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 will host 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.


The subject areas for the 2016 Joint Project Scheme are:

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