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International Collaboration Awards

As part of the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF), the Royal Society has launched an award to enable outstanding UK research leaders to develop international collaborations with the best leading researchers from around the world, to work on some of the global challenges and problems facing developing countries.

This award is up to three years and offers an exciting opportunity to foster and promote international collaboration between outstanding research groups in the UK and overseas, with a view to supporting work on global challenges and problems facing developing countries. 

The objectives of these challenge awards are to: 

  • Support the development of sustainable collaborative partnerships between outstanding researchers in the UK and the best research groups in developing countries to generate new approaches to the most significant and complex problems faced by developing countries 
  • Strengthen research capacity in developing countries through collaboration, sharing of knowledge and skills and exchange of staff between research groups in the UK and their partners in developing countries.
  • Attract outstanding international scientists from developing countries and their teams to work with the UK’s best universities and research institutions. 
  • Support the research of the best UK scientists working in fields relevant to the Global Challenges to formulate new approaches to global development problems

The proposed research must fall within the remit of the Royal Society (the natural sciences including engineering). The Royal Society does not cover social sciences or clinical medical research.

Am I eligible to apply?

The UK applicant and overseas co-applicant must both be research leaders of international standing with an established track record in their field of research. You must demonstrate evidence of leading a strong research group as well as leadership within the research community, in particular making a substantial contribution to the identification and execution of independent research. As a guide, we would expect both applicants to have at a minimum 8 years of active post-PhD research experience.

Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

Applicants can only submit one application per round.

What is the scheme’s level of support and duration?

This scheme provides:

  • Up to £75,000 per year and will be dependent on case for support. 
  • Duration for 36 months (requests for no-costs extensions will be considered)
  • The Collaboration Award can be used flexibly on activities directly relevant to supporting collaboration between the UK applicant, overseas co-applicant and their research groups. Requests can include: research expenses, travel and subsistence for the applicants or members of their team, salary for research assistance (note this must take account of FEC) and small pieces of equipment (no more than £10K per item).

All projects must commence by 31 December 2018.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system (Flexi-Grant®). Applications are initially reviewed by members of the International Collaboration Awards Scheme panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise. Following this a shortlist is drawn up which is reviewed by the panel Chair before a decision is made by the Panel. Results are available approximately 6 months after the round closes.

Please note that confirmation of support from the UK and overseas heads of department will need to be completed before the advertised deadline in order to successfully complete and submit the application.  Your Research Office will not be able to approve your application for submission to the Royal Society until the departmental supports and application form have been completed. Applicants should bear this in mind when coordinating the completion of the application prior to submission.

Further guidance about the Global Challenge Research Fund can be found here.