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International Research Funding Opportunities

The International Partnerships team provide and facilitate funding for international research activity.

The International Relations Office (IRO) provides and supports the funding of international research activity.

The team facilitate a range of internally funded schemes, matched funding and externally funded opportunities. These schemes provide University of Bath academics and academics from across the globe the financial support and opportunity to collaborate on research in a number of different fields.

The IRO Funding Schemes


The IRO Funding Schemes are internal seed-funding schemes which support staff mobility, PhD visits and network-building activities with international partners.

The Funding Schemes have evolved over the years to respond to changing external contexts and institutional priorities. While remaining anchored in their support for research and doctoral training, the schemes have expanded to become more inclusive for our staff and support the internationalisation of vital dimensions of our University.

Ana Dinerstein from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at Bath is one of the recipients of IRO funding which supports the activity of WOVNet.

Find out more about the 2020 IRO Funding Scheme Call
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The Global Chair Scheme


The Global Chair programme is a flagship International Relations Office scheme for distinguished international visiting professorships.

Global Chairs are affiliated with Bath to build high-profile research partnerships and enhance our networks with universities and research institutes overseas. The scheme provides funding and support for globally renowned scholars to engage in high-profile research at the University.

Global Chairs also connect with our wider University and alumni community, providing mentorship and building new links between research and practice.

Read more about all of our Global Chairs
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FAPESP SPRINT Funding


The International Relations Office facilitates joint funded research projects with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in their SPRINT funding project. The SPRINT project provides opportunities for the exchange of researchers between Bath and São Paulo for the initial phase of international research collaborations. The University of Bath provides matched funding to collaborate with the Brazilian researchers.

In the 2019 call, four Bath academics were awarded funding to support projects covering a range of topics including water, sustainable technologies, evolutionary biology and genetics, and foreign policy.

The joint call for São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration (FAPESP SPRINT) builds on our successful partnerships in Latin America and the research connections that our academics have built with colleagues in Brazil.

The 2022 FAPESP SPRINT funding call is now open - Find out More
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