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UCL–Zhejiang University Strategic Partner Funds

UCL and ZJU are pleased to invite proposals for the development of collaborative activities, in particular those focused on COVID-19 recovery and the UN SDGs

Please note this funding call closed on 1 December 2021.

University College London (UCL) and Zhejiang University (ZJU) 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 ZJU.
  2. Proposals must include participants from both institutions.
  3. Proposals from all fields are welcome but the following areas will be prioritised: (i) Proposals aimed at addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impact of the COVID-19 outbreak (ii) Proposals relating to one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  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:

  • 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 – 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

The call is open to ZJU Principal Investigators (PIs) employed on a full-time basis. Postdoctoral researchers and PhD students at ZJU are not eligible to apply, but are encouraged to take part in the project.


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

How to apply

  1. Proposals are to be prepared and submitted jointly. As agreed by UCL and ZJU, each proposal must be submitted by the lead UCL academic by midnight (GMT) 1 December 2021.
  2. Before submitting your application, please read the
  3. Applications must be submitted to UCL using the webform at the following link:

Apply now

UCL Contacts:

Conor Rickford
Head of Global Partnerships (Interim)
Email: c.rickford@ucl.ac.uk  

Sophia Hilt
Administrative Assistant

ZJU Contact:

TONG Jun (Mr.)
Manager, Global Partnerships
Email: tj@zju.edu.cn   

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