Applications to the Fund for International Research Collaboration open

The Fund for International Research Collaborations (FIRC) is now accepting applications for the 2011 round.

The University of Leeds has provided support for international research collaborations through the FIRC since 2005. To date, over 60 international projects spanning all faculties and disciplines and across all levels of academic staff have been funded. The aim of the FIRC is to foster international partnerships in research, innovation, capacity building and other areas through collaborations with high quality partners in priority areas.

This call is open to individual academic members of staff or groups of academics from all faculties, departments and institutes within the University of Leeds.

Format of projects

In response to growing demand the FIRC funding has been streamed for 2011. Applicants should select one of the following streams:

  • International Workshop Fund: Funding is for researchers to host an international workshop at the University of Leeds
  • International Partnership Fund: Funding for new international research projects seed-funded for 24 months
  • International Matched Partnership Fund: For larger-scale ambitious, new international projects seed-funded for 40 months. Projects require financial matched commitment

Descriptions of each funding stream and application forms are given in the guidance notes on the FIRC website.

Key dates

  • FIRC Information sessions: 14 April / 11 May / 14 June
  • Closing date for applications: 17.00 Friday 29 July 2011
  • Awards announced: September - October 2011

Frequently asked questions are available on the website. For additional questions about the scheme or the Worldwide Universities Network contact International Partnership Manager Kirsty Mattinson or telephone ext. 30932.

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