Small Research Grant, Call for tenders 2018

The general assembly of RESER (2011) has decided to support research cooperation among member teams with the RESER SMALL RESEARCH GRANT.

The Objective and Rationale

A group of RESER members can apply for RESERs SMALL RESEARCH GRANT to undertake pilot research required to develop a grant application, to undertake a small research project or to organise a series of events and to examine a research issue of collective interest.

RESER can offer grants of a maximum of 5,000 Euros  to a group of RESER members (three members at least two Reser members) who wish to develop a grant application, to undertake a small research project or to organise a series of events to examine a research issue of collective interest. In all cases, the expectation is that at least one publication (working paper, article, book chapter, edited book, authored book) would be produced from the award. This grant could be articulated with the circulation of a Phd student

The Application Process

Applications must be submitted by January 31st, 2018 to
Proposals will be considered by the RESER Council and a decision will be made by the 28th of February, 2018.

The RESER SMALL RESEARCH GRANT scheme operates to the following regulations:

  1. The scheme is open to current members only (except for one)and only to individuals who have been full members of RESER for at least three consecutive years for which they have paid membership fee.
  2. A RESER Member can only hold one RESER research grant as Principal Applicant over any four year period.
  3. Funding is available to undertake a small research project, to develop a large grant application or to establish a research network. A research network consists of at least two RESER members + one non member who want to run meetings, workshops and other events to explore a research issue.
  4. At least one publication or grant application will be produced as a consequence of the award of a RESER SMALL RESEARCH GRANT. A published paper would normally be presented at a RESER conference and be available on the RESER website.
  5. Activities related to the grant have to be undertaken and finalized within 12 months after the winning applicant has been informed about the grant or by the deadline agreed with the RESER Council.
  6. Award holders must provide a detailed end-of-award report that will be placed on the RESER website.
  7. The Principal Applicant is responsible for the execution of the tasks related to the grant, for the presentation of the results and for the financial management and reporting to the RESER Council (annex 1).
  8. Applications in electronic form should be sent to the RESER Secretary. Applicants should state:
    • The reasons for their application (short summary, no more than one page).
    • The type of application and a proposed timetable.
    • Proposed budget with detailed eligible costs.
    • Where relevant, provide details of any other possible sources of finance that have already been explored to obtain funding for this activity.
    • Name of the institution, department, etc. of the Principal applicant and other participating members
    • Title of the proposed research project or research network.
    • Expected results of the Grant and possible benefits to the participants and RESER.
  9. The Selection of applications and decision will be made by the RESER Council and the decision will be final.
  10. The RESER Council will review the RESER Grant annually, and a decision to hold an award round will be made before the GA, and will be presented to RESER members for ratification. The expectation is that normally at least one award will be made in any one financial year.

Further clarification or advice about applying for a RESER Research Grant can be obtained from the Vice-President ( or Secretary (

ANNEX 1: Financial aspects of RESER Small Research Grant implementation

Part of the grant (up to 80% of the total sum) will be paid to principal applicant at the beginning, i.e., at the moment an application is accepted while 20% will be paid after the accomplishment of the project and its approval by the RESER Council.

The recipient should indicate to the RESER treasurer the most suitable way for the transfer of funds awarded in order not to pay overheads to any institution.RESER does not pay overheads.

Eligible costs can vary depending on the type of project:

  1. Small research projects and development of grant application
  2. Travel expenses (flight or train tickets in economy class)
  3. Expenses for overnight stays (hotel or residence invoice)
  4. Expenses for meals
  5. Research network (meetings or workshops)
  6. Travel expenses (flight or train tickets in economy class)
  7. Expenses for overnight stays (hotel or residence invoice)
  8. Expenses for meals
  9. Organisational costs (rent of audiovisual equipment, meeting rooms, etc.)
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Authors: Brigada