The British Council’s Going Global Partnerships programme aims to enable a substantial increase in the number and range of pathways and new opportunities for UK and overseas institutions and stakeholders to connect, share knowledge and collaborate directly.

The British Council China launched the Enabling Grants for UK-China Institutional Partnerships through academic collaboration in September 2022, which is designed to enable effective UK-China higher education collaboration, strengthen institutional partnerships and academic collaborations through sharing knowledge and principles of good practice, whilst cooperating on research and capacity building. 

We are pleased to announce that eight proposals have been chosen for funding, out of more than 40 high quality applications from UK universities, by the Review Panel team comprised of British Council, Chinese education authorities and HE experts from both countries.  Selected proposals cover areas including STEM, humanities, business and health, with projects ranging from building competencies and knowledge exchange on heritage management and creative economy, implementing safewards in psychiatric hospitals, developing robotic construction, and many others. 

Seed-funding have been provided to each winning UK institution to partner with China for projects that will strengthen academic exchanges and deepen institutional ties, while delivering real benefit to the education sectors of both countries.

We hope to launch future calls for Enabling Grants. All future grant opportunities will be shared through the British Council Going Global Partnership website. Institutions are encouraged to set up email notifications to ensure you find out about all future opportunities.

Winning proposals include:

  Proposal name UK leading institutions
1 Embedding Digital Manufacturing and Circularity into Construction & Demolition Waste Management: advancing China and UK’s Research & Education London South Bank University
2 COVENTRY – GEELY CLUB: A Partnership between Coventry University, Geely University of China and Geely Automotive  Coventry University
3 Future Leader’s adoption of ESG Driven MOre Sustainable MOre Profitable(MOSMOP) Business Model Innovation Nottingham Trent University 
4 Microneedle Array Patch for the continuous monitoring of multiple Chronic Kidney Disease biomarkers in transdermal biofluid Ulster University
5 Rethinking Heritage Futures: Building competencies, synergies, and knowledge exchange between UK and China on heritage management, digitisation and creative economy Nottingham Trent University
6 Robotic Construction in the UK and China - Towards Affordable Net Zero-Carbon Housing University of East London
7 Digital Twin-Based Smart Transportation and Service System for Sustainable Development Northumbria University
8 Implementing Safewards in psychiatric hospitals in Sichuan, China King’s College London