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Funding opportunities

There are a number of internal and external funding opportunities, which aim to facilitate the development of international research collaborations. See more information below. 






New research calls with our international university partners

The University is delighted to announce a new partnership with Heidelberg University and a new round of Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto (MMT) Alliance funding.

A new partnership with Heidelberg University, with a joint research fund is due to open in early April.

As leaders in research and innovation, our universities share a commitment to advancing knowledge, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and addressing global challenges.

The deadline for the call is Monday, 10 June.

For full details, visit:

Our Manchester-Melbourne-Toronto partnership is going from strength to strength, with strong commitment on all sides, and our third MMT research fund call is due to open later this month (March 2024).

The deadline for the funding call is Monday, 3 June.

For full details, visit:

New MMT research fund call

Our Manchester-Melbourne-Toronto partnership is going from strength to strength and with strong commitment on all sides, we’re pleased to announce our third MMT research fund call is due to open later this month.

Closing date:  3 June 2024

Full details

Turing Scheme PGR placements for 23/24 

The Turing Scheme is the UK government's global programme for studying and working abroad. It provides students in the UK with funding to support international education opportunities at partner universities and research institutes across the world.

Available across any academic discipline, postgraduate researchers can receive a grant to conduct a research placement as an integrated part of their existing programme.

By taking part, postgraduate researchers can:

  • Gain a global perspective
  • Improve intercultural communication skills
  • Expand academic networks
  • Enhance future employability.

Full details of the current call and how to apply can be found at: The Turing Scheme




UKRI-Southeast Asia collaboration on infectious diseases

Apply for funding to support UK-Southeast Asia collaborations with partners in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore on infectious diseases with antimicrobial resistance or epidemic potential. Multilateral research teams are encouraged.

Closing date: 30th May 2024

Further details

Royal Society: International Exchanges

These schemes are for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.

Closing date: 5 June 2024

Further details 

ERC Advanced Grants 2024 Call

The ERC Advanced Grants 2024 call is due to open on 29th May 2024 with a deadline of 29th August 2024.

Advanced Grants provide support for established, leading principal investigators who want long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking project.

Who should apply? 

Active researchers who have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. They should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

How it works

ERC grants support projects carried out by an individual researcher who can employ researchers of any nationality as team members. It is also possible to have one or more team members located in a non-European country.

What is funded

Research, in any field, conducted in a public or private research organisation in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. Advanced Grants may be awarded up to €2.5 million for a period of five years.

ERC 2024 Work Programme Amendment

An additional €125 million has been allocated to the ERC 2024 budget allowing for an additional 48 Advanced Grants. The amendments also aim to help prevent EU-funded technology leakage – more information.

Next Steps 

  • Find out if you are eligible to apply, read about Advance Grants and what the funding covers by visiting the ERC website.
  • Read about the financial support available in the 2024 Work Programme to see if this is right for you.
  • Read the ERC 2024 Advance Grants Information for Applicants document.
  • Look at what the ERC has funded in the past and see if your project fits the scale and ambition of an ERC grant.
  • Familiarise yourself with the panels so that you can pick the right one for you. Note: all research areas are eligible.
  • Speak to your research services contact as early as possible.
  • Apply on the Funding & Tenders Portal - if you do not already have an account you need to register on the portal.
  • All applicants should use the University’s PIC 999903840 – do not register a new PIC for the University.

Pre Announcement: Global Health Research programme develops future leaders

The NIHR has announced a new award which aims to help global health researchers to become research leaders.

The Global Advanced Fellowships were announced on 23 January at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2024 in Thailand, by Professor Kara Hanson, NIHR’s Programme Director for Global Health Research.

Up to £34 million will be used to fund three annual rounds of the new Global Advanced Fellowship. This aims to create a sustainable career pathway for global health researchers from the UK and low and middle income countries (LMICS).

Next steps

The Global Advanced Fellowship will open for applications in April 2024. There will be 10 awards available in the first round. The plan is to increase the number of awards in future rounds.

For more information please read the detailed guidance document. Or express interest in applying for the scheme.

To learn about the scheme's developments subscribe to our Global Health newsletter and follow us on X (Twitter) @NIHRglobal.

BBSRC International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)

Closing date: rolling call

To help scientists to add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Applicants must hold an active BBSRC grant.           

Further Details

UKRI Collaborate with researchers in Brazil 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and FAPESP have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support collaborative applications. It provides for a lead agency agreement whereby participant UKRI research councils receive and assess joint applications from eligible UK and Brazil-based researchers from the state of São Paulo on behalf of both organisations.

Further Details

Closing date:  Open - no closing date 

MRC Pre-announcement: Japan research collaboration in neuroscience, neurodegenerative diseases and dementia

Closing date: TBC

Apply for funding to work with researchers in Japan in the fields of neuroscience, neurodegenerative diseases and dementia. MRC will provide matched funding with the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

Further Details