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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 in any field collaborate with colleagues in any other country around the world. 2021/22 round now closed.

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. 2021/22 round now closed.

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-Wits-ARUA Partner Funds

Open now. Extended deadline: 31 December 2021

Up to £17,500 is available to support a trilateral collaboration between UCL, Wits and one additional member of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).

Any UCL activity with University of Witwatersrand and one additional ARUA university

UCL-University of Toronto Strategic Partner Funds

Opening date TBC

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-Osaka University Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

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

UCL-Peking University Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

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

Closed

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-Tohoku University Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

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-IIT Delhi Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

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-Zhejiang University Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

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

Awards of up to £3,500 to help UCL academics collaborate with HE institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to increase independent teaching capability/capacity in the region. 

Teaching activity in sub-Saharan Africa

UCL-SJTU Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

Funds to support UCL academics to work with Shanghai Jiao Tong University on projects in any field, in particular those related to the UN SDGs.

Any UCL activity with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

UCL-AIIMS Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

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-IISc Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

Funds of up to £8,000 to support collaborative research projects in any field that focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG-related activity with Indian Institute of Science

UCL-Wits University Strategic Partner Funds

Closed

Awards of up to £5,000 are available to support the development of research collaboration between UCL and Wits in all areas.

Any UCL activity with University of Witwatersrand


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.