Since 2018, IRIM has been implementing the Gobi Framework for Sustainable Infrastructure Partnerships: Scaling up Praxis from Mongolia to Central Asia, a collaborative project with the University of Oxford (UK) and University of Central Asia. The project aims to develop a framework for sustainable infrastructure development to promote inclusive economic development and social welfare in the context of Chinese mega infrastructure initiatives in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Proposed impact activity and legacy of the project are to:

  • Develop learning pathways between Mongolia and Central Asia through joint research, publications and networking events such as workshops and knowledge exchanges;
  • Provide training and mentorship for early career researchers;

Within this cooperation the Oxford Co-Investigator of our project Dr. Ariell Ahearn, Course Director for the MSc/MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance and a departmental lecturer in the School for Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford conducted a workshop on writing research grant proposal for funding bodies in UK, on 8 January 2020 in Ulaanbaatar.

The workshop was open for everyone who would like to participate and covered researchers, professors, students and NGO representatives. The session provided participants with information about current funding available in the UK, eligibility criteria for application and the application procedure.  

The project regularly organizes knowledge sharing events in Mongolia and Central Asia. For more information about the project please visit the official website of the project at and Facebook page at