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UK India & Education Research Initiative

The UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI) funds collaborative activity between India and the UK in academic leadership, research and skills.

Opportunities for Higher Education Institutions in the UK

A new full funding call opened on 23 August 2017 and will be open until 20 October 2017. Funding will be available for joint research proposals in all subject areas under two different calls:

  • University Grants Commission (UGC) – all subject areas
  • Department for Science and Technology (DST)
      • Cyber Physical Systems
      • Environmental Sciences
      • Future Manufacturing

Although funded by the UK Government, the money available is not ODA funding. Applications from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged. More information can be found on the UKIERI website.

Results from the first Phase Three funding call have been announced:

What is UKIERI?

Announced by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, during a visit to India in September 2005, the programme was launched in April 2006.

With equal funding from the UK and Indian governments, the programme aims to create a 'step change' in educational relations between India and the UK, so that the two countries become each other's partner of choice in education.

Following the success of the first two phases, Phase Three will focus upon three key thematic areas:

  • Leadership and faculty development
  • E-partnership & research incubation
  • Integration of skills in education

UUKi's role in UKIERI

While UUKi has been closely involved in the first two phases, we have taken on a more formal role in the current third phase.

We have joined the UKIERI Secretariat which means we now deliver the programme with the Association of Colleges (AoC), based in London, and the British Council India, based in New Delhi, India.

UUKi will manage the higher education strands of the project and drive the project from the UK side. We were chosen as a partner for our unique ability to use sector expertise to engage directly with UK partners in Whitehall, and bring expertise of the UK higher education sectors to the Secretariat.

Policy Dialogues

UKIERI will also be working with its stakeholders to contribute to policy dialogues that help to develop and implement education policies in India and the UK.

Previous dialogues have ben facilitated through meetings, consultations, delegation visits, commissioned research and knowledge sharing workshops across both countries.

The India-UK Education Forum is an example of a key policy dialogue within UKIERI. It brought together academics, thought leaders and policy makers from the UK and India to discuss issues within education in both countries and ways forward for cooperation.

We will keep the UK higher education sector updated on future such dialogues.

Academic peer reviewers sought for the UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI) research applications

UUKi is seeking academics to review research applications for strand three of the UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI), E-Partnership and Research Incubation. The deadline to for academics to register their interest is Thursday 12 October. For full details, click here.