Edinburgh Research Office

Carnegie Trust: Research Incentive Grants

The purpose of the Research Incentive Grants 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.

About the fund

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.

£15K max, 12 months, deadlines approx. Sep and March. The applicant’s (and co-investigator’s, if applicable) own salary costs or that of dependents, or buy-out of their time, are not eligible costs

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the Trust’s definition of an Early Career Researcher at the time of applying (e.g. the closing date for applications), and must be either:

  • Within 7 years of successfully completing their PhD (measured from the date of submission), OR
  • Within 7 years of starting their independent research career (pro-rata for part-time staff and excluding breaks such as parental leave, extended sick leave, secondments outwith academia or periods of unemployment)

Applicants must be on an employment contract which includes time and access to resources to conduct independent research as part of their employment, and hold an employment contract which covers the entire duration of the proposed research project plus three months.

Individuals employed full-time on another Principal Investigator’s grant must demonstrate they have time, as part of their employment, to undertake additional research activities. To this end, they must seek permission from the PI and the grant giving body that is funding their salary before applying for a Research Incentive Grant to fund their own research.

Information on the Carnegie Trust website