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. 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.

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 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. Please note that social science subjects are not covered by this scheme and academic staff who are working within an Arts & Humanities School/Department but in a social science subject area are not eligible to apply as the Principal Investigator for this award.

Due to a recent review of the RSE Awards programme, please note that RSE Committee members are 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.

The next deadline for the Arts and Humanities Awards will be in September 2018.


If you have any questions about the award, please contact Hannah Ormston, Research Awards & Impact Officer.

In the meantime, it may be helpful to read the award Terms & Conditions.