On this page we list funding opportunities we are aware of that are relevant for our sector. If you are aware of an opportunity that may be of interest to our members, but is not included here, please send it to You can learn about opportunities available through the University of Glasgow on the Internationalisation page.


Can technology accelerate learning and skills?
Deadline: June 1st, 2020
Description: Around the world, there is a learning crisis that starts early in life and continues throughout a child’s educational experience in school. Low levels of learning in school translate into low levels of skills in labor markets, and this is often identified as a barrier to unlocking a country’s growth potential. Accelerating learning and skill development in these contexts likely requires a change in strategy. In addition, current global challenges, such as the Syrian and Rohingya refugee crises and the global Covid-19 pandemic, have created populations who either cannot access standard learning opportunities or require different modes of learning. Even in the absence of these shocks, populations with disabilities, children younger than school-age, and adult learners often cannot benefit from the services that education systems typically offer. In many countries, girls of all ages face similar forms of exclusion. Through this call, SIEF aims to fund experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations that examine the extent to which technology can accelerate learning and skills for both children and adults in low- and middle-income countries who are currently not learning adequately with their current set of services. As maintaining implementation fidelity is not easy in many low- and middle-income countries, experiments that help uncover which implementation approaches promote sustained use of these technologies will also be a priority. As in SIEF’s previous call on nimble evaluations, researchers can also propose evaluation designs for specific questions coming from operational teams in the World Bank and DFID.

GCRF 'Conflict Intersections' Global Partnership Development Awards: Prevention and Resilience at the Intersections between Conflict, Fragility and Wider Development Challenges and Risks
Deadline: June 3rd at 4pm
Description: This call will support the development of equitable partnerships and an interdisciplinary community to explore the intersections between conflict and fragility (SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions & GCRF Conflict portfolio) and wider development challenges (and other SDGs and GCRF portfolios) such as health, environmental resilience, sustainable cities and food systems, as well as cross-cutting development issues such as gender, inequalities, poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods. Applicants may apply for funding of up to £200,000 (fEC) over a period of between 12 and 24 months in duration.  Applications are welcome from researchers based in the UK or from organisations based in Low and Middle Income countries (LMIC) on the DAC list of ODA recipients.  All applications must include partnership and collaboration between UK and LMIC participants. This cross-portfolio call will contribute to the GCRF Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement portfolio and to the other portfolios steered by the GCRF Challenge Leaders. AHRC is managing this call on behalf of UKRI, and it is intended to support the development of highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, international research partnerships. Applicants from any discipline will be encouraged to apply as a part of cross-disciplinary teams.

Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops for China, India and the Philippines
Deadline: June 12th at 16:00 UK time
Description: Newton Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend.These grants are funded under the Newton Fund, a UK Government initiative funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), together with partner funders from around the world.The Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations.

Newton Fund Institutions Links Call (Theme: Addressing COVID-19) - UK-Indonesia
Deadline to apply: June 12, 2020 at 16:00 UK time
Description: Newton Institutional Links is part of the Newton Fund. This is part of the UK’s official development assistance programme. Newton Institutional Links provides grants for the development of research and innovation collaborations between the UK and Indonesia. The research facilitated by these grants tackles local development needs and challenges such as extreme weather conditions, access to affordable health care, food and energy security. The grants are intended to provide small-scale seed funding to:

  • start and develop collaborations between academic and research groups, departments and institutions in partner countries and the UK
  • support the exchange of expertise and research knowledge
  • establish local hubs for UK-partner country activities.

Response to Covid-19. The British Council is aware that the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19 has significantly impacted the research and innovation community. We are committed to ensuring that people all over the world have access to education and remain connected, and we aim to continue to provide opportunities for researchers around the world during a difficult and unpredictable time.

Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling Global Challenges 2020
Deadline: July 1st, 2020 at 17:00
Description: This programme aims to support research projects that bring original interdisciplinary research ideas from the humanities and social sciences to bear on our understanding of the challenges and The British Academy is inviting original, interdisciplinary research proposals from researchers in the humanities and social sciences, as well as other disciplines where appropriate, that will explore societal and economic issues faced by the Global South. Projects must seek to foster equitable research partnerships aiming to enhance our understanding and responses to global challenges related to:

  • Cities, urbanisation, urban settlements, (in)formality, urban living and practices, urban governance, urban infrastructure
  • Conflict, peace, (in)security, human dignity, violence, disasters, risk, crisis, fragility
  • Education, learning, early childhood, children, youth

 There will be no priority given to research related to COVID-19, however, understandably given the current situation, the Academy warmly welcomes applications focused on COVID-19. COVID-19, and infectious diseases more broadly, know no borders and the profound social and economic challenges it poses indicate a clear need for research in the humanities and the social sciences.opportunities which people, cultures, societies, and economies face in the Global South.

Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research
Deadline: September 28th at 12:00 BST
Description: Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research is a new cross UK government funding call aiming to support applied health research that will address COVID-19 knowledge gaps. The focus is on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The call prioritises epidemiology, clinical management, infection control and health system responses. The call is supported by: the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) through the NIHR and the Medical Research Council (MRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The funds form part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The call specification is based on the WHO COVID-19 Global Research Roadmap priorities identified through a consultative process that involved experts from across the world. Thematic areas 3, 4, 5 and 9 from the WHO Roadmap are in scope:

  • 3: Epidemiological studies
  • 4: Clinical management
  • 5: Infection prevention and control including health care workers’ protection
  • 9: Social Sciences and Humanities in the Outbreak Response.

In addition, the specification takes into consideration the African Academy of Sciences research priorities for COVID-19, and input from external experts (for example, DHSC's Global Health Research Independent Scientific Advisory Group and MRC’s Applied Global Health Research Board). As well as projects addressing direct impacts of COVID-19, projects investigating the indirect consequences of the pandemic through other health issues will be considered, such as (but not limited to): mental health, domestic violence, inter-personal violence, water and sanitation, maternal and neonatal health, nutrition, chronic conditions, and the wider impact on the health system or health service delivery. Implementation science and operational research will be supported across the four thematic areas where appropriate, to ensure a focus on practical application of findings. All proposals will need to be able to show how the proposed research could make a significant contribution to understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries within 18 months of the award. Proposals for, up to 18 months duration, are sought in the four thematic areas listed above.

AHRC Urgency Grants Pilot
Deadline: October 31st, 2020
Description: Funded as a part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), it is an open, responsive mechanism through which arts and humanities researchers (working with other disciplines where appropriate) can respond to unanticipated urgent research needs, including (but not limited to) disasters, humanitarian emergencies, rapid radical political or economic change, changes to conflicts, major displacements of populations etc., or unanticipated time-limited opportunities for research to contribute to international development policy or practice. Eligible projects must be fully compliant with the requirements of Official Development Assistance (ODA), addressing a development need or challenge with the potential to support low or middle income countries meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, applications must demonstrate the case for urgency, explaining why there is a need for arts and humanities research to be conducted within specified time constraints that cannot be supported through other funding routes. NB: The primary focus of this scheme is to provide an accelerated route for funding projects where there is a demonstrably time-limited window of opportunity to conduct research or deliver project impact/outputs. It is not intended to provide a funding route for projects that may address urgent GCRF related problems, but that could reasonably be expected to be funded through existing AHRC/UKRI funding schemes and calls. Applications for full economic costs up to £150,000 for a period of up to 12 months may be submitted at any time during the period of the pilot scheme. Applicants interested in applying should first submit an expression of interest to the AHRC at the earliest opportunity following the emergence of the urgency need or context. If the expression of interest is considered to fall within the scope of the scheme, applicants will then be invited to submit a full application through Je-S for consideration through an accelerated peer review process.