International Joint Projects

The RSE International Joint Projects aims to facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland with researchers overseas.

Applications for two-year joint projects are invited from Scotland-based researchers to include an overseas higher education institution (HEI), research institution (RI) or cultural institution (CI) of your choice (open to all countries). The RSE provides up to a maximum of £6,000 per year and up to a maximum of £12,000 over two years. The collaborating institution is expected to provide the equivalent level of funding per two-year joint project.

For autumn 2024 International Joint Projects, there are two streams:

  1. Stream one is for open International Joint Projects (applicants select a partner institute of their choice.)
  2. Stream two welcomes applications in conjunction with International Sister Academies with which the RSE holds a Memorandum of Understanding. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a new partner confirmed for autumn 2024. The DAAD is accepting applications between 12 June – 16 September 2024.

Applicant eligibility

For Scotland-based researchers

  • Applicants should be eligible for the scheme at the point of application.
  • The Principal Investigator must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent.
  • The Principal Investigator and Scotland-based collaborators must be employed by a Scottish higher education institution, further education institution, research institute or cultural institution.
  • The number of participants per team is unrestricted, and PhD students may be included. The award value remains the same.

For International researchers:

  • Applicants should be eligible for the scheme at the point of application.
  • The Principal Investigator must hold a postdoctoral degree or equivalent.
  • The Principal Investigator and overseas-based collaborators must be employed by a higher education institution, research institute or cultural institution.
  • The number of participants per team is unrestricted, and PhD students may be included. The award value remains the same.

Applicants on short or fixed-term contracts should ensure their contracts extend for at least three months after the end of the proposed project. Early Career Researchers on staged contracts to permanent lectureship positions are eligible for RSE International Joint Projects but must be in contract for the duration of the award.
 
An applicant can only apply once per deadline. Current Scotland-based holders of an International Joint Project are not eligible to apply. Holders of other RSE awards are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply for either an International Bilateral Visit award or an International Joint Project award in the autumn 2024 open call, but not for both as the Principle Investigator..

Project eligibility

  • Projects can be held in all academic disciplines.
  • Applications will only be considered for bilateral, not multilateral, projects. The collaboration should be based on a single project, with one team based in Scotland and one team based in the international country.
  • Visits must take place in both directions. Travel should be for one return journey in both directions. In exceptional circumstances applicants may make the case that travel in either direction may require multiple return trips. Such cases will need to justify why one return trip in each direction will not suffice. The need for any in-person activity will need to be clearly justified.
  • Projects can be up to two years in length. There is no minimum project length.

Application process

This award is now closed and will open again for the autumn call between 5 September – noon 24 October 2024.

The online application link below will become live when the award is open. Please follow these steps to apply:

  1. Create a profile or log-in here.
  2. Once into your profile, access and complete the online application – access to the application form is only available if you are logged-in. Google Chrome is the recommended browser.

Application process: Stream two

This stream is for applicants applying in conjunction with a International Sister Academy with which the RSE holds a Memorandum of Understanding.
 
Applicant partnerships will need to apply through both the RSE and the International Sister Academy by their respective deadlines. This means one project requires applications to both academies. Please note the different deadlines.
 
The Scotland-based lead applicant should apply to the RSE. The international lead applicant should submit their corresponding application to the International Sister Academy.
 
International applicants should refer to the International Sister Academy for their respective application forms and terms and conditions.
 
The DAAD is accepting applications from 12 June – 16 September 2024. The corresponding RSE application can be submitted between 5 September – 24 October 2024.

Resources for applicants

RSE-DAAD International Joint Projects terms and conditions

RSE Research Awards general terms and conditions

What makes a good RSE application?

Contact us

For more information regarding the award, please contact the Research Awards team at Awards@theRSE.org.uk.

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