The 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference took place in Singapore from 13-16 June 2017. The conference brought together leading scientists to showcase the best science from across the Commonwealth.
The Royal Society, with the support of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, is providing grants to support early career scientists who wish to collaborate as a result of the Commonwealth Science Conference.
The aims of the Commonwealth Science Conference Follow-on Grants are intended to:
- Encourage collaborations between scientists who attended the Conference
- Contribute to addressing the global challenges identified at the Conference
- Improve collaborative links between scientists from Commonwealth countries
This scheme is aimed at supporting early career researchers including PhD students from a Commonwealth country enabling them to collaborate in a joint research proposal with a scientist from another commonwealth country by providing a grant to support collaborative visits. If you are a PhD student your application must include a mentoring element.
How do I apply for this scheme?
The scheme will be open on Flexi-Grant® on 18 July 2017. Contact between the Applicant (Early Career Researcher / PhD student) and the Co-Applicant from another commonwealth country prior to applying on Flexi-Grant® is essential. This contact should lead to a clearly defined and mutually agreed research proposal.
To apply, if you are an early career researcher or a PhD Student and you attended the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference in Singapore, you need to email the Royal Society Grants Scheme Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org after which a web link will be provided to submit an application in the round on Flexi-Grant®
If you are an early career researcher, PhD student or a scientist and you have been nominated by a delegate who attended the conference, they will need to send a letter of recommendation (scanned PDF copy) to the Royal Society giving us your contact details (name and email address), and stating whether they are nominating you to apply (early career researcher / PhD student) or to act as the Co-Applicant to: email@example.com. Once this has been received, a URL link will be provided which will allow applicants to complete and submit an application through Flexi-Grant®
This scheme is not intended to support continued research activities between an 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. Rather, the scheme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between scientists in Commonwealth countries.
Am I eligible to apply?
The scheme covers all areas life and physical sciences, but excluding social science, clinical or patient-oriented research.
You can apply for this scheme if the applicant and co-applicant is:
The Applicant (Early Career Researcher / PhD Student)
- A PhD student who attended the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference
- An Early Career Researcher who attended the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference
- A PhD student or early career researcher who has been nominated by a delegate who attended the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference, and who is a member of their group. A letter of recommendation by the scientist explaining why they wish to nominate someone from their group to apply for funding would need to be sent to the Royal Society prior to an application being submitted. Instructions would be sent directly to the applicant on how to apply through using Flexi-Grant®
The Co-Applicant (Scientist)
- A delegate who attended the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference and who is from another Commonwealth country to the applicant
- A scientist who has been nominated by a delegate who attended the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference, and who is from another Commonwealth country to the applicant. A letter of recommendation by the scientist explaining why they wish to nominate someone to act as the Co-applicant, would need to be sent to the Royal Society prior to an application being submitted. Applications would need to be started by the Applicant by using Flexi-Grant®
What is the application process?
Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system (Flexi-Grant®). Applications are initially reviewed by members of the Commonwealth Science Conference panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise. Following this a shortlist is drawn up which is reviewed by the two panel Co-Chairs before a decision is made. Results will be available towards the end of December 2017.