UCL Global


Funding opportunities

Many sources of funding are available to UCL academics wanting to develop their overseas collaborations.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of various funding calls.

Please note that some funding calls are subject to an institutional cap - if so, applications must be referred to the relevant Research Facilitation/Coordination office for your School, who lead UCL’s internal selection processes. You should also seek approval from your department and Research Services in line with the usual approval process.

For details of regional specific funding, contact the relevant GEO Partnership Manager.

UCL Research Catalyst Awards 2018

The UCL Research Catalyst Awards, sponsored by Santander Universities, are now open for application. Since their conception in 2011, the awards have supported over 50 visits to Latin American universities.

Designed to foster collaboration between UCL and universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, visits should be aimed at achieving a specific aim in the support of future research collaboration.

Up to £2,500 per visit participant is available and a maximum of two participants in a single visit will be supported.

Apply by 10am on Monday 26 February 2018.

Global Engagement Funds

Intended to support UCL academics collaborating with colleagues based in other countries, this stream of seed funding drives forward the objectives of the Global Engagement Strategy.

Applicants can apply for funds led by UCL’s network of Vice-Deans (International) and regional Pro-Vice-Provosts.

Applications have now closed for the 2017-18 call but will reopen on 3 April 2018.

Read these case studies of how UCL academics have previously used the funds to support their work.

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. It is administered through delivery partners including the Research Council and national academies.

Find new open calls in the table below or visit the GCRF website for the full list.

Open Calls

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Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants

UUKi has been working with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to develop a new programme strengthening strategic partnerships between UK institutions and their overseas partners by funding Early Career Researcher visiting fellowships.

The programme is not restricted to particular geographical regions, however priority countries have been identified (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Occupied Palestinian Territories, South Africa) and therefore applications to work with partners within those countries are particularly encouraged.

Applications now closed - find out more about the scheme here.

The Royal Society: International Exchanges

This initiative is for scientists in the UK who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.

It is intended to stimulate new collaborations only and grants range up to £12,000.

Applications have now closed for 2017 - read more about the scheme here.


SPHEIR (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform) aims to transform higher education (HE) systems in focus countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East to better meet the needs of graduates and employers.

Partnerships will seek to transform the quality, relevance, access and affordability of HE to achieve sustainable change in systems by supporting diverse, large-scale partnerships working across different sectors and countries.

Applications for SPHEIR funding have now closed but you can find out more about the scheme here.