Open call to the RSE Scotland Asia Partnerships Higher Education Research (SAPHIRE) Fund

The RSE Scotland Asia Partnerships Higher Education Research (SAPHIRE) Fund is a new grant scheme funded by the Scottish Government to enhance and add value to existing international research partnerships between Scottish universities, research institutes, and partners in Asia.

After a successful inaugural call launched in October 2020, the RSE SAPHIRE Fund has widened the call to include Australia, India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Singapore and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Higher Education and Research is a central theme of the Scottish Government’s International Relations strategy with these countries. The RSE SAPHIRE Fund will support Scottish Higher Education Institutions and Research Institutes to:

  • enable the research to include a focus on environmental issues and climate change;
  • expand existing research partnerships (e.g. to other Scottish universities/consortia);
  • develop a practical application for the research and engagement with industry; and
  • and widen the scope of the existing partnership.

The RSE SAPHIRE Fund is awarding between £5,000 – 10,000 per project. The RSE will give priority to smaller projects to benefit as many partnerships as possible. The maximum any single university can receive under the scheme is £15,000.

Applications are due by Monday 25 October 2021, 12:00 noon. For more information, eligibility, and how to apply, visit:

RSE Scotland Asia Partnerships Higher Education Research (SAPHIRE) Fund