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Gateway to international opportunities

​UUKi '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.
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). 
Short description
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

Global Challenges Research FundMultiple 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) ​​or RCUK.​​

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 progra​mme 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​

Daiwa Foundation AwardsAcademic, professional, arts, cultural and educational fields

Daiwa Foundation offer awards of £7,000-£15,000 for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together  in the context of an institutional relationship.

Wellcome Trust grantsHumanities and Social Sciences

Wellcome Trust​​ Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery. This scheme funds teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach.​

Wellcome Trust grantsLongitudinal population studies (LPS)
Wellcome Trust's Longitudinal Population Study Grants provide support for researchers who want to establish or maintain longitudinal population studies (LPS) for the benefit of the wider scientific community.
Gulf Science Innovation and Knowledge Economy Programme (GSIKE)Multiple disciplines

​This British Council's Joint Academic Development Centre grants are designed to provide financial support for capacity building and collaboration activities. The Joint Academic Development Centres call is designed to be flexible and responsive to meet the needs of each institution, allowing applicants to establish collaboration on areas linked to joint priorities, and to use relevant UK and Gulf bilateral expertise to achieved proposed goals.

Gulf countries
Health Systems Research InitiativeMultidisciplinary with focus on public health, social and biomedical sciences

DFID, ESRC, MRC and the Wellcome Trust jointly fund the Health Systems Research Initiative. Launched in 2013, this programme will generate world class and cutting-edge research that addresses key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in developing countries. This is the 5th annual call and up to £6million is available for funding proposals under this call.​​

African Research Leader awardsBiomedical and Health research areas

​This scheme, managed by MRC and DFID, aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The individual scientific partnership between the ARL candidate and the UK principal investigator must be underpinned either by an established track record of partnership at the institutional level or a clear plan for developing and sustaining long-term cross-institutional collaboration.​

Sub-Saharan African countries
British Council Higher Education LinksStudent employability & competitiveness; Research & development; Social innovation & inclusion

British Council Higher Education Links provide small-scale seed funding for high quality collaborations between the UK and Argentina to​: 1. coordinate a workshop with the aim of developing a joint proposal that will help HEIs to expand their role as platforms for regional development with a global focus; 2. Deliver an innovative and replicable final proposal to be implemented at a regional level, enabling engagement from the wider economic or social development regional actors.​

ESRC Centres CompetitionAny major social and economic topic

​ESRC Centres Competition​ will fund research centres aimed at experienced research leaders who require longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked programmes, medium-to-large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects. International collaboration is encouraged in the form of co-investigators, but may also involve partnerships to develop international datasets, promote knowledge exchange and international impact, and enhance social science c​onceptual development on an international scale. ​​

Rutherford FundMultiple disciplines

​Universities UK International ​Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants programme provides funding for UK higher education institutions to offer short-term fellowships that will build on and enhance their global strategic partnerships.​​ The fellowships are funded by BEIS through the Rutherford Fund, with the aim of attracting global talent and strengthening the UK's research base.