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International Funding

This section provides information on how RCUK supports international collaboration.

RCUK works flexibly to ensure that funding mechanisms can fit the variety of interactions necessary to build partnerships, from first contact to large collaborative programmes. Details of the approaches taken by RCUK can be found under Funding International Collaboration along with examples of recent jointly funded initiatives.

There are a number of opportunities for UK researchers to access funding via the European Union. The key organisations are listed in the European Funding section along with links to their websites to enable you to find further information.

RCUK supports a number of schemes ranging from developing research links to funding international research collaborations. Details of these schemes can be found under Funding Opportunities section.

Research has always been an international endeavour and international collaboration is an important aspect of the work of RCUK.

RCUK facilitates international collaboration by bringing together the best researchers and facilities wherever they are placed in the world.

By engaging internationally we:

  • widen the scope of research by linking researchers with different skills and expertise;

  • enhance the experience of researchers by enabling them to engage with partners overseas; introducing them to new skills and ideas, especially early in a career so as to lay the foundation for career-long collaborations;

  • enable participation in large-scale research that requires international collaboration to share the cost of expensive facilities and manage large volumes of data;

  • increase the impact of research – collaboration with international partners brings significant gains in citation impact;

  • address global issues – many major research challenges, such as climate change, sustainable energy, health and security, require international solutions;

  • gain access to unique data – some phenomena are unique to a single location and many research questions span multiple sites;

  • promote the UK as a research destination – the quality of research, facilities and people makes the UK an attractive international partner for researchers and industry.

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