UCL Global


Funding opportunities

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

GEO funding infographic

UCL academics are working with their counterparts from across the globe to tackle the biggest challenges facing us today.

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: 

GEO funding opportunities

Below is a non-exhaustive list of various funding calls.

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.

For details of regional specific funding, contact the relevant GEO Partnership Manager.

Funding streamApplication datesDescription
Santander Research Catalyst AwardsOpen until 28 February 2019Awards of up to £2,500 per project to stimulate activity with Latin American partners, received from Santander Universities.
UCL-Tohoku Strategic Partner Fund Open until 12 April 2019Up 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.
Cities partnerships ProgrammeOpens 18 March 2019

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.

Global Engagement Funds

Opens 18 March 2019

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. Additional funding may be available via the Global Leadership Funds, allocated by the Vice-Deans International and Regional Pro-Vice-Provosts. Read these case studies of how UCL academics have previously used the funds to support their work.
UCL-PKU Strategic Partner Funds

Opens 18 March 2019

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-UofT funding streamNow closedAwards of up to £14,000 per project over two years to support collaborative research and education initiatives between UCL and University of Toronto.

External funding opportunities

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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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.