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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). 

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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.​​

Research Development Awards


Health-related Humanities, Social Sciences, Bioethics

​These awards are for groups of researchers who want the time and resources to shape the direction of their future work. The development programmes will lay the foundation for research that takes risks and pushes academic boundaries.

International Exchange Programmes


Multiple disciplines

​This funding enables researchers to run international exchange programmes. The exchanges will help to transform careers and shape the direction of future research.

MRC-KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Awards


Biomedical, Health

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) aim to provide resources to biomedical and health researchers in the UK and Korea in order to facilitate long-term collaborative research partnerships. There will be 10 proposals funded with £20,000 available per project over one year.​


UK Space Agency

Space infrastructure

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) will use expertise in space-based solutions, applications and capability to provide a sustainable economic or societal benefit to emerging nations and developing economies. Projects should be of a minimum £300,000 in size.

Joint Global Health Trials (JGHT)

​DFID, NIHR, MRC, Wellcome 

Global health

​The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the MRC and Wellcome are accepting proposals to fund global health trials. Trials should address the major causes of mortality or morbidity in low and middle income countries, particularly those that affect the most vulnerable populations. 

UKRI Fund for International Collaboration


Regenerative medicine
​The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) invite proposals to the UK-Japan Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Initiative. This initiative will provide funding for approx. eight collaborative research projects that build upon fundamental insights and initial early-stage discoveries, to advance regenerative approaches towards clinical use in the future and to utilise stem cells as medical research tools.

UK-German Call for Proposals in the Humanities, Law and Linguistics


Humanities, Law, Linguistics

​The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), together with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), are launching a bilateral call for collaborative research proposals, bringing together Arts and Humanities researchers in the UK with Humanities, Law, and Linguistics researchers in Germany to conduct outstanding joint UK-German research projects. The UK component may seek up to £350,000 FEC.

International Placement Scheme



This scheme provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, doctoral-level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students, giving researchers access to internationally renowned collections, programmes and expertise.

USA, Japan, China, India
Health Systems Research Initiative

​DIFD, MRC, ESRC, Wellcome

Global health

​Launched in 2013, this programme will generate world-class and cutting-edge research that addresses key questions on strengthening and improving health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

UKRI Fund for International Collaboration


Digital Humanities, Cultural heritage, Social innovation
This call for Networking Grants aims to support a range of networking activities between teams in the UK and Ireland. By bringing together qualities of the Digital Humanities in both countries, it is anticipated that this programme will achieve a broad range of academic, societal and economic impacts. The AHRC will provide up to £30,000 full economic cost, paid at 80%, for the UK costs of each funded research network.
GACD: Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cancer Funding


Health, cancer research
The Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research, in partnership with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), are seeking to generate new knowledge on interventions and their implementation for the prevention of cancer in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Collectively the MRC and NIHR will invest up to £6 million to fund several awards.​
International Climate Finance (ICF) programme

BEIS, NRF Singapore

Environment, Marine biology

Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) invite proposals for collaborative research projects under the Understanding the Impact of Plastic Pollution on Marine Ecosystems in South East Asia (South East Asia Plastics (SEAP)) programme.

LMICs in SE Asia
International Exchanges scheme

Royal Society​

Natural sciences

These schemes are for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.​

MRC Applied Global Health Research Board


Global health

The new Board will fund global health research that is embedded within local contexts in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Proposals should focus on ideas that will have real world practical application to improve health.​

Minerals and Mining in the Philippines


Geology, Environment

The NERC, UKRI, and DOST-PCIEERD invite applications to attend a scoping workshop. This workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary community of UK and Philippine researchers to articulate the challenges affecting the Philippines mining sector and to explore the scope of a potential new research programme into resilient, sustainable mining in the Philippines. ​