Going Global partnership grant

Part of the Going Global Partnerships programme, this grant is aimed at India-UK partnerships for the co-creation of joint programmes of study. The partnerships will increase the exchange of ideas and knowledge and deepen understanding through the creation of teaching modules with shared objectives, delivery plans, assessment, and quality assurance processes.

The key objective of the grant is to enhance opportunities for students in India and the UK and experience an international learning experience.

Two types of grants will be awarded under the Going Global Partnerships Grants

  • Exploratory Grants - This will support nascent partnerships that require assistance to create strong plans for TNE (Transnational Education) and teaching collaborations. Awardees will jointly develop courses that meet global standards and allow easy credit comparability. The grant may be given to a consortium of up to four UK and Indian institutional partnerships.

There will be scope within the grant to secure consultancy services from ENIC, QAA, and others or deploy resources towards developing joint and collaborative teaching programmes at both undergraduate and graduate levels within the subject of interest. In the 2021-22 financial year, we anticipate awarding approximately ten grants between £15,000 to £20,000.

  • Collaboration Grants - This will be awarded to pre-existing partners to expand the scope of work to include joint and collaborative teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levelsLike the Exploratory grants, the key objective will be the development of a teaching and collaboration model, and a course or module that contributes towards UK and India bachelor’s or master’s qualifications.

The partners will be able to secure consultancy services from the UK service providers such as ENIC, QAA, and others. They will additionally be able to earmark a part of the grant to give TNE bursaries or scholarships to students to enable them to experience the UK education. A proposal for implementing learning within the state system through incentives, dissemination workshops or any other indication of systemic support will be desirable. In the 2021-22 financial year, we anticipate awarding two to three grants between the value of £30,000 to £100,000 each.

Last date for submission of application for the grant is 12 October 2021.

Selection criteria for partnerships - Exploratory Grant

  1. UK and Indian institutions to have identified potential Indian partner/s and an initial plan in place.
  2. UK and Indian partners must have committed resources for the plan to leverage the grant and carry beyond the scope of the British Council grant.
  3. The partners must have international experience of setting up TNE collaborations that they could use to shape their Indian engagement within the existing regulations in partner institutions' jurisdictions.
  4. They must demonstrate that they have strength in the theme or area of collaboration through high ranking, industry-academia linkages, research and innovation, and great student learning experience.
  5. 85 per cent activities should happen by March 2022, but the grant utilisation period will be open up to 31 May 2022.
  6. The grant will be disbursed in one tranche by December 2021, with an interim report by 15 March 2022 and a full report by May 2022.
  7. Consortium may have up to four universities where at least one of them is from the UK and India. Consortiums will be given preference over one-to-one partnerships.

Selection criteria for partnerships - Collaboration Grant

  1. UK Lead Applicant University must have an existing successful collaboration with one or more Indian Universities for more than one year in any area such as joint research collaboration, twinning arrangements, etc.
  2. Larger consortium of at least four to eight universities with a strong plan of systemic impact will be given preference
  3. Consortiums must have resources and other funds committed to this collaboration, and any value added to the grant will be considered desirable.
  4. Preference will be given to consortium sponsored or approved by state governments in India and/or aligned to both countries' state and national priorities.
  5. Consortium must demonstrate that they have strength in the thematic area of collaboration through high ranking, industry-academia linkages, research and innovation in the area, and a great student learning experience.
  6. Consortium must demonstrate international experience of setting up TNE collaboration and articulation agreements in other parts of the world, which they could use to shape their Indian engagement within the provisions of local regulations.
  7. Grant will be disbursed in two tranches by December 2021 and March 2022. An Interim report will be needed by 15 March 2022, for remaining tranche release by 31 March 2022. The proposed activities are to be completed by 31 December 2022 and Final report submitted by 31 January 2023.

Other conditions for awarding the Grant

  1. All grants will be disbursed to the UK Higher Education Institutions, and they will be responsible for the modalities of sharing the grants with their Indian partners for activities related to the projectThere is no requirement for the split to be of a particular ratio, but it should be mutual and equitably address the partnership’s goal.
  2. The themes and subjects selected for the teaching-learning modules should not be culturally insensitive, controversial or matters related to India’s internal security. Other than this requirement, it is open to all subject areas.
  3. Preference will be given if the themes for collaborative teaching- learning development are in areas that have a strong market demand.
  4. For the Exploratory grant, 85 per cent of the activities are expected to be completed in the creation of the materials, procurement of consultancy services for the development of joint courses and credit mapping by March 2022. For the Collaboration grant, the percentage will be 70 by March 2022.

Who can apply

The grant is available to all UK and Indian Higher Education Institutions applicants who would like to create a joint programme of study in a common thematic area.

For the Exploratory grant, applicants must include at least one university from the UK that will be the Lead Applicant and one Indian university as the co-applicant. A maximum of four universities can partner for this grant.

For the Collaboration grant, applicants may have a partnership of four to eight universities, where at least one university is from the UK. Universities must fill the application jointly, and the Lead Applicant (one of the UK universities) must submit the application.

Indian Institutions may be government or privately funded and recognised by state governments, UGC, AICTE, or any other competent body in India. Indian institutes of eminence, Indian institutes of national importance are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please read the application guidance note and submit the application form before the deadline with all accompanying attachments as instructed.

*Please check the downloads section below for call application guideline, budget sheet and application in word document (for reference only.) You will need to submit the final form online using the links given above.

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  • Webinar 1: Tuesday 21 September, 15:00 – 16.30 hours (IST)
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For more information, write to us at GoingGlobalIndia@in.britishcouncil.org