Semarang, Diponegoro International Office: We invite applications from UK institutions for research proposals, offering grants of up to £80,000 (£100,000 full economic costs), to collaborate with international partners through the Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology’s International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF).

Countries initially joining this call include Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

ISPF research collaboration grants provide small scale seed funding for collaborations between the UK and the participating ISPF countries/territories in each call to:

  • initiate new research and innovation collaborations between academic groups, departments, and institutions in partner countries and the UK
  • develop existing collaborations at group, departmental, and institutional level
  • encourage these collaborations to work with non-academic organisations and individuals to support the exchange of research and innovation expertise and the translation of research knowledge into tangible benefits
  • establish local hubs for UK- partner country/territory  activity in a particular area, enabling engagement from the wider research and innovation community.

Who can apply

Both UK and international partner researchers must be leading researchers or established researchers.

In addition, UK researchers must be:

  • permanent employees at their institutions (emeritus and honorary professors may not apply as lead)
  • working at a not-for-profit higher education institution or eligible research organisation with the capacity to undertake high-quality research.

Please see the ‘Research Collaborations Guidance for Applicants’ for additional criteria.

Indicative timelines

Activity Date
Call opens 8 January 2024
Deadline for applications 12 March 2024,
12 noon UK time
Review panels May 2024
Outcome of selection June 2024
UK project start dates:
see in-country guidance for partner dates
1 August 2024


**Information session for applicants – research collaborations**

This 60-minute webinar will provide background to researchers considering applying for a research collaboration grant under ISPF, delivered by the British Council. It will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the International Science Partnerships Fund.
  • Eligibility requirements and application process for research collaborations grants.
  • Official development assistance – ensuring your project is eligible.
  • Writing a gender statement – why and how.
  • Questions and answers.

Date and time: 7 February from 12.30 to 1.30 pm. Register here.

Please contact if you have any accessibility requirements.


About the International Science Partnerships Fund

The International Science Partnerships Fund is designed to enable potential and foster prosperity. It puts research and innovation at the heart of our international relationships, supporting UK researchers and innovators to work with peers around the world on the major themes of our time: planet, health, tech, and talent. The fund is managed by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and delivered by a consortium of the UK’s leading research and innovation bodies, which includes: UK Research and Innovation (comprising the 7 research councils, Innovate UK and Research England), the UK Academies, the British Council, the Met Office, the National Physical Laboratory, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and Universities UK International.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

British Council are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and to continuing to attract and nurture talented people from the widest pool to remain internationally competitive in research and innovation. We believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed. This includes avoidance of bias due to disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, sex (gender), and age.

The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity and will consider, on a case-by-case basis, requests for support to encourage underrepresented groups to engage in ISPF activity, so long as sufficient justification is provided.

The British Council approach to contracting can be found here:

The list of UK eligible research organisations is at:

Action Required

How to apply: complete and submit your application using the online form at this link:

Application deadline: 12 March 2024, 12.00 noon UK time

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