th August 2017

Back in November 2016, The Data Lab launched an open call for Online Learning Courses with the main aim of providing skills and training on how to apply novel data science techniques that benefit any sector of Scottish industry, such as agriculture, tourism, medicine and gaming. During this process, The Data Lab published an Expression of Interest call, selected the best projects and then invited them to submit a full proposal for a final review.

After reviewing some very strong proposals, The Data Lab is delighted to announce that three Online Learning Projects will receive funding and are due to launch next year. The projects are being developed by the University of Strathclyde, University of Dundee and University of Edinburgh in partnership with different industry sponsors.

Following the success of the first call and the continued effort to showcase Scotland as an international leader in data science, The Data Lab are looking to provide further funding for the development of online courses which contribute to data science training and education in Scotland and across the world.

Application Process

The Data Lab would like to invite academics from universities across Scotland to contribute to our Skills and Training programme by submitting their Expression of Interest for an Online Course.

The Data Lab will provide between £30,000 and £50,000 for the development of up to five online courses. These must be delivered fully online, which means there should be no mandatory in-person requirement for the learner. You can select one of the following three course types:

  • Short online course (for example: open resources and MOOCs) – Up to £30,000
  • Professional online course (for example: professional training) – Up to £30,000
  • Large course (for example: MSc credit bearing course or MOOC + accompanying paid-for online training course)– Up to £50,000

If you are interested, please complete and submit their online Expression of Interest Form by 17:00 on Friday 20th October 2017.

Before submitting your Expression of Interest (Part 1) please read their application guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact the Skills Team at



Source: The Data Lab

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