Joint Projects with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Funding area: International

The RSE–CASS Joint Project scheme is designed to facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland and China. A grant is provided to researchers to cover travel, subsistence and research expenses.

This scheme is available for Scottish-based researchers only and is not available for researchers based in the rest of the UK. Researchers based outside Scotland may wish to apply to the Royal Society (of London) Joint Project scheme.

The collaboration should be based on a single project, with two teams or individuals based in Scotland and China. A relationship must have already been established between the Scotland-based and China-based researchers. The collaboration should involve bilateral exchanges between Scotland and China (applications will only be considered for bilateral, not multilateral, projects).


Fund deadline passed

This fund is currently closed for applications.

Fund value

The RSE grant provides a maximum of £6,000 per year. A similar level of funding will be provided by CASS to the China-based applicant.

Fund duration

This award last 2 years

Additional Information

2019 RSE-CASS Joint Project call has now closed.

After further collaboration with our Chinese Academy partners, it has been agreed to extend this call, and to widen the range of sub topics within the theme of the call.

The theme of the call is- ‘Protection, Management and Utility of Cultural Heritage Resources’

The original advertised sub-topics

  • Protection, Conservation and Utilisation
  • Public Archaeology and Social Engagement
  • Chinese Export Porcelain in the Song and Yuan Dynasties

In addition, the following sub-topics are now included

  • Heritage Protection and Historical Studies
  • Museum Management and Collection Management


Joint Projects are intended for researchers of proven ability, employed by research institutions in Scotland and China. The Project Leaders must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent.

The Project Leader from China must and be a member of the Chinese Academy for Science and be eligible to apply for a CASS grant.

This fund is open for applications.

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: [email protected].


Please note: a parallel application must be submitted online to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences by the Chinese project leader.

Projects should begin within four months of the award being offered.

Awards are granted for research in the advertised subject area(s) only. Please refer to the “RSE-CASS 2019 Subject Areas” tab above.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact us.

A progress report must be submitted to the Society 12 months after the start date of the Joint Project. A Final Report must be submitted no later than one month after the completion of the Joint Project. Funding for the second year of the project will not be made available until a satisfactory report has been received.

Please submit your report by using our Report Template Form.

The RSE should be informed of any publications, further collaborations, funding etc. resulting from this Joint Project. The RSE is pleased to receive copies of publications.

The RSE and CASS will host a 2-Day workshop in November 2016 bringing together social scientists from Scotland and China to develop joint research projects and, specifically, to generate applications to the RSE-CASS Joint Project Scheme.


The subject areas for the 2016 Joint Project Scheme are:

  • Fiscal policy
  • Macroeconomic adjustment
  • Improvement of public health and health-care insurance
  • Reform of the public sector
  • Smart Cities
  • Sustainable Development