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.

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.

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 2021.

Eligible costs

  • 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.

Applicant eligibility

  • 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 (not inc. 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 and may also include an additional partner in Northern Ireland.

  • 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/coinvestigators, across both countries if appropriate to the project.

Project eligibility

  • 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.

Submission deadline

The Ireland/Scotland bilateral network grant scheme opened at noon on Friday 7th May and closes at noon on 11 June 2021.

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