Applications for the Imperial College London - India Connect Fund are now open. 

Deadline for applications is Friday 1 December 2023 at midnight UK time.

The College’s ‘India Connect’ Fund seeks to kick-start early-stage research ideas and collaborations with peer institutions in India. The Fund encourages projects that, through establishing new links or strengthening existing ones, are likely lead to future equitable collaborations between Imperial and the partner institution in India.

The Fund can be used to support a broad spectrum of projects, including travel, workshops, meetings, hackathons, networks and other activities that explore research directions.

If you are interested in this opportunity but do not have established connections with partners in India, please contact the International Relations Office for assistance.



The goal is to support Imperial academics to initiate and pursue collaborations which may lead to new science and to future applications for external funding. Proposals that align with potential priority areas for bilateral funding are encouraged. Some of these priority areas are outlined in the 2030 UK-India Roadmap for Future Relations published by the UK and Indian Governments in May 2021, and include:

  • Net Zero
  • Green hydrogen
  • Clean energy and transport
  • Disaster resilience 
  • Solid Earth Hazards
  • Extreme weather
  • Adaptation and resilience
  • Space
  • Emerging technologies
  • One Health
  • Digital health
  • Pandemic preparedness
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Non-communicable disease
  • Aquaculture
  • Marine pollution and deep-sea biodiversity
  • Agri-tech

Funding and Project Duration

A grant of £3,500-5,000 will be awarded to successful project teams to develop and reinforce lasting contacts with the very best researchers and educators in their field.

Budget requests should not exceed £5,000 per project. Funds can only be spent on activities that fit the purpose of this call. Applicants should itemise their budget using the tables in the application form. All expenditure should be completed by 31 July 2024.

Please refer to the list of fundable/ non-fundable items below:



Student support costs (e.g., student bursaries)


Limited Research Consumables




Small project-related equipment


Bench fees


Indirect and estate costs




Eligibility and Process

  •  The Fund is open to permanent Imperial College staff members only and one proposal per principal applicant per call is permitted. 
  • Each application should have one principal investigator based at Imperial and one principal investigator based at the partner institution in India.
  • There are no restrictions on choice of partner institution, but the applicant should clearly demonstrate the benefits and rationale for working with the proposed partner institution in relation to their academic field*.

*Please note that where the College has an existing institutional agreement in place for a joint seed fund, the partner will not be eligible for the India Connect Fund. 

  • The application should contain a written case for support to address:

1. Proposed activities: A description of the project and collaboration proposed, and a brief description of the intended use of the fund.

2. Sustainability and strategic value: A description of the long-term impact and development of the project and how it has potential to lead to further collaborations and leverage future funding. A description of the benefits and rationale for working with the proposed partner institution based on the academic field.  

3. Equitable partnership: A description of how the project team will collaborate throughout the project and an explanation of how the activities proposed will generate demonstrable added value to the PI / Research Group / Department / Faculty / College and counterparts in India.

  • Proposals must be submitted to Only applications submitted to this email addresses, and before the deadline, will be considered.

Application Deadlines

Deadline for applications: Friday 1 December 2023 (results expected to be announced before Christmas and awarded by mid-Jan 2024)

All expenditure should be completed by 31 July 2024.


Principal Applicants who are successful in receiving an award are required to provide a report within 2 weeks of the end of the award period to using a template provided. The narrative element of the report should provide details of the relevant activities supported and how these have addressed the objectives of the call. The financial element of the report serves as a Final Expenditure Statement and should detail the award amount and the award spent. Responsibility remains with the PI to ensure all spend has been charged to the correct award code.

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