Call for the International Science Partnership Fund – International Collaboration Awards 2024 is open now!!!

The  International Science Partnership Fund – International Collaboration Awards provide funding to enable outstanding emerging research leaders in the UK to develop research collaborations with international partners. The grants are open to newly independent researchers building their own group, who are ready to lead and drive the research vision of an international research programme.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Support the development of sustainable and mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships and the growth of international research networks
  • Enable newly independent researchers to generate new approaches to challenging research questions
  • Build the capabilities of newly independent researchers and their groups to conduct, manage, share and apply high quality research through sharing of knowledge, skills and exchange of people

This scheme is currently available to collaborate with international partners in:

  • Japan
  • South Korea – co-funding with the National Research Foundation of Korea
  • Brazil (plus Least Developed Countries) – ODA-eligible projects
  • South Africa (plus Least Developed Countries) – ODA-eligible projects

It forms part of the International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF) under the theme of “Tomorrow’s Talent – Nurturing talent to drive inclusion, research and innovation.”

Please note that application rounds are currently open to selected countries and may be reopened or expanded in the future.

The Royal Society recognises that diversity is essential for delivering excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Society wants to encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to maximise innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. We regularly review and revise policies and processes to embed equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles in all aspects of the grant making process and ensure all talented applicants have an equitable chance to succeed as per assessment criteria.



  • Applications can apply to the Royal Society for up to £225,000 over three years (£75,000 per year). ODA-eligible applications which include Least Developed Countries can apply for additional funding. Applications with South Korea can apply for additional funding for the Korean side of up to 360 Mil. (120 Mil. per year) South Korean Won (KRW) from NRF.


  • Funds can cover:
  1. research expenses
  2. travel and subsistence for the applicants or members of their team
  3. contribution towards research assistance
  4. technical and non-technical training
  • This scheme does not cover applicant salary or indirect costs. Full funding details can be found in the scheme notes and in the Funding Guidance for International Collaboration Awards specific to each call.


Applicants are expected Of:

  • Are a newly independent UK-based researcher building your own research group
  • Have a newly independent collaborator based overseas building their own research group in a country covered by the call
  • Hold a permanent or fixed term independent academic research post, or named independent research fellowship, for the duration of the grant
  • Have a co-developed research proposal
  • The Research is within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research and biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.

Applications for partnership with Brazil or South Africa must focus on ODA-eligible research (please refer to the Royal Society ODA Compliance Guidance document).

Read the scheme notes for further information on eligibility. Please ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements before applying.

Eligible Regions: Japan, South Korea, Brazil

Application Process

  • You will apply through our application and grant management system, Flexi-Grant®. See the ‘Application and assessment process’ page for a general overview of the application and selection steps and see below for details specific to this scheme.
  • Assessment of your application will be overseen by one of the two International Collaboration Awards Panels, the non-ODA panel and ODA panel. Following eligibility checks, applications are initially reviewed and assessed by two members of the International Collaboration Awards Panel who have the most appropriate expertise. Shortlisted applications are then discussed at a Panel meeting where recommendations for funding are made.
  • Further detail on the application and review process is available in the scheme notes.

Application Deadline: June 25, 2024

Application ClosedOfficial link

For Further Queries

If you have further questions regarding the scheme, please contact the Grants team on [email protected]
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