The Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund helps to develop innovative activities which will support your career development and that of your peers.

The RLI  Fund provides funding opportunities in one of the following categories:

Industry is defined broadly, as organisations which are not in the public sector.

Applications should be in the region of £250. All activities should have a clear benefit to postgraduate researchers within the University. Proposals should have realistic and achievable goals, and a clear budget which demonstrates value for money and reflects the cost of the activity proposed.

Who can apply?
University of Aberdeen postgraduate research students are eligible to apply to this scheme.
The application should be made by a team of at least two people. The lead applicant must be registered at the University of Aberdeen for the duration of the project.
Each application needs one lead applicant. This person will be the main point of contact and will be responsible for overseeing the budget and submitting the evaluation form and financial summary at the end of the project.

You can apply for funding for:

What we don’t fund:


Applications to the RLI Fund will be reviewed by a panel of academic staff and PGR School representatives. Decisions will be communicated by 2 February 2023.

672 Researcher-Led Initiatives Fund