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UCL-AIIMS, New Delhi Strategic Partner Funds

UCL and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi are inviting proposals from the fields of healthcare and medicine

This funding call opens on Monday 22 August 2022

This joint research seed fund established by UCL and AIIMS, New Delhi is inviting interdisciplinary and collaborative research proposals between faculty members from both institutions. 

The scheme provides a one-time grant for projects to galvanize research groups from both sides to work on proof of concept ideas, generate initial data and apply for further grants from international funding agencies. 


  1. The funding call invites proposals from all areas in the fields of healthcare and medicine, including those aimed at addressing COVID-19. 
  2. Projects of an interdisciplinary nature that demonstrate a pathway to impact and focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals are encouraged.
  3. The project should have at least two principal investigators (PIs) – one from each institution.
  4. Applicants should ensure that their project proposal demonstrates the ability to deliver the research despite the impact of COVID-19.


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

  • Professor / Professorial Research Fellow/ Professor (Teaching) or equivalent
  • Associate Professor / Principal Research Fellow / Associate Professor (Teaching) or equivalent
  • Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow / Lecturer (Teaching) or equivalent
  • Research Fellow / Associate Lecturer (Teaching) or equivalent
  • Research Assistant or equivalent are eligible to apply provided their contract covers the spend and activity period
  • PhD students are not eligible to apply, but PIs are encouraged to include PhD students in their project

ii) For AIIMS staff members, the call is open to all faculty members and scientists.

Value and duration

Up to six successful proposals will receive up to £10,000, i.e. each successful proposal will receive up to £5,000 per year for UCL faculty and up to Rs.5 lakh per year for AIIMS faculty, for one year.

Funding will be jointly provided by UCL and AIIMS, New Delhi, with 50% going to the academic at each respective institution.

The funds should be used within the current financial year, and the proposals should therefore demonstrate the ability to continue and deliver the research despite the impact of COVID-19.

How to apply

  1. Before submitting your application, please ensure you read the
  2. The PI from AIIMS will be responsible for submission of the final joint proposal here: researchsubmission.aiims.edu.
  3. The AIIMS, New Delhi PI must ensure that their UK counterpart is in full agreement on all aspects of the proposal. A confirmation of this will be needed as part of the submission process.


Call for proposals

Monday 22nd August 2022

Deadline for submission of proposal

Monday 17th October 2022 by 21:00 UK time, 1:30 Indian Standard Time 

Communication of Results to applicants

By end of the week commencing Monday 14th November 2022

Start date of Awards

Monday 21st November 2022 onwards or immediately thereafter


For any clarification points or questions about the joint call, please do not hesitate to contact the colleagues listed below:


AIIMS, New Delhi

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul
Pro-Vice-Provost (South Asia)
Email: m.lakhanpaul@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Subrata Sinha
Dean (Research)
Email : Deanresearchaiims@gmail.com

Dr Amit Khandelwal
Senior Partnership Manager (South Asia)
Email: amit.khandelwal@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Vineet Ahuja
Associate Dean (Research)
Email: researchsectionaiims@gmail.com

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