Grants awarded for international university collaborations

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A new programme - the Global Innovation Initiative - has awarded 23 new grants to university partnerships. The programme is funded by the UK and U.S. governments and aims to foster multilateral research collaboration with higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. 

The partnerships, each awarded grants of up to £150,000, will address topics of global significance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These include energy, climate change and the environment; agriculture, food security and water; global health and wellbeing; and urbanisation. 

The initiative aims to raise the bar for international collaboration while developing a new cadre of globally-savvy individuals, enhancing global research capacity, strengthening higher education institutional cooperation, and promoting the benefits of multilateral partnerships. 

Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, stated, “The U.S. and UK share a long and rich history of higher education collaboration, and both countries have also benefitted from partnering individually with counterparts in Brazil, India, Indonesia and China. The Global Innovation Initiative will foster new multilateral partnerships in the conviction that major global issues such as climate change, food security, urbanization, and public health require expertise from and collaboration among these key countries.”

More information about the competition can be found on the Global Innovation Initiative’s website.