Joint Projects with National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

Funding area: International

The RSE–CNR Joint Project scheme is designed to facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland and Italy who are working in Physical and Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences. 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 Italy. The collaboration should involve bilateral exchanges between Scotland and Italy (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 CNR to the Italy-based applicant.

Fund duration

2 years

Additional Information

Joint Projects are intended for researchers of proven ability, employed by research institutes in Scotland and Italy.

· The Project Leaders must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent

· Scottish based Leader and collaborators must be employed by a Scottish research institution

· Italian based Leader and collaborators must be a CNR researcher based in one of their institutes

· Visits must take place in both directions

· Joint Projects will last for two years only

· Applications will only be considered for bilateral (not multi-lateral) projects

· 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.

· Due to a recent review of the RSE Awards programme, please note that Committee members are not permitted to apply for funding from an award scheme for which they serve on the Committee. Committee members who wish to apply should step down from their post first.

There are no restrictions on the number of participants per team. PhD students may also be included on the team provided that the benefits to the project are made clear and that all funders are in agreement to their participation. Please note however that although PhD students can participate in the Joint Project, the RSE and CNR cannot fund their international activities (travel, subsistence etc.).

In each round 3 joint projects will be awarded on a competitive basis, with the intention of these being one in Physical and Engineering Sciences, one in Life Sciences, and one in Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Within these areas specific topics will be chosen for each round. For 2018 the specific topics are:

  1. Physical and Engineering Sciences – QUANTUM TECHNOLOGIES
  2. Humanities and Cultural Heritage – CULTURAL HERITAGE
  3. Life Sciences – WATER

Please note, awards are granted for research in the advertised subject area(s) only.

This call is currently closed for 2019. The RSE is currently undertaking a review of its Research Awards Programme and announcements on future funding opportunities are planned for Spring 2020.

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

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


Please note: a parallel application MUST also be submitted to the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) through an online application system by the Italian collaborator. More details and application guidance can be found on CNR’s website.