The British Council, under the Newton Fund, invites proposals for its researcher links workshop grants for the UK, China, India and the Philippines. These support workshops bringing together a bilateral cohort of early-career researchers from the UK, China, India and the Philippines that support research areas relevant to the development of the partner countries. The purpose is to contribute to the economic development and social welfare of low- and middle-income countries, benefiting low income and vulnerable populations in these countries. All proposals must demonstrate a plausible pathway showing how research may lead to a positive impact on these populations within a timeframe of 10 years. Workshops may focus on a specific research area or an interdisciplinary theme. Proposals in any discipline or multidisciplinary area are supported, including the natural and social sciences, arts and humanities.
Each proposal must have one principal applicant from the UK and one from a partner country. Principal applicants must be permanent employees of a non-profit HEI, a UK HEI, a non-profit research organisation or a catapult centre. There is no limit to the number of applications per institution. For-profit organisations may participate but cannot receive funding. Workshops are expected to take place in the partner country, but may be held in the UK if justified. UK institutions can partner with institutions affiliated to other UK institutions, such as an overseas campus, to deliver the workshop if they also include other eligible HEIs or research organisations in the partner country. Principal applicants may identify up to four leading or established researchers to act as mentors, two from each country. The remaining participants must be researchers at an earlier stage in their career.
Funding covers international and domestic travel, subsistence, event costs per day and additional workshop costs for up to 40 participants for a three day workshop.
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