New university partnerships to tackle global issues

22 May 2015

New multilateral research partnerships created by the Global Innovation Initiative will aid collaboration between higher education institutes in the UK and US with institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.

Fourteen partnerships have been awarded in total, each receiving a grant of up to £150,000 to fund multilateral research efforts, including research activities, faculty and researcher exchange, and joint publications and events.

Each of the winning proposals will tackle global challenges in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Research areas include energy, climate change and the environment; agriculture, food security and water; global health; and urban development. 

Full list of awardees and projects

UK Awardees

Aston University, University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.), Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (China), University of Kentucky (U.S.), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (U.S.), and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • Global Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biorefining Network: GB3-Net

Bangor University, Western Carolina University (U.S.), Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia), Universitas Diponegoro (Indonesia), Universitas Brawijaya (Indonesia), Southeast Asian Region for Tropical Biology (Indonesia), and Aberystwyth University (UK)

  • Establishing a network of research excellence for mine reclamation in Southeast Asia

Imperial College London, University of Texas, Austin (U.S.), Beijing Normal University (China), University of Delhi (India), Polar Research Institute of China (China), British Antarctic Survey (UK), and the University of Bristol (UK)

  • ICECAP2 - International Collaborative Exploration of Central East Antarctica through Airborne geophysical Profiling

University of Bradford, North Carolina State University (U.S.), and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (India)

  • SITARA: Smart Grid to harness Satellite based Virtual Power Plants for energy sustainability

University of Edinburgh, Weill Cornell Medical College (U.S.), and the Christian Medical College (India)

  • Oral and cervical cancer in rural India: Using mHealth and primary care to improve prevention, screening and early diagnosis

University of Exeter, University of Central Florida (U.S.), and Tsinghua University (China)

  • Flood impact assessment in mega cities under urban sprawl and climate change

University of Sheffield, University of Michigan (U.S.), and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)

  • Novel nanostructured conjugates for deep sensitive cancer detection and noninvasive highly efficient cancer therapy

University of Surrey, University of Chicago (U.S.), and the University of São Paulo (Brazil)

  • Sleep, circadian rhythms, and cardiovascular health across ethnicities - a small Brazilian town as a model for global health issues


US Awardees

Ohio State University, University of Nottingham (UK), and the Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil)

  • Strengthening Global One Health Research and Training Capacity: Applying cutting-edge genomic technologies to prevent the global emergence of antimicrobial resistance

University of Florida, Cardiff University (UK), and the University of Indonesia (Indonesia)

  • Novel approaches of employing green infrastructure (GI) to enhance urban sustainability

University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Durham University (UK), Tsinghua University (China), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

  • Debris Flows: Influences on Natural Resources and Hazard Mitigation under a Changing Climate

University of North Texas, University College London (UK), and the State University of Ponta Grossa (Brazil)

  • Implementing and monitoring a sustainable desalination pilot-scale plant

University of Pittsburgh, Coventry University (UK), Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bogor (India)

  • Bamboo in the Urban Environment

Yale University, Heriot-Watt University (UK), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

  • Increasing the efficiency of CO2 conversion to liquid fuels