Remit, portfolio and priorities - ESRC


Our international partnerships and programmes

We are committed to helping UK researchers to overcome barriers to international collaborative research. We are pleased to announce agreements with research funding agencies in several countries, which will facilitate bilateral collaborations between UK social scientists and researchers in those countries.

Agreement has been reached with the following funding agencies:

Bilateral agreements do not represent a separate stream of research funding, but enable international collaborations to be submitted to the open standard grants competition.

The agreements only apply to standard grant proposals. Unless specified otherwise, the normal rules of standard research grants apply to proposals submitted under bilateral agreements.

Inclusion of project co-leads (international) on applications

We invite UK project leads to include international project co-leads from anywhere in the world on proposals to the majority of our research funding schemes, excluding fellowships and unless otherwise stated by the funding opportunity guidance.

For guidance on the inclusion of project co-leads (international), including eligible costs, see our project co-leads (international) policy guidance.

For further information, please see our research funding guide.

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Last updated: 25 May 2023

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