We are committed to helping UK researchers to overcome barriers to international collaborative research. We are pleased to announce agreements with research funding agencies in several countries, which will facilitate bilateral collaborations between UK social scientists and researchers in those countries.

Agreement has been reached with the following funding agencies:

Agreements with France, Germany and the Netherlands now come under the Open Research Area (ORA).

Bilateral agreements do not represent a separate stream of research funding, but enable international collaborations to be submitted to the open standard grants competition. The agreements only apply to standard grant proposals. Unless specified otherwise, the normal rules of standard research grants apply to proposals submitted under bilateral agreements.

For further information on the agreements, please contact international@esrc.ac.uk.