Joint Projects with National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Funding area: International

The RSE – NSFC 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, London Joint Project scheme.

The collaboration should be based on a single project, with two teams or individuals based in Scotland and China. 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 the NSFC to the China-based applicant.

Fund duration

2 years

Additional Information


Joint Projects are intended for researchers of at least postdoctoral status. The Scottish based collaborators must be employed by a Scottish research institution, and the China-based collaborators must be eligible to apply for NSFC funding.


The RSE and NSFC hosted a 2-Day workshop in September 2016 bringing together scientists from Scotland and China to develop joint research projects and, specifically, to generate applications to the RSE-NSFC Joint Project Scheme.

Subjects

The subject areas for the 2016 Joint Project Scheme were:

  • Oil and Gas
  • Reservoir Geophysics
  • Petrophysics
  • 4D Seismic (Timelapse Seismic)
  • Seismic Exploration and Interpretation
  • High-Resolution Seismic Processing
  • Deepwater Exploration
  • Different Tectonic Basin Settings

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

Subjects

The subject area for the 2017 Joint Project Scheme was Synthetic Biology that was divided into three topics as follows:

  • Enabling Technologies in Synthetic Biology for Driving Innovation
  • Cell Factories and the Microbial Production of Natural Products
  • Synthetic Organism and Biosynthesis

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-NSFC Joint Projects will be in Autumn 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.