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

GEO funding opportunities

Group of individuals involved in a Global Engagement Fund project

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 streamApplication datesDescriptionFunding for
UCL-Universite PSL Strategic Partner Funds for SLASH projects16 November 2020Funding over 3 years to support collaborative research groups of around 5 staff and postdocs in SLASH areas. Funding is matched 1:1 with PSL.

SLASH activity with Université PSL

UCL-French Embassy funding (arts, humanities and social sciences workshops)

Postponed

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
UCL-University of Toronto Strategic Partner Funds for AI collaborations

Now closed

Funds up to £10k to support collaborative education and research initiatives in Artificial Intelligence through a joint call for proposals to host workshops.AI-related activity with University of Toronto
UCL-Pontificia Universidad Catόlica de Chile: 'Resilience' workshop

Now closed

Funding to attend a two-day workshop at Pontificia Universidad Catόlica de Chile (PUC) in Santiago, Chile on 18-19 May 2020. The workshop is aimed at developing collaborative education and research initiatives with PUC in the area of ‘resilience.’  Related activity with PUC

Africa and Middle East Teaching Fund Initiative

Now closed

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

Funding calls opening in Spring 2020 for activity taking place between 01 August 2020 and 31 July 2021.

Funding streamApplication datesDescriptionFunding for
UCL-PKU Strategic Partner FundsPostponedAwards of up to £10,000 per project to UCL academics in any faculty collaborating with colleagues based at Peking University (PKU), as part of the deep strategic partnership between the two institutions.Any UCL activity with Peking University
UCL-Osaka University Strategic Partner FundsPostponedUp to six successful proposals will receive up to £10,000. Funding will be jointly provided by UCL and Osaka University, with 50% going to the academic at each respective institution.Any UCL activity with Osaka University

Cities partnerships Programme

Postponed

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 the first two cities: Rome and/or Paris. A third city will be confirmed soon.

Any UCL activity with partners in Rome, Paris and a third city (tbc)

Global Engagement Funds

Postponed

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
UCL - University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Seed FundsPostponedAwards of up to £5,000 are available to support the development of research collaboration between UCL and Wits in the areas of a) Material, Energy and NanotechnologyAny UCL activity with University of Witwatersrand

UCL-Tohoku Strategic Partner Funds

Postponed

Six successful proposals will receive up to £10,000. Funding will be jointly provided by UCL and Tohoku University, with 50% going to the academic at each respective institution.Any UCL activity with Tohoku University

UCL-IIT Delhi Strategic Partner Funds

Postponed

Funds up to £10k to support collaborative and interdisciplinary education and research initiatives, through a joint call for proposals, for the development of collaborative activities that will lead to impactful research outcomes.

Any UCL activity with IIT Delhi

UCL-AIIMS Strategic Partner Funds

Postponed

Funds to support collaborative and interdisciplinary education and research initiatives, through a joint call for proposals, for the development of collaborative activities that will lead to impactful research outcomes.

Any UCL activity with AIIMS


Share your achievements

Infographic showing impact of UCL's Global Engagement Funding
The Global Engagement Office has produced some infographics to help demonstrate the impact of the international collaborations supported by UCL’s Global Engagement Funds.

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: 

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.

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.

Global Research Funding

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.

Open Calls

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No current open calls. Please check back later.  

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 - read more about the scheme here.


SPHEIR

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.