Researcher Links Climate Change Challenge Grants 2020


To foster global sustainable development, fighting climate change and its effects is important. This call is one of the events carried out by the British Council in the run-up to COP26 (the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the United Nations on Climate Change), which will take place in Glasgow in November 2021.

The mission is to mobilize the power of people all over the world to interact and cooperate through culture and education to fight climate change, particularly young people and those most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

Grants to the Researcher Ties Climate Challenge (RLCC) was meant to provide financial resources to host interactive science workshops for researchers from the United Kingdom and partner countries to collaborate on innovative responses to climate change development challenges. From the viewpoint of one discipline alone, complex issues such as climate change will not be solved.




  • Virtual workshop costs: Applicants can claim a maximum of £14,700 to cover the costs for facilitators and technicians that are recruited to manage the virtual platform for smooth workshop delivery. Facilitators and technicians from the Principal applicant’s institutions are not covered.
  • Challenge prizes: For each workshop, the prizes available for joint proposals of participants from the UK and partner countries and will be in the range of £5,000 to £35,000.
  • Contribution to additional workshop costs: Principal Applicants can request a maximum of £5,000 to cover administrative costs such as interpretation costs, travel costs for visiting and post-workshop activities, communication costs including promotion and publicity, printing costs and stationery.


Proposals must fulfil the following criteria in order to be eligible for funding under this Programme:

  • Each proposal must have one Principal Applicant from the UK and one Principal Applicant from the partner country
  • Both Principal Applicants must be Leading Researchers or Established Researchers
  • Prinicipal Applicants cannot assume role of workshop Mentors
  • Principal Applicants must be permanent employees or have a fixed term contracts of one of the following (this means that Emeritus and Honorary Professors may not apply as lead):
    • A not-for-profit higher education institution unless specified otherwise
    • A UK higher education institution (all UK higher education institutions are eligible)
    • A not-for-profit research organisation. A Catapult Centre (in the case of the UK Principal Applicant).
  • Principal Applicants with a fixed term contracts must be able to deliver the grant and activities within the given duration.
  • Both of the Principal Applicants’ institutions (the ‘Lead Institutions’) must have the capacity to administer the grant where contracting requires
  • Individual departments within a single institution can make multiple applications per call provided that the proposed activities are clearly different
  • Principal Applicants may only submit one Researcher Links application per Researcher Links call.
  • Principal Applicants that have received Researcher Links grants in previous years can submit further applications for Researcher Links provided the proposed activities are clearly distinct from, or build on, any already funded through Researcher Links (for example, under the Newton Fund). In all cases the additionality must be clearly articulated in the application.
  • Researchers based in an overseas campus in the partner country must apply as the Principal Applicant of the partner country. They should also recruit mentors and participants from the partner country. Locally appointed researchers in an overseas campus are also encouraged to apply as the Principal Applicant of the partner country. However, in this case the UK Principal Applicant must not be affiliated with the UK Higher Education Institution which owns the overseas campus.
  • Not-for-profit higher education institutions or publicly-funded research organisations are eligible to apply as Lead Institutions. For-profit organisations and not-for-profit organisations can participate in but are usually not eligible to apply for Researcher Links grants. Furthermore, for-profit organisations are not eligible to receive any grant funds.


  • Please download and read fully the documents in the Downloads section at the bottom of the official link.
  • A Word version of the application form is provided to help you prepare your application. Please note that this is provided for preparation purposes only and must not be used to submit your application.
  • Apply online through the Apply Now link.
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Application Deadline: November 27, 2020 (6 Days Remaining)APPLY NOWOFFICIAL LINK