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Gateway to international opportunities

​The 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:
You can search for relevant funding opportunities by including keywords in the 'Search the Gateway' search function. Entries can also 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 in the "Call" column (you will be redirected to the call's webpage). 

Short description
Newton Fund


Multiple 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
Global Challenges Research Fund


Multiple 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 UKRI.​​

Fund for International Collaboration (FIC)


Artificial Intelligence (AI)

​This call aims to foster collaboration between UK and Japanese social science, arts and humanities researchers around the theme of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on society. The total UK budget for this call is £2 million and the total Japanese budget for this call is ¥180m. Between 5 and 7 joint proposals for a period of 3 years are expected to be funded

Open Research Area (ORA)


Social Sciences

The scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least three of the four subscribing countries (UK, France, Germany and Canada). There is also the opportunity to collaborate with Japanese partners under this programme.​

France, Germany, Canada, Japan
Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme



This initiative will support a portfolio of research projects to better understand the causes of humanitarian protection risks/violations.
​Up to £480,000 (fEC) plus additional £100,000 for optional Capacity Building element for project of 18-24 months. At least one researcher based at a research organisation in an OECD DAC ODA eligible country must be included in the research team (as Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator)

LMICs - see countries of focus
UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)


Cyber; water management; energy; healthcare; advanced manufacturing; waste management; urban design

The UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (DST) are currently inviting joint proposals from Indian and UK Higher Education Institutions to fund partnership development workshops.

Funding of up to £20,000 is available to run joint workshops of 3-5 days in India or the UK.​

Researcher Links

​British Council

Natural and applied sciences

​Researcher Links Workshop grants are designed to provide financial support to bring together a UK/Russia bilateral cohort of early career researchers to take part in workshops in order to establish new partnerships and contribute to capacity building for ECRs. Up to £51,940 per workshop is available.

Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)​

Interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence

Proposals must include a principal investigator (PI) based in Canada and a PI based in the UK and will be required to demonstrate interdisciplinarity across at least two of the following research domains: social sciences and humanities; health and biomedical sciences; natural sciences and engineering (including computational and/or mathematical sciences). The total amount available for this funding opportunity is approximately CAN $14M (£8 million), enough to fund approximately 10 projects.

Global HPSR



​The aim of the NIHR Global HPSR Development Awards is to support underpinning work for the development of high-quality applications able to compete for research funding in global health policy and systems research

South Asia Science Programme

British Council​

Water; Mental Health; Global Health

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for early career researchers in the UK and countries in South Asia to work collaboratively on a joint research project. The research project should be between 6 and 12 months and be related to one of the following three prioirty areas: Water; Mental Health; Global Health.​

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
​Adolescent Health


Health; Adolescent Health

​This call for proposals seeks to provide the research evidence needed to effect real and practical changes to improve adolescent health in LMICs. Applicants should clearly identify the health issues and/or risk factors to be addressed. Proposals should explore how interventions can be developed and implemented within systems and seek to engage with related social and economic barriers within these systems.

Knowledge Frontiers

​British Academy


​The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to develop international interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences, with a focus on hazard and risk, cultures of forecasting, and the meaning of resilience

UK-Canada Diabetes Partnership Initiative


This initiative will provide funding for approximately six collaborative research project teams focused on tackling diabetes in the UK and Canada. In total, up to £4 million will be made available through this initiative: up to £2 million of MRC and ESRC funding in support of the UK components; and up to $2.7 million CAD from CIHR in support of the Canadian components of the team grants.