The Distinguished International Associates Programme Round 4

The fourth round of the Distinguished International Associates programme is open to researchers, academics and engineers working on Technologies for the Future.

The Academy works to create a sustainable society and inclusive economy that works for everyone. Designing, developing and deploying technologies for the future in service of a sustainable society and inclusive economy is a global endeavour. International partnerships provide valuable routes to gain insights and intelligence, exchange best practice and develop collaborations that address shared priorities.

DIA round four will facilitate partnerships between engineers and researchers in the UK and internationally who are working on technologies for the future. Eligible technologies for this round include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Future telecommunications
  • Semiconductors
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Autonomous systems

Eligibility: You can apply to this scheme if:

  • All lead applicants must be based outside of the UK.
  • The programme is aimed at mid-late career researchers.
  • Applicants must be working in an area related to the theme of ‘Technologies for the Future’.
  • Applicants are expected to have an existing collaboration with the UK, which the award will deepen, in an area that contributes to at least one of the Academy’s strategic goals – sustainable society or inclusive economy.
  • The programme of activities should must have the objective of strengthening collaboration between excellent researchers, innovators and practitioners who are working at the cutting edge of engineering research or innovation.
  • Applicants should be affiliated with an organisation, institution or University that can help administer the funding (the Academy cannot send funding to individuals).
  • DIA alumni and current awardees will not be eligible to apply to the fourth round of the programme, but can act as collaborators of another lead applicant.
  • The proposed activities and collaboration must highlight the value of the strengthened links for their home country’s engineering community, in addition to them as individuals and the UK community.

Level of funding: The maximum which could be awarded for each project is £10,000. Up to 12 awards are available.

Additional information: All questions should be sent to

Key dates

  • 23 January 2024: applications close at 16:00 pm GMT

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