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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.​​

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

NERC, 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
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.​

NERC core fund

NERC, Centro de Estudios Científicos (CECs)​

Climate change, Glaciers
Proposals are invited for a new Research Programme that, through joint collaboration between the UK and Centro de Estudios Científicos in Chile, provides the opportunity to gain access to water and lake bed sediment samples from Subglacial Lake CECs, Antarctica. This programme aims to answer fundamental questions that will unform us about the future contribution of West Antarcitca to sea-level rise.

Health Systems Research Initiative Call 7

DFID, MRC, ESRC, Wellcome​


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). Please note this scheme is only currently open for those who want to apply for foundation grants.​

UK/Ireland Networking Grants


Social sciences

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Irish Research Council (IRC) launch a networking grants opportunity to foster the development of long-term relationships between social science researchers in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Proposals must include a UK component of maximum £10,000 GBP and an Irish component of maximum €11,800 EUR (at 100% non‑standard fEC).​

Republic of Ireland
The Alliance Hubert Curien Programme


Multiple disciplines

This programme is a joint initiative between the governments of France and the UK. It aims to encourage reciprocal mobility between early career researchers, leading to closer collaboration on research and innovation while strengthening connections that will lead to greater collaboration in the future.​

RAPID Research and Innovation Initiative (RRII)

​World Bank

Global health

Researchers are invited to submit proposals dealing with topics of severe urgency with regard to the availability of or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment as well as quick-response research on COVID-19. There is an immediate need to better understanding of how to contain patterns of spread, develop diagnostics, and improve patient care and the public health response.