Global Alliance

We want the very best of the world connected to the very best of the UK. That’s why we built this programme; to form international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions and people from every corner of the globe. It is innovation diplomacy at its best.


As the United Kingdom, we’re entering a new phase in our international relations. It has never been more important to foster long-lasting partnerships with the global community. Forming these strategic links will help to drive innovation locally, through the UK’s governing bodies, businesses and institutions and bring our talent to a broader audience.

But it’s not just about bringing UK innovation to the rest of the world. Many of the challenges we now face are universal, and having an international perspective on their solutions is critical. We can’t help to shape the future of the world in isolation. As an outward-looking society, we need to build global alliances, from the top tier of international relations down to individual organisations and people.

Find out more about the work we undertake every day to assure the UK’s place at the forefront of global innovation. Talk to our team now to see how we can help you find an international partner that could take your project to the next level.


Our current global activity

This Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa 6-year (2019-2025) project funded by UK International Development aims to build new and stronger UK-African partnerships to maximise the creation of inclusive market access, funding and investment opportunities through innovation knowledge transfer between the UK, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Horizon Europe is an opportunity for all types of UK organisations (including businesses and academia) to get funding for research and innovation.

Global Expert Missions (GEM) creates global opportunities for UK research and innovation by forging strategic partnerships with key countries and businesses.

Related Opportunities

UK - Germany Bilateral: Collaborative R&D Round 3

Opens: 07/02/2024 Closes: 03/06/2024

UK registered organisations, collaborating with at least one German SME, can apply for a share of up to £4m for projects in emerging technologies.

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Global Incubator Programme: Canada - AI in Health

Opens: 22/01/2024 Closes: 15/03/2024

Innovate UK EDGE seeks up to 8 companies developing health tech using AI-powered solutions to join a programme working with Canada.

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UK-Switzerland CR&D Round 2

Opens: 05/02/2024 Closes: 01/05/2024

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4m for innovative projects with Swiss partners in all technologies.

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Global Incubator Programme: Singapore - Cleantech

Opens: 29/01/2024 Closes: 11/03/2024

Innovate UK EDGE seek up to 8 innovative companies supplying technology to the Cleantech sector for a programme in Singapore.

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UK-South Korea CR&D 2024

Opens: 26/02/2024 Closes: 22/05/2024

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6m for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea.

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Global Business Innovation Programme in the USA - Engineering Biology & Industrial Biotechnology

Opens: 27/02/2024 Closes: 13/03/2024

Innovate UK seeks companies with expertise in Engineering Biology & Translational Industrial Biotechnology to join our programme in San Jose, California.

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Related Events and Recordings


Horizon Europe Hour Q&A Sessions

10.00 - 11.00 GMT | Online

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Creating a New Future of Energy in Southern Africa

15.30 - 18.30 GMT | Cape Town/Online

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Horizon Europe Event: The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking

10.00 - 12.00 GMT | Online

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Eureka Programme Support & Partner Brokerage Event

13.30 - 16.00 GMT | Online

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