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.
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:
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
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:
The closing date for submission - 30 November 2017
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.