Thursday 17 April 2014

New call for British Council workshop grants to give early career researchers in Nigeria opportunities to build international connections.

The British Council has launched a call for workshop grant proposals as part of the five-year Researcher Links initiative to encourage international research collaboration between ambitious early career researchers from the UK and 18 countries around the world. The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and partner countries to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

A ‘call to action’ has been issued for leading researchers to propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of the 18 partner countries, which will bring together early career researchers to discuss their research and start to build international relationships.

Unless specified otherwise in the guidelines, all research areas are covered, including the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. 

The call will be open from 17/04/2014 until midnight (BST) of 09/06/2014.

Dr Jo Beall, the British Council’s Director of Education and Society, said “International collaboration has been shown to improve the quality of research, and international researchers also have greater productivity. The UK is a world leader in research now, but to retain its leading position our best minds need to reach out internationally, and share ideas to tackle the big shared challenges of our future. Moreover, greater collaboration creates greater mutual benefits.”

The Researcher Links initiative encourages outward and inward mobility to enable early career researchers to make contacts internationally. The initiative encourages the involvement of social sciences and humanities researchers, as well as the natural sciences, and provide space for interdisciplinary interaction, with opportunities to bring together researchers from different fields focused on a common goal.

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About the British Council

British Council Researcher Links is a global initiative with initial focus on selected countries but will maintain the flexibility to involve additional partners in response to identified needs or opportunities. It consists of workshops and travel grants, with a focus on early career researchers. It is delivered in partnership with national funding partners around the world.

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