Mat Wright

2020/2021 Researcher Links Workshops Programme has now opened for applications, the application deadline is 12 June 2020, 16:00 UK time.

ABOUT Researcher links workshop grants

We are currently accepting applications for grants to run international research workshops for UK and Chinese researchers, as part of the Researcher Links programme.

Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. Applications are made on a bi-lateral basis by senior researchers. Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend.

These grants are funded under the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund, otherwise known as the Newton Fund in the UK. The Newton Fund aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of collaborating countries. As such all applications must meet the following requirements:

Priority areas:  

Applications must fall into one or more of the supported key fields. Multidisciplinary proposals are welcome. The key supported fields are as follows but not limited to:

  • Health/life sciences 
  • Environmental technologies
  • Food and water security
  • Energy
  • Urbanization

ODA requirement: Please make clear in your project title and summary how your project is ODA-compliant, for example by identifying the development challenge(s) being addressed, the aims of the project and the beneficiary countries.

It is an essential requirement that the proposed work to be funded by the Newton Fund be focused on applying the skills of the UK-China partnership to addressing global development challenges. These are challenges that are particularly relevant to developing countries, but also have wider effects. These challenges are referenced within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Leading Researchers, as defined by the ECcan apply for these workshop grants in order to be workshop coordinators.
  • Each proposal must have one workshop coordinator (Leading Researcher) from the UK and one from China.  
  • Please download and view the list of eligible UK research institutions.
  • Other eligibility criteria please refer to the Guidelines document, available from the link below.


Joint applications should be submitted by UK applicant to British Council and by China applicant to NSFC using the links below:


Please visit the following page for full Guidelines and online application link:





12 June 2020, 16:00 UK time


All queries or comments about this call should be addressed to the Researcher Links email address (UK-ResearcherLinks@britishcouncil.org