UK-Colombia Industry Academia Partnership Programme

Under its remit as a delivery partner of the Newton-Caldas Fund, the Academy has partnered with Promigas and Ruta N to o strengthen capacity and develop capabilities within Colombian engineering higher education and research institutions to enhance their engineering education, research and innovation output through strengthening industry linkages and leveraging UK expertise. The Programme is based upon the premise that strategic linkages between industry and academia can improve quality and foster innovation and entrepreneurship within engineering, in turn enhancing employability of graduates and boosting economic development through application-inspired research and innovation.

Through this Programme the Academy aims to support case studies of excellence in bilateral collaboration which in themselves will generate significant long term benefit, as well as produce models replicable by others and generate lessons which can help inform bilateral and national-level higher education, research and innovation policy. For more information on the Programme, please view the Programme Brochure and see the following project case study:

Using AI to improve sustainability of Colombian Oil Palm crop farming


Types of activities supported

This call offers financial support for travel, subsistence and salary support costs related to visits and exchanges that support collaborative activities amongst industry and academic partners in Colombia and the UK. Under this call we will support proposals that fit with one or more of the IAPP’s identified outcome areas:

  1. Enhanced industry input into engineering curricula and teaching in Colombian universities to improve the quality and uptake of practical engineering skills and help develop a talent pipeline for emerging and/or currently skill-scarce industries
  2. Develop new partnerships and strengthen bilateral collaboration in engineering research and knowledge-sharing between industry and academia counterparts to develop new capabilities within Colombian universities
  3. Formation of deep, strategic bilateral partnerships between industry and academia around application-inspired engineering research and innovation which aims to solve economic and social development challenges faced by Colombia or globally 
  4. Improved industry-academia interface to help systemically foster deeper engagement amongst actors in the innovation eco-systems of both countries and create different models of industry-academic engagement for wider sharing and adoption

The lead applicant will be an individual at a Colombian university which must propose a means of collaboration with co-applicants that meet the above-identified Programme outcome areas. Co-applicants must include at least one local industry partner and at least one UK university or research institution partner. Additional partners are not obliged but are encouraged, especially the involvement of UK industry partners. Industry partners are defined broadly and may be institutions of any size within private, public or NGO sectors.

Applications which are either led by, or involve as co-applicants, Universities from the Colombian Caribbean coastal region are particularly encouraged.

Applications aligned to Government of Colombia Missions and Strategies related to economic development, environmental sustainability and education areas are particularly encouraged. 

Finance and Timeframe

This call offers grants of up to £50,000 to support travel, subsistence and salary support costs related to conducting collaborative activities amongst industry and academic partners in Partner Countries and the UK. The grant value requested must be at least 50% matched in funding or in-kind resources by the applying consortia. Additional matched funding above 50% will be viewed positively, being further evidence of the value placed on the collaboration and its potential for impact.

As a result of the call, a series of grants in the range of GBP £10,000 to GBP £50,000 will be issued. The project duration will not exceed 24 months, including all project activities and final reporting. The proposed start date for the project must be within April 2019 and all projects, including submission of reports, must be completed by end of April 30 2021. 80% of the award amount will be given up front with the remaining 20% on completion of a satisfactory final report. 

Please note that successful applications can be awarded funding in either of two ways:

  • Funding to be awarded to a single partner which can either be the lead Partner Country university OR the lead UK academic institution
  • The award can be split between the lead Partner Country university AND the lead UK academic institution as per the budget for each country

In either case the recipients of grant monies will be expected to provide all parties with the grant resources to enable the programme of activities to take place as per the programme budget submitted to the Academy. Partnering universities should reach agreement regarding who the grant recipient should be before the application is submitted. Evidence of such will be required at the contractual stage.

Selected applicants will also benefit from access to secondments, trainings and facilities access offered by Promigas.

For any questions concerning the programme, please contact Shaarad Sharma or the International team.