Global Wales International Research Mobility Fund
The Global Wales Research Mobility Fund is a new fund set up to support the mobility of researchers between universities in Wales and international countries to facilitate research opportunities. Global Wales priority countries, including European countries, the United States, Vietnam and India should be prioritised wherever possible.
The initiative has been created to help mitigate international research issues post-Brexit and will help support the delivery of the Welsh Government’s new International Strategy by building upon and enhancing Wales’ growing international reputation.
The fund will be managed by the Global Wales; the partnership includes Universities Wales, Welsh Government, British Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
What type of activities will the fund support?
The fund can be used to support outward Welsh researcher mobility to any country or fund a partner researcher to visit a Welsh researcher in their Welsh institution in order to facilitate future collaborations incuding research proposals and joint publications.
Funding is available to all disciplines and researchers of all levels from PhD students to professors (applications from early career researchers are particularly welcome).
Activities are permitted to last one week (for initial visits) and longer visits may be permissable for subsequent visits for established contacts. Postdoctoral researchers and PhD students may carry out subsequent visits with established contacts for up to three months.
Once funding is agreed, visits can take place any time before the end of June 2021.
How much is available?
The fund totals £180,000 and is open for grant applications up to a maximum of £2,500 per visit.
Each university has been allocated a fund of between £10,000 and £66,000. Any funding not allocated by your university in the first call (29 May), will be available for allocation in the second call (30 September).
Please note that your institution may commit its entire allocation within the first call, in which case there will be no further funding available for the September call. If take up within your institution is very low in the first call, the Research and Innovation Network may consider reallocation of funding to other institutions
There will be two funding calls. The first funding call will end on 29 May 2020 and the second funding call will end on 30 September 2020.
Applications will be assessed by university pro vice-chancellors for research in order to promote their research priorities. Applications should also be based on how they support the research impact agenda, the quality and sustainability of the active collaboration and the ability to deliver the activity.
Applicants must adhere to their university’s financial regulations.
All expenses must be submitted by the end of June 2021.
How to apply?
Please complete the appplication form – Section 1 and submit to the office of your pro vice-chancellor for research. Your university pro vice-chancellor for research will complete a Section 2 application form and submit both forms to Global Wales.
Please note, additional funding from SCoRE Cymru may be available if you wish for industry partners to be part of the visit. It may also be possible to access Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) if the country you are working with is ODA (Official Development Assistance).
For general enquiries, please contact Laura Fergusson, firstname.lastname@example.org.