Royal Academy of Engineering: research exchanges with China and India

Royal Academy of Engineering logoThis scheme is now open for applications for travel in 2014-2015. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm (GMT) on Monday 18 November 2013.

The scheme enables engineering researchers at UK Higher Education institutions to travel to a Chinese or Indian institution, or China/India-based researchers to spend time at a UK institution (a one-way exchange). Exchanges where a researcher at a UK-based Institution travels to a Chinese/Indian institution and a China/India based researcher at that institution also travels to the same UK institution are also allowed (a two-way exchange).

The main objectives are to:

  • promote collaboration between high quality engineering researchers in the UK and China/India, which continue beyond the Academy supported exchange.
  • allow researchers to gain international experience and access world-class expertise.
  • strengthen relations between leading partners in these countries and support the expansion of international Networks of Excellence in engineering research.

Awards support visits of 3-12 months and should be part of longer-term efforts to build UK-China/India partnerships.

Awards provide funding at a flat rate of £2000 per month of exchange visit (up to £24,000 for 12 months total exchange visit/s), regardless of the direction of travel or whether the exchange is one- or two-way.

Exchanges between 3-6 months may be either pre-existing collaborations or new collaborations. Exchanges longer than 6 months building on pre-existing collaborations must initiate new technical dimensions, as continuation studies will not be supported.


Researchers should have an excellent and established track record in research. All researchers travelling overseas must be at post-doctoral level or above (or demonstrate equivalent research experience).

The UK and overseas researchers applying should have a permanent position at a University or Research Institute.

Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible.

For further information please contact Research & Income Generation Support at Research & Enterprise, or:

Catherine Lawrence
The Royal Academy of Engineering
3 Carlton House Terrace

Tel. +44 (0)20 7766 0642