Supporting international research collaborations and networks

February 16th, 2023

Research update from Professor Neil Crout

The aim of our research strategy is to encourage excellent research and knowledge exchange. We know that international collaboration leads to high quality research and KE outcomes. Therefore I am pleased to confirm that applications are now open for our International Research Collaboration Fund. The IRCF particularly welcomes applications from colleagues seeking to establish or grow links with world-leading research groups and institutions that will lead to excellent research outputs. 

For the Academic Year 2022/23, the IRCF will fund: 

International mobility grants of up to £5,000, prioritising support for established researchers to initiate and deepen international research and knowledge exchange partnerships (Open to all R&T and R staff); specific support for Early Career Researchers to establish and grow international research partnerships (open to independent research fellows and Level 5 R&T). 

Partnership accelerator grants of £10,000-£20,000, prioritising the support of more substantial activity that will demonstrably accelerate international research and knowledge exchange partnerships with high-quality research groups and institutions with a global reputation for excellence in their field. 

Find out more and apply. 

Nottingham and Tübingen strengthen partnership

The universities of Nottingham and Tübingen are expanding their cross-border partnership to cooperate more closely on cutting-edge research. A delegation led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West visited Germany to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Tübingen, which builds on several years of mutual investment into research, teaching, learning and innovation. 

Tübingen networking funding call

To support this growing partnership, a new networking funding call for seed/basic research with the University of Tübingen is offering awards up €50,000, with a total pot of €250,000.  Interdisciplinary applications are particularly welcomed, and existing award holders are eligible to apply for further funding – however must demonstrate clear advancement on their original project. 

The deadline for applications is 19 March 2023, with awards to be confirmed by the end of March. 

Please direct any enquiries to or 

Applications themselves should be submitted to and 

Find out more 

Public engagement and the university: tell us how we are doing 

Our university has an excellent track record in public engagement with our research. In order to demonstrate to staff, students, partners, communities and funders the university’s commitment to public engagement, we are applying for a Public Engagement Watermark. 

These awards are administered by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and provide compelling evidence to underpin funding applications, KEF and REF submissions, and the myriad of quality assurance processes we have to undertake. 

To help secure this prestigious recognition, we are asking everyone to complete a short survey to share how well you think we support public engagement. 

Take the survey 

I know it is yet another survey – but it really will help us make our case for the Public Engagement Watermark. 

Read Professor Crout’s full update 


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