Bristol International Research Collaboration Activities

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new scheme to support international research collaboration activities in the 2021-22 academic year. This scheme represents a merging of the previous Bristol International Research Workshops scheme and Bristol International Online Research Collaboration Awards, allowing for a range of online and/or in-person activities in collaboration with international partners.

Bristol International Research Collaboration Activities (BIRCA) awards are designed to stimulate and support collaboration between the University of Bristol and international academic partners. Activities can either be virtual, in-person, or a combination thereof. Applicants can bid for a single activity or a small series, depending on what best serves their needs and delivers the greatest potential for enhancing the University of Bristol’s international partnerships and outputs. Some examples of suitable activities could include, for example:

These are just illustrative examples and other activities may also be suitable; please contact the International Research Partnerships (IRP) team ( to check eligibility if you are unsure. All activities must be co-produced with international academic partners and must involve international partners in their delivery. Activities should be interactive events which involve two-way knowledge exchange, rather than dissemination events. This funding scheme is therefore not suitable for applications to support conferences. Activities can, however, be live-streamed and/or recorded for sharing publicly, where appropriate.

Applications will be reviewed on a monthly rolling basis until all available funds have been allocated. Applications can be submitted at any time; however, all funded activities must be completed by the end of the current academic year (31 July 2022).

The maximum value of a single activity is £3000; the maximum value for a series is £5000.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the full requirements and guidance outlined in the call specification document before completing and submitting your application.

BIRCA awards can be developed in complement to other activities, such as Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorships or Bristol ‘Next Generation’ Visiting Researcher awards. For example, a BIRCA award could be used to scope a future visit, to enhance the impact during the visit itself, or could be used to develop outputs from a previous visit. Please note, however, that individual applications must be submitted to the respective schemes and will be assessed as two separate applications which may therefore have different outcomes. Please also be aware that the visiting researcher and professor schemes may not be available at certain times due to restrictions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; please check our website for up to date advice.

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