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Gateway to international opportunities

​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:
Entries can 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 under the "Call" column (you will be redirected to the call's webpage). 
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Newton FundMultiple 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 FundMultiple 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.​​

Nahrein Network Research Grant AwardsThe sustainable development of antiquity, heritage and the humanities in the post-conflict Middle East

​The AHRC GCRF-funded Nahrein Network welcomes applications for its Research Grant Awards support collaborations between Iraqi and UK organisations to produce interdisciplinary research on themes relating to one or more of the Nahrein Network’s five aims. They provide up to £100,000 for projects lasting up to 18 months.

Adolescent Health in LMICsHealth

​The MRC, in partnership with other UK research funders, has announced a third call to fund research grants to improve adolescent health in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Originally launched in 2015, this programme now represents a partnership between all four funders and aims to fund world-class and cutting-edge research which addresses the specific health needs of adolescents.


​BIRAX (the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership) is a £multi-million initiative of the British Council and the British Embassy in Israel investing in world-leading research jointly undertaken by scientists in Britain and Israel. This year BIRAX has turned its attention to Ageing research. Ageing was chosen by the UK-Israel Science Council as the new priority for being one of the world’s greatest challenges. 

Global Challenges Research FundAny discipline

​The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society are offering Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networking Grants, made available through the GCRF, which is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges.

Towards a Sustainable EarthSustainable development

​The funding partners in Towards a Sustainable Earth (TaSE) - which include NERC, ESRC and AHRC in the UK - invite proposals to this first call under the TaSE initiative, which aims to significantly improve our understanding of the complex interactions between people and the environment required to make progress in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The scheme's international funding partners are the Japan Science & Technology Agency; the National Natural Science Foundation of China; the Department of Biotechnology, India; and the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, Formas.

Japan, China, India, Sweden
AHRC-Smithsonian Fellowships in Digital ScholarshipDigital scholarship; cultural heritage

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the United Kingdom and the Smithsonian Institution in the United States are supporting a new joint fellowship programme in digital scholarship. The fellowships will be research-based and enable eligible scholars from UK institutions to undertake research at the Smithsonian, and for eligible scholars from US institutions to undertake research at leading museums and cultural/heritage institutions in the UK. 

​The Darwin InitiativeBiodiversity

​The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment in developing countries and, through the Darwin Plus fund, UK Overseas Territories (OTs).

NIHR Global Health ResearchHealth

The Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme extends the reach of NIHR's support to address the health issues faced by low and middle income countries (LMICs) through research. The programme funds cutting-edge interdisciplinary applied health research in key areas in LMICs where a strategic and targeted investment can result in a transformative impact.

UKRI - JSPS joint callLife / environmental sciences

​This UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) initiative will provide funding for high-quality collaborative research projects between UK and Japanese researchers which contribute to advancing impacts for the benefit of both countries. Proposals that address either life sciences or environmental sciences are invited.

Joint Global Health Trials schemeHealth

DFID, MRC and Wellcome each have a strong history of supporting research that aims to improve health in low and middle income countries. The NIHR has recently joined as a partner, under Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) funding. The purpose of this scheme is to provide funding for the best proposals to generate new knowledge about interventions that will contribute to the improvement of health in low and middle income countries.

Transport-Technology Research Innovation for International Development (T-TRIID)Transport

​The Department for International Development (DFID) will fund short projects supporting innovative ideas that enable safer and more efficient transport in countries across low income countries of Africa and South Asia.

British Council Creative Spark Partnership FundEntrepreneurship, skills development, knowledge exchange

The British Council has developed the Creative Spark Partnership Fund for building partnerships between universities and creative institutions in the UK and those in seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine in order to support enterprise education and establish enterprise centres/hubs. 

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine