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Supporting British-American higher education projects

In January 2011, 37 US universities and colleges were named as the recipients of our New Partnership Fund, an initiative created to rejuvenate the partnership between the world’s two leading knowledge economies by providing seed funding to 31 innovative British-American higher education projects.

Selected from hundreds of applications, winning projects came from a range of universities, including Yale University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Santa Monica Community College.

Universities were selected based on project proposals submitted jointly with UK universities, ranging from highway engineering and cancer research to harnessing entrepreneurship for social and economic development. The Institute of International Education and the American Council of Education were involved in the selection process. Over half of the UK’s 200 universities applied for the fund, demonstrating the UK’s demand for developing strategic partnerships with the US.

Many of the awards facilitated third-country partnerships, particularly joint US-UK collaborations with India and China. The Georgia Institute of Technology, for example, collaborated with the University of Manchester on a new research partnership with Beijing Institute of Technology’s School of Management and Economics exploring nanotechnology. George Washington University worked with Oxford University and Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India on cancer research. Additional third-country partnerships include links with King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and University del Valle in Cali, Colombia as well as Brazil, Kenya and Rwanda.

We offered the winning projects grants of up to £20,000 ($30,000)  to kick-start new research, joint course development, and faculty and student exchanges. The funding period ended in March 2012, but our work in facilitating knowledge partnerships will continue.

The New Partnership Fund supports the recommendations of the 2011 report (see document library below). 

Recipients of the New Partnership Fund

Virginia Tech University
University of Nottingham – Power Electronic and Transportation Engineering

Stanford University
University of Wolverhampton and Najjad Zeenni Information Technology Center of Excellence, Palestine – Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning

North Carolina State University
University of Surrey and Universidade de São Paulo-USP, Brazil – Veterinary Bioscience, Climate Change, and Human Health

University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB)
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) – Life Sciences

Georgetown University Medical Center
Queens University Belfast and National Institute of Immunology, Delhi, India – Cancer Therapeutics

Texas A&M University
Coventry University – Disaster Management and Establishing an International Rescue Center

University of Florida
Liverpool John Moores University and KEMRI, Nairobi, Kenya – Water, Sanitation, and Reproductive Health

Northwestern University
University of Essex – Electronic Engineering

Indiana State University
University of Salford – Built Environment and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northeastern University & Santa Monica College (joint project)
City University London – Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University College of Information Science & Technology
Newcastle University and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi – Climate Change and Urban Environments

Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Carnegie Mellon University (joint project) 
Welsh School of Architecture, (WSA) Cardiff University – Sustainable Post-industrial Transformations (Architecture, Urban Planning, Art, and Engineering)

Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy
University of Manchester and Beijing Institute of Technology School of Management and Economics – Nanotechnology

City University of New York and Yale University (joint project)
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – Fashion and film

Temple University
University of East Anglia – American Studies

Wright State University
Queens University Belfast –Paramagnetic Nanoparticles for Selective Heating and Catalytic Applications

Lawrence Technological University
University of Hertfordshire – Automotive Engineering

Yale University School of Medicine
University of Edinburgh and NUR Faculty of Medicine, Rwanda – Global Public Health

University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)
King’s College London – Genetics, Global Mental Health, and Immunology

Carnegie Mellon University
University of the West of England – Widening participation in STEM fields (science technology, engineering and mathematics)

Auburn University
University of Sussex and SAMAS Cape Town University – Mathematics, Statistics, and International Development

Michigan State University & Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (joint project)
University of Abertay Dundee and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – Physical and Biological Systems

University of South Florida
University of Exeter and King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Sustainable Water Infrastructure

Roosevelt University
London Metropolitan University – Creative Writing

Emory University
University of Leeds and University del Valle, Cali, Colombia – Microbiology, Public Health, and Wastewater Engineering

George Washington University
Oxford University and Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India – Cancer

Georgetown University
Queens University Belfast and National Institute of Immunology, Delhi, India – Cancer Therapeutics

Boston University
Warwick University and CARTA Consortia, Africa – Drug Design, Infectious Diseases and Immunology

UC Berkeley
University of Strathclyde – Environmental Physics, Biology, Engineering

Arizona State University
Imperial College London and University of Cyprus/Polytechnico Milano, Italy – Signal Processing for Sensor Fusion

University Wisconsin Madison

Bristol University, University Western Australia and University of Alberta – Geography