SUPA has funding available for researchers in SUPA partner universities to promote exchange of knowledge and information with the intent of encouraging collaborations between SUPA partners and with institutions external to SUPA across the world .  We encourage initiatives that bridge with other disciplines and provide pathways to impact. SUPA is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all supported activities.

Funding for Meetings and Events **Funding Available**

SUPA welcomes applications for funding of events held in Scotland and organised by members of SUPA, either as a standalone SUPA event, or in partnership with other organisations. The aim of this funding is to enhance the reputation of Scottish physics research at the top internationally competitive levels through collaboration, and to provide opportunities for research students and postdoctoral researchers within SUPA to increase their knowledge and experience while expanding their networks.

SUPA Meetings & Events funding is awarded on a rolling basis consistent with set criteria. Funding is available for both small meetings, e.g. £500, and larger meetings with a contribution normally up to a maximum of £2000. Please visit the Meetings & Events page for further information including:

  • Guidelines
  • Event Checklist (a good practice guide to making events accessible to all, updated January 2020)
  • Application Form (in both Word and PDF)
  • Examples of previously funded meetings and events

Funding for Distinguished Visitors **Funding Available**

SUPA welcomes applications for funding of Distinguished Visitors to Scotland. The aim of this fund is to promote international collaborations with top research institutions and researchers from around the world. As well as engaging in research collaborations with SUPA researchers at all levels, the visitors will be expected to give talks and lectures that cover latest advances in their fields, providing opportunities for research students and postdoctoral researchers within SUPA to increase their knowledge of latest trends in top level research. Please visit the Distinguished Visitor page for further information and:

Short Term Visits **Call now closed**

In the absence of a new tranche of PEER / PECRE funding from SFC to research pools (see below), and because of the success of these programmes, SUPA will accept a limited number of new applications for short term visits abroad. This is based on the SFC PEER and PECRE conditions but visits and collaborations with any country will be eligible and funding will be from the SUPA budget.  The application deadline was 31st January.  Visits and activities must be completed within the current financial year (ends 31st July 2020).

SUSSP Summer Schools

Scottish Universities Summer Schools in Physics (SUSSP) has been organising international summer schools in Scotland on advanced specialist topics in physics for PhD students and PDRAs annually since 1960.  SUSSP exists as a separate registered charity; the SUPA Executive Committee are Trustees of SUSSP.  SUPA makes an annual financial contribution directly to the organisers of each School.

Suggestions for topics and proposals to organise future SUSSP Schools should be made to the Chair of SUSSP (currently (subject: SUSSP) (Prof John Jeffers), U.Strathclyde).

To apply to attend a SUSSP school as a participant, applications should be made directly to the Director of an individual School, information for which will be made available on the SUPA website when available.

The latest School (SUSSP 76) on the topic, “Photonic Imaging, Sensing and Analysis”, has been postponded until 2021 due to the pandemic. More information is available on the Summer School's website, where you can sign up to be notified of updates when the new dates are announced.


PEER (Pools Engagement in European Research) and PECRE (Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchanges in Europe, North America, China & India) has been a separate SFC funding allocation to all research pools. The 2018/19 tranche of PEER and PECRE funding from SFC has been fully committed.

  • Click through for information of previously funded PEER and PECRE projects.