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.​​

Horizon Europe

European Commission

Multiple disciplines

Link to all open Horizon Europe calls.

Europe and associated countries
COST Actions


Multiple disciplines
The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. COST provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges. Researchers can submit a proposal to join an ongoing COST Action.
Europe, Israel, South Africa
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

European Commission

Grants provided by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are available for all stages of a researcher’s career. Fellows include PhD candidates and those carrying out more advanced research. MSCA grants encourage collaboration and sharing of ideas between different industrial sectors and research disciplines – all to the benefit of the wider European economy.
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.

The Health Technology Assessment Programme


Health technology
This programme supports research that is immediately useful to patients, clinical practice, and policy or decision makers. HTA research is undertaken when evidence exists to show that a technology can be effective. The researcher-led workstream offers researchers the opportunity to submit proposals on topics or research questions within the programme’s remit. The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions, which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients.
European Joint Programme on Soil (EJP SOIL)

​BBSRC, European and international funders through the European Joint Programme on Soil (EJP SOIL)

Sustainable agriculture, soil biodiversity

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will fund research on agricultural soils. Your project can focus on one of the following: soil biodiversity: status and role in ecosystem services, or soil improvements: site-specific or landscape-scale ways to improve sustainability, resilience, health and productivity of soils. The full economic cost (fEC) of your project can be between £62,500 and £625,000. BBSRC will fund 80% of this.

GBSF Regular Grants


Multiple disciplines

​The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF)’s aim is to develop good relations between the UK and Japan by advancing the education of the people of both nations in each other’s culture, society and achievements. It seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation through financial support for 'pump-priming' activities in multiple disciplines. GBSF also offer limited travel grants to a maximum of £2,000 to PhD students wishing to travel to Japan for dissertation research or to complete fieldwork.

GBSF Butterfield Awards


Medicine and health

​The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF)'s Butterfield Awards facilitate exploratory exchanges and collaborations between professionals in Japan and the UK, and the investigation of scientific, clinical, social and economic aspects of medicine in which Japanese and British researchers, practitioners, policy makers, managers and voluntary sector workers may learn from each other. The grants may be used for travel expenses or to contribute to other costs as appropriate. A small number of awards of around £5,000 are offered annually. Proposals for continuous funding of up to £5,000 per annum for a maximum of three years are acceptable. Applications for smaller – and, exceptionally, larger – sums can be considered.

Creative economy for sustainable development


Creative economy
Apply for funding to enhance the international impact of research related to the creative economy and global sustainable development with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Your proposed impact activities must: follow-on from existing research projects funded by AHRC; address challenges highlighted by the UN ‘International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development'; and involve collaboration with international partners. AHRC will fund: 80% of the full economic cost (FEC) for UK researchers and 100% FEC for some international costs.
Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme


Climate change

​Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Parks Canada (PARKS), and the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec (FRQ) are calling for for Research Proposals in support of key themes connected to climate-driven changes to the terrestrial, coastal and near-shore marine environments in Inuit Nunangat, as well as impacts on Inuit and community health and well-being. Your project must include an Inuk, Inuit organisation or community representative involved as either principal or co-investigator.

Inuit Nunangat
JSPS Bilateral Programmes

​JSPS, Royal Society

Natural sciences
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) carries out 'JSPS Bilateral Programmes' between Japan and counterpart countries. The aim of the Bilateral Joint Projects call is to form sustained networks evolved from individual scientist exchanges. JSPS provides financial support to Japanese scientists implementing such bilateral joint research projects between research teams from Japan and the UK, with the Royal Society contributing up to £12,000 to cover the costs of the British team.
JSPS Bilateral Programmes


Humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences

​The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)'s 'Open Partnership for Joint Projects and Seminars' call provides Japanese researchers an opportunity to conduct research or hold a seminar with researchers around the world who reside in a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan.

Research Fellowships

​Royal Society of Engineering


​The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships to outstanding early-career researchers worldwide who have been awarded their PhD in the last four years to support them to become future research leaders in engineering. The scheme provides funding for five years. Each application is capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the five-year period, at 80% of full economic costs. Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university.

BBSRC-NSF/BIO Lead Agency Scheme


Biotechnology and biological sciences
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and US National Science Foundation Directorate of Biological Sciences (NSF/BIO) invite applications for funding to collaborate with US researchers on a single joint proposal. Projects must be in one of the following areas: biological informatics, microbes and the host immune system, quantum biology, and synthetic cell. You must provide a clear rationale for the need for a US-UK collaboration.
United States
EPSRC Lead Agency Scheme


Engineering and physical sciences

​The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Science Foundation Ireland (SRI), Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) invite applications from UK researchers to work with overseas researchers in Ireland, Luxembourg, Brazil and the United States. Research grants are open to UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies.

Ireland, Luxembourg, Brazil, United States
EPSRC Overseas Travel Grants


Engineering and physical sciences
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) overseas travel grant is for researchers at UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies. Funding can include travel and subsistence costs for visits overseas to learn new techniques or form and develop collaborations.
BBSRC Lead Agency Scheme


Biotechnology and biological sciences
Pump-priming awards supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) are for BBSRC-supported researchers and consortia of academics. They are to pump-prime collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in São Paulo state. Funding of up to £35,000 for the UK side is mainly for networking and travel, but can also include some modest research costs. You should apply at least 12 weeks before the start of your project.
BBSRC International Travel Award Scheme


Biotechnology and biological sciences
International travel awards are for Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-supported researchers making visits to initiate or prepare proposals with international partners, visiting overseas facilities for up to one month or attending European consortia-building events. Funding of up to £3,000 is limited to travel and subsistence costs.
UKRI-SBE Lead Agency Scheme


Multiple disciplines

This opportunity - funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the US National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (NSF/SBE) - allows UK and US-based researchers to submit a collaborative proposal that will go through a single review process. Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas where NSF/SBE and UKRI’s research remits overlap.

United States
AHRC Working with Brazilian Researchers


Humanities and social sciences
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) invite applications to work with overseas researchers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. You can apply for between £50,000 and £1 million (full economic cost) for the UK part of the project. If your application is successful, AHRC will contribute 80% of your costs.
ESRC Working with Brazilian Researchers


Economics and social sciences

​The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) invite applications to work with overseas researchers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. You can get between £350,000 and £1 million (full economic cost) from ESRC for the UK part of the project. Proposals approved for funding will be financially supported by ESRC and FAPESP.

ESRC: Working with Luxembourg Researchers


Economics and social sciences

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) invite applications to work with researchers in Luxembourg. You can apply for between £350,000 and £1 million full economic cost for the UK part of the project. If your application is successful, ESRC will contribute 80% of your costs and the host institution is expected to support the remaining 20%.

Knowledge Frontiers

​British Academy

Social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, medical sciences, enginerring

​The British Academy invites proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and social sciences wishing to develop international interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and / or medical sciences, focusing on the question, "what is a good city?". The lead applicant must be a researcher from the humanities and social sciences and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute. Applications may include co-applicants and other participants from overseas where appropriate.

Labex Pasts in the Present: History, Heritage, Memory (Les passés dans le présent: histoire, patrimoine, mémoire)

​Laboratoire d'excellence: Pasts in the Present

Arts and humanities
​Laboratoire d'excellence and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) invite applications to fund collaborative research projects with French researchers. Your project must focus on one or more of the following themes: the environmental arts and humanities, controversial and contested pasts and heritages, and futures and futurology.Your project’s full economic cost can be up to £125,000. AHRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.
UK-Korea Researcher Mobility Scheme


Biomedical sciences
Apply for funding to support the movement of biomedical and health researchers between the UK and South Korea with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). You must be applying on behalf of an existing research partnership between the two countries. UK applicants must have an active UKRI grant, awarded through a competitive process. You can apply for up to approximately £66,666 for one year.
South Korea
The Science Kick-Start Programme


Multiple disciplines

​The Science Kick-Start Programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), is designed to support collaborative efforts to progress research proposals that were presented at the UK-Kuwait Science Roundtable on the 15-17 March 2021. Funding will be for one year. Bids for funding cannot exceed more than £15,000 (KD 6000) and can include the following: Research Visits; Publications/Reports; Conferences/Webinars; Small-scale contributory research.

The UK-China Fund for International Collaboration
AHRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK
Creative industries
Apply for funding to analyse creative industries research and innovation collaboration between the UK and China with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and Innovate UK. You must collaborate with at least one research organisation in China and engage with industry in the UK and China.
The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme

​The Royal Society

History of science, interdisciplinary studies

​The Lisa Jardine scheme encourages junior researchers in the humanities and arts to seek to expand their interests in history of science and related interdisciplinary studies by travelling in order to use archival resources. Grants are intended to encourage the free movement of researchers across disciplines and countries and to stimulate academics studying intellectual history to consider science in their research. Up to £2,000 for international travel to any relevant research destination, for short exploratory research trips (no more than 1 month) or one off event attendance.