RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme

Deadline
11/01/2022 11:00 am
Timeline
  • Wednesday 10 November 2021Open call
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022, 11:00Deadline for applications
  • 14 February 2022 – 18 February 2022Applicants notified
  • 14 March 2022 – 30 June 2022.Project start dates
Value

£10,000–30,000 per project

Duration

3–12 months

The new RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme is funded by the Scottish Government with the purpose to facilitate international collaboration between Scottish and German institutes. It aims to develop hydrogen-related research which can inform Scottish Government policy objectives. This aligns with the RSE’s ‘knowledge made useful’ mission.

OBJECTIVE

This scheme seeks to foster research- and practice-based partnerships between Scotland and Germany to lead the way towards a decarbonised future. The objectives of the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme are as follows:

  • To facilitate and strengthen co-operation and learning between Scotland and Germany in the area of hydrogen research;
  • To foster partnerships/networks within and beyond academia, including with local authorities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME);
  • To encourage the initiation of new partnerships and/or the development of existing partnerships;
  • To contribute to policy discussion in Scotland around hydrogen.

As well as supporting Scotland’s ambitious Hydrogen Action Plan, the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme supports other areas of Scottish Government policy including:

• Developing strong partnerships with Germany to pursue net zero transition objectives;
• Strengthening research collaborations with EU partners post-Brexit;
• Underpinning and future proofing ScottishGerman partnerships in this area through joint policy, investment and trade opportunities;
• Supporting the sustainability objectives within the Scottish Government post-Covid-19 economic strategy.

RESEARCH THEMES

The RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme invites collaborative applications which aim to address one or more of the following areas:

Optimising the production of green hydrogen

research aimed at optimising the large-scale production of green hydrogen to drive a reduction in costs

Hydrogen storage

research aimed at enabling and optimising medium-long term hydrogen storage solutions;

Hydrogen distribution/transport

research aimed at enabling cost-effective, long-distance distribution solutions including for import/export.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

For Scottish-based researchers

  • Each application should nominate a Principal Investigator who will act as the lead applicant (NB: only one application to be filled out per research project). PI are welcome from all career stages who are eligible as one of the following:
    • At least postdoctoral status or equivalent.
    • A full or part-time academic in any academic discipline and are tenured and/or salaried staff of a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute (RI) in Scotland.
    • Applicants must be on open-ended, continuing, or fixed term contracts which extend three months beyond the end-date of the envisaged grant period. The RSE grant cannot be used to extend an applicant’s contract.
  • Members of Scottish Higher Educational Institutes (HEI) and Research Institutes (RI) are welcome as project collaborators, in addition:
    • Applicants are welcome from any related/relevant discipline or field.
    • PhD students are welcome as collaborators but may not act as the PI and their international activities (e.g., travel, daily expenses, etc.) cannot be funded with project money.
    • Post docs are welcome as collaborators but may not act as the PI unless fulfilling all PI conditions stipulated above.
  • Local authority members are welcome to participate as part of consortia.
  • Industry participation is welcomed as part of consortia. Small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs), a company of less than 250 employees, members are welcome to join the research consortium.

For German-based researchers:

  • Each application must identify a lead co-applicant based in a German HEI, RI, local authority or SME.
  • Members of German HEI and RI are welcome as project collaborators (Including national bodies such as: Max-Plank or Fraunhofer, Leibnitz or Helmholtz), in addition:
    • Applicants are welcome from any related/relevant discipline or field.
    • PhD students are welcome as collaborators but may not act as the PI and their international activities (e.g., travel, daily expenses, etc.) cannot be funded with project money.
    • Post docs are welcome as collaborators but may not act as the PI unless fulfilling all PI conditions stipulated above.
  • Local authority members are welcome to participate as part of consortia.
  • Industry participation welcomed as part of consortia. Small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) members welcome to join research consortium.

RESEARCH ELIGIBILITY

  • The RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme invites applications that collaborate to address the areas outlined in the ‘research themes’ section above.
  • The project can build on existing international collaboration between the two countries or demonstrate plans for the development of new collaborative partnerships.
  • Funding will be provided to support new research projects and existing projects which address the themes highlighted above.
  • One joint application should be submitted per collaborative project.
  • If a lead applicant is involved in more than one consortium applying for funding, they should indicate clearly how they will manage their time on all projects if each is successful. PI and lead German co-applicants cannot apply as part of more than one consortium team.
  • Proposed projects must run for a minimum of three months. The funding window is for a maximum of 12 months.
  • To undertake research at a participating, temporary host institution, the applicant will be required to negotiate their appointment directly with their own, and with the temporary host, institution – NB: This is not the RSE’s responsibility.
  • The movement of consortium members to a host institution to undertake research is not mandatory for this award programme. However, applications which do not involve in-person activity should demonstrate how collaborative research will be achieved remotely. The RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme supports mobility of ideas then mobility of people and encourages awardees to submit contingency plans around travel, to facilitate virtual working/collaboration, as part of their application.
  • Priority will be given to projects that clearly support, inform and build capacity around the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy priorities and objectives.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Download the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme application form. (Doc, 97kb). Applications must be submitted by the PI.
  • Save this form as: ‘Your Surname_RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Scheme Application form’ E.g. ‘Smith_ RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Scheme Application form’. Complete the details on the application form, and submit to [email protected] by Tuesday 11 January, 11:00. The RSE Research Awards team will send a confirmation email to confirm the receipt of your application form, within three working days. If you do not receive confirmation, please get in touch. 
  • As part of your application, include a statement of support from your head of department OR research office, a host statement of support (if applicable) and letters of support from any co-applicants.
  • Arrange for two referee forms to be sent to the RSE [email protected] by Tuesday 11 January 2022, 11:00. These are available to download from the resources below.
  • The research awards officer will notify applicants about the panel’s decisions by the week beginning Monday 14 February and will issue a letter offering funding for each successful application.
  • Successful applications should have a start date between 14 March 2022 – 30 June 2022.

RESOURCES FOR APPLICANTS

CONTACT US

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

These are the terms and conditions of the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme. Applicants should read these carefully, as well as points 23-56 of the RSE Research Awards general terms and conditions, before completing and submitting their application.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)
As Scotland’s National Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) supports high-quality academic research and public engagement activities. The RSE delivers upon its mission ‘to promote the Advancement of Learning and Useful Knowledge’ by supporting academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers, and in assisting the development, dissemination and deployment of research. The RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme sits within, and delivers to, this overall mission.

 

Background

1. The new RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme funded by the Scottish Government with the purpose to facilitate international collaboration between Scottish and German institutes. It aims to develop hydrogen-related research which can inform Scottish Government policy objectives. This aligns with the RSE’s ‘knowledge made useful’ mission.

2. Policy areas and grant objectives

This programme delivers to the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan which is underpinned by a commitment to achieving a just transition to a low carbon and, ultimately, net zero age. Hydrogen is key to realising these ambitious climate targets and is a core element of Scotland’s decarbonisation plans. Germany is viewed by many as a leader in Europe in hydrogen energy research. This scheme seeks to foster research- and practice-based partnerships between Scotland and Germany to lead the way towards a decarbonised future. The objectives of this scheme are as follows:

  • To facilitate and strengthen co-operation and learning between Scotland and Germany in the area of hydrogen research;
  • To foster partnerships/networks within and beyond academia, including with local authorities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME);
  • To encourage the initiation of new partnerships and/or the development of existing partnerships;
  • To contribute to policy discussion in Scotland around hydrogen.

As well as supporting Scotland’s ambitious Hydrogen Action Plan, the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme supports other areas of Scottish Government policy including:

  • Developing strong partnerships with Germany to pursue net zero transition objectives;
  • Strengthening research collaborations with EU partners post-Brexit;
  • Underpinning and future proofing Scottish-German partnerships in this area through joint policy, investment and trade opportunities;
  • Supporting the sustainability objectives within the Scottish Government post-Covid-19 economic strategy.

3. Approach

Applications are invited from Scottish and German-based Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Research Institutes (RI) (including R&D centres and hydrogen hubs), innovation centres and research pools. Industry (particularly SME participation) and local authorities are also welcomed as part of consortia, including appropriate German federal and state bodies including Länder and other local administrative bodies. Each application must include a Principal Investigator (PI) partner in Scotland and a lead co-investigator in Germany. Participation from other international partners is also welcome, as part of the consortium team.

4. Research themes

The RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme invites collaborative applications which aim to address one or more of the following areas:

  • Optimising the production of green hydrogen – research aimed at optimising the large-scale production of green hydrogen to drive a reduction in costs;
  • Hydrogen storage – research aimed at enabling and optimising medium-long term hydrogen storage solutions;
  • Hydrogen distribution/transport – research aimed at enabling cost-effective, long-distance distribution solutions including for import/export.

Priority will be given to projects that clearly support, inform and build capacity around the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy priorities and objectives. Further details of which can be found in a statement made in February 2021 by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Energy Minister.

 

Applicant eligibility

5. For Scottish-based researchers:

  • Each application should nominate a Principal Investigator who will act as the lead applicant (NB: only one application to be filled out per research project). PI are welcome from all career stages who are eligible as one of the following:
    • At least postdoctoral status or equivalent.
    • A full or part-time academic in any academic discipline and are tenured and/or salaried staff of a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute (RI) in Scotland.
    • Applicants must be on open-ended, continuing, or fixed term contracts which extend three months beyond the end-date of the envisaged grant period. The RSE grant cannot be used to extend an applicant’s contract.
  • Members of Scottish Higher Educational Institutes (HEI) and Research Institutes (RI) are welcome as project collaborators, in addition:
    • Applicants are welcome from any related/relevant discipline or field.
    • PhD students are welcome as collaborators but may not act as the PI and their international activities (e.g., travel, daily expenses, etc.) cannot be funded with project money.
    • Post docs are welcome as collaborators but may not act as the PI unless fulfilling all PI conditions stipulated above.
  • Local authority members are welcome to participate as part of consortia.
  • Industry participation is welcomed as part of consortia. Small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs), a company of less than 250 employees, members are welcome to join the research consortium.

6. For German-based researchers:

  • Each application must identify a lead co-applicant based in a German HEI, RI, local authority or SME.
  • Members of German HEI and RI are welcome as project collaborators (Including national bodies such as: Max-Plank or Fraunhofer, Leibnitz or Helmholtz), in addition:
    • Applicants are welcome from any related/relevant discipline or field.
    • PhD students are welcome as collaborators but may not act as the PI and their international activities (e.g., travel, daily expenses, etc.) cannot be funded with project money.
    • Post docs are welcome as collaborators but may not act as the PI unless fulfilling all PI conditions stipulated above.
  • Local authority members are welcome to participate as part of consortia.
  • Industry participation welcomed as part of consortia. Small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) members welcome to join
    research consortium.

7. Other eligibility criteria

  • Upon appointment, the PI and lead German co-applicant will be required to devote themselves full time to the research project specified in the application. However, the RSE will consider applications for part-time completion, with supporting information on how the research can be delivered successfully on a part-time basis.
  • An application will not be considered if a partner member has an overdue report on a previous RSE grant.
  • The number of participants per team is not restricted. Team members can be from the same institution or organisation, and from any professional background or academic discipline.
  • Applications will be considered for both bilateral and multilateral projects.
  • International collaborators outside of Scotland and Germany are welcome to apply as project collaborators, but will not be eligible for award funding.
  • Consideration may be given to collaborative applications from more than one HEI working in partnership.

 

Research eligibility

8. The RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme invites applications that collaborate to address the areas outlined in the ‘research themes’ section above.

9. The project can build on existing international collaboration between the two countries or demonstrate plans for the development of new collaborative partnerships.

10. Funding will be provided to support new research projects and existing projects which address the themes highlighted above.

11. One joint application should be submitted per collaborative project.

12. If a collaborator is involved in more than one consortium applying for funding, they should indicate clearly how they will manage their time on all projects if each is successful. PI and lead German co-applicants cannot apply as part of more than one consortium team.

13. Proposed projects must run for a minimum of three months. The funding window is for a maximum of 12 months.

14. To undertake research at a participating, temporary host institution, the applicant will be required to negotiate their appointment directly with their own, and with the temporary host, institution – NB: This is not the RSE’s responsibility.

15. The movement of consortium members to a host institution to undertake research is not mandatory for this award programme. However, applications which do not involve in-person activity should demonstrate how collaborative research will be achieved remotely. The RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme supports mobility of ideas then mobility of people and encourages awardees to submit contingency plans around travel, to facilitate virtual working/collaboration, as part of their application.

16. Priority will be given to projects that clearly support, inform and build capacity around the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy priorities and objectives.

 

Funding

17. The scale of funding provided is £10,000–£30,000 per project. The maximum sum available for any one project is £30,000. Consideration will be given to small-scale start-up projects whose funding may be less than £10,000.

18. Funding can include costs incurred by every Scottish or German-based member of the research collaboration to cover universities, research institutes (including R&D centres and hydrogen hubs), innovation centres, research pools and German collaborators.

19. Funding under the Scheme can only be used by the Scottish and German members in any consortium, not partners overseas.

20. Match funding from consortia members’ institutions is welcomed but is not a requirement.

 

21. Eligible costs:

  • Research consumables: Research expenses may be used against any materials related to the research aspect of the award. Examples include licenses for archival or other relevant material or for software that are required for research to be undertaken; tea, coffee, lunch for meetings etc.; postage, stationery, and photocopying, library fees, illustration permissions, copyright fees, photographic services.
  • Research-related travel: Reasonable expenses, using standard class fares excluding first and business class travel; where using private car, the rate equivalent of GBP0.40 per mile is allowed.
    • Throughout the duration of the funded project, Scottish and UK Government, and appropriate in-country EU, legislation and guidelines for Covid-19 safe travel and contact must be observed.
    • Where travel costs are concerned, advantage should be taken of any discount or concessionary fares.
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider low carbon options such as online events and to justify fully any stated travel needs. Advantage should be taken of appropriate inexpensive accommodation available if relevant to the application.
    • Costs for legally-required PCR tests for travel are included.
    • Carbon offsetting costs are eligible.
  • Result dissemination: Costs associated with disseminating results arising from the project – through publication or presentation at specialist conferences, dissemination costs are normally up to a maximum of 10% of the requested budget.
  • Eligible staff categories: Salary contribution for part time or full time research assistants, administrative assistants, technicians, fieldworkers.
    • Salary contributions should be calculated on a daily or hourly basis, using appropriate and recognised salary costs, and based on average pay for the grade of work and expertise required. We strongly advise that research office personnel assist with salary calculations.
    • Contributions exclude on-costs.
    • These contributions are only eligible in relation to Scottish and German collaborators’ activities.
    • You may find it useful to read the European Charter for Researchers and he Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

 

22. Ineligible costs:

  • Salary contributions for PI or collaborators’ own salary costs.
  • Expenses relating to accompanying dependents or contributions towards salaries.
  • Stipends or scholarships for collaborators or students involved in the project.
  • Salary on-costs (National Insurance, Pension contributions) for research assistants, administrative assistants, technicians or fieldworkers.
  • Visa-related costs.

 

23. Other funding criteria:

  • Award money will be released to the Scottish HEI involved in the application, not an individual applicant directly, at the start of the award period. NB: it is the responsibility of the collaborators to manage financial agreements, and ensure both parties are aware of, and agree to, their entitlements and responsibilities.
  • Applicants should abide by their own institution’s finance policies in administering these funds.
  • If applicants require funding from other sources in addition to the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme to complete the research, this should be clearly stated in the application form. This should include the amount sought, and the progress and likelihood of securing the funding. The RSE must be informed of any additional funding which has been requested or secured for the project.
  • Requested figures must be in GBP and award funds will be paid in GBP.
  • Award costs incurred outside the funding window cannot be recouped.

 

Selection criteria

24. Applications will be assessed with reference to:

  • The strength of the proposal in relation to potential outcomes/impact, especially in relation to the Scottish Government’s hydrogen policy and objectives;
  • Adherence to the objectives of the call;
  • Whether the funding request is within the threshold and justified in relation to project delivery;
  • The quality of the project plan, outputs and impact;
  • Quality and importance of the proposed research;
  • The feasibility of the proposed research;
  • The outputs and impact of the proposed research;
  • The track record of the applicant;
  • Value for money;
  • The research background of the Scottish and overseas applicants;
  • The established strength and research profile of the institution in the area of the proposed research;
  • The mutual benefit of the collaboration;
  • The potential contribution to the Scottish and wider UK knowledge base.

 

Contact detail and letter of support requirements

25. Applications must include the following supporting documentation:

  • Two referee letters of support: Two referee forms are required per application and must be provided by someone independent of and knowledgeable on the project. Letters should include a) a detailed appraisal of the merit of the proposed research and potential impact; b) a reasoned judgement about the PI and lead collaborators’ suitability to undertake the proposed work. Please note:
    • Applications without referee forms cannot be accepted.
    • Please find the referee form under ‘resources for applicants’ on the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme webpage.
    • We ask that the referees are not recent collaborators or members of the PI’s own institution or the lead German collaborators institution/organisation. Referees should be from two different institutions.
    • References are not uploaded as part of the application and applicants need to arrange for these to be sent on the correct form to the RSE as detailed on the RSE website.
  • Host statement of support: If the PI and lead collaborators plan to undertake their research at a different institution to the one from where they are usually employed, a statement of support from that institution is required. The institutional statement of support should be from the research office stating that they have read the application and agree that if an RSE Research Award is granted and accepted by the applicant, this institution will be bound by the terms and conditions, will provide the necessary facilities, and will administer the Award where necessary.
  • Head of department OR research office letter of support: This letter of support should be written by the PI’s Head of Department or Research Office. It should include details of the suitability of the applicant, the impact of the proposed work, and their support for it. They must also state that they have read the application, agree that if an RSE Award is granted and accepted by the applicant, this institution will be bound by the terms and conditions, will provide the necessary facilities, and will administer the Award.
  • Letter of intent from collaborators: All leading collaborators, aside from the PI, should write a statement to confirm their involvement in the project, support for the application and agreement to the Scheme’s terms and conditions.

 

Other terms and conditions

26. Please refer to points 23-56 of the RSE Research Awards general terms and conditions, which are applicable terms and condition requirements for this Scheme. NB: All other terms and conditions in the RSE Research Awards general terms and conditions are not applicable for this Scheme.

27. Retrospective applications will be deemed ineligible.

28. Unspent funds over £30 should be returned to the RSE.

29. If the PI resigns from their employment post before the project is complete, an alternative PI should be instated by the consortium.

30. Application forms must be submitted in English.

31. Should an award be made, you will be given a document – Acknowledgement of funding from the RSE – which you should refer to for any matters relating to publications and dissemination.

32. Applicants should follow the Visa regulations and guidelines of their current institution.

33. Applicants should follow the environmental sustainability regulations and guidelines of their current institution.

 

Acceptance of terms and conditions

34. By signing the application form and accepting any grant offer letter, the applicants and any hosting institutions agree to be bound by the applicable general terms and conditions as well as the grant specific terms and conditions. Both the funder and the RSE shall be entitled to enforce these terms and conditions.

35. Award holders will be required to participate in two surveys, one during and one after completion of their award.

36. Award acceptance should be completed as requested in the award letter.

37. The RSE is not liable for any costs incurred before the official start date of the grant on acceptance of the award.

 

Next steps

38. Application forms are in Word document format and need to be downloaded from the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme webpage .The call for applications open on the Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 11:00. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 11 January 2022, 11:00.

 

Contact us

39. Please direct enquiries to: [email protected]

Applicants should read points 23-56 of the RSE Research Awards general terms and conditions carefully alongside the relevant terms and conditions for each award before completing and submitting their application.

Extension and project changes

23. The RSE would expect to be consulted on, and informed of any changes to, the proposed project following approval of the application where these changes are likely adversely to affect the research project funded. Failure to consult the RSE about significant changes could result in funding being withdrawn or restricted as to full payment.

24. If the project has to be cancelled for any reason, the RSE will seek reimbursement of any funds held by the host institution.

25. It is not possible to carry forward unspent funds beyond the project end-date.

26. The length of the awards will not be extended for successful candidates who are in part-time posts; the award will remain fixed in line with the period of award approved for funding.

27. In exceptional circumstances, no-cost extensions may be granted where justified in the submitted extension request form. Please note that a precise new end date will be required. Normally, the RSE offers no-cost extensions on projects ONLY in the following circumstances:

  • Staff: maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental or paid sick leave; bereavement; change of caring responsibilities; extended jury service; changes from full-time to part-time employment
  • Non-Staff: major equipment failures; major laboratory/building issue; unforeseen problems with specimen/sample/data collection; unforeseen problems over ethical approval or permits; non-availability of facilities essential to the project.

28. We will consider requests where they are necessary to enable the objectives of the original award to be completed and where the work can be completed in the additional time awarded. We do not allow no-cost extensions to use unspent funds on work not specified in the original application or additional outputs to be completed; invoices to be received while the grant is live (invoices for spend occurring during the grant duration can be received in period between the end date of the grant and the Final Expenditure Statement due date); attendance at additional conferences unless a case is made for the enhanced impact this would create; extensions to make linked projects finish together.

29. The maximum length of extension the RSE offers is an additional 25% of the time initially identified for the project.

30. The RSE’s policy is in line with the UKRI policy on extensions. The RSE reserves the right to request additional evidence in support of any case made for an extension.

31. Major changes to an awarded project/deviating from the initial objectives must be notified and agreed by the RSE. The reallocation of major funds where reasonable to harness relevant opportunities or counter under- and over-spends must be agreed with the RSE.

32. All expenses must remain in accordance with our eligible costs; this includes the 10% normal limit on dissemination costs.

33. Should an award holder move institutions they will need advance approval from RSE to transfer the award. Awards can only be transferred to other eligible institutions. Awards cannot be transferred between individuals/projects.

 

Reporting

34. Awardees are required to submit a final report within three months of the end period. A template report form will be provided.

35. The report should:

  • outline the progress relative to the research programme and outcomes indicated in the original application;
  • set out the main research objectives;
  • provide a list of all outputs and planned or implemented impact activities, e.g. publications produced (or in progress), conference presentations, collaborations etc.;
  • include a non-confidential executive summary.

36. The RSE should be informed of any publications, further collaborations, funding etc. resulting from the awards. The RSE is pleased to receive copies of publications and reserves the right to seek further follow-up reports where necessary and to seek information from the awardee after the end of the grant for evaluation purposes.

37. Project reports should be sent to the relevant email inbox, specified in specific terms and conditions.

38. An award holder may not submit a new application to the RSE until all reporting on previous RSE awards have been submitted to the RSE and approved as satisfactory.

 

Final financial reporting

39. Within one month of the completion of the award, the host institution must submit a final statement of expenditure to the RSE. The statement must be on headed paper, detail the amount awarded, the amount spent, and be signed off by a senior member of the award finance team at the host institution. Invoices should be addressed to the RSE and submitted to [email protected] Any unspent funds will be returned to the RSE.

40. Any additional financial reporting terms and conditions are specified for each Call in separate documentation.

 

Review of reports

41. Reports will be sent by the host institution to the RSE Research Awards Team to be checked for accuracy.

42. Should a report not be submitted by the due date, or if it be deemed incomplete or unsatisfactory, the recipient of the award will be invited either to submit the report within two weeks or to revise the report in line with the assessors’ comments.

43. If the report is still not forthcoming, or if the RSE Research Awards Team continues to be dissatisfied with the report, the RSE reserves the right to withhold payment of the grant and request refund of payment made. In such circumstances, the RSE Research Awards Team will issue a letter to the head of the institution in which the recipient of the award is based, listing the recipient of the award, and applying the appropriate financial penalty.

Publications, dissemination and evaluation

44. Any publications or other outputs arising from the research funded by the award would be expected to acknowledge the RSE’s support. There is an ‘expectation’ that any presentation should, where possible, acknowledge RSE funding. The Research Awards Office can provide an institutional logo.

45. Any events organised must be outwith the RSE’s and Young Academy of Scotland’s own programme of meetings.

46. The RSE does not make any claim to IPR ownership from grant applications. The IPR generated from the project work under the RSE grant belongs to the host/employing University (depending on the contractual arrangements governing researcher’s work) along with all publication rights.

47. For evaluation purposes: awardees may be expected, after completion of their period of tenure, to participate in reviews and studies to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the RSE award. The RSE reserves the right to seek further follow-up reports where necessary and to seek information from the awardee after the end of the grant.

Additional terms and conditions

48. If a material change in the applicant’s circumstances should occur after submitting the application, details should be notified by email to the Research Awards Team.

49. RSE Committee members are not permitted to apply for funding from an award scheme for which they serve on the Committee. Committee members who wish to apply should step down from their post first.

 

Policies for acceptable research conduct

50. The host institution must have robust safeguarding policies in place to protect vulnerable groups (see Scottish Government’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups Membership Scheme). The host institution must also have in place clear processes which must be followed if it becomes aware of specific incidents, including referral to the relevant authorities where necessary.

51. The grant must be managed and carried out in compliance with all relevant legal codes of practice including health and safety, ethical guidance, and regulatory requirements.

52. If a grant involves the use of animals the relevant regulations in the UK Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and its subsequent amendments must be adhered to.

53. Appropriate insurance must be provided by the awardees employing/host institution to carry out the research.

54. Environmental responsibility must be considered and will be reflected upon in the assessment of your application. Your work application and proposed research should demonstrate environmental responsibility, for example, undertaking only necessary travel, low carbon forms of travel, and/or giving consideration to online meetings where possible and appropriate.

 

Travel

55. Please ensure you are aware of any visa requirements and travel restrictions for research-related visits; if you have not already done so please refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice website: www.fco.gov.uk.

56. Throughout the duration of the funded project, Scottish and UK Government, and appropriate foreign legislation and guidelines for Covid-19 safe contact and travel must be observed.

 

Contact us

Please direct enquiries to: [email protected].

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Deadline
11/01/2022 11:00 am
Timeline
  • Wednesday 10 November 2021Open call
  • Tuesday 11 January 2022, 11:00Deadline for applications
  • 14 February 2022 – 18 February 2022Applicants notified
  • 14 March 2022 – 30 June 2022.Project start dates
Value

£10,000–30,000 per project

Duration

3–12 months