International funding

We currently support international collaboration through the following schemes and initiatives:

  • Research seminars
    The research seminars competition aims to create networks and bring people together from a range of disciplines, countries and career stages. Seminar groups are multi-institutional groups of national and international academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users who meet regularly to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields.
  • International co–investigators
    We operate an international co-investigator policy on the majority of our research funding schemes. We allow the majority of applications for ESRC funding to include co-investigators from anywhere in the world. We will fund the direct costs of research associated with an international co-investigator to an amount up to 30 per cent of the total costs of the grant.
  • Bilateral and lead agency agreements
    We support UK collaboration with partner agencies in areas of mutual strategic interest.
  • The Open Research Area (ORA)
    We support responsive mode grant applications in conjunction with the ANR (France), DFG (Germany), NWO (Netherlands) and for the first time with the NSF (USA).
  • Participation in NORFACE
    NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Co-operation in Europe) is a partnership between 15 research councils to increase co-operation in research and research policy in Europe.
  • International development research
    A key feature of these schemes is that they are open to research organisations from anywhere in the world as bid leaders.
  • EU-China
    Call for collaborative research on the Green Economy and Understanding Population Change
  • Horizon 2020
    Horizon 2020 is the EU’s research and innovation funding programme. It runs from 2014-2020 and has a budget of EUR 70.2 billion