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Internal and external funding sources, supporting international collaborations and projects.

Find international research funding
Find international research funding

Internal international funding

Bath International Funding Scheme 2018/19

This scheme supports researcher mobility and network development. The 2018/19 call has four priority areas:

  • projects that add value and depth to our existing partnerships
  • the development of European networks
  • support for short-term doctoral mobility
  • seed funding for multi-partner projects that address global challenges

Drop-in consultation sessions have been organised.

The deadline for applications to the Head of Department is Tuesday 1 May 2018. The HoD will forward the application to the Dean for further comments. Completed and signed applications must be submitted directly by the Dean to by Monday 14 May 2018. Further information.

Global Chairs

This scheme invites nominations for distinguished international visiting professors to engage in high-profile research and strategic networking activities at Bath. Global Chairs are leading academics in their fields, often with prominent public profiles. Their affiliation with the University will provide opportunities to connect with our University community and further the long-term impact of our international collaborations.

The call for the 2018/19 academic year is now open.

Nominations should be submitted to the Head of Department (HoD) by Monday 21 May 2018. Completed nomination forms must be submitted directly by the Dean to no later than Monday 4 June 2018.

David Parkin Visiting Professorship

The David Parkin Visiting Professorship supports outstanding academics with a permanent position at a non-UK university. They can spend up to 12 months as a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath. There is one call per academic year with the deadline in February. This is in line with procedures for appointing visiting professorial staff.

FAPESP - University of Bath Funding

The University of Bath and the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) offer joint funding to support projects involving the exchange of researchers. There are two calls per academic year. The deadlines of the next calls will be announced 24 April 2018 and 30 October 2018. Further information.

Sabbatical Leave Scheme

Sabbatical leave is a continuous period of release from normal academic duties. This is for the pursuit of scholarship and research or teaching in the University; leading to the development of staff and the production of outputs significantly benefiting the University.

Schinazi International Exchange Programme

The Schinazi International Exchange Programme (SIEP) supports a staff and postdoctoral exchange programme between Emory University and the University of Bath, furthering research and education in key areas of scientific excellence. Further information and applying to the programme. If you have any questions contact Stephanie Lear, Senior Development Manager.

External international funding

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund allocated to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) from 2016-2021, from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries.

See the University's due diligence process for grants with overseas partners if you are going to apply. And the University of Bath's ODA and GCRF Strategy. This process is for applying for and managing funding with overseas institutions, to comply with UKRI requirements.

Contact Anne Priest, Research Development Manager in Research and Innovation Services (RIS), if you are interested in applying. Email:

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of its 18 collaborating countries.

Research Councils and Academies

UK Research Councils and academies fund a number of research grants, travel grants, fellowships and partnership awards for ODA-compliant research. You can search for these funding opportunities through Research Professional.


SPHEIR (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform) is a Department for Internaitonal Development (DFID) fund. This is for innovative partnerships transforming the quality, relevance, scale and affordability of higher education in low-income countries.

STFC: 21st Century Challenge Enabling Fund

This Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Fund ensures that innovative science, technology, applications and expertise are providing solutions to 21st Century Challenges. Areas include energy, environment, healthcare, security, food security, agritech, resilience and urbanisation. Further information.

British Council

The British Council coordinates several funding programmes, including:

The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust makes awards for the support of research and education, encompassing all subject areas. They offer fellowships for researchers at every stage of their career, and grants for international collaboration and travel.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust provides more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

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EURAXESS UK is hosted by the British Council, offering an excellent searchable database of international funding schemes. These are suitable for anyone interested in coming to or working in the UK, and for UK researchers traveling to or collaborating with researchers from other countries.