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). 

 
  
Funder(s)
Call
  
Short description
  
  
Newton Fund

​BEIS

Multiple disciplines

Various calls opening throughout the year with funding activities including capacity building, fellowships, 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

​BEIS

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.​​

LMICs
Horizon Europe

European Commission

Multiple disciplines

Link to all open Horizon Europe calls.

Europe and associated countries
COST Actions

COST

Multiple disciplines
The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. COST provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges. Researchers can submit a proposal to join an ongoing COST Action.
Europe, Israel, South Africa
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

European Commission

Multidisciplinary
Grants provided by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are available for all stages of a researcher’s career. Fellows include PhD candidates and those carrying out more advanced research. MSCA grants encourage collaboration and sharing of ideas between different industrial sectors and research disciplines – all to the benefit of the wider European economy.
Europe
Senior Research Fellowships

​Wellcome

Biomedical sciences

​Senior Research Fellowships support independent researchers who are emerging as global leaders in their field and want to tackle the most important questions in science. You can apply if you're already leading your own independent research programme and you are an emerging global leader in your field. Your host organisation must be located in either the UK, Republic of Ireland, or a low- or middle-income country apart from mainland China.


LMICs (apart from mainland China)
01-Jul-2021
University Awards in Humanities and Social Science

​Wellcome

Biomedical sciences
​University Awards enable humanities and social science researchers to gain permanent positions at academic organisations. You can apply for a University Award if you've been nominated by a head of department at an eligible academic organisation. You should have a PhD or the equivalent experience, and have built up a competitive track record in a relevant area of research. The academic organisation should be in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country (apart from mainland China).

LMICs (apart from mainland China)
30-Jun-2021
Knowledge Frontiers

Polish Academy of Sciences, British Academy

Humanities, social sciences

​The British Academy and the Polish Academy of Sciences invite applications from early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to participate in a virtual Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on the broad theme of Just Transitions. The Symposium will encompass a range of virtual research activities that will facilitate cross-disciplinary and international discussion, networking, knowledge exchange, and cooperation, and aims to encourage international engagement between early career researchers based in Poland and in the United Kingdom.

Poland
21-Jul-2021
The Wohl Alliance

​Wohl Legacy

Clean growth

The Wohl Alliance is a new initiative funded by the Wohl Legacy and managed by the British Council together with the UK Science and Innovation Network in Israel, in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology. The Wohl Alliance aims to further research-linked cooperation between the UK and Israel in areas of clean growth linked to food, water and energy. The Wohl Alliance will offer grants of up to £20,000 to help form, maintain, enlarge and promote such collaboration.

Israel
29-Jul-2021
The Health Technology Assessment Programme

​NIHR

Health technology
This programme supports research that is immediately useful to patients, clinical practice, and policy or decision makers. HTA research is undertaken when evidence exists to show that a technology can be effective. The researcher-led workstream offers researchers the opportunity to submit proposals on topics or research questions within the programme’s remit. The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions, which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients.
Australia
28-Jul-2021
Civil Nuclear Research with Japan

​EPSRC, MEXT

Civil nuclear energy
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) invite UK-based researchers to apply for funding to research challenges in civil nuclear energy relevant to Fukushima and Sellafield, in collaboration with Japanese researchers. Your proposal must address: radioactive waste treatment, robotic and autonomous systems for decommissioning, fuel debris materials, or decommissioning technology. EPSRC funding available for this call is up to £1 million.


Japan
01-Jul-2021
The Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-pandemic World Programme

​ESRC, AHRC, 15 International Funders

COVID-19, arts and humanities, social sciences
​The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) invite applicants to apply for funding to investigate how COVID-19 will affect society in the medium and long term. Proposals must address gaps in our understanding to help reduce the pandemic’s effect on society and support recovery and renewal. You must apply as part of a transnational partnership of at least three members. As a UK partner, the full economic cost of your part of the project can be up to £310,000.

Worldwide
12-Jul-2021
Addressing COVID-19 Challenges with Japanese Researchers

​ESRC, AHRC, JSPS

COVID-19, arts and humanities, social sciences
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) invite UK researchers to apply for funding for a social sciences, arts or humanities research project, in collaboration with Japanese researchers. You must address challenges and opportunities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The full economic cost of the UK part of the project can be between £350,000 to £425,000. The Japanese part of the project can cost up to ¥30 million.


Japan
14-Jul-2021
UK-US New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

​AHRC, NEH

Digital scholarship
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will fund small-scale projects that aim to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries and archives. You must focus on: organising, creating and interrogating all collection types, evolving institutions to face the 21st century, and/or fostering digitally enabled equitable participation. Your project team must be a US-UK collaboration and last up to 24 months. You can apply for up to £60,000. 

United States
08-Jul-2021
UK-US New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

​​AHRC, NEH

Digital scholarship

​The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will fund large-scale projects that aim to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries and archives. You must focus on: organising, creating and interrogating all collection types, evolving institutions to face the 21st century, and/or fostering digitally enabled equitable participation. Your project team must be a US-UK collaboration and last up to 36 months. You can apply for up to £250,000.

United States
08-Jul-2021
European Joint Programme on Soil (EJP SOIL)

​BBSRC, European and international funders through the European Joint Programme on Soil (EJP SOIL)

Sustainable agriculture, soil biodiversity

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will fund research on agricultural soils. Your project can focus on one of the following: soil biodiversity: status and role in ecosystem services, or soil improvements: site-specific or landscape-scale ways to improve sustainability, resilience, health and productivity of soils. The full economic cost (fEC) of your project can be between £62,500 and £625,000. BBSRC will fund 80% of this.

Worldwide
07-Sep-2021
Global Health Policy and Systems Research

​NIHR

Global health policy

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)'s Global Health Policy and Systems Research programme supports development of equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers, who together engage stakeholders to identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems. Research projects are expected to promote universal health coverage and support meeting UN SDG 3: ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. Consortia will include two Joint Leads (LMIC/LMIC or LMIC/UK institutions) and up to an additional three research institutions in LMICs.

LMICs
07-Jul-2021
GBSF Regular Grants

​GBSF

Multiple disciplines

​The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF)’s aim is to develop good relations between the UK and Japan by advancing the education of the people of both nations in each other’s culture, society and achievements. It seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation through financial support for 'pump-priming' activities in multiple disciplines. GBSF also offer limited travel grants to a maximum of £2,000 to PhD students wishing to travel to Japan for dissertation research or to complete fieldwork.

Japan
15-Sep-2021
GBSF Butterfield Awards

​GBSF

Medicine and health

​The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF)'s Butterfield Awards facilitate exploratory exchanges and collaborations between professionals in Japan and the UK, and the investigation of scientific, clinical, social and economic aspects of medicine in which Japanese and British researchers, practitioners, policy makers, managers and voluntary sector workers may learn from each other. The grants may be used for travel expenses or to contribute to other costs as appropriate. A small number of awards of around £5,000 are offered annually. Proposals for continuous funding of up to £5,000 per annum for a maximum of three years are acceptable. Applications for smaller – and, exceptionally, larger – sums can be considered.

Japan
15-Dec-2021
Wellcome Workplace Mental Health 2021

​Wellcome

Mental health

This Request for Proposals seeks to commission up to 20 teams to undertake a review and interpretation of the evidence (“insight analysis”) into one promising approach for preventing or addressing mental health problems in the workplace. The commission will be undertaken between October 2021 and March 2022 and the maximum cost permissible for each review is £45,000 (exclusive of VAT). Wellcome also wish to fund a minimum of five projects where the Lead and Lead’s organisation are based in low- and middle-income countries.

LMICs
28-Jun-2021
Creative economy for sustainable development

​AHRC

Creative economy
Apply for funding to enhance the international impact of research related to the creative economy and global sustainable development with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Your proposed impact activities must: follow-on from existing research projects funded by AHRC; address challenges highlighted by the UN ‘International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development'; and involve collaboration with international partners. AHRC will fund: 80% of the full economic cost (FEC) for UK researchers and 100% FEC for some international costs.
Worldwide
12-Aug-2021
Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) Programme

 FCDO, UNCTAD

Plastics pollution
​The UK Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) in partnership with the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are seeking calls for concepts to identify, incubate and implement practical plastics mitigation solutions in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Providers may elect to work in more than one country in a (sub-)region.
Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
02-Jul-2021
KFAS Research Proposals

​KFAS

Health, infrastructure, urban development

​The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) invites researchers and scientists from the Kuwaiti Research & Higher Education sector to apply for funding in the domains of Health and Infrastructure & Urban Development. Collaborative research with international academic and research institutions will be prioritized, conditional to a clear commitment from the international institute(s), or from the applicant's home institution, to cover the cost of the international counterpart.

Kuwait
30-Jun-2021
Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme

ITK, UKRI, POLAR, NRC, PARKS, FRQ

Climate change

​Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Parks Canada (PARKS), and the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec (FRQ) are calling for for Research Proposals in support of key themes connected to climate-driven changes to the terrestrial, coastal and near-shore marine environments in Inuit Nunangat, as well as impacts on Inuit and community health and well-being. Your project must include an Inuk, Inuit organisation or community representative involved as either principal or co-investigator.

Inuit Nunangat
04-Aug-2021