Exeter – UBC Collaboration Fund


The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) at the University of Exeter and the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) have a successful history of collaborative working. The Exeter-UBC Engineering Fund supports academics at the University of Exeter and the University of British Columbia to both build on existing collaborations and to develop new links.

Colleagues are invited to apply for a maximum of $5000 / £3000 for an individual fellowship to travel between Exeter and the University of British Columbia. Fellowships can be used to cover costs of flights (economy class only), accommodation, internal transfers, and subsistence. Applicants will need to comply with the expenses policy of their home institution.


  • The fellowship should develop and expand relationships between CEMPS, specifically, but not limited to, the Department of Engineering (Exeter) and School of Engineering at (UBCO).
  • Applications are encouraged that will support both research and education
  • Any academic member of staff in Engineering. Applicants must demonstrate that they have,
    • a) obtained the approval of their Head of Department before applying and
    • b) have an established contact at the University they wish to visit.
  • Applications will be judged by a panel comprised of academics and where appropriate professional services staff from the CEMPS and School of Engineering.
  • The award can apply to colleagues across Exeter and Penryn (University of Exeter) and Okanagan and Vancouver (University of British Columbia) campuses.


  • Development of Partnerships: Collaborative proposals involving researchers from Engineering at both institutions will be given priority. Proposals that can demonstrate how they will extend the partnerships between Exeter and the University of British Columbia are encouraged.  
  • Purpose of award: It is essential that the application highlights the potential of their award to develop high quality research or education impacts. Applications with a clear plan for development of external funding applications, joint research activity, joint publication or joint education initiatives will be prioritized. This should be accompanied with indicators of how the achievement of the objectives will be measured and expected follow-up activity.
  • Evidence of previous exploratory work: It is expected that applicants will have established contact with their colleagues at the partner institution before applying. Evidence of previous work relating to the project prior to the visit is desirable, but not essential.
  • Environmental awareness and planning: Establishing, developing and strengthening our global relationships is an important aspect of extending the presence, reach and impact of both the Universities of Exeter and British Columbia around the world, and we fully recognise and support the vital role that in-person visits and interactions play in this. In a time where we are all becoming increasingly aware of the impact of our travels on the environment, priority will be given to those applications where careful thought has been given over to the climate impact of the initiative, where the genuine added value and benefit of the travel has been clearly described and justified and where consideration has been given to how the collaboration will be sustained and carried forward sustainably, before, during and after the visit.



Funding Call Opens 7 December 2019
Application Deadline 13 January 2020
Applicants notified of outcome 7 February 2020
All visits must be completed by 31 July 2020



All successful applicants will be required to complete a post-visit report confirming how funding was spent and detailing how the visit delivered on the activity described in their application. Post-visit report forms will be e-mailed to applicants 12 weeks after the completion of their visit. Where appropriate, public-facing outputs (talks, seminars, workshops, pop-ups, etc) may be supplied to supplement this report.