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UCL-Peking University Strategic Partner Funds

As part of UCL’s strategic partnership with PKU, this joint funding call will support collaborative activities involving academics from both institutions

The UCL-PKU Strategic Partner Funds aims to encourage junior and senior UCL academics to engage in collaborations with Peking University (PKU).

The initiative seeks to build on existing links and stimulate new ones between UCL and PKU. Successful UCL applicants will clearly outline in their proposal a specific project, workshop or joint research activity that they would like to explore with their PKU counterpart. It is expected that the PKU counterpart will also look to secure funding for the specified project.

Past recipients have come from a diverse range of research areas including mental health, synthetic data generation, ophthalmology, renewable energy and digital humanities.

Applications from all fields are welcome but the following areas will be prioritised:

  1. Proposals aimed at addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. Proposals relating to one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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

  • Professor/Professorial Teaching Fellow or equivalent
  • Reader or equivalent
  • Senior Lecturer/Principal Researcher/Principal Research Associate/Senior Teaching Fellow or equivalent
  • Lecturer/Senior Research Associate/Teaching Fellow or equivalent
  • Post Doc/Researcher/Post Doc Fellow/Research Associate or equivalent – eligible provided the contract covers the spend and activity period
  • Applicants are not required to have a doctorate to apply, but do need to hold a role at one of the levels described above
  • PhD students are not eligible to apply, but are encouraged to take part in the project


Up to £10,000 is available per project/initiative.


An internal UCL review committee, chaired by Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia) Katharine Carruthers, will assess each proposal according to the following criteria:

• Project design and rationale (how clearly presented and justified is the design and basis for the collaboration?)

• Project impact (how clearly linked are the outcomes to the planned activities and performance indicators?)

• Impact of collaboration (is there a distinct advantage provided by this collaboration that is not possible by the two institutions working individually?)

• Capacity for future collaboration (what is the extent to which future collaborations are possible because of the proposed exchange activities?) 

How to apply

For full details about eligibility, criteria and award administration, and to apply, visit the online application form below:

Apply now

The application deadline is 17 October 2021, with funds being released in November 2021.

UCL Contacts:

Lizzy Deacon
Senior Partnership Manager (East Asia)
Email: e.deacon@ucl.ac.uk

Sophia Hilt
Administrative Assistant
Email: s.hilt@ucl.ac.uk

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