Arts and Humanities Funding: Research Networks

Funding area: Arts & Humanities

The programme of Research Networks is designed to create and/or to consolidate collaborative partnerships over a two year period. ‘Partnerships’ may be defined in a range of ways, and may involve collaboration between colleagues in different disciplines (which may extend into areas beyond the arts and humanities), in different HEIs, and /or in HEIs and Scottish Cultural Institutions.

A Network award may support administration costs connected to the project; cover related travel expenses to archives, libraries, performances, exhibitions, conferences etc., by the participants; facilitate meetings of collaborators; and promote a range of outputs, for both academic and popular audiences, as appropriate to the subject of enquiry. Any events organised must be outwith the Society’s and Young Academy’s own programme of meetings.

The maximum award will be £20,000 per Network, over two years.

The award may be used to expand the activities of existing Research Workshops, or to initiate new projects, although evidence of previous successful collaborative work amongst the participants will be an advantage. Under this scheme, adherence to the key principles of the RSE’s Arts & Humanities Awards programme i.e. collaborative research, relevance in the Scottish context, and knowledge exchange, is essential.

As the Network award is for two years, applicants should provide a clear strategic plan for the progress of the project over the period of the award, indicating key ‘milestones’ in the programme, as well as an indication as to how the collaboration might be progressed and supported in the future. A Network award may be seen as a key step in the formulation of a major research proposal, if that is considered appropriate.

Fund deadline passed

This fund is currently closed for applications.

Fund value

The maximum award will be £20,000 per Network, over two years.

Fund duration

Network awards should be carried out over a twenty-four month period and should begin between 1 December and 31 March of the academic year.

Additional Information

The RSE Arts and Humanities funding remit, in line with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, covers the following research areas:

History, Cultures and Heritage – Archaeology, Classics, Cultural and Museum Studies, Development Studies, History, Information and Communication Technologies (where they are applied to the humanities), Law and Legal Studies, Library and Information Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and International Studies, Theology and Divinity and Religion.

Creative and Performing Arts – Dance, Design, Drama and Theatre Studies, Media, Music and Visual Arts.

Literature and Languages – Languages and Literature and Linguistics.

Please visit to see a further breakdown of eligible subjects.

Social science subjects are not covered by this scheme.

The Principal Investigator applying for a Research Network must be an academic active in these Arts and Humanities subject areas based in a Scottish Higher Education Institution, or a member of staff based in a Scottish Cultural Institution. Collaboration with other disciplines is encouraged.  Part time and retired staff are also eligible provided that they can demonstrate a significant and continuing link to the host institution. In addition, early career researchers who are on staged contracts to a permanent lectureship position are permitted to apply (please note that you MUST also already be in contract for the duration of the award).

Post-graduate students are not eligible for this award. RSE Committee members are also not permitted to apply for funding from an award scheme for which they serve on the Committee. Committee members who wish to apply should step down from their post first.

To apply, create a personal profile on the RSE website, or log in using your existing details:

Once in your personal profile, register to apply under “apply for funding” in the menu on the left hand side of the screen. You will then be able to access the application form, guidelines and Terms & Conditions for the relevant award. Please ensure you read all eligibility criteria carefully before applying. Once completed, email your application to:

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the award, please contact us.



At the end of year one, a statement of final expenditure and an interim report should be submitted to the RSE and within 3 months of the conclusion of the period of the award, the recipient(s) is required to submit a written report to the RSE peer review panel. This report must include details of the outputs and outcomes of the award and how they contribute to one or more of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes. Candidates are also asked to include information concerning an outline pathway to impact in their final report.

Template report forms:

The RSE should be informed of any publications, further collaborations, funding etc. resulting from this Award. The RSE is pleased to receive copies of publications and other produced materials.