Consistent with the vision set by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barak Obama in joint statements in 2011 and 2012, the Global Innovation Initiative (GII) was created to support multilateral research collaboration to address global challenges. Following the June 2013 announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, hosted the formal UK launch of the Global Innovation Initiative in October 2013.
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 will administer the U.S. competition and the British Council will administer the UK competition.
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.
Approximately 16 grants will be awarded ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 (U.S. competition) or from £100,000 to £150,000 (UK competition).
Selected 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 emerging economies through the enhancement of institutional ties and the development of multilateral relationships. The Department of State and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have identified the following four emerging economies as designated countries for the Global Innovation Initiative: