International Investment Initiative (I3) – Research England to launch call for full proposals in autumn 2018
18 October 2018
Research England is launching a new fund in autumn 2018 to support the scaling up of existing, strategically-significant, internationally-collaborative research relationships between English Higher Education Institutions and universities and research organisations outside of the UK.
A maximum of £500,000 can be applied for through the £4m International Investment Initiative (I3). Awards must be led by an English HEI in collaboration with a minimum of one international university or research organisation.
The primary use of the I3 awards must be for scaling up international research collaboration at the institutional or organisational unit level (e.g. faculty). The scheme will provide up to five years of funding which will be matched by bidders through cash or in-kind contributions.
Supported activities must not be eligible for funding through the Global Challenges Research Fund or the Newton Fund. The scheme will not directly support individual research projects.
Further details on the application and assessment processes, eligibility and funding criteria, and participating organisation co-investment requirements will be available on the Research England website in autumn 2018.
Research England shapes healthy, dynamic research and knowledge exchange in English universities. We are responsible for funding, engaging with and understanding these institutions, and working with devolved funding bodies and the Office for Students to understand their strategies, capabilities and capacity. We support and challenge universities to create new knowledge, strengthen the economy, and enrich society. We distribute over £2.2bn to universities in England every year in the form of quality-related research (QR) funding, and via the Higher Education Innovation Fund. We are responsible for administering the Research Excellence Framework, used to inform QR funding, and for delivering the forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Framework. We also support specific activities with dedicated project funding, including the £900m UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, and the £100m Connecting Capability Fund. The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 established Research England as a Council of UK Research and Innovation alongside the seven Research Councils and Innovate UK. www.ukri.org/re, @ResEngland