Get funding for international research

We offer many funding opportunities to support international collaboration. These include:

  • travel and subsistence grants for UK researchers to work abroad
  • exchanges and networking schemes for doctoral students and researchers
  • schemes to support international research collaborations between the UK and partner countries
  • innovation support for businesses working with overseas partners.

What to apply for will depend on:

  • where you’re based, whether in the UK or another country
  • what you want to do

UK researchers who want to do research outside of the UK

Although the UK has left the EU, UK-based researchers can continue to take part in many EU funding programmes.

The UK agreed a deal to associate to Horizon Europe on 7 September 2023. UK researchers can now apply for Horizon Europe funding, certain that all successful UK applicants will be covered through the UK’s association (or through the guarantee) for the remainder of the programme.

Find out more about participating in EU-funded projects.

You can also find out more about the kinds of international opportunities created by UKRI, such as the International Science Partnerships Fund.

International researchers who want to do research in the UK

Many of UKRI’s funding opportunities are open to international researchers.

Eligibility is different for each funding opportunity. For example, for some grants the principal investigator must be based in the UK, but you could be part of the bid as a co-investigator or another team member.

If you want to come to the UK to work on a research project or fellowship, you’ll usually need a visa before you can start. Find out about getting a Global Talent visa to do research in the UK.

Check funding opportunities to find out if you’re eligible for opportunities from UKRI.

UK and international researchers who want to work together

UK and non-UK based researchers may be able to apply for joint funding. UKRI does this through several opportunities.

Lead agency opportunities

Some of our collaborative opportunities are run as lead agency opportunities.

Lead agency opportunities are jointly funded by UKRI and its partner funders around the world. They involve an agreed framework for the review of funding applications, with each funding partner responsible for awarding the successful applications in their respective countries.

The process for applying varies between opportunities. There is specific guidance for:

This guidance will need to be read in addition to the specific funding opportunity that you are applying for.

To find an opportunity with UKRI and our councils, search funding opportunities.

International co-investigators

Some international collaborative opportunities are funded solely by UKRI. These opportunities will be listed on our funding finder as and when they are available. See for instance money follows cooperation agreement with Research Council Norway.

Some research councils also include general policy on international co-investigators as part of their grant awards, including:

Search funding opportunities.

Individual research councils’ international opportunities

You can find out more about the international opportunities of UKRI’s research councils:

Last updated: 15 September 2023

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