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Visiting Scholar Scheme

This scheme aims to provide financial support to encourage top-quality international interdisciplinary collaborations between academic members of Systems-NET and other institutions (national/international). Partial financial support is available for visits to a UK University where there is potential to establish new collaborations and transfer new knowledge in Systems Engineering.


A Visiting Scholar Scheme grant of £2000 can be used to cover the travel costs and expenses of a visiting researcher to a university in UK. The visiting scholar will contribute his/her expertise to define what are the Grand Challenges for Systems Engineering. A list of SE research grand challenges has already been identified, however the derivation of the grand challenges for systems research is a continuous process and it is expected that the systems community will review these proposals from time to time in order to refine, develop, and redefine their nature and scope. The purpose in defining SE Grand Challenges is to identify a set of deep technical problems that are common in different application contexts to then provide systems solutions that are far-reaching and durable. Accordingly the Visiting Scholar Scheme aims to encourage collaboration between researchers to assent what are these grand challenges and thereon help establish a research agenda.

Who can apply

Any academic researcher in a UK university can apply for the Visiting Scholar scheme


A total full grant of £2000 is available to cover the travel cost, accommodation and expenses of a visiting scholar.

When to apply

Applications can be submitted at any moment, although the visits will be coordinated to coincide with the annual Grand Challenges workshop that will take place in June 2014, June 2015, and June 2016.

Application Process

UK researchers wishing to propose a visiting scholar should submit the application form. The proponent should sign the form; either the visiting scholar or the proponent can fill in the details of the candidate and the collaborative work. The candidate is expected to indicate his/her area of expertise and give examples of his/her previous activities in systems science and engineering.  Systems-NET will help support initial engagement/introduction if required. All visiting scholar proposals will be reviewed by the Systems-NET advisory board and considered against available funding. 

‌‌Visiting Scholar Application Form


Systems-NET supported Dr Ibrahim Habli from the University of York to visit NASA Ames Research Center in California USA. The research collaboration explored ways in which the safety case of a system can be treated as a dynamic artefact, which is continually updated based on operational data in order to maintain and assess the validity of the safety justification. A report  is available following this link Dynamic Assurance of Safety