The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) was a shared commitment between the United Kingdom and the United States to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US and selected emerging economies (Brazil, China, India and Indonesia).
Announced in June 2013 by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Global Innovation Initiative was consistent at the time with Prime Minister David Cameron’s and President Barack Obama’s broader commitment to enhancing higher education collaborations between the UK, the US, and other countries. GII was formally launched in the UK in October 2013 by the Rt. Hon David Willetts MP. The Initiative was funded by the British Council and the former Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills in the UK and by the Department of State in the US.
GII awarded grants to university consortia focusing on STEM-related issues of global significance. The grants intended to bring mutual benefit to higher education institutions in the UK, US, and selected countries through the enhancement of institutional ties and the development of multilateral relationships.
GII grants of up to £150,000 were awarded under one of the following thematic areas:
- Energy, environment and climate change
- Urban development
- Agriculture, food security, and water
- Global health
Two parallel but separate grant competitions were offered between the UK and US. Proposals required at least one higher education institution from the UK, the US, and Brazil, China, India or Indonesia.
Partnerships led by a UK institution applied through the UK competition administered by the British Council. Those led by a US institution applied through the US competition administered by the Institute of International Education.