Many sources of funding are available to UCL academics wanting to develop their overseas collaborations
GEO funding opportunities
UCL academics are working with counterparts from across the globe to tackle the biggest challenges facing us today. Below is a non-exhaustive list of various funding calls designed to support your efforts.
Applicants are welcome to apply to multiple funding streams, although please note only one application can be funded across all streams per lead applicant each academic year.
For further criteria and guidance on each scheme, and to apply, please visit the individual funding stream pages below.
|Funding stream||Application deadline||Description||Funding for|
|23 October 2020||Up to six successful proposals in any field, as well as those aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 outbreak, will receive up to £10,000.|
Any UCL activity with Osaka University
13 November 2020
Funds of up to £10,000 to support collaborative and interdisciplinary education and research initiatives in any field.
Any UCL activity with IIT Delhi
15 November 2020
|Up to six successful proposals in any field, as well as those aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 outbreak, will receive up to £10,000.||Any UCL activity with Tohoku University|
16 November 2020
Successful proposals in any field, as well as those aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 outbreak and one or more of the UN SDGs, will receive up to £10,000.
Any UCL activity with Peking University
16 November 2020
Up to six successful proposals in any field, as well as those aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 outbreak and one or more of the UN SDGs, will receive up to £10,000.
Any UCL activity with Zhejiang University
16 November 2020
Funds to support UCL academics to work with Shanghai Jiao Tong University on projects in any field, as well as those aimed at addressing COVID-19 and the UN SDGs.
Any UCL activity with SJTU University
20 November 2020
Funds to support collaborative and interdisciplinary education and research initiatives in the fields of healthcare and medicine.
UCL activity with AIIMS in healthcare and medicine
20 November 2020
Each successful proposal will receive up to £10k for UCL academics and up to $15k for U of T academics to address COVID-19 challenges.
COVID-related activity with University of Toronto
20 November 2020
Awards of up to £5,000 are available to support the development of research collaboration between UCL and Wits in all areas except Migration and Strong Materials.
UCL activity with University of Witwatersrand
15 January 2021
Up to three years of funding in the region of £10,000 per year to support collaborative research groups in SLASH areas. Funding is matched 1:1 with PSL.
SLASH activity with Université PSL
|Cities partnerships Programme||Opening 26 October 2020||The Cities partnerships Programme is a new initiative which supports, funds and promotes academic collaborations in research and teaching with partners in major cities across the world. Proposals are invited for funding of up to £5,000 per project for academic activity involving one or more UCL individuals and a partner based in Rome, Paris or Stockholm.||Any UCL activity with partners in Rome, Paris or Stockholm|
|Global Engagement Funds|
Opening 26 October 2020
|UCL academics can currently apply for £2,000 to stimulate, facilitate and accelerate activity with global partners, that is, other academics based at an international HE institution, research institute, NGO/charity, governmental body or corporate entity. Read case studies of how UCL academics have previously used the funds to support their work.||Any UCL activity|
Funding of up to £2,500 for collaborative workshops between UCL academics, postdoctoral researchers or doctoral students and colleagues in France.
Collaborative workshops focusing on arts, humanities or social sciences
Funding for UCL academics wishing to collaborate with higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The awards of up to £2,000 aim to promote increasing independent teaching capability/capacity in universities in the region while deepening UCL’s engagement with partners.
Teaching activity in sub-Saharan Africa
Share your achievements
Are you a former funding recipient? Please feel free to download and use these in your presentations and on social media, using the #UCLGlobal hashtag:
- UCL Global Engagement Funds: Social media infographic (1)
- UCL Global Engagement Funds: Social media infographic (2)
External funding opportunities
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.
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.
UCL provide support to help identify and develop strong research proposals for global research funding in Low and Middle income countries. This includes support and advice for Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded research activity. Find out more about the support and advice available to researchers via our Global Research Funding pages.
|Call title||Council||Closing date|
|No current open calls. Please check back later.|
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.
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 - 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.