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Royal Society Research Grants Opening Soon

The Royal Society Research Grants are open for applications twice a year. The scheme provides up to £20k of ‘seed corn’ funding for projects up to 12 months in duration and covers equipment, consumables and travel expenses and subsistence for essential field research. The objective of the scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research.

The dates for this years rounds have now been announced:

Round 1: Tuesday 24th March – Tuesday 19th May

Round 2: Wednesday 16th September – Thursday 12th November

The Royal Society’s remit covers the natural sciences, including but not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics – you can see a full list of the Societies remit here.

The scheme is aimed at ECR’s, you must be within the first 5 consecutive years of an independent research post, at the time of application. This can be either your first permanent independent academic research post or a named limited-tenured/fixed term academic research post, obtained in an open competition. For full details on eligibility please visit the call page.

If you’re interested in applying for this funding please contact your Research Development Officer for Science & Engineering.


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Royal Society International Exchange Grants Now Open

The Royal Society International Exchange Grants are now open for applications!

These schemes are for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral visits. Applications are welcome from anyone who; holds a PhD, is employed on a contract that outlasts the duration of the project, are based in the respective countries at the time of the application and fall within the Societies remit.

Standard Grant

Deadline: Thursday 12th March 2020 – 3pm

Award Amount: £3,000 – £12,000

Duration: 3 months – 2 years

Please note that only the standard grant is currently available. The cost share round is expected to open April 2020.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity please get in contact with Rachel Colley – your Research Development Officer for Science and Engineering.


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Royal Society Research Grants Now Open

The Royal Society Research Grants are once again open for applications. This fund offers up to £20,000 for a 12 month duration to provide ‘seed corn’ funding to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research.

  • Amount: £20,000
  • Duration: Up to 12 Months
  • Deadline: Monday 11th November (3pm)

This scheme is open to academics who hold a PhD, are within their first 5 consecutive years of an independent research post and are a fully independent researcher with access to their own lab space with the ability to recruit and be registered as the primary supervisor of PhD students and research assistants.

Royal Society’s remit covers Engineering and Physical Sciences, a full remit list is available to view here.

For more information on the scheme please visit the Royal Society Website and if you would like to apply then please contact your Research Delivery Officer.


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Royal Society International Exchanges Now Open

The first Round of 2019 International Exchanges funded by the Royal Society are now open for submissions.

The aim of the scheme is for UK based scientists to better interact with other scientists around the world, to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations. This scheme is not intended to support continued research activities.


Award Amount: £3,000 / £6,000 / £12,000

Duration: 3 months / 12 months / 24 months

Deadline: Wednesday 13th March – 3pm

There are three variations of the scheme available depending on how long a duration is required for your project;

3 month project – Budget of £3,000 to cover one-off travel costs only.

12 month project – Budget of £6,000 for multiple visits within one year including a maximum of £1,500 for research expenses.

24 month project – Budget of £12,000 for multiple visits including a maximum of £3,000 for research expenses.


For more information on this scheme please visit the Royal Society website.

If you would like to apply for this scheme please contact your Research Development Team for support.


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Royal Society Drop-in Session Reminder

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Our second (and final!) drop-in session for the Royal Society Research Grants will be taking place next week:

Thursday 1st November
Time: 12 – 1pm
Location: JD E246

This session is a chance for you to come and ask any questions you may have about the scheme – we will not be presenting any information.

Please feel free to drop by at any point within the hour to discuss your proposal or ask any questions that you have about the scheme.

If you can’t make it the session but are thinking of applying please contact your Research Development Officer to discuss your proposal.

For more information on the scheme please read our previous post – here.


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Royal Society Drop-in Sessions

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We’re expecting a high demand for the new round of Royal Society Research Grants and so to help manage this we will be hosting 2 drop-in sessions:

Tuesday 16th October
Time: 12 – 1pm
Location: JD E424

Thursday 1st November
Time: 12 – 1pm
Location: JD E246

These sessions are a chance for you to come and ask any questions you may have about the scheme – we will not be presenting any information.

Please feel free to drop by at any point within the time slots or if you can’t make it then contact your Research Development Officer to discuss the scheme.

For more information on the scheme please read our previous post – here.


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Royal Society Research Grant

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The Royal Society have announced the next round of Research grants which are now open for applications.

The scheme is for scientists at an early career stage (or returning from a career break) wanting to purchase specialised equipment and essential consumables. The scheme provides “seed corn” funding for new projects.

Award Amount: £20,000

Duration: 12 months

Closing Date: 14th November

For more information please visit the Royal Society Website or contact the Research Development Team.

**We will be holding a drop in session if you have any questions about this call – Please keep an eye on the blog for an update on the date/time/location of this session!**