The University of Sheffield receives British Council funding to develop Kazakhstan energy links

The University of Sheffield has received almost £40k from the British Council to organise a series of workshops aimed at helping solve energy and environmental challenges in Kazakhstan.

The two workshops are being coordinated by Energy2050, a research initiative at the University of Sheffield and two Kazakh Universities, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and Nazarbayev University. The workshops aim to serve as a platform to contribute to the discussions on key topics related to energy system and rural development in Kazakhstan in context of climate change.

The workshops will connect together early career and established researchers in UK and Kazakhstan working on energy issues and a focus will be made on building links for future collaborations.

Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Head of Energy Engineering Research at the University of Sheffield said: “By working together and sharing our expertise, engineers and scientists across the world can tackle energy challenges. These workshops will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration between the UK and Kazakhstan, developing long-term links.”

If you’re an Early Career Researcher who is interested in these workshops, please download the following advert and application form.

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For further information, please contact Dr Dora Fazekas


Funding opportunity for UK and Kazakhstani collaboration

The British Council and JSC Science Fund have announced a call for proposals for Institutional Links grants under the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme. These are grants for the development of research and innovation collaborations between UK and Kazakhstani institutions at the group, departmental or institutional level, as well as the commercial and not-for-profit sector.

Grants will be between £50,000 and £300,000 over a period of between four months and two years and will cover collaborations between the UK and Kazakhstan. Grants can cover costs which support research and innovation collaboration, including:

·         research-related costs

·         the exchange of researchers, students and industry staff (including SMEs and not-for-profit organisations)

·         the costs of organising meetings, seminars, training

·         other activities to establish and strengthen collaborative links.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 16:00 UK time on 27 June 2016.

For further information on this call or the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme more widely, please contact or