Collaborative Research Grants

Aims and backgound

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland is in the process of reviewing its grant portfolio as part of a general strategic planning exercise. The Carnegie Collaborative Research Grants scheme is to close once decisions relating to 2017 applications have been reached. The details below are for information only.

Aims and background

  1. The purpose of the Collaborative Research Grants Scheme (CRGs) is to support joint research projects that bring together researchers from more than one Scottish university to develop new lines of study or to advance significantly existing areas of expertise.

  2. The following types of activity are excluded: the formation and operation of networks or similar discussion groupings; projects mainly directed at digitising, cataloguing or archiving existing data; projects centred on running conferences, workshops, seminars, summer schools or similar symposia; knowledge exchange projects; or projects that are directed at confirmation and dissemination of previously acquired research results.

  3. Strategic funding priorities:

    1. Priority will be given to proposals demonstrating a strong collaborative element with balanced contributions from the participants, or showing clear synergy, or based around new partnership.

    2. The Trust encourages the participation of Early Career Researchers – either as Lead Applicants, Principal Investigators, or Scottish Co-Investigators.

    3. The Trust also prioritises projects with a strong interdisciplinary element.

    4. A fourth priority area concerns projects which will impact on the strategic research objectives of the participating institutions – such as developing their research programmes, establishing new direction, and/or building on existing strength.

  4. Having established consistency with some of the Trust's strategic priorities, the principal criterion for the award of a CRG is that the planned research is of excellent quality and is likely to be of benefit to two or more of the universities of Scotland (research consortium).

  5. Grants of up to a maximum of £50,000 may be awarded.

  6. The joint project must involve the active collaboration of researchers in at least two of the Scottish universities. Each university should specify a Principal Investigator, one of whom should act as the Lead Applicant.

  7. The duration of the project should normally be from 1 to 2 years, but can be up to a maximum of three years.

NOTE: Learn more about the assessment process

Encouraging the next generation of researchers

Scholarships are available for undergraduate students who have an interest in research and wish to undertake an independent project during the summer period. 

Up to 90 Vacation Scholarships are awarded each year. Academic staff at the Scottish universities are invited to encourage their brightest and most promising students to apply.

Managing a Carnegie grant

Information on the management of Carnegie research grants after an award has been made can be found on the Managing a grant page.