International funding

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

  • Newton Fund
    The Newton Fund is a new initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. It was launched by the Chancellor in April 2014, and will deliver £375 million of funding over the course of five years. The fund forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • EqUIP
    The EU-India Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities will bring together research funding and support organisations in Europe and India in order to develop a stronger strategic partnership.
  • 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