Grants for International Research Collaborations

The British Council is inviting applications from UK institutions for research proposals to collaborate with international partners through the Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology’s International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF).

Countries initially joining this call include Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey. and Vietnam.

ISPF research collaboration grants provide small scale seed funding for collaborations between the UK and the participating ISPF countries/territories in each call to:

  • initiate new research and innovation collaborations between academic groups, departments, and institutions in partner countries and the UK
  • develop existing collaborations at group, departmental, and institutional level
  • encourage these collaborations to work with non-academic organisations and individuals to support the exchange of research and innovation expertise and the translation of research knowledge into tangible benefits
  • establish local hubs for UK-partner country/territory activity in a particular area, enabling engagement from the wider research and innovation community

Eligibility: Both UK and international partner researchers must be leading researchers or established researchers. In addition, UK researchers must be:

  • permanent employees at their institutions (emeritus and honorary professors may not apply as lead)
  • working at a not-for-profit higher education institution or eligible research organisation with the capacity to undertake high-quality research

Level of funding: Grants of up to £80,000 (£100,00 full economic costs) are being offered

Key dates

  • 12 March 2024: applications close at 12:00 p.m. GMT

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