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The Royal Irish Academy-Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme

The Royal Irish Academy - Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme is designed to enable international collaboration by providing the marginal costs of research i.e. travel, subsistence and research expenses. The collaboration should be based on a single project including two teams or individuals: one based in Ireland, and the other in the UK.

A relationship between both parties should already be established prior to making an application. This scheme is not intended to support continued research activities between an Irish applicant and a co-applicant who was a former colleague or PhD student or to support other existing or recent collaborations between the applicant and co-applicant.

The collaboration should involve bilateral visits between Ireland and the UK.

Read the transparency statement for the The Royal Irish Academy-Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme

How to Apply

Both the UK and Irish teams must make an application to their respective funding bodies (i.e. the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Society). To register your interest please click Royal Irish Academy-Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme Registration

UK applications should be made online via the Flexi-grant system.

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the ‘Guidelines for applicants’ document.

Funding Available

The RIA-RS International Exchange Cost Share Programme grant provides a maximum of €7,500 per year, over a two year period for one team, and should be seen as seed money that will lead to further collaboration and greater funding in the future.

Project Eligibility

  • Grants are intended for Irish and UK scientists of proven research ability. The Project Leaders must be of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent.
  • Awards are granted for research in the natural sciences, including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, the scientific research aspects of archaeology, geography and experimental psychology. Please note that the scheme does not fund social science, clinical medical or patient orientated research. 
  • The applicant and co-applicant must be based in their respective countries/institutions at the time of application. 
  • Applications will only be considered for bilateral (not multi-lateral) projects.
  • Teams must be from academia and not industry.
  • Please note that there is no provision for bench fees, conference fees, departmental costs, medical insurance, excess baggage costs, expenses relating to accompanying dependents or contributions towards salaries.
  • Applicants must state whether additional funding for the project, and specifically for the visits proposed, is being sought or has been secured from other sources.

Eligible Activity

  • All activities must be on a subject within the natural sciences, including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, the scientific research aspects of archaeology, geography and experimental psychology (see full list of eligible areas).
  • Collaborations should be based on a single project.
  • Applications can only support travel between Ireland and the UK; costs for travel to a third country are not eligible.
  • Collaborative visits must start no earlier than 4 months after the closing date and no later than the date outlined in the letter of offer of award.
  • Visits must be bilateral meaning that the Applicant and the Co-Applicant and/or project participants must undertake at least one visit to their respective collaborating institutions during the award period.
  • Applicants are not permitted to submit more than one application per round.
  • Holder of current Cost Share award may not apply until the project has ended and the final report has been submitted
  • Only participants working within the Applicant’s and Co-Applicant’s research group directly involved in the collaborative project are eligible to claim travel and subsistence against the award should the application be successful.
  • Eligible consumable costs include visa charges, police registration fees, postage and printing, books, reagents, computer software, stationery for overseas visitors whilst in the Ireland, fieldwork expenses, and animal and plant licence fees.
  • Ineligible consumable costs include but are not limited to publication costs, computer hardware, bench fees, conference registration fees, travel to conferences, departmental costs/overheads, access charges, medical insurance, excess baggage, expenses relating to accompanying dependents, contributions towards salaries, costs involving travel to a third country and costs incurred by project participants not associated with the applicant organisations.
  • Any project participants must be working in an Irish/UK University or research institute.

NB* Please note that failure to meet the eligibility criteria as outlined above will result in your application being deemed ineligible and not progressing to the next stage of the review process.

Who can apply

  • The Irish based Project Leader (Applicant) and the UK based Project Leader (Co-Applicant) must have completed a PhD at the time of the application.
  • The Applicant and Co-Applicant must hold a permanent or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award in a higher education institution. Ineligible organisations include industrial, private and commercial organisations, university spin-out companies, governmental bodies and research councils.
  • As this scheme is not intended to be used to extend an existing fellowship the Applicant and the Co-Applicant must be based in their respective countries/institutions at the time of application.
  • A corresponding application naming the same Applicant (Irish Project Leader) and Co-Applicant (UK based Project Leader) must also be submitted by the Co-Applicant to the Royal Society, via the Flexi-grant system and deemed eligible for review under the Royal Society International Exchanges - Cost Share Programme.
  • A relationship between the Applicant and the Co-Applicant should already be established prior to making an application as this scheme is not intended to support exploratory collaborations.

Submission Deadline

The Royal Irish Academy - Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme Grant Scheme opens on 25th January and closes on Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 17:00

Any application received after 17:00 (GMT), Wednesday 13th March 2019 will be deemed ineligible and returned to the applicant.

Find Out More

Further news items about The Royal Irish Academy - Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme can be found in the news archive.

Should you have any questions or require further information on this grant scheme, please email grants@ria.ie

Data Protection

All personal data collected will be used solely for the purpose of conducting a funding review assessment in line with General Data Protection Regulations. The Royal Irish Academy - Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme Transparency Statement can be found here

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