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Gateway to international opportunities

​UUKi 'Gateway to international opportunities' is a regularly updated​ depository of international research collaboration opportunities aimed at UK based researchers.
How to use the Gateway:
Entries can be sorted alphabetically by scheme, call, theme and region and chronologically by deadline. To see the details a specific opportunity, please click on the link under the "Call" column (you will be redirected to the call's webpage). 
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GCRFMultiple disciplines

Research Councils UK invites proposals from eligible UK research organisations to establish and lead a number of challenge-led and impact-focused GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hubs which meet the aims of Official Development Assistance. Between £8M - £20M (full economic cost) will be available for each Hub, provided over a 5 year period starting on 1st December 2018.

Newton FundMultiple disciplines

Various calls opening throughout the year funding activities including: capacity building, fellowships and mobility schemes; research collaborations and innovation partnerships to develop innovative solutions to development issues for Newton partner countries.​

Newton Fund partner countries
Bilateral BBSRC-FAPESPMultiple disciplines
BBSRC is accepting applications under the terms of the RCUK-FAPESP MoU​ for responsive mode grants. Collaborative research proposals may be submitted in any area of science that is within the remit of both BBSRC and FAPESP
GCRFMultiple disciplines

Link to all open GCRF calls led by one or more of the UK's Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) ​

British Council Institutional LinksPhysics and space sciences; Cognitive disorders; Environmental challenges and climate change

British Council ​Institutional Links grants provide funding for collaborations between the UK and Russia to: • Initiate new research and innovation collaborations between academic groups, departments, and institutions in Russia and the UK • Develop existing collaborations at group, departmental, and institutional level​

GCRFMultiple disciplines

​The Academy of Medical Sciences in partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society invites applications to this new scheme for grants of up to £25,000 to allow researchers from developing countries and the UK to forge new links and hold networking events to generate innovative and interdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. 

Global Health Trials (JGHT)Health

​The purpose of this scheme is to provide funding for the best proposals to generate new knowledge about interventions that will contribute to the improvement of health in low and middle income countries. This is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID)​, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), and the Wellcome Trust.​

Wellcome Trust grantsMultiple disciplines

​​Wellcome Trust​​ Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. It funds teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.​​

Wellcome Trust grantsHealth
This programme provides support for research institutes and humanitarian organisations that work in partnership to improve health outcomes in humanitarian crises. The programme is managed by ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) and is a partnership between DFID and the Wellcome Trust​
Joint Research Council grantsInnovative financing

NERC, DFID and ESRC invite proposals to address the topic "building resilience to natural disasters using financial instruments". Funding is available to apply existing environmental and social science research to inform the design, development, refinement and validation of financing instruments to help developing countries respond and recover from extreme weather and natural disasters.​​​

UK Gulf Science Innovation Knowledge Economy ProgrammeCyber Security

​The UK Government’s Gulf Science Innovation Knowledge Economy Programme​ is organising a symposium that will focus on seeking to support and address priority areas for cyber security related to the national visions of the Gulf countries, in order to promote research and development in the following areas: Protection of Critical National Information & Infrastructure; Protection of big data; Cyber security as it relates to the internet of things​

Gulf countries
Higher Education Links programmeStudent Employability and Competitiveness; R&D; Social Innovation and Inclusion
Higher Education Links is a British Council programme to provide small scale seed funding for high quality bi-national collaborations (Mexico – UK) aimed to improve the role that Mexican Higher Education Institutions play on the regional development agenda with a global focus. Selected proposals through this open call must help to strengthen the institutional links between academia, government and the private sector in Mexico.
Royal Society International Exchanges (Standard Programme and Cost Share)Chemistry and natural sciences

​The Royal Society International Exchanges scheme is for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.​​ Different countries of focus and deadlines apply. ​Standard round: Travel to/from all countries outside the UK (17 October 2017); The Royal Society/Royal Society of Chemistry award: travel to/from Sub-Saharan Africa (17 October 2017); The Royal Society-CNR International Exchanges Award: travel to/from Italy (17 October 2017); Cost share China (13 October 2017); Cost share Japan (10 October 2017); Cost share Taiwan (10 October 2017)​