International scientific collaboration with Japan, tackling infectious diseases in India and the development of clean energy technologies in Canada are just three areas where UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will partner with world-leading collaborators to push boundaries, create new partnerships and meet 21st century challenges.

These are part of a £79 million investment in international projects announced, that will see UK researchers and innovators working with their counterparts across the globe. 

ESRC is leading on two of the projects supported through the Fund for International Collaboration and delivered by UKRI. The Fund involves collaborators from 17 lead countries and ESRC’s projects amount to a £3 million investment.

The Fund aims to enhance the UK’s excellence in research and innovation through global engagement, forging new bilateral and multilateral research and innovation programmes with global partners.

ESRC is leading the Trans-Atlantic Platform Call on Social Innovation (with Canada) and the ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Call (with Japan).

Trans-Atlantic Platform Call on Social Innovation is providing the opportunity for collaborative research proposals on the topic of “social innovation” and brings together funding organisations from Canada, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland. The Social Innovation Call for Proposals supports research in areas such as social inclusion, inclusive growth, wellbeing and public service delivery. The call is open until 14 February 2019, funding decisions are expected to be announced in September 2019.

UKRI support: £1.5 million

Partner organisations:

  • Brazil: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
  • Canada: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Canada: Fonds de Recherche du Québec Société et culture (FRQSC)
  • Germany: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (DLR Project Management Agency
  • Finland: Suomen Akatemia (AKA)
  • France Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
  • The Netherlands: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek 
  • (NWO)
  • Poland:  Narodowe Centrum Badań I Rozwoju (NCBR)
  • UK: UK Research and Innovation ESRC and AHRC

The ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections call aims to improve the connectivity between UK and Japanese social science, arts and humanities research communities through funding for groups of researchers to make new connections and identify common interests to enable future collaborative research activity. New joint research agendas between the best researchers in both countries will ultimately enhance the volume and strength of UK-Japanese partnerships in the social sciences and humanities.

UKRI support: £1.5 million