How to work with us

There are various ways you can get involved and work with us. If you would like to discuss an idea you have, or would like further information on deadlines and scope for any of the methods listed below, please contact us

Things to consider:


Our audiences are:

  • Category 1 & 2 responders (as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act) and other resilience practitioners in the public and third sectors,
  • Policy makers at local and national level in Scotland,
  • Academics and researchers across the UK.


All written contributions, published by the NCR will be freely available to be shared and distributed by the wider public. Copyright sits with the author and material cannot be changed, altered or used for profit without the author's explicit consent. 


Apply for funding

Our Funding calls for year 2024/24 are now closed.

Our next funding call for projects running in 2025/26 will be announced later this year. Please ensure you are signed up to our newsletter which you can find here, to be first to hear of new opportunities.  


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I get support with my application?

Yes. If you have any questions or need any help completing the application form you can get support from the National Centre for Resilience. Here's how to contact us.


What if I miss the submission deadline?

Applications received after the application deadline date will not be considered.


Can I submit more than one application?

An organisation can submit multiple applications at the same time for different projects to the Knowledge Mobilisation Fund and the Third Sector, Community and Practice Project Fund. Each will be assessed individually. If you have submitted an application to an of our Funds before, regardless of the outcome of that application, you may apply again either for the same project or a different one.

Community Councils can make one application per year to the Community Council Fund. Each Community Council is allowed one successful application.

If an application to the Community Council Fund is unsuccessful, you may apply again in the next grant call. 


When will I receive my funding?

If your application is successful, you will receive a contract and terms and conditions that you must sign to say you agree to. Funding will be given when the project is complete, provided it is within the agreed timescales, and following submission of a final report and grant claim form.


What’s the deadline for submitting the final report and grant claim form?

The final report and claim form must be submitted at the same time, and no later than the first week of March to allow us to process payment of the grant to you before the end of the financial year.


Do you fund projects outside Scotland?

Our aim is to fund work that will strengthen Scotland’s resilience to natural hazards. The applying organisation does not have to be Scottish to apply so long as you project outputs can be tailored to identified needs that directly relate to Scotland.


What costs are eligible for the grant?

The NCR will only fund operational costs for a project. We cannot fund capital costs, such as the purchase of equipment.


What date should my project finish?

Your project must be finished with enough time to allow you to submit the final report and claim form no later than the first week of March.


How will my grant be paid if my application is successful?

Successful applicants will be asked to submit grant payment details as part of the grant acceptance. Provided that the project and necessary reports are completed within the agreed timescales, the grant will be paid to you via bank transfer.


How soon can I reapply after receiving funding?

There is currently no minimum time between funding applications, so you may apply again for the next round of funding.


How will my application be assessed?

An expert review committee comprising individuals with expertise in resilience, community engagement, and disaster management will assess the proposals..

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following areas:

  1. Alignment with the grant objectives
  2. Alignment with the NCR’s strategic objectives
  3. Potential for community impact


Can I receive feedback on my application after it has been assessed?

Yes. You will be sent feedback on your application when you are notified whether or not it has been successful.


What is Knowledge Mobilisation?

Knowledge mobilisation is a clear and robust strategy for knowledge mobilisation, ensuring that project findings can be effectively communicated and implemented in practice and policy.

You can find out more information here.


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Our blog is open to everybody. 

If you are thinking of writing a blog piece for us please make sure you refer to the following checklist first:


  • A discussion piece around resilience - particularly, but not exclusively, resilience to natural hazards.
  • To be thought-provoking and potentially encourage collaboration.


  • Title – please ensure your post is appropriately titled.
  • Between 500-700 words (where relevant, reference published supporting material to save on words and open access material is best).
  • Provide web links in full (so that anyone reading offline can type in the address and find the site).
  • Graphs, charts and pictures are all welcome and encouraged (in jpeg format).
  • British English.
  • Remember you are writing for a diverse audience, avoid jargon, specialist terminology and acronyms.
  • Your name, job title and organisation will be published alongside your post. If you are submitting work on behalf of someone else, please specify the details to be published with the post. 

We are very happy to discuss thoughts and ideas for blog pieces. If you have any question and would like to speak to a member of the Team, please contact us.

To submit a blog entry, please email it to along with any images.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to publish all blog pieces submitted to the NCR. 



The NCR newsletter is published quarterly. We are happy to accept relevant general interest pieces, news, good practice, case studies and useful information for the newsletter. If you have something you would like us to feature, please get in touch to discuss. 

Below is a useful checklist to consider when writing your newsletter article:


  • An interest piece to inform and entertain.


  • 300-500 words.
  • Pictures, graphs and charts are all encouraged.
  • Where relevant, reference published supporting material to save on words and open access material is best.
  • British English.
  • Remember you are writing for a diverse audience, avoid jargon, specialist terminology and acronyms.
  • Your name, job title and organisation will be published alongside your article.


Knowledge Mobilisation

Knowledge mobilisation refers to the process of taking academic research and translating it into practical, actionable information that can be used by policymakers, practitioners, and the public to address real-world challenges. Here's an explanation of the concept in the context of the NCR grant call:

Connecting Research to Real-World Challenges: Knowledge mobilisation is about bridging the gap between academic research and practical applications. In the context of resilience building, it involves identifying academic studies and evidence related to natural hazards, such as floods, storms, or wildfires, and making this knowledge accessible and relevant to those who need it.

Synthesising and Communicating Findings: Academic evidence can sometimes be complex and difficult to understand for non-academic audiences. Knowledge mobilisation involves synthesising research findings into clear, concise, and actionable messages. This might include creating reports, policy briefs, infographics, or other communication tools that convey the key insights from academic studies.

Engaging Stakeholders: To effectively mobilise knowledge, it's essential to engage with various stakeholders, including government agencies, emergency responders, local communities, and researchers. This engagement can help ensure that the academic evidence is aligned with the specific needs and challenges faced in Scotland concerning natural hazards.

Customising Solutions: Knowledge mobilisation also entails tailoring academic evidence to the unique context of Scotland. This might involve considering Scotland's geography, climate, infrastructure, and societal factors to develop resilience-building strategies that are locally relevant and effective.

Promoting Evidence-Based Decision-Making: The ultimate goal of knowledge mobilisation is to influence decision-makers to adopt evidence-based policies and practices. By providing robust academic evidence, you can empower policymakers to make informed choices about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Feedback Loop: Knowledge mobilisation is an ongoing process. It's important to establish feedback mechanisms to continuously assess the impact of research on resilience-building efforts. This allows for adjustments and improvements in the knowledge mobilisation strategy over time.

Capacity Building: In addition to disseminating knowledge, the grant call also supports capacity building efforts. This might involve training professionals, researchers, and community leaders in Scotland on how to access, interpret, and apply academic evidence for resilience building.

Monitoring and Evaluation: The grant program also incorporates the creation and use of mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of knowledge mobilisation efforts. This can help demonstrate the impact of academic evidence on resilience outcomes and inform future strategies.

Policy brief

The NCR is an academic research hub, using evidence to inform policy and practice. Bridging the gap between academia, policy and practice by promoting cross sector partnerships to improve resilience when planning for, responding to and recovering from natural hazard events.

Policy briefs play a big role in getting information to policy makers. 

Below is a checklist on how to write a policy brief:


  • To give clear and realistic recommendations for action. Make sure your recommendations are clear and easy to identify. 

What to cover:

  • What is the issue and why is it important/critical?
  • The implications of current policy or a lack of policy in this area.
  • What needs to change and why.
  • How can things be changed and by whom?


  • Title – use this to indicate the specific topic or issue you will be addressing.
  • Up to 1500 words (where possible, reference published supporting material to save on words and open access material is best).
  • Provide web links in full (so that anyone reading offline can type in the address and find the site).
  • Graphs, charts and other graphics are welcome, but avoid pictures.
  • British English.
  • Clear font (e.g. Calibri), size 11 or 12.
  • Avoid bold, italics, CAPITALS and !
  • Remember you are writing for a diverse audience, avoid jargon, specialist terminology and acronyms.
Disclaimer: Please note, the thoughts, opinions and ideas expressed in all blog posts/policy briefs/newsletter articles are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Centre for Resilience (NCR). The NCR is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained. Any advice or guidance used from the blog/newsletter/policy brief is done so at the reader's own risk and does not necessarily constitute as professional advice. Material is for non-commercial use only. Copyright belongs to the author. You may not edit, modify or redistribute the content. The NCR reserves the right to remove content from its website at any time and for any reason.