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Title: British Council Funding Opportunities

British Council Funding Opportunities
  • Pat Killingley
  • Liz Dempsey
  • Oliver Flude

A variety of funding initiatives
  • UKIERI UK India Education Research Initiative
  • PMI2 The Prime Ministers Initiative 2 (2011)
  • DELPHE Development Partnerships in Higher
    Education (2013)
  • EAP England Africa Partnerships (2011)
  • Other schemes about to commence
  • CSA HE Project (2008 2013)
  • MENA HE Project (2008 2011)

  • Liz Dempsey
  • June 2008

  • DIUS, BC and FCO contribute the initial fund of
    10m, subsequently increased to 12m
  • BP, BAE Systems, GSK and Shell join the
    initiative as UKIERIs 4 Corporate Champions,
    bringing almost 4m in cash and kind
  • DTI, WA HE Division, Scottish Government and
    DELNI join bringing the total to c 20m
  • Indian Government support through Department of
    Science and Technology (DST) on certain Research
    Awards and Department of Human Resource
    Development (HRD) through University Grants
    Commission (UGC) on Policy Events and Education

Original Funders, Corporate Champions, other
government departments
and Government of India
UKIERI Overview
  • Higher Education and Research Strand
  • Professional and Technical Skills Strand
  • Schools Strand
  • Supported by
  • Policy Dialogue
  • Other Events

UKIERI Overview
  • Higher Education and Research Strand
  • Research Awards
  • Collaborative Programme Delivery Awards
  • PhD Scholarships
  • Research Fellowships
  • Policy Dialogue
  • Other Events

HE and Research Targets
  • By 2011
  • 50 new collaborative research projects
  • 40 new UK award programmes delivered
    collaboratively in India with 2,000 Indian
    students enrolled
  • 300 additional Indian research students,
    postdoctoral researchers and staff will have
    worked in the UK
  • 200 UK researchers worked in India and 200 UK
    undergraduate students supported for studies in
  • 2000 Indian research students completed research
    degrees in the UK through collaborative delivery

UKIERI HE and Research
  • Round 1 2006
  • 6 Major Research Awards of up to 500,000 each
  • 24 Standard Research Awards of up to 150,000
  • 10 PhD Scholarships (to UK)
  • 26 Research Fellowships (both ways)
  • 7 Collaborative Programme Delivery (CPD) Awards
  • 79 Travel Grants for Research Awards and 9 for
    CPD Awards

UKIERI HE and Research
  • Round 2 2007
  • Research Awards 37 (13 DST funded, 24 UKIERI)
  • PhD Scholarships 12
  • Research Fellowships approx 25
  • Collaborative Programme Delivery Awards 10

UKIERI HE and Research
  • Round 3 2008
  • Research Awards approx 35 (10 DST funded, 25
  • Call announced May 2008
  • Deadline 31st July 2008
  • Collaborative Programme Delivery Awards 10
  • Call announced May 2008
  • Deadline 31st August 2008

UKIERI-DST Science and Technology Awards
  • These awards offer funding for Science
    Technology projects jointly funded by Department
    of Science and Technology, Government of India
    and UKIERI under these 5 subject areas
  • 1. Stem Cell Research and Animal Biotechnology
  • 2. Next Generation Networks in Telecommunication
  • 3. Advanced Materials including Nanotechnology
  • 4. Weather Science and Climate Change
  • 5. New Energy Technologies including Hydrogen

Stay Informed
  • To keep up-to-date with UKIERI developments, sign
    up to the UKIERI e-distribution list. You can do
    this via the link on the website Subscribe for
    UKIERI updates
  • Check the website
  • Keep an eye out for FAQs
  • For all enquiries, email ukieri_at_in.britishcouncil

  • Liz Dempsey
  • British Council, Manchester

What is PMI2 aiming to achieve?
  • Establishing and engaging in partnership is key
    to ensuring that UK is the preferred partner of
    choice in international education.
  • UK must engage closely in the international
    dialogues surrounding education issues
  • This is about developing strategic partnerships
    and alliances
  • Through providing platforms to partnership, we
    can allow the UK to forge key relationships with
    priority countries and so build stronger
    foundations for the future and ensure that UK is
    the preferred partner.

  • Aim to build sustainable partnerships in
  • Research
  • Collaborative Programme Delivery
  • Policy Dialogues
  • Through the provision of pump-prime funding to
    facilitate mobility.
  • All projects are providing us with crucial
    messages to help us develop education

Funding Opportunities for 2008-09
  • China UK Employability and Entrepreneurship -
    40k over 2 years
  • Research Link with Middle East Region up to
    40k over 2 years
  • International Student Mobility - 800 per student

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DelPHE Development Partnerships in Higher
What is DelPHE?
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
    is investing up to 15 million in DelPHE to
    support the building and strengthening of
    capacity in HE in 25 countries across sub-Saharan
    Africa Asia.
  • Programme commenced in June 06 and will run until
    March 2013.

Goal of DelPHE
  • To enable HE institutions to act as catalysts for
    poverty reduction and sustainable development by
    strengthening research, teaching and consultancy
    bases and promoting crucial MDG and science and
    technology related knowledge and skills.

UN Millennium Development Goals
  • All proposals must have realistic outcomes and a
    clear connection with at least one of the MDGs.
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership for development

Expected outputs
  • Partnerships must be fully sustainable deliver
    results in one of the following areas
  • Internationally recognised joint research
  • Strengthened portfolio of MDG and science
    technology related programmes and courses
  • Professional development and training for
    students and staff at HE institutions
  • Increased support for gender parity
  • Improved networking exchange of information
    ideas between partner HEIs
  • Improved management and administration at HEIs in
    focus countries

DFIDs 22 bilateral focus countries
  • Africa Democratic Republic Of Congo, Ethiopia,
    Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria,
    Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda,
    Zambia Zimbabwe.
  • Asia Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India,
    Nepal, Pakistan Vietnam.
  • Yemen

Types of partnership
  • Partnerships may be formed with any HE
    institution from across the globe i.e. projects
    do not need to involve a UK partner.
  • Partnerships between other focus and non-focus
    countries in the south are particularly
  • Partnerships can involve a number of departments,
    institutions countries, increasing
    cross-country cross-regional sharing of
    experience and knowledge.
  • Proposals can be in any subject area as long as
    they will contribute towards the overall goal of
    DelPHE and a fundamental commitment to the MDGs.

Scale of DelPHE
  • After DelPHE round 1 - 3 - a total of 119 DelPHE
  • 77 projects in Africa
  • 42 projects in Asia
  • Funding is split approximately two thirds to
    Africa and one third Asia.
  • Steering Committee judge all proposals on merit
    no set funding allocations for individual

Who can apply?
  • The lead partner must be a HE institution from
    one of the 22 focus countries.
  • A broad definition of HE institutions has been
    adopted it includes universities, colleges,
    research institutes, medical institutions other
    specialised agencies supporting advanced
    education skills development.
  • The project must be locally owned and driven by
    development needs of the focus country.
  • Partners should ideally have some project
    management experience and previous involvement in
    international collaboration.

What can be funded under DelPHE?
  • Support will be for a maximum of 3 years.
  • Funding levels vary from 10,000 - 50,000
    depending on the complexity and scope of project.
  • DelPHE provides seed funding primarily for
    travel/subsistence and supporting activities.
  • Full financial guidelines can be downloaded from
    the DelPHE website.

How to apply?
  • 1 application round per year.
  • Next opportunity will be for funding starting in
    2009-2010 (Round 4 deadline approximately mid Feb
  • Applications need to be submitted to the BC
    office in the country of the lead partner.
  • Application forms guidance notes available on
    the DelPHE website or from the local BC office.

Further information
  • DelPHE website
  • Local BC office overseas see www.britishcouncil.
    org for contact details
  • DelPHE team UK
  • 44 (0) 161 957 7671

  • England Africa Partnerships

UK Higher Education Building capacity for
sustainable development
  • Commission for Africa report
  • G8 Summit, Gleneagles, 2005
  • Successful HE partnerships with Africa (e.g.
    DFID HE Links)

DfES International Strategy, 2004 3 goals
  • Equipping our children, young people and adults
  • for life in a global society and work in a
    global economy
  • Engaging with our international partners to
    achieve their
  • goals and ours
  • Maximising the contribution of our education and
  • training sector, and university research to
    overseas trade
  • and inward investment

England Africa Partnerships July 2006
  • DfES announced 3 million for HE partnerships
  • Build capacity in African HE in innovative,
    practical ways
  • Address key identified areas of need in African
    tertiary education

England Africa Partnerships 3 main aims
  • Building up capacity at the African HEI
  • African-driven projects in key areas of need for
  • Working in mutual areas of interest for mutual

England Africa Partnerships Capacity building
  • Building up capacity at the African institutions
  • Staff training and professional development
  • Curriculum reform and development
  • New courses and materials
  • Policy dialogue and development
  • Improving quality, systems and services
  • Mutual research and exchange of ideas

England Africa Partnerships Key needs in Africa
  • African-driven projects addressing key needs for
    tertiary education
  • Science and technology, ICTs
  • Governance, leadership and management
  • Health
  • Education
  • Institutional reform, including quality assurance
  • Open and distance learning
  • Adult and work-based learning

England Africa Partnerships Mutual interest
  • Working together in mutual areas of interest for
    mutual benefit
  • Jointly managed projects
  • Exchange of academic staff
  • Co-beneficial research

England Africa Partnerships BC and EAP
  • EAP selection and start-up
  • Initial assessment of projects
  • Coordination of Joint Steering Committee
  • Start-up of EAP projects
  • 33 EAP projects
  • 11 with South Africa
  • 22 with rest of sub-Saharan Africa