Global Innovation Initiative

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The Global Innovation Initiative is a higher education partnership grant opportunity established between the United States and the United Kingdom aimed at strengthening multilateral research collaborations between universities in the US, UK and other selected countries. The Global Innovation Initiative will award grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships.  The Institute of International Education will administer the U.S. competition and the British Council will administer the UK competition.

The Department of State and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have identified Brazil, China, India and Indonesia as designated countries for the Global Innovation Initiative.

New or existing research partnerships comprised of at least one US, one UK and one institution of higher education from one of the four emerging economies are invited to apply for a Global Innovation Initiative grant. Partnership research proposals in the area of STEM are eligible.

Goals of the Global Innovation Initiative

  • To increase the global mobility of students, researchers, faculty, and higher education administrators from the US, the UK, and other countries;
  • To develop a cadre of people in the US, UK, and other countries who have the international experience, outlook and knowledge to confront global challenges and operate in a global context;
  • To encourage international collaborations that develop capacity across a range of universities in the US, the UK and other countries;
  • To forge university and business linkages that support a globally mobile talent pool and a multinational base for the exchange of discovery and innovation.

Approximately 20 grants will be awarded ranging from $150,000 to $250,000 (US competition) or from £100,000 to £150,000 (UK competition).

UK-led partnership proposals must apply through the UK grant competition, administered by the British Council.

British Council

The application for both country competitions will close December 16, 2013

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