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Funding opportunities

Current opportunities for those interested in UK/India Collaborations are below. Please follow the links for further information. Information on previous opportunities can be found here.

ESRC-ICSSR Call for Collaborative Research: The future of UK-Indian trade and cross border investment in a changing global environment

UKRI’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in partnership with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) invite joint applications for collaborative projects between Indian and UK researchers focusing on the future of India-UK trade and investment relations in the context of a changing global environment.

Proposals are invited which address one or more of the following interrelated topics;

  1. India-UK trade and investment in a global context
  2. Drivers of India-UK bilateral trade and investment relations
  3. Technology, innovation and trade in services
  4. India-UK socio-cultural interdependencies and trade

Funding of up to £1.3million is available from ESRC, with a maximum of £406,250 at 100% full economic cost (fEC) available per proposal, of which ESRC will contribute 80% fEC (£325,000) per proposal. Funding of up to INR 25 lakhs per proposal is available from ICSSR. It is expected that up to four research projects will be awarded under this call.

Closing date 5 December 2019

Further call details 

Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five year £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through: 

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

The GCRF is an initiative led by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which operates across a number of Delivery Partners, including the UK Research Councils, UK Higher Education Funding bodies, the Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Society, British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and UK Space Agency.  The Delivery Partners recently launched the UK Strategy for the Global Challenges Research Fund (PDF, 336KB)

The GCRF aims to harness the strength of the UK research and innovation base as part of the global effort to address complex development challenges. As a global leader in science, research and technical expertise, the UK believes that international collaboration is the way to meet the great challenges the world faces, bringing benefits both to the UK and partner countries. As similar challenges can affect multiple countries, the GCRF does not have an explicit priority list of countries. Instead, GCRF funding supports universities, industry and research organisations to do disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenge-led research. It may support bilateral and multilateral programmes with partners in other countries, but these will complement rather than duplicate activities most appropriately supported under other partnerships with India such as the Newton-Bhabha Fund

An interactive visualisation which takes the projects funded by the seven Research Councils through the Global Challenges Research Fund (including investments through the Collective Fund), and provides an engaging way to explore the dataset is now available.

Please direct all enquiries about the GCRF fund to gcrf@rcuk.ac.uk.

Other UK Research Council International Funding Opportunities

The UK Research Councils run a number of schemes to support activities that foster international collaboration through initiating or further developing long term relationships between researchers in the UK and another country. These include establishing partnership links between research institutions, building on existing links between research groups and extending networks, and encouraging researchers from overseas to undertake research in the UK as well as UK researchers to spend time abroad.

Information on other international opportunities provided by the Research Councils can be found here.

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. UKRI is one of several UK delivery partners for the Newton Fund and will be working strategically with partner countries to develop a series of research activities to address challenges defined by the overarching ambitions of the Fund.

The UK and India are collaborating on a number of research calls under the Newton Fund. Details of all Research Council opportunities under the Newton Fund can be found here.