AHRC International Strategy
Three principal aims:
1. Facilitating access to other funding sources
2. Fostering collaboration to improve the quality of funded research
3. Improving operational effectiveness and evaluation through cooperation and sharing of best practice
Strategy focuses on Europe, US, China Region and South Asia.
BBSRC International Strategy
Aim: "That the UK remains a world leader in the biosciences, and that academic research, industrial R&D and the UK economy benefit from the increasing scientific activity across the globe."
Four interrelated areas of activity:
1. Promoting movement of people
2. Enabling international research and collaboration
3. Ensuring access to world-class infrastructure and information
4. Discharging its global responsibilities
EPSRC International Strategy
1. Provide funding for UK researchers to collaborate internationally with their chosen partners.
2. Help UK researchers to do well from European Union programmes. The Framework Programme has many opportunities and we, together with other organisations, can provide help and support to ensure that UK research is well connected into the European Research Area.
3. Work closely with other UK organisations involved in international research, including Research Councils UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Office of Science and Innovation, British Council, Royal Society and the UK Research Office in Brussels.
4. Be well-informed about international science policy developments to make sure that our decisions are informed by current international thinking.
5. Involve the international research community in EPSRC activities, particularly through international reviews of EPSRC programmes and involvement of overseas researchers, especially from target countries, in peer review.
Focused on developing collaborations with US, Europe, China, India and Japan.
ESRC International Strategy
Goal: By 2010, being one of the global champions of international social and economic science.
Activity is focused upon working to:
1. Remove barriers to international research collaboration
2. Achieve a leading status for the UK in European collaboration
3. Establish the UK as the partner of choice for US social and economic researchers, and as a key partner for newly-emerging regions of research strength
4. Become a world leader in social science data issues
5. Work productively with relevant UK Government departments in procuring the best possible research evidence for public policy
The ESRC aims to embed international engagement in every aspect of its activities including training, capacity development, responsive grant schemes, research resources, knowledge transfer, and major research investments such as centres.
MRC International Strategy
Addresses two main themes:
1. Global health research where the outcomes will benefit health in the UK and developing countries
2. International research that enhances the competitiveness of the UK knowledge and health base
Focus of international work:
1. To influence and shape the international research agenda
2. To encourage international collaboration in biomedical research
3. To encourage the movement of researchers and promote the UK as the partner of choice
NERC International Strategy
NERC states that it will:
1. Work with scientists, funders and environmental policy makers from the UK, the EU, other countries and international organisations;
2. Fund world-class scientists to work in and with the UK community. It will fund UK scientists to collaborate with the best groups, wherever located;
3. Encourage UK scientists to establish international collaborations at early stages in their careers. It will work to overcome the barriers to overseas research students wishing to study in the UK;
4. Provide support for UK participation and leadership in international collaborative programmes;
5. Enhance international collaboration within its own programmes.
STFC International Strategy
STFC came into being on 1 April 2007. It is still in the process of formulating its policies and strategies.