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Explore the Global Engagement (GE) team's funding schemes to help support UCL academics develop their international collaborations

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UCL academics are working with counterparts across the globe to tackle today's biggest challenges. Below are our funding calls designed to support these efforts: the Global Engagment Funds (GEF), the Cities Partnerships Programme Funds and various Partner Funds

Applicants may apply to multiple funding schemes, but please note only one application can be funded per lead applicant each academic year.
 

Global Engagement Funds (GEF)

Between £500-£5,000 is available per project to help support UCL academics collaborate with colleagues in any other country around the world. Open now. Deadline: 17 October 2021.

More info and apply

Cities Partnerships Programme Funds

Funds of up to £5,000 per project (or more, by exception) to support academic activity involving UCL individuals and a partner based in Paris and/or Stockholm. Open now. Deadline: 17 October 2021.

More info and apply

Partner Funds

A number of funding streams are available to support joint projects between UCL academics and those at UCL's key global partner institutions. In most cases, global partners have matched the funds committed by UCL for these funding streams, meaning larger overall pots of funding are available.

Funding streamDatesDescriptionFunding for

UCL-Peking University Strategic Partner Funds

Open now. Deadline: 17 October 2021

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

UCL-Stockholm Trio Partner Funds

Open now. Deadline: 17 October 2021

Under the Cities Partnerships Programme Funds, additional funding of up to £5,000 (or more, by exception) is available, jointly contributed by UCL and the Stockholm Trio. 

Any UCL activity with the Stockholm Trio (Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University)

UCL-IIT Delhi Strategic Partner Funds

Opening shortly

Funds of up to £10,000 to support collaborative and interdisciplinary education and research initiatives in any field.

Any UCL activity with IIT Delhi

UCL-Tohoku University Strategic Partner Funds

Opening shortlyUp 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

UCL-SJTU Strategic Partner Funds

Opening shortly

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

UCL-AIIMS Strategic Partner Funds

Opening shortly

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

UCL-Wits University Strategic Partner Funds

Opening shortly

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

UCL-University of Toronto Strategic Partner Funds

Opening shortly

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

UCL-Université PSL Strategic Partner Funds

Opening shortly

Up to three years of funding, in the region of £10,000 per year, to support collaborative research groups in SLASH areas. 

SLASH activity with Université PSL

UCL-Zhejiang University Strategic Partner Funds

Postponed

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

Africa and Middle East Teaching Fund Initiative

Closed

Funding to help UCL academics collaborate with HE institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. Awards of up to £2,000 aim to increase independent teaching capability/capacity in the region.

Teaching activity in sub-Saharan Africa

UCL-Osaka University Strategic Partner Funds

ClosedUp 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


Support for external global research funding

UCL provides 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 the Global Research Funding pages.

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