Scotland-Asia Partnerships Higher Education Research (SAPHIRE) Fund

SAPHIRE is a grant with the aim of enhancing the existing international research partnerships between Scottish universities and partners in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.

The RSE Scotland Asia Partnerships Higher education Research (SAPHIRE) Fund is a grant scheme funded by the Scottish Government aimed at developing new, as well as enhancing and adding value to existing international research partnerships between Scottish universities, research institutes and partners in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. Funding is available to Scottish universities and research institutes, with the stated objectives of enabling research to include a focus on environmental issues and climate change; developing new or expanding existing research partnerships (e.g. to other Scottish universities/consortia); developing a practical application for the research and engagement with industry, and widening the scope of the existing partnership.

Applicant eligibility

The SAPHIRE scheme is open to researchers, from all Scottish universities and research institutes, that wish to establish new or further develop existing peer reviewed research projects which:

  • relate to one of the themes highlighted below.
  • are already receiving peer-reviewed funding (from UK or international funding bodies). For new projects, the applicant needs to have experience/ track record of being awarded peer-reviewed funding.
  • include a partner from either Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. Projects can include additional partners from other countries.
  • Industry participation welcomed as part of consortia.

Research themes and geographies

Key themes:
a. Clean Energy and Environment (inc. animal welfare)
b. Digital, Physics and Space, Advanced Manufacturing
c. Health
d. Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation

Subthemes:
a. Food, soil and water, environmental change
b. Transport
c. Energy, resources
d. Advanced manufacturing
e. Health (Medicine and life sciences inc. public health)
f. Climate research, emissions research, or sustainable energy
g. Sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, water and food, circular economy, biobased industries
h. Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation (could include transport);
i. Space, ICT, Big Data, Cybersecurity
j. Robotics, autonomous systems, sensors/internet of things and photonics
k. Marine science (ocean science e.g. climate-related or coastal protection etc)

Application process

Applications are welcomed from noon 7 September 2023 – noon 26 October 2023.

  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.

Resources for applicants

RSE SAPHIRE Fund 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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