International Exchanges: Cost Share Programme Scheme (Ireland)

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Grant amount: Up to £12,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 13, 2020 8:00am PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Research, Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

Must travel to: Ireland

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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The International Exchanges Scheme is designed to offer a flexible platform for UK based scientists to interact with the best scientists around the world. Funds for a contribution towards travel, subsistence and research expenses can be requested for either a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations. This scheme is not intended to support continued research activities between a UK 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. This scheme is intended to stimulate collaborations between a UK based and overseas researcher. A relationship between both parties should already be established prior to making an application. 

Subjects covered

All activities must be on a subject within the natural sciences, including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, geography and experimental psychology. 

Duration of funding

Awards are available for a fixed period of 2 years.

Countries covered and associated cost share partners

The countries eligible under the International Exchanges Cost Share programme for this round and bodies through which the scheme is operated are as follows:

  • Ireland - Royal Irish Academy (RIA)

In the case of all cost share applications with the China (NSFC), Ireland (RIA) and Taiwan (MOST) a maximum of £12,000 is available from the Royal Society as a contribution to the following costs:

  • The applicant’s and/or UK team’s airfare overseas
  • The co-applicant’s and/or overseas team’s subsistence whilst in the UK
  • Up to £2,000 of the total amount requested from the Royal Society can be spent on research expenses and consumables. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project.
  • Collaborations should be based on a single project involving (or lead by) “the applicant” (UK based scientist) and “the co-applicant” (overseas based scientist).
  • For further details please refer to the ‘Eligibility details’ in the scheme guidance notes.


  • The scheme is not intended to support continued research between a UK applicant and co-applicant who was a former colleague or PhD student or to support other existing or recent collaborations between the applicant and co-applicant. 
  • As this scheme is not intended to be used to extended an existing fellowship the applicant and co-applicant must be based in their respective countries/institutions at the time of application.
  • Ineligible organizations include industrial, private and commercial organisations, university spin-out companies and governmental bodies.
  • Applicants and co-applicants are not permitted to submit more than one application per round (deadline).
  • The Royal Society does not cover social science, clinical or patient-oriented research
  • Applications can only support travel between the UK and the overseas collaborator’s country; costs for travel between a third country are not eligible.