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COP26 Trilateral Research Initiative


© Mat Wright

Ahead of and beyond COP26 , the British Council is working with partners worldwide to launch an innovative and creative programme of engagement to bring people – principally young people – together to connect and collaborate through arts, culture, education, science and the English language to find solutions to and take action on climate change.

This call is one of many activities the British Council is delivering in the run up to COP26 (the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties) in Glasgow from 1 – 12 November 2021. This will be the largest international climate change summit the UK has hosted, bringing together over 30,000 delegates including heads of states, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.

About this opportunity

This opportunity has been designed to establish, develop and support trilateral collaborative partnerships between institutions in the UK, Japan and one or more ASEAN countries or territories.

We have available a fund for two one-off grants of up to £50,000 each to support research projects. Trilateral collaborative research proposals must be focused on key climate and/or environmental issues facing one or more ODA-eligible ASEAN countries or territories.

The research project must have societal and or economic development outcomes which will benefit and contribute to solving the environmental issues faced in an ODA country or territory, and be aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 13 and other related SDGs.

The Trilateral Research Initiative aims to:

  • Establish new research networks and collaborations in the field of climate research between the UK, Japan and one or more ASEAN countries or territories which are eligible for Overseas Development Assistance (ODA);
  • Develop and implement research projects which contribute to solving the existing climate change related problems of the ASEAN ODA-eligible partner country or territory;
  • Stimulate innovative research ideas and encourage sustainable collaborations between the research partners beyond the initial funding;
  • Foster an interdisciplinary approach to climate research by bringing together early career researchers from different fields to collaborate on finding solutions to climate challenges facing one or more ASEAN ODA-eligible country or territory.

For further information about the offer, please refer to our Call guidelines document, which you can view in our Downloadssection below.

Who can apply?

Full eligibility criteria can be found in the Call guidelines document which you’ll find in the Downloads section below.

How to apply

All applicants should refer to the Call guidelines document before completing the Application form and Grant budget spreadsheet which you will also find in the Downloads section below.

The lead institution from each country or territory should be defined in the application form. One lead institution should also be designated for contact and grant administration purposes. The application form should be sent by this lead institution.

All completed applications should be submitted to ihe@britishcouncil.or.jp.


All proposals must be submitted by Friday 29 January 2021 by 5pm (UK time).

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