International centre-to-centre research collaborations

This call is the pilot phase of a new EPSRC funding initiative which aims to provide opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers.

Up to £15 million is available for this call, and we aim to support 10-15 research consortia. To be eligible, applicant teams must hold at least one strategic grant from EPSRC or a portfolio of EPSRC grants of at least £3 million, in each case with grant end dates after 1 May 2018. Full details of the eligibility requirements are given in the Eligibility section in the call document. Please also note that UK applicants may only be named as Investigator (either Principal or Co-Investigator) on one proposal to this call.

In this pilot phase we will consider proposals to collaborate with academic partners based in any country outside the UK.

This call will operate through a two-stage assessment process, with the deadline for outline proposals on 1 May 2018.

Background

This call is the pilot phase for a new EPSRC funding initiative which aims to provide opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers. The objectives of this call are:

  1. To enable high-profile, best-with-best international collaborations focused on excellent research with impact.
  2. To contribute to EPSRC strategy by supporting high-quality research collaborations which align with Balancing Capability research area rationales and address Delivery Plan outcomes and ambitions.
  3. To further the UK’s strategic needs in international science and innovation partnerships.

For this pilot call we will consider proposals to collaborate with academic partners based in any country outside the UK. Partners may potentially be based in a low- or middle-income country. However, given the funding opportunities currently available through the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund we do not expect proposals through this call to focus on research primarily relevant to the economic development and welfare of developing nations, i.e., to be compliant with Official Development Assistance guidelines. Otherwise the topic of research is open, subject to being predominantly in EPSRC remit. Partnerships may be proposed to work with one or more overseas partner research organisations (including universities, public sector research organisations and publicly funded research institutes) in one or more countries.

If you have any doubts on these points please contact EPSRC before applying. Proposals not meeting these requirements in the judgement of EPSRC staff will be rejected without recourse to peer review.

For more information about EPSRC’s portfolio and strategies, see the Our Portfolio page.

We are open to proposals either to develop new international collaborations or build on existing relationships. Industry engagement is strongly encouraged where appropriate, subject to standard EPSRC funding rules.