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International partnership funds 2013-14

Professor Ann Caesar,
Chair of the Funds, said:

The University has been supporting international research collaborations through these pump-priming funds since 2009, and in the last 4 years we have seen colleagues use these funds in varied and interesting ways resulting in a rich network of collaborations across the globe, with universities, research institutes and increasingly with industry.

The funds have encouraged colleagues to explore new ways of working across subject and departmental boundaries, making the most of the wealth of expertise we have on our campus.

We are very pleased to announce this latest round of funding opportunities which we hope will build on the achievements of previous rounds."

Applications are now open to the University’s international partnership funds for 2013-14, which support the Vision 2015 strategy to develop collaborations with leading overseas institutions.

The following three funding schemes were announced at last week’s Strategy Bites event on internal funding opportunities:

The partnership funds seek to support new and early-stage research collaborations and will offer awards of up to £5k per year for up to two years.

International Partnership Fund 2013-14

This fund is open to applications for collaborations with leading institutions in any country, but in
2013-14 priority will be given to the following areas:

  • Japan, South Korea, Singapore
  • USA, Canada
  • India
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • ‘Rest of the world’

Applications for collaborations with Brazil or China should apply to the relevant country-specific fund.

Colleagues seeking funding for collaborations with Indian institutions should also explore possibilities via the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), which Warwick has had previous success in bidding to. Find out more.

Brazil Partnership Fund 2013-14

The Brazil Partnership Fund (funded by Santander) was launched in 2011 and has made awards supporting collaborations with some of Brazil’s leading universities and research institutes including University of Sao Paulo (USP), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Federal University of Paraná, Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) and the National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA).

In 2013-14 £30k of funding will be available for collaborations with Brazil’s leading universities and research institutes.

There are also significant opportunities for external funding in Brazil through the Brazilian Government scheme Science without Borders (Ciência Sem Fronteiras), which promotes international collaboration. Colleagues are encouraged to seek opportunities for external funding through this, and other Brazilian funding schemes.

Colleagues considering applying to the Science without Borders ‘Young Talent’ and ‘Special Visiting Researcher’ schemes should note that the application must be submitted by the Brazilian host institution.

China Partnership Fund 2013-14

The aim of the China Partnership Fund is to support the development of research links with the ‘Top 20’ mainland Chinese Universities. This fund has run since 2011 and has made awards supporting collaborations with some of China’s leading institutions including the Chinese Academy of Science, Fudan University, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Sun Yat-sen University, Nanjing University and Beijing Normal University.


The deadline for application to the funds is 5pm on Tuesday 4 June 2013.

View guidelines and application forms

Applications will be reviewed by an academic panel chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Ann Caesar. Awards will be made up to the value of £5,000 per year for up to two years, and funds have to be spent before 31 July 2014 (or 31 July 2015 in the case of two year awards).

Find out more

Colleagues considering making an application are advised to contact Sarah Patrick, Senior Liaison Officer, International Office at sarah dot patrick at warwick dot ac dot uk or on extension 22647.