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Royal Society International Science Partnership Fund International Collaboration Awards 2024 

Application Deadline: June 25, 2024

Applications are now open for the 2024 Royal Society International Science Partnership Fund International Collaboration Awards.

The ISPF 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


This scheme is for you if: 

  • You are a newly independent UK-based researcher building your own research group
  • You have a newly independent collaborator based overseas building their own research group in a country covered by the call
  • You each hold a permanent or fixed term independent academic research post, or named independent research fellowship, for the duration of the grant
  • You have a co-developed research proposal
  • Your 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).


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: 

  • research expenses
  • travel and subsistence for the applicants or members of their team
  • contribution towards research assistance
  • 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.

More Info: Royal Society International Science Partnership Fund International Collaboration Awards 



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