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
NIHR Global Health Research Programme


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.

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.

Health Systems Research Initiative (HSRI)

​FCDO, ESRC, Wellcome

Health systems

​Apply for funding for research to improve health systems in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This can be an exploratory, stand-alone study or a pilot or feasibility work that leads to a large research project in future. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and Wellcome will fund UK research at 74% of the full economic cost and LMIC research at 100% of the full economic cost.

Applied Global Health Research Board

Global health

​Apply for funding for applied global health research that will benefit the health of people living in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will particularly welcome proposals that combine expertise from more than one sector to meet a global health challenge.

Senior Research Fellowships


Biomedical sciences

​Senior Research Fellowships support independent researchers who are emerging as global leaders in their field and want to tackle the most important questions in science. You can apply if you're already leading your own independent research programme and you are an emerging global leader in your field. Your host organisation must be located in either the UK, Republic of Ireland, or a low- or middle-income country apart from mainland China.

LMICs (apart from mainland China)
University Awards in Humanities and Social Science


Biomedical sciences
​University Awards enable humanities and social science researchers to gain permanent positions at academic organisations. You can apply for a University Award if you've been nominated by a head of department at an eligible academic organisation. You should have a PhD or the equivalent experience, and have built up a competitive track record in a relevant area of research. The academic organisation should be in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country (apart from mainland China).

LMICs (apart from mainland China)
Knowledge Frontiers

Polish Academy of Sciences, British Academy

Humanities, social sciences

​The British Academy and the Polish Academy of Sciences invite applications from early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to participate in a virtual Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on the broad theme of Just Transitions. The Symposium will encompass a range of virtual research activities that will facilitate cross-disciplinary and international discussion, networking, knowledge exchange, and cooperation, and aims to encourage international engagement between early career researchers based in Poland and in the United Kingdom.

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.

Longitudinal Population Studies


Global health

Wellcome - along with African scientists and international funders - have identified the need to develop an African-led network of longitudinal population studies to leverage resources, infrastructure and expertise in the continent. This commission will support the formative phase of the African Population Cohort Consortium (APCC). Wellcome ahave launched a request for proposal (RFP) to commission an African-led delivery partner to run the formative phase of APCC. Delivery teams may also consist of international partners.

NIHR Global Health Research Programme


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 Units will have an existing track record of delivering internationally recognised applied global health research and wish to consolidate and expand this work. Units will address unmet global health needs through equitable research partnerships and must have Joint UK and LMIC Lead applicants.

Innovation Fund 2021

​Caudwell LymeCo Charity

Lyme disease
​This fund will award small project grants of up to £50,000 towards innovative projects which address Lyme disease diagnostics and/or finding effective treatment protocols for all stages of Lyme disease. The fund is open to academic institutions, accredited labs, and small commercial enterprises in the UK and Europe, including collaborations between UK academic institutions and partners based in Europe.
2021 Grants and Opportunities Programme


Arts, humanities, social sciences

​The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) invites scholars at all stages of their career to apply to its 2021 grants and opportunities programme. Support is available for research projects located within the arts, humanities and social sciences that focus on Turkey and / or the Black Sea region and address one or more of the BIAA’s current Strategic Research Initiatives.

BIEA Thematic Research Grants


Humanities, social sciences
The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for funding for research projects in the humanities and social sciences in eastern Africa (Sudan to Mozambique, Zambia to Madagascar). BIEA will support early career researchers and scholars in eastern Africa. Researchers may include postgraduate students in eastern African or the UK, people who have not followed conventional research careers but whose local knowledge or contacts make them well-fitted to conduct high quality research, and/or collaborative projects which might involve more established scholars but where the resources are ring-fenced for early career or Africa-based project partners.
Eastern Africa
CHANSE Programme


Digital innovation, social sciences

Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe (CHANSE) will support new and innovative research into the workings, meaning and consequences of transformations and innovations in the present digital age, viewed through the lens of the social and cultural dynamics. Research areas must be within ESRC or AHRC’s remit, and proposals must demonstrate a strong European dimension. €750,000 is available. Projects start in September or October 2022 and will last 24 to 36 months.

The Alliance Hubert Curien Programme


Multiple disciplines

​The Alliance Hubert Curien programme is a joint initiative managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Ministry of Higher Education & Research (MESRI), and the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs (MEAE). The initiative will encourage reciprocal mobility and joint collaboration between early career researchers. Research groups in the UK and France can apply for funding for travel and subsistence, and other joint research related costs which will enable reciprocal mobility over a two-year period.

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.
BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

​British Academy

Humanities, social sciences

​The BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project. Awards are open to postdoctoral scholars (or equivalent) who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Co-applicants may be from anywhere in the world.