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Please note, we are no longer accepting applications as the competition is now closed.

What is the Global Innovation Initiative?

The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) is a shared commitment of the United Kingdom and the United States to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US, and emerging economies. Consistent with the vision set by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barak Obama in joint statements signed in 2011 and 2012, the Global Innovation Initiative was created to support multilateral higher education research collaborations in addressing global challenges.  GII was first announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry and former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague in June 2013 and was formally launched in the UK in October 2013 by the Rt Hon. David Willetts MP. 

GII will award grants ranging from £100,000 - £150,000 to university consortia focusing on interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge research and strengthen international partnerships. The grants are intended to bring mutual benefit to higher education institutions in the UK, US and emerging economies by developing multilateral relationships that enhance institutional ties. 


Proposals that address the following STEM-related themes will be accepted for this year’s competition:

  • Energy, environment and climate change
  • Urban development
  • Agriculture, food security and water
  • Global health 

Thematic descriptions are available in the guidelines pdf below.


New or existing research partnerships comprised of at least one higher education institution in the UK, the US, and at least one select country are invited to apply for a Global Innovation Initiative grant.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the US Department of State have identified the following emerging economies as designated countries for the Global Innovation Initiative:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia

How to apply

We are no longer accepting applications as the competition is now closed.


For more information on the initiative please see the Global Innovation Initiative website.


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