Research Workshops Grants

Due to the Covid 19 outbreak, the Trust has currently suspended this scheme until further notice. We are not accepting any new applications or Expressions of Interest, nor are we able to respond to feedback requests on draft proposals. Proposals already selected for funding will go ahead whenever possible.

The Carnegie Research Workshops scheme aims to advance new research ideas  addressing issues at the forefront of current scientific, technological, environmental, intellectual, cultural or societal developments.

Carnegie Research Workshop proposals must address major emerging issues, challenges or disruptions that will require new research directions through collaborations between Scottish, UK and international experts active in different disciplines. Proposed workshops should focus on the development of new research directions in an area of key relevance both to Scotland and globally with the aim of strengthening the international leadership position of the Scottish academic community. Further, the Carnegie Research Workshops are intended to encourage the exchange of skills and expertise between participants at different stages of their career.

Key Facts

Career stage:Researcher
Eligible institutions:Scottish universities, Glasgow School of Art and Royal Conservatoire for Scotland
Workshop location:Anywhere in Scotland
Funding:up to £50,000
Project length:up to 24 months
Number of awards:up to 5 in 2020
Deadline:No deadline for Expressions of Interest

Workshops should:

  • consist of small scale events of up to 30 -40 attendees each, that promote active engagement and exchanges between participants, particularly between individuals at different career levels.
  • adopt a format that favours sustained and focused discussion between researchers,
  • explore topics that have both substantial importance and clear common ground for further collaborative work with new national and international partners.

Applicants can propose single residential workshops over multiple days or a linked series of shorter events.

Multidisciplinary approaches are welcome, although this is not essential.

Funding is available to successful projects for a period of up to 24 months, during which the organisers have the flexibility to develop a programme of workshops that suits their objectives and the availability of their key contributors.

All workshops must take place in Scotland.

  • The Lead Applicant must be an Academic Researcher, employed by one of the following organisations:
    • Scottish universities: Aberdeen, Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, Highlands & Islands, Queen Margaret, Robert Gordon, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde or West of Scotland
    • Glasgow School of Art
    • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • The Lead Applicant must be on a contract which includes time and access to resources to conduct independent research as part of their employment.
  • The lead applicant’s employment contract must cover the entire duration of the proposed workshop project plus three months.

Who can’t apply

You are not eligible to apply as Lead Applicant if, for example:

  • You are not employed as a researcher or academic by one of the eligible institutions listed above at the time of application and during the tenure of the grant, if your application is successful.
  • You hold an honorary or visiting fellowship with one of the eligible institutions or you are retired
  • You are on secondment to one of the eligible institutions  from another organisation
  • Your employment contract does not include research as part of your duties and responsibilities
  • You are on a fixed term contract that does not extend for at least three months after the end of the proposed research workshops.
  • You are employed as a (Postdoctoral) Research Assistant or similar on another academic’s grant and your time is fully committed to this Principal Investigator’s grant.

Note: If you are unsure about your eligibility, contact the Trust or phone: +44 (0)1383 724 990.

  • The Leadership team must include collaborators from other universities (Scottish, rest of the UK or overseas), and may also include representatives from independent research institutes; government departments/ organisations; NGOs; charities; or private industry/ industry bodies etc.
  • Leadership teams should demonstrate a suitable balance of expertise and leadership experience by including individuals at different stages of their research career.
  • All team members are expected to actively contribute to the development of the proposed workshop programme on the basis of their own expertise and international networks.
  • The size of the leadership team will depend on the topic of the research workshops but should be limited to 3 to 6 individuals in addition to the Lead Organiser.
  • Partnership with other Scottish universities is encouraged.

The Trust firmly believes that the leadership of, and participation in, the design and delivery of Carnegie Research Workshop must be open to individuals from under-represented groups, including researchers with caring responsibilities or disabilities.

To encourage inclusiveness, applicants are required to address in their proposal how they will ensure accessibility and diversity with regard to their proposed event(s).

Childcare provision is considered an eligible cost, as is the cost of any carer provision required to facilitate attendance (the cost of any accreditation, insurance or Health & Safety obligations associated with such provision would not be an eligible charge.)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that assistive technology and specialist equipment be available at the event venue (e.g. hearing loops, AT enabled tablets/laptops).

In contrast to research funding schemes such as the Research Incentive Grants, which lead to published articles, edited volumes or monographs, the Carnegie Research Workshops are by nature more explorative and the expected outcomes will therefore reflect this. Potential outcomes include:

  • New network and collaborations focusing on fresh avenues of investigation;
  • Identification of new research opportunities, including the development of new ideas and methodologies;
  • Greater understanding and integration of skills and expertise across disciplines;
  • Stronger networks with international research leaders based on complementary skills, expertise and research interests;
  • Greater engagement between individuals and organisations, to encourage and promote collaboration;
  • Research grant applications to other funding bodies;
  • Articles or edited volumes based on the discussions held during the workshops.

The workshop organising team must produce a report at the end of the funded period. The report should contain a brief narrative of the event(s), record of attendees and achieved outcomes. It should also include a description of the steps that will be taken to ensure the scientific or intellectual findings identified in the workshops are progressed through further collaborations, funding bids etc.

In its second year (2019-20), this new scheme will fund up to 5 workshop proposals of a value of up to £50,000 each. Proposals incorporating in-kind contributions are encouraged and eligible costs may include (but are not be limited to):

  • attendee travel, accommodation and subsistence;
  • venue hire;
  • research support staff time to prepare programmes or write briefs ahead of workshops;
  • administrative support staff time to support the logistics of organising travel, accommodation, venue hire and catering;
  • expenses associated with supporting equality and diversity of representation among the workshop leadership team and participants;
  • professional compère/ facilitator fees;
  • videography/ video conferencing;
  • advertising/ promotion (if applicable), production of printed material, costs associated with disseminating results arising from the event (if applicable).

The Trust intends to be as flexible as possible with regard to the cost element of the scheme and the final budget will be agreed with the successful applicants.

Before you apply, you are welcome to email us a draft Expression of Interest to the Trust’s office so we can give you some informal feedback.

Online applications can be made through the Trust’s application portal. To access the portal, go through the eligibility questionnaire on the right- based on your answers, if you are eligible the link to the portal will appear.

As part of the online application, proposal teams must submit a two page (A4, Arial 11pt) Expression of Interest explaining:

  • the proposed workshop theme;
  • key topics/ issues to be addressed;
  • how this might lead to new research directions and ideas;
  • why the proposed workshop is timely and of key; importance to Scotland as well as being internationally relevant, and;
  • what fields or disciplines will be brought together to address the workshop’s aims.

The names of the organising team members should be provided, together with an indicative list of the experts and leaders who will be invited to actively contribute to the workshop contents and a short description of the format/length of the proposed event(s).

Expressions of Interest can be submitted at any time through the Trust’s online application portal and the Trust aims to respond to EoIs within 6 weeks of submission.

Meeting with Carnegie staff

Expressions of interest will be reviewed internally by Prof Andy Walker, Dr Patricia Krus and Dr John Thompson. Organising teams whose EoI is deemed by the Trust to suit the remit of the scheme will be invited to attend an informal meeting with the Carnegie Trust to discuss their proposed workshops in more detail. Following this meeting, the Trust will invite a full proposal from the organising teams whose plans best suit the remit of the scheme.

Full proposals

Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be emailed a link to an online application form which they will have to complete and submit within three months.

Full proposals will also be reviewed internally by Carnegie staff and Trustees. The Trust reserves the right to seek further expert opinions from among its pool of Carnegie Research Assessors or further afield. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within 6-8 weeks of submitting their full proposal.

Note: Unsuccessful applicants will be able to submit a revised or new EoI once 6 months have passed after the submission of the initial EoI.

Award Timeline

Expression of InterestNo deadline
Carnegie response to Expression of InterestWithin 6-8 weeks of submission
Full proposalWithin 3 months of invitation to submit full proposal
Outcome for Full proposalWithin 6-8 weeks of submission

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