Grants for International Research Collaborations

Closes:12 March 2024

Indicative timelines

Deadline for applications: 12 March 2024, 12 noon UK time

Review panels: May 2024

Outcome of selection: June 2024

UK project start dates (see in-country guidance for partner dates): 1 August 2024

About the Funding

British Council invites applications from UK institutions for research proposals, offering grants of up to £80,000 (£100,000 full economic costs), to collaborate with international partners through the Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology's International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF).

Countries initially joining this call include Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

ISPF research collaboration grants provide small scale seed funding for collaborations between the UK and the participating ISPF countries/territories in each call to:

  • initiate new research and innovation collaborations between academic groups, departments, and institutions in partner countries and the UK
  • develop existing collaborations at group, departmental, and institutional level
  • encourage these collaborations to work with non-academic organisations and individuals to support the exchange of research and innovation expertise and the translation of research knowledge into tangible benefits
  • establish local hubs for UK- partner country/territory  activity in a particular area, enabling engagement from the wider research and innovation community.

Who can apply

Both UK and international partner researchers must be leading researchers or established researchers.

In addition, UK researchers must be:

  • permanent employees at their institutions (emeritus and honorary professors may not apply as lead)
  • working at a not-for-profit higher education institution or eligible research organisation with the capacity to undertake high-quality research.

Please see the 'Research Collaborations Guidance for Applicants' for additional criteria.

Information session for applicants – research collaborations

This 60-minute webinar will provide background to researchers considering applying for a research collaboration grant under ISPF, delivered by the British Council. It will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the International Science Partnerships Fund.
  • Eligibility requirements and application process for research collaborations grants.
  • Official development assistance – ensuring your project is eligible.
  • Writing a gender statement – why and how.
  • Questions and answers.

Date and time: 7 February from 12.30 to 1.30 pm. Register here.

More Information & Apply Here