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Institutional Links Call (Newton Fund, July 2016; research and innovation collaborations)

Cierre para Colombia: 19 de septiembre de 2016.

Institutional Links aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

This programme is designed to establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for more sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector (e.g. SMEs, NGOs, technology transfer offices and other not-for-profit organisations).

These grants are funded under the Newton Fund, a UK Government initiative funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, together with partner funders from around the world. The Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations.

Grant details

  • Size of grant: £50,000 - £300,000 (for Colombia: up to £87,000 (75% of £116,000, maximum total cost of the project))
  • Duration of grants (Colombia): 12-18 months
  • Priority areas: Partner countries may specify priority areas and will only accept applications within these.

    • Priority areas for Colombia:

      • Agriculture and Foodstuffs
      • Climate and the Environment
      • Health
      • Sustainable energy

  • Official development assistance (ODA) requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare of the partner country.

Elegibility criteria

  • Each proposal must have one Principal Applicant from the UK, as well as a Principal Applicant from the partner countries (which include Colombia).
  • All Principal Applicants must be Leading Researchers or Established Researchers as defined by the European Commission.
  • List of eligible UK research institutions
  • Elegibility criteria for Colombia include:

    • Colombian applicants must be research groups recognised by Colciencias (in accordance with the results of Colciencias Call No. 737 of 2015), affiliated with public and private higher education institutions or non-profit technological research and development centres or institutes.
    • Projects must include a lead researcher from the United Kingdom, and a Colombian lead researcher (ranked as Senior, Associate or Junior Researcher in accordance with the results of Colciencias Call No. 737 of 2015).
    • The proposal may include other work team members such as associated collaborators (not eligible to apply as lead institutions) who are interested in the technology to be developed, such as:

      • University spin-offs legally established in Colombia as of the Call's closing date
      • For-profit companies of all sizes and legally established in Colombia at least two (2) years before the Call's closing date
      • Technology transfer offices

Deadline for Colombia: 19 September 2016, 16:00 UK time (10:00 Colombian time)

[Boletín UN Investiga 307, 28 de julio de 2016]

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