FAQs

This page contains answers to frequently asked questions about the RSE’s research awards.

General


Below are the answers to general FAQs regarding the RSE’s funding and awards.

 

How can I apply for a grant?

You can apply for a grant by registering on the RSE website, creating a personal profile and downloading application forms from ‘Apply for Funding’ section in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Once completed, email your application and any supporting letters to an email address provided on the front sheet of the application form.

 

I am an Undergraduate / Masters / Ph.D. student looking for a scholarship or stipend to cover tuition fees. Which grants can I apply for?

The RSE does not provide financial support towards degree fees.

 

I am unable to download the application and other forms from the website. What should I do?

Please make sure you have ticked only one grant scheme at a time. If you still cannot download the application form, please contact the Research Awards Office for further assistance.

 

How will I know that you have received my application?

You will receive an automatic response immediately to let you know that we have received the form. If you do not receive an acknowledgment email within one day, please contact the Research Awards Office.

 

What happens after the application is submitted?

The Research Awards Officer responsible for that grant scheme (details on the front sheet of the application form) will assess your application against the eligibility criteria for that specific grant. If your application fails to meet the required criteria, you will be informed in writing (email or letter) and given reasons for the decision.

If your application meets the criteria, it will be then forwarded to the Selection Committee who will review and score the application. If the Selection Committee agree to support your application, you will be notified in writing and asked to complete and return the Grant Acceptance Form which will be sent to you.

 

How long do I have to wait until the money is transferred?

On the Grant Acceptance Form, which will be sent to you if you are successful, there is an option to state when you need the funds by. Please note that we require at least 10 working days to issue the funds.

 

Is award paid directly to my bank account?

Most of our awards are funded either by the Scottish Government or from bequests and legacies so RSE must abide by certain fund administration procedures, therefore, grants are normally transferred to the host / employing institution.

Only exceptions are: Enterprise Fellowships, John Moyes Lessells Travel Scholarship, RSE Fellows and Young Academy of Scotland Members Grants, Auber Research Grants, Robert Cormack Bequest Awards (Small Outreach Grants and Undergraduate Vacation Research Scholarships).

 

If I am awarded funding, what information do I need to give you about the success of my project and how the funds were spent?

When funding is awarded, the Research Awards Officer will tell you exactly what type of feedback is required (report, presentation, case study, etc.). For most of our grants we require a full report after the award has taken place. A report template will be given to you in advance for completion.

 

I have had a grant from RSE in the past. Can I apply again?

Yes, however, following some of our awards no further applications can be made until a set period of time has passed. Please check requirements for each specific award.

 

I have had a grant from RSE in the past but have not yet submitted the after-award report. Can I apply for a new grant?

A new application will not be considered if the RSE has not received the final report from a previous grant.

 

How do I acknowledge the RSE’s support in publications, posters, presentations, etc?

The acknowledgment of funding should take the form of a sentence presented below and include a logo where possible. Please contact Research Awards Office to receive a high-resolution logo.

‘’This work was supported by The Royal Society of Edinburgh’’

If the award has been funded by two or more funders please include the funders’ name too and request the relevant logos from the Research Awards Office.

 

How are intellectual property and publication rights (IPR) handled under the grant in terms of ownership?

The RSE does not make any claim to IPR ownership from grant applications. Therefore, the IPR generated from the project work under the RSE grant belongs to the host/ employing University (depending on the contractual arrangements governing researchers work) along with all publication rights. Please note, however, that the RSE and the funder must be acknowledged in any publicity about the project.


Research Awards


Which countries participate in the Joint Project schemes?
The Joint Project schemes are designed to facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland and another country. Joint Project schemes are currently available with the following institutions: Ministry of Science and Technology Taiwan (MOST); National Research Council of Italy (CNR); National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

 

Am I eligible to apply?
Joint Projects are open to researchers of at least postdoctoral status. The Scottish based collaborators must be employed by a Scottish research institution, and the collaborating researchers at the partner institution must be eligible to apply for Joint Project funding.

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.

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.).

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.

 

I am based at an institution outside of Scotland. Can I apply?
The Joint Project schemes are available for Scottish-based researchers only and are 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.

 

Will multilateral projects be considered?
Applications will only be considered for bilateral, not multilateral, projects. The collaboration should be based on a single project, with two teams or individuals based in Scotland and the partner institution. The collaboration should involve bilateral exchanges between Scotland and the partner institution.

 

What subject areas will be considered for Joint Projects?
Awards are granted for research in the advertised subject areas only. Please refer to the Joint Workshop tabs on the relevant Joint Project webpage.

 

What is the deadline for applications for Joint Projects?
For current Joint Project application deadlines, please see the relevant award webpage for Ministry of Science and Technology Taiwan (MOST); National Research Council of Italy (CNR); National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

 

What is the funding value for Joint Projects?
The RSE grant provides a maximum of £6,000 per year. A similar level of funding will be provided by the partner institution.

 

What is the funding duration for Joint Projects?
Joint Projects are funded for 2 years.

 

What expenses are covered by the Joint Project schemes?
A grant is provided to researchers to cover travel, subsistence, and research expenses.

 

What are the Reporting Requirements for Joint Projects?
Joint Projects require the submission of two reports:

1) A progress report must be submitted to the Society 12 months after the start date of the Joint Project. Funding for the second year of the project will not be made available until a satisfactory report has been received.

2) A Final Report must be submitted no later than one month after the completion of the Joint Project.

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.

 

What should I do if there is a change to my project?
The RSE must be consulted on, and informed of any changes to, the proposed project following approval of the application (e.g. changes to travel dates, visit length, institution(s) to be visited or participants). Failure to consult the Society about proposed changes could result in funding being withdrawn

b) If the visit has to be cancelled for any reason, you will be required to reimburse any monies already issued to you by the RSE.

 

Where can I find further information about each of the Joint Project awards and how to apply?
To view further details about each of the Joint Project awards, and to apply for an award, please visit the relevant webpage:

Ministry of Science and Technology Taiwan (MOST)

National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

The partnering project leader must submit a parallel application online to the partner institution.


Which countries participate in the International Bilateral Visits Programme?
The International Bilateral Visits Programme facilitates the collaboration between researchers from Scotland and those based in the following institutions, with which the RSE has a formal Memorandum of Understanding:

The Czech Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Czech Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts letters and humanities. Applications can be made only to the research institutes that are part of the research network of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities. Please note, applications can be made to visit only the research institutes that are part of the research network of HAS or to a HAS subsidized university research group.

The Indian National Science Academy

Applications for exchanges with the Indian National Science Academy must be submitted to the RSE at least six months prior to the visit to allow time for security clearance.

Applications for exchanges between Scotland and India are invited in the following subject areas: mathematical sciences, chemical sciences, earth sciences, animal sciences, biochemistry and biophysics, physics, engineering and technology, plant sciences, medical sciences, agricultural sciences.

The Italian National Academy

Applications to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities.

The Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Applications to the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts letters and humanities.

Applications will be particularly welcome in the following areas: sensors and imaging and their applications including medical areas, brain neuroscience.

The Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Pakistan Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences.

The Polish Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Polish Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities.

The Slovak Academy of Sciences

Applications to the Slovak Academy of Sciences are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities.

The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Applications to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts are considered in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, letters and humanities.

 

Am I eligible to apply?
The International Bilateral Visits Programme is open to all academics, researchers and RSE Fellows. Applicants must have at least postdoctoral status or equivalent at the time of travel.

Applications should be submitted at least 3 months before the proposed visit date (except in the case of exchanges with India and Taiwan when applications should be submitted 6 months before the proposed visit date).

Researchers must be employed by a Scottish HEI at both the time of application and the time of the visit. Hosts for researchers visiting Scotland must be based at a Scottish research institution.

Funding for return or repeat visits is not guaranteed.

 

I am based at an institution outside of Scotland. Can I apply?
For outgoing visits, researchers must be employed by a Scottish Higher Education Institution at both the time of application and the time of the visit. Hosts for researchers visiting Scotland must be based at a Scottish research institution.

Researchers based outside Scotland may wish to apply to the Royal Society London International Exchanges scheme.

 

What is the deadline for applications for International Bilateral Visits?
There are two annual application deadlines for International Bilateral Visits.

  • Spring deadline – The last working day of May at 5pm GMT

For visits taking place in Autumn/Winter at 5pm GMT

  • Autumn deadline – The last working day of November at 5pm GMT

 

Visits should take place at least:

  • 6 months after the application deadline for visits to Taiwan
  • 6 months after the application deadline for visits to India
  • 3 months after the application deadline for visits to all other countries

 

What is the funding value for International Bilateral Visits?
The maximum fund value for International Bilateral Visits is £3,000.

 

What is the funding duration for International Bilateral Visits?
Exchanges with the following institutions are funded for a period of 1–4 weeks:

The Czech Academy of Sciences

The Indian National Science Academy

The Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

The Pakistan Academy of Sciences

The Slovak Academy of Sciences

The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

 

Exchanges with the Italian National Academy are funded for a period of 1–2 weeks.

Exchanges with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are funded for a period of 1–3 months.

Exchanges with the Polish Academy of Sciences are funded for a period of 1–2 weeks.

 

What expenses are covered by the International Bilateral Visits programme?
For outgoing visits from Scotland, international travel costs will be covered by the RSE, and the partner academy covers accommodation and subsistence expenses.

For incoming visits to Scotland, international travel costs will be covered by the partner academy, and the RSE will cover accommodations and subsistence expenses.

The award covers subsistence costs up to a value of £100 per night if staying in Scotland, or equivalent in a host country.

 

What are the Reporting Requirements for International Bilateral Visits?
Awardees are required to produce a brief report detailing key outcomes and impact within one month of the visit. More details of the requirements for the report will be issued on appointment.

If any lectures are given during the visit, or subsequent articles, research papers or books connected with the visit are published, the support of the RSE International Bilateral Visits Programme should be acknowledged.

The RSE should be informed of any publications, joint projects, funding etc. resulting from this visit. The RSE is pleased to receive copies of publications.

Following the visit, the RSE may contact you to act as a case study for use in RSE publications and promotional materials.

 

What should I do if there is a change to my project?
The RSE must be consulted on, and informed of any changes to, the proposed project following approval of the application (e.g. changes to travel dates, visit length, institution(s) to be visited or participants). Failure to consult the Society about proposed changes could result in funding being withdrawn

b) If the visit has to be cancelled for any reason, you will be required to reimburse any monies already issued to you by the RSE.

Where can I find further information about International Bilateral Visits?
For further details, and to view the award Terms and Conditions, please visit the International Bilateral Visits Programme webpage.

 

What is the selection process?
Applications will be assessed by the RSE’s Grants Committee and the partner academy’s Selection Committee. Applications are judged by open competition on scientific merit.

 

How do I apply?
Apply online via the International Bilateral Visits Programme webpage.


Am I eligible to apply?
RSE John Moyes Lessells Scholarships support Scotland-based honours graduates in engineering who wish to study abroad.

 

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must have graduated with an Honours or higher degree in Engineering ‎from a Scottish Higher Education Institution and/or be currently pursuing PhD research in ‎engineering at a Scottish HEI.
The Scholarships are also open to individuals who are pursuing their postdoctoral research and/or are already in employment (please note applicants who have already obtained a permanent academic position will not normally be considered); however, funding cannot be used to cover the applicant’s stipend. In the event of equal quality and limited funds, preference will be given to postgraduates working towards their higher degree (e.g. PhD).
Candidates must devote his/her full to a research or an education course or such combination as may be approved by the Society.
The Scholarships cannot be used to extend a PhD research.
Candidates who hold other awards are not excluded from applying however they are required to check the terms & conditions of both to ensure the awards can be held concurrently.
Only one application per applicant will be considered.
What types of visits are eligible for a Lessells Travel Scholarship?
The purpose of the Scholarships is to enable engineers of promise to study some aspect of their profession in any other part of the world except the United Kingdom. The Awards Committee would particularly welcome applications for scholars seeking to study in Asia, Africa or South America.

 

Eligible visits MUST:

Be more than two months duration to allow time for the Scholar to adjust to a new setting and to successfully carry out a programme of work. Visits of less than two months will only rarely be considered if the applicant can demonstrate how such a short visit would be useful and productive.
Commence after having received confirmation that the application has been successful. This includes travel to the proposed location.
Commence within 12 months of the award date with the successful applicant having travelled to their proposed place of study within this time.
Be closely related to the applicant’s PhD or post-doc research

 

Visits NOT eligible:

Travel and subsistence to attend conferences are not covered. Conference travel will only be supported if there are additional reasons to travel which will advance the candidate’s career or if the conference visit supplements a larger research project abroad.
Activities overseas as part of a first degree
Activities associated with a Meng
Visits which MAY be eligible:

Visits to more than one institution or country (and planned breaks between visits) may be permitted and additional travel costs may be funded. Candidates should clearly state in the application the reasons for choosing to visit more than one institution and how the visits complement each other
Visits involving data collection, testing, fieldwork and knowledge exchange related to the applicant’s PhD or postdoctoral research and/or professional development will be considered.

 

What subject areas will be considered for Lessells Travel Scholarships?
All branches of engineering are eligible for consideration, including computer and software engineering.

 

I am based at an institution outside of Scotland. Can I apply?
Applicants must have graduated with an Honours or higher degree in Engineering ‎from a Scottish Higher Education Institution and/or be currently pursuing PhD research in ‎engineering at a Scottish HEI.

 

What is the deadline for applications for Lessells Travel Scholarships?
For current deadlines, please see the John Moyes Lessells Travel Scholarships webpage.

 

What is the selection process?
Applications will be assessed by JM Lessells Committee composed of Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Members of the Young Academy of Scotland with specialist expertise in the study and practice of Engineering.

The Society will normally invite shortlisted candidates to make themselves available for interview in Edinburgh in the first half of April. The successful candidates will be expected to accept or decline the offer of a Scholarship as soon as is practicable. To facilitate these arrangements, applicants should ensure that the Society is able to contact them during this period.

The committee scores applications on the following criteria:

The engineering context of the application
Existing or new collaboration (new is preferred); personal initiative of scholar in making it happen
Coherent proposed visit of sufficient length
Timing and context of visit in relation to personal development
Strong endorsement from host
Benefits of collaboration to prospective scholar; to home organisation and to host organisation

 

What is the funding value for Lessells Travel Scholarships?
The Lessells Travel Scholarship provides a maximum of £1,250 per month, pro-rata.

The award is paid directly to the individual applicant in two instalments: 90% will be paid in advance of the travel and 10% will be paid on delivery of a presentation to the Committee following the period of travel.

Any unspent balances over £30 must be returned to the RSE by bank transfer as soon as possible.

 

What is the funding duration for Lessells Travel Scholarships?
Visits will be funded for a duration of 2-6 months.

 

What expenses are covered by Lessells Travel Scholarships?
A grant is provided to researchers to cover travel, subsistence, and research expenses.

The RSE pays the cost of economy or equivalent fares for travel to and from the host country. For other expenses, sensible budget options should be selected.

All travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the Scholar. Please ensure that passports and adequate travel insurance are valid for the visit(s). Be cognisant of any visa requirements and travel restrictions for the visits. If you have not already done so, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice website.

 

What are the Reporting Requirements for Lessells Travel Scholarships?
Awardees are required to produce a report and give a presentation on completion of their Scholarship.

The report should be up to 3 x A4 pages in length and cover the background, content and outcomes of the research conducted during the visit, a broad statement on how the Scholarship was spent (e.g. travel and subsistence costs).

The presentation is delivered to the JM Lessells Committee at the annual meeting usually held in November each year. The year when the presentation is given will depend on the exact date of the visit and it is understood that this could be over a year after the completion of the Scholarship.

The RSE should be informed of any publications, further collaborations, funding etc. resulting from the Lessells Travel Scholarship. The RSE is pleased to receive copies of publications.

 

What should I do if there is a change to my project?
The RSE must be consulted on, and informed of any changes to, the proposed project following approval of the application (e.g. changes to travel dates, visit length, institution(s) to be visited or participants). Failure to consult the Society about proposed changes could result in funding being withdrawn

b) If the visit has to be cancelled for any reason, you will be required to reimburse any monies already issued to you by the RSE.

 

Where can I find further information about Lessells Travel Scholarships?
For further details about Lessells Travel Scholarships, please visit the John Moyes Lessells Travel Scholarships webpage.

 

How do I apply?
Apply online via the John Moyes Lessells Travel Scholarships webpage.


The RSE administers a Grants Fund for the award of grants to RSE Fellows and Members/Emeritus Members of the Young Academy of Scotland in support of research and scholarship

 

Am I eligible to apply?
Applicants must be a Fellow of the RSE or a Member of the Young Academy of Scotland.

All RSE Fellows and Members of the Young Academy of Scotland (other than those serving on Council and the Grants Committee) are eligible to apply, regardless of the organisation in which they are based or whether they are employed or retired.

Joint applications (between Young Academy Members and Fellows) will be considered favourably where it is possible to make a joint application. Also, current Members of YAS will be given priority over Emeritus Members if demand for the grants greatly exceeds the available funds.

 

Which Grants are available for fellows and YAS members?
The RSE offers the following grants for Fellows of the RSE and Members of the Young Academy of Scotland:

 

Support for Meetings Grant
Assistance may be given to organise small scale (no more than 150 participants), specialist meetings or symposia in Scotland that are outwith the Society’s and YAS’s own programme of meetings.

Such support may also be provided for meetings organised jointly by the RSE or YAS and some other organisation, or for meetings organised by individual Fellows/Members with the support of the Society.

The actual amount awarded will depend on the size of the meeting and be subject to a maximum of £750 for any one meeting.

Some support may be provided in the form of a loan, possibly payable in advance of the meeting but repayable as a first charge upon the income of the meeting.

Grants and loans may be made to assist Fellows/Members in the initial stages of organising meetings although they should not be regarded simply as a contribution to the general funding of meetings. Grants will be considered for assisting specific named visitors to major meetings.

Support for major meetings should not be made by the way of application to the Grants Committee. If there is a case for RSE involvement in such a meeting the approach should be made at an early stage to the Chief Executive.

 

Travel Assistance Grant
Grants may be made for travel and subsistence, connected with research or scholarship, and are usually given for short visits not exceeding four weeks. It is expected that Fellows / Members will make a substantial contribution to meetings and conferences that they attend, and will, whenever possible, also, spend some time on research collaboration, or other associated work during their visit.

The limit for travel within the United Kingdom is £300; for a visit to Europe £500; elsewhere, £950.

Following the award of a Travel Grant no further applications can be made until 24 months have elapsed from the date at which the Committee made the award.

 

Visitors to Scotland Grant (lecturers and researchers)
Grants may be made to assist visitors to Scotland from other centres in the United Kingdom or abroad to undertake collaborative research work with a Fellow / Member or to come to Scotland to deliver lecture(s) in Scottish Higher Education Institutions.

For visiting lecturers: Awards may be made to individuals of suitable standing from elsewhere in the UK or abroad, to assist them to come to Scotland to deliver one or more lectures in Scottish institutions. The Lecturer must be nominated by a Fellow / Member who will be expected to act as Chairman of the lecture which should be open to anyone interested in attending. Grants may be used as a contribution towards travel and subsistence expenses, and suitable entertainment but not for an honorarium, subject to a maximum of £350, but this amount may be increased if the Lecturer were to undertake a limited series of lectures in more than one centre.

For research visitors: Awards may be made to assist Research visitors to Scotland from other institutions elsewhere in the UK or abroad to undertake collaborative research work with a Fellow / Member for a period normally not exceeding one month. Grants may be used as a contribution towards travel and subsistence expenses subject to a maximum of £300 for Research Visitors from within the UK, £500 for Research Visitors coming from Europe to Scotland and £950 for Research Visitors coming from outside Europe to Scotland.

 

Support for Publications Grant
Grants may be made to assist in the publication of books written by Fellows/Members. Such grants will be in the form of a guarantee against loss and not as a subsidy or grant in aid of publication.

Applicants should arrange with the publishers to make available, in confidence, the Reader’s report on the work. An award will only be considered if there is a positive recommendation that the work be published. In addition, a copy of any agreement or draft agreement between the author and the publisher is required.

The maximum amount of any guarantee will be £1,000 for any one book but applicants may also seek support from other organisations such as the Carnegie Trust or their parent institutions. The Society may consider matching such awards and details of any support already granted or applied for must be provided.

 

University / Industry Liaison Grant
Grants may be provided to a Fellow (or one of his/her associates) or a Member of YAS to enable visits to be made in furtherance of collaboration or liaison between the academic or research institution and industry where consultancy fees are not involved.

These awards may be used, for example, to enable a researcher in a university department to visit an industrial organisation to initiate or to continue collaborative research on a project of mutual interest or alternatively to enable a researcher from an industrial laboratory to visit an academic laboratory for the same purpose. They could be used to support a visit of a few weeks or alternatively a number for shorter visits over the period of the award.

Such awards may be made to an academic researcher visiting an industrial research centre or vice versa. Preference will be given when both co-operating organisations are located in Scotland, but awards may also be given when only one of them is so located.

The maximum amount for any one project in a single year will be £600 but there would be no objection to assistance also being received from either the parent or host organisation.

 

What is the deadline for applications for Fellows’ and YAS grants?
The closing dates for applications are the last working days in May and November.

The earliest start date for any funded activity is two months after the application closing date. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

 

What is the selection process?
Applications will be assessed by the RSE’s Grants Committee. You can expect to receive a decision within six weeks of the deadline.

Applications are judged by open competition on merit. The decision of the selection committee is final.

Payment will be made directly to the Fellow / Member who is the main applicant.

In the event that YAS Member receives funding from YAS for an event or any other activity, he / she is not eligible to apply for an RSE Grant for that activity to avoid double funding by the RSE. YAS Members should seek funding outside the RSE to top up the grants they are awarded.

 

What should I do if I have unspent funds at the end of my funded activity?
Any unspent balances over £30 must be returned to the RSE by bank transfer as soon as possible after presentation of report.

Contact the Research Awards Officer as detailed in the front of the application for details of the RSE’s bank account.

 

What are the reporting requirements for Fellows’ and YAS Grants?
Successful applicants are required to produce and submit a report to the Research Awards Office within one month of the activity having taken place. A report form will be issued on appointment.
Within one month of the completion of the award, the host institution must submit a final statement of expenditure to the RSE, detailing the total amount received, actual spend and any outstanding balance to be returned to the RSE. The statement must be signed off by a senior member of the award finance team at the host institution.
The support of the Society should be acknowledged in advertising of the event / meeting / produced presentations, papers, etc. The acknowledgment of funding should be stated as, ‘’This work was supported by The Royal Society of Edinburgh’’. Please include a logo where possible; contact the Research Awards Office to receive a high-resolution logo.

 

What should I do if there is a change to my project?
The RSE must be consulted on, and informed of any changes to, the proposed project following approval of the application (e.g. changes to travel dates, visit length, institution(s) to be visited or participants). Failure to consult the Society about proposed changes could result in funding being withdrawn

b) If the visit is to be cancelled for any reason, you will be required to reimburse any monies already issued to you by the RSE.

 

Where can I find further information about Fellows’ and YAS Grants?

For further details about Fellows’ and YAS Grants, please visit the Grants for Fellows webpage.

 

How do I apply?
Apply online via the Grants for Fellows webpage.


Am I eligible to apply?
Lead applicants must be one of the following:

  • A full or part-time academic in the arts and humanities employed by an HEI in Scotland on a permanent basis.
  • A full or part-time practitioner in the creative, visual or performing arts who is contracted to an HEI in Scotland or to a SCI on a permanent basis, and who can demonstrate a substantial and continuing commitment to teaching and research in that institution.
  • A retired academic in the arts and humanities who retains demonstrable links with an HEI in Scotland or to an SCI.
  • A full or part-time research active member of staff employed by a Cultural Institution in Scotland on a permanent basis.
  • An early career researcher on a staged contract to a permanent lectureship position. (Please note that you MUST also already be in contract for the duration of the award).

For the purposes of the awards, a Scottish Cultural Institution is defined as “one which seeks to preserve, and to promote knowledge and understanding of, Scottish cultural heritage in the built environment, the visual arts, literature, music, philosophy, theatre and media, and/or to support contemporary endeavours in these areas, both theoretical and applied, in order to ensure the continuance and development of a vibrant cultural climate in the nation”.

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.

 

I am based at an institution outside of Scotland. Can I apply?
Lead applicants must be based at Scottish institutions. Joint applications are accepted for the Research Networks and Research Workshop schemes. These can involve collaborations with HEIs and cultural institutions throughout the UK and overseas, only if the lead applicant is based in Scotland and the key principles of the awards scheme are recognised (applications should: be collaborative; resonate with Scottish culture and society; and include plans for dissemination which address both a traditional academic audience and the wider public).

To be eligible co-applicants or collaboration partners, there must be evidence of the partners having worked successfully worked together, bringing individual but complementary skills and experience. Collaborations may be between two or more HEIs, an HEI and an SCI, and/or between researchers in the arts and humanities and those in social sciences, or science, or medicine, or engineering.

Please note joint applications are not permitted for the Small Grants scheme.

 

What subject areas will be considered for Arts and Humanities awards?
Arts and Humanities awards are open to Scottish-based researchers working within one of the research areas defined by the Arts and Humanities Research Council:

History, Cultures and Heritage – Archaeology, Classics, Cultural and Museum Studies, Development Studies, History, Information and Communication Technologies (where they are applied to the humanities), Law and Legal Studies, Library and Information Studies, Philosophy, Political Science and International Studies, Theology and Divinity and Religion

Creative and Performing Arts – Dance, Design, Drama and Theatre Studies, Media, Music and Visual Arts

Literature and Languages – Languages and Literature and Linguistics

Please visit the AHRC Disciplines webpage  to see a further breakdown of eligible subjects.

 

What is the funding value for Arts and Humanities awards?
There are three types of Arts and Humanities awards:

Research Networks (up to £20k) are designed to create and/or to consolidate collaborative partnerships over a two year period.

Research Workshops (up to £10k) are designed to encourage collaborative investigation into a research proposition that is at an early stage of its development.

Small Grants (up to £7.5k) are designed to support personally conducted research.

 

What is the funding duration for Arts and Humanities awards?
Research Networks are funded for 24 months. Research Workshops and Small Grants are funded for 12 months.

 

What expenses are covered by the Arts and Humanities awards?
Research Networks cover costs related to the organisation of events (including travel and accommodation), administration assistance, library fees and stationery, and disseminating project results. Please note that assistance will only be given to organise events that are outwith the Society’s and Young Academy’s own programme of meetings.

Research Workshops cover costs related to organisation of a range of seminars, colloquia, workshops and lectures (including travel and accommodation), and disseminating project results. Please note that this award is not for a single event. A conference, colloquium or seminar designed to provide a forum for sharing completed or advanced research is not eligible under this scheme.

Small Grants support personally conducted research by covering costs related to: travel to libraries, archives or other repositories of primary resources related to the project; attendance at academic conferences, colloquia or workshops which will further, or disseminate, research outcomes; assistance with publication costs of scholarly books (for example, in the form of guarantee against loss, or for illustrative material); visits to, or from, scholars with significant academic reputations in the applicant’s discipline; support for a programme of Knowledge Exchange activities. Costs incurred in hosting a conference, colloquium, workshop or seminar, are not eligible under this scheme. Applications for these costs should be made under the Workshop and Network awards.

Alcohol costs are not permitted under any of the Arts and Humanities awards. Where travel costs are concerned advantage should be taken of any discount or concessionary fares available. Similarly, advantage should be taken of appropriate inexpensive accommodation available if relevant to the application.

 

What are the Reporting Requirements for Arts and Humanities awards?
Research Workshops and Small Grants: A written report must be submitted to the RSE within six weeks of the conclusion of the period of the award. This report must include details of the outputs and outcomes of the award and how they contribute to one or more of the Scottish Government’s  National Outcomes. Candidates should be aware that, if successful, they will be asked to include in their final report, after the conclusion of the research award, information concerning an outline pathway to impact. A template report form will be provided when the offer of an award is made. The host institution must submit a final statement of expenditure to the RSE, detailing the total amount received, actual spend and any outstanding balance to be returned to the RSE. The statement must be signed off by a senior member of the award finance team at the host institution.

Research Networks: At the end of year one, a statement of final expenditure and an interim report will be submitted to the RSE. Funding for the second year of the project will not be made available until a satisfactory report has been received. Within 3 months of the conclusion of the period of the award, the recipient(s) will submit a final written report. This report must include details of the outputs and outcomes of the award and how they contribute to one or more of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes. Candidates should be aware that, if successful, they will be asked to include in their final report, after the conclusion of the research award, information concerning an outline pathway to impact. Template report forms will be provided when the offer of an award is made.

Within one month of the completion of the award, the host institution must submit a final statement of expenditure to the RSE, detailing the total amount received, actual spend and any outstanding balance to be returned to the RSE. The statement must be signed off by a senior member of the award finance team at the host institution.

The RSE should be informed of any publications, further collaborations, funding etc. resulting from the Arts and Humanities awards. The RSE is pleased to receive copies of publications.

 

Does my project classify as “Research?”
This definition is drawn from the definition employed in the RAE 2008, specifically as it applies to the Arts and Humanities.

‘Research’ ….is to be understood as original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding. It includes work of direct relevance to the needs of commerce, industry, and to the public and voluntary sectors; scholarship*; the invention and generation of ideas, images, performances, artefacts including design, where these lead to new or substantially improved insights; and the use of existing knowledge in experimental development to produce new or substantially improved materials, devices, products and processes, including design and construction. It excludes…. the development of teaching materials that do not embody original research.

* Scholarship for the RAE is defined as the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines, in forms such as dictionaries, scholarly editions, catalogues and contributions to major research databases.

‘Applied Research’ should be informed by the intellectual structure of scholarly research in the field—applying or exchanging enhanced knowledge, methods, tools, and resources of other types of research and contributing to scholarly research through systematic dissemination of its results.

Outputs of Research-as-Practice, Practice-led-Research and Practice-based Research are welcomed, provided that they meet the definition of research as defined above.

 

Can I apply for an Arts and Humanities award if I have previously received a different RSE Arts and Humanities award?
Yes, the Networks award may be used to expand the activities of existing Research Workshops, or to initiate new projects, although evidence of previous successful collaborative work amongst the participants will be an advantage.

Small research grants are designed to encourage innovation and to integrate with the overall programme of awards such that successful applications may lead to future bids for Workshop or Network funding, or act as preliminary investigations for Major Research Grants. Small Grants offer an opportunity to scholars in the early stages of their career, part-time academics, and those who have had a family career break.

 

How does the RSE define Workshops?
A Workshop is regarded by the RSE as “the coming together of scholars at the early stage of planning and developing a collaborative research initiative.” Funding will encourage and support a range of seminars, colloquia, workshops, lectures or inviting distinguished visiting scholars/practitioners to Scotland to advance the exploration of the topic, theme or issue in the course of a twelve month period. Please note that this award is not for a single event. A conference, colloquium or seminar designed to provide a forum for sharing completed or advanced research is not eligible under this scheme. Funds may also cover travel and administration costs, and dissemination of the outcomes in an appropriate form. Successful completion of the workshop stage will not normally lead to a major grant application, but possibly to a Network application.

 

May I submit an application to more than one type of RSE Arts and Humanities Grant?
Applicants may submit only ONE proposal to each scheme. If an applicant applies to more than one scheme then the applications must be for different projects.

Applicants submitting more than one proposal should ensure that they detail how they will manage their time on all projects if each are successful.

 

I may receive external funding from my institution. Is this allowed?
An RSE Arts & Humanities Grant may be topped up by an awardee’s institution.

 

Can I get an extension on my award/delay the start date?
Awards must commence between 1st of December 2019 and 31st March 2020. We understand that external factors impact project timelines and as such can allow a degree of flexibility by granting no-cost extensions where justified. If you think you will require an extension in order to meet the agreed objectives of your project, please get in touch and give a valid reason. You must always notify the RSE before making any major changes to your project/deviating from the initial objectives.

 

Can I reallocate funds within my budget?
We understand that initial budgets do not always account for developments that may arise during your project. As such, we do allow for the reallocation of funds where reasonable to harness relevant opportunities or counter under- and over-spends. Again, the RSE must be consulted before any changes to your budget are made. All expenses must remain in accordance with our eligible costs.

 

Where can I find further information about each of Arts and Humanities awards?

For current deadlines and further details about the application process please see the links below:

Arts and Humanities Research Networks

Arts and Humanities Research Workshops

Arts and Humanities Small Grants


Am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible to apply for an RSE Sabbatical Research Grant if you fit into the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be existing members of academic staff who acquired their PhD under 7 years ago and who have held a teaching appointment for a maximum of 7 years (since acquiring their PhD) in any Higher Education Institution in Scotland at the time of the application closing date. Please note that grants are for academic members of staff on open-ended or long-term contracts, not postdoctoral Research Fellows.
  • Consideration will be made for periods of maternity/paternity/adoption leave after award of PhD of up to 18 months per child. Please include the time you were away from work on maternity/paternity/adoption leave in the section ‘career history’ of the application form. Documented periods of leave for other reasons, i.e. long term medical absence, will also be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants are required to pursue their research in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute (RI) in Scotland. Only these are acceptable as Host Institutions.
  • The research projects proposed must align to one or more of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes, detailed in the National Performance Framework.
  • Once appointed, the awardees will be required to devote their full time to the research project specified in the application form.
  • Awardees must not hold other paid appointments without the express permission of the RSE.

 

What subject areas will be considered for Sabbatical Research Grants?
The Royal Society of Edinburgh is pleased to invite applications for research in at least one of the STEM areas listed, including inter-disciplinary areas: Biomedical Sciences; Mathematical and Computational Sciences; Engineering; Physical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Social Sciences; Health and Life Sciences; Other Sciences.

Whilst the research may be in any of these disciplines, including inter-disciplinary areas, preference will be given to research likely to enhance the transfer of ideas and technology from the research community into increasing sustainable economic growth for all.

Please note that subjects in the Arts & Humanities are not eligible for this scheme. The RSE follows the AHRC’s definition of Arts and Humanities, available here.

 

Does my sabbatical have to take place at my current institution?
No, but you must provide details of your proposed institution, and your reasons for choosing it, in your application. Applicants will be expected to negotiate their appointment directly with the relevant Head of Department of the proposed host institution – please note this is not the RSE’s responsibility. Please note only Higher Education Institutions (HEI) or Research Institutes (RI) in Scotland are acceptable as Host Institutions.

 

What is the funding value for the Sabbatical Research Grants?
The limit for the salary of a replacement staff member is up to scale point 37, £40,792. The limit for research costs is £10,000.

 

What is the funding duration for Sabbatical Research Grants?
Awards are made for projects of up to 12 months, and we would expect projects to commence between 1st of December 2019 and 31st of March 2020.

 

What expenses are covered by the Sabbatical Research Grants?
These Grants offer academic staff on open-ended or continuing contracts of employment in Scottish Higher Education Institutions the opportunity to take up to twelve months sabbatical to focus on a research project of their choice.

A Grant will take the form of funding for the appointment of a temporary replacement to enable the awardee to take study leave, either in his/her own institution or elsewhere, whilst remaining in continuous employment with his/her present employer.

In addition to funding the salary for the replacement member of staff, this Grant funds research costs for the awardee of up to £10,000. The higher the salary of the replacement member of staff, the lower the funds available for research costs, and vice versa. Research costs should be broken down into equipment, consumables and travel.

If you require funding from other sources, in addition to the RSE in order to complete your research, please clarify the details in your application form. This should include the amounts sought, and progress and likelihood of securing the funding.

 

What are the Reporting Requirements for Sabbatical Research Grants?
Awardees are required to submit a final report within three months of the end of the period of the grant, using the template provided by the RSE when the offer of an award is made. The report should: a. outline the progress relative to the research programme and outcomes indicated in the original application b. set out the main research objectives of the Grant c. provide a list of all outputs e.g. publications produced (or in press), conference presentations, collaborations entered into etc., during the year d. include a non-confidential executive summary. Awardees are expected, after completion of their period of tenure, to keep the RSE informed of their career progression and to participate in reviews and studies, to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of this award. The RSE reserves the right to seek further follow-up reports where necessary and to seek information from the awardee after the end of the Grant for evaluation purposes.

 

Does being a Sabbatical award-holder make me a fellow?
Receiving a Sabbatical Research Grant entitles the applicant to funding according to the award guidelines. It does not make the applicant a Fellow of the RSE, which is a separate accolade. To be elected as a Fellow of the RSE candidates must be peer-nominated by a current Fellow and have their case supported by two other Fellows. Further details are available on the RSE website.

 

Does holding a Sabbatical Research Grant enter me into a contract with the RSE?
The award of an RSE Research Grant is separate from a contract of employment. An award will, however, normally be terminated if such a contract of employment is terminated. Receiving a Sabbatical Research Grant entitles the applicant to funding according to the Award guidelines. It does not make the applicant a Fellow of the RSE, which is a separate accolade.

There are, however, some requirements expected of awardees:

· During the periods of their award, holders shall be known as RSE Sabbatical Research Grant holders, and all publications shall state that position. Any publications arising from the research associated with the award should acknowledge the RSE’s support and one copy of each should be provided to the RSE with the annual report.

· Those holding awards must seek prior permission from the RSE before making visits abroad for periods of more than four consecutive weeks or amounting to more than eight weeks in any one academic year.

· If Grant holders are likely to be unable to pursue the research for more than a month, through illness or for any other reason, the RSE must be notified.

· If a Grant holder should resign early from the research post, all unspent funds must be reimbursed to the RSE in full.

· If a material change in the applicant’s circumstances should occur after submitting the application, details should be notified in writing or by e-mail to the Awards Officer. Awardees are not permitted to hold other paid appointments without the express permission of the RSE.

 

How do I apply?

For further details about the Sabbatical Research Grant and how to apply please visit the Sabbatical Research Grant webpage.


Am I eligible to apply?
In order to apply for this award, you must be able to demonstrate that:

You are a resident in the UK and have a clear and continuing connection with Scotland and that you hold a PhD (or equivalent professional training or experience) in a relevant area before departure to the US.

 

What types of visits are eligible for a Fulbright – RSE Scholar Award?
This annual award offers funding to carry out lecturing and/or research at a top university in the US for a maximum of three months.

 

What subject areas will be considered for a Fulbright – RSE Scholar Award?
Applications will be considered to support lecturing and/or research in any of the following areas: science and technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service.

 

I am based at an institution outside of Scotland. Can I apply?
Yes, but eligible applicants must be resident in the UK and have a clear and continuing connection with Scotland.

 

What is the deadline for applications for the Fulbright – RSE Scholar Award?
For current deadlines, please see the Fulbright – RSE Scholar Award webpage.

 

What is the funding value for Fulbright – RSE Scholar Awards?
The Fulbright – RSE Scholar Award provides a maximum of $5,000 per month, pro-rata.

 

What is the funding duration for Fulbright – RSE Scholar Awards?
Visits will be funded for a maximum of three months.

 

What expenses are covered by the Fulbright – RSE Scholar Award?
The Fulbright – RSE Scholar Award provides a maximum of $5,000 per month, pro-rata as a contribution towards any institutional fees and accommodation and maintenance costs while in the USA.

 

What are the Reporting Requirements for Fulbright – RSE Scholar Awards?
Awardees are required to produce a report on completion of their Scholarship, detailing the background, content and outcomes of the research conducted during the visit and a broad statement on how the Scholarship was spent (e.g. travel and subsistence costs).

 

What should I do if there is a change to my project?
The RSE must be consulted on, and informed of any changes to, the proposed project following approval of the application (e.g. changes to travel dates, visit length, or institution(s) to be visited). Failure to consult the Society about proposed changes could result in funding being withdrawn

b) If the visit has to be cancelled for any reason, you will be required to reimburse any monies already issued to you by the RSE.

 

How do I apply?

Applications are submitted via the Fulbright website. For more information, please visit the Fulbright – RSE Scholar Awards webpage.


Am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible for a Cormack Scholarship if you are a full-time undergraduate (up to and including the summer before final year) with an academic record which indicates strong research potential. Normally an average score of 70% or above (1st) is required for an application to be considered for an award, while exceptional scores in the upper second range (60-70%) may be considered for an award. Applicants with an average score of below 59% will not be considered. There is no restriction on home institution or nationality, but you must be nominated by a department in a Scottish Higher Education Institute. The Project Supervisor must complete part of the application form and submit the full form on the applicant’s behalf.

 

What subject areas will be considered for the Cormack Scholarship?
The scholarship is for undergraduates studying Astronomy who wish to further their research skills by undertaking a research project at a Scottish Higher Education Institution. The project should be specified by the Institution, be astronomical in context, and involve the Scholar in original research work requiring initiative.

Applications with a clear link to mountain-top observing/data may be considered for a Piazzi Smyth Bequest Award, which has the same conditions as the Cormack.

 

What is the funding value for the Cormack Scholarship?
The value of the Scholarship is £200 per week of the project, with a maximum total of £1200.

An annual prize of £100 will be awarded to the best project, based on the work of the project and on the quality of the report.

 

What is the duration of the Cormack Scholarship?
The maximum duration of funding is 6 weeks.

 

What expenses are covered by the Cormack Scholarship?
The financial support of the Royal Society of Edinburgh is limited to the amount of the student subsistence Scholarship, and excludes further overheads, bench fees and the like.

 

What are the Reporting Requirements for the Cormack Scholarship?
A report, not exceeding 10 pages, on the results of the work undertaken during the scholarship accompanied by comments from the Supervisor should be prepared by the Scholar and submitted by the Supervisor at the end of the award.

 

Can I hold the Cormack Scholarship alongside other sources of funding?
Cormack and Piazzi-Smyth awards may not be held together with other external Scholarships such as those from Carnegie and the Royal Astronomical Society. However, Scholars may receive top-up funding from their host institutions.

 

Will there be opportunities to share my research?
Cormack Scholars are expected to present a poster, based on their project, at the SUPA Cormack Conference held at the RSE at the end of the year they were awarded.

 

Where can I find further information about the Cormack Scholarship?
For further information, please visit the RSE Undergraduate Vacation Research Scholarships in Astronomy webpage.


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