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Show RCUK commitment to key global responsibilities in a world where challenges cross national boundaries

The importance of co-ordinated international effort in changing views and delivering solutions to grand environmental and societal challenges is gaining greater global recognition, and continues to be a part of RCUK activities.

RCUK will:

  • address key global challenges using research as a driving force for change

    RCUK supported research often has major consequences beyond national boundaries, bringing both direct and indirect national benefits, and influencing decision making at the highest levels.

    As we implement current priority programmes and develop future priorities, we recognise the broader context of these programmes in shaping international agendas and addressing grand challenges.

  • promote the use of research to provide underpinning evidence for sound policy development

    The acceleration of globalisation and environmental change has significant impact on individuals, the economy and society. Governments and international organisations will need to make far-reaching decisions in the coming decades. To make the right informed decisions they need the best available evidence, based on excellent research.

  • work with others to recognise the value of international collaboration in building good relationships and improving understanding between nations

    Relationships fostered in research partnerships contribute to enhanced mutual understanding, improving wider collaboration and security across international borders. RCUK optimises these benefits by working with others including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Government’s Science and Innovation Network.

The RCUK International Strategy recognises the value of research findings, in addressing key global issues such as poverty, disease, hunger, environmental degradation and security, and helping to inform policy solutions.

Further information on RCUK’s commitment to key global responsibilities can be found here.

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