Ireland/Scotland Bilateral Network Grants

11/06/2021 12:00 pm



3-6 months

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), with the support of the Scottish Government Office in Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs, are pleased to invite applications for the Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Network Grants.

The ambition of the Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Network Grants is to strengthen cooperation and learning between excellent researchers, academics and practitioners in Scotland and Ireland within the five thematic areas identified within the 2021 Irish-Scottish Bilateral Review.


  • To strengthen co-operation and learning between Scotland and Ireland through bilateral funding for joint projects;
  • To foster partnerships/networks within and beyond academia;
  • To encourage the initiation of new partnerships and/or the development of existing partnerships;
  • To contribute to policy discussion in Ireland and Scotland in the specified thematic area.


In 2021, the Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Network Grants invites applications that address the theme of ‘Revival, Resilience and Recovery: Cultural and Arts Sectors post-Covid-19’.

The arts and wider cultural sectors are vital to Scotland’s and Ireland’s revival, resilience and recovery. They provide spaces for discussion, debate, divergence, convergence and exchange. Theatre, music, and film, for example, have the power to bring people together in a collective experience for a moment, an evening, a lifetime even, while visual and oral arts and literature offer audiences an opportunity to reflect on ideas or experiences that differ from their own or challenge existing scenarios and situations.


  • The grant is open to academic researchers working in partnership with the cultural and arts sectors.
  • In each application, the lead applicant must be a full or part-time academic in any discipline and a tenured and/or salaried staff of a higher education institution (HEI) or research institute (RI) in Scotland or Ireland. Lead applicants must be on open-ended, continuing, or fixed-term contracts which extend beyond the end date of the envisaged grant period. The grant cannot be used to extend an applicant’s contract.
  • Each application must include a partner in the other country, i.e. those with a lead applicant in Ireland must have a co-investigator in Scotland and vice versa.
  • Application partners may come from any area of research and practice within the area of culture and arts.
  • Each application may have a number of partners/co-investigators across both countries if appropriate to the project.


  • Applications must address the theme of ‘Revival, Resilience and Recovery: Cultural and Arts Sectors post-Covid-19’.
  • The project can build on existing international collaboration between the two countries or may demonstrate plans for the development of new collaborative networks.
  • Project types can include (as examples) research networks, research and practice networks, and cultural exhibitions. Applications that push traditional boundaries by bringing together multiple sectors (for example academia with performing artists, third sector, schools, policy analysts and makers, cultural venues/locations, artisan networks) are particularly welcome, especially where wider inclusion and diversity elements are evident.
  • While awards will be open to all career stages and all HEIs in Ireland and Scotland, we particularly encourage applications that are either led by early career researchers (ECRs) or include ECRs as active participants within the proposed project.


The funding will open for applications from Friday 7 May 2021; applicants are required to:

  1. Complete the Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Network Grants online application, by 11 June 2021 at 12:00.
  2. Arrange for an institutional statement of support and two reference letters to be sent to [email protected] by 11 June 2021 at 12:00
  3. Ask your co-applicant to provide a consent form to be sent to [email protected] by 11 June 2021 at 12:00



For more information regarding the award, please contact the Research Awards team on [email protected].


In line with its aims and remit, the RIA has a long history of promoting, supporting and communicating research. The Academy began providing research grants in 1876, and this legacy of supporting academic researchers in Ireland continues today. Through the vehicle of its various grants schemes, world-class researchers are identified and recognised throughout their careers.

11/06/2021 12:00 pm



3-6 months