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Applying for an Ireland-Scotland bilateral network grant

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the 'Guidelines for applicants' document which you can see here.

Please click here to access the online application form.

Objectives of the scheme

  • 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.

Applicant eligibility

  • The grant is open to academic researchers working in higher education institutions (HEI) or research institutes (RI) in Scotland or Ireland. In each application the lead applicant must be a full or part-time academic in any of the disciplines listed below, and a tenured and/or salaried staff member of an HEI or RI in Scotland or Ireland (not including Northern 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.

  • Lead applicants and co-investigators may come from any discipline across the Humanities, and Social Sciences.

  • Each application may have a number of partners/coinvestigators, across both countries if appropriate to the project.

Project eligibility

  • Applications must address the theme of ‘Rural, Coastal and/or Island Communities’ 

  • Applications from organisations wishing to collaborate on projects focused on the above theme and from relevant subject areas across the Humanities and Social Sciences are welcome, with applications from areas such as History, Archaeology Literature and Gàidhlig/Gaeilge and postcolonialism particularly invited.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a detailed application form online, including:

  • An institutional statement of support from your employer

  • A letter confirming the involvement of your co-applicant

  • A letter verifying relevant competencies from two named referees who are independent of the project.

  • Detailed costings of proposed project

  • Applicants are required to inform the RIA of any potential conflicts of interest. In this regard applicants proposing to employ family members or spouses during the course of a funded project are required to disclose this to the RIA in advance of the drawdown of funds.


The maximum sum available for any one grant is £12,500 per project (GBP Sterling) for a period of 3–6 months. The scheme will fund one grant in Ireland and one in Scotland for 2023.

Eligible costs (please note that all costs must be supported by documents evidencing costs incurred)

  • Research time: appropriate and recognised salary costs at a daily or hourly rate, excluding on-costs.

  • Administrative assistance: on a daily or hourly basis, at appropriate and recognised salary costs at an hourly rate, excluding on-costs.

  • Research consumables: examples include licenses for archival material or for software that are required for research to be carried out; printed brochures for dissemination events; tea, coffee, lunch for meetings etc.; postage, stationery and photocopying. Throughout the duration of the funded project, any relevant Government legislation and guidelines for Covid-19-safe contact must be observed.

  • Library fees, illustration permissions, copyright fees, photographic services.

  • Assistance with publication costs (in the form of guarantee against loss or for illustrative material).

  • Translation services and transcription of interviews.

  • Research-related travel: reasonable expenses, using standard class fares (excluding first and business class travel), accommodation,subsistence, visa. Throughout the duration of the funded project, Irish, Scottish, UK and relevant in-country Government legislation and guidelines, as well as any global guidelines that come into force during the project timeframe, for Covid-19-safe travel and contact, must be observed.

  • 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.

Ineligible costs

  • Salary on-costs, that is, Health/National Insurance, Pension contributions.

  • Equipment and equipment-related costs.

  • Event costs, that is, the costs of putting on the event; costs for attendance at events are eligible.


Submission deadline

The Ireland/Scotland bilateral network grant scheme opens at noon on 7th September and closes at noon on 26 October 2023.

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