SUII News - February 2022

Latest Call for Proposals

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Themed Call: Contributing to a just transition to Net Zero

We hope you are well, looking out as we are for the signs of spring!

With spring comes our new call for proposals which looks to a fairer, greener future as it focuses on contributing to achieving a just transition to net-zero carbon emissions.

The call follows the work and recommendations of Scotland’s Just Transition Commission, first established in 2019. In their report published in 2021 the Commission called for “a national mission with social justice at its heart: something achieved BY the people of Scotland, not done TO the people of Scotland.”

In its response to the Commission, the Government set out the various components that make up a just transition:

· Skills training and education that helps to secure good, high-value jobs in green industries like low-carbon manufacturing, renewables, and tech;

· Job security for those in industries that will play the biggest part in the transition – at every level;

· Homes that are energy efficient and help to reduce fuel poverty;

· Building infrastructure, transport and communities that support efforts to decarbonise, to enhance biodiversity and which are resilient in the face of the impact of climate change;

· Making sure the costs do not burden those least able to pay and the benefits of transition are felt regardless of where you live, who you are and what you do.

The Government’s response also presented a number of organising themes and commitments which may help guide the development of proposals under this call. Details of these themes and of the tasks which the new Just Transition Commission – appointed in September 2021 – has been given can be found on our website.


SUII invites applications from researchers in its member universities* for projects that can make a practical contribution to ensuring a just transition and supporting the Commission and others involved in this work.

Applicants must include members from at least two SUII partner universities. Project teams are expected to reflect the multi-discipline and multi-sector remit of the Institute, and should include academics as well as policy makers and practitioners. Ideally some non-academic partners should be involved in the development phase of a proposal to help ensure it is demand led. SUII projects also offer the opportunity to draw on international expertise.

*Aberdeen, Dundee, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde, and Associate Member, Glasgow School of Art


The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 22 April 2022, with full applications due by Friday 20 May 2022, 12pm. Prospective applicants are welcome to get in touch with us for advice ahead of submitting an application.

SUII will be running two online information sessions for potential applicants on 8 and 10 March.

For all details about the call, visit:

Scottish Universities Insight Institute

Mobilising knowledge for a better Scotland

SUII Just Transition Call 2022: Information Session #1

Tuesday, March 8th, 10am

This is an online event.

SUII Just Transition Call 2022: Information Session #2

Thursday, March 10th, 2:30pm

This is an online event.