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Health and Social Care - Chief Scientist Office

Chief Scientist Office (CSO) healthcare scientists

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates is responsible for managing an overall budget of around £65 million to support and encourage research to improve the health of the people in Scotland and the services provided by the NHS.

Funding is focused on research that has the potential to benefit patients or improve NHS services and follows the strategy Delivering Innovation through Research.

There are a number of specific areas CSO is responsible for including:

  • Supporting research in the NHS through NHS Research Scotland (NRS)
  • Funding high quality research projects
  • Building capacity for research in the NHS
  • Ensuring research in the NHS is carried out to high standards

    Key Contacts

    Chief Scientist:
    Professor David Crossman

    Head of CSO: Mr Ricky Verrall (0131 244 3575)

    General Enquiries: 
    0131 244 2765