UCL Research


Funding opportunities

Internal and external funding opportunities for international researchers.

Internal funding

Current funding opportunities

UCL Global Engagement funding
Explore the Global Engagement (GE) team's funding schemes to help support UCL academics develop their international collaborations

Previous funding calls

GCRF: UCL internal small grants call (please note that the GCRF QR funding stream has been suspended)
In the academic year 2020-21, approximately £1.6 million was awarded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): UCL Internal Small Grants call. This funding has been awarded across UCL Schools to support Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliant research. Find out more about the awardees »

External funding

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is an American private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The primary goals of the foundation are to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty across the globe.

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Bond UK

Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond supports organisations to access funding and become financially sustainable through expert guidance and insights.

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

FCDO is the department of the UK government that manages UK's aid to developing countries and aims to fight poverty, tackle climate change and improve global health.

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Innovate UK

Innovate UK runs competitions that enable businesses to participate in finding solution to the global challenges highlighted through the UN’s SDGs. The application and assessment process for Innovate UK led GCRF competitions/ calls varies from other Research Councils.

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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research

The NIHR fund health and care research and translate discoveries into practical products, treatments, devices and procedures. They involve patients and the public in all their work. The NIHR have a limited number of ODA-eligible calls each year.

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The Royal Society

The Royal Society is an independent UK scientific academy, dedicated to promoting excellence in science for the benefit of humanity.

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). As of January 2021, BEIS receives the second largest amount of UK ODA funding after FCDO. UKRI brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England – which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England – and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

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Universities UK International (UUKi)

The Universities UK International’s 'Gateway to international opportunities' is a regularly updated depository of funding opportunities for international research collaboration and knowledge exchange, aimed at UK based researchers/institutions.

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Wellcome is a politically and financially independent global charitable foundation. Wellcome’s strategy includes grant funding, advocacy campaigns and partnerships to find solutions for today’s urgent health challenges.
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