Funding area: International
The International Bilateral Visits Programme facilitates the collaboration between researchers from Scotland and those based in institutions with which the RSE has a formal Memorandum of Understanding. Programme grants are for short-term visits of one to four weeks duration, the key objectives being to enhance the research capabilities of individual researchers, develop international collaborative links and enable participation in international research programmes.
For visits to Scotland, the RSE meets the cost of accommodation and subsistence in Scotland and international travel is covered by the partner academy. For visits from Scotland, the RSE covers the international travel and the partner academy provides for accommodation and subsistence.
COVID-19 Update: The International Bilateral Visits Programme normally has deadlines in May and November. Due to travel restrictions caused by coronavirus, the May round will not be taking place. Please check back in the autumn for updates on the November deadline.
Travel costs: covered by RSE if outgoing visit or sister academy if incoming visit.
Subsistence: £100 per night if staying in Scotland or equivalent in a host country.
The maximum total costs should not exceed £3,000
We accept applications for bilateral visits with any of the sister academies with which the RSE has a Memorandum of Understanding. The participating academies are listed under the Sister Academies section below.
Visits should have a duration of 1–4 weeks.
Exceptions include: Italian National Academy exchanges are for 1–2 weeks; Hungarian Academy of Sciences are for 1–3 months; Polish Academy of Sciences are for 1–2 weeks.