The Industry Academia Collaborative Grant is a part of the Going Global Partnerships programme that has been initiated by the British Council to promote collaboration between industry and academia.

The objective of the grant is to catalyse industry academia partnerships that will allow academia and industry to work in sync, prepare work ready workforce, reduce on the job training cost, and make learners more employable. The grant aims to build stronger, more inclusive, industry connected higher education systems that support global development impacts.  

The grant will support in building Industry academia collaboration for a more joined up approach leading to excellence in higher education, work ready workforce and quality research outputs for the benefit of the industry and the academia.

Key Dates

  • Call open: Monday, 22 May 2023
  • Call to be closed: Monday, 24 July 2023
  • Result to be announced (tentatively): August 2023

How to apply

Please click here to access the online application form. Sample application form is available in the downloads section. Please note, email submissions will not be accepted hence to apply, please fill in the online application form.


For more details, please refer to call guidelines.


Selection Criteria:

  1. The application must be a joint application, with three partnering institutions with representation from UK and Indian institutions and the industry partner (from India/UK). The consortium must have one lead applicant based at a UK institution, one co-applicant based at an Indian institution and one industry partner either from India or UK, with clear roles in the consortium.
  2.  Applications must be supported by the signing authority of all the participating Indian and UK institutions and the industry partner. Letter of support on the institution letter head should be sent Consortium with a strong plan of systemic impact will be given preference.
  3. Consortiums must have committed resources and other funds for this collaboration. Any value add to the proposal in terms of additional funds and resources is desirable. Preference will be given to consortium sponsored or approved by state governments in India and/or aligned to both countries' state and national priorities.
  4. Proposal must demonstrate strength of the consortium m in the proposed thematic area of collaboration through high ranking, industry-academia linkages, research and innovation, and a great student learning experience.
  5. Grant will be disbursed in two tranches: October 2023 and February 2024. Please refer call guidelines for full details.

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 this partnership should not be culturally insensitive, controversial or matters related to UK and 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 proposals are in areas that have a strong market demand.

Application Support webinar

If you are interested to apply for this grant and need support with the application process, this webinar is for you.

British Council India is delivering Application support webinar on Tuesday, 13th June 2023 to support interested applicants with the application process and resolve their queries. To register, please click here and fill the registration form. Link to join the webinar will be shared a day before the webinar is scheduled.

Who can apply?

The grant is available to all UK and Indian Higher Education Institutions and industry applicants who would like to collaborate on a larger theme in areas like (this list is indicative in nature and not exhaustive) product / process innovation, course / module development, research, creation of knowledge, develop employable workforce, and an opportunity for learners to work on new technologies and challenging problems.

Indian Institutions may be one of the following:

  • Government or privately funded higher education institute, recognised by state or central governments and its institutions like UGC, AICTE, or any other competent body in India.
  • Indian institutes of eminence, Indian institutes of national importance are encouraged to apply.

UK Institution must be one of the following:

  • Higher Education provider with degree awarding powers. .  
  • Not-for-profit research institutions, establishment and organisations.  
  •  Any public or private organisations with a role in the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET)/Further Education (FE) system 

Industry must be one of the following:

  • For-profit/commercial organisations, including micro, small, medium and large enterprises

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