Research is international and many challenges that we face are global. As well as maintaining the strength of UK research, we want UK researchers to be able to work with the best collaborators around the world.
We focus on enabling collaborations with partners in Europe, China, India, Japan and the USA. These regions/countries are prioritised either because they are historically strong in engineering and the physical and mathematical sciences, or else they are rapidly growing their capabilities in our research areas.
As well as acting to further UK researchers’ involvement in EU research programmes, we work proactively with partners in China, India, Japan and the US in targeted joint funding initiatives.
United States, Japan, India, China
The Newton Fund is part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (PDF, 124KB), also known as the UK overseas aid budget or UK Aid. The Newton Fund was launched in 2014, consisting of an annual £75 million investment for five years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and the annual £75 million investment was doubled to £150 million by 2021. This will lead to a total UK investment of £735 million, with partner countries providing matched resources.
We work with partners in the UK and abroad to help researchers and research organisations to get maximum value from international collaborations and opportunities.
Three UKRI councils, NERC, ESRC and EPSRC have an agreement with the International Institute of Advanced Systems Analysis (IIASA). This agreement is led by NERC and enables international co-investigators based at IIASA to be eligible to receive funding on EPSRC standard grants (as well as NERC and ESRC). Information on what costs are eligible for IIASA co-investigators is provided here. If you are planning an application involving an IIASA co-investigator through this agreement, please inform firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPSRC have Lead Agency agreements with the following international funding agencies:
Lead Agency agreement with Sao Paulo Research Foundation, Lead agency agreement with Science Foundation Ireland, Lead agency agreement with the NSF, Lead agency agreement with Luxembourg
Details of EPSRC's collaborations with UK public sector partners in international strategy development.
UK Research and Innovation US office; key US partners and highlights of our work with the US
UK Research and Innovation India office; key Indian funding partners and highlights of our work with India
Highlights of our work with Japan
UK Research and Innovation China office; key Chinese funding partners and highlights of our work with China
EPSRC engagement with the EU and Science Europe; the UK Research Office.