Joint Projects with Ministry of Science and Technology Taiwan (MOST)

Funding area: International

The RSE – MOST Joint Project scheme is designed to facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland and Taiwan. 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’s Joint Project scheme.

The collaboration should be based on a single project, with two teams or individuals based in Scotland and Taiwan. The collaboration should involve bilateral exchanges between Scotland and Taiwan (applications will only be considered for bilateral, not multilateral, projects).

Fund opens

November 1, 2019

Fund deadline passed

This fund is currently closed for applications.

Fund value

The RSE grant provides a maximum of £6,000 per year. The MOST provides a maximum of NT 240,000 per year.

Fund duration

2 years

Additional Information


Joint Projects are intended for researchers of proven ability, employed by research institutions in Scotland and Taiwan. The Project Leaders must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent. An applicant can only apply once per deadline and current Scottish-based holders of an RSE Joint Project Award are not eligible to apply. Holders of other RSE awards are still eligible to apply.


The RSE and MOST hosted a 2-Day workshop in October 2017 in Taiwan bringing together scientists from Scotland and Taiwan to develop joint research projects and, specifically, to generate applications to the RSE-MOST Joint Project Scheme.

Application Subjects

The subject area for the 2017 Joint Project Scheme was:

  • Big Data: Methodologies and Applications

Closing Dates and Result Dates

  • Closing date for submission of proposals: 5pm on 23 January 2018
  • Applications considered by MOST and RSE: Early March 2018
  • Announcement of funding decisions: March 2018
  • Joint Projects commence: April 2018

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 next deadline for the RSE-MOST Joint Projects will be in November 2019. Research subjects for 2019 round will be announced in  due course.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact Rita Vėlavičiūtė, Research Awards Officer.

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