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International Centre-to-Centre Research Collaborations

This call is the second round of a new EPSRC funding initiative which aims to provide opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers, with projects to start from summer 2021 onwards.

The objectives of this call are:

  1. To enable high-profile, best-with-best international collaborations focused on excellent research with impact
  2. To contribute to EPSRC strategy by supporting high-quality research collaborations which align with our research area strategies and address the priorities related to Delivery Plan objectives
  3. To further the UK’s strategic needs in international science and innovation partnerships.

To be eligible, applicant teams must hold at least one strategic research grant from EPSRC or a portfolio of EPSRC grants of at least £3 million (with exceptions for some of the fundamental areas of research within EPSRC’s remit), in each case with grant end dates after 8 September 2020. Full details of the eligibility requirements are provided in the Eligibility section of the call document. Please also note that UK applicants may only be named as Investigator (either Principal or Co-Investigator) on one proposal to this call.

We will consider proposals to collaborate with academic partners based in any country outside the UK. We are open to proposals either to develop new international collaborations or build on existing relationships.

Funding available

Up to £15 million is available from EPSRC for this call. We aim to fund 10-15 research consortia through this activity, with projects to start from summer 2021 onwards.

Assessment process

Outlines will be assessed by a peer review panel, invited full proposals will undergo postal peer review, followed by a prioritisation panel, resulting in a rank-order list.

Key dates

EPSRC is aware that the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the research community’s ability to respond to funding opportunities, amongst other activities. As such the planned deadline for this call has been extended from July to early September and we will continue to review the call deadline regularly over the coming months.

Activity Date
Webinar 14:00-15:00 18 June 2020
Deadline for Outline proposals 16:00 8 September 2020
Outline panel meeting(s) October 2020
Deadline for full proposals 16:00 3 February 2021
Grant start date From July 2021

*For a full list of key dates please refer to the Key Dates section at the end of this document.


A Frequently Asked Questions document has been put together with answers to many of the questions raised during the call webinar on 18 June 2020.

The Frequently Asked Questions document and slides from the webinar presentation are available in the Resources section below, alongside the call document and Equality Impact Assessment.


EPSRC International Team

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