Deadline: 14th May 2020

In 2015, the Association launched the RSA Membership Research Grant (MeRSA) that aims to reward excellence and supports outstanding individual researchers on a topic related to regional studies and regional science.
In offering the Membership Research Grant the Association seeks to raise the profile of regional
research and its contribution if appropriate, to policy and practice. All applicants are required to set out how they will disseminate the results of their research not only through academic publishing but also to communities of policy and practice. Awards will be judged on the basis of the excellence of the research proposal and the ability of the applicant to communicate the results of the research broadly.

The MeRSA Research Grant`s procedures are provided to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research. The value of the grant is up to £5,000 (or its equivalent in dollars or euros; for your information c. $6,300; c. €5,600). The award has a maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply. Only one award will be made to any successful applicant.

This research funding scheme is intended primarily to provide opportunities for mid-career scholars
who have already published in the field of regional studies and or science and who are current Individual Members of the RSA. The full Terms and Conditions governing the grant will be provided to successful applicants as part of the formal grant offer and will be based on the general terms and conditions set out below.
The allocation of monies in each round will be determined by the quality of applications. There will
normally be up to three grants available in each round. The Association may choose to release further funds in any round.

Application Process

The MeRSA Grant operates a two stage application and assessment process. In the first round, applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest. The Expression of Interest should submitted via the form – please click on the button below to apply. Shortlisted applicants from this first round will then be asked to submit a full proposal as part of the final selection round.

Apply online here

The Expression of Interest should include the following (see details in the handbook):

  • Applicant information details
  • Title of the research project
  • Timings of the research
  • Summary including details of research and the advances it is hoped that it will make (Max 500 words)
  • Brief overview of costs and budget
  • 1-3 page CV

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