We offer many funding opportunities to support international collaboration. These include:
- travel and subsistence grants for UK researchers
- exchanges and networking schemes for doctoral students and researchers
- schemes to support international research collaborations
- innovation support for businesses working with overseas partners.
You can find out more about participating in EU-funded projects.
You can also find out more about the kinds of international opportunities created by UKRI through the:
Before you apply
To help plan your application, you can check what’s been funded in the past. You can:
Applying as an international researcher
Some UKRI 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. For certain grants, the principal investigator could be from a developing country.
Applying for joint funding
UK and international research collaborators may be able to apply for joint funding. Many of our collaborative opportunities are jointly funded by UKRI and its partner funders around the world, for example:
- our partners in Newton Fund countries
- the US National Science Foundation (NSF)
- the Research Council for the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), Brazil
- Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), Luxembourg
- the international partners of our research councils.
The process for applying for joint funding is different for different opportunities.
Search funding opportunities and get information about how to apply.
Our research council’s international partners
You can find out more about the international agreements of UKRI’s research councils:
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Last updated: 21 June 2022