UCL Global


Global Engagement Funds

The Global Engagement Funds support UCL staff to collaborate with colleagues across the world.

The 2023/24 funding call has now closed.

Offered as part of the wider Research, Innovation and Global Engagement (RIGE) funding streams, UCL Global Engagement Funds (GEF) provide seed funding to UCL staff to support and catalyse quality research, education, capacity building, global policy and/or public engagement, in collaboration with overseas organisations, with the potential for global reach and real-world impact. 

Applications from all fields are welcome. Funding can support a wide variety of activities and research initiatives with global partners in any country. For full details on what can and cannot be funded please consult the guidance document. For examples of projects previously funded by GEF, please see the case studies below.

In line with UCL Sustainable Travel Policy, methods of remote collaboration are eligible for funding and encouraged where possible, within the limits of what is permissible by the financial regulations of UCL and aligned with your own departmental guidelines.


Applications are open to UCL staff members with the following roles: 

  • Professor or equivalent 
  • Reader/Assistant Professor or equivalent
  • Senior Lecturer/Principal Researcher/Principal Research Associate or equivalent
  • Lecturer/Senior Research Associate or equivalent 
  • Post Doc/Researcher/Research Associate or equivalent
  • Professional Service & VP Office staff are also eligible to apply
  • Please note that Early Career Researchers are eligible and encouraged to apply – ECR led projects made up 44% of GEF awards during the last round. ECRs wanting to find out more can watch this advice video with Professor Tara Keck, Vice-Dean International, Life Sciences (Zoom login required. Enter this passcode to watch: c@ret5w& ).

Applicants must have an open-ended UCL contract or a fixed-term contract which lasts until at least July 2024. If an applicant has a fixed-term contract that does not last until July 2024 they can apply if their contract covers the dates in which the project/initiative is due to take place and must have a co-applicant who is a UCL staff member with an open-ended contract.


Up to £5,000 is available for each new project undertaken between before 31 July 2024.

How to apply

More details of the 2024/25 funding call will be posted here in due course.

In the meantime, take a look at the support offered by UCL's range of Partner Funds.


If you have any queries, please email UCLglobalengagement@ucl.ac.uk.


Case studies 

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