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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.

Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government 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.

GCRF is administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and national academies. It forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and will be awarded in a manner that fits with Official ODA guidelines.

In light of planned ABR calls with China and India under the Newton Fund, which will be launched later this year, proposals that primarily deal with these countries are not eligible. Regional type proposals where China and India are a component but where the benefit will be beyond those countries are eligible. Antimicrobial Resistance in a Global Context – A Cross-Council call in partnership with Department of Health.

A second GCRF Collective Fund call will soon be launched in late summer 2017

Please direct all enquires 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 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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