Scottish Funding Council (SFC) - Research Grants Council (RGC)
Joint Research Scheme 2014/15
Following the signing of a Framework Agreement in 2013, initial pump-priming funding is available to promote collaboration between scientists in Hong Kong and Scottish Universities in the fields of Life Sciences and Energy. The Scottish Funding Council and the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong have jointly committed up to £100,000 and HK$1,250,000 to promote and support collaboration between scientists and engineers in the Scottish Life Sciences Association (SULSA), the Scottish Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) and the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded institutions in Hong Kong.
In life sciences the identified areas of potential collaboration include: Medical technologies and translational medicine; Biotechnology; Synthetic biology and industrial biology; and Cell Biology.
In energy the identified areas of potential collaboration include: Advanced materials for Photovoltaic Devices, Energy Storage or Fuel Cells; Renewable energy; Smart-grids and smart-cities.
Collaboration in biofuels and bioenergy research may be in either the life sciences or energy areas or be a cross-cutting topic.
It is expected that up to ten projects of normally up to 12-month duration will be funded. Applications will be selected on the extent to which they satisfy the following criteria: the scientific quality of the proposed collaborative research; the potential for long-term collaboration; the complementarity of the research environments in the respective partner institutions and the added value arising from the collaboration.
Allocation of funding will be on a competitive basis following an open applications process. For Scottish applicants, the funding amount per project will not exceed £10,000. For Hong Kong applicants, the RGC grants sought for each project will not exceed HK$125,000 (exclusive of on-costs, which as is normal, will be granted to the related Hong Kong institutions of funded projects). No second-stage funding for projects will be provided under the current scheme. The expectation is that successful applicants will establish collaborative projects with the potential to secure follow-on funding from other schemes.
Joint applications should be submitted by the Scottish applicants on behalf of the joint project team on-line at sulsa.fluidreview.com until 1700 GMT on Friday 1 August 2014. In addition, Hong Kong applicants are required to submit an Application Supplement together with the hardcopy of the submitted Joint Application to the UGC Secretariat by 5:00 pm (Hong Kong time) on 6 August 2014.
If you are interested in applying for this funding, please read the full guidelines, which can be downloaded below, and apply via the SULSA online applications portal.