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UCL-Tohoku University Strategic Partner Funds

UCL and TU are pleased to invite proposals for the development of collaborative activities in any field, as well as those aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 outbreak

Please note this funding call closed on 16 November 2021. 

University College London (UCL) and Tohoku University (TU), Japan 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 must be in areas of mutual interest and complementary strengths that will strengthen the partnership between UCL and TU.
  2. Proposals must include participants from both institutions.
  3. Applications from all fields are welcome but proposals related to the following fields will be prioritised: Data Science, Disaster Science, Equality and Diversity, Higher Education, Material Science, Neuroscience and Aging.
  4. For this round, the panel also invite proposals aimed at addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  5. 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:

  • 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
  • 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


Up to six successful proposals will receive up to £10,000. Funding will be jointly provided by UCL and TU, with 50% going to the academic at each respective institution. However, only one application should be submitted via the application link below.

Please note that British and Japanese universities have different financial years and this will have an impact on the funding schedule. Funds provided by UCL will be available shortly after the award has been made and must be spent by 31 July 2022, whereas funds from TU will be available from 1 April 2022 and must be spent by 31 March 2023. Applicants should take this into account when planning their proposed activity.

How to apply

  1. Proposals are to be prepared and submitted jointly. Before submitting your application, please read the
  2. Each proposal must be submitted by the lead UCL academic by 16 November 2021. 
  3. Applications must be submitted to UCL at the following link:

Apply now

UCL Contacts:

Andrew Brown
Senior Partnership Manager (South East Asia, Japan & Australasia)
Email: andrew.l.brown@ucl.ac.uk

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

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