The Accelerator Awards are a £50,000 grant fund to enable research for the public benefit in Scotland. Non-commercial organisations can apply for up to £25,000 to deliver research projects through the Researcher Access Service - a brand new, fully digitised pathway for researchers to apply for and gain access to secure public sector data.
The aims of the Accelerator Awards are to promote research for the public benefit in Scotland, to cement the new digitised pathway as part of the Researcher Access Service, and to gain valuable user feedback to inform and shape future developments. RDS hopes that the successful applicants will become key advocates for data access improvements in Scotland that maximise public benefit.
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In the Q&A session, Rosie Seaman explained the background behind the Accelerator Awards, before Jen Campbell, Digital Delivery Lead, outlined how the Researcher Access Service makes it simpler and faster to access secure data for research. The floor was then opened for attendees to ask their own questions about the Awards and the nine datasets that will be available at the initial launch of the Researcher Access Service. More information about these nine datasets can be found below.
Topics covered in the Q&A included the linkage potential of the nine datasets that are available, how the Researcher Access Service bypasses the current Public Benefit and Privacy Panel process, insights into the initial enquiry process from Suhail Iqbal at eDRIS/Public Health Scotland, and more.