A barrier to collaborative international funding is the risk that a proposed joint project will be approved in one country but not in another. RCUK aims to simplify decision-making to ensure that projects are assessed under a single peer review system when they are funded by more than one organisation.
Support for overseas facilities
UK researchers have access to a range of state of- the-art national and overseas facilities through access arrangements agreed by RCUK. But not all the international facilities that receive support involve large pieces of equipment. For example ESRC is involved in the European Social Survey which provides consistent social and economic data from over 30 nations.
Enabling international collaboration
RCUK runs a number of schemes that foster international collaboration, from establishing first links, to developing long term relationships between researchers in the UK and another country. These include establishing partnership links between research institutions, building on existing links between research groups and extending networks, and encouraging researchers from overseas to undertake research in the UK as well as giving UK researchers the opportunity to spend time abroad.
Further information can be found in theInternational Funding Opportunities section.