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Recipients of £2.25million UUKi Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants announced

6 February 2018

17 universities across the UK receive money to build on their international partnerships by hosting early career researchers from their strategic partners around the world.

Universities UK International (UUKi) is delighted to announce the recipients of the new UUKi Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grant scheme, funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The grants allow UK institutions to bring early career researchers from an international partner higher education institution to the UK.​

The scheme will see 88 fellows from 13 partner countries join research teams at 17 UK institutions.

85 institutions entered bids to offer these short-term fellowships which aim to build on and enhance universities' current global strategic partnerships. Universities could choose the combination of partner institutions, length of fellowship and number of fellows to host as part of their bid.

The fellowships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the £118m Rutherford Fund, which aims to attract global talent and strengthen the UK's research base.

By funding individual mobility within the framework of strategic partnerships, UUKi aims to catalyse longer term and interdisciplinary collaboration. Expected outcomes include:

·         Enhanced research links between UK institutions and key strategic partners in a broad range of countries

·         The development of new, and improvement of existing, research networks and links between future research leaders and the UK research community

·         New opportunities for collaboration and joint working, and greater impact for existing collaborations

·         Enhanced reputation of the UK and UK institutions in a broad range of countries​

Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International comments: "We're delighted to announce the recipients of these new government funded grants. The UUKi Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grant is a win-win – international early career researchers get to work with world-leading teams at UK universities and our researchers will benefit from the knowledge of their international colleagues. At the same time UK institutions are continuing to grow the kind of international partnerships which will become ever more vital in the pursuit of outstanding research."

The following institutions will receive grants:​

InstitutionAcademic leadNumber of fellowsPartner countriesResearch area
Aberystwyth UniversityProfessor Christopher Thomas3South Africa, AustraliaEnvironmental Science
Brunel University LondonProfessor Maria Kolokotroni5AustraliaResource Efficient Future Cities, Environment and Health
Cardiff UniversityProfessor Nora de Leeuw8Australia, BrazilBiomedicine, Earth Sciences
Cranfield UniversityProfessor Tom Stephenson4South Africa, BrazilSanitation, Circular Economy
Durham UniversityDr Paul McGonigal4India, Malaysia, MexicoOrganic Energy Materials
Imperial College LondonProfessor Simon Schultz3AustraliaNeurotechnology
Lancaster UniversityProfessor Mariana C. Rufino6ArgentinaFood Security
Northumbria UniversityProfessor Matt Baillie Smith3OPTVolunteering and citizenship in Palestine
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineProfessor John Edmunds5JapanInfectious Diseases
The University of BirminghamProfessor Robin Mason7BrazilInterdisciplinary
The University of ManchesterDr Neil Dixon6Brazil, Argentina, ColombiaBioeconomy, sustainability and inclusiveness in Latin America
The University of OxfordProfessor Ian Walmsley5Canada, AustraliaQuantum Physics
The University of WarwickProfessor Peter Scott12Brazil, China, FranceInterdisciplinary
University of AberdeenDr Angel Cuesta5Australia, MexicoEnergy storage and conversion from renewables
University of BathDr Janet L. Scott4Brazil, Mexico, South AfricaSustainable chemical technologies and statistical applied mathematics
University of DundeeProfessor Claire Halpin7AustraliaCereal and Barley Research
University of South WalesProfessor Alan Guwy1AustraliaWater Treatment and Resource Recovery


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