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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. 

Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants invite eligible institutions 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 is to catalyse longer term and interdisciplinary collaboration. Grants are available to work in collaboration with any partner country, however priority countries have been identified for the scheme, and therefore applications to work with partners within these countries are 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 17 institutions will receive grants:​

​InstitutionAcademic leadNumber of fellowsPartner countriesResearch area
Aberystwyth UniversityProfessor Christopher Thomas                         3South Africa, AustraliaEnvironmental science
Brunel University LondonProfessor Maria Kolokotroni                         7AustraliaResource efficient future cities, environment and health
Cardiff UniversityProfessor Nora de Leeuw                         8Australia, BrazilBiomedicine, earth sciences
Cranfield UniversityProfessor Tom Stephenson                         4South Africa, BrazilSanitation, circular economy
Durham UniversityDr Paul McGonigal                         4India, Malaysia, MexicoOrganic energy materials
Imperial College LondonProfessor Simon Schultz                         3AustraliaNeurotechnology
Lancaster UniversityProfessor Mariana C. Rufino                         6ArgentinaFood security
Northumbria UniversityProfessor Matt Baillie Smith                         3OPTVolunteering and citizenship in Palestine
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineProfessor John Edmunds                         5JapanInfectious diseases
The University of BirminghamProfessor Robin Mason                         7BrazilInterdisciplinary
The University of ManchesterDr Neil Dixon                         6Brazil, Argentina, ColombiaBioeconomy, sustainability and inclusiveness in Latin America
The University of OxfordProfessor Ian Walmsley                         5Canada, AustraliaQuantum physics
The University of WarwickProfessor Peter Scott                        12Brazil, China, FranceInterdisciplinary 
University of AberdeenDr Angel Cuesta                         4Australia, MexicoEnergy storage and conversion from renewables
University of BathDr Janet L. Scott                         6Brazil, Mexico, South AfricaSustainable chemical technologies and statistical applied mathematics
University of DundeeProfessor Claire Halpin                         7AustraliaCereal and barley research
University of South WalesProfessor Alan Guwy                         1​AustraliaWater treatment and resource recovery


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