Select Committee on Science and Technology Ninth Report

7  Conclusion

117. This Report has highlighted the variety and number of schemes organised by the Government, Research Councils, Learned Societies and others that support international research activities. We are concerned, not by a lack of work in this area, but by the poor co-ordination between schemes and the lack of visibility of the schemes. We acknowledge that the Research Councils, encouraged by GSIF, have already taken steps to address these problems by developing an over-arching RCUK strategy, by creating a RCUK international team and by establishing more offices overseas. We hope that these steps are the beginning of a more high-profile, coherent and co-ordinated approach by the Research Councils to international work and that appropriate measurements are developed to demonstrate its impact.

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