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Global Innovation Initiative: International Research Collaboration

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The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) is a shared commitment of the United Kingdom and the United States to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US, and selected countries. GII will award grants to university consortia focusing on interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen international partnerships.  The grants are intended to bring mutual benefit to higher education institutions in the UK, US and selected countries with emerging economies through the enhancement of institutional ties and the development of multilateral relationships. 

Proposals that address the following STEM-related themes will be accepted for the first year’s competition:

  • Energy, environment and climate change
  • Agriculture, food security and water
  • Global health and wellbeing
  • Urbanisation

New or existing research partnerships comprised of at least one higher education institution in the UK, the US, and at least one selected country are invited to apply for a GII grant. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the US Department of State have identified the following emerging economies as designated countries for the first year of the GII:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia

Institutions from these countries must be attached to either a UK or US-led proposal to be deemed eligible.

How to Apply
Two parallel grant competitions will be offered in the UK and the US.  Partnerships must identify either a UK or US-lead institution, which will be responsible for the application submission, grant reporting and fiduciary requirements. Partnerships led by a UK institution must apply through the UK competition administered by the British Council, and those led by a US institution must apply through the US competition administered by the Institute of International Education.

A higher education institution may be involved in multiple, distinct proposals but cannot submit the same proposal through both the UK and US application streams.

Further details of the call can be found here:

The deadline for applications is 16 December 2013.


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