Agreement strengthens ties between UK and US mathematical sciences researchers

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Research ties between the UK and USA have been further strengthened through a lead agency opportunity that will boost collaboration between mathematical sciences communities in the two nations.

The lead agency agreement has been approved by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS/DMS).

Through the agreement researchers will apply to either EPSRC or MPS/DMS depending on where the largest proportion of their research will be supported, and their applications will then be subject to the peer review process of the lead agency.

It follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Research Cooperation between UKRI and the NSF in 2018, which provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between research communities in the two countries.

Professor Lynn Gladden, EPSRC Executive Chair, said: “This agreement builds on a strong history of research collaboration between the UK and the US.

“The agreement will further boost collaboration between the two communities by reducing barriers for researchers to work with each other to solve problems.”

Anne Kinney, NSF Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences said: “Mathematics has always been a global enterprise. Through this new collaboration we will help bring together the best ideas from our two countries to bear on some of the most challenging problems facing mathematics.

"The effort will not only inform existing mathematical questions, it may lead to entirely new areas of study."

For further information visit the Lead agency agreement with the NSF page.