The 2019 UK-China-BRI Countries Education Partnership Initiative is now open for applications and please submit your proposal by 23:59 GMT on 10 November 2019.


Building on the success of the UK-China-BRI Countries Education Partnership Initiative (hereinafter referred to as “the Initiative”) in 2018, this year the British Council and Ministry of Education China will continue to jointly co-fund multi-lateral higher education links between the UK, China and BRI countries, with priority focus on ASEAN and Central and Eastern European countries.

Seed-funding between £60,000-£70,000 will be provided to institutions from the UK to partner with China and BRI countries that would boost higher education exchanges and create opportunities for individuals (students, academics, researchers), while delivering real benefit to the education sector of the countries involved.

Funding is provided and administered by the British Council and funding decisions are made by a Project Board consisting of representatives from the British Council China, Ministry of Education, and individuals who are sector representatives and community leaders in the UK and China. Projects in receipt of funding will be expected to start in April 2020 and can run for a maximum of five years (until March 2025). 

Ministry of Education China will provide funding to Chinese partner institutions of each project, following their financial regulations.

Priority Area

The British Council proposes to focus on projects in the subject area of Advanced Manufacturing.

Who can apply from the UK?

The UK-China-BRI Countries Education Partnership Initiative is open to all UK organisations and institutions involved in international education, including:

  • education authorities, research organisations, and awarding bodies
  • universities, colleges, and schools

Please refer to the below Call Guidelines for a more detailed introduction of the initiative, including the assessment criteria and operational requirements.

How to apply?

Please complete the attached Application Form and email it along with all supporting documentation to by 23:59 GMT on 10 November 2019.  

Any enquiries about the British Council UK-China-BRI Countries Education Partnership Initiative or the bidding process can also be sent to the above email address.