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UCL–Shanghai Jiao Tong University Strategic Partner Funds

UCL and SJTU are pleased to invite proposals for the development of collaborative activities, in particular those related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This funding call is now open.

The Office of the Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation, Global Engagement) at University College London (UCL) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) are contributing matching funds to support collaborative education and research initiatives through a joint call for proposals for the development of collaborative activities. 


  1. Research proposals should be in areas of mutual interest and complementary strengths that will strengthen the partnership between UCL and SJTU.
  2. Proposals must include participants from both institutions.
  3. Proposals from all fields are welcome but proposals relating to one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be prioritised.
  4. Up to six joint projects will be selected for funding. Proposals will be assessed by a committee composed of members from both institutions. Priority will be given to emerging collaborations that have not previously received funding.


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

  • Applications are open to UCL staff members in the following roles: 
  • Professor or equivalent 
  • Associate Professor / Reader or equivalent 
  • Senior Lecturer / Principal Researcher / Principal Research Associate or equivalent 
  • Lecturer / Senior Research Associate or equivalent 
  • Post Doc / Researcher / Research Associate or equivalent 


  • Applicants from UCL must have an open-ended UCL contract or a fixed-term contract which lasts until at least July 2023. 
  • 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. 
  • UCL Professional Service & VP Office staff are not eligible to apply but can take part in the project.  


Up to six successful proposals will receive an approximate total of up to £10,000 (comprised of 5,000GBP to the UCL academic and 50,000RMB to the SJTU academic). Funding will be jointly provided by UCL and SJTU, with 50% going to the academic at each respective institution. However, only one application should be submitted.

How to apply

  1. Proposals are to be prepared and submitted jointly. Each proposal must be submitted by the lead SJTU academic by midnight (CST), 4pm (GMT), 1 December 2022. 
  2. Before submitting your application, please read the .
  3. The SJTU PI should upload the joint proposal through SJTU’s online platform (please note that this hyperlink can only be accessed by PIs from SJTU using their jAccount).
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UCL Contacts:

Lizzy Deacon 

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

SJTU Contacts:

Wu Yanping

Project Manager (International Affairs Division)
Email: wuyanping@sjtu.edu.cn

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