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Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants


 

​The Universities UK International (UUKi) Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants programme provides funding for eligible UK higher education institutions to offer short-term fellowships that will build on and enhance their global strategic partnerships.​

The fellowships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Rutherford Fund, with the aim of attracting global talent and strengthening the UK's research base. 

The Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants call closed in January 2018. Eligible institutions were asked to set out how they would use a block grant of up to £150,000 to deliver a dynamic programme of research fellowships for early career researchers (ECRs). By funding individual ECR mobility within the framework of strategic partnerships, the aim was to catalyse longer term and interdisciplinary collaboration. Grants were available to work in collaboration with any partner country, however priority countries were identified for the scheme, and therefore applications to work with partners within these countries were particularly encouraged:

  • Argentina
  • Australia 
  • Brazil
  • Canada 
  • Colombia 
  • Israel
  • Japan 
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand 
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • South Africa​

The outcomes of the Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants scheme are expected to include:

  • Enhanced research links between UK institutions and key strategic partners in a broad range of countries
  • The development of new and improvement of existing research networks and links between future research leaders and the UK research community
  • New opportunities for collaboration and joint working, and greater impact for existing collaborations 
  • Enhanced reputation of the UK and UK institutions in a broad range of countries.

The following 22 institutions have been awarded grants:​

​InstitutionAcademic leadNumber of fellowsPartner countriesResearch area
Aberystwyth University
Professor Christopher Thomas
5
South Africa, Australia, Namibia
Environmental science
Brunel University LondonProfessor Maria Kolokotroni7
AustraliaResource efficient future cities, environment and health
Cardiff UniversityProfessor Nora de Leeuw8Australia, BrazilBiomedicine, earth sciences
Cranfield UniversityProfessor Tom Stephenson5
South Africa, BrazilSanitation, circular economy
Durham UniversityDr Paul McGonigal
4India, Malaysia, MexicoOrganic energy materials
​Edinburgh Napier University
​Dr Nick Wheelhouse
​2
​Brazil
​Sustainable farming
Imperial College LondonProfessor Simon Schultz
3
AustraliaNeurotechnology
Lancaster UniversityProfessor Mariana C. Rufino
7
ArgentinaFood security
​Newcastle University​Professor Derek Mann4​Malaysia, Australia​​Medical sciences
Northumbria UniversityProfessor Matt Baillie Smith
3
Occupied Palestinian Territories
Volunteering and citizenship in Palestine
​Swansea UniversityDr Charles Dunnill​​3​Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe​Hydrogen energy
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineProfessor John Edmunds
5
JapanInfectious diseases
The University of BirminghamProfessor Robin Mason8
BrazilInterdisciplinary
The University of Manchester
Dr Neil Dixon6
Brazil, Argentina, ColombiaBioeconomy, sustainability and inclusiveness in Latin America
The University of OxfordProfessor Ian Walmsley
4
Canada, AustraliaQuantum physics
The University of WarwickProfessor Peter Scott
12
Brazil, China, France, Belgium
Interdisciplinary 
University of AberdeenDr Angel Cuesta4
Australia, MexicoEnergy storage and conversion from renewables
University of BathDr Janet L. Scott
7
Brazil, Mexico, South AfricaSustainable chemical technologies and statistical applied mathematics
University of DundeeProfessor Claire Halpin
8
Australia
Cereal and barley research
​University of Hull
​Professor Dan Parsons
​3
​Japan
​Offshore wind energy
​University of Leicester​Professor Lisa Smith3​​Bangladesh, Colombia, Kenya​Efficient cities
University of South Wales
Professor Alan Guwy1​
Australia
Water treatment and resource recovery

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the UUKi partnerships team at Rutherfordqueries@international.ac.uk.