SALTIRE Emerging Researcher SchemeSERENE: Solutions from Emerging Researcher Exchanges: The role of the Natural Environment
Call opens: Friday 15 October 2021
Application deadline: Wednesday 01 December 2021
SAGES have opened applications for our Saltire Emerging Researcher Scheme: SERENE.
This funding aims to promote mobility between Scotland and European research partners with the aim of strengthening existing, and seeding future, research relationships. Funding must be used to support Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher exchanges in Scotland, EU Member States, EEA and EFTA countries.
The primary objective of SERENE will be to increase the volume of research income to Scotland via European funding mechanisms and thereby the size of our knowledge base. Success is measured through the metrics of research workshops, training events achieved and proposals submitted.
The secondary objective is to improve the research opportunities and general research environment for emerging geo-environment science researchers based in Scotland or looking to Scotland as an attractive place to relocate from Europe.
Scope of SERENE
The key aim of SERENE is to offer flexible funding for Scotland-based geo-environmental scientists (the applicant) to engage, interact and ultimately collaborate with European scientists (the co-applicant), thereby increasing Scotland’s knowledge base and international status as a leader in natural solution to climate-related challenges. The scheme is modelled around a pre-existing international exchange scheme between SAGES and the German geosciences powerhouse Geoverbund and will be extended to include key French universities/research institutes, and the 26+ European university members of the UArctic network.
SERENE is intended to stimulate new collaborations between emerging geo-environmental scientists based in Scotland and Europe. It will support a hierarchy of direct and indirect beneficiaries: the participants themselves (accelerated career development); their host institutions (collaborations, innovation, stimulating new fields); Scottish academia/non-academic groups & institutions.
SERENE is challenge-led and will focus on: Climate Change, NetZero and a Just Transition: the role of the Natural Environment.
Exchanges will be expected to take place between January 2022 and the end of July 2022, activities should start no later than 1st February 2022. If awarded, you will form part of the Saltire Emerging Researcher Scheme Alumni and be invited to attend an event with all awardees in Autumn 2022.
Funding must be used to support Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher exchanges in Scotland, EU Member States, EEA and EFTA countries.
You can apply for up to £10,000 for a maximum of 6 months (including a maximum of £2.5k for research expenses). Awards will cover the full cost of the exchange, including travel, accommodation, subsistence, and reasonable additional costs arising from Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) considerations.
SERENE will operate two funding streams; Directed and Open.
- The Directed scheme is open to SAGES members and partners from Geoverbund/ABC/J, the 26+ pan-European UArctic members, and pre-established connections in France. We require 25% match-funding for co-applicants from their host institution, either financially or in-kind.
- The Open scheme is open to Scotland-based SAGES members who may apply with co-applicants from any EU, EEA, and EFTA country with a pre-requisite of 50% match funding from the co-applicants host institution, either financially or in-kind.
Funds for contributions towards travel, accommodation, subsistence and research expenses can be requested for any of the following:
- 1-way outbound visit (Scotland-Europe) to an academic/non academic institution/group
- 1-way inbound visit (Europe-Scotland) to a SAGES partner institute from an academic institution
- 2-way exchange between Scotland – Europe between 2 academic institutions
- The applicant must be a Postgraduate Researcher and/or Early Career Researcher* currently employed within a SAGES member University
- Exchanges must take place between Scotland and an EU Member State, EEA or EFTA country
- Projects may build on, or be extensions to, existing activity or may be new developments
- Visit must be for a minimum of one month. This can be applied as one extended trip or several shorter visits to accommodate caring commitments.
- Activities can start any time after the award date, and no later that 1st February 2022
- SAGES defines the start of the project as being any activity undertaken to progress the project, which includes booking flights, planning a schedule of activities to be undertaken in the initial stages
- A maximum of £10,000 for a 6-month project (including a maximum of £2.5k for research expenses), we expect the amount requested to reflect the length of the visit
- Directed stream applicants are eligible to receive 100% funding, co-applicants must secure 25% match funding from their host institute, either financially or in-kind
- Co-applicants for Open stream funding must secure 50% match funding from their host institute, either financially or in-kind
- Eligible costs are restricted to economy travel with subsistence and accommodation rates limited to the values detailed below**
- Travel can be conducted by all project participants which includes the applicant, the co-applicant and other members of their teams
- Application must be signed off by your PI or equivalent supervisor (also the co-applicants PI or equivalent supervisor if applicable)
*The SFC definition of ‘early career’ includes applicants to programmes run by consortia under the SFC-Saltire Emerging Researcher Scheme must be within seven years of the award of their PhD (from the point of successful PhD viva to the point of applying) and be within seven years of their first academic appointment (paid contract of employment which lists research or teaching as the primary role).
** Application must be costed according to the following guidelines:
- Air travel is limited to economy
- Accommodation is limited to £120 per night (for extended trips rented accommodation should be sought)
- Subsistence will be limited to £60 per day (all receipts must be retained)
- The exchange must take place by the end of July 2022
- As an awardee you would be enrolled in the Saltire Emerging Researcher Scheme Alumni and be requested to attend a cohort event later in 2022
- Any changes to planned exchanges must be approved by SAGES
- Contingency plans for your exchange, that account for returning COVID-19 restrictions that could impact on your travel, must be considered and outlined in your application
- An end of project report must be submitted to SAGES within 3 months of the exchange ending
- Requests for further information on outputs/career progression etc. from the exchange at later dates may be requested by SAGES, and must be provided from the recipient
- SAGES reserves the right to claw back funds should the grant not be used in accordance with these T&Cs
- Any unspent funds, must be returned to SAGES
- Funding must not be used for attendance at conferences, training seminars or similar. You may attend a conference in the country you are visiting but expenses associated with the conference (internal travel, subsistence, conference fees) cannot be claimed
- Research costs are limited to £2.5k
- Visa costs for incoming or outgoing exchanges/placements will not be covered
- Salary costs are not covered
Funding decisions will be made by the SAGES Research & Innovation Committee and will be based on:
- The application must demonstrate relevance to “Climate Change, NetZero and a Just Transition: the role of the Natural Environment”
- The mutual benefit across the specified institutions and the overall impact on the research area
- Likely benefits to the research of the applicant (i.e. acquisition of new skills and techniques proposed) and that of the wider research group including plans for sharing good practice and KE upon return
- Wider benefit to your host institution and the wider community, in particular for inbound visits
- Likely benefits to the longer-term career of the applicant
- The likelihood of a sustainable relationship with potential further outcomes identified
- Alignment and awareness of Horizon Europe funding and training opportunities for future career progression and funding
- Evidence of the ability of the candidate to deliver on the proposed outcomes
- Sufficient risk mitigation and contingency plan if new travel restrictions emerge
- Match funding sourced
Submitting Your Application
Please submit your application and supporting documents to on the SAGES website by Wednesday 01 December 2021
Notification of Outcome
Successful applications will be notified by email by Friday 17 December 2021
Payment of Funds
If successful, funds will be transferred to your Institution. Funds must be spent by 31st July 2022
A short report (2 pages A4) must be submitted to SAGES within three months of the exchange. You must provide the SAGES administration with project updates and outcomes when requested for reporting purposes. If this project leads to a published article, or leverages grant funding, please contact the SAGES administration to make them aware.