Collaborations between social scientists and organisations in the private, public and civil society sectors increases research influence on policy and practice. We encourage collaborative work through a range of schemes and initiatives.

Working with business

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Collaboration between academic researchers and business organisations is an effective way of informing business strategy and practice.

Working with the public sector

Houses of Parliament

We collaborate with central and local government to identify research that can inform policy.

Working with civil society

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We work collaboratively with the civil society sector to enhance and develop research evidence with, for and on the sector to inform policy and practice.

Working with academia

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We have a close relationship with the academic community and award holders, and work with a wide range of organisations from within academia.

Public engagement


We aim to encourage public dialogue and participation, as well as supporting researchers in engaging with the public.

Knowledge exchange

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Opportunities to get involved in knowledge exchange are available from the PhD stage through to senior academic level.

Collaborative research

Connected across the world

Many of our research investments are through collaborations with other Research Councils and research users.

International research


Find out about overseas research, inviting overseas collaborators to your institution, and how to get involved in international research networks.