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UK's International Engagement

This site provides links to sources of information on the UK’s international engagement in science and innovation for businesses; researchers and research organisations; and policymakers.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) works with a wide range of government and non-government organisations involved in the development and delivery of the UK’s approach to international engagement in science and innovation. Some of its international science and innovation activities include:

Other key organisations and resources offering information and support to business; researchers and research organisations; and to policymakers on international engagement are:

The seven Research Councils are the main public investors in fundamental research in the UK. Each provides its research community with flexible means to pursue international collaboration with the best researchers across the globe, wherever they are located and to encourage the mobility of researchers to and from the UK.

For business UK Trade & Investment supports R&D investments in the UK - its global R&D team consists of experts specialising in specific technologies and industry areas. UKTI has developed a wealth of marketing material and background information which can be accessed through their website.

The British Council’s SISTER website is a funding route map is for UK researchers, postgraduates and international students who are seeking funding for international collaboration in science & technology. It has been created to help researchers find sources of funding for international collaborations.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Science and Innovation Network operates in 42 missions in 30 countries and territories around the world. Its purpose is to strengthen the UK's long-term prosperity, sustainability and security in a globalised world.

Across the UK government – and more widely – there is a great deal of activity with a focus on international science, technology and innovation.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
Department for International Development (DFID)
The Royal Society
Department for Children, Schools and Families