The RSE grants funding and awards to recognise excellence and support leading research that benefits Scotland's cultural, economic and social wellbeing.

Funding & Awards


The RSE’s funding programmes aim to:

  • Attract and retain those with outstanding potential to establish their STEM and Arts & Humanities careers in Scotland
  • Encourage enterprise, innovation and the commercialisation of technology-based ideas coming from academic research
  • Develop international collaboration and enable participation in international research programmes

Prizes & Medals

We recognise excellence through awarding a number of prizes and medals, the highest of which is our Royal Medal.

Extension Policy

We have recently introduced an Extension Policy in line with that of UKRI. Please carefully read the policy before applying for our awards. If you would like to submit a request for an application, please use the Extension Request Form provided.

Celebrating Research & Innovation

The RSE’s opportunity to showcase individuals who have secured RSE research awards and Enterprise Fellowships in this past year. Read about past and present awardees success stories, sharing their experiences that demonstrates the tremendous diversity, breadth and energy of Scotland’s research sector.