ESRC International Partnership and Networking Scheme (IPNS)

Second IPNS call

The International Partnership and Networking Scheme is no longer running. The call is closed and the details below are for information only.

ESRC is pleased to invite applications for the first round of its International Partnership and Networking Scheme (IPNS), aimed at fostering the development of long-term relationships with overseas social scientists in areas of interest that are of direct relevance to ESRC's current strategic priorities. 

International Partnership and Networking Scheme awards are intended to provide flexible support for a programme of activity with the objective of establishing sustainable collaborations, leading to the development of joint research proposals. Activities which might constitute an IPNS programme of activity might include (but are not limited to) visiting fellowships, scholar exchanges, workshops and summer schools. While some modest research costs can be requested (ie for data exploration) it is not intended that IPNS awards will be used to fund collaborative research. Applicants seeking support for collaborative research funding can submit applications to standard ESRC research calls by making use of our International Co-Investigator Policy or via one of our bilateral or multilateral agreements. Such applications may be one of the outcomes of an IPNS.

Applications must be submitted by a UK Research Organisation eligible for Research Council Funding. This year the ESRC expects to make approximately 15-20 awards of up to £25,000 (100 per cent fEC) each for a period of between two and four years. Applicants are encouraged to seek both institutional and additional funding from the partnering country.

The deadline for receipt of applications was 16.00 on 12 October 2011. Successful grants were announced in February 2012 and started on or after 1 April 2012.

FAPESP funding

It is now possible for IPN applications including a partner from the state of São Paulo to request funding from FAPESP. More information is available on the bilateral agreement page.

Further information

How to apply:

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