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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 deadlineDescriptionFunding for

UCL-Osaka University Strategic Partner Funds

23 October 2020Up 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

UCL-IIT Delhi Strategic Partner Funds

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

UCL-Tohoku University Strategic Partner Funds

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

UCL-Peking University Strategic Partner Funds

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

UCL-Zhejiang University Strategic Partner Funds

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

UCL-SJTU Strategic Partner Funds

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

UCL-AIIMS Strategic Partner Funds

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

UCL-University of Toronto Strategic Partner Funds

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

UCL-Wits University Strategic Partner Funds

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

UCL-Université PSL Strategic Partner Funds

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 ProgrammeOpening 26 October 2020The 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

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

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


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.