Research Activities

Current Research and Opportunities for Practitioners

 

Addressing the Future Research Challenges in Forensics: a joint SIPR/Forensics Services Sandpit, 15 September 2018 and CALL FOR PROJECTS up to £10,000 (deadline for applications, 25 January 2019)

The overall aim of this event is to create new and refresh existing relationships and networks between researchers, forensic scientists, police officers and partner practitioners who share interests in forensic science, evidence and investigation.  Evidence & Investigation Collaborative Project Funding grants are valued at up to £10,000. 

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There are a number of different ways in which SIPR can help those wanting to do research on policing in Scotland:

  • It can provide information on recent and on-going research on policing in Scotland and help identify researchers with expertise in particular topic areas;
  • It can help facilitate access to relevant police personnel and police data;

    PLEASE NOTE If you are requiring access to Police Data,
    you will need to complete a Request for Access to Police Data Form

  • It can provide resources for a range of different types of research, from MSc Dissertations and PhD Studentships, to shorter Practitioner Fellowships aimed at police staff and others working in the policing field who wish to spend time at a university undertaking a piece of supervised research;
  • By being the national focus for policing research Scotland, SIPR can help develop collaborative research networks nationally and internationally.

SIPR Small Research Grant Competition 2017

SIPR ran a sixth competition for small research and knowledge exchange grants and made four awards in July 2017. Members of SIPR based in Scotland were eligible to apply and applicants could be from the university sector, Police Scotland, or the Scottish Police Authority. Applications were eligible from single individuals/institutions or collaborative ventures involving more than one university and/or a partnership between the academic community and police service. Possible uses of the grants included: seed-corn funding to develop research projects; short study visits or 'learning exchanges'; and development of SIPR training/CPD course(s) for the Scottish police service. Details are also provided of awards made in previous years

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Strategic Research and Knowledge Exchange (SRAKE) Programme and Improving Police Action through Knowledge Transfer (IMPAKT)

In late 2011, SIPR launched the Improving Police Action through Knowledge Transfer (IMPAKT) Programme, which was designed to provide support to researchers in Scottish HEIs to undertake knowledge transfer/exchange and impact generating activities in partnership with the Scottish police service.

Building on this initiative, SIPR invited proposals for research and knowledge exchange projects focused on issues relevant to one or more of the priorities outlined in the Scottish Policing Assessment.

Two SRAKEAwards were made in January 2013, and a further award in May 2013.

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The IMPAKT Programme provides support to researchers in Scottish HEIs to undertake knowledge transfer/exchange and impact generating activities in partnership with the Scottish police service. The knowledge exchange activities are focused on promoting the application of policing research to address one or more of the priorities outlined in the Scottish Policing Assessment and help to facilitate the co-production and application of knowledge.

Three IMPAKT Awards were made in March 2012.

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PhD Studentships across Scotland

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of PhD projects relevant to policing, with over 70 projects having been undertaken at the SIPR Consortium of universities, of which nine projects were directly funded by SIPR. Please see the SIPR Annual Reports for futher details.


SIPR Small Research Grant Competition 2010

SIPR is delighted to announce the winners of its second competition for small research grants

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If you have a Research Proposal...

So that SIPR can respond to enquiries and provide guidance in developing a research proposal, in the first instance you should complete the Research Proposal Template [Word document], and return this to the Director of SIPR. The proposal will be assessed as shown in the flowchart.

PLEASE NOTE If you are requiring access to Police Data, you will need to complete a Request for Access to Police Data Form

Where the proposal is not considered relevant to SIPR, it may be referred to the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), or another relevant body. The review panel will include representatives, as appropriate, from the SIPR Executive Committee.