Researcher in a lab looking into a microscope.

The small scale research project scheme provides funding (up to £5,000) for early career academics and researchers in the UK and countries in South Asia to work collaboratively on a joint research project. The duration of the research project should be between 6 to 12 months.

The themes accepted for the collaborative research project include : 

Water e.g. water resource management, water health and sanitation, water cooperation and diplomacy in South Asia.

Mental Health e.g. child developmental disabilities, mental health and resilience

Global Health e.g. South Asia global health, migration and health, refugees

The aim of the scheme is to prepare academics to form consortiums and apply for grants provided by funding agencies and international institutions. 


A partnership must be formed between a UK university/research institute and a university/research institute in one of the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. 

An early career researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to carry out the research project. The early career researchers should be at the beginning of their research careers and to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for the grant. Allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances. PhD students are also eligible to apply.  

A senior researcher from each university/research institute must be appointed to be responsible for the oversight of the research project.

How to apply?

The call for applications will open in June 2019.

The application form will be available here.

For further information, please contact the South Asia Science team at