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UK-India Funding opportunities

RCUK Office in India logoCurrent 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.

UK-India joint research call on ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’

The UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) have announced a joint call for research proposals addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’.

This call follows a joint workshop by AHRC and ICHR held in May 2017 in New Delhi, and was facilitated by RCUK India.

The aim of this call is to allow researchers in the UK and India to collaborate on joint research projects which will address critical issues concerning cultural heritage, history and urbanisation in India, including those key challenges that emerged from the workshop. It is expected that projects funded under this call will explore how historical experiences of urbanisation can inform contemporary issues and policy and also examine the role that heritage can play in sustainable economic growth and social cohesion.

Proposals are invited under three thematic areas:

  • Heritage and ownership: the place of contested heritage
  • Cities in the context of multiple forms of migration
  • Different dimensions of core and periphery

Funding of up to £200,000 per project for UK applicants is available on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC. Matched resources are available from ICHR for Indian applicants.

Proposals should have a maximum duration of 24 months and will be expected to start on 14th February 2018.

Deadline for application: 1600 (GMT) Thursday 7 December 2017

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EU-India call for collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections

The EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) launched its first research funding call that aims to bring together a number of social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, well-being and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts.

Research proposals should focus on societal challenges facing both India and the respective European countries, with suggested themes including, but not limited to, sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections

With a total funding of €5.5 million, it is expected that six projects will be funded. Researchers from India, Finland, France, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland and the UK are invited to apply. Potential applicants are invited to use the EqUIP partner search tool to network with researchers in other eligible countries and express interest either in joining a research proposal or to search for partner(s) for an existing proposal.

The aims of this call are to:

  • Support excellent SSH research that demonstrates the potential for academic, societal and economic impact.
  • Bring together the European and Indian SSH research communities around global challenges of mutual interest and importance for EqUIP partners that are of relevance to this call.
  • Enhance understanding of challenges facing economic development and social welfare work jointly towards identifying solutions to these challenges
  • Support inter-disciplinary approaches for addressing areas of sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections as well as intersections between these areas.
  • Build on the relationships developed over the last two years of EqUIP, and on existing experience, to enhance trust and develop processes amongst funding organisations for multi-lateral European-Indian collaboration in the social sciences and humanities that goes beyond this call and creates a platform for lasting research collaborations.

The closing date for submission - 30 November 2017

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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

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 enquires about the GCRF fund to

Open research call opportunities

  • GCRF New models of sustainable development
    • ESRC, in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is pleased to invite proposals for new research grants that qualify for funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This call aims to fund a portfolio of innovative and interdisciplinary research that provides social and cultural perspectives on mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders in developing countries.
    • All proposals must be submitted through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system by 16:00 on 11 January 2018.

GCRF Awarded projects

Given India’s research expertise in many global challenges and strong links with the UK research base, it is perhaps not surprising that a number of successful projects feature UK and Indian researchers and organisations choosing to work together on topics such as agriculture, energy and health.

Recently Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science announced the results of the first call from the GCRF Research Councils UK Collective Fund, investing £225 Million across 37 interdisciplinary projects to address challenges in fields such as health, humanitarian crises, conflict, the environment, the economy, domestic violence, society, and technology.

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 a new initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. Research Councils UK 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.

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