Royal Society International Collaboration Awards 2018

Deadline: 3 May 2018
Open to: UK applicants and overseas co-applicants
Award: GBP 75,000 per year


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.


  • 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, they would expect both applicants to have a minimum 8 years of active post-PhD research experience.


This scheme provides:

  • Up to GBP 75,000 per year and will be dependent on the case for support;
  • Duration for 36 months (requests for no-cost 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 GBP 10,000 per item).

How to Apply?

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Results are available approximately 6 months after the round closes.

For more information you please read the terms and conditions or you can visit the official website.