The purpose of the Research Incentive Grants (RIG) scheme is to make it possible for an Early Career Researcher to undertake, as the Principal Investigator, a short research project, either of a stand-alone nature or in the form of an initial study that could be expected to lead to a more extensive project.

The principal criterion for the award of a RIG is that the planned research is of excellent quality, will enable the principal investigator to develop a new project or line of research and is likely to lead to high quality outputs and outcomes.

The Trust will not normally support established lines of research, projects pursued from year to year over a period of time, or projects arising from previous pilot studies. Where a proposal does relate to a continuing research project, a clear case for additional support from the Trust must be made.

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.

Research Incentive Grants are tenable between 1 and 12 months. The maximum award that can be applied for is £10,000 and the minimum is £1,500.

There are two deadlines each year: 15th September for projects starting after the 1st January immediately following the closing date and 15th March for projects starting after the 1st July immediately following the closing date. All research projects must start within 12 months of the date of award.

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.