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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 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.​​

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).
Joint Global Health Trials

FCDO, MRC, NIHR, Wellcome

Global health

​This scheme seeks to support research that addresses the health problems affecting low and middle income countries (LMICs) by funding definitive trials that are likely to produce implementable and generalisable results to change policy and practice. A total of up to £1 million is available for this call to support several trial development grants from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Wellcome.

Collaborative Awards



​Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. We fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. The lead applicant must be based in the UK, Republic of Ireland, or a LMIC (apart from India or mainland China). Other applicants can be based in the same or different countries anywhere in the world (apart from mainland China).

The UK-Israel Early Career Researcher Mobility Programme

​British Council, BIRAX Ageing

Neuroscience, ageing

The UK-Israel Early Career Researcher Mobility Programme aims to strengthen academic collaboration between the UK and Israel by providing mobility grants to early career researchers who work in the priority sectors of neuroscience and ageing. We are inviting British and Israeli researchers at the beginning of their academic career who wish to travel to Israel/UK to participate in a conference, a course, an exchange visit to a laboratory or other visits where it can be shown to be of value for increasing the applicant’s involvement and knowledge/skills in the priority areas.

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.
UK-German collaborative research projects in the humanities


The German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have launched a call for collaborative research proposals, bringing together arts and humanities researchers in the UK and Germany to conduct joint projects. Up to £350,000 is available for projects of up to three years. Research projects can address any area of arts and humanities, including law and linguistics.

The Daniel Turnberg Memorial Fund

​Academy of Medical Sciences

Biomedical sciences

​These Travel Fellowships provide an opportunity for biomedical researchers from the Middle East to visit a research institution of their choice in the UK, and for those from the UK to visit a research institution of their choice in the Middle East. The aim of the scheme is to encourage early and mid-career researchers to experience an alternative research environment, to learn new techniques and develop ideas for future collaborations.

Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories
Global coronavirus research and innovation network


Coronaviruses, pathogen biology
​Apply for £500,000 to establish a single international network for research into coronaviruses, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). You must be of lecturer level (or equivalent) and based at an eligible UK research organisation. Your proposal should seek to coordinate research in the following areas: pathogen biology (including the seasonality, transmission, ecology and evolution of coronaviruses), host response, and effective intervention strategies.

A.R.C. Malaysia Challenge Grant

​British Council Malaysia

Climte change, arts and creative industries, education

​The A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia Grant provides seed-funding for collaborations between stakeholders in the UK and Malaysia, which respond to a common challenge in the field of climate change through shared solutions that empower young people to take positive action which can cascade awareness and create greater resilience amongst others in their generation, as well as influence policy making. Ideally, we would include projects which are from the arts and creative industries, education and science sectors in our final awards. 

Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme


Global health

The fourth call of the RIGHT programme will award funding to address the global burden of unintentional injuries (including but not limited to road traffic accidents, falls, burns and drowning), and urgent and emergency care. This funding opportunity is open to lead applicants from UK or LMIC institutions. RIGHT typically awards funding of £1-5 million (maximum of £5 million) for research projects with a duration of 3-5 years.

Global Health Research Centres programme


Global health

The Global Health Research Centres programme provides substantive funding to support research-driven partnerships between institutions in low and middle income countries (LMICs) and in the UK. The first call will fund centres to undertake high quality research in non-communicable diseases and support the development of a critical mass of sustainable, competitive research capacity. Funding awards of up to £10 million over five years are available to consortia made up of one UK institution and up to four LMIC institutions.

Global Health Research Groups


Global health

​These awards will provide funding to collaborations of specialist researchers within universities and research institutes in LMICs and the UK who wish to establish new programmes of applied health research. Global Health Research Groups will be either new to delivering applied health research globally or wish to expand an existing partnership. Global Health Research Groups will address unmet global health needs through equitable research partnerships and must have Joint UK and LMIC Lead applicants, clear plans to strengthen research capacity and support future sustainability of research in partner countries.

Short Term Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship programme



​This programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits for pre- and post-doctoral UK researchers and European, North American and Canadian researchers based in the UK and Ireland, for cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. The programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan, whilst expanding academic exchange between Japan and the UK or Ireland. Researchers from any fields are eligible to apply.

International Exchanges

​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. The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships

​Royal Society, JSPS

Natural sciences

​The scheme, which is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), provides the opportunity for highly qualified early career researchers to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.

Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)


Biomedical sciences, physical science, engineering

The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The award will provide up to 4 fours of PhD studies. PhD training will be carried out in English at your chosen lab at A*STAR Research Institutes, NTU, NUS or SUTD.

Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR)



Apply for funding to develop or test interventions to reduce the transmission of antibiotic resistance. Your project must aim to either understand the impact of interventions or design, test or compare new interventions. You must apply as part of a transnational consortium. Consortia should consists of a maximum of six project partners. The maximum number of partners can be increased to seven if the consortium includes a partner coming from either low and middle income countries, or from Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Digital Humanities Joint Research Call


Digital humanities

​The Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK (AHRC) and the Irish Research Council (IRC) are collaborating on a new funding programme that aims to deliver a transformational impact on Digital Humanities research in the UK and Ireland..This Research Grants Call is intended to support large, collaborative UK-Ireland research projects. These joint projects are expected to have a transformational impact in the Digital Humanities through innovative, multidisciplinary research that engages extensively with wider partners.