The 2018 UK-China-BRI Countries Partnership Fund is now open for applications and please submit your proposal by 23:59 GMT on 30 December 2018. FAQs updated as shown below.

About the UK-China-BRI Countries Partnership Fund

UK-China BRI Countries Partnership Fund is an initiative by the British Council and Ministry of Education to proactively support multi-lateral higher education links between the UK, China, and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Countries, including ASEAN countries. 

Seed-funding between £60,000-£80,000 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 2019 and can run for a maximum of five years (until March 2024). 

Who can apply from the UK?

The UK-China-BRI Countries Partnership Fund is now open for applications from all UK organisations and institutions involved in international education, including: 

  • education authorities, research organisations, and awarding bodies
  • universities, colleges, and schools
  • private organisations offering higher education services and/or products;
  • private organisations not offering higher education services and/or products must partner with an UK education institution (university, higher education college, etc.) 

Please refer to the below Call Guidelines and FAQs for a more detailed introduction of the fund, 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 partnershipfund@britishcouncil.org.cn by 23:59 GMT on 30 December 2018.  

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