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International Partnership and Mobility Scheme

Aim of the award

The International Partnership and Mobility Scheme aims to support the development of partnerships between the UK and other areas of the world where research excellence would be strengthened by new, innovative initiatives and links.

In this round the Scheme is open to three-year and one-year partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and South-East Asia.

Awards cover any branch of the humanities or social sciences and are intended to focus on collaborative research on a specific theme of mutual interest, rather than purely on establishing networks.

The Scheme intends to strengthen research capacity/capability, with all partners gaining from the collaboration, and to initiate the development of long-term, links between the UK and overseas scholars whilst also encouraging an intra-regional exchange of expertise and knowledge sharing.

UK-Taiwan One-Year Partnerships: Under the umbrella of the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, one-year partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in Taiwan will be co-funded by the British Academy and the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology.

UK-CASS One-Year Partnerships: Under the umbrella of the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, one-year partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in any of the research institutes at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will be co-funded by the British Academy and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Scope of the award

Awards are for research partnerships between scholars in the UK and scholars in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, East and South-East Asia. Overseas scholars are encouraged to initiate links with UK partner institutions and to play a significant role in developing proposals.

One-year awards may be viewed as pump priming grants suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships. Three-year awards will develop research further, and involve a more extensive programme of collaboration and exchange.

Partnerships might include a range of related activities, and mobility (in the form of visits in both directions, exchanges, etc.) should form an integral part of proposals. Workshops and seminars should form an integral part of the programme. The main purpose of the funding is to cover travel and maintenance costs, although costs related to other eligible activities will be considered. Partnerships including a training element and involving scholars in the early stages in their career will be looked on favourably.

Eligibility

Applicants must be of postdoctoral or equivalent status. Research must be in the field of the humanities or social sciences.

Both a principal applicant and co-applicant are required for this scheme. The principal applicant must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands and must be able to demonstrate that they will be based at their present employing research-active institution in the UK for the duration of the award. The co-applicant must be an academic based in a research-active institution in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, East or South-East Asia and must also be able to demonstrate that they will be based at their present employing institution for the duration of the award.

Level of Grant

Grants are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 per year for a period of one year or three years. Successful awards must start on or after 1 September 2014 and no later than 31 March 2015.

Closing Date

The 2014 round will open for applications from 6 November 2013 with a deadline of 5 February 2014.

Applications must be submitted via e-GAP2, the Academy's electronic grant application system.

Applicants are asked to read the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme Notes before beginning an application.