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 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


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.​​

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases programme (EEID)


Ecology, global health

The funders are pleased to announce a call for international partnerships involving researchers from the UK, US, China and/or Israel. The funders wish to encourage high quality, innovative research conducted by transdisciplinary teams of researchers on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases of animals, humans and plants. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics.

US, China, Israel
Green Recovery Challenge Fund

International Climate Finance

Climate change
The UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT) programme is looking for innovative ideas that address specific low-carbon challenges, show measurable results, promote social inclusion and inspire future actions to increase climate ambition at scale while supporting countries to rebuild their economies after the Covid-19 outbreak. ​This is a £12 million capacity-building fund to support low-carbon transitions and a green, resilient and inclusive economic recovery across ODA-eligible countries.
ODA-eligible countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia
Global Partnering Awards


Plant and animal diseases
​The Global Partnering Awards will provide funding to support the development of long-term collaborations with overseas scientists in countries not currently offered though the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)'s existing partnering award schemes. Applications are particularly welcomed in the following highlight areas: 'International partnerships fostering a One Health approach to diseases of zoonotic origin' and 'Partnerships with foster collaboration to protect and enhance plant health.'
UKRI-NSF Lead Agency Scheme


Biological sciences
​The lead agency scheme funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) allows US and UK researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process by the lead agency. In 2020 proposals will be accepted for UK-US collaborative projects in the areas of intersection between NSF/BIO and BBSRC of Biological informatics, Microbes and the Host Immune System, Quantum Biology and Synthetic Cell.
International Workshops


Biological sciences

​The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are offering awards of up to £10,000 each to current research grant holders. These awards will enable grant holders to run international workshops that aim to identify areas of commonality between UK researchers and researchers in other countries, as well as to explore the potential for international collaboration.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

​Innovate UK

​The African agriculture strand of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme supports a partnership between a UK registered higher education or further education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult, an African business or not-for-profit organisation, and a knowledge base in Africa. The partnership brings new skills and the latest academic thinking into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project related to agri-tech and food chain innovations.
Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme

​UKRI, Mitacs


​An exciting opportunity for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Canadian doctoral students to participate in a UK-Canada research exchange scheme. Supported by UKRI and Mitacs, up to 200 UK doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to develop into global citizens, with international competencies, during 12-week research placements in Canadian universities; a similar number of Canadian students will visit UK universities.

Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (FCDO ERICC) Programme

​British Academy, FCDO

Conflict, crisis

​The British Academy, supported by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), is inviting proposals to support bilateral partnership research chairs delivering a programme of institutional strengthening on education research in conflict and crisis. Awards of up to £555,000 over three years are available.

Middle East, Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Myanmar, Bangladesh
Health Systems Research Initiative (HSRI)


Global health

​This Research Grant call, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), funds research to strengthen and improve health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This call welcomes multidisciplinary, collaborative and multi-country/multi-site applications that address a clearly defined challenge faced by health systems. Proposals must situate this challenge within an understanding of the broader health system linkages and describe how and why findings have the potential to improve the health of people living in LMICs.

Africa and Asia: building strong research ecosystems


Languages, health science research

​This research will form part of Wellcome’s Priority Area ‘Research Ecosystems in Africa and Asia’, which aims to drive self-sustaining research ecosystems that generate knowledge and improve health, including through promoting independent research leadership in Africa. It will address a critical barrier: the impact of English being one of the dominant global languages of science on researchers in Africa whose first language is not English.

Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme

FCDO, NIHR, Wellcome, Elrha

Health interventions

This programme - managed by Elrha and funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Wellcome, and the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - supports research institutes and humanitarian organisations who want to strengthen the evidence base for public health interventions. The aim is to improve health outcomes in humanitarian crises.

Doctoral Studentships


Humanities, social sciences, health
​This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. At the point of applying, you should hold, or expect to hold, a relevant Master's degree, or have equivalent research experience. You must have been accepted onto a PhD programme with an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country (apart from mainland China).
Biomanufacturing innovations in cell and gene therapies

​Innovate UK, NRC

Gene therapies
​Innovate UK has partnered with The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) for this funding opportunity aimed at UK SMEs. This competition aims to identify UK partners who will bring innovative solutions to support and collaborate with the NRC Challenge Program in Health and Disruptive Technologies for Cell and Gene Therapy. Academic institutions are eligible to apply and collaborate with the lead organisation as part of a project team.