The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. The aim of these activities is to stimulate new debate across boundaries, for example, disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or international. Proposals should explore new areas, be multi-institutional and can include creative or innovative approaches or entrepreneurship. Proposals must justify the approach taken and clearly explain the novelty or added value for bringing the network participants together.
Proposals for full economic costs up to £30,000 for a period of up to two years may be submitted. The exact mechanism for networking and the duration is up to the applicants to decide but must be fully justified in the proposal. An additional threshold of up to £15,000 full economic cost may be sought to cover the costs of any international participants or activities in addition to the £30,000 fEC scheme limit. Proposals will need to be submitted by an eligible Research Organisation but must involve collaboration with at least one other organisation, as well as having significant relevance to beneficiaries in the UK.
A highlight notice is currently in place under the Research Networking scheme for International collaboration with one or more of the following countries:
Further specific guidance on the international highlight notice is available.
A second highlight notice is in place to support public policy engagement, fostering partnership and collaboration between researchers, policy makers, and policy intermediary bodies.
Further specific guidance on the public policy highlight notice is available.
The Research Networking Scheme remains entirely open to proposals addressing any topic and proposals to the scheme do not need to address this highlight notice. The Research Networking Scheme is open to both UK only networks and networks involving international collaboration.