Funding Opportunities

A variety of funding is available for academics who wish to engage with India or bring Indian collaborators to the UK. We work with both UK academics and our Indian partners to facilitate funding applications for research and innovation.

India Institute Fellowship Scheme 2019/20

 The fellowship scheme aims to:

  • promote research collaboration between leading groups in Birmingham and India through supporting joint projects
  • develop individual capacity through international training and development opportunities
  • build sustainable and long-lasting partnerships and collaboration between the University and institutions in India

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UK Research and Innovation India (formerly RCUK India)’s current opportunities for those interested in UK/India Collaborations can be found here.

Global Challenges Research Fund

The GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

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Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. The UK and India are collaborating on a number of research calls under the Newton Fund. 

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Research Funding in India

Government Funding Bodies

In India, government funding for research is provided and co-ordinated by a number of different funding agencies.

All UK research councils and Innovate UK are actively engaged with the key Indian funding agencies. Below are some of the key Indian funding agencies:


Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

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Ford Foundation:

Regions Work and grants

Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation

The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation aims to focus on 4 key areas:

  1. Leadership and Ethics: Helping develop the full potential for ethical leadership among young Indians
  2. Social Entrepreneurship: Fostering and supporting social entrepreneurship
  3. Climate Change: Responding to environmental issues facing us today, both within India and globally
  4. Governance and Accountability: The effort is to collaborate with the Government and work towards creating an aware citizenry

Infosys Foundation

HT Parekh Foundation

American India Foundation

Amar Foundation

Friends of ISB Foundation

Give2Asia/Deshpande Foundation

Spandana Foundation

Private Sector and Philanthropists

HCL Corporation

Ms Rohini Nilekani

AKM Systems Pvt. Ltd

Ranbaxy Promoter Group

Reliance Industries

GMR Projects Pvt. Ltd

GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd