Announced in June 2013 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and formally launched in October 2013 by Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, the Global Innovation Initiative is a higher education partnership grant opportunity established between the United States and the United Kingdom aimed at strengthening multilateral research collaborations between universities in the U.S., UK, and other selected countries. The Global Innovation Initiative will award grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships. The Institute of International Education is administering the U.S. grant competition. For information about the UK grant competition, please visit the British Council grant competition webpage.
Goals of the Global Innovation Initiative
- To increase the global mobility of students, researchers, faculty, and higher education administrators from the U.S., the UK, and other countries;
- To develop a cadre of people in the U.S., UK, and other countries who have the international experience, outlook and knowledge to confront global challenges and operate in a global context;
- To encourage international collaborations that develop capacity across a range of universities in the U.S., the UK, and other countries;
- To forge university and business linkages that support a globally mobile talent pool and a multinational base for the exchange of discovery and innovation.
The following STEM-related issues are priority areas for the grant competition:
- Energy, climate change and the environment
- Agriculture, food security and water
- Public health and wellbeing
The U.S. grant competition will award approximately 10 grants ranging from $150,000 to $250,000.
Designated Other Countries
The Global Innovation Initiative grants are intended to bring mutual benefit to higher education institutions in the U.S., the UK, and selected countries with growing economies through the enhancement of institutional ties and the development of multilateral relationships. The U.S. Department of State and UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have identified the following four emerging economies as designated countries for the Global Innovation Initiative: