Project co-lead (international) policy guidance

This document gives an overview of how to include international project co-leads in Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) applications, and criteria that apply.

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ESRC guidance on including international project co-leads in research funding applications, including:

  • eligibility criteria to determine whether a researcher based in a non-UK research organisation is eligible to be a project co-lead (international)
  • costs including salaries, indirect and direct costs
  • reimbursement of costs
  • project partners
  • consultants


  • 16 October 2023
    Minor wording update with correction to the eligibility section. Third sector organisations are eligible as international project co-leads so long as they meet all the other eligibility criteria set out in the policy.
  • 22 August 2023
    Minor wording changes for clarity on eligibility.
  • 25 May 2023
    Summary of changes: updated international co-investigator role type to project co-lead (international) throughout; updated UKRI individual grant roles and eligibility; introduction to the new UKRI Funding Service.
  • 1 February 2023
    Latest version of document added.

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