UCL Global



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

GEO funding opportunities

GEF research in Mexico
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 datesDescription
Global Engagement Funds

Open: 18 March 2019

Close: 17 May 2019 at 23:59

Awards usually up to £2,000 for academics 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.
Cities partnerships Programme

Open 18 March 2019

Close: 17 May 2019 at 23:59

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.
UCL-Tohoku Strategic Partner Funds Close: 12 April 2019 at 23:59Up to £10,000 per project is available for UCL academics collaborating with colleagues based at Tohoku University, Japan. While open to all fields, projects in the areas of Data Science, Disaster Science, Equality and Diversity, Higher Education, Material Science and Neuroscience will be prioritised.
UCL-PKU Strategic Partner Funds

Open 18 March 2019

Close: 17 May 2019 at 23:59

Awards 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.
UCL-University of Toronto Strategic Partner Funds

Open: 18 March 2019

Close: 30 April 2019 at 23:59

Awards of up to £10,000 per project to UCL academics in UCL Faculties that are underrepresented in the partnership: UCL Faculty of Life Sciences, UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities and UCL Faculty of Laws.

Africa and the Middle East Teaching/ Symposium Funds

Close: 10 May 2019 

A range of funding calls for UCL academics working in Africa and the Middle East are now open:

UCL-Osaka University Strategic Partner FundsOpen: Summer 2018Opening in summer 2019. Further details to be confirmed. For more information please contact Andrew Brown, Senior Partnerships Manager (South East Asia, Japan & Australasia)

Share your achievements

GEO funding infographic
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.

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 (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.